are many different herbs & substances that have a reputation for being psychic purifiers, including basil, rosemary, and
salt. Combing different purification herbs together creates a magical “synergy” that is usually
more powerful than using only one plant or substance alone. This is why whenever I make up any kind of
purification concoction I usually like to use at between 3-5 different herbs or substances. For my “deluxe”
purification bath (which I shared with my spiritual psychic development students recently), I used eleven herbs &
purification herbs cleanse & purify in different ways. For example, mullein is said to repel &
exorcise any dark spirits or negativity attached to the aura. On the other hand, thyme and marjoram help
to remove the sorrows & ills of the past. Other herbs like mint & rosemary are good “all purpose” cleansers.
When choosing herbs to help you psychically purify, you must keep in mind your intent and what is most important for
you (in terms of cleansing) at the time.
Herbs can be used either dried or fresh, depending on how you plan
to work with them to accomplish the purification. Since I like to make an “infusion” that I can pour into my bath,
I usually use mostly dried herbs, and then “supplement” with a few fresh flowers or leaves in the bathtub
when I am actually taking the bath.
The herbs purify not on a physical level but on a spiritual, energetic, and
psychic level. This is why they do not have to be ingested in order
to help you purify. In fact, in my opinion, ingesting is probably the least effective way of working
with many of the psychically purifying herbs, because unless you have been fasting for several days prior, the energies of
the herbs will be mixed in with the other contents of your stomach & diluted down.
MIXING & ACTIVATING YOUR DRIED HERBS
I begin the creation of my purification
mixtures by asking for God’s blessings upon what I am about to do. I also ask for
the help of my spirit guides, angels, teachers, and passed-on loved ones. Then I begin to gather up my
materials & herbs.
After I gather up
my purifying herbs, I drop them one-by-one into a mixing bowl, preferably a bowl that is ceramic, glass, or china.
This is a magical act, and as I drop each herb into the bowl, I say its name out-loud,
to help awaken its dormant psychic energies.
Once I have deposited all of the herbs into the bowl, I first stir
them clockwise to further activate their energies, and then I stir them counterclockwise to awaken their
purification abilities. As I stir, I say some kind of chant, mantra, or affirmation to set the intention
for what I am hoping to receive from working with the herbs. For example, I might say, “By the powers
of earth, sun, moon, and sky, help me purify!”
I continue stirring and softly chanting until I feel that the herbs have been sufficiently “charged”
with energy, and that their innate power has been awakened. Then, I stop stirring, and place my hands upon
the mixture for a moment or two. What I am doing here is attuning myself with the energies of the combined
plants. In other words, I am psychically & physically connecting with the plants.
I am also adding some of my own energy into the mixture. I complete the “charging”
by running my fingers through the combined herbs several times. This process I have just described is an ACTIVATION
of the latent magical energies of the herbs.
YOUR MAGICAL CLEANSING TEA
After I have created the
magical mixture, I put about 1 cup of water in a pot on the stove to boil. (Magical tradition holds that
your pot should not be made of metal, however, if that’s all you have, it will do….just set the intention beforehand
that the metal will *not* interfere with the energies of the herbs.)
Once the water begins to boil, I add about 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons
of the herbal mixture to the pan. To make this step easier, I usually place them inside a cheesecloth,
tea bag, or tea ball. (However, if you don’t have a tea ball, you can also tie the herbs up in a
double-layered coffee filter with some string. Or you can add the herbs can be added directly to the water, and strained
out later, or just left in the infusion). Then, I let the herbs boil in the water until it turns into an
infusion or tea, usually about 3-5 minutes, or less.
Once the infusion has been created, I pour it into a glass jar or bowl and cover it.
If I am using it right away, then I will take it immediately to my bathroom, where it will soon be added to my bathwater.
However, if I’m not using it right away, I will simply put the infusion in the refrigerator for several hours,
or even up to a day or two.
PREPARING YOURSELF & YOUR SPACE FOR YOUR PURIFICATION BATH
When I’m ready to take the purification bath, I begin
by “setting the stage”. First, I make sure that the bathroom is at least relatively
clean (what’s the purpose in trying to cleanse in a dirty bathroom?). Then, I create the most relaxing,
ambient environment possible for my purification by placing candles, incense, crystals, or seashells in the bathroom.
I like to do the bath when every one else is sleeping or not around. This allows me to cleanse &
purify without anyone else interfering in the experience.
After I have set the bathroom up how I want it, I run the bath, and pour
the herbal purification infusion into the bathwater. It is always a cool
water bath, or if it is cold outside, warm water, but never hot. This is because cool water
has a naturally cleansing & psychically invigorating effect. However, hot water does the opposite and
creates a “sluggish” effect upon the aura.
Finally, I get into the bathtub and submerge myself in the water. I say a little prayer to Spirit
& to my spirit teachers, angels, guides and helpers, asking for their protection and to ensure that the cleansing process
is as gentle & yet effective as possible. Then, I set the intention
that I am willing to *release* whatever no longer serves me or my highest good. Finally,
I mentally communicate to the herbs and the water that I am now ready to cleanse.