Local Flavor: Four Spas Growing Their Own Ingredients

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Some spas like to take the natural beauty concept to the next level by utilizing herbs grown in their on-site gardens. Here, get some inspiration from the spas below on how your spa can follow suit.

  1. The Shangri-La Body Treatment ($330, 1 hour 40 minutes) at Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn (CA) helps to cleanse and nourish the skin with Ojai Valley honey and lavender grown on property. The treatment consists of a full-body buffing with lavender and herb powder and a warm lavender-honey body wrap. While cocooned in the wrap, guests receive a warm scalp treatment, a mini facial, and an application of nourishing shea butter from Body Bliss.
     
  2. The Herb and Honey Scrub Bar Custom Body Scrub (starting at $125, 50 minutes) at The Salish Spa at Salish Lodge & Spa (Snoqualmie, WA) allows guests to work with a spa mixologist to choose from a variety of herbs to blend with honey from the resort’s on-site apiary. It’s then mixed with essential oils from Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare and SaltWorks salt or sugar to create a truly customized scrub. 
     
  3. The Personal Apothecary Wrap and Massage ($265, 90 minutes; $350, 2 hours) at the Spa at Farmhouse at Farmhouse Inn and Spa (Forestville, CA) uses a state-of-the-art app and guidance from an alchemist. Guests blend together treatment oils using herbs from the kitchen garden. The therapist then helps turn the blend into a wrap and massage cream to be used during the service. 
     
  4. At The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN), guests are encouraged to pause for a deep breath of lavender in the spa’s herb garden. They then clip a sprig to infuse in their steam shower or to tuck under their pillows at night. Guests can also opt for the Healing Herbs & Flowers ($185, 50 minutes; $275, 80 minutes) massage, which utilizes Naturopathica and RICA products and helps to renew, detox, and relax the mind and body with a blend of essential oils. It includes the application of poultices filled with farm-fresh herbs and flowers steeped in warm water. This helps to induce a deeper state of relaxation. 
     

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