aromatic-herbs

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To clean a room from bad vibes, there´s always different methods but I like to use a simple and more personal one.

 First, gather dried herbs. It´s more special if it´s your favourite, since its your room. Mint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary , Lavender Buds, you choose. 

Then, you have to burn them on a old frying pan or the herbs alone if you like, just be sure to turn out the fire quickly, the point is to leave the aromatic smoke. 

Pass the herbs around each corner of the room while thinking of positive energy, of things that make you happy and give you peace of mind. 

Lastly, once you are finished, open the windows and place the ashes and remains in a garden or the natural soil. It´s preferable to thanks the earth for letting you use the herbs to clean your place. .゚☆゚. - Bo

Rose

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Spiritual Attributes: Love, psychic powers, healing, luck, protection. Rose water is used in gourmet dishes and in love potions. A gentle love oil used to attract affection & love. Petals are used in healing incense and sachets, and burned to provide a restful night’s sleep.

Medical Uses: Helps clear away headaches, dizziness, mouth sores and menstrual cramps. Heart and nerve tonic. The rose is an astringent, toning and aromatic herb which helps to control bacterial infections and promotes healing. The rose hips are used for colds, influenza, scurvy, gastritis and to control diarrhea, while the fruits from Rosa laevigata are used to treat urinary dysfunction, infertility, chronic diarrhea and to regulate kidney function. Place around sprains and dark bruises to help them heal faster.

Top 10 Companion Plants

10. Three Sisters (Corn Squash and Beans)

Native American agricultural tribes have been using this combination of corn, squash and beans for centuries because it works. A fish would be buried under a small mound for fertilizer and corn would be planted on top of the mound. Squash would cover the ground beneath the corn while the beans climbed up the corn and added nitrogen to the soil. Multiple mounds could be integrated into an edible landscape. Though this is only one combination of plants that work well together, it is simple, proven to work, and a great basis for understanding permaculture gardening strategies.

9. Yarrow

Yarrow is a beautiful wildflower that both repels insect pests and attracts beneficial insects to the garden such as predatory wasps, ladybugs, butterflies and bees. Yarrow is known for its beautiful, intricate leaves and bright flowers and can be effectively used to combat soil erosion. Besides benefitting the garden, this herb can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent, a tonic, astringent, or can be used in a variety of other medical uses. Flowers can be used to make bitters and has been historically used to flavor beer. Due to its hardy nature, yarrow thrives just about anywhere in the garden and comes in a variety of colors, making it excellent for aesthetic and practical purposes in any garden.

8. Stinging Nettles

Possibly the most unpleasant plant on this list, the stinging nettle is considered a weed by most. Chemical secretions within this plant cause it to burn when handled, so exhibit caution. Despite its drawbacks, stinging nettles are used in a variety of medicines and remedies including gastrointestinal aid, BPH, increasing testosterone in bodybuilding, or as a treatment for rheumatism. The leaves are eaten by many types of caterpillars and will increase the amount of beneficial insects in the garden. Stinging nettles are a natural repellent to aphids and the roots contain anti-fungal properties. Nettle leaves can be cooked as a healthy green or dried and used in herbal teas (soaking in water and cooking eliminate the sting). This weed is extremely beneficial, though care must be taken around the stinging leaves.

7. Wormwood

A strong, but pleasant smelling plant, wormwood is most famously used in absinthe, though can also be used to brew beer, wine, and in making bitters. This hardy bush contains chemicals that are the base of all standard malaria medications, but with wormwood no medication is necessary. It is a natural mosquito repellent, as well as a deterrent for moths, slugs, fleas, flies, and mice. Scattering wormwood around the perimeter of a garden acts as a natural fence to ward off unwanted visitors.

