Taking Care of Sensitive Skin

Posted by Maria on August 25, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Sensitive skin is increasingly common. Perhaps you can relate to Holly’s story.

Holly’s Challenge: Allergies and Sensitivities to Scents and Fragrances

Home spa day.Holly liked the idea of going to the spa a few times a year, but she found that her allergies and sensitivities to fragrances acted up whenever she spent time in a spa environment. Maybe it was the nail polish remover that was wafting over from the treatment room next door that bothered her or maybe one of the staff members was wearing perfume.

It’s hard to know sometimes what may trigger sensitive skin to react. We’re constantly bombarded by all kinds of junk in our environment and while our immune systems do their best to keep possible threats at bay, we still might have skin issues and conditions.

Sensitive skin is both a genetic skin type and a skin condition and is characterized by fragile, thin skin and redness. When aggravated, sensitive skin might also show up as inflammation, rashes, spots, bumps, acne breakouts, or a burning or itching sensation.

Sensitive skin sunburns easily and has a tendency for sun damage, hyperpigmentation (spots and uneven skin tone), and is prone to Rosacea. Sensitive skin needs to be treated with gentle care.

Sensitive skin can be easily irritated by:

  • Exposure to heat, sun, or smog,
  • Skin care products,
  • Synthetic fragrances (like from laundry soap),
  • Spicy foods,
  • Preservatives,
  • Stress,
  • Age, and
  • Medications.

To care for your Sensitive Skin (including Rosacea)

  • Focus on calming and cooling the skin.
  • Use skin care products that have calming and cooling ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and liquorice extracts.
  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of cucumber water, coconut water, and peppermint tea.
  • Avoid irritating products in general (whether you’re applying them on your skin or using other household products).
  • Resist the temptation to touch your face.
  • Wear daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher for Sensitive Skin.
  • Make sure you gently wash your face before bed and apply an unscented moisturizer. In other words, don’t sleep with make-up on!
  • Keep your make-up brushes clean and discard expired cosmetics.
  • Avoid aggressive spa treatments and procedures, like excessive rubbing, applying heat, or using abrasive or granular exfoliants.
  • Make an appointment for a facial with Homespunspa Mobile Spa.

Mobile Spas Might Be The Ideal Solution

The good news for Holly and others with Sensitive Skin is, with a mobile spa service that comes to your house, you don’t have to worry about being exposed to synthetic fragrances in your own home because you have more control over your own environment.

You also don’t have to compete with appointments that might be happening concurrently in the spa. Just remember, when you make your appointments with Homespunspa Mobile Spa, remind us to bring our unscented skin care products (like cleansers and massage oil), not to bring our essential oils, and not to wear any products that contain fragrances (like hairspray and deodorant).

Having Sensitive Skin doesn’t have to slow you down. Just be mindful about what you’re doing and how your skin is responding. Take special notice of how you’ve been feeling lately (have you been angry, irritable, aggressive, frustrated, impatient, or stressed lately?) and if your moods connect with a flare up in your skin. Keep track of your observations in a journal, and once you find what’s working for you, stick with it!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

How to Blend Essential Oils for Synergy

Posted by Maria on August 22, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Ingredients, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Did you know there’s a job title out there called, “The Nose?”

Noses are Master Perfumers who work in the billion dollar fragrance industry. Not only do Noses have exceptional olfactory discernment, they’re also artists and chemists and they create aromas and fragrances that the rest of us will resonate with on a very deep, emotional level.

Let me give you an example of how perfumery works.

I had my first brush with the science behind the perfume back in the early 1980’s from a Bloomingdale’s Perfume Spritzer. Calvin Klein’s Obsession perfume had just been launched and the Sales Lady described the perfume as having four distinct “scent stories” to its life when sprayed and worn on the body.

Initially, you get a really strong and bright blast of everything. Then, as the citrus layers (or top notes) fade and float away in the early minutes, a slightly deeper floral scent emerges. The floral tones (or middle notes) then give way into a more exotic layer of fragrance (more middle notes) and then after a few hours of prominence, the exotic notes give way to a more subtle, deeper, and woodsier scent. In other words, at the end of the day, you’re left with mostly base notes.

The next time you smell a really complex fragrance, think about the Nose who composed it because all along, they were thinking about you!

Perhaps you’d like to do the same. Does telling stories with aromas sound like a career for you?

Essential oils in a lavender field.

If you’d like to see if you have a knack for aromatherapy and try your hand at being a Nose, start with creating your own essential oil blends. The goal of blending essential oils is to create an aroma which becomes greater than the sum of its individual parts, and this fusion is called, “Synergy.”

Synergy is wow! Synergy brings all of the healing properties of each essential oil to a whole new level. It’s off the charts!

In my online store, cruisingintowellness.com, I sell many different, high quality essential oils that you can play with. But which ones do you start with first?

As a spa professional who has been using therapeutic essential oils for almost 20 years, I recommend starting your collection of essential oils with familiar scents. Think about your favourite flowers, or soaps, or the flavour combinations that you like when eating certain family recipes. What you already like will give you clues.

Also, each essential oil belongs to a scent family. Once you have a few ideas, consider essential oils that may be related. I personally like to group essential oils by whether they warm me up or cool me down.

