Do you ever find yourself longing toward your bath? Most of us take showers every day, quickly cleansing our bodies, but giving little thought to anything else. Baths though…baths are where we indulge a bit. We slow down. Pull out the special scrub or bubbles. Soak away our troubles. Lounge about with a book we’ve been saving. Maybe even light some candles.
It’s always been strange to me how significantly we differentiate the two. They’re both cleansing. And yet, showers are seen as a necessity while baths are considered an optional and luxurious aspect of a self care ritual. And maybe that is what sets them apart. Our bodies remember, even if our minds don’t, our need for ritual. They crave the slowing down, the attention paid not just to body but to mind and soul as well. When choosing which ingredients to include in your bathing blend, remember that plants have magickal as well as physical healing properties.
1 part dried milk powder
2 parts salt
2 parts herb mix
4 parts oats
at least 10 drops essential oils
Herbs to Consider:
- Holy Basil
- Lemon Balm
- Red Clover Flowers
Essential Oils to Consider:
- Ylang Ylang
I adapted the Purification blend below from “Elsie’s Special Imbolc Purification Bath Blend” at Pooka’s Circle. Feel free to change it to meet your own specific needs or buy your own batch in the Apothecary. Keep reading to learn how to choose which herbs to include for your individual purposes.
It’s very easy to put together. Simply choose your ingredients, mix them together, and place in a glass jar for storage or bath tea bags for use. A 3×5 bag will hold about 1/2 cup of mixture. Ideally you want to use about half to one cup for your bath.
Milk is pure goddess energy, nurturing and love.
Salt is cleansing, purifying, grounding, and protecting. I like to use a combination of salts, as each one brings specific properties to the table, but you can certainly use whichever salt you are most comfortable with.
The herb blend that I chose for purification is full of herbs like lavender, calendula, sage, hyssop, rosemary, and eucalyptus that are known to be healing, purifying, and protective. They also promote sleep, tranquility, joy, spiritual growth, and emotional cleansing.
Oats are healing (especially for dry, winter skin), grounding, and symbolic of prosperity.
The oils are restorative, balancing calm and stimulation, clearing negative energy, and bringing spirituality to a personal focus.
Now you’re ready. Run yourself a nice, warm bath. Fill your bath tea bag with your bath soak mixture. With a bit of magick and poetry, toss the tea bag into the bath. Let it perfume the air and spread its soul soothing and skin nourishing magick through the water. Use the bag itself as a washcloth to scrub away any dirt and negativity clinging to your body.
You’re not limited to a purification bath. Change the herbs and oils to suit your needs. Maybe you need a little magickal push to help you sleep or some diving intervention in kicking the stuff right out of your nose. Rose petal baths are always fun for Valentine’s Day. Create your own blends or try one of the blends available in the Apothecary.
Don’t forget to include the wonderful extras that make this ritual your own. Candles, soft music, a favorite book… Whatever makes your bath special for you.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am a not medical professional and everything written here is a product of my own research. Don’t take any advice given here over that of a trained doctor. If you ingest any herbs, always make sure that you’re 100% sure that they’re safe. If you’re pregnant or giving to a child, always consult a doctor before ingesting herbs and plant you aren’t familiar with. Magickal instruction and spells are for personal entertainment purposes only. The desired result/outcome cannot be guaranteed as a result of using any magickal item, and should not be used as a replacement for medical/professional assistance.