6. Marjoram/Oregano

These perennial herbs are a great addition to nearly any garden. They are unobtrusive to other plants and will increase yields of beans, asparagus, chives, eggplants, pumpkin, squash or cucumbers amongst many others. As long as the light is not being blocked and there is plenty of room for root growth, most plants will thrive alongside both marjoram and oregano. An aromatic mixture of herbs such as mint, spearmint, oregano, lavender or lemon balm can fill any empty spaces in the garden, stifling weed growth.

5. Mint

Everyone needs an herb garden. Besides repelling moths, ants and mice, mint is a great addition to many drinks, desserts, or as a garnish. Keep mint with other similar herbs and they will quickly fill out the space. Cabbage and tomatoes reportedly increase yields in the presence of mint, but proceed with caution. Despite all of its benefits, left on its own mint will take over a garden. It grows back with a vengeance after being cut. That being said, there will be no reason to ever buy mint at a grocery store again.

4. Beans (Legumes)

Everyone loves beans, and for good reason. Part of the legume family, they don’t need much space, they’re healthy, and they will revitalize your garden soil. Unlike many plants that use up valuable nitrogen from the earth, beans actually put it back through special enzymes in their roots. Known as nitrogen fixing, legumes take atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and convert it to Ammonium (NH4) in the soil, making this macronutrient available to future and current plants in the vicinity. Aside from plants in the onion family, beans will thrive alongside most crops. For best results, plant legumes before, after, and amongst heavy feeders like tomatoes, squash or broccoli.

3. Chives

Great in soup and even better in the garden, chives are a hardy, low growing part of the onion family. Besides inhibiting mildew growth and repelling many harmful insects, the bright purple flowers are known to attract bees, which are needed to pollinate squash, tomatoes, cherries, or a plethora of other flowering plants. Chives are best grown under most types of trees, bushes and vines but should not be present alongside beans. Harvesting can be done throughout the season as this plant will constantly regrow its leaves. Chives and other members of the onion family are excellent additions to any garden.

2. Garlic

Besides flavor, garlic has a multitude of benefits for many plants. Because this bulb thrives in shaded, nutrient rich soil, cover plants are recommended. Garlic has been known to deter ants, mosquitoes, aphids, cabbage butterflies, caterpillars, snails, tomato worms, weevils and vampires (can never be too careful). Despite all the apparent benefits, avoid planting garlic with any type of beans, cabbages, or sunflowers since they will compete with one another for valuable nutrients. Next time you have an extra clove of garlic, plant it under a fruit tree, amongst cucumbers, or interspersed with lavender. It will grow with minimal effort. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and garlic certainly is that friend.

1. Tomatoes and Basil

Probably the most well known example of companion plants. Besides improving each others flavor, tomatoes and basil really do work together. The tomato vines provide shade for the delicate basil, which delays flowering, lengthens the harvesting season, and overall increases the yield. Meanwhile, basil is a natural repellent for fruit flies, house flies, and aphids who want nothing more than to lay eggs in a plump, delicious tomato. Tomato roots run deep, while basil tends to stay closer to the surface, eliminating competition between the two plants. High yields and high flavor means true plant love.

Lonely Doll Spell

A Spell to Reduce Loneliness

Items Needed:

  • Either a pre-made stuffed toy or sewing pattern for a stuffed doll and stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • A Crystal/Stone you connect with
  • Lavender or similiar aromatic herb that you enjoy
  • A slip of paper and a pen

Instructions:

  1. Either create a stuffed doll or buy one. It can be an animal, a person, or whatever stuffed toy you personally connect with. It can even be modeled after your familiar.
  2. Cut a small hole in the stuffed toy’s back and begin stuffing it with lavender. As you do this step, feel the doll become purified of any outside energies that may have previously clung to it. Visualize the toy becoming a completely blank slate that will soon be charged with the protective and loving powers of the lavender. You have now given the doll a purpose.
  3. Take the crystal and charge it with your intent. This doll will serve as your companion in times of need, in times when you feel there is no one else there for you. Once the crystal is charged to your liking, place the crystal inside the doll. You have now given the doll a “soul.”
  4. Take a slip of paper and write down whatever name you wish to give your new Lonely Doll. Write down any other traits you wish the doll to have on slips of paper. Stuff these into the doll. You have now given the doll an identity.
  5. Sew up the doll with the thread.
  6. Whenever you feel sad or lonely, talk to your Lonely Doll. Hug your Lonely Doll and feel its comforting energy. Do not abuse or berate your Lonely Doll. Cleanse your Lonely Doll with clear quartz or blessed water from time to time to avoid a build up of sad energies.
My Fragrances

