Baths are a universal source of relaxation and pleasure. But baths also can be therapeutic when you have sore muscles, itchy skin, or even a cold or the flu. According to Sarah Munro’s (Sarah is the heroine in ONE DARK WISH, the second book in my Deadly Force series) research, bath teas were used often during the 17th and 18th centuries when other herbal remedies proved ineffective.

Since most people had gardens and saved their herbs for the wintertime, almost everyone had access to bath teas. The hardest part was heating the bath water! I often think about that as I sink into my tub and add more hot water at will. I hope you enjoy this bath tea and feel free to substitute any other herbs you prefer.

Sarah Munro’s Calming Bath Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried lavender*
  • 1 cup dried rose petals*
  • 1 cup dried chamomile leaves*
  • 1 cup dried calendula leaves*

Directions:

Combine the four cups of dried flowers and put into an airtight container. This will make 4-5 baths and lasts for months, as long as it’s kept cool and airtight.

Carefully spoon 3/4 cup of the dried bath tea blend into a muslin bag and tie it closed. On the stove, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off the water and drop in the muslin bag filled with herbs. Steep for 30 minutes. Fill the tub and pour in the pot of steeped water including the muslin bag. Enjoy your bath!

*Note: The dried herbs, muslin bags, and air-tight containers can all be found at Amazon and at most health food stores.


Important disclaimer about wild plants, foraging, and making herbal remedies:

I am not a medical professional and nothing written on this blog is medical advice. None of my statements have been evaluated by the FDA (I am legally required to give you this disclaimer).

It is important to do your due diligence before foraging, harvesting, and/or consuming any type of medicinal plant.

  • If you are taking any medications, talk to your doctor about any potential drug interactions.
  • If you are allergic to anything, make sure whatever you are foraging is not in the same family. Example: While dandelions are typically considered safe, those who are allergic to ragweed, latex, daisies, or any other plants in the same or similar families, may not be able to consume dandelion.

Always research potential side effectsdosage recommendations, and how to properly prepare and consume each medicinal plant.

Always make sure you are foraging what you believe to be. Fully prepare and study the anatomy before harvesting wild plants.

Always make sure your kitchen/work area is clean and that all materials are sterilized.

Do not forage plants from areas that have been sprayed within the past 2 years at the very least.

I am not legally or morally responsible for the health of any of my readers. Please do your own research!


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