HAND­MADE SPA Easy reme­dies to try.

Cre­ate your own lux­ury spa treat­ments at home with sim­ple recipes, us­ing in­gre­di­ents from your cup­boards and gar­den

In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Juli­ette Gog­gin & Abi Righton / Illustration: Nathalie Oued­erni

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than the feel­ing of calm, re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion cre­ated by a lux­u­ri­ous spa ses­sion. The An­cient Greeks were one of the rst civil­i­sa­tions doc­u­mented as us­ing wa­ter from nat­u­ral springs for ther­a­peu­tic pur­poses – around 500 BC; a prac­tice em­bel­lished by the Ro­mans with the cre­ation of their or­nate ther­mal baths at the sites of min­eral and ther­mal springs. In the Ot­toman Em­pire (mod­ern-day Turkey), the ham­mam rit­ual in­volved a vig­or­ous ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub com­bined with steam, while in Nordic coun­tries, the spa tra­di­tion was based on ex­tremes of hot and cold to boost the cir­cu­la­tion. To­day, many of these tra­di­tions con­tinue, but the treat­ments can be pricey.

By recre­at­ing a spa ex­pe­ri­ence at home with hand­made prod­ucts, you can tai­lor recipes to your own par­tic­u­lar needs and en­joy that feel­ing of well­be­ing, re­lax­ation and lux­ury as of­ten and as eas­ily as you wish. With sim­ple tech­niques, you can har­ness the bene ts of plants from the gar­den and herbs from the kitchen to cre­ate your own treat­ments – both fresh ones to try straight away, and those you can store for fu­ture use to pro­long your spa ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy ad­di­tional bene ts.

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