This is a list of the scents that I am using at the moment.. and have been using for a very long time, actually. I am a sucker for fragrances and love the touch of mystery each and every one of my scents leave on me. I love turning into an enigma. I apply perfume every day and for any occasion and never care about a scent being too ‘heavy’ to wear during the day. And of course I adore the beautiful flacons. 

I much prefer full, dark, erotic, spicy and warm scents to fresh and flowery ones, but as so many things in life, there are always exceptions. 

1) CORTIGIANA by IL PROFVMO

This… is the ultimate sugar baby scent. ‘Sugar baby’ is even too much of an immature and playful term for this perfume. 

Here is why:

Dedicated to the strong and determined woman…an iron fist in a velvet glove.

A tribute to courtesans - well-read, playful and intriguing women who aspired to much more than love, striving to influence the powerful men they caught in their web. Cortigiana expresses a new form of sensuality and a spiritual and invigorating voluptuousness.

From time immemorial, women have examined their world and developed tricks to win favor and thus survive in hostile environments.

Cortigiana is the link between women of yesterday and those of today, at once intelligent and seductive with myriad artistic talents.

She is seated on the grass at a picnic lunch. Her eyes take in the verdant Venetian hills surrounding her. Leaning against a cherry tree, her hand caresses the green grass swaying in the breeze. As she raises a sweet delicacy to her mouth, relishing a hint of vanilla, she illustrates her spiritual and cultural skills.
Her life is rich and rewarding, and her perfume reveals the beauty of her body.
Faintly powdery, it clothes her and adorns her with infinite artistry sail through life with finesse and seduction.

Top Note: Floral Notes, Dark Cherry
Heart Note: Almond, Vanilla
Base Note: Iris, Herbs

I love this perfume. Absolutely love it. It is my signature scent.

2) QUELQUES FLEURS L’ORIGINAL by HOUBIGANT

Dita von Teese wears it. ‘Nuff said.

Top notes are orange blossom, green notes, tarragon, bergamot, lemon and citruses; middle notes are carnation, tuberose, orchid, lilac, orris root, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose, violet and iris; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, honey and vanilla.

The true Quelques Fleurs formula has never been published. An ancient formula still kept in the family archives, this fragrance will never be duplicated. The blend of soft, sensual florals uses over 250 different raw materials and more than 15,000 flowers to create just one ounce of Quelques Fleurs eau de parfum.

3.) TOBACCO VANILLE by TOM FORD (Private Blend)

The classic. No need to say more.

4.) SHANGHAI LILY by TOM FORD (Private Blend)

The fragrance features spicy notes, floral notes, olibanum, vanilla, bitter orange, pink pepper, black pepper, cloves, jasmine, rose, tuberose, vetiver, cashmere wood, benzoin, castoreum, labdanum, guaiac wood and incense.

Opulent. Tantalizing. Elegant.

Shanghai Lily is a floral oriental scent that transports the senses into a world of rare and opulent ingredients from the historic silk road. Warm spices, elegant florals and addictive notes of vanilla and frankincense create a hazy reverie of glamour and temptation.

5.) PLUM JAPONAIS by TOM FORD (Private Blend)

6.) NOIR DE NOIR by TOM FORD (Private Blend)

Dark. Sexy. Indulgent.

Encompassing and celebrating the Yin and the Yang, this rich oriental scent reveals Tom Ford’s feminine side. Rich feminine florals and the masculine earthiness of black truffle, vanilla, patchouli, oud wood, and tree moss add a warm sensuality to this dark chypre oriental.

