I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
Botanical bath and
shower products inspired by the garden were not my first creations when I
started Backyard Patch Herbs.In fact I
expected not to make many at all.When I
began I had Italian Dressing & Marinade, Marcy's Dill Dip, 6 herbal tea blends and one bath salt
recipe and that was my entire catalog in 1997.
Somehow that has changed and I now make a large number of Bath
Products.They are fun and simple to
create.I have formulated more recipes
than I can ever put into my catalog of products so I have decided that I will
share some of my favorite bath formulations each month.Come back around the beginning of each month
for another special body treatment.
One way to soothe and
pamper tired, achy tootsies that rarely see the light of day in the winter is to soak them in a hot foot bath.
Water temperature is
a personal preference, but I find the hottest my feet will comfortably
tolerate gives the most relief, and then you have warmed up your feet from the outside when the temps did down.
Chamomile Tea Foot Soak
You can make this with tea bags or loose tea in a tea infuser. (I recommend BYP Nerve Soothing Tea if you have it on hand - you will get the benefits of Chamomile as well as the bacteria and fungi fighting qualities of sage and thyme with the pain reduction qualities of marjoram)
4 tea bags of 4 to 6 tsp loose tea in a tea infuser
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops Essential oil of choice (lemon or apple for scent, cinnamon for warming, thyme for germ fighting are all good)
Place all ingredients in a foot tub or shallow bucket and pour 1 gallon of boiling water over the ingredients. Allow to steep in hot water for 10 minutes
before slipping your feet into the water for a soak.
After a good long soak, dry your feet thoroughly and apply a moisturizing lotion before slipping on socks or slippers!