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Aromatherapy Corner – Discovering the Power of Oils

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Aromatherapy Oil

Aromatherapy Oil

The word “aromatherapy” was originally coined by the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1920. In a laboratory accident, Gattefosse set his arm on fire and immediately thrust it into the nearest vat of cold liquid, which happened to be lavender oil. Instantly he felt soothing relief and watched as the burn continued to heal quickly, with no inflammation or scarring. The profound healing benefits led him to a lifetime of research in a field that he termed “aromatherapy”.

As a clinical herbalist and aromatherapist, I have seen the profound healing effects of essential oils in my 15 years of practice. Therapeutic-grade essential oils can work to heal common ailments where other medications fail. Essential oil blends can be used to treat many conditions, without the side effects that synthetic chemicals may cause. They work quickly and effectively to soothe pain and inflammation.

For a wide selection of aromatherapy essential oils, precious reserve oils and hydrosols visit the TheramSol aromatherapy store at ThermaSol.com

Enjoy a Spa on your Winter Vacation

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Now is the time of the year that people are taking, or planning their winter vacations. We thought that we would remind you that a great way to ensure that you get some rest and relaxation is by visiting a spa while you are on your travels. We all know that vacations (especially family vacations) can often be less relaxing than we would prefer, no matter where the location. But if you take some time out of your day to hit the hotel spa or a nearby day spa you will at the very least reduce your stress so you will not need a vacation from your vacation.

Alps Thermal Spa

Alps Thermal Spa

For those of you that are visiting the Alps during your vacation you’ll no doubt take part in skiing, snowshoeing and wine tasting activities. When your muscles get sore, or even just to break up all the winter activities make sure to visit the spas and the natural hot springs in your area. With the right balance of spa time you can have an active vacation that is also extremely relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons.

In any United States city you can pair your daily activities and sightseeing with amazing spa treatments (for when your feet get sore).  As one of the locations of SpaWeek, New York City is one of the best cities to enjoy a spa day.  When you’re in the Big Apple you have got to go to one of the amazing luxury spas in Manhattan if your wallet can handle it. If you’re in Los Angeles there are plenty of places that you can enjoy when you have some down time for a lot or even a little money (Chinese foot massages are amazing and very affordable in LA). If you are vacationing outside of a city take a look at the local spas, you might just find a beautiful, rustic spa that will become your favorite part of the vacation. For more posts about spas in California or Arizona click the links: California Spas & Arizona Spas.

If you are visiting a country in the Eastern part of the world, you will be vacationing in a land that may have invented the ancient holistic and spiritual healing treatments offered at the spas. Asian spa treatments are designed to restore inner calm, improve memory, balance emotions, refresh the body, enhance skin complexion and more. Some of the treatments you can expect to see at these types of spas include traditional Chinese medicine, gem therapy, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, sound therapy and other Asian spa treatments.

For those of you that visit the Tropics during your winter vacation, if you take some time away from the beaches and the scuba diving to try a spa you may be pleasantly surprised. Often spas in tropical locations are right on the beach at the water’s edge and offer everything from body scrubs and wraps to manicures, pedicures and facials, allowing you to enjoy being pampered in a beautiful, calm environment.

Many of us just can’t get away this year for a winter vacation. If you are part of this “vacationless” club that might be taking a staycation this year instead of a real vacation, don’t fret, for you too can take a spa day for yourself! Many people are staying home this year, and this means that you may find your favorite spa busier than usual so be prepared and book ahead. Also, this year we are seeing more people taking their vacation money and putting it into remodeling their master bathrooms to transform them into their own, personal home spa. This is a great alternative to a vacation, because with your own home spa you will be able to escape to your own personal retreat any time you’d like while increasing the value of your home.

Whether you are planning an elaborate vacation in the French Alps, or if you are planning on taking a day off from work for a spa day, we hope you find everything you’re looking for and enjoy the rest and relaxation you deserve.

