RIP, Merle Barwis, Supercentarian

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner When I heard the news that Merle Barwis, Canada’s oldest person, died on November 22, 2014, at the age of 113, yes 113!, I marvelled at her longevity. Her 80’s were 30 years ago! Merle was born on December 23, 1900 in Iowa. She is a “supercentarian” because she lived …

Happy World Coconut Day!

By Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner & Laura Benvenuto, guest blogger Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut day? Coconuts (Cocos nucifera) are one of the world’s most nourishing, versatile and popular foods and to celebrate World Coconut Day, I’ve teamed up with Laura Benvenuto of Truth be Told New York and Nutiva …

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My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Happy Canada Day! You may be surprised by my pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada in 2014. I’m going to go out on a limb and not pick something obvious. I’ve decided to go with Holly Oil (Ilex aquifolium) this year. Yes, I realize Holly is an …

20 Things to Look for in a Great Holistic Practitioner

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Are you interested in healing a health concern in your life? Would you like to work with a holistic practitioner? If yes, you may also be wondering, “How on earth am I going to find a qualified holistic practitioner” and “where do I start?” First, decide on what kind of …

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New: Facial Steam With Ozone on the Mobile Spa Menu

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner I recently acquired a new portable mini facial steamer for Homespunspa Mobile Spa and I just wanted to let you know how excited I am about it. It’s an F-100 Mini Facial Steamer made by Silver Fox and it works like a charm. As many of you know, I’m an …

How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice bath salts? It’s my newest creation and I’m so excited about this recipe! I took my basic bath salts recipe with sea salt, Epsom salt, cornstarch and baking soda and then glammed it up by adding Himalayan salt for a peachy colour …

Can I Offer You A Hot Beverage?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Sheldon: Did you offer him a hot beverage? Leonard: No. Sheldon: Leonard, social protocol states when a friend is upset, you offer them a hot beverage, such as tea. Howard: Tea does sound nice. Sheldon: You heard the man, Leonard. And while you’re at it, I’m upset that we have …

Laverbread: A Tasty Seaweed Surprise!

by Annie Waterman, Guest Blogger Whenever I think of seaweed, I think of Laver. Laver is a type of edible seaweed and it’s very good for you. It’s famous for its dark purple colour and has a high content of minerals such as Iodine and Iron, so it’s great for your dietary system. Why am I …

11 things you can do to prevent stretch marks.

11 Things You Can Do To Prevent Stretch Marks

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. One of my readers, Leah of Healing Natural Oils, kindly shared this groovy info-graphic with me about stretch marks and in turn, I’m sharing it with you. I know I’ve had my share of stretch marks over the years and I’ll definitely keep these 11 tips in mind the next …

How to get rid of a rash under breasts

by Maria Koropecky. Having a rash under the breasts can be very debilitating. Unsightly rashes can undermine your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. A rash may keep you from wearing a cute bikini this summer, or from getting a massage, or from going out on a Saturday night. To see what I’m talking about, …