High Fructose Corn Syrup Facts and Myths

You may think high fructose corn syrup is the worst thing since the invention of the atomic bomb or the best thing since we discovered the wheel. Either way, I wanted to put on my minor’s cap and dig deep to get at the truth about high fructose corn syrup. I figure that’s the only Read More …

Manage Time for What Really Matters

Too often I hear people say, “Oh, I would really love to do that, but I just don’t have the time.” The other night at a seminar I heard a guy say, “I don’t have the time to cook healthy meals.” Well I’m here to tell you that you do have the time. You just need to manage it for what really matters in your life. Read More …

Is Being Plugged in Really So Bad?

Almost anywhere you go people are plugged in to some sort of electronic device. They’re either texting, calling on their cell phones or can’t hear anything going around them thanks to their ear buds. Others are busy spending countless hours on Facebook and other social media sites. Is being plugged in really so bad? Read More …

No will power? No worries. Lose weight anyway.

Today I have a confession to make to all of you. I have no will power. If things get too uncomfortable or a problem seems overwhelming, I don’t walk away, I run away. Realizing this about myself was the first step in helping me come up with a plan to achieve one of my numerous unattained goals. I wanted to shed about 40 excess pounds and do it working around the fact that I have no will power. Read More …

Renowned Nutritionist Shares Diet Secrets

Hello everybody, today I’m honored to introduce you to Jennifer Adler. Jennifer is a renowned nutritionist specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. She’s founder of Passionate Nutrition and co-founder of the International Eating Disorders Institute. She holds a Master of Science in clinical nutrition and counseling. Read More …

How to Feel Young at Any Age

Okay, so you’ve added years to your life, maybe even a lot of years, but the number of years you’ve lived doesn’t mean you need to feel old. I bet you didn’t know that by feeling old, you can actually make yourself look older. Now we don’t want that to happen. Why give those wrinkles help? Guaranteed wrinkles need no help! Read More …

Happy Foods and Sad Foods

Your body is a symphony of chemical reactions unique to only you. When your chemistry is in perfect harmony, you can be healthier and happier. When there is discordance, and if it is severe enough, the result is physical and or mental illness. Read More …

How to Have Fun

If you want to know how to have fun, you first must know what fun is. The word “fun” is one of those nebulous terms with different meanings for different people. In this post we’re going to explore the definition of fun then look at ways to increase the fun in your life based on how you define it. Read More …

If it’s genetically modified, should you eat it?

Here at SpaFromScratch we want you to look good, feel good and be healthy. For that reason, we dig deep into the research to get the facts on those things that will affect you. This week we’re going to discuss genetically modified foods and any health risks involved in consuming them. In short, should you eat them or ban them from your diet? Read More …

There Is Magic in a Touch

In Reach Out and Touch Someone we will first to look at the hard science behind a touch and then see what psychologists have to say. I mean I know what a wonderful feeling it gives me when a good friend touches my arm or gives me a hug. A light touch from a stranger is also welcome. However, I’m considered kinda’ weird at times so I wanted to find out if it was just me or if there really is magic in a touch. Read More …

Don’t Wait to be Happy

You can add happiness to your life every day by looking forward to fun activities for you and your family. You will tighten family bonds, be happier and of course, have fun. If you plan it right, you might even save money. Read More …

Invite Butterflies into Your Life

Butterflies add so much beauty to your life why not make them happy by creating an environment that invites them into your life. It’s really easy to do and if you create a butterfly garden, you’ll have the added benefit of getting a little exercise and the beautiful flowers you plant will make you happy too. Read More …

Flowers and Happiness

Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but bring us happiness and uplift our mood so says science. If you ever had a doubt about how important flowers can be in your life and the lives of those you care about, this post will put those doubts at rest. Read More …

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is just around the corner for many countries around the world. It’s a time to express our love and appreciation for the most important woman in our lives. This post will offer unique ideas you may not have considered. Read More …

Placebo and Nocebo Effect: The Real Importance

Placebo means healing based on belief. Nocebo means illness based on belief. So, who gives a whit? You should, and soon you’re going to understand why. When you dig a little deeper into understanding the significance of the placebo effect and the nocebo effect, your eyes will be opened to a new world that can change your life. Why do I say that? Because I can prove it to you. Read More …

