Maling the Sheets Smell Sweetly, a Linen Freshener from 1562

Life has finally calmed down enough to get back to regular postings.  While unpacking from a long trip  and cleaning the house this morning I sprinkled a bit of this on the guest room sheets.  I have yet to share it with you, so today seems like a good day.   It is a recipe from an English herbal with a very long title,  Bulwarke of defence against all sicknesse, soarenesse, and vvoundes that doe dayly assaulte mankinde: which bulwarke is kept with Hilarius the gardener, [and] Health the phisicion, with the chirurgian, to helpe the wounded soldiours. Gathered and practised from the most worthy learned, both olde and new: to the great comfort of mankind, often referred to as simply Bullein’s Bulwarke, writen by William Bullein, Doctor of Physicke.

3 lbs of rosewater

cloves (to taste)

cinnamon (to taste)

sandalwood (to taste)

2 handfuls of lavender flowers

Place all of your ingredients in a glass vessel with a snug fitting lid.  Let the ingredients steep for one month.  Strain the mixture and retain the liquid for your linens to keep them smelling sweet

Naturally you do not have to make the recipe in its original quantity for your own personal use.  I did make it in the original amount because I plan on giving some away during the rest of summer.  Note that you can adjust the amount of cloves, cinnamon, and sandalwood you use to suit your personal taste as well.  If you have been following my posts about perfume, the process of this recipe should be familiar.  The end result of your efforts is a spicy, sweet, non-staining perfume perfect for bedding, towels, and curtains.

Next week–a Knights’ 14th century Medicinal Bath


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amenhetep
    May 25, 2015 @ 19:05:58

    Curious, in what state do you put the cinnamon, sandalwood, and cloves in the rosewater? Whole pieces, or ground up?


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