What do you do when you have plenty of herbs in the garden? Stuffing, oil infusions, tea, seasonal wreaths, the options are plenty but often we have so little time.
One of the simplest ways to use herbs, fresh or dry, is to pop them into your bath and enjoy their medicinal benefits. You can do this with about any garden herb such as rosemary, sage, and mint. I have chosen Lavender + Thyme for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For the winter season a herbal bath can be a welcome support against early flu symptoms.
Simply add a handful each of Lavender and Thyme to a pot of cold water. Make sure all herbs are fully submerged. I sometimes tie them together or put them into a muslin bag (it will be dyed) so that the bunch remain under water. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for up to 20 minutes. You can do this while running your bath.
Once finished strain the herbs and add your hot herbal infusion directly to the bath water. If you prefer you can add the whole lot to the bath – it does feel this bit more luscious – but you will be left with cleaning up afterwards.
Make sure to test your bath water before immersing yourself, the extra hot water may well have changed the temperature. Enjoy and do let me know what herbal infusion you made for your bath.