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Okra Bath Recipe

The beloved okra. Also called gombo, okro, okuru, bhindi, kachang bendi, quimbombó, chimbombó, bamia, and other names depending on where you are in the world. I say beloved because this mucilaginous pod still spurs debates about its origins. It is used in staple cuisines around the world like curry, gumbo, stew, and more. What we know is that it is indigenous to the African continent. As is the practice of using it in spiritual baths.

Bath culture has been a serious practice throughout the African diaspora since the beginning of time. They are also gender neutral. These practices are not tailored to only one gender because they are about the soul, not how someone identifies. This includes general bathing for cleanliness, herbal baths for postpartum healing, releasing sickness from the body, and yes, spiritual baths. Most of the baths you will find on Writer in the Tub stem from indigenous African bath culture.

While shopping at my local farmer’s market, I was led to buy fresh okra for a spiritual bath. As soon as I saw them next to the peppers, my intuition said “Buy two containers. You need them.” So I paid $8 (thanks, inflation) for 1.5 lb of fresh okra, then carried the rest of my groceries home. I washed and dried them, then waited for the “call” from Spirit to tell me what to prepare and when. Two days later, I woke up with a strong nudge to do a protection bath and food alchemy using the okra. Below is my protection bath recipe using okra. You can also view my short vlog if you are more of a fast-pace visual learner.

Fresh Okra in Tanzania
Fresh okra at Darajani Market in Zanzibar, Tanzania

What You Need

  • 20 fresh okra pods (frozen okra does not work for a spiritual bath). I used 20 because 2 is symbolic of duality, polarity, and balance. Zero represents divinity. That is what I wanted to call in for this protection bath.
  • 1 liter of fresh, clean water
  • Sieve
  • Large bowl
  • A bathtub or large basin for soaking
  • 1 white candle
  • Incense or another cleansing tool
  • Music
  • Clean clothes

Instructions

  1. Follow my bath hygiene tips as part of your bath prep.
  2. Wash your hands with salt water. Using your hands is a key element of charging the okra for bathing so make sure they are cleansed.
  3. Light your white candle and remove all distractions (i.e., technology, unnecessary noise, etc.).
  4. Wash and dry your okra pods. You should also spiritually cleanse them using incense or another tool of your choice.
  5. Pour half of the fresh water into the large bowl.
  6. Break each pod into pieces. Squeezing the pieces as you put them in the water.
  7. Pour the rest of the fresh water in to the bowl.
  8. Squeeze all of the pods in the water to release the sacred slime. Swirl the pods around while setting intentions for what you want the bath to do for you. You can also use your own intuition to do whatever else you want to do with the sacred slime and water.
  9. Meditate or say a prayer while holding the large bowl for several minutes. You can play music.
  10. Run your bath water, preferably lukewarm if you have eczema or psoriasis.
  11. As the water is running, strain the okra pods and seeds using the sieve. Continue to squeeze as much of the slime into the water as you can. Discard the leftover pods into the compost bin.
  12. When you are ready, pour the okra water over your whole body. It is important to pour it on top of your head and cover your whole body. Sit in the bath for as long as you would like, releasing everything you want into the water.
  13. After soaking, rinse off the slime from your body, drain the water, put on clean clothes, and let the bath integrate for the rest of the day.

If you do an okra bath, I would love to hear from you! Write a comment, email, or tag me on the ‘gram.

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