A couple of well known quotes spring to mind when you think about hot water and baths:
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is till you put her into hot water” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath _won’t_ cure, but I don’t know many of them” – Sylvia Plath
Anyways, if you find yourself in the position of feeling like there’s just way too much negativity swirling around in your Life, or maybe you’ve just lost your spark, you could do worse than trying a spiritual bath.
If you tried all of the baths offered out on the internet, you’d end up wrinkled like a prune with a huge water bill. On top of that, there are plenty of people happy to relieve you of around $30 for a gallon of water with a few herbs soaked in it, so you pays your money and you takes your choice, but here are a couple of recipes to give you the chance to go with the “do it yourself” approach.
Don’t forget, that any time you take a spiritual bath, you really need to start off by taking a shower, preferably with a salt scrub soap bar to remove any negativity on the surface, and then allow yourself to air dry.
After the shower, we’re going to start with a bitter herb bath. This bath needs to be taken over 3 nights, so you can either make up the complete amount and spread it out over the 3 baths, or you can brew it up individually each time. There really is no difference in its potency either way.
So, on to the ingredients. You will need:
- Stinging nettle
- Yarrow root
- Sea salt crystals
You can use these in dried, fresh or powdered form, and if you don’t like the thought of the bath looking like the local duck pond, you can always pop them into a muslin bag or cloth and tie it closed.
The best way to prepare the brew is to place them in a large jar of water, which is then placed in a saucepan of water. (Like a Bain Marie if you’re used to the cooking terms). Heat them and let the herbs release their energies into the water for a while, then take off the heat, cool the liquid and store it until you want to use it. You can also charge it up under the moon for extra power, and it’s quite happy then to be stored in the fridge.
Before you take your bath, make sure you clean the tub thoroughly too. You don’t want to be cleansing yourself with say someone’s toenail clippings or the scuzzy stuff from where you shaved your legs swooshing around in there, no sir …
Next, light 2 white tea-lights, and when the bath is run, add your bitter herb bath mixture and step into the bath between the candles.
Allow yourself time to soak and for any negative energies to be dissolved into the bath water. If you wish, you can totally submerge yourself under the water, which will also add to the cleansing power. On stepping out of the bath, make sure that you keep a cup full of the bath water, and after you have air dried, take the water outside and throw it to the West, saying:
“Spirits wild and spirits free
Cast any evil powers from me”
Remember, this bath is repeated over 3 nights. The bitter herb bath is best taken in the evening, when the darkness can add its powers to your working.
After you have taken 3 bitter herb baths it’s time to replenish yourself with the sweet herb bath. This one can be done just the once if you wish, but again, you can repeat it if you want to.
For the sweet herb bath, you will need:
- Rose petals
- Calendula petals
- Milk or milk powder
- Coconut water
Again, you can use fresh, dried or powdered, but if you can get hold of a cinnamon stick or two and a fresh, whole nutmeg, so much the better. Also as before, you can make them all into a little sachet if you wish, and just toss it into the bath. This time, use orange or gold colored tea-lights or candles. The liquids can be added afterwards (the fresh milk if you use it, the coconut water and the honey).
Allow yourself time to soak up all of the positivity and love in the mix; you really don’t want to hurry this one. If you can, this bath is best taken in the morning, to give it all of the sunny goodness that you can possibly gather. Remember to keep a cup full of the water again, and after stepping out of the bath and air drying, cast it to the East, and say:
“With these waters, spirits bring me peace,
And all discord around me cease.”
Try to take some time to relax after this bath before you begin your day. It is a nice touch to maybe spritz yourself with some Florida water, or a spray or two of a light, fresh perfume, and just to ramp it up a little more, you can burn a Luck Drawing candle as you maybe sip a recuperative cup of a soothing tea.
So next time Life hands you a bunch of rueful spirits, wash them away with a sprig or two of rue, and beat it at its own game!
Writer and purveyor of the magickal arts.