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Equinox Bath Ritual : Balance, Recalibrate, Purify

Upma KaurComment

Fall Prescription

Taking an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath can detoxify and balance your body while helping you feel relaxed. As noted Apple cider vinegar promotes pH balance both internally and externally, ACV can also help arthritis and joint pain through the removal toxins and inflammation that stagnate in the body.  An ACV bath can also lower stress-related hormones, increasing our natural state of health and well being. I find them especially balancing / purifying for my emotions.
I created a special infusion of ACV and Roses to honor the once-fullness of the waning summer and the waxing of Fall as we head toward the autumnal equinox, a day of balance and recalibration. This year the equinox falls on Thursday, September 22nd. Take this bath within 3 days of this date to maximize the balancing energies. But know that taking this bath at any time brings purification and balance.

 

Rose Petal Vinegar

  • 2 cups ACV raw, with the mother for maximum enzyme and health benefit

  • 1 cup organic rose petals

  • Clean/ Sterile jar

Gently heat the ACV (just to warm) and pour over dried rose petals in jar. Heating the vinegar is actually optional but with dry flowers I find a little warmth helpful. Once mixture is back to room temperature, cover and place in a dark area for 7 days (can be prepared for up to 14 days prior to use).  Strain and store in a sterile glass jar.  

 

Balance : Outside

Rose Petal Vinegar Bath 

Take a  shower to cleanse and exfoliate your skin with Aphrodite's delight body polish, or a loofa. Then fill the tub with really hot water and pour in 1 -2 cups rose petal infused vinegar. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Not more than 30 minutes, until the water has cooled down.  Immerse yourself completely over the course of the 20 minutes. This will support maximum detoxification. Drain the tub and then rinse off with cool water.
Follow with a full body spritz of
queen's water followed by your favorite body oil or moisturizer. I like the unscented body creme or arnica flowers massage oil after this bath and some rose neroli serum for my face and breasts. Be sure to drink lots of water before and after this bath to support your body's detoxification process. 
 

Balance : Inside

Persephone's Spritzer

  • 6 ounces chilled sparkling Water
  • 2 ounces chilled pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon of rose petal or plain apple cider vinegar to taste

Fill an 8 ounce glass with sparkling water then top it off with pomegranate juice and the rose petal vinegar. Garnish with mint leaves.

 

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an 'old school' remedy with mention in recorded history as far back as 5000 BC (Sumeria) where it was used in food preservation (pickling). As well as 1200 BC (China) as a tonic to promote strength and fortitude.  In western consciousness in notes from Hippocrates (Greece), the father of modern medicine in 400 BC, an updated version of ACV was used to clean and heal wounds and used with honey for internal health. Cleopatra (Egypt) is said to have used it as a facial toner and is rumored to have dissolved pearls into a vase filled with vinegar then drink it, thus winning a bet with Mark Anthony that she couldconsume a fortune in one meal, and Helen of Troy was rumored to bathe in it to promote relaxation. Internally, ACV has infinite uses and applications from healing wounds to drying out coughs and colds.  It is also frequently used to aid in detoxing the body, balance the pH, promote health digestion, boost energy, balance candida, and lower glucose levels.
ACV has a long history as an essential part of health and beauty products. A supreme tonic for the skin when applied externally**. ACV can balance the skin's pH and remove any residual debris remaining after cleansing. ACV is astringent, anti-fungal, and its antiseptic properties have been successfully used to support and heal skin conditions such as acne, itchy skin, eczema and sunburn. The lactic and malic acids in ACV are natural alpha hydroxy acids that rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin by breaking down old skin cells, while the natural anti-bacterial properties help keep the skin clear and glowing. Apple cider vinegar also contains anti-oxidants: vitamins like B1, B2, B6, and C all of which support the inherent vitality of our skin.

**too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing so be sure to use it in dilution, esp. on the skin.