It’s the new year and you’re probably ready to rid yourself of the past. The holidays and the rush of “getting things done” brings on unwanted anxiety and stress. If you’re like me, you are emphatic, we all have an innate gift of empathy which helps us connect to others. Some of us are more hieghten then others and it can make us feel anxious even when we are having a good time.
Taking the time to care for self is extremely important not only for your health but your spiritual growth as well. These uncomfortable emotions take a toll on our mind, body, and soul. A simple bath like the one I’m about to share with you can shift you right back into alignment and help you ground.
I created a bath spell that is both simple and powerful. If you can imagine, this is very personal for me but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much everyone has their own combination of stress and I bet a good portion of you reading this now haven’t taken the time to release it. It combines various techniques that I have tried over the years. I would try them all individually without much success and it wasn’t until I took the time to combine them in a spell/ritual that I found the results I’d been looking for. Taking the time to care about yourself enough to perform a ritual is where the true magick happens. Magick can’t be rushed nor can you take shortcuts and expect things to work. It requires attention and devotion and knowing that self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.
This spell requires you to devote at least 30 minutes of self-care so that you are prepared to tackle the problems that face us daily. Find a time when you know you won’t be disturbed. Bathing is often thought of as a night activity but I have done this bath many times in the morning and it is equally amazing.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Handful of calming crystals (I suggest amethyst or lithium quartz)
2 teaspoons of Salt (for clearing gemstones)
- Candles, preferably in white, silver or purple
- Rosemary essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Bath tea (optional: Brew a bath tea infusion using rosemary, spearmint and wood betony. Consider adding lemon zest if doing this in the morning)
Anti – Anxiety herbal tea (Optional but highly recommended)
Here’s a list of some great herbs for calming anxiousness. I drink a combination of these herbs almost daily and I have to say my overall anxiety has calmed down dramatically. Drink 1 or a combination of these herbs or look for blends that contains them. Both my company, Spirit Element and November Sage carries wonderful stress reducing teas.
– Skullcap: arguably, the best nervine in the herbal world. It is used to treat all nervous disorders from hysteria to digestive distress and regular consumption helps one to respond better to stress.
– Passionflower: often referred to as the “herb of tranquility”, this heavenly herb is a mild sedative that is a miracle worker for nervous disorders like tension, hyperactivity, anxiety, headaches and exhaustion. It has no side effects and gradually steadies nerves when taken regularly.
– Lemon Balm: This herb is actually in the mint family and is loved for it’s amazing lemon like scent. It is a “happy herb” and useful for treating mild depression. It is used by both magic folk and muggles to treat mental and nervous disorders.
– Wood Betony: The name comes from the Celtic word “betonica”, meaning “good for the head”. This is one of my favorite herbs of all times as it calms the nerves, improves circulation, relieves the feeling of a “heavy head” and aids in clearing out the liver. Magic wise, it is often used in healing as well as for calming dark fears and emotions that are tied to the imagination.
Some other great herbs include, holy basil (aka tulsi), linden leaf and flower, spearmint or peppermint, and rosemary.
Place 1 teaspoon of salt and crystals in a bowl, then fill with warm water. Allow your crystals to cleanse for about 30 minutes. Next mix your oils by adding 18 drops of rosemary essential oil and 6 drops of lavender essential oil to a small bottle (about 1 oz in size) then top it off with a vegetable oil like grape seed or jojoba. Lightly shake and allow the oils to synergize while you wait for the crystals to cleanse. You can also mix the same amount of essential oils but leave them undiluted to add to your oil burner. I’ll often burn this around the house or my apothecary when jumping into a bath isn’t an option at that time.
Find a time when you can be alone for 20-30 minutes but preferably an hour. Brew yourself a cup of tea using one or more of the herbs above and bring it into the bathroom with you. Be sure to take sips here and there as you get prepared. Begin by casting a circle that surrounds your bathroom. You can do so by imagining a white beam of light coming down and surrounding the bathroom area. Pour the saltwater off of your crystals and then place them in the tub before running a warm bath that is a comfortable temperature for you. Light your candles and place them around the tub to create a calming ambiance. I have Christmas lights strung up around my bathroom ceiling which creates a very soothing feel. This is unnecessary of course but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how relaxing it is to turn off the overhead lights and watch my Xmas lights and candles flicker.
Check the temperature of the water and adjust if necessary. You want to do this before adding your essential oils so that the scent doesn’t disperse too much before you have a chance to breathe it in. Add your bath brew (if using) and oils, then swirl around with your hands. Step into the bath and just be present for a few moments, taking in the scent of the oils. Maybe take a few sips of tea and feel the warmth of it sliding down your throat. After a few deep breaths, take your towel and dip it into the water then gently squeeze the warm water over your body. Wipe your face with soft movements, allow the water to flow over your neck and shoulders… wherever you feel called to draw attention. As you do so, imagine the warm water with the help of the towel cleansing away the stress and anxiety. Re Dip your towel often and continue to wash away your stress. Take a few moments here or there to take sips of your tea and feel the calm, warming sensation aid in relieving your tension. Do this for as long as you like and when you are done, let the water out. Imagine all your stress and tension flowing down the drain.
Place the remaining teas. of salt and crystals back into the bowl and fill with warm water to cleanse them of the stress that they have taken from you. Be sure to rinse out your tub to remove any lingering negative energy. Release the circle surrounding your bathroom.
Finish up by massaging the body with your favorite moisturizer, giving a little extra care to those spots that tend to hold your stress. Do this spell often and gradually, you will begin to respond better to stress in general. I advise drinking the tea often as well, but at the least, when you feel stress creeping up your spine. I hope this spell brings you as much relief as it has brought me.
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