Wine and Wellness at The Mount View Hotel and Spa, Calistoga

Wine and Wellness at The Mount View Hotel and Spa, Calistoga-Adventures of a Carry-On, Penny Sadler July 15, 2014

 Calistoga, California’s reputation as a spa town (and in particular the creative way that mud is incorporated into the local spa treatments) is well known. But let’s not forget, Calistoga is located in America’s most well known wine area, Napa Valley. Wine and grapes are just part of life, and that includes wellness and healing therapies.

Remember I told you in Postcard from Mud City that I would reveal the Calistoga spa with the most creative use of grape seeds? Well, I’m finally getting to that! Without a doubt, the best use of grape seeds is the signature Grape Seed Mud Wrap at the Mount View Hotel and Spa.

Wine and Wellness at the Mt.View Hotel and Spa in Calistoga

Crushed grape seeds from Napa Valley wineries are mixed with mud. After a light exfoliation, the warm mud and grape seed-rosehip concoction is applied and you are wrapped in warm blankets, while the parts that are exposed (the hands, feet, and head) are given a light massage.

Lest you think this is just a gimmick, grape seed oil is high in linoleic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory that is found in many therapies for the treatment of cancer. It helps moisturize the skin and build collagen to maintain skin tone, assisting in an anti-aging effect. As if that’s not enough, it also aids in diminishing dark undereye circles, with consistent application. As a professional makeup artist, I can tell you that’s the number one beauty problem my customers complain about. Now, thanks to a visit to the Mount View Hotel and Spa in Calistoga, I know how to help them achieve not only a cosmetic correction, but something more long term! Personally I think I’m just going to soak in a big barrel of it every day.

But, let me start at the beginning…

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