I’m extremely superstitious about New Years. That’s normal, people have always been this way. There’s a whole host of New Year’s superstitions I try to follow that have been passed down through old wives tales: pay all your debts before the new year, deep clean your house before the new year, make sure you’re doing something enjoyable when the ball drops — basically whatever you are doing New Years represents how your year will go, so you better make sure your ducks are in a row and you are exuding a good emotion.
One of the things I always do to prepare for the new year is to take a hardcore detox bath. Soaking in the right materials can help your body get rid of stuff it doesn’t want, it’s another way to draw that stuff out, like sweating. This particular recipe is a doozy — make sure you bring a lot of water with you because when you stand up afterwards, you’ll feel very dehydrated!
I’m prepared to admit it’s (probably) mostly psychosomatic. Maybe there aren’t so much physical toxins you want to clean out before the new year so much as you want some kind of scheduled deep cleaning of your life and an opportunity to goal set for the next bit to come. That’s healthy. This is a good way to do that. I start by lighting some sage and then get the bath ready.
2 cups epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Soak for at least 20 minutes and then rinse off.
Spend special time afterwards caring for you body. Put fancy lotion on, change into nice pajamas, whatever you need to do to send the message to yourself that you have cleaned out the unnecessary junk and you are moving into a new phase (2015) of self-care and enjoyment. For this, I also recommend champagne.