You spent the weekend raking leaves—and now you can barely lift your arms. To loosen up those stiff muscles and joints, try hopping into the shower. Barbara Close, a certified aromatherapist and owner of Naturopathica, a spa in East Hampton, New York, recommends a hot-cold water treatment in her book, Well Being: Rejuvenating Recipes for Body and Soul. Switching between water temperatures dilates and constricts the blood vessels, she says. This encourages circulation and flushes out lactic acid in the muscles, which relieves soreness.
In the shower, stand under the hot water for 5 minutes. Then switch to cold water for 5 to 30 seconds; repeat the cycle one time through. Close recommends finishing with this recipe for a homemade rejuvenating juniper-lemon oil...
Juniper and Lemon Shower Oil
1 ounce oil, such as avocado, coconut, jojoba, olive, or sunflower
7 drops juniper essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops grapefruit essential oil
1. Fill a small plastic bottle halfway with oil. Add the essential oils and shake well.
2. Add the rest of the oil, cover, and shake again.
3. Place 5 to 6 drops of oil on a wet washcloth; rub all over your body and face (take care to avoid to the eyes).
Barbara Close is a certified aromatherapist and owner of Naturopathica, a spa in East Hampton, New York. She is also the author of Well Being: Rejuvenating Recipes for Body and Soul.
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