7.) BLACK ORCHID by TOM FORD

8.) TEINT DE NEIGE by LORENZO VILLORESI

Teint de neige, “the colour of snow”, the delicate rosy hue of a powdered face. The unmistakable scent of perfumed powders, the fragrance of face powder, the perfume of talc, a soft, gentle, enveloping Eau de Toilette, yet intense and persistent. An aroma delicately permeated by the richness of the natural extracts of precious flowers, recalling the light, images and atmosphere of the belle-époque.

Top Note: Jasmin, Rose, Ylang Ylang, sweet, powdery and floral notes
Middle Note: Tonka bean, Jasmin, Rose, sweet, powdery and floral notes
Base Note: Heliotrope, Musk, Rose, Jasmin, sweet, powdery and floral notes

9.) YERBAMATE by LORENZO VILLORESI

A boundless greenland touching the sky. The scent of grass, of new-mown hay, of countless herbs and flowers scattered in the fields, stirred by the wind and warmed by the sun. A lonely fire in the meadows, the quiet ritual of tea and mate a gentle veil of smoke, rising and lightly embracing.

Top note: Fresh, green and citrus notes, tea, aromatic herbs, Mate, Mint, Estragon, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang.
Middle Note: Green notes, tea, herbs, Mate, New-mown Hay, Lavender.
Base Note: Green notes, tea, Mate, Galbanum, Labdanum, Tree-Moss, Patchouli, Vetiver, aromatic woods, touches of powdery and gently spiced notes.

10.) L’ILE AU THÉ by ANNICK GOUTAL

It reminds me of the scented black teas that I so love..

L’Ile au Thé is an infusion of well-being, an invigorating and soothing perfume to be shared.

Between the sea and volcanoes, a stroll in the fields of mandarin trees and tea plantations, waving in the wind of an Asian island.
The crystalline mandarin bursts into freshness, contrasting, in a soft and soothing breeze, with the tea, green and leathery, and the osmanthus, carnal and fruity, like a caress on the skin…

11.) VANILLE BOURBON by IL PROFVMO

Delicate and irresistable, Vanille Bourbon captivates and enchants your most distant dreams. Crafted from the orchid, the fragrance is intensified with touches of amber, Tahitian Gardenia and heliotrope. Its sunny quality eases the mind and senses.

12.) X by CLIVE CHRISTIAN

According to lore, Cleopatra so adored Egyptian jasmine, gathered from the banks of the Nile at dusk when the flower’s scent is at its headiest, that she doused the sails of her ship with their essence on her journey to meet Mark Antony. As the fragrant breezes of this legendary flower snaked his way, legend has it, Mark Antony fell in love with the Egyptian queen, famous for her love of beautiful perfumes.

A soft and sensual fruity chypre, X for Women complements the soft eroticism of X for Men. Egyptian jasmine is refreshed and made momentarily sharp by fruit notes such as tart rhubarb and juicy peach and pineapple. Vanilla and labdanum soften and enrich those notes, and the perfume is made even more erotic with the X series’ signature note of Karo Karundi, a white flower essence from the West African shrub whose scent recalls the Acacia flower and is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.

The notes in X for Women blend beautifully not only with each other, but also with skin, creating a warm, sweet and luscious skin scent that, like X for men, could be described as approachably erotic. Comforting and stunning.

13.) LOVE IN WHITE by CREED

An ode to Creed’s craftsmanship and passion for the world’s finest ingredients, Love in White combines hand-selected essences from five continents—a fragrant statement of global unity and peace. Created by master perfumer Olivier Creed and inspired by his love of sailing the world’s oceans, this scent is pure freedom. Cultured and polished, it’s no wonder this fragrance is loved by First Ladies. Love in White was honored on its launch day with a most iconic image—the Empire State Building illuminated by pure white lights. A zesty citrus blend grounded by powdery rice husk with cool notes of spring blooms.

