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To: alt.lucky.w,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Bad luck.
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 22:38:47 GMT

Taffy wrote [re: use of hyssop for unjinxing]:
> catherine yronwode  wrote in message

> > Hyssop is a common herb. It is sold in health food stores and 
> > botanicas. What is "complicated" about boiling hyssop herb in water 
> > and bathing in the strained "tea" while you burn a white candle
> Well to start with you would need a very big kettle to make enough tea 
> to bathe in?

Sorry, i assumed that folks would know what i meant, so i wrote it in
shorthand. I guess it did sound funny! 

To make an herbal tea to bathe in, you start with a saucepan of water,
bring it to a boil, throw in the herbs, take it off the heat, and let it
steep. Then you strain the herbs out. Or, if you like, you can use a
muslin bag to put the herbs in and then just pull the whole bag out of
the water after it has steeped, herbs and all. This is far neater. Most
herb stores sell the muslin bags. They can be emptied out, rinsed and
re-used for months or years, so i recommend them highly. 

Once you have the "tea" made you use it in the bath by pouring it over
your head while reciting your spell, prayer, wish, or Psalm. Some folks
do this while standing in a tub or shower. Some people will sit in a
bath of hot water (with no soap) and pour the tea over their heads that
way. This is a ritual bath, though, not a soap-and-water bath. 

Some baths are quite specific in their method of application. 

For instance, with 7-Herb Spiritual Bath for luck in love and money, you
are to steep the herbs for 7 minutes and to pour the bath-water over
your head in 7 pourings, reciting the 23rd Psalm each time.
Furthermore,  you are to do this for 7 days in a row. This means that
you will make a total of 49 pourings of  btah water and recitations of
the 23rd Palm to complete the ritual bath. 

With other baths, a root-worker may specify that you boil the herbs in
the water until the liquid has been reduced to one-third of its original
volume, or that you bathe only your feet or only your hands. 

I have written a pretty long article on how ritual baths are used in
African-American hoodoo practice and you can read it on the web at

Good luck, 

cat yronwode 

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