As an HP MyPrintly, I was lucky enough to attend the HP Pamper and Retreat. The retreat was a combination of networking, learning, and pampering. One of our pampering activities was a Thai poultice workshop hosted by the spa at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. There was a station set up to make your own DIY herbal spa satchel to take home and use in the bathtub. We filled it with herbs of our choice to take home. I thought this was a great activity for a bridal or baby shower, or a spa party with the girls.
A Thai poultice is a 14th century therapeutic massage technique that helps relieve sore and achy muscles, ligaments, and tendons through aromatic herbs and spices. Here is a list of herbs that we used and you can offer as well at your party.
Green Tea Extract – anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial
Hibiscus Flower – unclogs pores, softens skin, firms, and lifts
Peppermint Leaf – aids concentration and calms nerves
Rose Petals – aphrodisiac, mood regulator, stress reliever
Eucalyptus Leaf – relieve congestion, ease muscle soreness
Orange Peel – improves and tones skins texture and color
Chamomile Leaf – calms and soothes skin
Lemongrass – remedy for stress, headaches, cramps, and dizziness
Lavender Flower – soothing, relaxing, and balancing
Rosemary – helps with circulation, metabolism, and removes toxins
Fresh Lavender – increases circulation, helps respiratory and congestion
Rose Hip Powder – helps with dry aging and chapped skin
Honey, Oat, and Sweet Orange – calms and protect skin, and hydrates
Honey Powder – antibacterial and soothing properties
Place each herb and spice in apothecary jars. Give a list of each herb and their properties. Allow each guest to fill a satchel.
Wrap each satchel in a box with ribbon to take home as a gift or party favor.