©2018 Mahoning Valley Water Inc.  Relieving Stress         Hard water results when water picks up minerals from the ground, specifically calcium and magnesium.  When hard water comes into contact with skin, it may leave behind an invisible film that blocks pores, and attracts and holds bacteria which causes chapping, itching, redness, dryness and irritation to the skin  Also, hard water can leave behind minerals in the hair that alter its true color.  And, it requires more soap and shampoo to get clean.      Water softeners remove the calcium and magnesium from the water and allow soaps and conditioners to work better while using less product, and your skin and hair will love you for it.  To make your soft water experience even more enjoyable, take a bath using one of the tips below.  They can help you to relax and unwind after your long, hard day, or invigorate you for your upcoming evening of partying.      To use the tonics listed below, make a little nylon or muslin bag, fill it with one of the ingredients listed below, and tie it closed.  Use the bag as a washcloth or sponge. Sage can be added to ease sore muscles Licorice oil will stimulate pores Comfrey aids healing and acts as an astringent Ginseng can improve physical efficiency Powdered orris root works for deodorizing Rose petals in the bath are said to destroy harmful skin bacteria (but even if they don’t, the bath will smell wonderful) Jasmine relaxes Rosemary stimulates Cucumber tightens pores Lemon and strawberry benefit oily skin Tomatoes work well with dry skin Orange is great for normal skin Oatmeal and bran are great for deep cleaning and for relieving dry, chapped skin      Shampooing with soft water will leave your hair clean and smooth and more manageable and if you want to accentuate natural highlights, add the following to your rinse water:  redheads can try a few teaspoons of vinegar, blondes may add lemon juice.  For darker hair, pour a pint of boiling water over two tablespoons of rosemary and let the mixture steep for half an hour.  Strain it and use the mixture as a final rinse.  To add extra shine to all hair colors, boil parsley in water for 20 minutes, then use the strained, cooled liquid to rinse. MAHONING VALLEY WATER