The topic for this month’s blogs is Protection, and I struggled to think of something a bit different from the usual spell jars, pouches and poppets. My thoughts turned to personal protection and somehow ended up on baths. In April I wrote a blog about spell bath bags, so I thought this time I would make bath salts, after all, what is more protective than salt!
Baths are fantastic for protection spells as you can completely immerse yourself in the magic. You can also use different herbs and essential oils depending on your intention as you would for any spell. Bath salts are so quick and easy to make, they make great gifts and relieve tension and ease stress. The magnesium in Epsom salt can also ease muscle tension.
Although it’s rare, baking soda kept in airtight glass jars can develop high air pressure in humidity causing the jar to shatter, so although the mason jars look pretty, a jar with a normal screw lid with a few holes punched into it is safer. If you haven’t got any, a freezer bag or plastic tub are also good.
The basic recipe is:
2 cups of Epsom salt
2 cups of course sea salt ( I used dead sea salt because that’s what I had, but pink Himalayan salt is also good)
½ cup bicarbonate soda/ baking soda
2-3 tbsp dried herbs (Optional depending on whether you mind cleaning the bath out afterwards!)
20 drops essential oil (Optional)
Jar* - see warning above
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then fill your jar. Keep in a dark cool place until you are ready to use them. This amount filled 2 medium sized jars.
Pour ½ -1 cup of the bath salts to your bath and soak for about 20 minutes or as long as you can. Herbal baths are popular in the Hoodoo tradition, particularly for psychic cleansing. They usually require the person bathing to completely immerse themselves in the water several times and repeat a prayer. I made up a short chant that you can repeat while bathing if you like, or make up your own. Repeat it three times while visualising the salts and herbs ( if using) creating a shield that completely surrounds and protects you.
‘Mother goddess keep me safe with you
Protect me in all the things I do
Watch over me night and day
Keep all harm and trouble at bay’.
The herbs I used were dried lavender buds and dried rose petals, both are great for protection. The flowers/petals should be small enough to go down the plug hole, but you can always use a plug hole strainer to catch any bits. There isn’t a huge amount in these bath salts so I found it wasn’t too messy. If you're worried about making a mess, omit the dried herbs, the bath salts are protective enough already, the herbs just give them an extra boost.
The essential oils are optional as I know a lot of people can’t use them. I didn’t have any rose essential oil so I used 10 drops of geranium which is another herb of protection, along with 10 drops of lavender.
I tried the bath salts out last night. They are nothing like the large gritty artificially coloured and scented bath salts that my Nan used to use years ago. The salts dissolved really well and my bathroom smelt amazing.
Relax and enjoy, letting the salts do their thing.