Entries tagged: Mary Bemis

Wellness: A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

Wellness: A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

The treatment menu of a great spa is essentially a walk-in guidebook to healing botanicals. Here are a few of my favorites that really feature the local plants. By Mary Bemis Bavaria, Germany A favorite jaunt of mine is the thermal spa town of Bad Wörishofen, the tiny Bavarian village where, beginning in the 1850s, Father Sebastian Kneipp practiced his world-renowned Kneipp Cure. His particular philosophy involved the use of hot-and cold-water therapies in combination with herbalism. Some of the herbs used included calendula, which acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory; juniper to soothe sore muscles; and valerian to promote […]

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Wellness: Healing Elements

Wellness: Healing Elements

This is the season for renewal, and what better way to feel good, enliven the spirit and the senses than with a visit to a spa that embraces the basics. By Mary Bemis Bathing rituals are as old as civilization. The Egyptians practiced water therapies, the Greeks introduced cold-water baths, the Persians were busy creating steam and mud baths, the Turks followed with lavish baths built during the Ottoman Empire and in 1326, a curative spring was found in a little town in Belgium. As it turns out, this was the very spring frequented by the Romans before 100 A.D. […]

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Travel Cure Carry-Ons

Travel Cure Carry-Ons

Now that you know what to do to avoid the common pitfalls of travel before, during, and after your trip, don’t forget to tuck these products in your carry-on. They’ll make your plane ride much more pleasant. By: Mary Bemis 1. ESPA 24-Hour Skin Saviour | An all-in-one product that may be used on face (dry lips!) and body, this little miracle tube contains skin-softening shea butter, manuka and tamanu oils, as well as evening primrose to deliver a skin-rescuing wallop of natural goodness. It’s also beneficial for protecting the skin from the woes of urban environments, as well as […]

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