14.) LIFE THREADS RUBY by LA PRAIRIE

A saleslady gave me a sample of this perfume because, as soon as she looked at me, she knew what an ‘erotic’ and sensual character I was.. making this scent perfect for me. What a compliment!

Life Threads Ruby is a romantic feminine fragrance for women that is reminiscent of a long quiet walk through a spring garden. Infused with the subtle notes of tangy African orange flower, musky bergamot, sweet jasmine and aromatic ylang-ylang, this classic scent combines warm musky base notes to create an oriental floral fragrance that is ideal for date night or snuggling on the couch with someone special.


There are oh so many more that I am going to try and buy.. I get so excited whenever I imagine my next perfume shopping trip. 

I can’t wait!

Juniper

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Spiritual Attributes: Protection, love, exorcism, health. Worn to attract wishes, honours & glory. The berries are used to attract lovers once dried and worn as a charm. Banishes all things injurious to good health; attracts good, healthy energies and love. Juniper berries can be carried by males to increase potency.

Medical Uses: It’s a bitter, aromatic herb that has antiseptic and diuretic properties, improving digestion, stimulating the uterus and reducing inflammation. The berries can be used externally for rheumatic pain and neuralgia. Great for toning congested skin with blocked pores and fighting acne, eczema, and psoriasis, as well as skin inflammations. Great aromatherapy oil.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Language of Flowers

The language of flowers is not a complicated code, and it isn’t intended to be a cryptograph. While composing sentence-long messages with floriography is possible, it is not particularly complex. For ease of reference, this guide is organized by meaning, not by flower. It includes bloom cycles, taxonomic names, pictures, and any other facts of interest such as typical clime or edible/medicinal uses.

This guide contains only European, North African and Eurasian flora (at least, I’m pretty sure. I may have fudged it up in some places).

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The Witchy Lifestyle: Litha

“The Sun is our lord and father: Bright face at the gate of day, comfort of home, cattle, and crop; Lord of the Morning, Lord of the Day. Lifting our hearts, we sing his praise - dance in his healing rays…” ~ “Reel around the Sun,” Riverdance

Here we stand on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun seems as if it were standing still in the sky, pausing before sliding back down beyond the horizon. This is a time of bonfires, celebration, and feasts. It is a time of banishing harmful spirits and praying for bountiful harvests during the remainder of the year.

Litha is a holiday that hearkens back to ancient Germanic cultures, celebrated today most often by Anglo-Saxon and Germanic re-constructionists and pagans who follow beliefs linked to Germanic practice. It is also a prominent holiday in Christian belief, known as St. John’s Day.

This sabbat would be difficult to trace back to any specific, single point. In part this is due to the fact that midsummer held a significant role to many cultures, and also in part due to the fact that even today, it is celebrated in many different ways. As such, much of what I’ll be describing here tends to be a bit of a generalization. Not every culture engaged in large bonfires, and not every culture even placed nearly so much significance on midsummer (the Celts, for instance, may have acknowledged midsummer, but didn’t celebrate it to the same extent as their four other fire festivals - Samhain, Beltane, Lughnassadh, and Imbolc).

The Wheel of the Year

In the Wiccan story for the wheel of the year, the God as the Oak King is at the height of his virility and power. The Goddess is pregnant, and the Oak King offers his bounties. Though a time of life and celebration, it is also a silent acknowledgement that the Oak King will surrender to the Holly King. After all, now that the year is at the longest the day will get, it will only begin to shorten as the autumn and winter days approach.

Celebrating the Sun

Today, Litha (a name carried over from the Germanic, derived from a text describing months and times of the year - this day being part of “late Litha”) is celebrated by Wiccans and neo-pagans both as an acknowledgement of the turning of the Wheel and also as a way of giving thanks for the bounty brought by the year thus far.

