clove oil

Warning: graphic pictures

These are incredibly difficult to look at, but I feel like it’s important to post given the discourse here over the last few weeks about proper care for goldfish.

I’m a mod on a goldfish forum, and yesterday these pictures were posted in our illness section by the owner who was concerned about the fish’s inability to swim. He explained that the fish was 10 years old and living in a 20 liter (about 5 gallon) tank. The fish was laying on its side, had a milky film on its face, and was refusing to eat.

It had been in this state, barely moving, not eating, for a week and a half.

The pictures posted were of one of the most stunted, sickly fish I’ve ever seen. I had to go put my laptop away and close my eyes for a while after seeing them the first time and even now they turn my stomach. I can’t imagine the amount of pain this poor thing has gone through.

Emaciated, crooked spine, bulging eyes, pale color, deformed mouth, shortened head, uneven scales, and horrifically small for its age.

And this guy had no idea that there was anything wrong. He waited a week and a half before seeking help for an animal in this condition. He seemed to honestly care about his fish, based on the way he spoke, but he still allowed it to get to this point because he thought this is just how people treat goldfish.

Unfortunately it’s all too common to keep fish in these conditions both due to lack of information and societal acceptance of their neglect. Could you imagine what it would have been like if it were a dog or a cat in this condition?

5 gallons isn’t even the worst size really, most fish bowls are more like 1 gallon, and goldfish are often kept in those for years at a time. Just because not every fish in a bowl stunts this dramatically doesn’t mean that they don’t have the potential to suffer just as badly.

We recommended euthanasia with clove oil. We had to. It would be unspeakably cruel to even try to treat this fish and prolong its suffering. Thankfully the owner agreed to put it to sleep. I can only hope he’ll go through with it as soon as possible.

For comparison, here was one of my boys at 10 months. Fat and round, deep color, alert and active, and already larger than the fish above. He was living in a 50 gallon tank when this picture was taken.

This is what a goldfish looks like when kept in a proper sized tank, with regular water changes, and a healthy diet.

This is what all goldfish should look like. This is why goldfish need just as much space, work, and money put into them as any other pet.

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photography ft. my handmade wooden wand

Cinnamon & Clove - some of my favorite flavors! some associations and flavor pairings. Someday I’ll post my grandma’s recipe for instant spiced tea, which uses both of these spices. (as a side note, please never consume oils or extracts that are not food grade!!!)

**please don’t remove my caption**

Homemade Anxiety and Comfort Jar

  • Rosemary - success and purification
  • Thyme - cleansing and courage
  • Basil - love and happiness
  • Cedarwood & Clove Oil -  protection and banishing 
  • Bay Leaf - wards against negativity 
  • Lapis Lazuli - relieves stress
  • Cinnamon - prosperity
  • Salt - protection 
  • A Sigil for Happiness (or whatever you want!)

Layer however you like and seal with light blue or white wax! Bless accordingly.

Blessed Be! ☆

A Short History of Thieve’s Oil ⚗️

Originally posted by chillachins

Four thieves were brought to court during the Bubonic Plague, or “Black Death.” They were convicted of robbing the infected dead bodies of those who had passed from the plague.

They were not in the least bit sick, and were offered a shortened sentence if they would explain just how they had survived this long after being surrounded by the infected dead.

The four thieves explained their knowledge of herbalism and the medicinal properties of the herbs they had used to stay healthy.

It is said by some that the herbs were put in a vinegar solution and others say they were stuffed in the doctor masks they wore.

In the 1990s it was discovered that thieves oil has 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria and has extreme antibacterial properties.


Originally posted by pnkemoji

So here is the recipe that I use for thieves oil:

  • 40 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 35 drops lavender essential oil
  • 25 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 15 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil


Diffuse in your home or put a few drops in a roller bottle topped with a carrier oil to help fight against infection!!!

Stardust Powder Variants ✨

Based on my original recipe for Stardust Powder, here is a list of 26 variants based on intent! (this is a long list, so click “keep reading” for the rest.)

