I am not sure why or how I came up with such a dull name for this bath infusion, but after a rather ‘shocking’ (not the right word…) vipassana meditation I needed something to cheer me up and cool me down at the same time. I looked at my shelf and pulled out herbs that are good for relaxation and stress relief. Just to double check their properties I flicked through my James Wong Grow Your Own Drugs book and the Neal’s Yard Remedies – which I highly recommend if you want to try and live a more holistic lifestyle and/or you look at herbs for their medicinal qualities as well as their magickal.
Bath infusions are super easy to make, you just get the herbs you want, make sure they are dry, as fresh ones do take a while to seep properly. Grind them up a little in order to open them so the juices and properties can come out easily. I like to grind them to the point where you can still see the herb, so it’s not dust especially if you make a large batch to use later; it stores the antioxidants, minerals etc. Once ground, boil water till its piping hot, and pour over the herb mixture and leave to seep for 10-15 minutes. When you’re ready, pour the infusion into the bath, but removing the herbal debris is optional.
1 tablespoon of marjoram
½ tablespoon of lavender
1 tablespoon of sage
1 tablespoon of chamomile (any will do, but I tend to use German)
10-15 dried juniper berries
Cheesecloth/tea infuser/draw-string bag/stockings
Mortar and pestle/or equivalent, like a blender
Piping hot water, around 2-4 cups
Grind together the herbs and the berries, taking care they don’t fly out and poke you in the eye. Once ground, put them in cheesecloth, draw-string bag, old stockings or a tea infuser and put it in a bowl. Pour on the freshly boiled water and leave to seep for 10 minutes. Give the bag/infuser a little shake after this time and leave it for another 5 minutes. When you feel the herbs have seeped enough, pour the liquid into a hot bath and enjoy the subtle medicinal aroma.
Quick tip: If you add peppermint you can use it as a foot soak after a long day, and if you use a drawstring bath, you can tie it to the edge of the tap as you ran the last few cm of water into a bath.