“Allah created every [living] creature from water. (…)“ ~ Quran, 24:45
In Islamic medicinal knowledge and spiritual rituals are many transmissions enshrined, that concern bodily and spiritual cleanliness, such as in the book of Taharah. Most popular are the Ghusl (ritual cleansing) and the Woudou before prayer. Water does not only cleanse, it replenishes the mind and the body, and in a bath the water’s spiritual qualities are made optimal use of. Ritual baths (Ghusl) are also given to the dead in Islam.
“Baths are one of the most helpful therapeutic practices against many ailments, including mental illness and distress.”
Baths are a very helpful therapeutic practice against many ailments, including mental illness and distress. People who are struggling to get of psychiatric meds are advised to take a bath twice daily. A bath with the right ingredients can take the edge off of all manner of painful and debilitating symptoms. When coming off psychiatric meds such symptoms can range from depression to aching joints, severe headaches, lethargy, nauesea to psychotic moments. Below I’m repeating a recipe for an epsom salt bath I have found on Beyond Meds which is a good resource of inspiration for people who seek to get off Psychiatric Medication and are looking for alternative remedies against mental unwell-being.
“The first rescue bath recipe against mental distress is composed of epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda and bentonite clay.”
Rescue Bath Recipe 1
The first rescue bath against mental distress is composed of epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda and bentonite clay – if such clay is hard to come by use other mineral rich varities of clay. I have tried mine with “Heilerde”, which is a traditional German variety, which has long-standing sucess in the treatment of skin problems (as a facial mask), digestive problems (it can be eaten) and for the treatment of joint and muscular problems as it has relaxing effects.
2 cups of Epsom Salts
1 cup of Sea Salt
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 cup of Clay
“An added spiritual ingredient would be to recite the Dhikr of “Ya Latif” (the subtle) or “Ya Quddus” (the pure) when you run the bath.”
Make your bath nicely warm yet not too hot and enjoy a soak for up to 20 minutes. Keep warm after your bath and take a rest on the bed. The overall effects of a bath on your well-being are subtle but amazing. I would advise also to pray after the bath to release all bad energies and feel in peace and harmony. An added spiritual ingredient would be to recite the Dhikr of “Ya Latif” (the subtle) or “Ya Quddus” (the pure) when you run the bath.
Rescue Bath Recipe 2
The second, simpler rescue bath is composed of Epsom Salts, Baking Soda and a few drops of essential oil such as lavendar or other oils (whatever makes you feel good, inspires you). I also like to add herbal brews I made myself from loose herbs, depending on what is needed (camomille for added relaxation, thyme to aid against colds aso)
2-5 cups Epsom salts
1 cup of Baking Soda
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
Posts from this series:
Rescue Remedies against Mental Distress, Part 1: Take a healing bath
Rescue Remedies against Mental Distress, Part 2: Enjoy aromatic water
Rescue Remedies against Mental Distress, Part 3: Smudging