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Monday Munchies: Herbal Bath

Written By: Word Nerd - Jan• 30•12

Oh, the sacrifices I make for this blog!

It was difficult, but for my dear readers I bit the bullet and let myself luxuriate in an herbal bath from the pages of Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert.  (Please note that this is not truly a “munchie”, as it is not intended to be ingested!)

The recipe calls for rosemary, fennel, bay leaves and basil.  Unfortunately, it does not specify if you should use fresh or dried herbs.  I decided to go fresh, with the exception of bay leaves, which I could not find fresh.


The written recipe calls for 1- 1/2 cups rosemary and 1/2 cup of each of the other herbs. I didn’t measure, but just used enough herbs to loosely fill a quart jar. I made sure to maintain the ratio of rosemary to other herbs. Rinse your herbs well before adding them to the jar.

Pour boiling water over the herbs and seal jar. Allow herbs to steep until water begins to cool. I let mine steep for about 2 hours and the water was still quite warm.

Strain the liquid into a warm bath and enjoy!

I was initially concerned that the scent might be overwhelming, but that was unfounded. Once mixed with the bath water, the scent is very light and quite lovely. There are no oils, making this a refreshing and residue free way to rinse off the troubles of the day.

What is your personal favorite bath time scent?

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