Banishing/Binding Stardust
Herbs: Basil, black pepper, black salt, cayenne pepper, chamomile, garlic, juniper berry, onion, rosemary, sage, sea salt, thyme 
Essential oils: Basil, chamomile, clove, juniper berry, sage, thyme
Glitter color: Black
Associated constellation: Aries, Gemini

Cleansing Stardust
Herbs: Garlic, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, sea salt, thyme
Essential oils: Cedar, lemon, lavender, lime, sandalwood, sage
Glitter color: White
Associated constellation: Aquarius, Canis Minor, Lynx, Ursa Minor

Confidence/Courage Stardust
Herbs: Allspice, basil, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, sunflower, thyme
Essential oils: Grapefruit, neroli, nutmeg
Glitter color: Red
Associated constellation: Hercules, Leo, Orion

Creativity Stardust
Herbs: Lavender, lemon verbena, orange, rosemary, tangerine, valerian
Essential oils: Orange, tangerine
Glitter color: Yellow
Associated constellation: Boötes, Cancer, Hercules, Monoceros, Pisces, Scorpius

Cursing Stardust (see also: Baneful Stardust Powder)
Herbs: Black salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, clove, dragon’s blood, onion, patchouli, wormwood
Essential oils: Clove, lemon, lime, patchouli
Glitter color: Black, red
Associated constellation: Canis Major, Capricornus, Cygnus, Grus, Lyra, Scorpio

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Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880)
“A Gorge In The Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)” (1862)
Oip on canvas
Hudson River School
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

From 1845 until his death in 1880, Gifford chose Kauterskill Clove in the Catskill Mountains as one of his favorite subjects. The view depicted is from the east, looking west to Haine’s Falls at the head of the clove.

Unfortunate Events Pasta Puttanesca


Yields 2-4 servings

The things you’ll need

Ingredients

Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and well smashed
  • 2/3 cup strained tomatoes (or tomato paste)
  • ¼ cup pitted black olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped anchovies
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 2-4 sprigs of fresh basil to garnish
Pasta
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
Equipment
  • Large pot
  • Large sauté pan
  • Tongs
  • Rubber spatula
  • Pasta maker and cutter
  • Food processor
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Bench flour
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment
  • Clean towel for resting pasta

Let’s get started!

Sauce
  1. Heat olive oil in a large sautè pan over medium heat and sautè the garlic.
  2. Add tomatoes and lower heat slightly.
  3. Add olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, anchovies (optional), and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
Pasta
  1. Pulse flour and salt in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Make three small holes in the flour mixture and crack an egg into each well.
  3. Pulse the mixture until it starts to form pebbles and then drizzle in olive oil.
  4. Add water while pulsing until dough starts to come together.
  5. Remove dough from machine and knead a few times until smooth.
  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut the dough into fours, and roll each quarter through the pasta maker starting with the largest roller. Roll it through each number 2 to 3 times before making the number smaller.
  8. Roll the sheet through the pasta cutter attachment to create fettuccini.
  9. Toss the noodles in flour and let dry under a towel for about an hour.
  10. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt and cook pasta for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from water immediately and serve with sauce.
  11. Top with chopped parsley and basil.
  12. TaDa! Here’s a savory dish that the Baudelaire children would be proud to serve up!

tvlovestransformers  asked:

My betta Paintbrush has Dropsy. What's the kindest way to end his pain? I see so many different methods, which is the best?

I’m so sorry I took so long to get to this question. The same day you sent it, I found out my boy Bucket had dropsy and I didn’t have it in me to write out the process or take pics for a guide. :c

But, I’ll write it now. Deciding to euthanize a fish is always hard, and never feels good. The description of the euthanasia/techniques below may be upsetting to some so it’s going under a read more.

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DIY witch’s herbal remedy medicine cabinet must haves

Whether you’re a witch thats into their herbs or a person who prefers CHEAP and natural remedies, this DIY is for you

Here’s what this post will teach you to make:
Echinacea tincture
Plantain – Apple Cider Vinegar Tincture for acne
Healing salve
Chest rub
Arnica salve
Digestive Tea
Throat lozenges
Air purifying spray

OK LETS GET STARTED

1.Echinacea tincture

You will need:

-Dried Echinacea
-Glycerin 
-large canning jar

Method:

Pour glycerin over echinacea  until it almost reaches the top of the jar. Place lids on these jars and leave for 3 weeks, shaking jar occasionally. After three weeks have past, strain out the herbs. You now have tinctures!

