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Like you, I adore time in the tub and I wanted to create a space where bubble bath lovers could meet. This site was created for people like US that seek out bath recipes, great bathing products and are curious about other healthy ways to enhance our lives.

The Bath Tub Diva site has articles on bubble baths, aromatherapy, rubber duckies, bath recipes, dream bathrooms, meditations and affirmations, bathing stories, the history of bathing, etc……There is something for everyone that loves a good bath and has Bath Tub Diva sensibilities!

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Before The Bath Tub Diva

 

I know, it’s shocking.

But before The Bath Tub Diva, ladies would just lay there searching in vain for recipes and bathing tips that simply weren’t available.

All that’s changed now.

before the bath tub diva

 

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The Healing Waters of a Bath and the Sea – I have always associated water with joy

Stef Miller

Stef Miller

My dear friend Jenny sent me a wonderful article from an issue of Whole Living magazine – (apparently it’s an off-shoot from the Martha Stewart conglomeration but there is nothing there about the perfect cupcake or anything…)

I loved the article because it was concise and really hit home about how valuable taking a bath and getting in touch with WATER as a healing agent was.

The article features a woman named Stef Miller and her struggles after she was diagnosed with  chronic fatigue syndrome & fibromyaliga and how water had helped heal her. At 35, Stef had been an active, vital woman and then found herself crawling across the floor to get where she wanted to go. How much does that suck? It sucks BIG TIME!

She decided to forgo the “typical western” prescriptions for her ailments and instead turned to alternate healthcare. One of the things she did was to take long baths – a ritual that helped her relieve her swollen, aching joints and muscles as well as her wounded psyche. Miller said “I swam constantly as a kid and have always associated water with joy, early on, these baths were my only comfort and gave me hope that at some point I’d feel better.”

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Avocado & Oat Facial Mask

 

Try THIS for a nice summertime bath facial!

Avocado, Oat & Honey Facial Mask, The Bath Tub Diva

The avocado and honey moisturize your dry skin while the oatmeal calms and balances it! How amazing is that?

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1/4 Cup uncooked Oatmeal
  • Mix together all three ingredients (I know you want to eat it but contain yourself!)
  • Apply a medium layer to your face (or just glob it on as thick as you want – who’s watching?)
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes (or a half hour – whatever, don’t pay attention to the clock)
  • Wipe clean and rinse with lukewarm water (or, just dive under the water in the tub and wipe it off)

So look, mix this mash up BEFORE you get in the tub and then smear it all over your face while submerged in bubbles.
Fine to eat any residue.
Be sure and bring some chips to have at the ready.

Thank you Earls Organics for the image!

 

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Dream Bathrooms Round Two!

I hope that you, faithful reader, are bubbling away in a lovely bathroom. But if you are like me, you’ll enjoy seeing images of great bathrooms to sparkle your imagination, tickle your dreams and take your bathroom to the next level when that remodel moola comes in!

Feed your fantasies!

Dream Bathroom 1

Shabby chic and delightful!

Dream Bathroom 2

I adore the hanging bubbles...

Dream Bathroom 3

...and the ceiling!

Dream Bathroom 4

Would feel like you were heading out to sea! Love the textures.

Dream Bathroom 5

Sleek! But needs more ducks...

Dream Bathroom 6

Now you can share a bath with a sweetie or a friend and not feel squished!

Dream Bathroom 7

This room has the sweetest ambiance.

Dream Bathroom 8

PURPLE!!!!!

Most all of these images can be found on The Bath Tub Diva’s Pinterest Board!

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The Power of Peppermint Aromatherapy

Greek mythology says that the nymph Minthe was hotly pursued by Pluto. Pluto’s wife, Persephone, was not too happy about that and she trod poor Minthe into the ground! Pluto then turned Minthe into a flowering herb and so Minthe is still beloved.

Peppermint plant

Add some peppermint to your bath!

The other evening I did the Rose & Coconut Bath, which was wonderful, but I also added about 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil as I was feeling drained. It really picked up my spirits, and made my time in the bath all the more pleasant. I highly recommend adding a little bit of Peppermint Oil to your bath!

The scent of peppermint is crisp, fresh, and menthol, and will clear out the cob webs without getting you hyped up.

Don’t over-do Essential Oils in your bath! Be IN the tub when you add the oil – carefully add about 5 drops to start, wait and see how it smells and feels and then a few more drops if desired. Too much Peppermint Oil can burn! Read this short post for more about adding Essential Oils to your bath. I have the  NOW Foods Peppermint Oil in my bathroom and like it a lot.

