Let it all out with this bath ritual for release
With the recent Blue Moon // Lunar Eclipse // Blood Moon and Imbolc happening all within the same few days, there is so much spiritual energy overwhelming our psyches and possibly causing emotional blocks.
If you’re feeling like me–overwhelmed, tired, and easily upset–you need to learn to take the time and give yourself permission to let it go and release.
So that’s where this bath ritual for release comes into play.
Run the bath
The best way to start with a ritual bath is by–you guessed it–running the bathwater. Run your water hot, and as the tub begins to fill, gather your supplies.
This is what you need:
- Bergamot oil
- Nutmeg oil
- Ylang Ylang oil
- Pure vanilla extract
- Rose petals
- Milk (of choice)
- Epson salts
- Rose quartz
- Black tourmaline
- Palo santo
Together, these ingredients will help you release any pent up emotions that you may have. Yes, that probably means crying. There is work on your part here to ensure that you’re allowing yourself the freedom to give up any emotional blocks you may have (like “men don’t cry”) or to dive deep into your heart space to feel that which needs to be felt.
This bath ritual helps a lot with the grieving process, especially after a long day of having to stay strong for the world. My friend Lady Fexique and I worked together to develop rituals to help with grieving and emotional release. You can watch her ritual here.
The oils, extracts, and herbs
Let’s quickly run through the ingredients and why they were chosen for this specific ritual, starting with the essential oils.
These three essential oils are paramount to ensuring you’re able to easily release the emotions that are within you. Bergamot, the first oil listed in the ingredients, is perfect for letting go of any negative emotions, like anger, anxiety, and fear. While its scent is pretty uplifting, mixed with the other oils in our list, it will truly pack an emotional punch.
Nutmeg essential oil is amazing for releasing insecurities and soothing the soul. This oil will help with the aftermath of the bath and ensuring a feeling of relief after you’re through with soaking. And lastly, Ylang Ylang oil. Another uplifting scent, this oil will help reduce any depression or anxiety you may be feeling. This oil also works to balance the different energies within you.
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The other ingredients in this category are vanilla extract and rose petals. The vanilla extract is there to help stabilize and increase your physical energy–trust me, you’ll need this. (And also, it smells good). The rose petals are there to increase self love and to ensure this bath ritual for release is coming from a place of deep compassion for one self.
Inside the bath
Next in our ingredient list are two things that I like to add to many of my ritual baths–Epsom salts and milk.
I like to add milk to my ritual bath to provide an energy of renewal and nurturing. And with Imbolc just having passed (if you’re doing this ritual right away), this is the perfect time to capitalize on those mothering vibes. So, for this ritual I’m going to be using a nice, unsweetened almond milk. Of course, use whatever milk you already have on hand.
And of course, no bath is ever complete without a handful of Epsom salts tossed in. Epsom salts help to draw toxins out of the body.
Outside the bath
The last few items on our list are there to ensure the entire space around you while bathing is as sacred as possible.
Black tourmaline will be used to soak the negative energy out of the room as you release your emotions. After this bath ritual for release, it is probably best for you to cleanse the black tourmaline asap. The other crystal is rose quartz, which is used similar to the rose petals–to ensure that the release is truly coming from a place of deep, inner-compassion.
Lastly, it’s always best to cleanse a space before and after a ritual. I think palo santo would work beautifully here, but use whichever cleansing method works best for you.
Diving into this bath ritual for release
Actually going through this bath ritual for release is quite easy. I say to always begin the ritual as if you were about to cast a circle or open a space for communication with spirits or deities. Contacting the unconscious and inner self needs the same protection and respect as speaking to those in another realm.
Start with the space
Begin by cleansing the space with the palo santo or spiritual cleanser of choice. If you feel the need to, repeat to yourself a simple phrase to ensure you’re truly setting the mood.
This smoke neutralizes this space so I can let it go.
Also, if it helps, you can dim the lights and set up some candles.
Next, grid the bath tub. In each corner, set up a piece of black tourmaline and rose quartz. If you have a large piece of rose quartz, you can even set that on the tap to ensure all the water running out of it is purified with self love.
Stir your cauldron
In no particular order, dump all the ingredients into the hot water of your bath ritual for release. For the essential oils, add about 5 – 10 drops of each oil if you have all three. If don’t have all three, just make sure you have enough oils in your bath to clearly smell their aroma.
For the rest of the ingredients, I think the amount depends on the size of your tub and how concentrated you want each ingredient to be. For my specific tub, I use 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of milk, and 1 tbs of vanilla extract.
Release those emotions
Now it’s time to actually soak in the bath. I think this portion of your ritual is very personal to you and what you need.
I like to sink deep into the tub, submerging as much of myself as possible, trying to stay completely still. Then, I imaging myself walking slowly down many steps until I reach the door to my heart space. Once inside, I am able to meet anyone I need to–even other versions of myself–in order to forgive, release, or gain, depending on the ritual.
Here, do what is best for you to ensure you’re able to release what you need.
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What were you able to release?
Bath rituals are a powerful part of beauty magick. While you are not changing the appearance of yourself through makeup or fashion, you are using other areas of beauty to affect yourself on the inside.
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