You may take baths from time to time, but have you ever taken a spiritual bath? This revitalizing ritual can help you clear your energy field, set intentions, process challenging feelings, and more! Let’s get into the details of how to create your own spiritual bath below.
What is a spiritual bath?
A spiritual bath differs from a regular bath, because rather than bathing to clean your body, you’re bathing to cleanse and reset your subtle energy.
You’ll know if you’re in need of an energy cleanse if you find yourself feeling mentally or physically fatigued, resentful, anxious, or down, or if you’re experiencing random aches and pains (such as headaches with an unknown cause, to name one example).
Spiritual baths incorporate a multitude of energy-cleansing and revitalizing components, such as salt and essential oils, in order to rid your energy field of negativity. Not to mention: soaking in warm water, of course, relaxes the nervous system, which will leave your mind and body feeling rejuvenated while raising your vibration.
Below, let’s look at a few different spiritual bath ritual ideas that you can use, depending on which effects you’re looking to create!
9 Step Spiritual Bath Ritual to Revitalize Your Being
The following are a few different options for your spiritual bath ritual, depending on the effects you’d like to achieve during your bath. As with anything, though, keep in mind that you may alter these rituals according to your personal preferences!
- Essential oils (The type of oil you’ll use depends on which variation you choose; some options are listed below!).
- Carrier oil such as olive, coconut, or jojoba oil (jojoba is the lightest and least greasy of these three).
- Fine ground sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, or Epsom salt.
- Aromatics such as Sage, Incense, or Palo Santo.
- Crystals of your choice (Again, depending on which variations you choose; these can vary).
- Candles (Optional: use colored or scented candles depending on your bath’s purpose. More on this below.)
- Glass of water.
- Optional: hot tea and music!
Step 1: Fill your bath with warm water
Fill your bath with water as warm as you’re comfortable with. While your water runs, prep the rest of your ingredients.
Step 2: Cleanse your bathing space
If you have Sage, Incense, or Palo Santo on hand, clear the energy of the space by burning your aromatics and waving the smoke around the tub and the rest of the room. You can also consider reciting a mantra during your smudging ritual. If you don’t have any of these, you can also use a tuning fork, sage sprays, or sea salt sprays, if available.
Step 3: Activate your bath water
Add a cup of salt to the bath and stir the water around to dissolve the salt. You can use fine ground sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, or Epsom salt. Salt has powerful cleansing properties and hence is a must in any spiritual bath.
Step 4: Add essential oil(s) depending on the benefits you seek
Add 10 drops of your essential oil of choice to one forth cup of carrier oil (olive, coconut, or jojoba oil). You can use any of the following oils depending on the type of benefits you seek from your bath.
- To relieve stress: lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile
- To increase joy: grapefruit, sweet orange, or lemon
- To dispel negative energy: sage, frankincense, or ylang ylang
- To help process difficult emotions: sandalwood, jasmine, or bergamot
Then, stir the two oils together and add them to your bath.
Step 5: Place crystals around your bathtub
Grab as many crystals as you’d like to use. Here are some suggestions:
- To relieve stress: clear quartz, sodalite, or fluorite
- To increase joy: citrine, green aventurine, or carnelian
- To dispel negative energy: hematite, black tourmaline, or smoky quartz
- To help process difficult emotions: rose quartz, shungite, or amethyst
Place your crystals on the side of the bathtub to start. As a tip: whatever you do, don’t take selenite or calcite near your bath! Getting either of these crystals wet will cause them to break apart.
Step 6: Place candles around your bath space
Grab your candles. you can use any candles you would like, setting them on the side of the bathtub or on the sink for a bit of soft, relaxing light while you soak. In addition, feel free to use candles scented with any of the essential oils mentioned above, for an added aromatherapy boost!
Another idea is to use colored candles; it’s said that different colored candles carry different meanings. Here are a few options for you to try:
- To relieve stress: white for peace or yellow for clarity
- To increase joy: orange for happiness or yellow for positivity
- To dispel negative energy: black for protection or white for purity
- To help process difficult emotions: pink for love, white for peace, or blue for calm
Step 7: Have drinking water and herbal tea handy
Get everything else ready. You’ll want to have a glass of water within reach, as you will sweat a bit and likely get thirsty! Also, water will help your body flush out toxins, so it’s a good idea to drink plenty before and after your bath.