Peppermint is prolific and easy to grow. If you have some in your garden, crush some of the leaves in the bath and enjoy it that way.

Peppermint plant

Crush some of the leaves in your bath water

Here are some more properties attributed to Peppermint:

  • Mood uplifting
  • Helps relieve mental fatigue
  • Improves mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory
  • Sharpens the senses
  • Reviving and refreshing
  • Energizing

Peppermint is also helpful for weight loss. If you’re in one of those “grazing” moods, open up the Peppermint Oil and take a few sniffs. The scent usually knocks out the “grazing” mood.

Try it in your bath and let me know how Miss Minthe affected you!

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the image support.

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil FREE GIFT – A Diva Fave!

 

I LOVE Tropical Traditions! They have super-fine coconut products that I have gushed about before (see links below). Their products are organic and stellar and they work with local farmers in the Philippines. 

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, The Bath Tub Diva, Ritama Haaga

Anyhoo, I’m an affiliate with Tropical Traditions which means if you order via the handy link I have provided all over this page YOU GET A FREE GIFT WITH YOUR ORDER!!! And I get credit to use towards my OWN Tropical Traditions purchases – which is a win/win all the way.

Here’s the link: TROPICAL TRADITIONS COCONUT OIL – FREE GIFT WITH YOUR FIRST PURCHASE!

You don’t have to order the coconut oil,  you can order whatever you want. I like the soap and the moisturizers too.

When you place an order, your free gift is a BOOK about Coconut Oil (which I had to pay 10 bucks for because I did not have someone nice like me to link through and get it for free). It’s a very good book, lots of coconut facts that will assist you in your coconut decision making. Heaps of recipes too.

AND – be sure and sign up for their Newsletter so you can get great deals from them, lots of 1/2 off offers and free shipping! I usually stock up on Coconut Oil when there is a Buy One Get One Free offer, or get the other 1/2 off, or free shipping….

I absolutely recommend adding a couple of tablespoons to your bath water for super fine silky skin. Put it on your hair for over-night deep conditioning! Use it in your cooking! In a smoothie! Give it to your pets! Oil your bike gears! Ok, maybe not that last one…

Tropical Traditions is also a Diva Faveclick HERE for more Diva Faves.

Check out these links for more coconut goodness:

Coconut Oil good for your brain!

Coo-Coo for Coconuts Round 2!

Coo-Coo for Coconuts Round 1!

Here’s that link again to order your Coconut products from Tropical Traditions via The Bath Tub Diva:

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 1 quart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oprah in a Bubble Bath! Exclusive Images!!!!

Oprah After Dark - Oprah in a bubble bath

Ok, the images aren’t really exclusive…but I wanted to get your attention – worked didn’t it?

Last night after the Oscars Sam and I stayed up late to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live! because OPRAH was on and one of the teasers before the show had her IN A BATH TUB, so doh, of course we tuned in!

Jimmy pitched his ideas for OWN shows to Oprah and the resulting skits were laugh out loud funny. Besides Oprah being in a bubble bath, Oprah After Dark, she is stealing back “favorite things” and transforms into Oprah Bad Ass in Book Club Fight Club. OMG,  the head-slam, don’t miss it.

Oprah After Dark - Oprah in a bubble bath

If that wasn’t enough, Jimmy becomes “Dr. Vajayjay” and makes a quacking noise using a speculum as a duck, (which was mortifyingly funny).

Hel-loooooooooo?
It’s like those skits were tailor-made for The Bath Tub Diva!!!! (Am I over-reaching here? I love To Kill A Mockingbird…)

Do watch the whole video, because it’s fantastic, it’s funny,  and     you     will      laugh.

The skits start at 1:35 on the video below.
Go to 4:58 to see  the pitch for Oprah After Dark, which has Oprah in the tub surrounded by luxurious  bubbles. But no rubber ducks – what??? < Note to self, send Oprah a duck > 

I hope Oprah teams up with Jimmy Kimmel in the future. He could have his own slot on OWN where he comes to her every week with a new idea for a show, and then they act it out. (OWN are you listening?!?!?). And since I am pitching shows, how about one for The Bath Tub Diva? Every week, tons of incredible tips for transforming your life one bath at a time!!! I can see it now……..quack!

I know for a fact that Oprah really does love bubble baths too! Below is an excerpt from Newsweek – don’t I say the same thing to y’all about getting in the tub? Maybe now you’ll listen ’cause Oprah said it :

Oprah loves bubble baths - The Bath Tub Diva, Ritama Haaga

Related links:

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Oprah

OWN

 

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Guided Meditation – Bubbles and Om!

guided meditation with the Bath Tub Diva

Meditation can help you connect to your soaring spirit!

