Rose elemental bathing ritual for pure, deep sleep
Author: Amanda Wilkes
The following Rose elemental bathing ritual will help you relax, calm your mind and prepare you for a good night’s sleep, so important and often so hard to come during menopause.
If you think of the word ‘ritual’ you probably imagine a long-winded, predetermined sequence of actions with religious or maybe even occult connotations. But you might be surprised to know that we all carry out rituals every day without even realising it.
Those little habits we all have of doing the same thing in the same way at the same time of day is a ritual. Maybe every morning you come downstairs, fill the kettle, then sit and enjoy your first cup of tea before everyone else gets up? This is a ritual. Call it your ‘Start the day off right’ ritual’. Putting on your favourite music and pouring a glass of wine is your ‘Switch off after a busy day’ ritual.
I love rituals! Short easy ones, long complicated ones – love them all! Even the simple act of lighting a candle helps put me in the right frame of mind to sit in meditation. By their very nature they are hugely symbolic, the light of the candle in the darkness is a metaphor for the illumination of the mind you acquire when you meditate regularly; and the bathing ritual I’m going to introduce you to today to is an opportunity for you to wash away lethargy, sluggishness and negativity.
One of my favourite ways to replenish myself is to take a long, luxurious bath. Depending on how I’m feeling I add a few drops of essential oils to relax or energise me, turn off my phone, and soak in the tub for a while. This Rose Elemental bathing ritual combines uplifting Geranium and nurturing Rose to not only leave you feeling energised but also facilitate a deep, relaxing sleep.
What you’ll need:
- 2 handfuls of Pink Himalayan or Epsom Salts
- 1 handful of rose petals, you can buy them online very reasonably, I use OIls4Life or if you have a rose bush in your garden maybe borrow some from her!
- 6 drops of Geranium essential oil and 4 drops Rose essential oil – added after you’ve got into the bath and gently swirled around with your hand, if you add them while the water is running the fragrance will get lost
- A Rose or Geranium scented candle – my favourite is True Grace’s Moroccan Rose but you can use whatever you’ve got – a non-scented tea light will do
- A cup of herbal tea – I love Ritual’s Rose Wisdom or Yogi Tea Rose but you can pick any herbal tea of your choice
- A piece of Rose Quartz, crystal of unconditional love and infinite peace, to amplify the healing properties of the water. If you don’t have Rose Quartz any crystal will do, but make sure it’s not water-soluble first! (If crystals aren’t your thing then you can just leave this bit out.)
NB – if you don’t have any of these items, you can still do the ritual. Just set an intention as you run the bath that the water will be healing and rejuvenating and carry out each step in a mindful and thoughtful way.
What to do:
- First, and most importantly put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the bathroom door and switch off your phone.
- Run your bath and add the salts straightaway to give them time to dissolve.
- When the bath is ready and the temperature is to your liking call in the elements – thank Mother Earth for providing the nurturing gifts of salt, crystals, essential oils and rose petals, carefully adding add each one to the water… be careful with the crystal, especially if it’s a big piece, as it will sink to the bottom with a crash!
- Turn off the overhead lights, light the candle and thank the element of fire or its ability to destroy any unwanted energy and emotional heaviness, alchemising it into love and healing.
- As you step into the water thank it for purifying your physical body and ask that anything you no longer need in your energetic body flows from you with ease and grace.
- Allow yourself a few moments to settle then thank the element of air as you focus on your breath, taking long, slow inhalations and gentle releasing exhalations, breathing in the therapeutic fragrance of the essential oils.
- Then lie back, relax and enjoy your cup of tea. Ideally you’ll stay there for at least 20 minutes so the salts can detoxify the body and heal any achy muscles and joints, but longer or shorter is fine. I love reading in the bath so maybe grab your favourite book and for a super luxurious touch, or put on a facemask and simply relax.
- When you’re ready, step out of the bath, imagining everything you want to let go of washing away down the plughole. Dry yourself off and apply your favourite body moisturiser – I’m in love with Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Balm for its uplifting, mood enhancing benefits.
- If you’re doing this during the day and have time, wrap yourself in a dressing gown or cosy blanket, lie on the bed and let yourself drift off to sleep. Make sure you set an alarm for no longer than 20 minutes which is considered to be the optimum time for daytime naps, allowing you to wake feeling refreshed and energised.
- If it’s night time take yourself straight to bed, read a book for a little while or if you like journaling, spend some time emptying any thoughts or stresses from your mind into your journal, closing the book as if you’re closing the chapter on those things for the day…see…another ritual!
I hope you enjoy this bath ritual. I’d love to hear how you got on so please get in touch and let me know about your experience.
About the Author
Amanda Wilkes is a yoga teacher and holistic therapist based in Twickenham, South West London, in the UK. She is passionate about teaching the ancient practice of yoga as a modern way of life and works closely with nature, the season and the cycles of the Moon. You can contact Amanda at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.amandawilkesyoga.com