During the castle battle I somehow managed to pull a posterior thigh muscle and after limping around for a few days Tommy suggested I pay a visit to the Aqua Musculus Medicinal Tea Bathhouse in Somerset. Tommy cured a cricketing injury there last year after finding an advert for the baths in an issue of the West Country Mouse Gazette.
Much is known of the natural geothermic spring bathhouses developed by the rodent eating Romans in around 60AD. Little, in comparison, is known of the medicinal tea bathhouses in Bath, pioneered by mice in the mid-18th century. Heavy taxation on tea opened up a busy smuggling industry along the British coast. Tea was smuggled inland through hidden passages and pathways to special hiding places, quite often that of the local parish church, which were as we know, quite often frequented by mice. Of course, mice have for millennia been using herbal hedgerow remedies to cure a variety of ills but being a species not to ‘look a gift horse in the mouth’, the mice began nibbling through storage sacks and smuggling their own parcels of this new aromatic leaf down to the then named Herbal Bathhouses in Somerset.
The tea bathhouses have seen some changes over the years, with today’s facilities taking advantage of the many exotic tea varieties now stocked by small stores and local markets. Mixed with traditional hedgerow remedies, the Aqua Musculus Medicinal Tea Bathhouse offers a comprehensive menu of soaks for every disposition and ailment.
I found the Earl Grey with Passion Flower and Linden to be most relaxing, but took a particular liking to the recently introduced Masala Chai bath, full of aromatic spices from far flung India. After a week of therapeutic baths and a daily massage with rose petal infused olive oil, I am now fully restored. I’ve purchased a few packets of inspiring tea blends from the gift shop which I’m taking back for Millie, along with a complimentary Tea Bathhouse toweling toga which just happened to find it’s way into my backpack whilst I was packing.
Have you ever tried any alternative therapies? Have you ever ‘accidentally’ packed a towel or any complementary toiletries from a swanky hotel? Morris would love to hear from you, so please feel free to hit the comments box.
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