Thursday, March 21, 2013

Handcrafted Recipe #5 - Shower Scrubby Bag

The Bathing Pool by Hubert Robert - Metropolitan Museum of Art

Next in the line-up of recipes we're sharing:

Shower Scrubby Bag

Fill a 3 x 4" muslin bag with about 1/3 Cup of one or more herbs from this list:
Peppermint for a refreshing wake-up
Chamomile for an apple-scented soothe
Calendula for healing
Lavender for scent and soothing
Patchouli for a 60's scent!
Rose petals for scent and romance..
Adding some Irish moss will cause the baggy, when wet, to become soft and gelatinous, and give it a
soothing feel. 
 Wipe it all over your skin while you shower. It will soothe and scent your skin. 
To use as Bath Herbs: Use the scrubby above as a "tea bag" and brew up a heavenly scented "tea" to add to your bath, or simply hang the bag over the water spout, allowing the water to flow through the herbs as the tub fills.

For the most part, I wouldn't change a thing.  
The part about hanging the bag over the spout while the tub fills is an oft repeated instruction, but to be honest it sounds great but doesn't work very well.  My favorite way to prepare tub tea is to fill a large pitcher (and in the bathroom, rigid plastic is the way to go) with very hot water and allow the tea to steep.  That is then added to the tub of water.
Otherwise, I might add some milk powder or oatmeal, or any variety of herbs that might be called for depending on what my skin is doing.  Sunburn, I might add aloe slices.  Unknown eruptions might call for echinacea.  Fighting a cold or sinus issues could benefit from some deeply aromatic herbs like eucalyptus, thyme, and lavender.  This type of crafting is very versatile.  Having some muslin bags on hand is great, or some thin washclothes whose corners can be tied up around the herb bundle.


Unknown said...

Oatmeal is a nice addition when my skin is dry in winter. Thanks for this blog, I love mixing herbs for the bath, it is a nice way to relax and feel indulged just a bit!

Unknown said...

Great ideas ... makes me want to run a bath :) !
I especially like the tip for brewing the tea in a pitcher and pouring it in the bath. I usually just float the 'tea bag' in the tub, but steeping it first should extract more herbal goodness :) .

Tina Sams said...

It really does. I always use muslin bags, so there's plenty of room for the herbs to do their thing. The tea in the pitcher can sometimes get very concentrated over 15 minutes of steeping. It makes a big difference.

Vicki said...

Perfect! I'm going to make one of these shower bags this week.
I have some old muslin cloth in a box somewhere...

Thanks so much for posting the recipe :)