A warm bath can be the perfect place to unwind, relax, and meditate. Combining the physical benefits of a detox bath with the intention and focus of cleansing and healing can be quite a spiritual experience. I love taking a bath every week for a time of pampering, self love, and purification.
This week I have been working with Yemaya, a Santerian Goddess of the Ocean. I thought that my bath would be a great way to connect with her without actually going to the beach or creek. It’s winter and cold outside! With the Sea Salt in this detoxifying bath recipe, it’s as if you are enjoying the blessings of ocean water, from the comfort of your own home!
Basic Recipe For A Detox Bath:
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Sea Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
optional; 2 – 3 drops of essential oil of your choice
Mix well in warm bath water and soak for about 30 minutes. The combination of Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, and Baking Soda helps to relax your muscles and open the pores of your skin to draw out toxins. Drink a full glass (8 – 10 oz) of cool water after your bath to help continue the detox and prevent muscle soreness and dehydration.
Setting the Mood
Here are some ways you can make your bathroom a scared space to call upon Yemaya for her healing and nurturing. All of these are optional; do what feels right to you based on what you already have or can easily get.
* Sea Shells – arrange around the edge of the bathtub or near the tub
* Candles – White, Blue, Sea-Foam type colors would be best
* Figurines of Dolphins or Mermaids – arranged near the bath or around the edges. Be careful not to knock them into the tub or onto the floor!
* Your Yemaya Mojo bag
* Prayer Beads / Mala Necklace
* A cd player or mp3 player with speakers (Kept away from the water, of course!)
* Sounds of the ocean or flowing water. Many meditation CDs have tracks with sounds of ocean waves or rain.
Set your bathroom up however you like. Make sure you have clean towels and fresh clothes for when you get out. Run your bath and add the Bath Detox ingredients.
Light the candles, turn on the music. If there is enough candle light and/or a night light, you may want to turn off the lights in the bathroom. Just be sure you can see well enough to get in and out of the tub safely!
Sit or kneel by the tub and swirl the water with your hand. Call on Yemaya and ask her to enter your sacred space, to be with you. When you feel ready, you may get in your bath.
While you are enjoying your bath, you may choose to meditate, pray, or chant. Ask Yemaya to bless you and cleanse you, she will help boost the detoxifying energy of the bath. If you wish, you may visualize yourself with Yemaya on a beach. She holds you gently and lovingly, the way a mother holds a child, and she slowly lowers you into the ocean, where you feel safe and loved.
While I was visualizing this and feeling her loving presence close to me, I found myself chanting;
“Mother, Mother, Mother, Yemaya
Mother, Mother, Mother, Yemaya
Bless me, bless me, bless me, Yemaya
Mother, Mother, Morther, Yemaya.”
and then I found myself singing;
“We all come from The Goddess,
and unto Her we shall return.
Like a drop of water,
flowing to the Ocean.”
As you pray and meditate, ask for the Great Mother’s guidance. She may give you a message pertaining to your healing, or how to rebalance some aspect of your life. This guidance may come in the form of a thought, idea, or an urge to do something differently or change some aspect of your life. Notice that this guidance does not come with judgment, but with the love of a Mother who truly wants what is best for you.
Spend as long as you like in the bath, praying, singing, meditating. 30 minutes is the recommended time for the Detox bath to have full effect, but listen to your body and if you need longer or less time, honor yourself and do what is best for you.
When you are done;
Carefully get out of the bath, dry yourself. Thank Yemaya for her blessings, healing, and guidance. Turn on the lights and blow out the candles, but let them cool before moving them. You may wish to dress yourself in blues or sea-green colors for the rest of the day to continue feeling Yemaya’s ocean presence with you. Take a small step to do something to improve your life or your health – even if it is just making a to-do list or writing down the things you were guided to work on.
May your days be blessed!
For your enjoyment, here are some slightly different Detox Bath recipes I found online. Enjoy and use whichever recipe you want!