Back in March, Shellyfish of Musings from the Fishbowl fame, asked for some help making her Mama feel special this year – the 60th year of her life (or is it the 61st year if she just turned 60?). Anyway, I thought that any Mama of a Shellyfish was certainly worthy of some love. So, I raised my hand and volunteered.
This week it’s my turn to ship a smile MamaFish’s way, and just in time for Work In Progress Wednesday, too…
Over the past weeks I’ve been collecting a little potpourri of treats for her. First there was a hand-made magnet of raffia and red chili peppers that JumbleSon picked up at the Farmer’s Market in Las Cruces, NM to give her a little taste of the Southwest.
As a former Midwesterner, I am a card-carrying member of the Mary Engelbreit fan club – even though it terrifies JumbleSpouse who thinks she’s of the devil…what, I ask you, could possibly be construed as evil about this woman’s work?? All I know is that he’s never forgiven her for saying “Life is just a chair full of bowlies.”
Anyway, I thought MamaFish (also a Midwesterner) might appreciate a few ME stickers, as I’m sure she is a better judge of character when it comes to those who “bloom where they’re planted” than JumbleMan.
To top it off, I pulled out my trusty copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal and prepared to make Bath Tea.
This is technically her recipe for baby bath tea (with a little touch of my own magic), but doesn’t Mama’s skin deserve the same gentle touch as an infant’s? Yes! I say.
I worked at dusk (which is why the photos are so dark) and left the bowl of fragrant goodness out to bask in the full moon for a few hours to add some powerful feminine energy.
I simply mixed all the dried ingredients together in a large bowl.
7 oz. rolled oats (my addition to Rosemary’s recipe) – for soothing, softening, anti-inflammatory
2 oz. calendula (Calendual officinalis) – for relieving skin irritations or burns
2 oz. chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) – for soothing, anti-inflammatory
2 oz. comfry leaf (Symphytum officinale) – for soothing inflammation in tissues and joints
2 oz. roses (Rosa canina) – for looking pretty and smelling nice
1 oz. lavender (Lavandula spp.) – for relieving tension, stress and insomnia
It smells as lovely as it looks! Just a couple of tablespoons in a reusable muslin bag will make her many a relaxing bath. I’m not sure how many cups this recipe makes, but I’m guessing around ten.
I really wanted to embroider something on the “tea” bag, but couldn’t work out how to get my hand inside it to do the stitching (ok, and I haven’t worked out how to embroider either, but who’s counting?!?). Guess I could have made my own drawstring bag, but I’ll save such a project for another W.I.P.
For now, I’m wishing MamaFish a Happy 60th, and you & my fellow WIPsters a blessed day.