Stress Free Holidays

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Can you believe it! What happens to the time? This year we here at SpaFromScratch want are goddesses to have the best holiday season ever. We are going to examine potential holiday problems, create solutions to them, and give you back that Christmas spirit that sometimes seems to fade over the years. Read More …

How to Take Some “Me Time”

The life of a woman is often filled with the care and attention to others. We tend to take on an abundance of responsibilities such as: personal maintenance, cleaning, cooking, family scheduling, bookkeeping, etc. To top everything off, many of us also work outside the home. Often we become stressed and run down trying to juggle everything on a daily basis. When this happens it is hard for us to be effective, upbeat and patient.Getting “me time” can be tough. Even though it may seem hopeless, don’t give up. There is a way. Read More …

What the Heck is CAM?

Among a couple of other acronyms CAM stands for Complementary Alternative Medicine. So what does this have to do with your spa day? Well, the answer to that is about 40% of you use CAM as a self treatment in your homemade lotions, creams and other bath products. Read More …

Conquer PMS

PMS or premenstrual syndrome is one of those annoying realities goddesses everywhere wrestle with in varying degrees. The vast majority of women everywhere have at least some experience with PMS. The whole point of this post is to help conquer PMS. It can be done, but it may take a multifaceted approach to do it. Read More …

Laughter and Health

There is a close association between laughter and health. The more you laugh the better for your health. Countless studies have been done proving this point. This post will give you a short look at why it’s an important component to a healthy happy goddess. Read More …

Thieves’ Oil Recipe – Research Says It Really Works

During the Middle Ages while the black plague was trying to wipe out the population of Europe. The story goes that thieves capitalized on the situation by stealing the belongings of the dead and dying. Yet, despite their contact with the deadly bacteria, the thieves didn’t contract the disease. The theory is that it’s because these thieves were also merchants of herbals and oils. Read More …

Quercetin for Allergies

There’s nothing beautiful about a red runny nose from allergies. Plus, allergies can get in the way of having fun. So, I decided to do some research and see if there was anything that would help relieve allergy symptoms besides over the counter antihistamines. The first thing I found was raves on the benefits of quercetin for allergies. Separating the fact from the fiction was my goal. This post only represents my findings with regards to quercetin for allergies. Read More …

Psychology of Color

To better relax, reduce stress or just enjoy yourself on your spa day, it’s important to understand the psychology of color. The psychology of color has been studied extensively. The next time you go to the store and pick out a box of cereal, know that the colors on that box have been researched. The goal of that research is to help you “choose” that box of cereal over a competing brand. Read More …

Quiet Your Mind – An Enhanced Spa Day Experience

A good spa tends to the psychological and physical well being of its clients. A good spa will quiet your mind in a variety of ways including the use of: color, music, massage, diffused scents and relaxing massages with therapeutic oils. It’s a wonderful experience, but most of us aren’t going to make it to the spa every day. (Wouldn’t that be wonderful?) There is one thing we can do to enhance our spa day experience at home. In fact, it’s something we can do to give us a 20 minute spa experience every day. We can meditate. Read More …

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Summer is big time bug season here in Northwest Washington and summer is just around the corner. Summer brings joys of warm sun, beautiful flowers and hikes in the woods. It also brings itchy welts and painful lumps from stings. As self defense against the critters that seem to be hell bent on driving their stingers into my skin, I decided to do some research and find a good homemade mosquito repellent that would also work for yellow jackets, wasps and hornets. Read More …

Vitamin Facts – Shhh It’s a Secret

So what does a post on vitamin facts have to do with having a spa day or beauty? The short answer is everything: First, a spa day is designed to be a healthy retreat from the hurly burly of day-to-day stress. Vitamins can play a vital part in relaxation. Second, vitamins and the foods that contain them are part of a total beauty treatment for skin, hair and nails. Read More …

Honoring All Crafters

Our emphasis on SpaFromScratch is the creation of healthy bath and beauty products. We believe wonderful and beneficial creations are produced by our crafters so we wanted to dedicate a post to honoring them. Read More …

How to Help Someone with Depression

There are few things more painful than watching someone you care about suffer. It’s even more painful to watch them suffer when they aren’t getting help to ease their suffering. That is often the case when depression is the cause of the suffering because the sense of helplessness can be overwhelming. However, all is not lost as there are things you can do. Read More …

Sodium Benzoate Dangers

There’s a great deal of buzz on the internet about sodium benzoate dangers. The question is how much of what you read is fact and how much is fiction. The purpose of this post is to give you the facts. Read More …

How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?