Warming Scent Families

  • Citrus: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Petigrain, Tangerine.
  • Spicy: Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg.
  • Tropical, Exotic: Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Line, Mandarin, Myrrh, Orange, Palmarosa, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.
  • Floral, Rose: Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang.
  • Sweet, Mellow: Benzoin, Cardamom, Mandarin, Myrrh, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang.

Cooling Scent Families

  • Minty: Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Mediterranean, Herb: Basil, Chamomile, Dill, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
  • Woodsy: Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Thyme
  • Earthy, Nutty: Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Tea Tree, Vetiver
  • Fresh, Aquatic: Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint.
  • Liquorice: Anise, Basil, Fennel, Star Anise

Top Notes, Middle Notes, and Base Notes

When reading my story about Obsession, you may have noticed my references to Top Notes, Middle Notes, and Base Notes. Knowing which essential oil is considered a Top Note, Middle Note or Base Note is another way to blend essential oils for optimum potency.

Blending perfume is like composing harmonious chords in music and you can learn to tune your nose (like a Nose!) and like you would your ears and hearing to recognize sharps, flats, perfect pitch, and harmony.

To further the musical analogy, a well-tuned (or balanced) perfume usually includes a Top, Middle, and Base note in its recipe. Notes are categories that loosely reflect the endurance and evaporation rates of essential oils.

The science of how this works is inexact though because each essential oil is made up of many compounds which evaporate (or try to escape) at different rates, so a single oil like Jasmine, can spread across the board into all “note” categories, depending on how it’s used. Plus, the behaviour of the essential oil will also be influenced by its shelf age, weather conditions during the growing season, production quality, how it’s combined with other ingredients, and even your own mood.

Arguably, you’ll never smell the exact same scent twice. Still, it’s useful to know how to build fragrance blends while keeping notes in mind.

  1. Top Notes are the light, bright, fresh, stimulating, and immediately-noticed aromas. Scent vanishes within hours and has low endurance. Try Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Spearmint, or Tangerine.
  2. Middle Notes are the heart, the body, the dominant character of the blend. Scent lasts 24-60 hours. Try Black Pepper, Cardamon, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, or Ylang Ylang.
  3. Base Notes are the sedative and calming anchor notes used to fix (set or preserve) the blend. Scent lasts from 60 hours to 6 to 7 days and has high endurance. Try Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vanilla, or Vetiver.

Paper Test

To get an idea of how certain essential oils will perform together, do a paper strip test.

  1. First, have some coffee beans nearby so you can clear your nasal palette between aromas.
  2. Have several (10-12) testing steps pre-cut from sheets of paper about the width of your finger and the length of your hand.
  3. Carefully, place a drop of your essential oil on one end of one strip and write down the name of the essential oil on the paper.
  4. Repeat with more essential oils on separate strips.
  5. Then, arrange the strips into a fan and wave them in front of your nose. This works much better than sniffing from bottles.
  6. If you like the combination, go ahead and make a full-sized version.

Keep Track

Also, get into the habit of keeping a journal to record your recipes and impressions. When you sniff your new essential oil blends, make a note of what comes to mind.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is the scent like?
  2. Is the scent sweet, floral, citrus, woodsy? or
  3. Is the scent earthy, mossy, smoky, herbaceous, minty? or
  4. Is the scent free, medicinal, dry, heavy, light, exotic?
  5. Do you like the essence?
  6. What memories do these scents conjure up?
  7. What else can you observe?
  8. What would you change next time?

and write down your thoughts. You’ll love looking through your old notes as you make progress in your knowledge!

So that’s a peak into the world of perfumery and creating your own synergistic essential oil blends!

I originally wrote this information in my book, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way in 2006. If you’d like some home spa recipes and get a copy of my book, please email me and place your order.

Also, let me know if you’d like to buy some essential oils from my online store, cruisingintowellness.com.

Let your creative imagination soar! I’d love to hear about your synergistic blends in the comments!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

Back to School Facial, Anyone?

Posted by Maria on August 21, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Esthetics School, Facials, Gift Ideas, Homespunspa, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

“The most beautiful face is always the face of the peaceful mind!” — Mehmet Muratildan

Spa Collection Skin Care Line.August is a great month to have a Facial!

We’re thrilled to be using a new skin care line called, Spa Collection, in our facial treatments. Spa Collection is Clean, Natural, Pure… Beauty the Way Mother Nature Intended.

Book your customizable Spa Collection Facial with Homespunspa Mobile Spa by August 31, 2018 — just in time before school starts again — and receive a FREE Rainbow Meditation recording as a bonus. Contact Maria today!

A facial treatment is a professional service designed to improve and rejuvenate the skin on the face, neck, shoulders, and décolleté. Getting regular facials will definitely slow down signs of pre-mature aging and will help you manage stress.

This Spa Collection skin care line is customizable to any skin type, whether your skin is dry, normal, oily, acneic, combination, sensitive, or mature.

But if you’re looking for an Anti-Aging Facial in particular, that’s where the Spa Collection skin care products really shine! Your skin will be nourished and hydrated and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be reduced. And you’ll also have a natural glow!

Regardless of your age or skin concern, the Spa Collection Facial will highlight your skin’s natural radiance and will help you look and feel fantastic!