Top Three Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Many people look to aromatherapy as a natural healing method for the mind and body. We feel this practice can have powerful results in the wellness and health aspects of your life, and try to encourage people to use these products as part of their natural relaxation or meditation process. Here are some reviews of our favorite essential oils which can all be found at the ThermaSol Aromatherapy Store online at www.ThermaSol.com

By combining the Lavender scent from the French Lavender Essential Oil with your shower or steam shower you will experience a calming and relaxing feeling like none-other. This aromatherapy scent is made with true lavender, and is not made from synthetic materials. This will allow you to feel the true soothing effects that civilizations across the world have achieved for hundreds of years from this aromatherapy oil. Other benefits from this essential oil include skin beautification, the ability to aid in the healing of burns, headache relief, depression relief, nervousness and anxiety relief and helping to achieve deep, restful sleep.

French Rosemary Essential Oil has a fresh, herbaceous fragrance and naturally disinfects respiratory and sinus passages and improves sluggish circulation.  This scent’s origins also date back hundreds of years, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet even references “Rosemary for remembrance”. This reference to Rosemary refers to i’s ability to increase blood circulation to the brain when inhaled.  Rosemary Essential Oils also increase blood flow to the skin when applied topically.  Rosemary is wonderfully fragrant oil that can be massaged into the skin for muscle pain, soreness or stiffness.  It is also used to treat varicose veins that may feel “heavy.”  It also helps to relieve headaches, improve memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain. It also acts as an astringent and will help regulate oily hair follicles which makes it perfect for mixing with your shampoo. For thinning hair, dry scalp or oily hair, you should add 2 drops of Rosemary Oil to your shampoo applications daily for a wonderful feeling.

Many of get a cold or flu this time of year and one of the best ways to aleivate the symptoms from the common cold are through the use of Eucalyptus Essential Oils. Eucalyptus is well known for its use in Vicks VapoRub, and has long been used in treating coughs or respiratory congestion.  Because of this product’s rich content of 1.8 cineol, it offers a solution for clear, cool and healthy breathing.  Eucalyptus is also a wonderful air purifier and can be diffused to kill germs in infectious or polluted environments.

Spa Week Holiday Contests, Giveaways & Sales

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

With the holidays fast approaching many people are looking for deals and giveaways. SpaWeek.com has collected a number of amazing contests and sales that might just take some of the holiday pressure off of you if you win!

Diamond Package1. Win the Diamond Dream Holiday Giveaway

Enter to win the Grand Prize: 18K White Gold Eighty-Eight® Cut Diamond Pendant. This modern 3-stone pendant features three 88-cut diamonds (1.00 ctw) bezel-set in 18K white gold. Comes with a matching 16-inch chain. Each diamond is magnificently set to showcase the peerless brilliance of the Eighty-Eight®.  Sponsored by Diamonds International.  Retail Value: $3,550

Enter until December 18th


2. jane iredale ultimate guiltless pleasure sweeps

ChocolateThis holiday season, seduce your senses with a decadent treat! jane iredale’s limited edition holiday collection, chocoholicks™, is an assortment of four chic, chocolate truffle-flavored lip glosses: Truffle, Chocolate Orange, Strawberry Cream and Caramel. 10 winners.

Enter until December 31st


Candles3. Win $735 Worth of Scented Candles

The old saying “Too much of a good thing is never enough” definitely applies here. Allure editors handpicked their 12 favorite candles of all time, and one lucky winner takes all! Diptyque Feu de Bois, Prada Infusion D’Iris, Tocca Agadir, Fresh Sake, and Cire Trudon Pondichéry. Enter to win the whole ball of wax. In partnership with Allure magazine.

Enter until November 30th


4. Win an Autumn Resort & Spa Getaway for 2

Holiday GetawayEnter for a chance to win the Autumn Resort & Spa Getaway at the Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa Package that will help you forget the stress and strain of every day life, allowing you to enjoy the season the most relaxing way possible. In partnership with Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Enter until November 30th


Monthly Prizes5. Monthly Giveaways

We’re always giving away tons of fabulous beauty products and make-your-life-a-little better things. It’s just what we do. Right now there are 83 items to win, from a $350 anti-aging Galvanic Spa System to a $18.50 Purple Lab lip gloss.

Enter: All the time – items updated every other month


6. SPA WEEK® Holiday Gift Card Sale

Gift CardsPurchase a $100 Spa Week Gift Card for only $80! With a Spa Week Gift Card, you can give the gift of wellness any time of year. This Holiday Season, let us gift wrap that massage, pedicure, haircut, manicure, facial (oh the list goes on…) for your loved one.

On sale until December 22nd


Holiday Spa Specials

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Everyone likes to get a good deal during the holidays, and purchasing spa products and services are no exception. Here is a short list of great deals you can find this holiday season on some amazing spa products and services.

Jane Inc. has a luxury line of spa products. Many are made with organic ingredients. During the holidays prices will be slashed by 75+% for first-quality merchandise (most in original packaging).  Jane Inc. has soothing microwavable body wraps, neck wraps and spa booties that normally retail at around $40 but now will be available at the rock bottom prices of $6-$8. If you are looking for something else then they also have hand-knitted covers for hot water bottles (perfect for the cold weather) for $10, sleep pillows filled with lavender for only $6, and other miscellaneous spa merchandise ranging from $1-$20. If you own a spa, you can even get an amazing deal on fragrance oils and essential oils in 5-gallon cans that usually cost as much as $350, will now priced from $5 to $25.  www.janeincproducts.com

The Napa River Inn, in Napa, California is offering a Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Getaway. This deal includes a standard room for $189 a night (normally $210) between November 23rd to November 29th plus a free spa treatment at La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique and a free pumpkin pie. Guests are required to book a two night stay, but if you are in the area and want to get away this Turkey-Day, then this mini-retreat might be perfect for you. For reservations call (877) 251-8500. www.napariverinn.com

The Oasis Day Spa is having a Black Friday sale on November 27th at their two locations in Manhattan and a grand new venue in Westchester New York. For one day only, the Black Friday Sale will be available both in the spa as well as on their website. Specials will include 15% off all gift card purchases (use the promo code BFBS15), a free $20 gift card with every $150 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS20), a free $50 gift card with every $300 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS%0), and a free $100 gift card with every $500 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFB100). If you are looking for an excellent gift, or just want to get a deal on spa treatments to pamper yourself with then this sale is perfect for you. www.oasisdayspanyc.com

The Chocolate Spa, a part of the Hershey Entertainment & Resort company is having a longer spa sale on their services at their location in Hershey Pennsylvania. Take your pick from either a Holiday Spa Day Package that will include an Incense-Infused Massage, Peppermint Pattie Salt Scrub & Chocolate Fondue Wrap, Peppermint Anti-Aging Facial plus a Lunch in The Oasis for $420. Total spa package length is 4 1/2 hours and is available until January 15th, 2010. You can also get a deal on a Holiday Season Sampler that is available until the end of the year and includes three treatments rolled into one 80 minute experience for $165. With this package you will get a Full Body Exfoliation, Hydrating Spice Wrap and Holiday Spice Massage.

Giving the Gift of Spa – Top 10 Spa Gifts

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving looms on the horizon, now might be a good time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. There are different levels of spa treats you can give to your friends, family or loved ones, depending on how much spa you want to dish out. Here is a top ten list of spa gifts you can start to think about for the holidays!

Boon Flow10. Scented Bath Candles -Scented candles are a nice gesture for a friend or relative that you know will enjoy them while soaking in the bath. Be careful as to who you give this gift too though, as it could appear as a very generic gift for someone that wouldn’t typically enjoy this gift.

