Flower Power is a botanical and mineral spell that has been cast to connect your body and spirit with the essence and vibrations of flowers and crystals. A perfumed medley of sacred blue lotus, jasmine buds, hibiscus, butterfly pea (yes, this will bestow a beautiful indigo colour to your brew!), rose, lavender and calendula infused with calming litsea and ylang ylang essential oils and topped with 3 heart chakra-opening rose quartz gems to bring serenity at bathtime.
5 ways to enjoy Flower Power
- Infuse petals and crystals into a steaming bath
- Soak away tension headaches and weariness with a floral/crystal footbath
- Create a dewy, petalicious glow with a floral/crystal facial mist
- Liven up shine and vitality with a nourishing floral hair rinse
- Treat yourself to a sacred shamanic flower baño. (see guide below)
How to use:
~ Infuse your bath, foot bath or hair rinse water with as many flowers as you desire and place the rose quartz crystals into your tub, foot bath or hair rinse jug.
~ For hair rinse, after infusing for at least 4 hours add a shot of apple cider vinegar to the strained brew for extra conditioning and shine (optional).
~ To make facial mist, add a heaped teaspoon of petals to a cup of boiling water, cover and let infuse for 4-12 hours or overnight. Strain brew into a spray bottle or jar and store in fridge for up to 5 days. Mist face (or apply with cotton ball) after cleansing and before moisturising with a face oil such as our About Face. Also mist face straight from the fridge on hot days, or any time you wish to refresh your complexion with a petal-powered glow!
~ Used petals may be scattered in your garden or compost heap, and of course keep your rose quartz gems for next time!
FLOWER BAÑO RITUAL
With all that’s going on in the world, now is the time to become our own healers. A ritual cleanse and realignment of the energy we carry day to day is a beautiful step on our journey of healing. A shamanic flower baño combines the ancient ritual of cleansing with the energetic healing properties of flowers.
Bathing rituals are an ancient practice and can be performed in many variations on the basis that water cleanses more than your body — it rejuvenates your aura too.
Baño de florecimiento (flowering bath) is a shamanic tradition, often undertaken after doing a dieta (plant diet) in the jungle. It's a magical ceremony that anoints the body in water with the powerful essence of flowers.
Taking a ritual baño with petals is a beautiful form of purification that sweetens your aura and lifts your spirit. It connects you with the divine. This is a softened form of flower baño which has been performed on me numerous times by the shamanic healer Singing Raven.
Using the power of the sun and moon enhances the water’s healing energetic power. Our emotions are represented by the element of water. Our bodies are mostly made up of water and like Mother Earth we are deeply influenced by the gravitational field controlled by the sun and moon.
The flower baño is best undertaken in a state of purification. We like to purify for the full 24 hour process. Purifying while the flowers infuse could be having a sauna, a swim in the river or ocean, taking a salt bath, purifying your space by diffusing essential oils, watching the sunrise and/or sunset, breath work, yoga, lying under a tree or standing in the rain.
Another method of purification is being conscious of what we put into our body. Giving the digestive tract a rest once a fortnight is beneficial for recalibrating the body and realigning imbalances. Eating just one meal for a single day and drinking herbal tea for the first 12 hours and floral teas for the next 12 hours is doable for most people.
Foregoing your daily coffee, salt, spices and alcohol is necessary for the healing power of the baño. It helps the flowers connect with us more directly and deeply.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
To enhance your ritual bath, it's recommended that you do this practice outside somewhere in nature. For some, this may be your backyard! For apartment dwellers, you can create a magical experience in your bathroom. Use whatever you have available to bring nature to you -- plants, flowers, nature audio, shamanic music, etc.
Flower baño is traditionally done using cold water. It’s okay to shiver at the thought, but being scared of cold water is just being afraid to feel fear. Fear is a cold emotion. It’s safe to feel your inner scaredy cat. Just allow your body to shake and shiver. All this releases trauma from your cells. Let it all out. Allow yourself to truly feel it! Better than holding it in, Singing Raven would say.
Your baño water may still be deliciously warm from the sun, but if cold, you can always snuggle up in bed afterwards with a prepared hot water bottle.
PERFORMING THE FLOWER BAÑO
This ritual may be performed at any time for an energetic uplifting of spirit. However, if you're doing this ritual with a deeper intention of healing, growth or renewal, you may wish to have the flower baño ready and prepared for the day or night of the New Moon (new beginnings, planting seeds for change and growth), and again on the following Full Moon (reaping the efforts of your work, witnessing your progress).
Little Lune Flower Power
A big glass bowl
Pure, natural water. If only tap water is available, fill your bowl and let sit uncovered inside for 12-24 hours. This allows the chlorine to evaporate from the water.
White sage smudge stick or palo santo
Place a handful or more of the flowers, along with the rose quartz in a large glass bowl of water and set outside under the moon and sun (or sun and moon) for 24 hours. Using a glass bowl allows the water, flowers and rose quartz to capture the sun rays and moonbeams from all angles, providing a deeper infusion. Tune in with your intention and reason for healing.
Once infused for 24 hours outdoors, shower to clean the body, light candle and smudge stick/palo santo and smudge your body from the crown of your head to your toes.
Remove the rose quartz from your baño bowl and pour this charged elixir over the crown of your head to flow over your body and absorb the power of the flowers and crystal energies. This will feel very energising and invigorating, so get ready!
The shamans recommend that you allow the flowers to fall off the body naturally, instead of removing them, to deepen the healing process.
Air dry naked, wrap your body with a robe, or snuggle naked in bed — but do not towel dry. Tune out with prayer, giving thanks to the sacred water, sun, moon, flowers and crystals for assisting you on this path of growth and healing.
If possible do not take a bath or shower for 24 hours.