2. PLANTAIN-ACV ACNE TREATMENT

You will need:

Dried Plantain
Apple cider vinegar

Method:

Pour apple cider vinegar over plantain. Close with lid and leave for 4-6 weeks. Strain out the herbs. Use to this tincture on acne on the face or back of arms. If too strong, dilute with a little distilled water.

3. HEALING SALVE

What you will need:

½ cup Olive oil
1/3 cup dried plantain
½ ounce beeswax
a container that can hold ½ cup of salve (or multiple containers)

Method:

-Turn on the oven to 300 degrees. While it warms up, place the jar with plantain/oil into a loaf pan or casserole dish. Add water to the bottom of the pan so it comes up the sides of the jars (about an inch or so).

-Once oven is preheated, place this dish with the jars and water in it, into the oven. Turn OFF the oven. Leave for 3 hours.

-After the three hours for the oil is up, take pan out of the oven and let cool briefly. Strain out the arnica and plantain. In double boiler, place the plantain infused oil. Add ½ ounce of beeswax. Warm over low heat until the beeswax melts. Once the beeswax is completely melted, turn off heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then pour into clean a clean jar (or jars).

-Allow to cool completely before adding the lid.
Salve will keep for up to a year.

4. CHEST RUB

You will need:

½ cup olive oil
¼ ounce dried plantain leaves or dried mullein (optional)
¼ ounce beeswax
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
4 ounce jar (needs to hold ½ cup)

Method:

-On the stove top place a small pan with a heavy bottom. Add 1/3 cup of plantain and ½ cup oil. Warm over the lowest heat possible. Only needs to warm for about 20 minutes. So set a timer and keep on eye on this!  

-Pour the cooled plantain/oil mixture through a cheesecloth and strain out the herbs.

-Place this infused oil back into the pan along with the ¼ ounce of beeswax. Melt over very low heat. Cool slightly and add the essential oils and vitamin E. Stir to distribute evenly.Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool.

-Once completely cool, add the lid and label. This homemade chest rub can be kept for one year at room temperature

5. ARNICA SALVE (soothes bruises, aches, and pains)

What you need:

dried Arnica, .1 ounces
4 ½  ounces grapeseed or olive oil
½ ounce beeswax
canning jar
optional: peppermint essential oil

Method:

Pour oil over arnica flowers in a jar.
Turn on the oven to 300 degrees. While it warms up, place the jars with arnica flowers/oil into a loaf pan or casserole dish. Add water to the bottom of the pan so it comes up the sides of the jars (about an inch or so).

Once oven is preheated, place this dish with the jars and water in it, into the oven. Turn OFF the oven. Leave for 3 hours.

Place arnica infused oil in top of double boiler, add ½ ounce beeswax (this will make a slave consistency. If you want this to be more like a balm, add extra beeswax – this will make it thicker and firmer).
Warm over medium heat until beeswax is melted.
Remove from heat, add 10 drops peppermint essential oil, if desired.
Pour into jar and allow to cool completely before closing with lid.
Note: Arnica salve should be not be used on skin that is broken, or on open wounds. It is intended for use on bruises, bumps, sprains, and aches.

6. Digestive Tea

What you need:

3 ounces dried spearmint leaves
10.5 grams dried licorice root (not ground, but in small chunks)
jar to store tea

Method:

Add  digestive tea ingredients (licorice root and spearmint) to a jar. Label and store. (May wish to add to label that 1 tablespoon per cup should be used when brewing the tea.)

7. Throat Lozenges

What you need:

¼-½ cup honey
1 T ground licorice root
¼ cup slippery elm

Method:

Place slippery elm into a bowl and add a few tablespoons of the honey. Stir to combine and add more honey until the consistency resembles playdoh.
(During this time, the plantain/oil mixture on the stove top should be ready to turn off. Remove from heat and allow to cool).
Use approximately 1/8 inch of the ‘playdoh’ mixture to roll a small ball to create a lozenge. Roll this ball in ground licorice root and place lozenge on parchment paper. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
Let air dry to harden.