9. Bubble Bath DispenserOur favorite bubble bath dispenser is the Boon Flow bubble bath dispenser which also serves as a faucet protector for the kids. This is a great gift that I’m sure your recipient will have never heard of and will enjoy for years to come. Perfect for the bubble bath lover of course!   One of our editors just purchased this product and has told us that this bubble bath dispenser does not produce good bubbles, but it is good as a faucet protector for the kids. 

hydrosol-aromatherapy8. Aromatherapy Hydrosols and Essential Oils – Hydrosols and Essential oils are perfect for those that have a steam shower, or that are serious about relaxing in their bathtub or home spa. This is great gift for a loved one, because then you can actually hand deliver the treatment in a sweet way by drawing the tub for your loved one, starting the steam shower, spraying the hydrosol mist or dripping the essential oils on the steam shower head. Take this gift to the next level by following through and setting your loved one up with a romantic time for relaxation.

7. Thermal Spa Bath Mat – This is another excellent gift for someone that loves to be in the tub. If someone you know spends a lot of time soaking, then let them take their soak to the next level with this Thermal Spa Bath Mat. This gift has an a adjustable neck massager pad, dual back massager, footrest with bubbles, vibration, massage and rotating rollers for sore achy feet, soft, comfortable padding throughout, allover bubbling action with level selector and comes with a remote control.

ugg-slippers6. Slippers -Buying that special someone a new set of very nice slippers is an amazing gift that they can use when indulging in a home spa. This is one gift that you absolutely cannot cheap out on however, because there’s nothing worse than a pair of cheap slippers that only last a month, or worse yet, are never ever comfortable. We recommend a pair of Ugg designer slippers that typically cost around $100 a pair. When you are picking out this gift, make sure you choose between slippers that will be used at home vs. slippers that will be used out, at a day spa.

5. Bath Robe – A nice, new robe can be expensive, but if you really want to give someone something that they would never spend money on for themselves, then a new robe might just be perfect. This is another item you cannot cheap out on, because there is nothing worse than a cheap robe. You will have to spend at least $100 for a good quality robe, and really nice, designer robes are more around $300-500. Robes are perfect gifts for those that like to relax at home and for those that spend a lot of the time in the home spa or master bath.

4. Day Spa Gift Certificate – Now this may seem like a very generic spa gift, but if you get someone a $100-$200 gift certificate to an amazing, high-end spa that is known for its architectural values, treatments and customer service… your gift will be well received. Make sure you don’t just get a gift certificate from some place down the road, and really research the best spas in and around. Nothing is better than sending someone to a swanky, luxury spa that they would normally never get to experience.

girls in sauna3. Spa Party – Most spas now have “Day Spa Party” packages that allow you to buy a gift for one or two people that will also allow them to bring a friend or two. Enjoying the spa with friends or loved ones is a great way to experience a new spa, and the same rules apply from the Day Spa Gift Certificate, make sure it’s a good spa that will leave them with a long lasting memory of delight. You can also have the spa party at home by having the equivalent of a catered “home spa party”. Both of these options will cost you a pretty penny, but are quite the spa experience that will not soon be forgotten.

ThermasolControl2. Hot Tub – Expanding your home spa is not a trivial task, nor is it easy on the wallet but if you’ve just had a major anniversary or are looking to improve your indoor or outdoor space or the retail value of your home, then a new Hot Tub might just be the perfect gift. Picture whether or not many romantic nights will be had in the hot tub before you decide to purchase one, as there’s nothing worse than an expensive gift like a hot tub that never gets used.

1. Steam Shower – The ultimate spa gift is having your own luxury steam shower. A steam shower will bring with it an added luxury that will not only increase the value of your home, but also increase your enjoyment and add endless home spa options to your home relaxation. Steam showers can be affordable, but make sure to have the pros install it if you don’t trust yourself with the installation because no gift should turn into a project gone wrong.

