This is how ancient maids bathed

Presumably modern people are very hygienic, but it was different in the past. Affected by the environment, people could barely take a shower, and it was good to have a convenient place. So how did the beautiful court ladies take a bath in ancient times?

First of all, we are going to talk about the bathing of the royal family and nobles. It is no exaggeration that their bathing is very troublesome and delicate. As long as the towels used for bathing are all disposable, they must be thrown away after use. Flowers or precious medicinal materials should also be placed, and it will cost a lot of money just to take a bath.

Here, there will be people who do pedicures, but they are all eunuchs, and there is no difference between them. Some new eunuchs in the palace often worship the old eunuchs as masters, so as to learn a craft.

Presumably modern people are very hygienic, but it was different in the past. Affected by the environment, people could barely take a shower, and it was good to have a convenient place. So how did the beautiful court ladies take a bath in ancient times?

The maids live in the palace, and their personal hygiene needs more attention than the eunuchs, because the eunuchs are usually responsible for the night watch outside, and the maids serve and accompany the concubines to sleep. The masters sleep on the bed, and the maids sleep with a quilt under the bed, so that the concubine can have any needs at night.

Take care of the master to get up, so they need to pack themselves first, and then go to take care of the master. Personal hygiene during the day is relatively simple, rinse your mouth with salt and tea, wash your face and comb your hair, put on decent clothes and go out to work.

When the court ladies choose their clothes, they all have rules. For example: palace maids cannot wear full embroidered clothes when it is not a festival, even if they are rewarded by the master, they cannot wear it lightly, otherwise they will be disrespectful to the master and will be punished.

The latrine in the Compassion Palace is naturally for the maids. The maids are just like ordinary folk women. They can do whatever they want, and there are not too many configurations. After all, they are not concubines. Concubines have special toilets. In a small room, there are jujubes (used to block the nose), and spices and saponins (used to wash hands after going to the toilet).

How should maids of honor take a bath? The court ladies have two ways of bathing.

One is to wait for the master to take a bath. Generally, it is fine to bathe the master, but if the master agrees, they can also take a bath together. If they were washing with the emperor, then it would be like mandarin ducks playing in the water, and they would probably fly to the branches.

Second, the ladies of the palace usually take a bath at night, because they need to be on duty during the day, and they don’t have time; when they are not on duty, they can choose a time to take a bath at will in an independent courtyard. However, apart from taking a bath in the bathhouse, they generally can only fetch water to bathe by themselves, but they can scrub their bodies more casually.

The maids who work in various departments have stricter control over their bathing time. If they don’t wash on time, they may only have to take a cold shower. In ancient times, only concubines with status could have small kitchens, and they had to have money to buy charcoal fires, so it was not easy to heat hot water.

Compared with eunuchs, court ladies have the trouble of menstrual period. If it is menstrual period and the palace lady has dysmenorrhea and cannot work, then you can ask for leave to rest, but if you are in the clothes bureau, a place where people live less and more, I am afraid that even during menstruation, you have to wash clothes in cold water, etc., and it is not easy for a palace lady to go to the toilet during menstruation. Convenience, bathing is not very convenient.

During the menstrual period, the palace ladies will also use special “menstrual affairs strips”, which are usually cloth with plant ash, because the status of palace ladies is limited, and the specifications of the “menstrual affairs cloth” that can be used are also limited. The clothes they are wearing at this time need to be thicker, because in order to prevent side leakage, it is embarrassing for people to see.

Women in ancient times wore a lot of clothes. There were seven or eight inner clothes, outer clothes, etc., so they would have very uncomfortable menstruation in summer.

But in order to ensure their personal hygiene, they still have to clean more, so it is more troublesome to think about it.

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