Ewesletter Jan 03
Now that we’ve reached the anti-climactic January side of December’s whirling frenzy, many people might be feeling a little blue. To battle the winter blues, we're going to look at the colour orange, (blue's opposite on the colour wheel) and when I think of orange, I think of tropical sunsets, camp fires and…
  • Oranges are orange. They make an excellent spa ingredient because the juice is packed with Vitamin C and its astringent nature revitalizes, softens and perks up dull-looking skin.
  • Carrots are orange. They are an ideal spa ingredient because carrots contain beta carotene which is highly beneficial to skin. Applied as a mushy facial, carrots improve skin tone and relax rigid face muscles.
  • Ginger isn't orange but it adds heat and stimulates circulation which means it's character is orange, which is close enough.

  • Oranges, carrots and ginger also appear in spas as concentrated essential oils.
  • Uplifting orange essential oil eases depression, calms anxiety and lulls nervous tension. It also softens and hydrates skin, making it a pleasant addition to bath products.
  • Carrot Seed essential oil is valued for its relaxing, restoring and nourishing properties. It refreshes and firms mature skin by detoxifying pores as well as by stimulating cell renewal and skin elasticity.
  • Spicy ginger essential oil stimulates circulation which encourages the elimination of toxins from the body and adds the important, anchoring base note to massage blends.

2 TB butter
3 leeks, well cleaned and sliced
5 large carrots, sliced
1 TB finely chopped ginger root or to taste
4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
grated peel and juice of 1 orange
1 cup light cream
salt and pepper to taste
snipped green chives or chopped green onions

1) Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. 2) Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. 3) Add carrots and ginger and sauté for 1 minute. 4) Add stock, cover and bring to a boil. 5) Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 20-30 minutes. 6) Remove from heat, stir in orange juice and peel. Purée mixture, in batches, in a food processor or blender. 7) Return to saucepan and add cream. 8) Heat, but do not boil. 9) Season with salt and pepper. 10) Garnish each bowl with chives. --from Carroll Allen's Recipes Only Cookbook, 1989, pg 50.

May I also suggest having a Homespunspa Pajama Party to boost your spirits. Picture the fringe benefits:
  • Getting together with friends
  • Talking about what's on your mind
  • Learning something new
  • Taking time to relax
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Laughing and smiling
  • Showing off your cute PJs in public
If arranging a Homespunspa party sounds appealing, call 812-3487 today.

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