With the COVID-19 virus spreading like wildfire, people all over the world have resorted to self-quarantine. Major companies all over the world are now encouraging their employees to work from home. Even in places where the threat of the virus spreading is low, people are doing all they can to avoid contact with others.
So if you’re stuck at home all day, there’s absolutely no need to give up on your self-care routine. Here are some home remedies that you can use if you can’t visit a spa near you. This is how to make the most out of your self-quarantine.
You can enjoy a simplified version of a body scrub at home by following the recipe below:
Sugar and coconut oil (2+15 mins)
What you’ll need:
This scrub is excellent at exfoliating, moisturising, cleansing your face as well. The best part? All the ingredients are available at home, so you don’t even need to head out.
If you’re not a big fan of using oil, there’s another recipe that involves less oil. Mix ¼ cup ground coffee, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and anywhere between 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil. The procedure is the same as above, just a lot more coffee-er!
Here are some ways to make sure that your nails remain healthy and beautiful.
You can use oils like olive oil, mustard oil, etc to care for your nails. First, clean your nails thoroughly. Then warm a small bowl of your choice of oil, dip your fingertips in it for about 15 mins. Let your nails soak in all the goodness. After you’re done, wipe clean with a towel. Repeat for best results.
Here’s a recipe that’s great at cleaning/removing stains from your nails. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl of water. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix and dip your fingertips in the solution. Let your nails soak for about 10-15 mins. Use a brush to gently scrub your nails, and finally give them a good wash.
If you don’t have baking soda, try mixing 2 teaspoons of sea salt, lukewarm water, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Rest of the steps are the same as above.
Remedies for body aches
Majority of the people in self-quarantine right now are working from home. They are still sitting on a chair at home, trying to get work done. So chances are, they’re still craving for a good massage. If you’re one of them, here are some quick fixes for body ache.
For quick relief from sore feet, here’s a tip from the experts. Place the arch of your foot on a tennis ball (or something similar). Place one hand on a wall, and gradually put more weight on the foot. You can move your foot a bit to target other spots on your foot. This will feel amazing if done right. If it hurts, you’re doing something wrong. Although this provides quick relief from aches, it is always recommended you get a professional foot reflexology treatment.
You can use the same method for your back and thighs as well. To get a better experience for your back, fill a sock with 2 tennis balls, lie down with your back on the tennis balls. Position them until they’re on either side of your spine. Slowly put your weight on the tennis ball and relax. Repeat by shifting the tennis balls higher and lower along your spine.
You can work on your neck and shoulders too. Relax your shoulders. Bend your head forward till your chin meets your chest. Use 2 or 3 fingers to apply pressure to the spot where your shoulders meet your neck. Press firmly and hold, release when the muscle feels relaxed. Roll your shoulders slowly and repeat.
There’s also a DIY heat pad you can make at home very easily. Fill three-quarters of a sock with uncooked rice. Close it tight with a rubber band. Microwave it for 2 minutes, and you have your heat pad. Gently place it in the affected areas and apply a little pressure. You can also add a cinnamon stick and a tablespoon of cloves for an added aromatic experience.
These DIY treatments may be effective for people in self-quarantine, but if you can, it is always better to visit a spa nearby.
We hope this article proved useful. Drop your thoughts and questions in the comment section below. Until next time, stay safe and in good health!