There is something so magical about receiving a letter, especially from a friend that you’ve never met in the flesh.
This modern age is funny like that – a few mutual likes, a few direct messages, and suddenly you’ve got a new soul sister. A new person you consider your tribe. It’s exciting when a friendship that’s primarily digital makes its way into the physical – you get such a strong essence of that person through their stationary, their handwriting, what they write about. Little trinkets like crow feathers, autumn leaves, or tea become treasures.
I eagerly peer into my rusty little mailbox as part of my evening routine. Sifting through junk mail, coupons, and community newsletters for a personal letter is one of my favourite things to do. And oh, how excited I get when there’s one waiting for me, addressed in a hand that I know.
Recently I received a fragrant brown paper packet of beautiful chamomile flowers from a sweet friend who I’m just starting to get to know. So generous was the portion that I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink it all, so I whipped up a little concoction to use in my baths.
Chamomile is a beautiful healer for the skin and hair, and a chamomile bath is said in folklore to help the bather attract love, repel negativity, and calm a stormy mind. Nothing better for a Sunday evening.
Mix together the following:
1 cup of fine sea salt
1/2 cup epsom salts
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
zest of two clementines
Sprinkle a half-cup of the salts into a bath of steaming water. Disrobe. Relax.