We pick up a lot of psychic debris in daily life. Whether it’s created by stress, our environment, or other people projecting negative energies, this psychic “dirt” adds up daily and can adversely affect you on many levels. This is why it’s so important to routinely cleanse yourself.
Physical and non physical cleansing go hand in hand, so it’s a great idea to cleanse your spiritual self after you've cleansed your physical body. There are many ways to go about this, so pick the method that works best for you – and always feel free to experiment! Sometimes the herbs and oils that appeal to your senses are exactly what you need, whether or not it’s considered traditionally “cleansing”.
Note: If you don't have access to herbs and oils, just use regular salt and/or olive oil. These are very basic but very potent cleansing ingredients that can be used for cleansing just about anything. These are also a great option if you are concerned about possible allergic reactions or skin irritations.
Sometimes you don't have time for a full cleanse, and this is when a salt scrub can help.
- Mix two parts Epsom salt to one part sea salt.
- Add any oils or herbs you desire. (See the herb and oil lists at the bottom.)
- Oils: Add about ¼ teaspoon of any oil per 3 cups salt mixture.
- Herbs: Grind the dried herbs in a mortar and pestle or a coffee bean grinder that you use only for this purpose. Use ¼ to ½ cup of herbs total per 3 cups of salt mixture.
Store the mixture in a glass jar you can tightly seal or, if you’re looking for a quick fix, a large plastic bag that can be sealed.
Visualize yourself being purified by a waterfall of refreshing, high vibration energies as you scrub away all physical and psychic dirt with your cleansing salt mix.
Bonus: You can also use this mixture in the bath!
A great alternative to salt mixtures is herbal water. Different herbs tap into different energies so that you can customize your cleansing. Collect the herbs you wish to include and measure about a fourth to a half cup total.
There are many ways to create your herbal water…
- Stove Top: Get a pot of water boiling (usually 3 cups of water is good). Add the herbs to the water. Let the water return to a boil, then remove from heat. Leave the herbs to steep for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour for strongest results. Then, strain the herbs from the water, retaining the water so that you can add it directly to your bath.
- Coffee Machine: If you have a drip coffee machine, put your herbs in the disposable filter. Add water to the machine (again, three cups should be enough), then turn it on. When it’s done, you’ll have a pot of herbal water ready to add to your bath! (Note: be sure to clean your coffee machine thoroughly before you next use it to make coffee.)
- Steep in Bath Water: If you want a cleansing bath that requires less preparation, simply steep your dried herbs directly in the bath water. I suggest purchasing reusable tea bags or using tied up cheesecloth to hold your herbs so that they don’t leave behind a mess or clog your drain when you finish bathing.
You can add even more cleansing properties to your herbal bath water by including a quarter cup of honey, milk, or a base oil such as jojoba or grape seed. This will also make your bath water soft and moisturizing – perfect for when your skin needs some healing.
If you want to heighten the cleansing and calming atmosphere, light two white candles and burn an incense that is pleasing to you – or choose from the list below to boost the magick.
When you finish bathing, visualize all psychic debris being carried down the drain, leaving you cleansed and glowing.
Oils and Herbs List
Note: Before using an oil in your bath water, try placing a drop on the inside of your wrist to be sure that you don’t have any negative reactions to it being on your skin. Also, be sure that any oils or herbs you purchase are of high quality and don’t include pesticides or synthetic fragrances.
Cleansing: Camphor, Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, Sage, Vetiver
Uncrossing/Protection: Patchouli, Dragon’s Blood, Eucalyptus, Pine, Rosemary, Rue (warning: rue may cause skin irritation)
Cleansing: Angelica, Lemon Balm, Hyssop
Uncrossing/Protection: Cinquefoil (Five Finger Grass), Galangal (Low John), Vervain (Verbena), Wood Betony, Rosemary
If you want to explore herbs and oils for other magickal purposes, try reading about traditional hoodoo practices (catherine yronwode’s “Hoodoo, Herb, and Root Magic” is my personal favorite) or other magickal reference books such as “Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs”.
Enjoy being cleansed and protected!