Happy new year everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday season. With the New Year now here we thought we’d provide you with a really good Road opening bath recipe. Road opening products, also known as “Abre camino” are used in Hoodoo to remove blockage and basically get you on the right track.
To make this bath you’ll need a square of fine cloth, like cheese cloth or muslin. Failing that you can use a new white flannel. Onto this place a handful of crushed cinnamon sticks, a handful of pine needles (puts that old Christmas tree to good use) and a crumbled square of camphor. If the camphor you have doesn’t come in squares you’ll need to use about 1 tsp of camphor resin. On top of this mix place 2 small old keys. Bundle the corners together and tie the edges up with green ribbon or thread.
Set this packet out on a clean surface before a new white taper candle and say a prayer to Saint Peter.
In the Hoodoo tradition Saint Peter is the saint linked with Road Opening work. The image of Saint Peter is an old man holding the keys to heaven, he is therefore linked to the opening of doors both spiritually and physically.
After an hour or so extinguish the candle and run a hot bath. Throw the bundle into the water and allow it to stew. I like to add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to the bath water as well. Place the candle, to burn down further, on the side of the bath and soak in the waters.
When you get out of the bath dry and dress in clean clothes. Take the candle and place it somewhere you can watch it burn down. Dispose of the candle stump and the used herb bundle at a cross roads.
Prayer to Saint Peter
Thou art the Shepherd of the sheep, the Prince of the Apostles, unto thee were given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Raise us up, we beseech Thee blessed Peter so that the weaker I am, the more mightily I may be helped by the power of your intercession. Open the way for me Holy Peter, remove the stones on my road and show me the clear path on which to walk. In the name of the Lord God I beseech you.Amen
The Saint Martha Botanica offers a range of products called "skeleton Key" these are used to unlock doors, remove blockage and clear your way. Check out the newly updated website, where Skeleton Key foot wash is on special offer this month.