Like Beltane, bonfires are a frequent sight for Litha, symbolizing the power of the sun at its height. Celebrants would wake early so as to construct the fires and watch the rising of the sun, and would keep them burning from sunrise to sunset. In order to cast away negativity and evil spirits, torches built from the bonfires would be carried around the home, representing the light of the sun being cast on all sides of the house. The ashes would be used to bless livestock (much like the Beltane ashes), and the cooled coals and embers would be mixed into the soil of fields so as to bless the crop and encourage strong growth in the months to come.

Feasting is common, as it is on many holidays. Traditionally, dishes with fruits, grains, and honey would be consumed - all goods that are readily accessible during the summer.

Traditionally, oak holds a special role in the pagan aspects of Litha. A tree found throughout the northern hemisphere, it is often respected as a guardian and sometimes even as a spiritual passage into other worlds. Its wood, when burned in a Litha fire, was a potent form of blessing and protection. Aromatic herbs added to the fire would further serve to empower these blessings, and would help add more of that sacred energy to the ashes for the fields and livestock.

Celebrating Today…

In my personal practice, Litha is not that prominent of a sabbat. However, I do occasionally celebrate it, and do so by creating a small fire either in the form of a candle or in the form of a camp/bonfire if celebrating with the coven. I usually give my thanks for the blessings I have received throughout the year, and ask for blessings during the waning light.

If I celebrate with the coven, food is nearly always present. Traditional fare is usually brought to the table, along with wine or whiskey (or if I have it, mead).

This year, contemplate the role the sun has in your life. What kinds of blessings have you received this season, and how might you give thanks for them? And what do you hope to accomplish as the light wanes?

Have a Blessed Litha! )O(

Herbs Good For Luck
  1. Allspice: Incense made of allspice herb are used to promote luck, health, and happiness
  2. Chamomile: It is the gambler’s lucky herb. Not long ago, gamblers were known to bathe their hands in chamomile solutions for better luck at gaming (they may be still doing it)
  3. Frankincense: The Magi presented this aromatic herb to the savior. Carrying a small piece is considered lucky
  4. Nutmeg: Long considered a charm for good luck, nutmegs are work as lockets and bracelets. They are often strung along with star anise.
  5. Sandalwood: Burnt as incense, and used in soaps and talcum powder, sandalwood is a sign of luck and prosperity.

anonymous asked:

Hey England, you know that "tea" is the abbreviation of "transporte de ervas aromáticas" (Transport of aromatic herbs), which is a Portuguese sentence, right? So that means most of your teas come from Portugal, do you like 'em?

(I mean, either that was a coincidence, or it was something else, cuz I searched up the meaning of the word ‘tea’ in a bunch of dictionaries, and they all say that the word came from china.):

(but then i found this.):

(so, there’s two ways people got the word tea.)

(srry, I’m kinda confused here.)

Idiot

The door to the Ops room slid open just a crack. A green eye peeked anxiously through it, studying carefully the violet-haired sorceress sitting calmly on the couch, reading a book.

He sniffed the air cautiously and perked his ears, knowing it would give him a much better picture of her mood than his eyes could. Her breathing and heartbeat were regular and her scent exuded peace and tranquility. He allowed himself to relax a bit; everything indicated that it was safe to approach her. He opened the door fully and walked hesitantly in.

His gaze went to the recently smashed window and he gulped. He figured it took him about half an hour to fall into the ocean, swim back to the Tower, shower and change. Hopefully it was time enough for her anger to simmer down and dissipate.

[There’s more below]

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Salt/Borax drying

Preservation of small tails, feet, wings and other various specimens using salt/borax
I Personally use this method a lot when preserving a variety of items for jewelry use or for my own home collection.
You will need
- Salt ( i usually buy a few boxes for good measure) You will want to buy enough to completely submerge whatever you want to preserve
- Borax ( again i buy a few boxes) you will also want enough to submerge your specimen
- a container that can fit your item(s) and hold a good amount of salt ( tupperware, boxes…etc)
- A dry ventilated space
- aromatic dry herbs ( optional)
- and patience.

