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HERBAL BAY {Other names for Bay include bay laurel, bay leaf, bay tree, and sweet bay]

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Herbal Baths.

A long soak actually helps you become cleaner than a shower. As skin softens and pores open to the warmth,

deep dirt is released. A short, cool shower after a bath will rinse away any impurities that cling to the skin. But

devoted tub bathers take baths for all kinds of reasons besides cleanliness. Baths can awaken the mind or

relax it: they can facilitate clearer more focused thinking or allow our thoughts to drift into the clouds. Some

baths using natural additives are designed with physical healing in mind. For example a person with eczema will

find that a handful of oats thrown under the running water will help soothe itchy skin. A hot bath, accompanied

with a muscle- warming oil or floating eucalyptus leaves may help relieve clogged sinuses.

Other baths are purely for pampering. Aromatic herbs and other natural ingredients can make bathing a

sensuous treat. For the next few months I will publish several different types that you can buy or make

yourself. Here is the first of the series.

I noticed in the store just last week that they sell this in a 8-ounce bottle for $18.00 the name was not what I call

it. They called it Milk Bath

Cleopatra's Favorite Bath

Proteins in milk help skin feel smooth and silky. Cleopatra used donkey's milk for her baths. You can

modernize this by using 1/4 to1/2 pint of fresh milk into your warm bath. You can also use dry milk.

Add your favorite aromatic herb. Or take fresh rose petals from the yard and sprinkle them in the tub.

If you don't have a screen on your tub tie in cheesecloth let soak in the tub. Or boil the water and strain the

Clear liquid to your tub of bath.

For pure pampering nothing beats the long, hot soak in the tub. Go for it.

Next Month Honey Baths.

HERBAL

BAY:

An ingredient in some natural toothpaste's, Bay usually is obtained from the leaves and berries of Laurus

nobillis, a small tree native to the Mediterranean area. A different bay tree species that grows in California has

a bitterer product used primarily in extracts. Because bay seems to enhance insulin's effects, some nutritionists

recommend it for diabetic diets.

WHY PEOPLE USE THIS HERB:

Bay has been used as a stimulant, and antiseptic, used in cases of Rheumatism, diabetes, used for the Common

cold, also for Fluid retention, Muscle sprains and strains.

Common Doses:

Bay is available as leaves, berries, extracts and essential oil. Some people apply bay extracts topically or use

them in baths and soaks. The leaves typically are used to season foods. Before eating Bay leaves, be sure to

thoroughly dry and crush them. Eating bay leaves without crushing them first may cause bowel perforations.

INPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER:

Don't use Bay  leaves if you are Pregnant or Breast-feeding.

Don't consume essential oil from bay leaves because of the risk of allergic reaction and an asthma attack.

Don't ingest whole, intact bay leaves. Because of their sharp, serrated edges, they can become lodged in the

esophagus or intestine. Some people have had to have surgery to remove them.

RESEARCH:

Various manufactures provide the entire leaf or crushed leaves as a condiment. No known medicinal products

containing bay are available commercially.

Although bay is a popular seasoning, scientists can't verify claims that it's effective in treating diabetes or any

other disease.

Avoid These for Effectiveness To give your homeopathic remedies the best chance of working for you, avoid

these common substances that are known to antidote remedies: coffee, camphor, eucalyptus, tea tree oil

(Melaluca products), menthol, and mint.

Interactions:

Combing herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care

practitioner immediately about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you are taking.

By Lillian Waugh

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RECIPE:

For the hot days ahead here is a simple cool smoothie.

You can substitute any fruit (or combination of fruits) in

This recipe.

Serves 2-3

1 1/2 cup Strawberries, capped and halved

3/4 cup Yogurt, plain

1/8 teaspoon Vanilla

3/4 cup Ice, cracked

Place the fruit, yogurt, and vanilla in a food processor

(Or blender). Run until smooth. Add the ice and run until smooth.

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