Bathing Rituals + Recipes
for Relaxation + Vitality
by Dakota Hills and Sierra Brashear
“Moon Bath: Bathing Rituals + Recipes for Relaxation + Vitality” is a book with a simple goal, which is thoroughly explored: its two authors, Dakota Hills and Sierra Brashear, have formulated a set of bath-centered rituals for every phase and season of the moon, thereby turning a mundane task into something truly magical ? even though it is done many, many times over the course of the year. By exploring the New, Waxing, Waning, and Full moon through sixteen individual combinations of moon phases and seasons, the reader can come into sync with the lunar phases, embracing the bath’s spiritual cleansing ability, and use the moon’s energy to manifest their personal vision and power.
“Moon Bath” takes a modern self-care approach to the idea of ritual bathing, and doesn’t delve deeply into spiritualism or the occult, although there are references to elemental magic in the book, along with some associations made from the herbs used in the rituals. The bulk of material is centered around intention setting and herbal recipes for botanical bath teas, self-care practice, reflection, and journal prompts. The main energetic and spiritual basis for the book lies in Ayurvedic herbalism and yoga, both of which are explored throughout the book. This isn’t a book that will teach you the system of Ayurveda or yoga, but if you’re interested in exploring, this book introduces them gently.
“Moon Bath” has a pleasant embossed cover and many full-color photos within; it’s a small, easily read book. Its subject matter is focused and doesn’t really step outside the realm of things that can be done during and around bath time, but it still represents a complete set of spiritual practices which, because of the way that it is set up and laid out in the book, could be done year-round. One of the things that I really appreciate about this book is that while it is firmly rooted in self-care, it presents some good, meditative exercises, and some good questions for journal prompts. There’s more depth here than I expected, but because the authors have stayed away from deity work or occultism, the bathing practice that is presented is one which could be combined with many, many different practices.
And what if you don’t have all the herbs listed in this book, and don’t want to grow them or buy them each individually? Well, you’re in luck! The authors have a store at https://www.moonbath.com/ where they sell herbal bath teas for each phase of the moon, thereby taking a little bit of the work out of this practice. Perhaps the only real limiting factor for anyone to engage with this book is whether they actually have a bathtub ? and even then, a reader could still do all of the journal prompts and other work in the book besides the herbal soaks. This book would make a lovely gift, and a good introduction to spiritual bathing practices for just about anyone, no matter their background.
Dakota Hills and Sierra Brashear wrote this book and founded the Moon Bath company together, after they had asked themselves a simple question: “Can bathing connect us to the cosmos?” Dakota is a rooted explorer, vintage car enthusiast, lover of movement, truth slayer, and mama of two fur babies. Sierra is an Ayurvedic practitioner, digital nomad, spirited gardener, and lover of bass music. You can read more about the Moon Bath bathing renaissance at https://www.moonbath.com/
About the Author:
Sarah McMenomy is an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork, trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com