aromatherapy

 

Steam showers are heavenly. They really are. You get all the healthful, spa-like benefits right in your very own home. What could be more relaxing than that? Ok, a trip to some pristine Mediterranean beach would do it, too. But, a steam shower offers you that luxurious lifestyle any time you want to access it … after walking the dog, after a long day at work, or just because you don’t need a reason at all!

Push your steam shower experience to the limit with aromatherapy. How’s that for healthy living? Check to make sure that your steam shower comes equipped with a dispensary made especially for essential oils. If it doesn’t, you can still buy an add-on accessory. Call the company that sold you the steam shower if you’re not sure which add-on would work best. Or, you can just pour a few drops of essential oil onto a damp cloth and dab it gently all over your body.

Peppermint Oil is thought to ease depression and stress, improve digestion, and loosen congestion.

Eucalyptus Oil reduces soreness, relaxes muscles, and clears sinuses. It’s also said to ease headaches and boost energy.

Lavender Oil is very popular. Found in perfume, soap, shampoo, hand cream, and lots of other care products. It’s typically used to relax tired muscles.

Tea Tree Oil is often great for combatting acne. It’s said to have antiseptic properties, too.

Rosemary Oil is great for removing toxins and improving circulation. It’s also said to improve memory, too! Let me know if you think it’s had that effect on you.

Over to you: let me know which essential oils are your favorites.

 

 

dry-skin

You know the feeling … wrinkly, tight, itchy skin. If that’s what your hands, feet, or any body part in between are feeling, then you’ve got dry skin.

There are lots of skin care products available for purchase today. Some creams contain chemicals, some are as natural as natural can be. If you find that you’ve tried every product and you’re still suffering from painfully dry skin, then you need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Chances are good that you’ll need her to prescribe a medicated cream.

For many of us, though, the ingredients we have stocked in our kitchen pantries are perfect moisturizers for dry skin.

Milk. Warm a cup of milk. Dip a washcloth into the milk and dab onto your skin for about 5 minutes. Milk will moisturize and stop the itching.

Oil. Petroleum jelly or any commercial skin cream that has oil, instead of water, as its base will soak into your skin and do a world of good. Olive oil is also a prime moisturize.

Honey. Spreading honey over your skin may seem like a crazy thing to do. You’ll just be all sticky, right? Well, mix a little honey with olive oil first. Then spread the honey mixture over your dry skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Then wash it off in the steam shower or bath.

Over to you: What’s your favorite skin cream?

bathroom-accessories

Sometimes you can’t just knock down a wall and install a steam shower, but you still want your bathroom to shout with personality. Guess what? You’re in luck! It’s totally possible to have an interesting bathroom regardless of your budget and time availability. All you need is a few select pieces.

Photo: bhg.com

Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens for this great toothbrush holder idea. Find a wooden sculpture that you like (an elephant, in this case). Drill holes through it from top to bottom. Paint it, and you’re ready to use a homemade, unique piece.

Photo: bhg.com

Photo: bhg.com

This cool rug is made from thick furniture feet pads. I always find that I have a few left over in the pack. Now, I know exactly how to put them to good use! Glue them all together with a hot glue gun. That will ensure durability.

Photo: bhg.com

Thanks again to Better Homes and Gardens for another great idea. Bathroom vanities come with a whole lot of cupboard and drawer spaces. But sometimes you just want a place to hang the hand towel. All you need to do is buy an inexpensive drawer pull – one long enough to hold the towel. Attach the drawer pull to the vanity, and you have a beautiful and functional vanity piece.

Over to you: how to you give your bathroom personality?