Expert Q&A

Q. I would love to go to a spa but can't afford it. How can I do some inexpensive treatments at home?

A. Forget about pricey spas. The ingredients for relaxing and rejuvenating treatments are right in your kitchen cabinet. Just mix them up and enjoy.

Honey-almond Hand Scrub In a small bowl, mix one teaspoon of olive oil, juice from half a lemon, two teaspoons of honey and two drops of almond extract. Massage into the hands and wrap with a clean towel. After 15 minutes, wash with warm water.

What it does: Smoothes and softens hands

Hot Stone Foot Bath Place some marbles or smooth, small, clean stones from your yard into a basin and fill with hot water. Add one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, two tablespoons of buttermilk powder, two tablespoons of baking soda and ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon and mix. Put your tootsies in and roll them over the warm stones, concentrating on any achy spots, then soak.

What it does: Soothes and revitalizes sore feet.

Ultimate Spa Soak Draw a warm bath. Place ½ cup of powdered milk, ¼ cup of ground ginger and ¼ cup of instant oats in cheesecloth (or a clean sock); tie closed and toss in. Add ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and soak yourself for at least 20 minutes.

What it does: The milk moisturizes while the hydrogen peroxide adds extra oxygen to the water; said to increase energy.

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