Beauty and nature, lavender baths from ancient times
Lavender baths, an ancient tradition that can be recreated even today, to regenerate body and mind, to soothe sunburn and irritation, to remove tension and stress.
There was a time when the ancient Greeks turned to the Oracle of Delphi to have indications of where to go in order to look for well-being and luck away from the motherland. The destination of these people had become southern Italy, which would soon be called Magna Grecia. Magna Grecia, under the influence of Greek culture, was able to grow and reach incredible levels of splendor. But the Greeks brought not only philosophy, art and impetus to economic and commercial activity, but also beauty habits that became part of the daily rituals of women in Magna Grecia. So let's immerse ourselves in these ancient customs, which smell of lavender and timeless wonders.
Lavender baths, properties
Lavender is a seedling characterized by blue flowers, very fragrant and rich in essential oils. Well, the women of Magna Grecia loved to take a lavender flower bath every day and then to anoint the body with precious oils. You can also prepare a regenerating lavender bath. Lavender, in fact, is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and cicatrizing, ideal for soothing skin irritations and redness, for example if you have taken too much sun (Esteves Cardia et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2018). But lavender also releases a calming aroma, which acts on the nervous system by removing sadness, tension and nervousness (Xu et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2017).
Lavender baths, how to prepare them
So, how can you benefit from these incredible properties of lavender? If you have lavender essential oil at home, try to do so. In a bowl mix 5 tablespoons of coarse sea salt and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Pour into the hot bathtub water, shake the water with your hand and immerse yourself. And what about if you don’t have lavender essential oil but only flowers? Again, no problem. Collect the flowers, both dry or fresh, in one or more cotton bags and immerse them in the bathtub water. Stay in the tub for a quarter of an hour.
A little cuddle
After the bath, the women of Magna Grecia used to spread flavored oils on the skin to hydrate and perfume themselves. For the face, you can apply a few drops of argan oil to which you have added a drop of lavender essential oil. And for the body? An excellent idea would be to apply a few drops of lavender infused oil. To prepare it, simply pour fresh lavender flowers into a glass jar and cover with an oil, in this case sunflower oil is indicated. Heat in a double boiler on a very low heat for 4-5 hours, then remove from the double boiler and leave to rest overnight. Finally, filter and pour into a dark glass bottle.