What is Thalassotherapy?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The word “Thalassotherapy” comes from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”, which is a type of medical and therapeutic use of sea water and the ocean’s organic byproducts and vegetation such as algae, seaweed or alluvial mud.   The organic properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects on the pores of the skin, as well as restoring natural minerals to your body through osmosis. While the therapy is relatively new to the US, the idea of Thalassotherapy is ancient, although the term and therapy itself was discovered in France during the 19th century.

The elements that are used in this type of therapy are as old as the sea. Such elements include magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide which are all found in seawater and are all absorbed by the skin in showers of warmed seawater, sea mud or algae facials or even a sea fog mist or fog as an inhalent.

There are not many Thalassotherapy spas in the US, but many spas offer a few services such as a seeweed wrap or salt water soak. The Gurney Inn & Spa in Montauk is a true thalassotherapy spa located in New York and has a huge menu of thalassotherapy treatments. These treatments range from everything from Active Green Argilite Mud Therapy, Marine Kur Therapy, Salt Water Massage, Sea Water Herbal Bath to an Algae Slimming Bath and more.

The Cal-a-Vie spa in Vista California offers a Seaweed Wrap which is 105 minutes long and costs $275. This is a signature, 3-phase treatment that begins with a gentle exfoliation made of roots, herbs, minerals and mud devised in
ancient India. Next a nutrient-rich mixture of freeze-dried seaweed, algae and bentonite are appiled before you are wrapped in a warm cocoon of thermal blankets to stimulate tissue toxin release as your face and scalp are soothingly massaged.

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How Aromatherapy Could Potentially Promote Generous Behavior

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

AromatherapyA recent article in the Journal Psychological Science states that individuals are more inclined to behave in a generous and charitable way when they are in a room that has been spritzed with a citrus-scented spray. These findings were the result of a recent study covered by the journal.

The research team led by Professor Liljenquist at the Brigham Young University, Utah, recruited 28 participants. Half of the participants were placed in a clean, nicely scented room and the other half were placed in a non-scented room. All of the participants engaged in an anonymous game of trust. The 28 participants were told they would be the “receivers,” dealing with an anonymous group of “senders.” The participants were instructed that they were to invest the money given to them with the senders, and that each sender had been given $4. They were then told that any part of it invested with receivers would be tripled. The job of the receiver, then, was to decide what portion of the dividends to return to the sender.

In reality, there was no sender, and each study participant received $12, making it seem as though the senders had entrusted them with the full $4 they had been given. But would the receivers reciprocate that trust or exploit their unidentified investors? On average, those in the plain-smelling room returned $2.81 to the sender, pocketing the lion’s share of the money. But those bathed in the scent of citrus smelling spray sent back an average of $5.83.

In another experiment, the researchers were trying to see what type of effects citrus smells played in their participants’ charitable behavior. This time 99 participants were assigned to either a citrus-scented room or a neutral-smelling room and given a packet of tasks to complete. Included in the packet was a flyer soliciting volunteers and donations to the charity, Habitat for Humanity. As expected, people in the Windex-sprayed room were more inclined to volunteer and give money than those in the unscented room — 22 percent of those in the clean group said they wanted to donate money, compared with 6 percent of the controls.

Whether or not the results of this study are because of the smell of citrus, cleanliness or because the smell was pleasant or positive, the one conclusive result is that aromatherapy essential oil scents appeal to all of us. One test we can all do at home is to get your husband in the steam shower or bath with a bunch of good aromas circling around him, and then ask him for shopping money!

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home Spa

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

There are a number of things one can do when remodeling their bath to not only make it more luxurious and spa-like, but to also make the entire process more sustainable and friendly for the environment. Here are some tips that you can use if you are considering a partial or full renovation of your master bath.

