Do you have any suggestions for making herbal bath preparations?

Some herbs suitable for the bath can be found in your kitchen spice rack. For some others you may have to go to a large health food store that sells herbs. There are two ways to prepare the herbs for the bath. You can make a strong tea with them, strain them then add the liquid to the bath water or you can tie them into a muslin bag and hang it over the tap so the water runs over it.

All recipes are for dried herbs.

Equal parts of lavender, mint, comfrey root, rosemary and thyme.

Equal parts of rose petals, rose leaves, rosehips, chamomile, orange flowers plus 1/4 part each orange and lemon peel.

A handful of pine or cedar needles and marjoram or clover, plus a couple of drops of fir essence (an oil).

A handful each of rosemary and basil.

In the winter, it is best to avoid having too many hot baths as they are dehydrating to the skin.

To finish your bath, pull the plug and let the water drain out as you lie there. Then rinse off under lukewarm to cool water. (Standing up quickly from a hot bath can sometimes cause dizziness.) Apply a good body milk or cream while the skin still feels slightly damp.

I am going to have a professional facial treatment for the first time. Is there anything I should do before going?

No, the beauty therapist/esthetician should be allowed to see your skin in its normal state. Follow your regular cleansing and moisturizing routine but there is no need to apply makeup if you are going straight from home as it will have to be removed anyway.

There are, however, some guidelines to follow after having the facial treatment done.

Avoid too much sun for 24 hours. Also, do not stay out in any harsh weather conditions for a long period of time.

Do not apply any foundation makeup, powder or blush for at least two to four hours following the treatment, although 24 hours is best. Eye makeup and lipstick are all right.

Avoid using a sauna or taking a shower and do not shampoo your hair immediately afterward.

Try to keep your hands away from your face for the next 24 hours. Cleansing and moisturizing are permissable but no scrubbing, picking or use of an additional mask unless recommended by the therapist.

I have a newborn baby (3 months) and she has all kinds of whiteheads and pimples on her face. Is this normal and how can I get rid of them? My doctor says that they will go away.

Infantile acne may be related to the effect of the mother’s hormones on the baby during pregnancy. Small yellow or white papules on the forehead, eyelids, cheeks are quite common in infants. Sometimes blockage of an oil gland duct that is close to the surface will cause this. We agree with your doctor that in time they will disappear.

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