EMBRACING WELLNESS WITH NATURAL HERBS AND SPICES AT BANYAN TREE SPAS
In January 2013, Banyan Tree Spa invites guests to embrace wellness and relish the restorative powers of nature to kick-start the New Year. The leading Asian spa operator places special emphasis on the use of natural herbs and spices in its spa treatments. This echoes the Spa’s philosophy that focuses on a non-clinical and holistic ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and harnesses the botanical benefits of nature.
This same philosophy is communicated to its dedicated group of spa therapists who undergo the training curriculum formalised by the Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket, Thailand, Lijiang, China and Bintan, Indonesia. Spa trainers at Banyan Tree Spa Academies seek to identify and incorporate local ingredients into the signature spa treatments to create a destination-inspired experience.
SKIN OR BODY BENEFITS OF SPICES
Ginger is commonly used in numerous cuisine and is known for its anti-inflammatory benefit.
For dry skin: Warm Ginger Body Scrub (Banyan Tree Spa Hangzhou’s Oriental Bath Experience) effectively cleanses and moisturises skin. The warming effects of ginger also help to improve circulation and promote detoxification.
For re-balancing skin: The Thai Ginger Healer package (Banyan Tree Spa Phuket’s Thai Traditions) restores skin to its natural balance and radiance with a Ginger Body Scrub, Thai Herbal Heat treatment and Herbal Enhancer, a soothing body wrap consisting of tangerine, cucumber, honey, Thai herb plai, mint and turmeric. A Yoga Massage follows to improve circulation and flexibility with gentle and therapeutic stretching. This treatment concludes with an Aromatic Ginger Bath.
Skin Problems and irritation: Antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties in this herb alleviate various skin issues and irritations . Its scent calms and aids in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety.
A Lemongrass Cucumber Body Scrub (Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi’s Royal Banyan treatment) combines lemongrass with cucumber to revitalise and refresh skin as it gently exfoliates. Inspired by a Lemongrass Cucumber Body Care Collection that comprises a Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Body Lotion, the products used in the treatment is also available online at Banyan Tree’s retail arm, Banyan Tree Gallery.
When consumed. lemongrass helps to boost the body’s natural removal of toxins with its detoxification properties. The post-treatment herbal drink served at Banyan Tree Spas features fresh lemongrass which is brewed into a tea daily.
Combination of vitamin E and B complex, and proteins in soy beans improve the skin and hair elasticity. Antioxidant nature of soy beans maintain skin health and pH levels, slowing down the development and appearance of wrinkles. Soy bean oil promotes glowing and brighter skin, evens out skin tone and moisturises skin.
Hydrating Sprinkle treatment (Banyan Tree Spa Bintan’s signature Tropical Rainmist package) includes Soya Bean Body Scrub to exfoliate and moisturise skin. A sensory pleasure of the trickling Rain Shower embraces guests, bringing about comfort and tranquillity as tension is massaged away by the therapeutic touch of the therapist.
The oil of these seeds are highly valued and is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. A good source of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc, this tiny seed has shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Its oil is commonly used in many spa treatments for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the signature treatments that uses Sesame Oil is the Royal Banyan treatment (all Banyan Tree Spas worldwide), this signature therapy features the Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage where an herbal pouch dipped in warm Sesame Oil, complements the East-meets-West massage techniques to improve blood circulation and muscular tension while soothing the skin.
Useful in soothing skin irritations and healing acne, turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This vivid yellow spice is also used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic treatments and Chinese medicines, both externally and for consumption.
Turmeric and honey are mixed with tamarind and sesame seeds to create a gentle and moisturising Honey Turmeric Body Scrub, suitable for all skin types (Elements Spa By Banyan Tree, Kuwait). This body scrub has inspired the Honey Turmeric Body Care Collection, consisting of a Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Body Lotion, and is also available for sale online at Banyan Tree Gallery.