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#SelfCareSaturday: 3 Ways to Inexpensively Have Your Best One Yet

#SelfCareSaturday: 3 Ways to Inexpensively Have Your Best One Yet

 Andalou Organics Turmeric+C Enlightening Serum and a jade roller. 

Andalou Organics Turmeric+C Enlightening Serum and a jade roller. 

You don't have to shell out big bucks to have an amazing #SelfCareSaturday. More than just a hashtag, taking a day (or some moments out of every day!) to take care of yourself is a great habit to incorporate into your wellness regimen.

Today I'm sharing three of my favorite ways to DIY a luxurious at-home spa experience without shelling out big bucks. You can even invite your girls (or guys) over and make a day of it. So put on that Liquid Mind station (or whatever soundtrack makes you feel relaxed) and read on below for some tips to help you relax and rejuvenate in the comfort of your own home.

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Face Masks: 

One of my favorite self care rituals is to enjoy a luxurious and beneficial face mask, here are three of my favorites that you can do at home.

  1. Lemon-Nopal: Lemon juice can help heal acne, large pores and blackheads, all while managing oily skin. Nopal is rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C and A. It can also help prevent and address premature aging issues such as wrinkles and age spots. To use, mix 1 teaspoon of my organic Lemon Nopal Superfood Powder with about 2-3 teapoons of filtered or mineral water. Apply to skin and leave on for 20 minutes before peeling or rinsing off.
  2. Groovy Green Mask: Chloryphyll, the stuff that makes your leafy veggies green, can also have some pretty dope benefits when applied topically to your skin. Full of antioxidants, chloryphyll also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K. It can help prevent and treat blemishes as well as combat the signs of aging. Instead of shelling out upwards of $60 for a store-bought mask containing chloryphyll, simply add a few teaspoons of filtered or mineral water to 2 teaspoons of my Groovy Greens Superfood Powder, leave on for twenty minutes, then rinse off.
 Tea tree sea salt scrub in an olive oil base

Tea tree sea salt scrub in an olive oil base

Aromatherapy

Hospitals, classrooms, spas and fitness studios are all coming on board with the numerous benefits of using essential oils for aromatherapy. Apothecary, aromatherapist and wellness expert Wisteria Ward of Needful Things Natural Home and Body Care shares, "If you Google aromatherapy the definition that will pop us is: 'the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or bath,' way too simple! Aromatherapy is both the art and science of using naturally extracted plant essences or chemicals to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Stress is the biggest enemy to that harmony." Here's a special blend for relaxation that you can use as a part of your Self Care Saturday experience.

Relaxation Blend:

  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops Atlas of Cedarwood essential oil

Cure the mixture from 24 hours to two weeks. Then you can use it several ways.

  1. In a water diffuser, use 3 drops per ounce of water.
  2. In a carrier oil (jojoba, for example) 5 drops per ounce.
  3. As a room spray, add 10 drops to 1/2 ounce of grain alcohol and shake. Let sit for two weeks, then add to 16 ounces of distilled or filtered water.
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Drinks

No spa day is complete without some good drink options for hydration and healing. Here are three ways to literally mix it up for your Self Care Saturday libations.

  1. Ginger Shot: Some like it hot...and with circulatory, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to boot! This warming shot feels amazing going in. But if it's too intense, you can add more water so it's not as strong. To diy a ginger shot at home, add one cup of water to a thumb-sized piece of ginger in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, and serve in a shot glass.
  2. Sparkling Green Juice: This is a fun way to glam up your green juice. Fill a champagne or martini glass 3/4 of the way up with sparkling mineral water. Fill up the rest of the way with your favorite green juice. Try my Sunday Green Juice recipe featuring kale, celery, bell pepper, ginger and green apples. I know it's called Sunday Green Juice and this post is about Saturday self care, but it's okay to break the rules a little...😉
  3. Herbal Cocktail: If you're looking for an adult beverage for your Self Care Saturday that still has some benefits, look no further than this recipe. It's super easy to make your own infused vodkas. Herbalists use alcohol to extract the active ingredients in herbs and flowers, also known as a tincture. It's best to allow your vodka infusion to cure for at least four weeks in a cool, dark place for maximum extraction. The basic recipe for infused vodka is 1/4 cup dried ingredients to 3 cups of vodka. Teas also work well for this, (the contents of a few bags is plenty) and one of my faves is Numi White Rose. After you've allowed your infused vodka to cure, add about 1.5 ounces to 3 ounces of sparkling mineral or soda water. Or get creative and come up with your own healthy(er) signature cocktail!

Want a gut-healthy snack to go with your Self Care Saturday rituals? Try my super simple Spicy Kale Kimchi. Or if you're looking for something a little sweeter, give my Raw Vegan Cacao Truffle Balls a shot.

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D.I.D. with Cazoshay and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on this blog is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program. 

5-Minute Shower Meditation

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