Pip de Belfry shows you how to remove hexes and bad work using simple ingredients you can mix together yourself to make a spiritual bath…

It’s been a while since I wrote on the benefits of spiritual baths, and after receiving a query from a client on hex removal, I thought I’d put this post together so that anyone out there who has this problem has the solution (no pun intended) at their finger-tips. Well, you will after you get the ingredients together.

The best hex removal baths are made up of odd numbers of herbs and roots, so 7, 9, 11 … You get the idea, but THE hoodoo mama of ALL hex removal baths is made up of 13 ingredients. Or 12b as I like to call it, as I’ve never been overly keen on that 10+3 number … call me superstitious if you like, but hey, I’d just take that as a compliment. Who knows, maybe I have a touch of Japanese in my gene pool, where they dislike the number so much that no hotel in Japan has a 12bth floor…

So, let’s give you a roll call of anti hex herbs you can mix together. You can take your pick from any of the following:

Bay leaves
Black peppercorns
Blessed thistle
John the Conqueror
Marshmallow leaves
Wood betony
Wahoo bark

Some of those are obviously easier to source than others, but lately my feelings have been leaning towards the “if it’s more difficult to get, the intent put into the working is greater, and therefore makes the magick stronger” … It’s up to you if you choose to follow the same root (another “no pun intended” moment), but that’s just my personal take on it.

Once you’ve collected your magick ingredients together, you want to  boil them together for that 12b number of minutes. Some people prefer to let them mingle for longer than that – say 30 minutes – to further strengthen the potion, but that is up to you.

After you feel they have released enough of their potency, you can strain the liquid to remove the bits that may otherwise stick to you and the sides of your bath like rogue tea leaves in the sink. But I suppose that would always give you the opportunity to read them.

This liquid is then added to your bath. Some people say that you need to take 12b baths to remove the hex, but it doesn’t necessarily follow. If you feel it is a milder form of hex, you may well decide that one bath with a concentrated formula will suffice. It really is up to you and your personal feelings.

Whichever number of baths you choose to take, remember to take a shower first to remove negative energies, and allow yourself to air dry before taking the bath. Also if you don’t have access to a bath tub, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use this ritual – you can use the liquid to wash yourself down in the shower, but also make sure that some of the liquid covers your head.

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