Get ready for it! Tonight is the year's biggest and brightest supermoon, also called the "Super Pink Moon." A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that coincides with the moon's closest point to the Earth in its orbit, creating a larger than usual size of the moon as viewed from Earth. The "Super Pink Moon," happening on April 7-8, will actually be the closest one to the Earth this year, so it will be the brightest and biggest full moon in 2020.
The "Pink" portion of the name "Super Pink Moon" actually has nothing to do with the color of the moon. Instead, this moon gets its name from our favorite subject matter: plants. According to the Farmer's Almanac, this particular full moon is called the "Super Pink Moon" because it corresponds with the early spring bloom of Phlox subulata. Also known as creeping phlox or moss pink, this beautiful bright pink wildflower is native to eastern North America.
Herbalism and the Moon
In traditional herbalism, the phases of the moon have been carefully observed while planting, harvesting, or collecting plants. Some herbalists have even taken this practice one step further and take care to plant, collect, or harvest during specific moon phases, as they have learned that these phases can impact the quality of the plants. It was believed that the best phase to harvest was just after the full moon, when the sap is high, but the energy has turned downward. At this time, the fluids in the plant are drawn to the roots, which makes them easier to dry for herbal formulas. Many herbalists also crafted herbal extracts during this same moon phase, as they believed it made them even more potent. This deep herbal knowledge about the health-supporting properties of the different plants was developed over countless generations as remedies were tried, proven, and passed on.
Discover Moon Bathing
In honor of the supermoon, this is a perfect time to share the Ayurvedic practice of moon bathing. Moon bathing refers to time spent basking in the moonlight, and is a traditional treatment prescribed to help people keep cool in the summer. It is also believed to help promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety levels, and even help regulate a woman’s cycle. Additionally, moon bathing can help balance your circadian rhythm, if done right before you go to sleep. This allows you to remove yourself from any artificial light sources and stay at peace in the dark, signaling to your body that it is time to prepare for rest.1
How and When to Take a Moon Bath
Similar to the popular forest bathing practice, moon bathing provides solitary time in Nature to meditate and simply be in the moment. It is commonly practiced in one of three ways: going outside in the moonlight, opening the blinds so the moonlight can stream indoors, or physically taking a bath.
If choosing to practice outside, moon bathing should be done for at least 30 minutes. And even if you don’t believe in the spiritual effects of the moon, this time still offers moments of reflection, meditation, and relaxation in the great outdoors.
If the weather is bad outside, you can also moon bathe indoors and still reap the benefits. All you need is a space that offers silence and privacy, plus a window that allows the moonlight to pour in.
Drawing yourself a bath during a new or full moon is believed to enhance the benefits of moon bathing. Taking a moon or salt bath can be beneficial for you whenever you need it, but may serve a higher purpose during a full or new moon. A new moon is when the moon is barely visible in the sky, and this time is perfect for cleansing and setting intentions. A full moon is when the moon is at its brightest and most full, and this is a great time for inner healing and reflection on the intentions you set during the new moon.2 Did they succeed? Did they fail, and if so, how can you make these goals more obtainable? Setting aside time for self-reflection is important for internal growth, as this form of personal analysis allows you to bring your life into alignment with what you wish it to be.
When drawing the bath, you can add Himalayan salt for a cleansing bath or steep some herbal tea, such as Sleep & Relax Herbal Tea, for a calming experience. This is also an opportune time to set the mood in the space by lighting some candles or incense to help you unwind and enjoy this reflective moment.
Living by the Light of the Moon
According to renowned American herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, "Our inner balance comes to us from our relationship to the moon," so taking a moon bath, if nothing else, can be a gentle reminder to slow down and take care of yourself. With each new or full moon, consider taking it as an opportunity to center yourself, reflect, and restore a sense of calm.
1 Healing Power of Moonlight -Moonbathing. https://www.vedicine.org/2018/10/healing-power-of-moonlight-moonbathing.html
2 What is Moon Bathing? Bestcare. https://www.bestcare-uk.com/a_what-is-moon-bathing