How can a sour or sweet bath help you and what is it?
Sweet baths are an essential part of multiple traditions, including Hoodoo. The concept of sweet baths come from African Traditional Religions and are used along with ‘sour’ baths to rejuvenate your auric field and enhance the sweeter energy within you and manifest sweeter abundance, sweeter interactions, sweeter reactions and sweeter relationships.
The sweet bath is just part of a larger equation that I mentioned earlier. There’s a ritual/process that’s necessary to bring this energy about. So lets talk about the ritual! First thing to know is that the sour bath gets its name from using BITTER herbs – these herbs are very powerful for removing negative energies from others, clearing the mind and auric field, as well as boosting the feel good vibes needed to open your roads to receiving the sweeter gifts that you wish spirit to bless you with. The sweet bath – as you probably would’ve guessed – gets its name from the use of more loving, SWEETER vibing herbs and ingredients.
There are 2 ways to create your baths: 1) Hot method- where you boil water and throw herbs in, allow to steep and add other ingredients once bath cools and 2) Cold method- start with your liquids and you work the roots in using your hands – no heat needed! (I prefer cold with this type of bath!)
*You will do this ritual every other day (if you start Monday, the next baths are done on Wednesday & Friday).
*Make sure to smudge/cleanse your work spaces and bathroom to allow for maximum energy flow.
*For every 1 sour bath, you will take 2 sweet baths
*Sour baths are taken anytime after sunset (before midnight), while sweet baths are taken right before sunrise.
*I prefer to make my baths separately if I haven’t cleansed prior to creating them because I want to be in the right frame of mind and emotional state to create the sweet bath.
*Place 1 white candle on each side of your tub if possible, to create a gateway of light. *Once baths are ready you’ll need to take a cup (to pour bath on you) and bowl (to catch some of the bath as it falls off your body — more on this part later).
*AIR DRY — DO NOT USE A TOWEL!
Sour Bath Ingredients
1/2 C VINEGAR
SEVERAL DROPS AMMONIA
1 C HOLY WATER OR RAIN WATER
1 C FLORIDA WATER
1 CASCARILLA (about 1-2 tablespoons)
BITTER HERBS (not complete list – just what I used)
Handful of each (odd numbers: pick 3,5,7, or 9 herbs) ABRE CAMINO, STINGING NETTLE, RUE, DANDELION, YARROW, HOREHOUND, WORMWOOD
2 C RED OR PURPLE FLOWERS (DAKREST ARE BEST/ PETALS ONLY)
Sweet Bath Ingredients
1 – 2 C HONEY
1 C HOLY WATER
1 C ROSE WATER
2-3 C COCONUT OR GOAT MILK (my preference)
1-3 perfumes or colognes you typically wear or enjoy (Use about 7 drops or sprays into the bath at very end)
SWEET HERBS (what I used)
Handful of each (odd number of herbs used) CINNAMON, NUTMEG, ALLSPICE, LAVENDAR, HYSSOP, ANGELICA ROOT
2 C WHITE OR LIGHT FLOWER PETALS (yellow, orange, white, pink)
*I used Red Roses for the pictures as I wish to invoke a very high loving vibration! However the recipe is more traditional.
You’re going to work the roots and other ingredients into the liquid using both hands while casting/ praying over the potion and you’re going to blow smoke into the brew (Cigar, Palo Santo, Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar, Lavendar, Frankincense or Myrhh) to help bless.
Place your 7 day candle right inside basin or bowl used to create bath and place on your altar for 3 hours or more to let charge. Afterwards, remove candle and allow to burn on altar.
Place bowl in tub before time for the bath and stand over it as much as possible during the ritual.
*Sour Bath will be poured from head to toe making sure to cover all parts of the body including the head, or ori.
*Sweet baths should be poured from feet to head, still making sure to cover all parts of the body.
Now with the SOUR water collected in the bowl, you go outside and dispose of this facing the west, preferably after sunset.
With the sweet water collected in the bowl, you go outside and face east and pour out, preferably after sunrise.