Homespunspa Ewesletter

Maria Alexandra Koropecky, esthetician and owner

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is based out of Victoria, BC, Canada

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Wishing you a Wonderful Winter Season!

Welcome all new Ewesletter subscribers and hello to all readers. Please enjoy this newsletter and thank you for subscribing and for sharing this Ewesletter with your friends. ~ Maria

We all know that the month of December can be pretty frantic. There's so much to do from baking to decorating to shopping to travelling to visiting and let's not forget the drinking and eating! Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming.

I recommend carving out some quiet spa time in the midst of all of the festivities. Taking time for yourself can really help you manage the stress of the season and aromatherapy is a simple and elegant way to sprinkle some spa into your life no matter how busy you are.

Tips on How to Use Aromatherapy to Calm Stress

Feature Article by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

To me, the holiday season is a feast for the senses and I especially love the comforting aromas that waft through the air during this time of year. In December, 2011, I wrote a blog post entitled, "Let Your Sense of Smell Guide you Home for Christmas" where I highlighted my favourite scents of the season and explored how aromas have very strong ties to our emotions and memories.

"Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived." ~ Helen Keller

Your sense of smell is your direct connection to the emotional part of your brain and you can shift your mood from negative to positive in a snap by just taking a whiff of a pleasant aroma.

I recommend using aromatherapy to help you unwind after a long day, especially during this time of year.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural essential oils for their specific healing properties.

Use essential oils that have calming, relaxing and sedative properties in your bedtime routine like lavender, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. Choose one that appeals to you most or create a blend.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to introduce essential oils into your evenings to help you relax and sleep better and enjoy the holidays.

Before you begin using essential oils, make sure you read all of the safety precautions first like diluting them before applying them on your skin, keeping them away from children and pets, and remembering that they're flammable.

1) Home Cooking: Start by enjoying the smells wafting from the kitchen as you are preparing and eating your meals.

2) Inhalation: Place 1 to 4 drops of an essential oil on a piece of fabric, about the size of a tissue. Place the scented handkerchief near your nose and inhale. Tuck the scented tissue into your pillow case for the night.

3) Linen Spray: Fill a small bottle that comes with a spritzer cap to the shoulder with distilled water. Add a few drops of an essential oil. Use as a linen spray or air freshener. You can also scent your linens by adding essential oils to your laundry or by placing scented cotton balls in your drawers.

4) Room Refresher: Add a few drops of an essential oil to an aromatherapy diffuser or lamp scent ring to freshen a room.

5) Massage Oils: Add up to 20 drops of essential oil(s) to 1 ounce of a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) and create your own massage oil blend.

6) Bath: Add essential oils to homemade spa salts recipes. Add the spa salts to your running bath water for an extra therapeutic experience.

7) Make your own cosmetics: Add essential oils to your homemade lotions, shampoos, and cleansers.

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These are just some bonus ways you can sprinkle the spa into your life and relax during the rush of the holiday season.

Himalayan Salt Hostess Gift Idea

Last month, I received this jar of Himalayan Salt as a gift from my friend Emily and it just warms my heart.

I thought I'd share this idea in case you were looking to make and give unique hostess gifts this season.

himalayan salt gift idea.


HIMALAYAN SALT: is rock salt that comes from a salt mine in Pakistan, about 300 kilometres from the Himalayas, and can either be translucent, off-white, white, coral, pink or reddish in colour. It's commonly used in in bath products for its therapeutic benefits, in cooking for its taste, and in home décor for its warm glow.

For this project, you will need a jar with a tight-fitting lid, 20 extra-extra-large rocks or so of Himalayan salt, and some purified water. Just arrange the salt in the jar, pour the water over the salt and Bob's your Uncle.

I think it's really sweet and cheerful and it looks really nice on a window sill or as a center piece on the dining room table.

Over time, the salt will dissolve into the water, so the stones will become smaller. On the plus size, I've been told you can take a spoonful of the concentrated, salty water (if you can stand the salty taste) for medicinal reasons.

Find Himalayan Salt in a range of sizes from extra fine grains to extra coarse chunks in: healthfood stores, flower shops, markets, spas, wellness centres, new age stores, cosmetics, food products, medications/supplements, and online.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. From all of us at Homespunspa Mobile Spa, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Wonderful Winter Season! Thank you for your business. We really enjoy bringing the spa home to you and look forward to seeing you again in 2015. ~ Cheers, Maria

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About Homespunspa

The concept of Homespunspa was sprung from a sleep-over in 1999 after I invited some friends to a slumber party that turned into a spa party.

We each created our own home spa treatments for hair, nails, face and body using natural ingredients like avocados, lemons and essential oils.

That night, my love of spas was awakened and as my head hit the pillow, the word, "Homespunspa" was born.

Homespunspa Enterprises was established in 2001 and the sheep logo was commissioned later that year. In 2002, I launched and the site has been live on the Internet without interruption all of these years.

In 2006, I self-published a book of home spa recipes entitled, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way.

In 2009, I added a blog to the Homespunspa website. In 2010, I graduated from the Aveda Institute with a diploma in Esthetics. In 2011, I added a mobile spa department to Homespunspa. In 2014, I added life coaching to the Homespunspa menu of services.

Thanks for reading the Homespunspa Ewesletter. I hope to see you in person soon.


Maria Alexandra Koropecky

esthetician and owner of Homespunspa.


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