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Bush Baths

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From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: "Bush" Baths (Spiritual Herb Baths/Hand Washes)
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 00:33:58 GMT

a correspondent wrote: 
> ...I've always used 13 Baths for spiritual purposes, but 
> realized  the benefits for relief of arthritic pains, added
> bonus (for years), but in the most recent years the quality
> is very weak. Originally, there were people from South America
> Peru,I believe,who owned a religous store called "RENDONS" on
> 116th street here in Manhatten. They made a batch of assorted
> herbs, also added spiritual oils. They called this bath a BUSH
> Bath. The best!!! Do you have anything like this, or can you
> name the herbs in this type of bath? I noticed that in one of
> the kits I order,13 baths is mentioned.... Thanks again....

The name "Bush Bath" is an equivalent to "Spiritual Herb Bath,"
and its origin may be Afro-Caribbean. I've only heard this name
used in association with products from companies based in New
York, like Amateau or Fulton Religious Supply. I think the
reason that this name is found in New York is that there is a
high population of Puerto Ricans, Haitians, and Jamaicans there.
In Oakland, California, the same preparations were always sold
to me under the name "Spiritual Herb Baths," by African-American
occult supply store proprietors born and raised in the South.

Contents vary from maker to maker, depending on which bath 
you're talking about. The herbs included in each proprietary
mixture are determined by the condition for which it is prepared.
For instance, Seven Herb Bath, which is for general love and money
luck, typically contains Five Finger Grass; Nine Herb Bath,
which is for wisdom and psychic powers, usually contains Sage; 
and Thirteen Herb Bath, which is for uncrossing, purification,
and protection, could be expected to contain Hyssop and Rue.
In each case the number in the bath's name (7, 9, 13) indicates
the number of different herbs in the mixture.

Related to Seven Herb Spiritual Baths is Gambler's Gold Lucky
Seven Hand Wash. This contains seven green herbs and golden
flowers believed to increase gambling luck. However, this
product is not used for bathing the entire body, but for
washing the hands before going to play games of chance.

Lucky Mojo Curio Company does carry the above-mentioned Spiritual
Herb Baths (7, 9, and 13) as well as the Gambler's Gold Lucky
Seven Hand Wash, and they cost $2.00 per package. For more about
Spiritual Baths and bathing, go to


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