You’ll get all sorts of answers to the question of how much water should you drink a day. You’ll read that 8 to 10 glasses a day is the right amount to keep you fit. Claims that if you drink a lot of water, it will help you lose weight, feel better, have healthier skin, etc. Well, I decided the goddesses that come here to SpaFromScratch deserved to know the truth so I extensively researched the subject and what follows are the facts. Read More …

The 5 Steps to Living Your Dream

Most of us have numerous goals we would like to achieve. Examples include: losing weight, spending more quality time with family and friends, living a healthier life style, making more money, learning a language and too many more to list. However, way too often we never achieve the goals we set because we don’t get our thinking on track. Read More …

Aerobic Exercise – The Secret Benefit

Okay, you’ve heard all the health reasons you should do aerobic exercises. You know, like it increases blood flow to your muscles and makes you healthier. Maybe you’ve even heard that aerobic exercise causes the small blood vessels in your body to expand which helps carry away toxins. But, what the health folks aren’t sharing with you is one little secret. Read More …

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening

Why did I go out and buy an expensive mouthwash that contained hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening? Because I had a stupid moment, that’s why. All I had to do to have the same exact effect, without the expense was use straight hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening. Read More …

Do Pheromones Work?

This is going to be a very short post about a very big subject: pheromones, the chemicals that make us extra sexy. We’ve all heard about the use of pheromone traps to catch insects which usually leads to an unhappy end for the insect. However, the very existence of human pheromones has been hotly debated, let alone discussions regarding their effectiveness. With the discovery of human pheromones, that only left one question. Do pheromones work? Read More …

Libido Enhancers

Time with a lover should be pleasing to both, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. The causes can be physical or psychological or a combination of both. To prevent this unhappy occurrence, you can enhance your sensual pleasure with herbal libido enhancers. Read More …

The Perfect Spa Snack – Goji Berries

When it’s snack time our goddesses are demanding. They want nibble on treats worthy a goddess with discerning taste buds. They also want their snacks to be healthy. This can be a tall order, but goji berries fill it to a tee. Read More …

Red Tea, White Tea, Green Tea – A Comparison

Part of any beauty regime for a diva should include tea. However, deciding what tea is best can be a bit of a trick. We’re going to clear up the mystery so our divas can decide whether they should buy red tea, white tea or green tea by comparing them. Read More …

Is Happiness a Decision?

This is not one of my usual posts about essential oils, homemade spa products and so forth, this is a story my best friend, Jim, told me last week. It made such an impression on me that I decided to share it with you. Read More …

Personal Schedule for a Beautiful You

Keeping your skin, hair and nails in tip top condition should be the goal of all the goddesses here at SpaFromScratch. The best way to do that is to set up a personal schedule so that no part of your body is overlooked. Read More …

The Very Best New Year Resolution and How to Keep It

The very best resolution for the coming year is to keep yourself healthy. The best way to do that is to eat the right foods, get plenty of exercise and control the stressors in your life. There’s nothing new about that, but if you’re like most of us, you haven’t exactly been a shining star in the past. Fortunately that can all change with a few little tricks. Read More …

Create Spring and Summer Anytime

If you live in a northern climate like we do, when winter hits with its storms, clouds, and generally ookie weather, it’s easy to develop serious doldrums. However, there is good news; you can create your own sunshine environment and experience spring and summer any time of year. Read More …

It’s Good to be Different

We all know what makes you alike other people. You probably have two eyes, two ears, one nose, one head, two arms, two legs and gender appropriate genitalia. Yet you are different. You don’t feel like you’re exactly the same as the other people on this planet. So, what makes you different? Read More …

One Day to be Thankful

It’s wonderful to spend an entire day each year just to be thankful. What follows is a list of things Lori and I are thankful for. Why don’t you tell your family here at SpaFromScratch what you are thankful for by adding to the comments. Let’s keep the list going. Read More …

Why Am I Ugly?

Do you look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Why am I ugly?” Rather than baking yourself a cake and having the grand daddy of pity parties, get proactive. Ask yourself, “What can I do about it?” The answer to that question can affect the rest of your life. Read More …