Saturday, February 03, 2007

Homemade Bath Recipes

Every woman owes herself a little time each day to spend over her body. The easiest and the least time-consuming way to achieve it is to combine yourself a 'body beautiful' treat­ment with your bath. Choose a time at least once a week when you are likely to be undisturbed for about 30 minutes and enjoy a real beauty bath.

Take off your clothes, get into the bath and relax com­pletely for a few minutes. Now clean the upper part of your body (with soap or scrub). Rub every part of your body except breasts with the friction mitt. Pay particular attention to your neck which is the most neglected area of your body. Give care to your upper arms, elbows and shoulders too. Towel your body dry by patting and rubbing it very gently. After your bath, relax on your bed for a few minutes before making up and dressing. There are many ways of bathing, which can be easily and usefully adopted.

Milk Bath:
Cleopatra bathed in asses' milk and So also did Poppaca, the wife of Nero. Now-a-days it is unlikely that anyone could or would use milk for bathing, but you can emulate it by simply adding a handful of powdered milk to the bath water.

Soft-Water Bath:
Use of rain-water is very beneficial. If you cannot get rain-water, soften the bath water by simply adding a little sodium sesqui carbonate.

Vinegar Bath:
If you have an itchy, dry skin, add a cup of vinegar to the bath water. This is very effective.

Bran or Oatmeal Bath:
Oatmeal and bran contain oils and vegetable hormones which soothe and soften the skin. Use one tablespoon of oatmeal in the bath.

Honey Bath:
Add a spoonful of honey to your bath, it will not only relieve tiredness and sleeplessness, but will also leave the skin feeling smooth and satiny.

Epsom Salt Bath:
Two handfuls of Epsom salt added to a bucket of the bath water relieves tiredness.

Starchy Bath:
A few tablespoons of laundry starch and a teaspoon of glycerine added to bath water leave your skin feeling beautifully smooth, tight and soft.

Herb Bath:
Lavender, hyssop, mint, pennyroyal, borage, yarrow, rosemary, balm or camomile are useful herbs, which can be used in bath water either separately or in a mixture.

Bath Salts:
These are very easy to prepare. Mix two cups of ordinary washing soda with two tablespoons of potassium carbonate and a few drops of an aromatic essential oil (lavender and pine). Keep this mixture in a large jar and use about a tablespoon in each bath.
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