The Relief Society sisters were treated to a lesson on health and hygiene in July 1914 that suggests a few ways their world and ours are different:
Reference has been made to the internal cleansing of the body by the elimination of waste products. The external care of our earthly tabernacle must not be overlooked. Bathing should be given frequent attention. It is important not only as to our health but from an ethical standpoint. The Bath is most essential. Have you ever experienced the discomfort of sitting in public assemblies near some one who did not bathe or change underwear with sufficient frequency?
The Bath should be taken more with the idea of keeping clean than with the idea of getting clean.
The temperature of the bath should be according to the habit, desire, or need of the individual. There is also much in the purpose for which it is taken. Warm baths are more for cleansing, while cold baths are for purposes of stimulation. A little baking soda or ammonia added to the warm bath softens the water and makes it more cleansing. Care should be taken that children or old people do not suffer from chilliness after bathing. In such a case rubbing the skin or taking exercise should follow, to restore circulation. A warm soda bath followed by good and gentle rubbing of body with olive oil is excellent treatment for fevered children.
Every home that can afford it should have a bathroom. When there is no better way an end of a room with comfortable temperature may be screened off for the occasion and a wash tub may be used. If there is no laundry tub then take a swim in the wash basin.
The Foot Bath.
A foot bath at least should be taken every day; not only for the sake of health and cleanliness, but to promote the comfort of the feet and discourage the growth of corns.
Towel, Soap, Brush and Comb.
It is well for each member of the family to have his individual towel, soap, brush and comb. Strict sanitation requires it. The towels may be marked with needle work or indelible ink.
When circumstances make needful a common use of towels, be sure, in case of illness, to supply the patient with individual articles. Diseases, and particularly skin troubles, are very readily communicated by general use of towels.
Conscience and common sense are our best guides in daily life.
Further knowledge may be obtained from local physicians or available text-books on the subjects. Also, members learn much from each other in discussing the subjects.
How should health be valued?
Name some of the essentials of health?
What is the underlying principle of maintaining health?
What can you say of the use of water?
Methods of elimination of waste products.
Give some methods that are helpful.
Discuss bathing from standpoint given, and from your own viewpoint.
Living in an older house that hasn’t been converted to indoor plumbing? No problem. Here’s a tub for you, also from 1914: