• Cleopatra’s Beauty Secrets

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Lola Kristiani in Health & Beauty.

    When we think of Egyptian beauty secrets there is usually one name that comes to mind, Cleopatra. Cleopatra’s beauty is legendary. She was an accomplished botanical chemist. Her beauty conquered both, Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. But what is her ancient Egyptian beauty secrets that makes her become known as one of the most beautiful women of all time. Maybe we can use it also and apply it in our daily life, check it out:

    • One beauty treatment she was well known for was her milk and honey bath. Aromatic flowers and whatever oils she preferred that day were added to the bath. Even ancient Egyptians apparently understood the benefits of these wonderful ingredients, the lactic acid in milk and the wonderful antiseptic and loaded with vitamins A and E which are wonderful for the complexion, especially the facial skin. Some of the enzymes in milk may help your skin regenerate fresh skin cells, humectant properties of honey. Honey was extremely valuable in ancient days and a symbol of divine blessing. Women applied it to their skin, along with oils, as part of their bathing ritual. Honey works to give the skin a beautiful glow and to plump up fine lines. Cleopatra also recognized the benefits of adding Dead Sea salt (1-2 cups) into her bath, which is now known to combat stress and aging.
    • Aloe vera is one of the oldest known therapeutic herbs and is renowned worldwide as healing plant. Cleopatra revered the use of aloe as one of her best beauty secrets. Aloe vera is a magic plant that not only because has been used a long time ago, in 1750 BC Aloe vera has been used in Middle East, and all over the world from Greek, Indian, Mexico, Cuba, Congo, and China. Although aloe is ninety-nine percent water, it also has more than 200 active nutrients and elements that support good health. Studies confirm that aloe vera heals the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, burn healing capabilities and ability to decrease the effects of scars and wound. You can safely drink Aloe Vera and within weeks you can see a more vibrant glow of youthfulness and feel healthier from this ancient Egyptian herb of the past.

    • For the hair and nails were dyed using henna (a flowering plant). Hair was cleansed with coconut milk or extra virgin olive oil to strengthen and condition. Even the hair extension is used already during that time to volumes the hair.

    • During that time she used the mineral cosmetics, for her eye shadow, face powder, blush, and lip tints. Look for minerals that contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and mica. Remember minerals, if truly pure, don’t need preservatives.

    • The first form of perfume was incense. Incense was first discovered by the Mesopotamians about 4,000 years ago. Ancient cultures burned many kinds of resins, bums and woods at their religious ceremonies. They often soaked the fragrant woods and resins in water and oil, and rubbed their bodies with the liquid. They also embalmed the dead with these perfumes. For perfumery before a romantic evening: they perfumed their beds. The most common scents included cinnamon and spices, which modern science confirms may work to increase a man’s arousal. History has recorded that Cleopatra’s chambers were filled with beautiful odors, where rare incenses burned all the time and that it was her custom to anoint her body with fragrant oils so that those who might enter her chambers would believe that they were near a beautiful flower.

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