Originally, I created this bath for transiting from one season to the next. Transitioning from one season to another can be stressful, even though we do it all of the time. It can wreck havoc on your body (don’t believe me? Ask anyone with seasonal allergies.) as well as the spirit and the mind.
Difficult times like the ones we’re in now can also be stressful and challenging to navigate. It isn’t easy dealing with something like a world pandemic or intense civil rights issues. I needed something to help me to find a few moments of balance, calm, and also to remember to be patient as the world goes through a collective dark night of the soul.
This bath has been my go-to whenever I need to relax and unwind. It can be made in advance and the bath salt portion can be doubled so that you always have some at the ready. Give this bath a try if you’re feeling like you need to check out of reality for a while.
Palo Santo Infusion
This is an easy recipe for making a healing infusion in palo santo aka holy wood. When purchasing palo santo, be sure to source organically grown material, especially if you wish to drink this infusion as a tea. I like to use palo santo chips for this infusion but the sticks will work as well.
32 ounces of water
To make this infusion, combine the wood and water in a large pot and place it on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a soft boil then turn down to a simmer. Allow the water and palo santo mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes then remove from heat. Strain right away and serve if drinking as tea. Be sure to strain through cheesecloth to avoid any splinters. Otherwise, use your infusion in the following bath recipe.
- Palo Santo Infusion
- Juniper Essential Oil
- Rose Absolute
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 1 cup Pink Salts
- 1-2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tbls Almond Oil
- 32 ounces of water
Palo Santo - aka “Holy Wood,” palo santo is a spiritually healing and cleansing wood that cleanses negative energy and promotes well-being.
Juniper - Spiritually, juniper aids in transformation and promotes general well-being. It is also associated with happy new beginnings.
Rose - softens the heart and emotional support and comfort during times of stress, sorrow, and difficult changes.
Mix the salts and baking soda together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the almond oil with 60 drops each of juniper and rose oils. Add the essential oil mixture to the salts and whisk to combine. Pour the salt mixture into a jar with a tight lid and place it in a dark space for at least 24 hours to synergize.
To use the mixture, run a warm bath. I like to add flowers to my bathwater but this is completely optional. I also prefer to light candles and turn on the Xmas lights that I keep strung around my bathroom. Pour the palo santo infusion into the water first. You can make this up just before your bath like I do, that way it’s still warm and doesn’t alter the temperature of your bath. But you can also make this the day before. It will keep in your refrigerator for about 5 days.
Now pour in about a cup of bath salts. Sit in the tub and make sure to splash these healing waters over your whole body. I submerge myself completely for a few moments to allow my whole body to be covered. Then sit back, relax and soak in your bath for about 20-30 minutes.
Caution: Your tub may be a bit slippery. Be careful when stepping in and out of the tub.