The Reinvigorating New Year’s Bath Ritual

Posted: December 30, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I’m not the most superstitious person, but I have one ritual I go through with every New Year’s that I truly believe in. Every New Year’s eve or during the first 2 weeks in January  I take a ritual bath with essential oils, candles, and music. It has helped me reset my life, plan my future, overcome fear, and ease my mind going forward into the new year.

Without sounding too esoteric, I do believe that this bath can be extremely beneficial to help us achieve those things we are looking for be it a new or better relationship, a new job or more business, or a “cleanse” of the old things that hurt us in the past.


The essential oils are inhaled through the nose and absorbed by the skin when combined with hot water.  When scents are inhaled through the nose, the molecules of odor are perceived by the olfactory epitelium and this is sent to the limbic area. In the limbic system the emotional states are produced as well as the physical responses


Visualize with intent. You must put yourself in the new mindset for the new year. Breathe deep and begin to relax.

The emotional state is determined by the experience associated with the specific essential oil you use.  When you use your essential oil with the intent of a positive transformation, a connection is established and saved in this part of the brain.

That intent can be re-lived every time you inhale that aroma, so the more you use it with that intent, the stronger will be the connection.

Hold clearly in the mind the purpose for which you intend to bathe and choose one of the recipes below.

Take it step by step.

Choose a quiet time when you will not be disturbed.  Begin by creating a soothing and nurturing environment by using unscented candles and soft music.  Allow enough time for the bath as well as time to relax afterwards.

Make ONE of the following ritual bath blends for transformation.


5 drops Bergamot: Expands the energy of the heart chakra and heightens the capacity to feel greater love.
3 drops Ylang Ylang: Addresses the fear of intimacy, especially if the fear was created by an experience of rejection.
2 drops Cedarwood: Helps to generate the hope and faith needed to achieve what the heart desires.


3 drops Vetiver: Grounds and attunes to the earth. Helps to resolve the love/hate relationship with material things.
2 drops Patchouli: Helps us feel more joy in our physical form and face responsibilities.
5 drops Lemon: Inspires optimism, encouragement, and a sense of hope.


5 drops Eucalyptus: Works to release deep grief held in the emotional, mental and physical bodies.
3 drops Rosemary: Eases feelings of grief, loneliness and abandonment.
2 drops Cypress: supports you in making life-changing decisions and fortifies your inner strength.

Before adding these essential oils to the bath, dilute them in the following base:
1 cup sea salt
½ cup of baking soda
2 tablespoons of lime juice

Mix well and add the mixture to your bath after you’ve filled the tub with water as hot as tolerable.

Now enter the bath and meditate 15 to 20 minutes, holding in your mind the mindset you desire for the new year.  Don’t use this time for washing – if you need to clean physically, do it before you get into your special bath. 

Feel the warmth of the water embrace you, protect you.  As the thoughts of the day come to your mind, don’t fight them, just visualize that they will go in the water through the drain.

Use the time after you get out of your bath to relax. Sit in a towel on your bed and slowly descend back to earth.

New Year, new you. Now you can go into new years feeling refreshed and born again. All your years washed away and now you can live in the year to come. Enjoy this ritual bath, you deserve it.

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick) by Scott Cunningham 
Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Deborah Eidson
The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
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© 2017, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.


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