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Ascension Day Bath Herbs

Ascension Day Bath Herbs

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There's a lovely Italian tradition relating to the Madonna of the Baths (patroness of the region's numerous hot mineral springs). This annual blessing and cleansing at the Feast of the Ascension is under her aegis. The Feast of the Ascension is on May 26th this year.

On the day before Ascension Day, gather rose petals and mint leaves before dark and put them in a bowl or basin of water. Ideally, this would be spring water, but since most of us don't really have fresh springs anywhere near us anymore, use whatever makes sense to you and is sanitary here. Traditionally, you would invoke the blessings of the Madonna of the Baths, praying and asking her to bless the roses and mint as you added them so the water will bless and sanctify the body.

Leave the basin outside under the sky all night, and in the morning, wash with the water for spiritual cleansing and blessing.

It is nice in a full bath as well, and it can be used in home washing/cleansing, but I will tell you from personal experience that it does NOT keep well AT ALL. If you bring it inside and refrigerate it, you could well still get mold pretty quickly, so unless you want to preserve it with a sufficient ratio of ethanol or some other real preservative, you'll want to divide it into portions and freeze it if you want some for later. And frankly, the scent is extremely delicate and light - ethanol would probably completely obliterate it.

Mint in hoodoo is well known as an uncrossing, purifying, and protective herb that deals with troublesome people and troublesome spirits. But I've found that mint is especially good for troublesome thoughts as well -- stuff like anxiety loops, negative internal dialogue, invasive thoughts. It can kind of short circuit that stuff.

And rose, although commonly thought of as a love herb, is also an herb of blessing. It's strongly associated with Mary, and beyond that, has deep associations with many figures of the Divine Feminine in religions and cultures throughout history, across the globe. In some folk traditions, it's used to clear up negativity and crossed conditions around your love life, and it finds its way into blends for psychic vision, protection, friendship, and general luck, as well. (Though if I wanted to use this for protection or home cleansing, I'd probably add a handful of basil, personally. And if you did that, you'd actually have a pretty good Peaceful Home blend, too, come to think of it...)

It's especially useful for matters related to *self* love - self esteem, self confidence, and self-forgiveness. As such, it pairs with mint to give you a blend that can help remove negative thoughts and negative influences in the realm of love, absolutely including self-love, self-esteem, internal dialogue, all that kind of thing. And then of course the Madonna of the Baths is associated with healing.

So if you can get your hands on clean, unsprayed, food-grade roses and mint, this is a nice little cleansing and blessing rite you could do with those.

If you can't get your hands on fresh, organic roses and mint, I have made a blend of dried mint leaves and rose petals available in the shop as Ascension Day Bath Herbs. These come from my own garden and are never fertilized or sprayed with commercial industrial chemicals (though they are not prepared in a commercial kitchen by a licensed food handler according to USDA standards; they are intended for spiritual use, not human consumption).

Read more about the Madonna of the Baths via Storie di Napoli. Hear a traditional song for her (and read a traditional prayer, as well, if you can read Neapolitan) via Italian Folk Magic.

Comes in a 3x4 resealable packet.

This product is eligible for bundling for discounts along with powders and my herb sampler packs, so you can save significantly by buying more than one of these, as the cost of transaction and processing fees then gets spread out over multiple items.

I will do my best to get these out the door as soon as possible for Ascension Day. You can help me do this by not including custom items or specialty formulas in your order containing time-sensitive products and by keeping the order on the small side.


LEGALESE: As required by law, all items are sold as curios to preserve and teach the traditions of folklore and popular religion. I don't sell anything I don't use myself, though, and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.

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One, I make all my formulas in tiny batches, decanting and praying over every oil order as it comes in, for instance. It's not a matter of just grabbing a bottle off a shelf and popping it into an envelope. And I stock only what I know I can use within a certain shelf life. That means I can have unexpected runs on formulas that use up my stock of an ingredient and it takes a few days for more to arrive, or I need to go to back of our acreage and dig up a certain root to go in your custom spell kit. The payoff for your patience is that you get fresh blends and fresh products, made by hand the old fashioned way, by a traditional rootworker with 35 years of experience.
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USAGE: Oils are for prayer and ritual use; they are not cosmetics or perfumes. While some customers do use some dressing oils as anointing oils (which is not the same thing as wearing a perfume or cologne), they are careful to do a skin test first, since they know that all-natural does not equal hypoallergenic. If you need suggestions on how to use condition and anointing oils in the conjure tradition, see the Education link up top.
LEGALESE:  As required by law, all items are sold as curios to preserve and teach the traditions of folklore and popular religion. I don't sell anything I don't use myself, though, and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.
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