Every year, usually twice a year, spas around the country offer specials on their services during spa week. An earlier blog post, 2011 Spa Week, provides more details.
This year Spa Week <www.spaweek.com> happens April 16-22, 2012. The event web site gives details. It also details helpful information like monthly spa deals across the U.S. and Spa Week – deals, every Wednesday, similar to Groupon deals with purchase deadlines. One recent deal: 6 Zerona Treatments (reg.$2,000) + Free Gift for $299. The Zerona treatments purportedly rid you of inches of belly flat without being invasive. There are, of course, less expensive deals. You’ll also find spa travel bargains on the site.
You can begin to book as early as March 12, 2012. Mark your calendars and start checking out the spas in your area. Be warned the site does require you to sign up to get locations and the discounted services each spa will offer during Spa Week.
In meantime, you might want to make do with this relaxing and soothing sea salt bath recipe. This bath isn’t the spa, but will certainly make you feel great.
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
2 cups Epsom salts
3/4 cup coarse sea salt*
7.5 ml (or 150 drops**) of lavender essential oil
Clean eye dropper or pipette
1. Mix and stir the borax, salts, and baking soda together with a wire whisk. (Use medium to large bowl)
2. Carefully mix in the essential oil a few drops at a time, constantly stirring. Do not allow to lump. Mix well until appears lump-free.
It’s a good idea to place drop in different places in the mixture as you add the essential oil–this helps avoid lumps also.
3. Fasten lid on bowl and leave overnight to fix the scent.
4. Mix again with wire whisk the next morning.
5. Pour into one, or more, glass containers*** with sealable lids.
Add ¼ to ½ cup lavender salt bath to a tub full of warm water.
* Buy seal salts in bulk at Whole Food and similar.
* Buy essential oils at health food stores, Whole Foods or similar.
A 15 ml bottle (1/2 ounce; 300 drops) of lavender will cost $6-$9 (less if one sale)
** Jars with attached lids that fasten and seal will work. You can also buy candles in glass jars, with rubber sealable tops, to use after the candles burn down. (Do clear the jars of candle residue first!)
For additional bath recipes using essential oils, check the Aura Cacia bath page here <http://www.auracacia.com/store.php?Screen=recipes&collection=forthebath&dsp=collection > . Most of these also provide ingredients for one bath at a time if you’d rather not store up.
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