  • stone-flooringSustainable Flooring – Let’s start from the ground up! There are all kinds of sustainable flooring options on the market today, everything from sustainable linoleum to bamboo. Bamboo, although not a conventional choice for a bathroom or spa, is a great material to use as it brings a sense of Zen to your space and is also very sustainable. Bamboo grows so fast compared to any other woods, so if you are shopping for any wood products see if they too are offered in bamboo. Other sustainable flooring materials include:
    • Recycled Glass Tiles – They look great and are recycled
    • Linseed Oil Based Linoleum – Acts as a natural antimicrobial flooring
    • Recycled Metal Tiles –  These will add a versatile and textural design element
    • Natural Stone Tiles – One of the best choices for home spas because of their durability and resistance to water. Natural stone tiles will also retain heat, which is an added plus.
  • Caroma ToiletSustainable Fixtures – Luckily, style does not need to suffer when you are picking out a sustainable bathroom sink faucet or shower head for your home spa. There are many to choose from, and you can get sustainable fixtures in many shapes in sizes.
    • Low Flow Shower Head – Pick from hundreds of high end brands of shower heads and hand showers with low flow (but still powerful) streams
    • Low Flow Sink Faucet – Another area where you can save water is with your bathroom sink. The future of your sink may even show us sinks that are piped into the toilet to reuse the greywater
    • Greywater & Low Flow Toilets – Sustainable brands of toilets have made great progress in the past five years or so and dual flush toilets are available nearly everywhere. Now you can get even get a luxury toilet with a greywater sink in the back where the water tank is.
  • Steam ShowerInstall A Steam Shower – Did you know that some steam showers only require a gallon of water for a 20 minute steam bath? The ThermaSol Pro Series Generator is one such steam shower, and was even chosen as the steam shower for the home spa of the Eco Smart home that is currently being built in Florida. (Eco Smart Home Article.)
  • Energy Efficient Lighting – Energy efficient lighting will reduce your electricity bills, while saving valuable natural resources. The most Sustainable Lighting usually relies on LED lighting, but if you don’t want to remove your lighting fixtures you can also purchase CFL lightbulbs (consumer compact fluorescent).
  • Sustainable Wall Treatments – These materials are virtually the same as the flooring, except with your walls you probably wouldn’t use lanolium, and you may also want to just paint. FRESHAIRE is a line of sustainable paints that also promote a healthy life with zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) being released into the air, providing you with better air quality. You can also use these paints for your vanities or other wood spa decor.
  • Shower curtain – Vinyl shower curtains can also contain VOCs and release them into your indoor air. For a healthy alternative, choose a shower curtain made from hemp, which is not only more healthy, but also sustainable, fungus resistant, and easily washable.
  • Essential OilsBathing Soaps and Products  – Personal bathing products should contain certified organic ingredients. This is particularly critical for all products containing essential oils, as some methods of extraction can include toxic solvents. Not all natural products are created equal and some that are not certified organic can still contain synthetic ingredients, as well as extractions from plants that are heavily contaminated with bacteria, pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
    • Certified Organic Soaps- They smell excellent and are good for you and the environment
    • Certified Organic Bath Gels – Don’t give up soaking in a bubble bath, just find a sustainable bubble bath or bathing gel to enjoy
    • Certified Organic Shampoo – There are many different kinds for all different types of hair, so try a few and find one you like. Organic baby shampoo is also much preferred.
    • Certified Organic Essential Oils – If it’s not a certified organic essential oil then it could potentially harm you. Make sure you don’t sacrifice your health for price.

Most Popular Aromatherapy Scents

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Aromatherapy OilIf you are new to Aromatherapy, you might be wondering which scents are the most popular. We have taken the data from the ThermaSol Aromatherapy Store and compiled a list of the top 5 selling scents. The Portuguese Eucalyptus is by far the most popular scent, so if you’re looking for one oil to try out, then definitely go with this scent.

  1. Portuguese Eucalyptus Essential Oils– 58% purchased
  2. French Lavender Essential Oils– 18% purchased
  3. Italian Bergamot Essential Oils– 6% purchased
  4. Energize Oil Blend– 5% purchased
  5. Madagascar Ylang Ylang Essential Oils– 4% purchased

Other notable scents that are still very nice, yet not as popular as the above:

What is your favorite Aromatherapy scent?


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