Herbal Soap ~ Arts & Craft Medieval Style

Good eventide to you all!

 I’ve heard and read so many tales of our medieval ancestors and their bathing habits—or lack thereof.  My belief is that they did bath and often.  Maybe not everyday like us but definitely more than once a month.  I’m sure some of you will disagree with me on this but I like to give them (many of them anyway) credit for caring about their hygiene.  I remember visiting Leeds Castle in the south of England and seeing a bathing tub draped with cloth.  It was huge!  Granted, only the wealthy were treated to such comforts but it was interesting to see up close and personal a medieval bathing tub.  I admit it…  I just get carried away whenever I’m in England and in the presence of anything medieval!

If you’re really interested in knowing about medieval hygiene here’s a website I found that gives loads of interesting information.  It’s at http://www.scatoday.net/node/4169

But this week’s blog is about how to make your own soap and I’ve found several websites that just might interest you.  This one is on how to make medieval soap the way it was made way back then.  Please visit http://www.ehow.com/how_5645522_make-soap-medieval-times.html   Here’s another website that seems to be an easier recipe. It’s http://crafts.kaboose.com/easysoap.html

If you’ve made soap and would like to share your recipe, please do so in the comments below.  Or, if you try one of these recipes and would like to share your experience please do so.

Enjoy! from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of www.TheMedievalChronicle.com

One Response to “Herbal Soap ~ Arts & Craft Medieval Style”

  1. Denise Domning Says:

    Linda, you won’t get any argument from me about their bathing habits. The Mikvah (ritual bath house) has been around since the time of the Old Testament. Church law from the Middle Ages stated clearly you could only take communion if you had bathed prior to the service. If people weren’t using them, some for the purposes of illicit sex, why would the Church in the 13th Century mandate the closure of city bath houses? Let’s face it, it feels good to be clean, to scrape off all the parasites and dirt, even if you get that way only a few times a month.

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