Ritual Bathing after the Solar Eclipse
My youngest brother called me today from Wyoming on a road trip with his family to see the total solar eclipse in Idaho. He told me of this amazing first hand experience of the total solar eclipse including all five senses. Sights, sounds, sensations... Then AT&T dropped my signal. Three times in a row. I'll have to catch up with him when I visit home next week. From my understanding, there is almost always a total solar or lunar eclipse happening somewhere on planet earth. Older civilizations have developed rituals surrounding this mind bending phenomena of nature. One of them from India is to take a bath after an eclipse. Not just any bath but a special one with a full body massage. It goes something like this:
Massage your entire body with sesame oil. Also, apply few drops of oil on the scalp.
Wait for around 30 minutes before you go for a bath so that the oil is absorbed by the body.
While bathing, apply ubtan or ayurvedic mixture and massage it thoroughly over the entire body.
Scrub it and rinse with water properly so that the mixture is washed off.
Now, bathe as you usually do using a normal soap (some people skip this step).
Sesame oil? I have never tried sesame oil. I wonder if it makes one smell like oriental food? I wonder if you layout in the sun with sesame oil on if you will end up smelling like toasted sesame oil? LOL. Why sesame? So I looked into it. Sesame oil is the shiznit. It is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is very nourishing, and prevents the skin from getting excessively dry. Gotta get some. This looks like a ritual worth performing and I will next time I experience an eclipse. Or maybe just because... Why wait for an eclipse?
After poking around, I think I settled on the brand I will choose: Banyan Botanicals Ayurvedic Sesame Oil. I love all things organic not only because I feel they may have health benefits over non-organic, but also because I am willing to pay a premium to know that the land was treated well during the the growth process. Mother earth is our home. Happy total eclipse day North America!
You can purchase the solar eclipse bathmat pictured here at Society 6. I have always appreciated their great collection of "commercial art". Product as art. I love it. One day, TUBSKY™ will come in great prints and maybe it will be found on society6.com too.