8. Air Purifying Spray

What you need:

Sweet Orange essential oil, 12 drops
Lemon Essential oil, 12 drops
Clove bud essential oil, 10 drops
½ ounce vodka
½ ounce distilled water
spray bottle that will hold 1 ounce

Method:

Mix 1 ½ ounce vodka and 1 ½ ounce distilled water in a measuring cup with a spout.
Add 10 drops clove bud essential oil and 12 drops sweet orange essential oil and 12 drops lemon essential oil.
Use to purify the air and to clean door knobs, counter tops, anywhere germs may hide.


That is it for your herbal remedy cabinet must haves! 

Happy witching x

~ @indigo-amethyst

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Samhain candle🕯🎃
An offering candle to spirits, ancestors and a candle to awaken your own spirit. It’s dressed with rosemary, mint, and black salt and it smells like a forest in autumn. The oils I used were rosemary, cinnamon, patchouli, cederwood, black pepper and clove(all the oils I used correspond with spirits and spirit work)

Let me tell you some awesome shit about clove oil ~

Not only are cloves a natural antibacterial and anaesthetic they are also great to use in spells to attract good luck and prosperity, to keep friends close, and to help stop malicious gossip.

So here is a simple little spell to encourage people to like you and think you are an amazing person. This is perfect for job interviews or if you’re going to a friend’s party and you won’t know a lot of other people there (like I did last night 😏)

So I have knee-high black leather boots. Before leaving the house I got some black boot polish and a rag. I put five drops of clove oil on the rag and then started polishing the boots. As I polished I visualised myself being able to talk to other people at the party with ease. I visualised my friends having a good time and people saying nice things about me.

And guess what. This shit worked like a fucking charm ✨

Clove oil. Use it. It’s great.

I think we’ve all had enough of the many amrev RPFs that describe guys as smelling like smoke and gunpowder and whatever other boring manly scent. So in an extension of that post about wigs and hair powder, I thought I’d write something brief about pomatum. At the Colonial Williamsburg wigmaker, @azulaludgate, @runawayforthesummer and I sniffed two different types of pomatum: one made from pig’s fat, the other from sheep’s. As has been pointed out, pomatum is heavily scented with things like jasmine, roses, nutmeg, clove oil, lemon, etc. 

From what I can recall, the sheep’s fat pomatum contained white wine, apples, and jasmine, among other things, and smelled pretty much like a really nice candle. The pig’s fat one had a warmer, spiced scent to it. I can’t say for certain what the combined smell of unwashed hair, pomatum, and powder would be like, but it’s worth bearing in mind that most people’s hair adjusts pretty quickly if they stop washing it with shampoo.

I know the popular wisdom is that people in the 18th-century reeked and used perfume to cover up their horrible odors, but as was explained in the original wigs post, pomatum served a purpose beyond masking one’s scent, so I wouldn’t go ahead and assume that everyone’s hair smelled terrible. The pomatum is also not an overwhelming scent, it’s relatively subdued. Also! Most of the descriptions of pomatum/pomade that you’ll find online will bring you to posts about women’s hair, but make no mistake: men were using this scented pomatum as well, though I’m not sure if the scents were ever gendered (somehow I doubt it).

tl;dr Writers of amrev RPF, especially writers of romantic stories (*cough*lams*cough*) might want to consider incorporating some of the more pleasant scents of the 18th-century into their writing, and admit to themselves that a lot of these guys just smelled like your grandma’s house. 

Reasons why shoes are important to city witches

- you cant really be barefoot in a city
- shoes connect us to roads and the earth
- roads/sidewalks are super important to cities
- fashion is very magical in cities

Shoe Blessing Spell (best done when shoes are new)
- Find a protective oil you like (I used 3 drops clove oil in one tablespoon carrier oil.)
- Use a qtip to apply the oil in the shape of a protective symbol to the heel or sole of your shoe. (I used a pentagram.)
- If you are able to dance, go dancing in your shoes!
- If you are not able to dance, go to a celebration of your choice. Brag about your shoes.

