Monday, January 4, 2010

"The Woman Who Never Aged."

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall
Who in this land is fairest of all?  The mirror said, "Ninon de Lenclos (1620-1705)" one of the most celebrated woman of the seventeenth century.  Ninon de Lenclos was renowned in her time as
"The Woman Who Never Aged."

Ninon was a beautiful french woman and a controversial figure in her life time.  She lived a life as a famed courtesan and in her mid-life retired and became a celebrated author. Her name remains synonymous with wit and beauty.   It has been reported that she retained her youthful and beautiful skin well into her eighties- until her death in 1705.  Lucky for us - she gave the secret of  her bathing ritual to her friend at the end of her life.  This herbal formal  was used every day in her daily bathing ritual and is what Ninon attributed to her skin being rejuvenated and maintaining her skins supple and youthful appearance.

If  botox and expensive serums and face lifts are not for you -- and you enjoy the natural remedies as much as I do then give it try.  You will need the following ingredients:

1 large square of muslin or cotton approximately
16 inches by 16 inches

1/4 cup mint
      1/4 cup lavender
            1/4 cup comfrey root
1/4 cup thyme
     1/4 cup rosemary
     1/4 cup Sempervivum (L. always living)
(common name-house-leek or hens and chickens)

Gently squeeze juice from the petals on the dry herbs just like you would from the aloe vera plant,  then put the petals in with the rest of the herb mixture.
Place the herbs in the center of the fabric - pull up corners and  make a pouch - tie with cotton string
Place the bag in the tub under the faucet while running the bath -- then place the bag in the bath water - let it seep for about 5 minutes.  Then it is ready to sit and soak in the warm bath for about 15- 20 minutes.
Especially good for that dry winter skin. Always do a skin test for sensitivity and possible allergic reactions.
If you would like to read about this enchanting lady Amazon  has a good selection including the book pictured above.   Ninon de Lenclos, la belle insoumise the author is Martial Debriffe

all images above from google