I use a lot of lemons. Like, a lot-lot. If you want to figure out a way to use lemons to get rid of an enemy, draw in prosperity, cleanse something, or attract attention, I’m your lady.
Ritual baths are also a pretty big part of my practice, whether they’re in the form of a dip in a natural body of water or a filled-to-the-brim porcelain tub with elaborately-crafted salts, oils, lit candles, and carefully chosen music.
This is a pretty easy-to-create bath that combines both, with just a handful of additional ingredients. While I wouldn’t call it a purification spell, it is designed to help pull away and eliminate whatever you feel has overstayed its welcome– whether it’s shreds of unwanted energy that’ve accumulated around you, negative thoughts, bad habits, or just bad luck. (And even if you aren’t of a witchy bent, the ingredients make for a very pleasant soak.) It can easily be used before my dedicated purification bath recipe, or during any in-between times when your want to emphasize releasing over full-on cleansing.
- One lemon
- About a half cup of salt
- A bottle of seltzer or carbonated mineral water
- Eight drops of lavender oil*
- Four drops of rosemary oil*
- Zest the lemon, then slice it.
- Mix the zest with the salt, stirring anticlockwise. If you have a special dish for ritual purposes, rock on! If not, any easily washed, non-reactive (i.e., glass) dish will do.
- Add the drops of oil. Continue stirring anticlockwise until the ingredients are combined.
- At this point, fill the bath with warm water.
- Once it’s filled, float four slices of the lemon on the surface of the water. Use the remaining lemons as you wish– squeeze them in the bath, garnish drinks, save them for cooking, whatever floats your boat.
- Add the salt, stirring the bath anticlockwise until the crystals dissolve.
- Immediately before you get in, add the seltzer to the bathwater. You want it to still have a very subtle fizz when you immerse yourself.
- Sit in the bath. Like most ritual baths, this isn’t about soaping up and scrubbing down– you want to take some of the water in your cupped hands (or the now-empty dish) and pour it over your head, your arms, your chest, your back, and anywhere else that isn’t submerged.
- Recline in the bath, letting the last few bubbles from the seltzer trail along your skin. Imagine them severing the connections between you and the things you want to let go. Picture the things being released into the water, where the lemon, salt, and oils will dissolve them away.
- Relax for as long as you need to. Don’t worry if you don’t feel that you’ve released everything in one shot– a lot of spells of this nature need a few repetitions. When you’re ready to step out of the bath, pull the plug and visualize all of the things you wish to be rid of swirling down the drain with the spent bathwater.
- Towel off vigorously, envisioning the last of the things you wish to release being rubbed from your skin.
*If you have any allergies, sensitivities, or medical conditions that contraindicate the use of these oils, you can leave them out and rely on the rest of the ingredients alone. While some guides advocate using a few drops of your favorite perfume in lieu of essential oils, most perfumes are made up of synthetic ingredients that, in my experience, don’t really add anything. If they work for you, feel free to substitute them!