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Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath... Revive & Rejuvenate

Posted on November 07, 2015 by 53989290 | 5 comments
Splish splash, I was taking a bath 'long about a Saturday night... Years ago when my Mother was a child, growing up in rural Texas, in a large family of 10 children it required them to bathe in a large tub. They would have to heat the water on the stove, and not really sure, but possibly even sharing bath water. The Saturday Night ritual of bathing  was a part of an era of being resourceful, making the best of what you have. Also, making sure you were nice and clean for Sunday Church. Bath rituals throughout history have been  across the spectrum, to being considered a requirement for health and political stature and the erection of communal bath houses, to being considered an indulgence and frowned upon. In the late 16th Century it was thought that dirt protected one from germs, so the people of that time would slather on powder, perfume, scented wigs and layers of clothes to cover the stench of body odor. Fast forward to the 18th Century and the outbreak of the Plague. It was discovered through arduous research that water was part of the cure, not the cause. Bathing was back on again! 1 Today, the bathing ritual has changed to from galvanized tubs, to spas, hot springs, bathing salons, and lastly showers, to accommodate our fast paced lifestyle. I  have met many in their twenties that say have never used a bar of soap. Not that they are unclean by any means. They have grown up using shower gels laden with foaming agents.  Needless to say, as a soapmaker, it is a joy to see them discover the luxury of handcrafted soap.  The decadent creamy lather...mmm. Raise your hand for bringing back the Saturday night bathing ritual, not as a solo for the week, but as a night of indulgent soaking in the tub. A chance to relax  and rejuvenate our body, mind, and spirit after a long week of caring for others. The benefits of soaking in aromatic salts and  bath oils is a beautiful thing. Hmm...maybe my next post will be about salts. Do you take time to nurture yourself with as nice soak? As always... Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469
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  • Theresa

    Same here Kristy! ooh a fellow Texan , Yea! Thanks for reading and commenting. =)

  • Kristy Rhine

    Love a bath when it’s cold outside…and being a fellow Texan, that doesn’t happen often! I need to check out your soaps! Thanks for sharing.

  • Theresa

    I love large tubs. The old ones really keep the heat longer.
    Maybe you can find some time to rejuvenate. I know you are a busy woman. Thanks for reading. =)

  • Health and Beauty Facts

    Thanks for sharing. Over the summer we were in a hotel that had a large bathtub, I could not resist. For the most part I never make time for a bath.

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