We love Spa Collection. The All Natural Skin Care Products are:

  1. Safe for all skin types
  2. Hypoallergenic
  3. Parabens-free
  4. Sulfates-free and
  5. are not tested on animals.

Choose how long you’d like your facial to be:

  1. 30 Minutes… $55
  2. 60 Minutes…$100
  3. 90 Minutes…$145

The beauty of a mobile spa is… we come to you… so you don’t have to worry about undoing all of that relaxation the minute the facial appointment is over!

You’ll also get to try the Spa Collection skin care products for yourself and…

If you like any of our products, including:

  1. Purifying Foaming Cleanser 50ml $8.99
  2. Refreshing Facial Toner 150ml $15.99
  3. Glacial Clay Masque 150g $19.99
  4. Rejuvenating Serum 30ml $59.99
  5. Luminous Moisture Lotion 120ml $24.99

You can purchase them from Maria’s Cruisingintowellness.com online store, to use as part of your daily skin care routine at home.

Our clients especially love the smooth and creamy Glacial Clay Masque!

And, remember, if you book your facial appointment before the end of August, 2018, you’ll also get a free Rainbow Meditation recording as your special gift!

We’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a spa therapist and blogger specializing in relaxation and wellness.

Which Type of Spa is for You?

Posted by Maria on August 20, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Mobile Spa, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

spa robe.

Are you planning a trip to a spa in the near future?

With thousands of different spas all around the world to choose from, each with their own signature spa treatments and philosophies, how do you choose which type of spa experience is best for you?

First, I’d like to clarify what I mean by “spa.”

  • A Spa is a commercial establishment that provides health and wellness treatments;
  • Spa Philosophy is about the fundamental beliefs that an individual or business holds about health, wellness, and beauty;
  • Spa Therapy is a general term for a wide range of treatment methods or techniques, used by various professionals in different settings, to support health and wellness; and
  • Spa Treatment is a general term for a treatment that uses water (wherever possible), specialized products, and various techniques to bring about relaxation or to support overall health and wellness.

With that said, before giving a spa your credit card number to book your reservation, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What’s my own spa philosophy?
  2. What would I like to address or focus on while I’m at the spa? (This includes: weight loss, relaxation, spiritual growth, enhance beauty, etc.)
  3. Is there a specific spa treatment that I’ve heard about and would like to try? If so, who offers it?
  4. Do I want to leave town to go to a spa?
  5. How long am I planning to stay? (just for one treatment, half day, full day, overnight, a few days, as long as it takes, etc.)
  6. Do I want to combine this spa visit with an event, tour, or vacation?
  7. Can I also focus on my favourite fitness activities while I’m there? (like golf, nature hikes, swimming, etc.)
  8. Who am I travelling with?
  9. Do I have a place in mind that has been on my bucket list for years?
  10. What’s my budget?

Answering these above questions will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for from a spa.

You can also choose a spa based on its category.

Day Spas: are a good place to get your feet wet before taking the plunge into a more exotic spa experience. At a Day Spa, you can choose your spa services from an a la carte menu or you can choose a package of treatments and spend a half-day or full day there. Treatments may include: facials, skin care treatments, relaxation massages, body wraps, waxing, make-up application, manicures, pedicures, reflexology, acupressure, yoga, hair styling, healthy lunch, a dip in the pool, etc.

Destination Spas: are located in a beautiful location with mountain or ocean views. It’s like walking into a postcard. Like a destination wedding, the location itself is part of the reason for travelling there and you’ll likely spend a week or more at the spa without going anywhere else nearby. Destination Spas offer programs that encourage healthy lifestyle changes and may include: spa treatments that have a local ingredient or theme, fitness activities and classes, educational wellness talks, and healthy restaurant meals.

Resort Spas: Similar to Destination Spas, Resort Spas are an all-inclusive experience in a spectacular location. Between spa visits, you can also enjoy the resort’s recreational and leisure bonuses. With Resort Spas, there’s something for everyone and you can start your day with meditation, yoga, a hike in the mountains, healthy meals, a wellness coaching session, a couples’ massage, and squeeze in a mud wrap. Or you can just sit by the pool all day and drink your cocktails. It’s up to you.

Cruise Ship Spas: Most people don’t go on a cruise just for the spas they have onboard, and for the longest time, spas were just an afterthought. But nowadays, you can book a wellness-themed cruise and stay in a special part of the ship, have a daily spa treatment, sit in on wellness seminars, enjoy meals from a special menu, attend fitness classes, go on exclusive excursions, and meet like-minded travellers.

Hot Spring Spas or Thermal Spas or Mineral Spas: People have been visiting mineral-rich Hot Springs for their healing powers since pre-historic times. There’s something therapeutic about following in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and sitting in a naturally-heated pool of water. Spas located near mineral pools will design their facials and body wraps to reflect the natural healing and purifying features of the water source and many people will travel to Hot Spring Spas for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Medical Spas or Medi-Spas: These spas provide medical spa services for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes in a calming, relaxing, and luxurious setting. In a Medi-Spa, you can find skin treatments like Botox or Collagen injections, chemical skin peels, liposuction, and plastic surgery coupled with a massage to support a quicker recovery time. You can also find alternative medicine practices such as Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture. Dental Spas are also becoming popular. You can also go to a Medical Spa to get a whole bunch of tests and assessments done, such as blood tests, to customize a treatment plan for your particular concerns such as weight loss, diabetes, chronic headaches, chronic stress, or insomnia, etc.

