bathtub witchery

Anthos' Spellbook: Bathtub Witchery -

Basic Products, pt. 2 -

Candles:

 Candles are ubiquitous when imagining a relaxing bath. Here is another opportunity for bathtub witchery! Create your own candles, whether they be dipped, floating, votive, or pillar, and burn them during your witchy baths. They create a very specific visual ambiance, but depending on what ingredients you include they can magically enhance your spellwork too!

When creating your candles, consider what kind of wax you will use. Paraffin wax is plentiful and inexpensive, but is made of potentially toxic chemicals. Perhaps soy, palm, or beeswax are more appropriate choices. These each have their own characteristics; soy is quite soft and can be used for massage candles, palm has a different burning temperature, and while beeswax is the most expensive, it is also the longest lasting and has medicinal benefits to amplify your magical intent!

Different styles of candles can be used for different spells. Chime candles are excellent for long baths; they are thin and only a few inches in length, so you can bless, carve, and charge a candle for your magical intent, and then light it beside the tub, allowing it to burn down completely while you relax! Use oils on, or in them, and herbs as well to enhance your witchy intent!

Oil blends

Oil blends are quite multifaceted, as your own personal blends can be used in any of the products mentioned here, as well as many many more! Keep mind though, that an oil blend that works beautifully in a diffuser, may be irritating to your skin and so should not be used in your bath or body care products. Always research beforehand, or at least do a spot-test well beforehand to ensure the safety of your oils. 

These blends may be natural (essential oils) or synthetic (perfume oils), depending on your preference. If you intend to use an oil for its medicinal purposes, you must use the natural essential oil. For magical purposes, you can use your best judgement about which kind of oils are appropriate. For example, a synthetic lavender oil may still smell relaxing, and can be part of any relaxation or love spell, but it would not cause the same neurological effects as the essential oil, and it certainly would not have any of the disinfectant, or analgesic effects. Be sure of why an oil is included, and then decide which one suits your purpose best. Don’t hesitate to mix the two, either. If your love oil calls for lavender, cinnamon, and chamomile, substitute the cinnamon for a synthetic to maintain the scent and the intention, without risking irritating your skin.

An oil diffuser or nebulizer is an excellent way to use personal oil blends in bathtub witchery. An oil diffuser usually uses a candle under a basin containing the oils to diffuse them; this is excellent for the scent and creating a magical ambiance, but is not the most effective way to get the medicinal properties of the oil (though it is still effective, by and large, and is by no means ‘unacceptable’), and careful attention should be paid when using a diffuser to not let the oils get so hot that they spit, or burn. A nebulizer will allow you to diffuse your oils without heat, and is the most effective way to use oils medicinally.

If you would like to put your oils directly into the bath water, effectively diffusing them in steam and hydrating your skin, you should pour between 4 and 10 drops of essential oil into 1 or 2 cups of milk or water in a bowl. Mix the oil in and then pour this mixture into your tub, ensuring that the oils disperse evenly to avoid any skin irritations.

These oil blends can be made of nearly any scent you would like! Research different magical correspondences, or create your own, and use the oils as an ingredient in your spellwork.

Massage Oil:

 As the bath salt became the body scrub, a massage oil is an oil blend mixed with vegetable oil. Paying close attention to the physical effect certain oils have on the skin, you can turn most oil blends into massage oils. Use these massage oils with a partner, crafting spells for love, commitment, healing, blessing, or communication.  Or, use the oils on yourself for self-love, health, blessing, or beauty!

Tea

With all this time you’ll  be spending in the bath, you might just end up needing a snack! Also, if you practice your witchcraft in a religious context, you may require an offering during your working. With that in mind, why not buy or create your own tea blend! 

Start with your magical intent and find one or two herbs that can be safely brewed that correspond with that intent. Add other ingredients as needed to help with the taste. Drink this while in the tub, or leave it as an offering. Using a basic green or black tea, you can mix in other herbs to create fantastic magical teas that suit your intent.

Teas are essentially magic potions, and so while the taste is important sometimes, you can also make safely consumable, magically powerful, terrible tasting tea! If this is the case (rosemary, while not terrible, can sometimes be very over powering in teas) try adding mint or honey to your blend to make it a bit more palatable.

Furthermore, you can use tea in a similar way as a bath salt. Bundle your herbs up in a small sachet and leave them to steep in your hot tub water. While you soak, sponge the sachet all over your body to release the ‘tea’. Keep in mind that herbal tisane-type blends are usually preferable in this scenario, as black teas can sometimes leave a ring around the tub if left to steep too long.

Bath Bombs

These fizzing treats are easy to make, and also are excellent for bathtub witchery! Watching them dissolve in the bath is an excellent way to envision your spellwork activating in the physical world. 

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, herbalist, or naturopath. These are techniques based on published literature and workshops taken in person. These do not qualify as official medical techniques or recommendations, and should only be used after thoroughly researching medical counterindications, allergies, or sensitivities. When in doubt, especially in the case of pregnant or nursing women, and in the case of children under 6, please ask a doctor, certified herbalist, or certified naturopath. I am not responsible for any complications that result from the use of these techniques. All questions can be sent by PM, Ask, or reblog here on Tumblr, or e-mailed to achangingaltar@live.com!