Ritual bathing with herbs, crystals and essential oils
By: Adriana Ayales
ORY OF THERMAL BATHS
The ritual of bathing and immersing oneself into special springs for curative purposes has been practiced for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations esteemed water with great reverence and considered it a gift from the divine. Indians, Greeks and Egyptians thought that water was the source of the world (Archè) and of the human being. In the Genesis of the Bible, water has been described as the origin of the cosmos. Egyptians and Israelites used to plunge themselves in the sacred water of Niles and Jordan, Hindus in the Ganges river, and Egyptians in the Nile (and more), for healing their soul and body.
ANCIENT HERBS, OILS AND MILKS
The earliest written information about therapeutic bathing with herbal decoctions is contained in the Indian Vedas (1500 BC) and ancient Babylonian medical scripts (2300 BC). Aromatic oils were used to treat various diseases, for the bath and post bathing to further assist the healing experience. For example, thyme ointment was applied for rheumatism, and an ointment with henna or onion was used for herpes. During and after a bath, bathhouse visitors would rest and moisten the skin with tonic herbs to further assist the therapeutic experience, some of the classics were: peppermint, thyme, sweet marjoram, rose petals, cardamom, ginger and cloves.
Here are some of the many herbs mentioned within ancient texts by Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hebrews, Greeks, were:
Herbs: anise, barley, basil, cinnamon, cardamom, chamomile, peppermint, white and blue lily, lotus family, sweet marjoram, eucalyptus, tulsi, rose, dill, flax, sweet clover, garlic, turmeric, tulsi, juniper, mugwort, oregano, pine needles, lemon balm, lavender, marjoram, mustard, rosemary, grape leaves, mallow leaves, cabbage leaves, beetroot, flax seed, hibiscus, violet, barley, pomegranate, and more!
Oils: almond, castor beans, olive, jojoba, guggl (resin), frankincense (resin), sesame, coconut and sacha inchi.
Milks: donkey, goat, camel, yak, coconut, oat.
Other: honey, ground crystals, salts, clay.