Mobile Spas or Travelling Spas: is a business like Homespunspa Mobile Spa that offers health, wellness, and spa treatments to people in their homes, hotel rooms, offices, or wherever you can think of. Although Mobile Spas can accommodate individual appointments, often people hire Mobile Spas for spa parties. Treatments include: manicures, pedicures, facials, relaxation massages, chair massages, and more. You’d be surprised at what level of service a mobile spa can provide.

So, that’s how I would go about choosing my next trip to a spa. Let me know in the comments if you’ve found this helpful. Enjoy your spa day! Maria

27 Ways to Use Floral Waters

Posted by Maria on August 17, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Bath and Body, Cruising into Wellness store, Dear Homespunspa, Esthetics School, Face, Facials, Feet, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

9 floral waters.One of my mobile spa clients recently asked me if I knew of any good ways to stay cool this summer and I immediately suggested spraying floral water directly on the skin like a perfume!
Floral waters are popular in esthetics and spa treatments and are a safe and effective way to use aromatherapy!
They’re also a great way to beat the summer heat! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

What are Floral Waters?

Floral waters, also known as Hydrosols, are produced alongside essential oils during the steam distillation process. Floral waters possess both the qualities of the essential oil as well as the water-soluble components of the plant.
While Hydrosols are produced as a by-product of essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated than their essential oil counterparts. Floral waters are naturally very mild, so they’re safe to use on children, the elderly, and those with chronic afflictions.
Floral waters can be used daily and directly on the skin. Floral waters are gentler than essential oils and can be substituted for essential oils, if essential oils cause irritation.
Floral waters are used as astringents, toners, and healing sprays. They can be used in home spa recipes like cleansers, toners, masques, lotions, crèmes, or foot sprays.
Similar to essential oils, floral waters may be blended together to create synergies, or they can be added to blends containing essential oils. Not only do they heighten the effect of the blend, they also add subtle components of the plant to create a more complex bouquet.

Here are 27 Ways to use Floral Waters and the Best Ones for the Job

1. Signature Perfume (Blend two or more fragrances together) – Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
2. Face Toner after Cleansing or Masque – Chamomile, Rose, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang
3. Skin Care (for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot or sensitive skin) – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Rose
4. Make-Up Remover – Orange Blossom, Rose
5. Rejuvenating Body Mist – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
6. Sunburn Soother – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
7. Hair Rinse – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
8. Add to Shampoo & Conditioner (to help condition & add shine to hair) – Lemongrass, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
9. Add to Liquid Hand Soap, Body Wash, & Bath Water – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
10. Remedy for Puffy, Dark Circles Under the Eyes (Just soak two cotton pads with the floral water and cover each eye for 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness and dark circles). – Roman Chamomile
11. Foot Spray and Foot Soak – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Tea Tree
12. Room Spray to Freshen Air – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
13. Car Spray for Long Road Trips – Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
14. Sleep Aid –Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood
15. Anti-Depressant – Orange Blossom
16. Hot Flash Buster – Lavender
17. Cold Compress – Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint
18. Hot Compress – Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood
19. Linen Spray while Ironing – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang.
20. Add To The Final Rinse Water In Your Laundry Washing Cycle – Orange Blossom, Rose
21. Immune Booster – Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
22. Anti-Inflammatory (skin conditions) – Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose
23. Memory Enhancer – Rosemary
24. Digestive Support – Lemongrass, Rosemary
25. Safe-for-Children Wet Wipe (A few squirts on a tissue makes a great natural wet-wipe) –  Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
26. Add to Bathwater to Calm a Restless Baby – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
27. To Sanitize Hands, Toilet Seats, Tables, Utensils, etc. – Lavender, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree

As you can see, the applications are endless!

What are your favourite ways to use floral waters? Let us know in the comments.

And if you’d like to buy a bottle of your favourite floral water, I carry all of the above mentioned floral waters including: Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, & Ylang Ylang in my online store, www.CruisingIntoWellness.com.

120ml bottles from $11.99 CAD. Also available in 15ml/.5oz (travel) sizes.

To place an order, please email me at homespunspa.

Happy Garlic Day!

Posted by Maria on April 19, 2017 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Bath and Body, Esthetics School, Face, Feet, Hair, Hands and Nails, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When you think of a spa, you probably don’t think about garlic at the same time, but did you know that garlic is actually a supernatural spa ingredient?

In honour of National Garlic Day on April 19th, here’s a quick snapshot about how garlic is used in cosmetics and how it can be used in the home spa.

GARLIC (Allium sativum):

  • Home spa recipes: extracts, baths, lotions. Garlic among the roses.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, masking.
  • Baths: Add whole cloves with their peel to bathwater for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and to treat ACNE scars.
  • Body: Add extract to a lotion to rub Rheumatic pain and to disinfect insect bites.
  • Feet: Apply to feet to heal corns and bunyans.
  • Food: Eat for flavour and nutrition and to help with colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, digestive problems, high blood pressure, vericose veins, Rheumatism, and to support healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Balances: Root (1st) and Third Eye (6th) chakras plus reduces Vata (Infinity/Air), Increases Pitta (Fire), Reduces Kapha (Water/Earth).
  • Find in: Healthfood stores, grocery stores, markets, wellness centres, pharmacies, cosmetics, food products, medications/supplements, gardens.
  • Caution: Garlic’s odour may be overpowering to the people around you.

