Add mugwort vinegar to soak water for pain relief and cleansing. This is also a culinary vinegar, as the mugwort is related to tarragon and adds a pleasing aromatic flavor to salad dressings and other dishes, as well as increasing digestive power. *
To make the mugwort vinegar, use 2 handfuls of freshly dried mugwort leaves to 10 oz. of organic raw apple cider vinegar and follow Directions for Herbal-infused Vinegars with Dried Herbs. Or use fresh mugwort and follow Directions for Herbal-infused Vinegars with Fresh Herbs. Add 1-2 tablespoons of mugwort vinegar per soak. Using dried mugwort, the yield is approximately 7-8 oz. of vinegar, enough for 8-16 soaks; using fresh, the yield will vary according to the size of the jar.
Variations: For other possible herbal vinegars, use lavender, rosemary or mint, or refer to the Botanicals section in the Ingredients chapter for more ideas.
Sea Salt Soaks. Use sea salt and herbal salt soaks for swollen, achy and painful hands. These soaks can also help heal wounds, but note that the salt will sting open skin. Salt soaks are drying to the skin, so a good moisturizer should be applied afterward. You can also apply an oil to the hands before a salt soak to prevent them from drying out.