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Almost from the beginning of my journey into Wicca and Paganism I have always been strongly attracted to the aspects of Kitchen and Green Witchery. I LOVE baking and gardening and creating in general. It's really where my heart sings. Now that I have a family (a pretty good sized one too) I now feel the need to be in the kitchen not only for the preparation of meals, but just to have my little escape. Nothing is more soothing to me than cutting out a batch of fresh homemade noodles, or kneading together some delicious baked good from scratch. Over the last couple years I have neglected the gardening part of my life, but others have been good to me. I have gotten some delicious herbs and herb blends from many fellow pagans that I have used to add a little magick into my everyday meals.
Along with the creating of food, I have also used these herbs in spell work. From turning sage into smudge sticks, to creating homemade bath salts. The later is what I am going to be sharing with you today. I made up a batch of Purifying bath salts that is perfect for a pre-ritual cleansing bath.
I chose lavender and rosemary for both their scent and for their cleansing and purify purposes. lavender is also a calming herb and rosemary has protective properties. I used baby oil because it is gentle on the skin and already used in many bath and body products or even alone.
- 1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
- 2 Tablespoons baby oil
- 2 Tablespoons Rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons Lavender
- Lavender oil (about 10 drops)
- several dishes for mixing ingredients
- mortar and pestle for grinding herbs (optional)
Finally I add the herbs to the salt mixture and combine them by hand until everything is evenly dispersed.
You can now transfer your ritual bath salts into glass jars or other containers and store them, or use straight into your tub. I use about 1/4 cup in my tub. This container has enough for two baths, and the recipe has enough for four.
I chose lavender and rosemary for both their smell and for their cleansing and purify purposes. Lavender is also a calming herb and can aid in relaxation and meditation. Rosemary has protective properties which make it perfect for circle casting.