The Boulders, Carefree, Ariz.
Courtesy of The Boulders
By Christina Valhouli
February 23, 2015

Hang on to your kale, as farm to table is moving from the dining room into the spa. While many top spas have been offering organic treatments for some time, they’re taking it one step further with treatments using fresh herbs and citrus grown on-site. Freshly picked lavender, eucalyptus, and honey are cropping up in everything from handmade scrubs to face masks.

This comes as little surprise to Mia Kyricos, the chief brand officer at Spafinder Wellness Inc., who sees it as a convergence of multiple trends. “People are very conscious about what they are putting inside their bodies, as well as on them,” she said. “Consumers are also looking for authenticity as well as a one-of-a-kind experience in a spa.”

Spas which incorporate farm to table treatments often allow guests to choose their own herbs to customize their treatment. At The Boulders in Arizona, guests can head outside to the resort’s garden to handpick herbs that will be used in their treatment, while therapists at the Lake Austin Spa Resort bring a cart full of herbs into the treatment room.

What’s the benefit of choosing your rosemary or eucalyptus? Plenty. “It’s a hyper-personalized beauty experience,” said Kyricos, “and it’s made fresh on the spot.”

For Trisha Shirey, the Director of Flora and Fauna at the Lake Austin Spa Resort, the fresh herbs grown on site—which include chamomile, rosemary, sage, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender—offer crowd- pleasing natural scents as well as healing properties.

“Rosemary is invigorating and great for sore muscles, while lavender can help you get a better night’s sleep,” she said.

Shirey also said the power of scent cannot be downplayed.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had customers say that the smell of lavender brings them right back to the South of France, or rosemary reminds them of Greece,” says Shirey. “The sense of smell helps make that connection to a memory.”

Here’s a look at a handful of hotel spas incorporating farm to table spa treatments.


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