DIY Energy Cleanse
The Energetic Cleansing Properties of Salt (Are Nonexistent??)
One of my favorite ways to de-stress and cleanse after a rough day is a long, hot salt bath.
The folklore around salt is that it cleanses negative energy and you’ll find superstitions around it claiming that it wards off negative energy, protects from negative entities, etc. I’ve done a few google searches and found plenty of sites prescribing salt for energetic cleansing, but not a single one of them has explained how or why salt allegedly does what it does although it seems to appear in belief systems originating in Africa such as HooDoo and VooDoo. Even more hilarious, in some Christian traditional lore, spilling salt was considered negative in and of itself, and was not only considered bad luck, but an invitation to let the devil in! I guess I never realized my favorite relaxation technique was actually a Devil’s Bath… lol.
I believe that everything has an energetic property to it, but whether or not that energy has any specific function is entirely up to your beliefs and intent about it, so I’m going to run with the notion that salt is good for energy cleansing because people believe it is. Since it’s a natural substance, it may hold a vibration closer to your normal, balanced vibration and therefore help you rebalance yourself when you’re unable to maintain your own energy.
Health Benefits of Certain Salts
While salt may not actually cleanse your energy, it does have some health benefits. Sea salt allegedly detoxifies your skin when used as a paste, as well as exfoliates it. Epsom salt, which isn’t actually salt, but rather a mineral compound (magnesium sulfate), is high in magnesium, which, when absorbed through the skin, plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
So, you can get a lot of physical benefits from a salt bath, and if you use it with the intent of cleansing your own energy, you still get the added benefit of an energy cleanse.
Energy Cleanse in a Jar
I recently switched over to Young Living’s skin care line (which I love), and when I did, I got a YL starter kit that came with several samples of essential oils. I hadn’t done anything with them in months, and at the end of gardening season, I also had some lavender left over and I’d decided I was going to make some essential oil infused bath salts.
That was approximately one week prior to my kitchen renovation beginning, so here we are, eleven weeks later. The kitchen is finally finished (photos coming soon!), and since it was so close to Christmas time, I decided to make bath salts as Christmas gifts. They were super easy! And with the essential oils added, you get the extra benefit of aromatherapy and whatever vibrational qualities the oils add to it. Feel free to substitute your favorite scents.
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt (you can also use Himalayan salt)
2 tbl sp Dried lavender buds
1 tbl sp Dried, chopped rosemary
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Peace & Calming essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix it all together in a bowl, seal in an air-tight jar and you’re done.
I like the smell of the lavender and I LOVE the tingle of the peppermint. It’s little bit like icy hot, so it’s really good for sore muscles. Of course, the warm water is also helpful for relaxing and de-stressing.
Mix a couple of handfuls into a hot bath, and enjoy! I usually like to incorporate a little bit of a meditation and visualization along with it for the purposes of energy cleansing and releasing.
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