Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Soaps? Oil? Candles? Wine? What helps you destress at bath time?

Baths: Healing Rituals For The Soul
Karen Marie Shelton

Nature, life and circumstances can play lots of tricks on us mere mortals. Throughout history humans have had to live through wars, tragedies, financial disasters and other major stress inducing conditions. When the going gets tough it is important to take time to center, relax, destress and heal the emotional, physical and spiritual pain that may be haunting you.

Whether you retreat to your favorite spa for a rose-petal or hot rock massage or stare at your own personal Aquarium, everyone needs a way to chill out and indulge in some nurturing time.

A great way to get in touch and turn down the world's volume is to take a long relaxing, healing bath. You can do this for minimal cost at home. All you really need is a tub, some water and some privacy to soak and soothe all that troubles you. Your bath can be a simple dip for a quick chillout break or a long lingering hedonistic experience. The choice is ultimately yours to make and enjoy

Centuries of Bath Time
From ancient times water and bathing has held a special place in the rituals of the human race. Public baths were a popular and famous institution in ancient cultures.

The Romans are famous for their bathhouses that included everything from a performance theater to areas set aside for reading and massage. Hedonistic food feasts were often included as part of a visit. One huge Roman bathing facility was thought to be able to accommodate 3,000 bathers simultaneously. Bathing was seen as both a rite as well as a refuge to the Roman people.

Although the Romans saw the bath as a social event, Egyptians bathed to purify themselves before daily prayers and Greeks believed in the fortifying powers of cold showers. Saunas were a form of steam bath popular for their restorative properties adopted by the early Scandinavian cultures.

The Japanese had their own version of ritualistic baths. They believed that a Japanese bath ritual was important to cleanse the mind and spirit and experience man's connection with nature. If dirt was removed in the process, that was just an added benefit.

Ironically, the private rooms for bathing, once the guarantee of royalty, has existed for only a century. The privacy of a room set aside specifically for bathing is taken for granted by most people in modern times.

When Rome fell, so did the standard for cleanliness and the existence of bath houses. Bathing fell out of favor for both practical and spiritual reasons. In the early days cities did not have piped water. Also, spiritual leaders considered nudity, a prerequisite for a bath, as a sin of the flesh. To the clergy, bathing was not as much about being hygienic as it was about being a sensual and sybaritic event.

It took close to 1,400 years before bathing came back into style. Baths were actually considered unhealthy during the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance. Queen Elizabeth I supposedly bragged, "I take a bath once a month, whether I need it or not."

It was the discovery of germs in the mid-1800s that created a turning point. Once germs were isolated and identified the importance of cleanliness was recognized. By 1851 the United States President living in the White House had a private bathtub with running water.

Designing Your Bath Experience
Throughout the world from Italy to Romania there are many varieties of baths from mud baths to mineral-rich waters that have legendary healing powers.

Your bath can be a simple matter of combining hot water with a splash of Epsom salts to ease tense, tired muscles and brain cells. Or it can be an elaborate affair complete with many accoutrements such as candles, music, aromatherapy based bath oils, scented soaps, incense and body lotions. You can choose to paint your body with green seaweed or lounge in your own version of a Medittarean mud bath. Sip hot jasmine tea, ice cold champagne or bottle water.

The type and duration of your bath is completely your choice and the options are endless.

The temperature of your water can range from very hot (100 to 104 degrees) to cold (75 degrees or less). The most relaxing and soothing baths are warm baths that range in temperature from 90 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. A comfortable zone is 98 to 100 degrees for most people. The Japanese believe in keeping their water over 104 degrees.

Excessive temperatures like very hot or very cold can be more therapeutic but less relaxing. Cold baths are designed to reduce swelling by constrict blood vessels. Hot baths are use to eliminate body toxins or severe muscle soreness.

Remember to always exercise caution before taking a bath that has temperature extremes. Very hot water can scald or burn the skin. Excessively hot baths can be dangerous if medical concerns are present.

If you have a history of reactions to baths you may need to stick to relaxing shows. Some women will develop yeast or bladder irritations from some types of bubble baths, bath salts, oils and teas. Bath additives that have a lot of cornstarch may also be irritating.

