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The hammam not only washes away dead skin and toxins, it also clears away all low vibe emotional gunk that no longer serves you.
The history of hammam is as rich as the Turkish soil, dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. After the Ottoman invasion of Rome’s Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1450, the Ottoman and Roman bathing traditions were fused together, and soon spread like wildfire throughout the empire.
Today, hammam is more popular than ever for potent healing and community gatherings in the backdrop of dreamy oriental steam room.
Before you start packing your bags for the Middle East, this bath ritual, inspired by the Moroccan hammam, has the same divine benefits from your home. This restorative retreat harnesses the cleansing and nourishing powers of rassoul, a soap made from mineral clay, and vitamin E-rich black soap, made from a Mediterranean olive paste.
I also added a few non-traditional elements to further enhance healing on emotional, physical and spiritual planes:
- Himalayan salt is one of the world’s most purifying salts with 84 minerals. The rosy detoxifier also balances the pH levels of the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
- Magnesium salt calms those firing nerves, promoting deep relaxation.
- Myrrh, frankincense, saffron, rose, and hyssop essential oils are the holistic healers of the Orient. This potent combo purifies, reduces stress, and calms the mind.
- And for good measure, hematite and almandine garnet crystals, native to Morocco and ancient Sumer, helps the flow of energy in your energetic field.
What You Need
- Exfoliating glove, also known as a Kessa glove
- Black soap
- Olive oil
- Tassa, or a small copper, silver or clay bowl
- Magnesium salt
- Himalayan salt
- Myrrh, Frankincense, Saffron, Rose, and Hyssop essential oils
- Almandine garnet
For the Rassoul:
- 500 grams of rassoul
- 300 grams of dried roses
- 200 grams of dried lavender
- Neroli and ambrette seed essential oils
1 – Homemade Rassoul
To make the rassoul, grind the rassoul, dried roses, and dried lavender together. Add 15 drops of neroli essential oil, and 5 drops of ambrette seed essential oil. Then, mix with water and a bit of olive oil.
2 – Steam Up
Take a quick shower. Next, place your crystals at the bottom of the tub and fill it up with warm water.
In a bowl, blend the magnesium salt and Himalayan salt. Add 2 drops of each essential oil (myrrh, frankincense, saffron, rose, and hyssop).
Add the salty mixture to the bath, and let the fragrant water steam up the room.
3 – Apply the Black Soap
Apply the black soap on the body and face. Make sure it doesn’t get in your eyes, mouth, nose and ears. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Using a Kessa glove, massage yourself with strong circular movements, starting at your feet and working your way up to the heart.
Using the bowl, rinse with cold or room temperature water.
4 – Apply the Rassoul
Envelope your body with a thin layer of the rassoul mixture, and let it work its magic for 15 minutes. Use the bowl to rinse with fresh water.
5 – Enjoy the Bath
Now that you’re clear of all dead skin and toxins, step into the wonderfully fragrant bath.
As you soak, imagine all energetic blockages melting away from your aura, until your spirit is free of worry, stress, fear, doubt, and uncertainty.
Dry and make sure to stay hydrated.
I hope you enjoy every moment you spend connecting with your healed spirit.
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