Hetty Hyssop and the Case of the Missing Bouquet Garni

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Thanks to all the lovely children, parents and grandparents who came to dabble in a bit of herblore at The Courts in Holt today. Professor Rosemary Spongle had plenty of help to find the missing herbs and the Orchard Room was a truly relaxing place on probably the hottest day of the year so far.
I promised to post up the recipes for lavender bath milk and lavender bath bombs so that anyone can dabble and experiment over the holidays.These recipes will work just as well with other fragrant plants. Chamomile or jasmine works well in the bath bombs or try rose petals in the milk. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some food colouring.

Bath Bombs
300g bicarbonate of soda
150g powdered citric acid
5 tablespoons dried lavender (or alternative)
12 drops lavender essential oil (or alternative)
witch hazel

Sift together the bicarb and citric acid until well blended. Mix in the oil and dried flowers.
Spray or squirt on some witch hazel. You’re aiming for a mixture which is wet enough to stick together but not so much that it starts to fizz.
Press the damp mixture into silicon moulds, bun tins or large ice cube trays. Small is good for little hands and silicon is great because you can turn the contents out easily.
Leave to harden for up to an hour. Ours took 15 minutes today.Then turn out onto greaseproof paper and allow to harden further.
When fully set, pack up into paper and tie with raffia or store in an airtight glass jar. Great for you or to give away as presents to your friends.

Bath Milk
200g powdered milk
120g Epsom salts
12 drops essential oil (rose or lavender)
a handful of dried rose petals or dried lavender flowers

Mix together the milk and salts. Add the oil and dried flowers/petals and give it a gentle stir. Store in an airtight jar where it will keep for up to a year.
Scatter a handful of the mixture under running water for a lovely relaxing bath.

And for those of you who like to eat your lavender, there’s a knock out recipe for lavender scones here

And finally a little request….if any parents took pics of their children getting stuck in and are prepared to let me have one or two for my records, I’d be really grateful. Perhaps in exchange for a free place on one of Forest School workshops I’m running at Hartley Farm in August. Email me at cally@countrygate.co.uk if interested.

I’ll be back at the Courts on Thursday August 15th following in the footsteps of the great Victorian Plant hunters and making wild art on the 22nd. Hope to see you there.

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