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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

More about bath herbs!

It's been a busy holiday season and beyond for me. I hope yours has somehow been less hectic!

We did get to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and their children, including the new baby. It was a wonderful visit that made me wish they had announced that they would soon be moving back to Rochester. I can always wish, can't I? We also took a detour to visit family in MI, which was also a very happy time. Not the driving, the company, LOL.

I had a medical procedure performed on Monday that has to be repeated in four weeks. Sigh.

My dad turned 80 years old today. What a milestone! I spoke with him by phone this evening, and he was in a very good mood as my mom invited the in-town family to a nice restaurant dinner to celebrate the momentous occasion. Wish I could have been there.

I don't know how, but somehow, this all brings us to the topic of baths and particularly, herbs to use in the bath. Maybe it's the fact that a nice bath makes us feel healthier, beautiful, and relaxed. :-) Let's delve into a few more herbs that can be used to enhance our bathing experience.

* Rose petals - These can be used either dried or fresh, although you'll want to use more of them if you choose fresh petals. The scent alone is both relaxing and delightful. In addition, the rose has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac because of the heady perfume it exudes. Rose essential oil has been recommended to help prevent wrinkles and scarring, as well as a help for adult acne. What's not to like?

* Rose hips - Did you know that the hips are an excellent source of vitamin C? Think antioxidants!

* Calendula - Also known as Pot Marigolds, this cheery annual's rays are well known for their healing and soothing properties. I use it when I make butt balm for my grandbabies, as well as a general skin healing, soothing salve for a large variety of skin issues for my family. It's easy to see how soothing and beautifying it would be for the skin. The rays on the fresh flowers are as soft as rose petals, just in case you're thinking about growing it.

Don't forget the January offer. Buy 5 products, and get the 6th one free!

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