These 2 Shamanic Bathing Techniques Can Help You Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body, And Spirit
The concept of a spiritual bath was born in the world’s oldest spiritual path: Shamanism.
Shamans of varying Tribal cultures the world over regularly used, and prescribed spiritual baths as post-healing or post-cleansing “homework” for the folks who came to them.
The two I most commonly have used are the Cleansing Immersion Bath, and the Spirit Extraction Steam Bath.
The Cleansing Immersion Bath
The cleansing immersion is just what it sounds like. You run some water in a tub and add herbal ingredients. I prefer dried herbs. You can use a few drops of essential oils, either in addition to, or instead of, the dried herbs. I like to put the dried plant material in a coffee filter and tie it up to look like a little pouch or bag, and then put this in the bath. Another method is to first make a tea out of the herbs and then strain the plant material out before adding it to the bath. (You can use a couple of tablespoons of each of the dried herbs in an automatic drip coffee maker to make the tea.)
The herbal ingredients should correspond with the goal of the bathing ritual.
For example: a true Cleansing Bath might consist of Rosemary, Thyme, and Lavender made into a tea. The tea is then added to bath water.
Usually, the person soaks in the bath water with the tea for a while. Sometimes, meditation or prayer are prescribed to go along with it.
While I don’t always, there have been times I’ve had my Clients do full rituals for the cleansing bath. In most cases, all that’s needed is to light a white taper candle on either end of the tub so that, when you leave the bath, you step between them. This helps to create a sort of magical barrier where anything leftover and undesired cannot get through. So when you step out of the bath, the undesirable leftovers get sloughed off by the barrier.
The Spirit Extraction Steam Bath
A traditional steam bath has been used for centuries to remove hexes, curses, and jinxes. It was often used in some Indigenous American cultures to extract spirits (which is the Shamanic view of where illness and runs of bad luck come from).
Traditionally, hot stones were dropped into a pot of water containing appropriate herbal combinations, forming steam. While the steam was present, the “patient” would sit on a chair draped with a sheet. The pot would be under the person’s chair so that the sheet trapped the steam.
Traditionally, prayers are sung around the individual while undergoing treatment.
... use a pot of boiling water with a towel draped over your head as you bend over the pot.
At some point, the water would be gone, or almost gone. Sometimes, with an extraction of this type, the Shaman would find a foreign object amongst the herbal leftovers. Nails, worms, thorns, and similar objects have been found.
Then the Shaman would read the herbal leftovers. This would gather a little more information on the problem, where it originated, and whether further treatment was needed.
I had an attached spirit once who was feeding on me and depleting me of my energy to do my daily tasks. I was in a state of depression as a result.
I used a steam bath to extract the spirit. When I read the herbs after, I discovered that a coworker had put roots on me in order for her to be “seen” for a promotion before I was. After examining the herbs, I found a penny painted blood-red in the bottom of the pot. (I got the promotion.)
I suggest staying away from using humidifiers with herbal teas or herbs inside the water container of the machine. The reason is that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to read any leftovers. Instead, use a pot of boiling water with a towel draped over your head as you bend over the pot. It’s easier than the chair method if you’re doing this sort of bath by yourself. Keep in mind that, if there’s an object that is inside of you as a result of having roots laid on you, the expulsion of that object can be rather violent - like the dry-heaves after a night of binge-drinking on an empty stomach.
Different baths serve different purposes, but these are the two I’ve most commonly used. Don’t forget that, after any kind of cleansing or spirit extraction, you’re going to have an absence - a void - that needs to be filled. Removing anything leaves a space to fill. So fill it with blessings through prayer, ceremony, inviting in your helping spirits (but only if you know them by name), or anointing your 3rd eye, heart, and solar plexus chakras with sacred waters or oils you’ve made prior.
All over the world, tribal cultures have used varying baths in order to cleanse, heal, bless, and seal (the blessings in). It’s pure speculation on my part, but it seems like 90% of western society has forgotten about this sacred practice. It’s not just good for the body, but also the soul. And the modern busy mind could do with some relaxation, too. Don’t forget to bathe!