1) After you have harvested whatever it is you wish to dry, clean off any meat or fleshy bits sticking out of the severed point ( if you are working with a tail, clean up the base where you cut… same for wings, heads and paws)
- If you are working with a head, i would suggest removing the brains so you do not get ANY decomposition or odor. You can remove the brains by using a small forked piece of wire ( any thin sharp object ), poking it up through the base of the skull( through the hole in the atlas bone or where the atlas bone connected to the spine) and scrambling the brains until they are able to be scooped, sucked or dripped out. Once most of the brain matter is removed, fill the cavity with a combination of salt and borax.

2) make a mixture of borax and salt… i usually use one box of borax mixed with one box or container of salt ( if you want to add aromatic herbs you can, i usually mix a bit of dry cedar)

3) take your mixture and pour a layer to the bottom of your container ( about half inch - inch )

4) place your specimen(s) inside. Make sure if you are drying more than one specimen, they do not overlap one another.
  - if you are drying wings you can take needles/tacks to pin them in am open position so they dry out stretched <3
      -You can also pin feet in whatever desired position you would like to dry them in

5) pour in the rest of your drying mixture (salt/borax) over the specimen(s) until they are completely submerged

6) leave to dry in a well ventilated space for a few weeks, the larger and more fleshy your item(s) the longer you will need to let them sit. 
- squirrel tails/ bird wings and smaller feet i leave for about 3 weeks ( i exchange the drying mixture around week 2 to keep it fresh, but that is not fully necessary)

Heads i leave for 4+ weeks, again depending on size…
- small bird heads = 3 and a half - 4 and a half weeks
- squirrel heads = 4 and a half to 5 and a half weeks
- goose heads or any similar size i leave for 5+

* if anything is salting longer than 3 weeks i exchange the drying/salt mixture to ensure freshness and make sure no odor will set in.

The timing for drying are just what i have found to work for me, the times can increase or decrease due to climate, humidity and environment. I live in a very humid, damp place so drying can take much longer.

7) once your items are dry ( you can tell when they are firm and have NO moisture left) you can brush off any salt/borax with a old tooth brush or even your fingers.
If you notice any odor i would allow it to air dry in a well ventilated space for a few days and then soak it in a dry bath of aromatic herbs  (cedar, clove, flower petals, mint… etc) You can also use smoke to help with odor, all you do is allow any smoke or fumes to further dry/ absorb into your specimen by burning cedar, incense or other wonderful smelling things near or under it.

I am in no way a professional at preservation, these are things i have discovered through trial and error and have worked well for me through out my various projects.
Also note i am horrific at explanation/spelling, so if these directions have been confusing in any way, feel free to message me and i will try to correct/fix it.

Here are photos of some items that have been cured/dried using this method. 


Hope this helps you all <3 

anonymous asked:

hi there - I'm currently preparing to celebrate the upcoming Solstice, but I'm having difficulties preparing activities etc for the people coming, I've found some colouring in forthe kids to do, but they're normally quite good at entertaining themselves, I'm just more worried about the adults. Out of the 20 who are attending, only 2 of us really follow the Pagan path, and she seems to think that we should jump over a fire pit - I've been on Google, but can't find anything - HELP :( <3

Hi there. This might get a bit long but bear with me.

The Bonfire
Traditionally people stayed up all night on Midsummer’s Eve to welcome and watch the sunrise. Bonfires were lit on tops of hills, by holy wells, at places held sacred, to honour the fullness of the Sun. At Litha the bonfire really represents a reflection of the Sun at the peak of its strength. The chosen wood would often be Oak and aromatic herbs were scattered into the fire. People danced around the fires and leap through them.

Herbs
All herbs are reaching their peak at this time of year and thus the fullness of their healing and nurturing potency. Giving a bunch of herbs as a gift on Midsummer Day is wonderful.

