History of Soap Making

Written by Rachael Wilson

One of various interpretations ofrepparttar history of soap making has it deriving fromrepparttar 141265 Cree word Kanata, meaning something which is very neat or clean. How true. In 1977 we used half a billion pounds of cleaning products.

The history of soap making was introduced to us by Europeans. A few years ago, hygiene was not as highly regarded as it is today.

History of Soap Making andrepparttar 141266 American Indian:
Indians had little need for soap. Their clothing, likerepparttar 141267 Eskimo, was made of animal hides and couldn’t be washed. Simply brushed off or replaced when they became worn. Pressured by pioneers,repparttar 141268 Indians wouldn’t take uprepparttar 141269 European dress because “their woman cannot wash them when they become soiled… therefore they had rather go naked then be lousy.” Actuallyrepparttar 141270 reverse occurred and many settlers adopted Indian dress when their European clothes expired.

The history of soap making in several pioneer recollections includesrepparttar 141271 story of a young girl who undertook to clean her one and only garment made of deerskin. She dipped it into a tub of lye-water, only to see it shrivel before her eyes, forcing her to take tearful refuge in her blankets.

Although Canadian Indians didn’t use soap, bathing was more than for hygiene. With fasting and celibacy, it was a body and soul cleansing experience for them. It preparedrepparttar 141272 Indians for communion with supernatural beings. It was also used as a ritual before hunting, healing, and initiation. Young Indian babies were bathed frequently in cold water to toughen them. This insured onlyrepparttar 141273 fit survived by withstanding this endurance test.

The history of soap making also included usingrepparttar 141274 Indian sweat bath which was surprising torepparttar 141275 new Europeans. This ritual had disappeared in Europe beforerepparttar 141276 discovery of America. It survived in Finland known asrepparttar 141277 sauna. Also common in Africa andrepparttar 141278 Pacific Islands, many believe it reached its peak inrepparttar 141279 new world.

Besides being a sanitary and religious method,repparttar 141280 sweat bath, accompanied by herbs, was used for diseases. The fumes of wild horsemint or balsam needles scattered onrepparttar 141281 coals were inhaled for colds. As a relief to sore muscles and rheumatism, witch hazel twigs were steeped in water heated by hot rocks to producerepparttar 141282 soothing steam.

Easy Bathroom Curtains

Written by Jennifer Shircel

I’ve always had a hard time decorating my bathrooms. You want them to look more “cute” instead of fancy, after all, it is a bathroom not a bedroom! I wanted to have some type of window treatment overrepparttar windows, butrepparttar 141253 ones I usually picked out were more decorative and elegant and didn’t serve as a good shade for those looking in!

Those plain old roller shades were perfect for keeping peepers out, but they were ugly! So plain and not colorful at all. Well, not anymore!

Now all you need is a roller shade for your windows. Buy some paint, stamps, sponges, beads, ribbons or anything else you’d like and decoraterepparttar 141254 roller shade itself. Whether your bathroom is decorated with seashells, fish, ducks or flowers, you can create a roller shade to match perfectly. You can sponge paintrepparttar 141255 shade with colors that match your bathroom, or you could stamp on images of fish, flowers or ducks that coincide with your current décor.

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