Creativity boost spell.

Have you ever suffered from “artistic blank space”? I had. I can’t stand this horrible situation when you wanna create, and nothing comes clear in your mind.
So, I give you my little witchy tricks to help me with this issue:

You’ll need:
🌟 Something related to your “art” (a pen, a brush, some partitures, a sculp tool…)
🌟 2tbsp of Beeswax
🌟 1 tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil.
🌟 3 drops of clove essential oil
🌟 3grains of myrrh
🌟 Mortar and pestle
🌟 A jasper pebble (can be substituted by an amethyst, citrine or clear quartz)

➡️Ground the myrrh with the mortar and pestle.
➡️Melt carefully the beeswax, pour the oils and stir for a minute.
➡️Add the myrrh and mix it gently.
➡️ Pour your mix in a little jar and place your pebble.
➡️Once cooled down, spread a bit in your tool using your finger. You can design a sigil with this purpose and draw it with this mix.

Affirmation ideas for your sigil:
“I am able to write/draw/compose fluently” “Ideas come easily to my mind” “I am happy with the result of my effort” “My art is well recieved” “I create beautiful pictures”

Return to Sender 💌

a spell which repels the curses, intents, and actions back to the sender

💌 gather: oil and storm water, jars, salt, a cloth sachet and cloves.

💌 place cloves in the sachet, add bag to jar and fill partially with oil.

💌 let the cloves infuse with the oil overnight.

💌 dissolve the salt in the water.

💌combine the clove oil and salt water in a jar, seal with wax.

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~* Final Exam Spell *~

- High John the Conqueror Root
- Luck candle (green candle, almond oil, peppermint, and bay leaf with petition)
- Exam success candle (yellow candle, almond oil, lavender, marigold, basil, bay leaf, dill, rosemary, and sage)
- Studying motivation candle (yellow candle, almond oil, sandalwood oil, vetiver oil, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary)
- Calm down candle (white candle, almond oil, pine oil, lavender, and chamomile)
- Sodalite
- Tiger’s Eye
- Flourite
- Clear quartz
- Amythest
- 4 “Ace” playing cards (for straight As)

Bealtaine Recipies

Breakfast Ideas -

Irish Porridge with Berry Compote -

(from Irish Cooking by Publications International Ltd.)

This recipe is great with whatever berries are in season near you. I like to use the honey instead of sugar to represent the fruits of our labor as well as the honey the bees make after pollinated the food. Its a very sun representative food to me as well.

Ingredients -  

  • 4 cups plus 1 TBLS divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup half and half ( or cream or dairy substitute)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar or molasses
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 6 oz fresh blueberries
  • 6 oz fresh blackberries
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar or honey

Steps

  1. Boil the water with a pinch of salt, then sprinkle in the oats and cinnamon and nutmeg as its boiling. Stir until it begins to thicken, then reduce to simmer for 35-40 min. Add in the cream/non-dairy and molasses/brown sugar.
  2. Combine berries and water in small sauce pan, add in sugar or molasses. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Cook 8 - 9 min or until tender and the berries still hold their shape.
  3. Decide porridge among 4 bowls and top with the berry compote.

Honey Scones - 

Sounds delicious and from the same book as above. Great for Imbolc as well.

Ingredients - 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 TBLS brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 TBLS baking powder
  • 6 TBLS butter, melted
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 TBLS granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While heating line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the oats. Whisk the milk, cream, melted butter and egg in a separate bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry until the dough just comes together.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and pat dough into a ¾ in thick circle. Cut the circle into eight triangles.
  4. Arrange triangles onto the baking sheet and bake for 12 - 15 min or until golden brown. Let cool 15 and serve warm, with butter and honey.

Feast Dishes -

Sides - 

 Here are some side dishes that I thought up or read for your feast. These will be in less recipe format then the ones above.

