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Seasonal product we offer in the month May

Traditional Japanese herbal bath pack for the month of May. Soothing and aromatherapeutic. 1,400-year-old herbal bath recipe.

Traditional Japanese herbal bath recipe

Made with wild-harvested leaves of yomogi and leaves and fragrant roots of Japanese iris (shōbu).

Drawstring bag in traditional kusudama-Yu (medicine-ball bath) style.

One pack.  See below for how to use.

Pure, Natural, Cruelty-free

No additives, preservatives, colorings or fragrances.

Not tested on animals and cruelty-free.

Ingredients: Dried yomogi (Artemisia princeps) leaves. Roots and leaves of shōbu iris (sweet flag)
Net Weight: 25 grams
Product of Japan

Iris and Yomogi Traditions of May

Japan's love affair with irises and yomogi runs deep in the national psyche.

In May, Japanese hang iris and yomogi leaves at entrances and under eaves of homes (noki-shōbu) and take baths with iris leaves (shōbu-yu) to promote good health and to ward off evil.

In 612 AD, Empress Suiko, Japan's first female monarch, decreed the 5th day of the 5th month of every year to be the public day for collecting wild irises and yomogi leaves. Called kusuri-gari (medicine hunt), the tradition is still observed to this day.

In traditional Japanese calendar, May 5th (day of Rikka) is the first day of summer. It is the national holiday of Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day), Ayame-no-hi (Day of Irises) and Tango-no-sekku (Double Fifth, i.e. the 5th day of 5th month).

How to Use

  • Make an infusion:
    • In small bowl, pour 4 cups (about 1000 ml) of hot water over the pack. Wait for 10 minutes.
  • While waiting, fill your bath with comfortably hot clear water.
  • Add the infusion to your bath.
  • Take the pack with you inside your bath. Immerse yourself, relax and breathe in the sweet and spicy herbal aromas.

You do not need to take a long bath. 10-20 minutes is adequate for most.

  • After bathing, rinse your body and drink a cup of water to replenish yourself.
  • Take out the pack, hang and let it air dry. Rinse the tub. 
  • Take a nice, long rest!

You can use the same pack for a second bath. The infusion will be lighter in color. Increase the infusion time to 15 minutes to get more color.

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