Beltane has passed and May is upon us. Here was me thinking the warmer days and the beginning of summer would herald the end of cold and flu season. How wrong was I! For the last couple of days I’ve had a nasty head cold/sore throat/general run down-ness. Most unfortunate, particularly over Beltane when I want to get down to some witchy fun and celebration! But looking on the bright side it’s a good excuse to practise some healing magic and incorporate another of my favourite activities: bath time! I’m an Aquarius and a total water baby so any excuse for a long soak in the tub works for me. I often use baths to prepare for rituals or just when I’m in need of some quiet thinking time. So today I’m trying out a healing bath.
Water is an element of healing and purification so a healing bath is a wonderful way to help ease your ills. For this particular bath I used Epsom Salts which have detoxing properties. They are also great for easing stress and aches and pains. I also added a few drops of thyme oil. Thyme is an incredible healing herb and is a main stay in my witches garden. Among many others it’s properties include; antibacterial, anti-fungal, balancing hormones, anti-spasmodic, strengthening immune system, respiratory health and digestion. It’s a fantastic starting point for anyone interested in experimenting with herbal healing. To complement the thyme I put in a few drops of lemon balm oil which is anti-viral as well as having a lovely refreshing scent.
Before the bath I set up a few blue candles, blessing them with a healing spell as I lit them. This is a spell taken from my Book of Shadows and unfortunately I can’t remember where it originally came from so if anyone does know the source please do let me know so I can give credit where it’s due. The candle incantation is as follows:
“In the name of the Goddess, I charge this candle as a magical tool for healing.
Magic mend and candle burn, sickness end, good health return.”
Once the bath is run and the candles charged and lit, I add the Epsom salts to the water with the following incantation:
“Into this water, power I send, my stress shall unwind, my body shall mend.”
This particular incantation is adapted from the Bath Spells section of The Witches Circle which is well worth checking out as they have plenty of other great bath spells!
Once that is done all that is left to do is lie back, relax, and let the water soak away all your pains and ills. Whenever I use bath magic I always make a note to rinse the bath out afterwards to ensure any residual negative energy is washed away, as well as for basic hygiene of course! With this particular spell I also gave thanks to the water spirits when I was finished in the tub. It’s always good to show gratitude for any help you receive, even in times of illness. I’m already feeling much better after my healing bath, though not totally healed of course. We can’t expect miracles after all!
Just as a side note, I found this album of Healing Moon Chants was the perfect musical accompaniment.
Have a wonderful and blessed day x