Here’s a quote that talks about the aromatherapy side of garlic:

“I could smell garlic, butter, and wine – the world’s most delicious flavor combination. It made me feel warm, like the first few sips of wine always do,”
~ Sarah Jio, The Violets of March

So as you can see, even though it’s known as the “smelly rose,” garlic is still loved by millions around the world and has been regarded as both a food and a remedy since ancient times.

Don’t Let Jet Lag Keep You Grounded

Posted by Maria on August 16, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Creating Wellness ebook, Energy Healing, Fitness, Gemstones & Crystals, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Ingredients, Life Coaching, Massages, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I’ve got travel on my mind!

First, with the Summer Olympics being a big draw, the International Olympic Committee has predicted that 480,000+ tourists and sports fans will travel from all corners of the earth to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August, 2016. That’s a lot of zig-zagging across the planet!

Also, many of my friends are currently travelling for their summer vacations, getting one last trip in before school starts, to all kinds of wonderful places all over the world, and I love hearing about their adventures.

As for me, I’m in the process of planning a Transformation is Possible Cruise to Alaska in August, 2017, which will be all about coaching and wellness, which I’ll tell you more about in the coming months, because you’re invited to join me!

Anyway, with all of this talk of travel, I thought it would be nice to write a blog post on how to minimize Jet Lag so everyone can enjoy their trips more fully.

don't let jet lag keep you grounded.

I don’t want Jet Lag to keep anyone grounded.

The formal name for Jet lag is “desynchronosis” which is a fancy way of saying, “out of sync” which makes sense. It’s also called “flight fatigue.”

Jet Lag is not fun. Thank goodness it’s only temporary! This sleep disorder happens when our body’s natural circadian rhythms aren’t matching up with the local time and the delay can feel quite debilitating.

Symptoms of Jet Lag include:

  1. fatigue
  2. digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, and nausea,
  3. dehydration,
  4. anxiety,
  5. disorientation, confusion, and inability to concentrate,
  6. dizziness & grogginess,
  7. headache,
  8. irritability,
  9. sweating,
  10. general malaise,
  11. mild depression, and
  12. insomnia, disrupted sleep, and irregular sleep patterns.

Depending on whether you’re heading West or East and the time of day you’re travelling, it takes about one day for each time zone you’ve crossed to realign your body clock to your new (or regular) time zone.

Although some Jet Lag is unavoidable while traveling great distances by airplane, it’s still possible to keep disruption to a minimum and get the circadian rhythms humming again sooner rather than later.

9 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag

1. Stay hydrated:

Cabin air can be very dehydrating and being dehydrated is already uncomfortable. Symptoms from dehydration overlap with symptoms of Jet Lag and you don’t want to amplify your Jet Lag by starting off as weak and dehydrated. So, even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink at least one glass of water for every hour you’re in the air. Also, avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during your flight.

2. Use ginger:

Ginger is good for nausea and headaches so if you can, bring some ginger essential oil with you (perhaps in a pump spray bottle), or drink ginger ale or ginger tea, or eat some Sushi with pickled ginger before your flight at the airport.

3. Consider melatonin:

To ease your transition to the new time zone and to reset your body clock, consider taking melatonin, either as a nonprescription drug or from a food source like cherries. Please see my blog post, “Top of your day with a cherry”

4. Try Reflexology:

Speaking of melatonin, you can also use Reflexology to stimulate the production of this sleep-regulating hormone by applying pressure to the Pineal gland points on your hands, feet, or ears. To work this reflexology point on the feet, use your index finger and press in and down on the outside edge (or medial side) of your big toe, just above the midway bump at the base of the nail.

5. Get some pre-flight life coaching:

If you’re feeling anxious about flying and are a nervous traveller, book a session with a life coach like me before your trip. A coach can be very calming and reassuring. On top of that, voicing your concerns and imagining a smooth flight without any complications, including Jet Lag, ahead of time, will also work wonders.

6. Wear gemstone jewellery:

Travellers have been carrying healing crystals for their protective and healing properties on their journeys for thousands of years. Wearing gemstone and crystal jewellery is an excellent and easy way to ensure a safe and pleasant voyage. Crystal jewellery also looks nice and makes a great conversation starter. I recommend Turquoise to safeguard your possessions and to facilitate communication, Yellow Jasper to calm nausea or motion sickness, and silvery-black Hematite to help get rid of Jet Lag. Of course, there’s also the perfectly-named Jet stone which offers protection, helps clear negativity, and brings good luck.

7. Get up and stretch:

Every few hours, take about 15 minutes to stretch your muscles from head to toe. Roll your neck, shoulders, wrists, and ankles and twist at your waist from side to side. All the better if you practice yoga. You can stretch while seated of course, but it’s even better when you get up mid flight and walk up and down the aisle a few times to get your circulation going and stretch while standing up.

8. Go outside when you can:

Once you arrive, spend time outside in nature and then you’ll receive natural cues from the environment that will help your body reset itself to your new surroundings. Also, if you happen to catch some rays, you’ll also get some Vitamin D which will help boost your immunity. Please read my blog post, “It’s Vitamin D Day”.

9. Get a massage:

As a massage practitioner, I recommend getting a massage to minimize the amount of time it takes to recover from Jet Lag. Nowadays, you can get a chair massage at the airport or you can book a more extravagant massage at a spa at your destination. Either way, a massage will help you release tension and sleep better at night.

