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Herbal Footbath

Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar suggests this recipe in her book Family Herbal (Storey, 2001).

2 parts lavender
1 part hops
1 part sage
1⁄2 part rosemary
A few drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Place the herbs in a large pot and fill with water. Cover tightly and bring to a low simmer. Simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour some into a large basin and adjust the temperature with cold water. It is important to keep the footbath water very hot—enough to be almost uncomfortable but without burning the feet. Slowly immerse feet. Cover the basin with a thick towel to keep the heat in. Refill the basin with hot herbal tea as it cools.



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