Self-Care Water Rituals

 In Natural Awakenings Articles

Originally published in Natural Awakenings ~ October 31, 2016

by Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)

Water is essential to our health, and every cell in our body. Rituals performed using water are as ancient as man. It changes the structure as it takes on the energy of the words directed at it, noting Masaru Emoto. Therefore, praying over our waters, then drinking it and bathing in it can be rituals for a busy modern woman.

Self-care rituals include making a tea to drink throughout the day. In herbal medicine, one can create formulas to add nourishing herbs (see ingredients below). Simply boil water, steep one-quarter cup of the herbal blend for 20 to 30 minutes, strain, add honey and drink.

This tea ritual is a wonderful way to revitalize the body, mind and spirit. Water is the essential element, replenishing and cleansing. As you prepare the tea, pray for peace, safety, clarity and health, and these will become a part of the tea you consume.

Bathing is another self-care ritual using water as the cleansing element. It is deeply relaxing to sit in a hot tub of water. With the addition of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), it is relaxing to the muscles and draws out toxins. The ritual begins with the drawing of the bath as the water runs in.

Pour in some essential oil for revitalizing mind, body and spirit; lemon is uplifting, rosemary for memory, lavender for relaxing—to shift your disposition while taking your cares away. It is a perfect place to meditate, pray or allow the emotional dump. It only requires 30 minutes to reset your mental outlook, restore your physical sense of well-being and relax before bed.

Water, our gift—a necessity and a ritual—is the essential ingredient to restore health, clear skin, maintain our waste elimination and refocus our day. Let’s give gratitude for the water.

Ingredients for Revitalize and Uplift Tea:

  • Nettles
  • Damiana
  • Lemon grass
  • Lemon Balm
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG), is the founder of Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine. She has been an herbalist for 23 years and is registered with the American Herbalist Guild. For more information, email at or visit

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