I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid Jet Lag on your next trip. And if you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing Jet Lag below. Thanks!

Here’s a Calendar of Wellness & Health Awareness Days in 2016

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by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days, Weeks, and Months for Canadians in 2016. Hopefully, these health promotion days will inspire you to practice self-care throughout the seasons. (For a deeper look at why self-care is so important, please read my blog post “Is Self-Care Selfish?”

On occasion, I’ve also included links to blog posts I’ve written about practicing on-going self-care that tie into these events and to my Homespunspa Mobile Spa and wellness coaching services. I’ve just realized how much writing I’ve been doing over the last few years! :)

As I’m compiling this list, I’m counting my blessings and I’m really grateful for my good health. With these special days and holidays as door openers, there are literally hundreds of ways we can all reach out to the people around us and celebrate life together.

Please visit Health Canada for active links to the websites of the health-related organizations. Also, if any of these organizations resonate strongly with you, consider volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events. As you can see, there are lots of needs to fill in this world, so help where you can (especially if you’re looking for your life’s purpose) to make the world a better place for all of us.

P.S. #1: As you read this list, you might find yourself saying, “There’s a day for that?” more than once. To answer your question, yes, yes, there is. Thank you to all of the creative and caring people out there who have worked so hard to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars.

P.S. #2: I’d really love it if you’d share these blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Thank you in advance.

P.S. #3: If you know of a special health- and wellness-related day, week, or month that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and let us know about it and I’ll update the list.

P.S. #4: If you have a wellness blog like mine, here’s a editorial calendar with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year. You’re welcome!

Wellness Oasis12 Months of Wellness and Health Awareness Days

In January, we have…

  • Alzheimer Awareness Month
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Emerald, Garnet, Rose Quartz
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month (Tea Association of Canada) — Please see my blog post, “Less Caffeine is a Sleeper’s Dream.”
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • National Bath Safety Month (U.S.)
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Hobby Month (U.S.)
  • National Oatmeal Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe”
  • National Soup Month (U.S.)
  • National Train Your Dog Month (U.S.)
  • Walk Your Pet Month — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • New Year’s Day on January 1st — Please read my blog post, “Happy New Rear!”
  • Polar Bear Swim on January 1st
  • World Hypnotism Day on January 4th — Please read my blog post, “What is a Holistic Practioner?”
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 11th
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th
  • National Rubber Ducky Day (U.S.) on January 13th
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day (U.S.) on January 14th
  • SHE Day (600 Women talk business and leadership in Winnipeg, MB) on January 15th
  • Colour Days!!! Rainbow Day (let these colours inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on January 17th
  • Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17th — Please read my blog post, “Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?”
  • National Non-Smoking Week from January 17th to January 23rd — Please see my blog post, “Is 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking?”
  • National Popcorn Day (U.S.) on January 19th
  • Weedless Wednesday on January 20th
  • National Hugging Day on January 21st
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (U.S.) on January 22nd
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24th
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25th
  • Family Literacy Day on January 27th — Please buy my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon and read my blog post, “Sharing a Tip from my Creating Wellness Ebook on how to Sleep Better.”
  • International Lego Day on January 28th
  • Women’s Right to Vote in Canada 100th Anniversary on January 28th.

In February, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx — Please read my blog post, “Cheers to the Chi Machine.”
  • Heart Health Month
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Top off your day with a cherry.”
  • Psychology Month — Please read my blog post, “How to feel a sense of wholeness within.”
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1st to February 7th
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd
  • Winter Walk Day on February 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 7th to February 13th
  • Chinese New Year Day of the Red Monkey Year on February 8th
  • Family Day in BC on February 8th
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th — Please read my blog post, “Tips for Lips.”
  • International Flirting Week from February 14th to February 20th
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 15th
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 15th and February 16th — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd
  • Tennis Day on February 23rd
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 24th
  • Oscar Sunday on February 28th — Please see my blog post, “SPARTY! So Glamourous!”
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th
  • National Science Day on February 28th
  • Leap Day on February 29th

In March, we have…

In April, we have…

In May, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffier
  • Celiac Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “How to get rid of rash under breasts.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month — Please see my blog post, “Can’t Have your Dairy and Yogurt Too?”
  • Foot Health Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “It’s Footbath Friday.”
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • MedicAlert Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload)
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
  • National Physiotherapy Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Vision Health Month
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Day on May 1st
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 1st to May 7th
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 1st to May 7th
  • Olympic Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Games begins in Brasilia on May 3rd — Please see my blog post, “Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!”
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 3rd
  • World Asthma Day on May 3rd
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Homespunspa is Featured in Spa Life Magazine.”
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th
  • Melanoma Monday on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for your good ol’ feet.”
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 5th
  • Save Lives: Clean Your Hands (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Washing Dishes — Good Clean Fun.”
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Do you have Insomnia?”
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th
  • Space Day on May 6th
  • HerbDay on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Sage: A Scent for the Season.”
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “We Love Referrals! :)
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 7th
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Find Peace of Mind As You Walk a Labyrinth.”
  • Mental Health Week from May 2nd to May 8th — Please read my blog post, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
  • Mother’s Day on May 8th — Please read my blog post, “Give the Gift of Homespunspa Mobile Spa this Mother’s Day.”
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 9th to May 15th — Please read my blog post, “I’m going on a Wellness Tour.”
  • National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 16th
  • Sun Awareness Week (U.K.) from May 9th to May 16th — Please read my blog post, “Ask Maria about Aveda.”
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th
  • International Nursing Day on May 12th
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th
  • Friday the 13th on May 13th, 2016 — Please see my blog post, “Are you a Superstitious Sleeper?”
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 14th
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 16th to May 22nd — Please read my blog post, “How to use the Acceptance Factor to Shift Subconscious Beliefs.”
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th
  • International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th
  • International Museum Day on May 18th
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st
  • Paramedic Services Week from May 22nd to May 28th
  • Victoria Day on May 23rd — Please read my blog post, “Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada.”
  • Sunscreen Day on May 27th
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th
  • International Jazz Day on May 28th
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 30th to June 5th

