5 Spa Refreshment Tips for Summer
1. REFRESH-MINT: A Delicious Mint Cooler
This refreshing and healthy drink is one of my favorites for summertime.
It’s a cold version of fresh mint tea. It’s healthy (no refined sugar and better for you than a can of soda), invigorating and stomach settling.
Teapot full of hot water
One bunch of Mint (either Peppermint or Spearmint)
Honey to taste
Ice to chill
Clean the mint and put aside a mint sprig or two to add at the end.
Boil water then pour it over the mint in a heat resistant container.
Steep for about 5 minutes or until the water is light green.
Strain the mint from the liquid.
Refrigerate the liquid or let it sit out until room temperature or cooler.
Add honey to taste for sweetness. At least a tablespoon per cup, generally.
Add the fresh sprigs of mint and ice into individual glasses and pour.
Refresh and enjoy!
Add the juice of several lemons for Mint Lemonade. This one is very cleansing.
Add vodka to the Mint Cooler for a cocktail version of this summer refresher.
2. SPRITZ YOURSELF: Organic Lavender Hydrosol
This “plant water” from my family’s organic farm in New Mexico is a by-product of the distillation of essential oils.
OM OF NM Organic Mountain Lavender Hydrosol makes a cooling, antibacterial refresher that can be sprayed copiously on face and body. Trust me, I am generous with the stuff. I practically bathe in it during the summer and when traveling. It fits easily into a purse or carry on bag. Keep one in the car or next to the bed for quick refreshment, hydration and a sense of ‘ahhhh’.
3. CHILL OUT HOT & TIRED FEET: Yogurt and Cucumber Foot Bath
Nothing chills the feet out more than a refreshing foot bath with cool water, one cup of yogurt and a cucumber (slice half and dice the other half). Yogurt adds extra hydration and lactic acids for light exfoliation. Cucumber calms and gently draws out heat in the feet as well as impurities. In their native hot climates, Greeks and Indians love to eat a cooling salad/side dish of the same ingredients. The combo is soothing on the inside and out.
4. CALM YOUR PUFFY EYES: Pack Your Bags They’re Leaving
Watermelon and cucumber sooth, relieve and refresh the under-eye area naturally and like none other. Farewell to puffy, tired, over-partied, overworked eyes. Treat them with Pack Your Bags They’re Leaving, a fabulous eye product from Simply Divine Botanicals, infused with the healing power of Reiki. And, this product even smells like summer! Available at International Orange.
5. COOL & SOOTH SORE MUSCLES: Sombra, Natural Pain Relieving Gel
Camphor, Menthol, Aloe Vera and Green Tea extracts, Rose water and Witch Hazel make for cooling and tingly relief from sore muscles, arthritis, strains, sprains and bruises. I love to put Sombra on my neck, shoulders and low back before yoga, while working at my desk or before bed to sooth my muscles into a refreshing sleep. Available at International Orange.
Chill out this summer,