Autumn in Virginia tip: if you do this pumpkin spa night, the meditation, light the candle and the pumpkin smoothie, you can check off 4 self-care activities on the October Self-Care Challenge!
With a little advance preparation, you can have an at-home spa night that is just right for October relaxation and self-care.
Gather your pampering supplies:
- Herbal tea, mineral water or “spa” water (chill water with cucumber or lemon slices). Or enjoy a pumpkin smoothie.
- Fragranced bath products. Bath and Body Works has lots of seasonal fragranced products if you like fragrant bubbles.
- Epsom salts for healing and calming magnesium. Add some honey to your bath, if you like.
- Some water-safe crystals to set around your bath, such as autumn-colored carnelian, citrine and Tiger Eye, as well as good ol’ quartz.
- Six drops each of red and yellow food coloring turns the bathwater pumpkin orange!
- A pumpkin-scented candle (like the Pumpkin Chai candle, $1, Dollar Tree).
- Music, ambient sounds or a seasonal guided meditation.
- One of these homemade pumpkin mask or scrub recipes. I’m using a home-made mixture of 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 Tbsp. each of honey and olive oil and 1 tsp. each of cinnamon and nutmeg to leave on my face for 15 minutes.
- Your favorite seasonal hue of polish for your toenails.
Light the candle, draw a bath and soak for 20 minutes (play the guided meditation if you have trouble relaxing completely). Don’t forget to bring an unbreakable drink container so you can hydrate while in the bath.
Afterwards, continue your evening of relaxation by moisturizing your skin with a delicious lotion, donning spa socks and cuddling up with an intriguing seasonal story, such as The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo.
Take a light dinner early in the evening and turn in early for a good night’s sleep.