SPIRITUAL CLEANSING BATH: This herbal bath is for cleansing one’s body/mind/spirit of inner and outer negativity or stagnant energy. It can be taken during the Full Moon or the waning phase of Grandmother Moon. Your intention, prayers and the consecration of your space in honor of the Guardians of Light, Love, Healing, Wisdom, and Protection transforms your home and bathing area into sacred space. A very important aspect of all ceremonial work.
Gather or purchase your supplies ahead of time. You can take this bath either on three consecutive nights OR the day/night before the full moon, OR the day/night of the full moon, OR the day/night after the full moon. It may also be taken during the waning phase of Grandmother Moon. Prepare for your purification bath by showering early so that your body is clean before taking this spiritual bath.
1. Smudge yourself with copal smoke or sage, cedar or sweetgrass then set your intention for your clearing bath: what is it that you wish to release? For example the root cause of illness, anxiety, fear, chronic negative self-talk/thinking, Envidias (jealousies) directed to you OR that *you* feel towards another, obstacles to harmonious relationships in your personal and professional life, or un-forgiveness towards another and/or towards yourself. Be willing to let go of all physical, emotional, mental and spiritual effects of trauma, hurtful words, spiteful actions and wrong thinking both towards you and you towards others.
2. Light a white glass encased 7-day Candle (also known as deity or sanctuary candle); Offer prayers of gratitude to Creator/God/Goddess for the good medicine, the gift of the plants that you’re using which Creator has given us to use for our healing and well-being; ask for protection and blessings from Creator, Good Healing Spirits, Holy Ancestors, Grandmother Moon, and your Guides.
3. Bring to a gentle boil in very large pot, a very generous handful each of: rue, white sage, and basil. Its usually a good idea to place all your plants into a large cheesecloth or old clean pillowcase so that the leaves and stems do not clog your drain. You may also bundle them together so that you can use them to brush your body as you bath or shower.
4. Once the water and plants have come to a boil, remove carefully and add the herbal water to your already warm bath water in the bathtub and soak in it for at least 15 minutes. You can repeat the prayers you offered earlier. I recommend the following phrase to my clients and students: “I now return any energy that I may have taken from someone, knowingly or unknowingly, to its source, with blessings of peace and love; AND I call back any of my own personal power or energy that I have given away, knowingly or unknowingly that I may restored to wholeness and balance.” Say this out loud, or mentally, three times. Then sit in stillness…feel peace in your heart.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TUB: YOU CAN POUR THE HERBAL WATER OVER YOUR HEAD AND BODY in your shower stall; do your best to make sure that the water touches every part of your body. Do not rinse off. Air dry as much as possible. Refrain from watching violent movies or being around persons who do not support your dreams and spiritual path for at least 3 days.
Offered in service, from my heart to yours.
Maestra Grace Alvarez Sesma
>Refrain from this bath if you are pregnant or have health issues such as high blood pressure.
Image: Baños Medicinales (Medicinal Baths) © Diego Isaias Hernandez
Griselda (Grace) Alvarez Sesma is not a physician, therapist, nurse or psychiatrist. The information provided is for educational purposes and is not meant to replace medical or psychological, diagnosis and treatment. It is recommended that you see a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have.www.curanderismo.org