In June, we have…

In July, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Carnelian, Ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
  • Personal Health Month — Please see my blog post, “Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer.”
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Canada Day on July 1st — Please read my blog post, “My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)”
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th
  • World Population Day on July 11th
  • National Nude Day on July 14th
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th
  • Cousins Day on July 24th
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th — Please read my blog post, “Is Self-Care Selfish?”
  • Parents Day on July 24th
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
  • Color Me Rad 5K Run (Vancouver) on July 30th
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th — Please see my blog post, “Checklist for a Successful Spa Party.”

In August, we have…

In September, we have…

In October, we have…

In November, we have…

In December, we have…

Sharing a Tip From My Creating Wellness Ebook on How to Sleep Better

Posted by Maria on January 7, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Dear Homespunspa, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Life Coaching, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Author of Creating Wellness

I’m so excited to announce that my Creating Wellness ebook is now available on Amazon.com and I’d like to share a tip on how to sleep better to give you a taste of what’s inside.

Creating Wellness ebook now on Amazon.com

First a few words on the importance of being healthy.

As Count Tyrone Rugen said in The Princess Bride, “Get your rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

Being healthy means having the freedom to do whatever you want with your life.

I believe many illnesses are largely preventable and it all comes down to a person’s ability to relax. I wrote Creating Wellness because I’ve observed that high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many illnesses and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

Having a chronic disease is not only challenging, but it keeps people from pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals. Poor health is often a huge, all-consuming distraction and results in people spending their time seeking medical attention, standing in line to fill prescriptions, dealing with side effects of medications, worrying about finances and/or the future, and trying to cope with pain, etc., instead of doing their own things that bring them joy.
The good news is, there’s still time to make small lifestyle changes NOW — like quitting smoking, exercising more, fueling your body with more nutritious food, getting regular massages, establishing healthy sleep habits, and speaking your truth — that will save you tremendous expense and suffering later. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Creating Wellness includes practical tips to help people relax and folding them into your life may prevent illnesses from showing up in the first place.

Here’s a tip on how to sleep better:

Also, make sure your bedroom is as dark as can be while you’re sleeping and you don’t have any bluish lights turned on (like the lights from your TV, computer, cell phone and even your alarm clock/radio) in the hours before you hit the pillow.
Blue lights can really interfere with the sleep cycle because historically, blue lights mean daylight in our brain, which means it’s time for us to be busy and productive, not resting. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Creating Wellness is also available on Amazon Canada.

This short ebook is a quick read, has lots of cheery photos, and contains some practical tips on how to relax and manage stress. If you want to be healthier and are committed to making some lifestyle changes, than reading Creating Wellness is a good start.

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To schedule an interview with Creating Wellness author, Maria Koropecky, please email.

Also, if you get a chance to read Creating Wellness, please leave a review on my Amazon page. I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!

75 Ways to say “Thank You”

Posted by Maria on October 9, 2015 under Energy Healing, Gift Ideas, Life Coaching, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Thank you” is a very powerful thing to say in any language.

thank you!As Canadian Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the power of saying “thank you.” No matter what language(s) you speak, expressing your thanks and gratitude is transformational for everyone.

On top of being spiritual in nature, research shows that saying “thank you” can also lower stress. According to the Institute of HeartMath, expressing genuine thanks also strengthens the heartbeat and improves the heart’s rhythm. It’s an energetic shift! When you are grateful, you veer away from the stress response and you activate the relaxation response (which I wrote about in my ebook, Creating Wellness) which promotes healing.

If your Thanksgiving weekend with your family starts to get stressful and you’d like to create a better connection with them, make a point of telling each person present, “thank you,” or I’m grateful to you for “_________”, or I appreciate this about you: “_________”, and see how that goes. You’ll start to notice the good in people more than what annoys you. Also, it just might cut the tension and boost everyone’s mood and make this the best Thanksgiving yet!

Knowing how to say “thank you” in several languages is a handy communication tool and I bet it’s one of the top five words or expressions you’ll learn when you travel to a foreign country and that’s why I’ve compiled this list of how to say thank you in 75 languages.