In addition, drinking a cup of hot tea while you bathe can feel incredibly soothing. Here are some tea suggestions:
- To relieve stress: chamomile, kava, or valerian
- To increase joy: green, yerba mate, or rooibos
- To dispel negative energy: masala chai, holy basil, or fennel
- To help process difficult emotions: St. John’s wort, lavender, or lemon balm
Step 8: Play relaxing music
You might like to play music as well. Feel free to listen to any kind of music your ears are craving! If you’d like a recommendation, binaural beats or sound healing music can give your bath a spa-like experience. Check out these options on YouTube:
- To relieve stress: Root Chakra Healing Music
- To increase joy: Aakhan Jor Blissful Mantra Meditation Music
- To dispel negative energy: 741hz Spiritual Detox
- To help process difficult emotions: 528hz Positive Aura Cleanse
Step 9: Turn down the lights
Finally, light your candles, turn out the lights, and climb in! You may put your crystals of choice into the bath with you to infuse the water with their healing properties. While you soak, you might even hold one of your crystals on your heart, if that feels right to you.
Stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes, or as long as you would like. Be sure to breathe slowly and deeply, in order to inhale all the beneficial aromatherapy and to soothe your nervous system!
Bathing as a full moon and/or new moon ritual
Bathing on full moon days is a great way to use spiritual bathing as an intention setting ritual. You can practice a moon bathing ritual once or twice per moon cycle.
Settling into a warm bath with soft, relaxing lighting is a great way to contemplate your intentions for the coming moon cycle!
In this case, you may want to use your new moon spiritual bath as a time to set new intentions. Soak in the bath while you think about what you’d like to call in over the next 29 days. Then, come full moon, use the spiritual bath space to contemplate the intentions you set during the new moon. Decide if you’d like to keep those intentions for the rest of the moon cycle, or alter them.
Also, the full moon is generally recognized as a time to release what’s no longer serving you. A spiritual bath will assist you with this on a few different levels!
First of all, the salt, crystals, and aromatherapy will of course help you to energetically release anything stagnant. Again, using this time to relax your thinking mind and contemplate your new moon intentions will also allow you to bring awareness to any patterns/relationships/commitments, etc., that are not serving those intentions.
While using either of these methods, you may want to keep a journal or voice recorder next to the bath, in case any insights come through!
How often should you take a spiritual bath?
The answer to this question depends on what, exactly, you’d like to use your spiritual baths to achieve. Below are a few different ways you may want to use a spiritual bath ritual.
Bathing whenever you feel your energy is drained or “stuck”
One way to know when it’s time to take a spiritual bath is to keep daily tabs on your subtle energy body. When you wake up in the morning, or perhaps when you finish your work for the day, take a few minutes to pause and notice how you feel.
Do you notice a large amount of sluggishness, resentment, irritation, or perhaps sadness? Are you experiencing any minor, unexplained physical aches? Again, these signs could point to stuck energy that needs to be cleansed. On these days, a spiritual bath can help!
When is the best time to take a spiritual bath?
This is totally up to you, and when you feel it’s best for you to take a bath. Many prefer to take a hot bath right before bed, whereas others enjoy baths in the morning, or even in the middle of the day. Trust your body and your intuition!
With that said, taking a hot bath right before bed has its benefits! Raising your body temperature before you go to sleep can actually help you to fall asleep faster.
Benefits of a spiritual bath
So why, exactly, should you take a spiritual bath? In fact, spiritual baths possess countless benefits! We’ll describe a few of them below.
1. Releases toxins from the body
Soaking in salt can help to draw toxins out of the body– without you ever having to sip a detox beverage, if that’s not your cup of tea. After taking a salt bath for at least 20 minutes, you’ll walk away feeling an increased sense of overall physical wellness.
2. Cleanses the energetic body
As we mentioned earlier, the spiritual bath’s various elements will work together to remove negative, stagnant energy from your subtle body, and replace it with fresh, positive, peaceful vibrations. Salt plays a role in this, as well as any crystals you may use. In addition, the essential oils’ aroma will help you to call in the positive vibrations which you wish to feel.
3. Soothes the nervous system
Your crystals and aromatherapy will join forces during your spiritual bath to calm frayed nerves, release sadness and anger where appropriate, and leave you feeling revitalized. The physical aspects of this bath, in addition, will also relax your nervous system: soft lighting from the candles and a relaxed environment means less nervous system stimulation, allowing you to switch off your thinking mind for a bit.
4. Provides a calm space for contemplation and intention-setting
So, if spiritual baths are supposed to let you turn off the thinking mind, then why would you use this as a time to contemplate? This distinction is important: when you contemplate intentions, you foster a conversation between your heart and your higher self.
Your thinking mind should be as quiet as possible, which is why setting the stage for a relaxed nervous system is the perfect way to dream up new intentions! More on this below.
Summing it up
To sum up, you can enhance any spiritual practice with a relaxing hot bath, twice a month or as often as you feel you need an energy cleanse. When you bathe in salt, you release toxins from the physical body and the subtle energy body– not to mention the various cleansing and revitalizing effects you’ll receive from your essential oils and crystals. So grab your spiritual tools, music, and hot tea, and enjoy your bath!