It is such a treat for me to introduce you to Hannah from “Life with Hannah – The Humorous Christian.” Hannah is relatively new to blogging, but this girl is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural beauty remedies. Today she is teaching all of us how to bathe like a queen and has beautifully tied in the story of Esther. This is a two part post because there was simply too much good information to go without.
You can find all of Hannah’s posts here. Enjoy.
“Be still and know that I am God”… Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
When was the last time you pampered yourself? Frown lines, acne scars, and callous spots, oh my! Sometimes we daydream about just having a decent nap, let alone having a long hot bath, or a spa! Now a SPA!The very word is something we associate as an amenity of a posh hotel complete with a big bill. However, the concept of bathing and pampering, that is indulging in beauty treatments dates all the way back to biblical times. The first example that comes to mind is Esther, myrrh baths, exotic oils, and living in the jewel of the world’s spa for a year.
The very act of bathing in a ‘spa’ is often called hydrotherapy, a time to let go, relax and let the stress flow out of your body.
Using essential oils in the bath is a great way to unwind, relax, and de-stress. Generally you will need a carrier oil with essential to avoid harming your skin, but there are a few that you can used directly on your skin.
Carrier Oils – Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Essential Oils – Jasmine, Myrrh, Chamomile, CedarWood, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rose, and Peppermint are just a few that are popular to add to the bath. However, it’s good to test the oil before you use, I’m highly allergic to Lavender so I have to avoid soaps, salts, and the oil at bath time.
Safe for Skin – Straight peppermint oil is safe for most of your skin (not on your face without a carrier oil) It’s great for stomach aches and cramps, a couple drops rubbed onto the stomach will ease nausea and relax muscle tension.
Bath Additives, why stop at essential oils? Make your bath truly special but putting in one of the following;
- Rose Petals
- Herb Sprigs
- Bath Salts
*Rose petals if used when fresh will give off a scent, but can also stink when exposed or submerged in very hot water due to pesticides. However, roses about to die are best, when your bouquet stars to fade, cut the flowers off the stem and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them, separate and pull the petals apart then let them float in the bathwater, nothing is quite as calming as being up to your chin in rose petals. :D
*Sprigs or branches from herb plants are great for giving a strong and pleasing scent to the bathwater, especially rosemary! To have a strong scent of rosemary in the bath, tie several long sprigs to the spigot and let the water run over it as the bath fills.
*Flowers can be used in the same way as the rose petals, instead of separating the petals simply cut the stem off near the bulb and let the flowers float like water lilies on the surface of the water.
*Bath salts can be made in the kitchen or bought from nearly any grocery or girly store. ;) Try making your own by using Epsom salt, a few drops of food coloring, and your favorite essential oil.
Bath Time Prep
Set aside time to indulge in a spa, Saturday afternoon are good for this. :) Take time to really make your bathroom beautiful, do a quick clean up (cleanliness is close to godliness) bring a few decorations and candles in as well!
Some things to remember
-Don’t overcrowd the bathroom, you don’t want to have to spend an hour cleaning up after you’ve just spent an hour or two relaxing and de-stressing. :)
-Light the candles! Keep them away from the curtain and rugs of course. :) It’s best to put them near the spigot so there’s no chance of your hair getting singed.
-Play music! A CD of instrumental hymns or nature sounds work best if you don’t have a, ‘theme’ for your spa.