How to say Thank You in 75 languages:

1. AFRIKAANS (South Africa) – dankie – dahn-kee

2. ALBANIAN (Albania) – faleminderit

3. AMERICAN SLANG (USA) – cheers, kthx, kthxbye, much grass, pat on the back, shout-out, thx, TY.

4. ARABIC (Middle East, North Africa) – shukran – shoe-krahn

5. ARMENIAN (Armenia)– Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun – Shnorhakalut’yun

6. AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH (Australia) – ta (informal)

7. BELARUSIAN (Belarus) – dziakuju

8. BENGALI (India, Bangledesh) – Dhannyabad

9. BOSNIAN (Bosnia, Herzegovina) – hvala – HVAH-lah

10. BULGARIAN (Bulgaria) – благодаря – blagodaria

11. CANTONESE (China) – Mh’gōi – m-ghoh-ee

12. CANTONESE (China) – do jeh – daw-dyeh or tou yeh

13. CATALAN (Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia) – gràcies – GRAH-syuhs

14. CROATIAN (Croatia) – hvala – HVAH-lah

15. CZECH (Czech Republic) – děkuji – deh-ku-yih

16. DANISH (Denmark) – tak – tahg

17. DUTCH (Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname) – dank u

18. ENGLISH (Canada, UK, USA, etc.,) – thank you, thanks (informal)

19. ESPERANTO – Dankon

20. ESTONIAN (Estonia) – tänan – TA-nahn

21. FIJIAN (Fiji) – Vinaka

22. FINNISH (Finland) – kiitos – kee-toas

23. FRENCH (France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg) – merci – mehr-see

24. GERMAN (Germany, Austria. Switzerland) – danke – dahn-kah, danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)

25. GREEK (Greece) – ευχαριστώ – efharisto – ef-har-rih-stowe

26. HAWAIIAN (Hawaii) – mahalo – ma-HA-lo

27. HEBREW – .תודה / toda – toh-dah

28. HINDI (India) – dhanyavād

29. HINDI, HINDUSTANI (India) – sukria – shoo-kree-a

30. HUNGARIAN (Hungary) – köszönöm – KØ-sø-nøm

31. ICELANDIC (Iceland) – takk – tahk

32. INDONESIAN (Indonesia) – terima kasih – t’ree-ma kas-she

33. IRISH (Ireland) – Go raibh mile maith agat – Go-Rev-Meela-Mah-Agut (literally, may you have a thousand good things)

34. ITALIAN (Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia) – grazie – GRAHT-tsyeh

35. JAPANESE (Japan) – arigato – ahree-gah-tow

36. KINYARWANDA (Rwanda) – murakoze

37. KOREAN (Korea) – 감사합니다 – kamsa hamnida – kahm-sah-ham-nee-da

38. KURDISH (Kurdistan) – supas (thank you); zor supas (thank you very much)

39. KURDISH (Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria) – spas – *this one’s my favourite! :)

40. LAO (Laos) – khob chai

41. LATVIAN (Latvia) – paldies – PUHL-dyehs

42. LEBANESE (Labanon) – choukrane

43. LITHUANIAN (Lithuania)– ačiū – AH-choo

44. MACEDONIAN (FYROM, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Благодарам / blagodaram – blah-GOH-dah-rahm

45. MALAY (Malaysia) – terima kasih – TREE-muh KAH-seh

46. MANDARIN (China, Hong Kong) – xie-xie – syeh-syeh or shieh shieh

46. MICMAC, ALGONQUIAN (Canada & United States) – welalin

48. MONGOLIAN (Mongolia)– Баярлалаа – bayarlalaa

49. MYANMAR (Burma) – Jae Zu Din Pa De

50. NEPALI (Nepal) dhanyabad – Dhan-ya-vaad

51. NORWEGIAN (Norway)– takk – tahk

52. PERSIAN/FARSI (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) – Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram

53. POLISH (Poland) – dziękuję – dsyen-koo-yeh

54. PORTUGUESE (Portugal) – obrigado [masculine] – oh-bree-GAH-doh and obrigada [feminine] – oh-bree-GAH-dah

55. RUSSIAN (Russia) – спасибо – spasibo – spah-see-boh

56. SIGN LANGUAGE – Flat hand starts with fingertips on chin (palm facing in) then hand moves down and away from the signer.

57. SAMOAN (Samoa) – Fa’afetai – fah-ah-feh-ta-e

58. SCOTTISH GAELIC (Scotland) – Tapadh Leat – tah-puh let (Informal)

59. SINHAK (Sri Lanka) – istutiy – isst-too-tee

60. SLOVAK (Slovakia) – Ďakujem – JAH-koo-yehm

61. SPANISH (Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America) – gracias – gra-see-us

62. SWAHILI (Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) – asante – ah-sahn-the

63. SWEDISH (Sweden) – tack – tahkk

64. TAGALOG (Philippines) – salamat – sah-lah-maht

65. TAHITIAN (Tahiti) – Maururu

66. TAJIK (Tajikistan & Uzbekistan); TATAR (Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey); UYGHUR (Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan); UZBEK (Uzbekistan) – rahmat

67. TAMIL (India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia) – nandri – nun-dry

68. THAI (Thailand) – kop khun

69. TURKISH (Turkey) – teşekkür ederim – teh shek uer eh der eem

70. UKRAINIAN (*my mother tongue) (Ukraine) – Дякую – DYAH-koo-yoo

71. VIETNAMESE (Vietnam) – Kam ouen

72. WELSH (Wales/Cymru) – diolch – DEE-ol’ch

73. WEST INDIAN CREOLE (Carribean) – mèsi

74. YIDDISH (Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe) – a dank

75. ZULU (South Africa) – ngiyabonga

I hope you have a chance to practice many of these thank-you’s around your family’s Thanksgiving table this year! Thank you for your interest.

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