Meditating in the tub is lovely, already such a relaxing space, so it seems to make it easier to get quiet and introspective.

Taking a few minutes to calm down and let go of your “task list” is a good thing on many levels, helps you de-stress and get a bigger picture of what’s happening in your life  - especially stuff that you get all wound about that really isn’t that important, we just think it is!

But sometimes, my  monkey-mind-banana-brain won’t stop chattering, no matter how many times I dunk my head!

That’s why I like having few Guided Meditations to drown out the chatter help me focus and clam down. And besides, I love having stories read to me (I adore a good Book on CD!) and having someone guide me through a meditation is kinda like that.

I’ve given you a few links to guided meditations. I have not done them all, but reviewed them and thought they were good enough to pass onto you.

I have the Abraham-Hicks: Getting Into the Vortex CD and have used that often. They have 4 guided meditations that I enjoy and a nice book to read for more insights about the meditations. Abraham is a “spiritual entity” that is channeled through Esther Hicks – make of that what you will! I find the meditations really helpful, regardless of how they got on the CD!

To do these meditations probably  means hanging out with your “device” in the tub. So turn off the phone ringer! Set your smart phone or iPad AWAY from the water and turn it on.

Here are my suggestions for guided meditations to do in the tub – I don’t think any are longer than 15 or 20 minutes, which is a nice amount of time to drift.

Abraham-Hicks: Getting Into the Vortex CD
Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide

You can Download or stream the following:

Audio Dharma - a number of free guided meditations

Eckhart Tolle/Kim Eng – Guided breathing meditation video

Tequila Kitty (Tequila Kitty?) – a YouTube video, but you can close your eyes and not watch it!

The Honest Guys – another YouTube video that you can shut your eyes and listen to

Have fun and OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

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Thank you RitamaDiva for that fabulous image that you took lying on a rock in Sedona, AZ!

 

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History of Bath Tubs & Bathing – Part III

Egyptian Bath -The Bath Tub Diva, Ritama Haaga

Egyptian Bath - but where are the rubber duckies?

I know, you’ve been dying for an update to the enthralling HISTORY OF BATHING series by The Bath Tub Diva!

Well, here it is…when last we left off we were in Rome and the grand baths were called “Thermae”. For this episode, we’ll be going a bit backwards to ancient Eqypt (Cue Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian”).

Ahem…..

Dating as far back as 2000 BC, ancient Egyptians were amongst the first to widely adopt the power of the hot tub for its therapeutic values. In fact, Phraortes, the King of Media, built one of the first known hot tubs in 600 BC, which simply consisted of a water-filled caldera that was then heated by placing red-hot stones in the water. Yeah, but did they have JETS in these hot tubs?

Due to the climate, (remember, we are in Egypt where it’s hot hot hot) Egyptians were fixated on cleanliness – so much so that foreigners (thought to be dirty) and those who didn’t have access to personal hygiene options were despised. Despised? Seems a bit harsh – maybe they were just violently ignored?

Men and woman shaved and plucked off all of their body hair using tweezers, knives and razors, made of flint or metal – ALL of their hair? All of it? They would be busy all the time because once you got to the end of your body, hair would have grown in at the beginning again. Not only was this for beauty, but it also rid the Egyptians of body lice. (TBTD says Ewwwwwwwwwwww to body lice!)

To clean themselves while bathing, the Egyptians used natron (which was also used when mummifying the dead – another ewwwwww from TBTD – you know they pulled their brains outta their noses – the dead, not the bathers), followed by linen towels for drying. The rich had facilities in their places of residence while the majority of Egyptians bathed in the Nile.

The homes of the wealthy were airy and roomy, literally. There were bedrooms, servant’s quarters, halls, dining rooms – and BATHROOMS! Actually, a “bathroom” was usually a small recessed room with a square slab of limestone in the corner. There the master of the house stood while his slaves liberally doused him with water. Well, we can’t really call that a “bath” now can we? That is a “shower”.  And this slave business is bothersome; for goodness sake “master of the house”, pick up your own bucket and soak your head, do you really have to have someone do that for you?

Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers. But no rubber ducks or bubbles – so sad.

And now you have some fascinating facts to share at your next slumber party! I personally  liked the bits about the complete removal of all body hair and the brains coming out the noses.

Ancient Bathing in Egypt - The Bath Tub Diva, Ritama Haaga

Ancient Bathing in Egypt - with, um, all your clothes on...

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Thanks to these resources for this article:

Mediterraneas
Bull Frog Spas

The Keep

The Plumber

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