Flowers
All of the flower kingdom is reaching its peak, wide open, full of colour, surrendering their perfume. Pick flowers, make bouquets, arrangements or flower crowns. Give them as a gift or use them as decoration.

Have a barbeque
Invite all your family and friends over. Decorate with colors of the sun – yellows, reds, and oranges. Feast on lots of summery food, like watermelons, strawberries, and fresh green salads. Add outdoor games like horseshoes, ladder golf, and backyard volleyball. While you’re at it, set up some kind of water activities – water balloons, super soakers, a pool to splash in. All of these are great outside activities in the heat of summer, and help celebrate the balance between fire and water.

Some food and drink
Honey Cake. Bees are so special, and make that golden nectar we know as honey - a reflection of the life-giving Sun. Honey itself is full of life-giving properties, and a Honey Cake is a perfect way to celebrate Midsummer, or to give as a gift. Make it with locally produced honey if you can. But wherever the honey has come from, think of the land and blossoms and bees that made it.Ingredients:225 gms Butter
250 gms Honey
100 gms Dark Muscovado Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten
300 gms Self-Raising FlourCut the butter into pieces and heat slowly, adding the honey and the sugar. When fully melted, turn up the heart and boil the mixture for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.Add the beaten eggs to the cooled honey mixture. Sift the flour into a large bowl and beat the liquid honey mixture into it until you have a smooth batter.Pour the mixture into a round lined sponge tin and bake in a preheated oven at 160C for about 50 mins - or until the cake is well-risen and springs back to the touch.Cool on a rack and glaze with a few tablespoons of warm honey.

Midsummer Passion Punch from Hearth & Home Witchery

Leaves from 4 sprigs of mint
¼ cup sugar
4 cups seltzer water
6 cups passion fruit juice
1 lime
ice cubes

Bruise the mint leaves with the sugar in a mortar and pestle. Transfer the mix to your punch bowl. Pour seltzer water and fruit juice over the leaves. Squeeze in the juice of the lime. Add ice cubes. Substitute club soda or sparkling water for seltzer water if desired.

Fairy Nectar

2 cups milk per serving
1 tsp. honey
½ tsp. vanilla extract
cinnamon

Warm milk, be careful not to boil it. In each mug add your honey and vanilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bright Memories Litha Parfait from Hearth & Home Witchery

1 (2 ¾ ounce) package vanilla custard powder (no bake)
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk
1 (21 ounce) can pineapple pie filling
2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

In sauce pan prepare custard according to the package directions using the milk. Remove from heat. Gradually stir cheese into hot mixture, mixing well. Stir in vanilla. Chill custard mixture and pie filling separately until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon alternate layers of mixture and pie filling into parfait or juice glasses. Top with some type of berries if desired.

These are just some suggestions. Being outside and with friends and family is already enough of a celebration. Put on some music or have a drum or dance circle if everyone wants to. Remember to include the children in your activities as well, being together is important.

Hope this helps you a bit.

-A

The Exception part 2: The run.

He squeezed her hand tighter in his. Shifting his body to scoot closer to her, he wrapped her securely in his arm, keeping them from jerking as the car swerved sharply to the right.

“It’s OK Mieke. Everything’s gonna be fine.” He drew his lips into a reassuring smile. But his eyes told her another story.

Gripping her rounded belly, she tried her best to suppress the grimace from her tired face.

Her back and abdomen hurt like hell but she never would let him know. Stefan was too anxious about the baby and their escape out of England, he could have cancelled the whole thing if he had known.
She tried to relax her tensed body but the pain was alarmingly growing higher.
Breathe Mieke!

“Cameron easy!” Stefan patted the driver’s shoulder. He too would be more comfortable if their friend could slow down a bit. Not that he wanted to enjoy the view, no, it was the middle of the night, but the relentless rough slalom started to get him sick.
And guessing the discomfort through Mieke’s face didn’t help.
He needed a smoke, so badly, but he was cursed with bad timing. Again.

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