If you decide to include essential oils in your bath experience, be sure that you review all posted safety use and warnings. Review an aromatherapy book before creating your own essential oil formulas.

Relaxing Bath Recipe
Before you start always make sure you don't have health problems that preclude the safety of taking a bath. If you have high blood pressure, are pregnant or suffer from a known illness, always check with your physician before taking a hot bath. The same is true if you have recently had surgery or currently have a cast on an arm, leg or related area of the body.

Before you begin gather the following items:

1. Two clean large thick luxurious bath towels. Optional is a heated towel rack that will keep the towels toasty while you float in your sea of pleasure. There is nothing more relaxing then to step from a warm, relaxing bath to a thick bath towel.

2. Robe, Kimono, Flannel PJs, fluffy socks or slippers. If you have a heated towel rack you can opt to sneak your robe or PJs on one of the rungs for a warm treat. A good friend of mine drapes her robe and towels over her steam radiator in her turn-of-the-century house. She raves about the hedonistic pleasure of leaving a warm bubble filled bath and drying off in a warm towel.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

HOMEMADE SOAP By Natural Handcrafted Soap

Just as bread bakers yearn for the impeccable crust and wine sommeliers search for the right bouquet, soap makers attempt the perfect bar. Gentle or astringent, perfumed or unscented, soap is an ancient craft.

If making soap is a reminder of pioneer women stirring giant vats of lard and wood ashes, you’ve studied history. Soap making has a messy past based on a chemical reaction that appeared magical. Fat combines with lye (wood ashes contain a simple lye) resulting in saponification. The substance no longer is fat or lye, but a new product capable of cleaning dirt from skin and clothes.

Saponification remains the basic chemistry. But modern soap makers experiment with exotics like avocado or walnut oils. Although tallow and lard are available, the mixture of vegetable oils like olive, palm or coconut has become a favorite.

Homemade soap is nothing like the chalky bars of pioneer days. It may look like stained glass or be studded with oatmeal. Modern soap makers have turned soap into a hobby that produces the finest, silkiest bars. Perfumed with essential oils such as lavender, clary sage, citrus or rose, home soaps look, and feel, luxurious.

In commercial soap, one of the by-products, glycerin, is siphoned and sold to cosmetic companies. That simple emollient will remain in your home made soap. You can design a creamy soap for dry skin, tingly for oily. Have a skin allergy? You can decide exactly what goes into soap.

Soap contains lye. With that comes a caution: lye will burn your skin and blind you if it splashes in your eyes. Vinegar is an antidote, but it cannot undo the damage of spilled lye. In soap making, few accidents happen because soap makers are cautioned extensively to wear goggles, long sleeves, long pants and rubber gloves. Never use lye around children or pets. Once this basic lesson is taught, the rest of soap is easy.

Unlike bread, where you can dabble with the basic ingredients, soap isn’t cooking. It’s a complicated chemical reaction. You measure just the right amount of lye and water. Those are mixed outside or in a well-ventilated room then added to oils and stirred until a trace is formed. A trace is when the mixture has thickened. When a little is dribbled over the surface, the dribble line sits on the surface without sinking into it. An essential oil is stirred into the mixture. The mixture is poured into trays, wrapped in a blanket for warmth and allowed to sit for about 24 hours. Saponification continues for several days and the soap will feel warm to the touch. The soap is not suitable for use until at least a week later and possibly longer. It will cure and harden in a few weeks.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

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Our 3 piece gift sets all include two wonderful handmade, handcrafted rose shaped soaps and one handmade bar, this gift set has 2 rose shaped soaps scented with pure essential oils , crushed flowers and French rose clay from the South of France The lavender and jasmine essential oil used in our soap is imported from the Province of France , wild lavenders original home. We use the best available lavender and jasmine essential oil from France for a wonderful fresh scent.

Take a walk on the French counrty side with every shower. The handmade bar in this gift set is made up of farm fresh local goats milk with honey and oats. Our goat milk soaps are famous for their high-quality natural ingredients and its 100% fresh goat's milk, not dried powdered milk.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

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