I had the chance to take a peek at the beginning online herbal class at the Herbal Academy and it looks wonderful!
The first unit has some great recipes scattered throughout and with permission from them, I selected this one to share with you today. I had all of these ingredients on hand, or growing in my yard and garden, but you can also find dried herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon.
I bought my juniper berries while visiting a Fresh Market store. It was a total impulse buy and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, so was especially happy to find this terrific project! Epsom salts and baking soda can be found in most grocery or drug stores.
Sore Muscles Soak
The original recipe reads: “This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. This is not recommended for highly sensitive skin. It will relieve soreness and aches and pains.” My note: This smells fantastic and seems like just the thing to use next time I’m feeling a little achy and have a stuffy nose from a cold.
To make this, you’ll need:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon juniper berries
- 2 tablespoons pine needles
- 1 tablespoon sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons peppermint leaves
- 10 drops eucalyptus, peppermint, or juniper essential oil
- one 12″ x 12″ square of muslin or cheesecloth, or toe of a stocking (or sock)
- ribbon or string
The recipe says to place the dry ingredients in the center of the cloth and add the drops of essential oil. Take up the corners of the cloth and tie with a ribbon or string. Tie your herb bag over the faucet to allow warm water to run through, releasing the medicinal properties and filling the air with aromatherapy. Relax and enjoy!
Variation: Before tying up in a cloth – gather, then air dry the herbs for two or three days, spread out in a single layer on a clean dishcloth. Once dry, whirl the herbs together in a mini food processor with about 1/4 cup coarse sea salt until finely ground, then stir the resulting fragrant mixture into the baking soda and Epsom salts. Even though the herbs are a finer texture, you still want to tie them up into a bag, so the herb specks won’t make a mess in your tub.
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