Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine recommended that the supreme path to good health & a long life was to have an aromatic bath and a massage using scented oils applied to the skin every day! Here are ten ways to benefit from the life-giving powers of water and oil … or ‘aqua’ and ‘oleum’.

1) Bathe regularly in natural aromatic waters using pure essential oils. The water cleanses the skin & helps hydrate the tissues, while the essential oils ensure protection against dangerous bacteria & pathogens. However, long exposure of the skin to water or the use of harsh detergents can strip off the natural oils, so don’t over-extend your bathing time or shower.

2) Apply a hydrating moisturizer morning and night – whether this is an oil or cream - immediately after a hot bath or shower, when the pores of the skin are still open. This is one of the easiest ways of ensuring better absorption and greater hydration. Most moisturizers are made up of oil-in- water emulsions consisting of tiny droplets of oil held in a watery base, with a ‘thickener’ to help hold the moisture in. Moisturizers usually also contain substances that are capable of attracting water and which help to conserve the water in the skin, such as glycerin. Many natural oils such argan oil, jojoba or oil also make ideal skin moisturizers.

3) Install a water softener or a water-softening shower filter, if you have ‘hard water’ to reduce the mineral content. In addition, invest in a water filter / purifier as this can help filter out heavy metals and other impurities in your tap water.

4) Always use a water-based toner /cleanser as it will help to add moisture to your skin! In contrast, alcohol-based cleansers or toners dry the skin out! Flower waters, such as the classic rose water, can be used a non-drying toner / cleanser which is ideal for mature skin.

5) Use a gentle cleanser or soap as there is evidence that harsh sulfates in most cleansers or soaps may react with metals and minerals in tap water to further damage your skin.

6) Make sure you’re getting enough antioxidants in your diet: Vitamin C and E, green tea, turmeric, rose hips, helping to counteract any free radical activity that your tap water may cause. In addition, foods such as soya beans and green leafy vegetables especially kale and broccoli contains high amounts of hyaluronic acid. This valuable substance holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.

7) Part of the traditional ‘spa process’ involves a steam-room session, followed by a cool water plunge to tighten the skin. A simple cold-water compress can help to reduce under-eye inflammation & reduce eye puffiness.

8) Remember to exfoliate! Skin cells are constantly being renewed and the dead cells shed. The epidermis contains natural enzymes that are important for getting rid of old skin cells: these enzymes need moisture to work properly.

9). Soft water leaves the hair more manageable … we all know that chlorinated and salty water can make the hair frizzy. Water is also the most natural setting lotion for hair. If we style our hair while it’s wet, the hydrogen bonds in our hair will reform to give it a new shape. Water does not contain any harsh chemicals found in hair styling products, which can make the hair dry and damaged plus inhibit hair growth! Additionally, mixing jojoba oil or a few drops of an essential oil such as rosemary with spring water to make a leave-on hair serum, will give the hair shine.

10) Drink at least 6 glasses of pure water a day for a healthy glowing skin! Drinking enough water also combats skin disorders, increases the metabolic rate, improves the digestive system to flush out toxins from the body and keeps the joints and muscles lubricated. Drinking water is also known to help dramatically with weight loss! When there is a lack of water, the kidneys cannot function well putting an extra burden on the liver. The function of the liver is to burn off the fat and transform it into energy … but when it has to do the excess work of the kidney, it cannot transform the fat into energy as it should, resulting in excess fat deposits.

NOTE: Avoid buying bottled water in plastic bottles! Apart from creating masses of plastic waste, in warm weather the toxins present in the plastic are absorbed into the water! Avoid drinking excessive alcohol as it further causes dehydration.