Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette knew how to get the most from their baths.
Bath magic is a gratifying combination of self-care and witchcraft.
Magic aside, bathing is a great healing practice. Stepping into a tub filled with warm water is relaxing and rejuvenating. Warm baths help blood circulation, release tight muscles, and soothe aches and pains.
According to Haley Perlus, a certified fitness coach, “Being immersed in water can calm the nervous system, improve your mood, and reduce anxiety and stress levels in the body.” (Byrdie)
Adding Epsom salts to a warm bath further helps muscle relaxation and pain relief. The steam from a bath also brings relief to congestion and cold symptoms. Cold baths are beneficial too—I take cold baths to help reduce high fevers when I’m sick.
Taking a warm bath about half an hour before bed can also help you have a more restful sleep. When you get out of the tub, your body temperature lowers, which sends a signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.
Bath magic takes the benefits of bathing and combines them with healing elements of witchcraft. You can add crystals, salts, loose herbs, tea, honey, oils, candles, music (and more!) to your bath to create a wellness ritual to fit your needs.
Did you know?
Cleopatra is believed to have bathed in soured milk from 700 donkeys. This actually would have worked as a chemical peel to exfoliate away the top layer of dead skin and help with wrinkles.
Marie Antoinette would infuse her baths with pine nuts, linseed, and sweet almonds. This was very indulgent in her day. It would have made for a fragrant, exfoliating bath. (HARPER’S BAZAAR)
How can you bring magic into your bath?
An easy way to do this is to find a bath bomb, bubble bar or bubble bath, bath salts, etc. that you like, or that have a scent fitting to your intention, and add these to your bath. Bath magic (like every other kind of magic) has one absolutely essential ingredient: intention.
For example, if you are creating a sleep or relaxation bath spell, tossing in a lavender-scented bath bomb or bubbles will match nicely with this specific intention because lavender is good for sleep and brings on calm feelings.
The same goes for crystals. Some crystals can go right into your bath, but others (crystals that dissolve in water) can sit outside the tub, away from the water. I always place my crystals outside of the water just to be safe. Placing rose quartz on the edge of your tub (for example) is a great addition to a self-love bath spell.
Salts are also helpful ingredients for soothing baths. Sea salt can help with general cleansing, and pink salt (Himalayan salt) is good for self-love or glamour spells.
You can also add herbs or tea to your bath (just as you would with a spell jar). You can pair herbs to your desired intention and either set them off floating in the water or put them into a cloth bag and steep them in your bath (this method is a lot easier to clean up afterwards).
And of course—you’ll need some candles! If anything, candles help set the tone and mood for your magical bath. You can go by candle colour, scent, or pick candles that look nice! Place these around your tub and light them before stepping in. You can also light incense too if you have some handy.
If you have certain objects that’ll help evoke feelings or emotions aligning with your intention, stick those around your tub as well! I have a heart-shaped glass tealight holder I’ve used for self-love bath spells.
Lastly, grab a drink, book, your phone, play your current favourite tunes, or turn on Netflix! Or do none of this and simply meditate and focus on your intention. Once you have your bath all prepped, slowly submerge yourself into the water and relax however you like.
Here’s a bath spell you can try if you are in need of some de-stressing and mood balancing.