Pamper Mom at home

Photo: istockphoto.com/Don Bayley

Everyone loves spa treatments. This Mother's Day create a home spa where Mom can be pampered. With a few key ingredients, some imagination and organization, you can give Mom the gift of relaxation this Sunday.

Equipment needed

  • Comfy bathrobe and slippers
  • Soft, relaxing music (pick her favourite)
  • Scented soy candles
  • Washcloth, loofah sponge or bath brush
  • Find a fluffy cotton towel
  • Bath salts
  • Essential aromatic oils
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Sparkling water
  • Green tea
  • 2 avocadoes, 2 lemons, coarse sea salt, honey, olive oil or almond oil for salt scrub, cucumbers
  • Morning
    Turn on some soft music and bring Mom a cup of her favourite tea on a tray decorated with her favourite flowers. Once she is awake (and weather permitting) start off her spa day by talking a walk with her. When she returns home, let the treatments begin.

    Exfoliate
    Nothing gets your skin smoother or adds a lovely glow that a great salt scrub. Combine one cup of coarse sea salt (or kosher salt) with ½ cup of olive oil, almond oil or grape seed oil, add about 8 capsules of Vitamin E oil and a few drops of essential oils (see the list below). For a gentler scrub substitute sugar for salt. Have her bathrobe ready.

    When she is finished her scrub, let her take a nice long hot shower with a bath brush or loofah while you get breakfast ready. Spa Index recommends pumpkin oat muffins that can be served with fresh fruit and green tea.

    Relax
    Get the living room ready with some comfy cushions and her favourite magazines. Put on some relaxing music, add some flowers to the table and let Mom come and relax. You can give her a foot massage. We have some great suggestions for healing foot care creams in our article Feet Treat. Let Mom relax and read or watch a DVD. Be sure to have some chilled sparkling water with a slice of lemon available.

    Time for lunch
    While Mom relaxes, you can prepare a light and healthy spa lunch. Why not try a Grilled Apple Salad or a Tarragon Chicken Salad. You can find plenty of great suggestions and recipes at Spa Index.

    Rejuvenate her smile
    While Mom is enjoying her lunch, you get ready for the next treatment. Start by making her face mask. Thinly slice cucumbers and put them in the fridge to cool. Mash up one avocado with some one tablespoon of honey for a face mask. If Mom has oily skin then whip up a whole egg with a spoonful of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Put the masks aside.

    Bathroom spa
    Next get the bathroom ready. Put a few drops of essential oils on some soy candles and lit to create a soothing atmosphere. Get some soft fluffy towels. Start running the bath, adding bath salts and a few drops of essential oils to the water. Roll up a small towel for a neck pillow. Put a dish of the sliced cucumbers along with the face mask next to the tub. Let Mom relax in her bath with her face mask on. Bring her a glass of sparkling water or some chilled white wine.

    Naptime
    Mom may be ready for a nap afterwards her bath, so put some clean sheets on her bed and spritz them down with a room spray. You can create your own by putting a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle filled with water or rubbing alcohol. Or let her retreat back to the couch to lounge. She'll finish the day feeling renewed and energized.

    ABCs of essential oils

  • Bergamot: Sweet and spicy, refreshing and uplifting
  • Chamomile: Herbal and fruity, soothing and relaxing
  • Clary Sage: Sweet, spicy and herbal, warming and soothing
  • Eucalyptus: Woodsy, balancing and stimulating.
  • Geranium: Floral and sweet, comforting and healing
  • Jasmine: Warm and floral, soothing and relaxing
  • Lavender: Floral and sweet, calming and therapeutic
  • Lemon: Fresh and citrus, refreshing and stimulating
  • Neroli: Floral and sweet, refreshing and relaxing
  • Rose: Deeply floral and relaxing
  • Vetiver: Earthy and woodsy, deeply relaxing
  • Ylang Ylang: Sweet, flora and exotic, relaxing and stimulating
  • And remember: You can create a day spa for Mom any day of the year.

    Anne Colvey is a regular contributor to Green Living Online. She has been dropping some heavy hints to her family while researching this article.