Savory Strawberry Salad -

Ingredients

  • ½ purple onion
  • 1 container strawberries, rinsed and sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 6 - 8 roma tomatoes sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 TBLS balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste
  1. Slice onions into ¼ inch quarter rings. Add to a non-reactive bowl. Add the strawberries and tomatoes.
  2. Add balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Place into the fridge overnight, or the freezer for 1 hour. 
  4. Remove the bowl and let come to room temperature. Serve.

Spring Salad Mix -

Add a fresh made dressing to a bag of salad mix! 

Try these -

  • honey, lime, oilive oil and dill
  • raspberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper
  • rice wine vinegar, cilantro, lime, and canola oil
  • lemon, dijon mustard, clove of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper

Simple Sides -

  • Irish Cheddar and fresh fruit
  • Colcannon
  • Fire Roasted Corn on the cob
  • Fire Roasted Bell Peppers dipped into a creamy dressing (Ranch)
  • Carrots and Celery dipped into hummus
  • Local fresh produce, raw and ready to eat!
  • Red cabbage and sliced apple slaw

Main Course -

  • The main dish should be something that reflects the season, and your celebration. If you are having a bon fire, hot dogs, sausages and other food roasted over the fire are appropriate. 
  • Or fire up the barbecue and grill up some some meat! Carne asada, which is a popular summer meat to grill in SoCal, it is marinated strip steak in lime and other seasonings, and great for this holiday. Also try lime and tequila marinated chicken, grilled salmon, or hamburgers. 
  • Not going to be outside? Try roasting or broiling in the oven. A good beef roast is great, or maybe some broiled fish.
  • Vegatarian? try boca burgers, or other veggie burgers, grilled portabellos with cheese on top, or some seasonal veggies on the grill! I love roasted zucchini on the barbecue or in the broiler.
  • Do what is good to you and appropriate for your diet/nutritional needs and what is in season. Just because the ancient Irish folk ate something at this holiday, it doesn’t mean we can’t eat what we have available or even the modern equivalent of it!

Drinks - 

  • Gewurztraminer with Elderberry Syrup and fresh strawberries and blackberries
  • May Wine - ½ cup of dried sweet woodruff leaves, 1 bottle of Riesling wine, 1 bottle of Sekt (German sparkling wine) or champagne, ¾ cups organic strawberries, chopped. And a pinch of fresh sweet woodruff flowers for garnish
  • Meyer Lemonade infused with lavender and mint
  • Fresh brewed floral tea, such as chamomile, with honey or infused 3 flower sugar, from my other post.

Desserts - I am going to make a whole separate post for Bealtaine desserts!

I hope you enjoyed my post on the foods and recipes I put together for this year’s Beltane!

Potage le Magnifique

Requested months and months ago by @fullmooninthenightsky thanks so much for your patience!

While I love (dare I say idolise) The Gourmet, one thing that has always been a bit lacking to me is the Potage le Magnifique. Tasty enough, but so very lacking in its potential. Here is my take on this simple but delicious vegetable soup that’s perfect for cold winters! Note: the broth can be substituted with vegetable broth if you’d like a tasty vegan version of this recipe!

You will need:
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
¼ cup white wine
½ cup plain flour
100g butter or olive oil
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 red onions, chopped
1 large leek, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:
In a pot, melt the butter and fry the leeks on medium heat until softened slightly. Add the onions and garlic and fry until browned. Pour in the wine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring now and then.

Add the potatoes, carrots, water, and broth. Slowly sift in the flour while stirring continuously, to make sure it doesn’t clump. Add the herbs, salt and pepper, and simmer on low heat while covered for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots have softened.

Remove the bay leaf and pour the soup into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and serve hot.

Simple Protection Oil

This is just the recipe I used and created for my protection oil that has proved to be very effective

1. Cinnamon sticks

2. Bay Leaves

3. Basil

4. Black Pepper

5. Coconut Oil

6. Clove essential oil or whole cloves

I use Coconut oil as a carrier oil for this recipe because of the hard shell of a coconut and to me that conveys protection but you can use any carrier oil you like. Usually, I use grape seed for many of my other recipes.