cool dry place

Venusian Self-Love Spell ❤

Originally posted by moonstruckgirluniverse

This spell is designed to promote self-love and banish self-loathing thoughts and feelings. 

Ingredients & Items: 

  • Venusian herbs (dried rose petals, lavender, & thyme)
  • Jasmine & Lavender essential oil
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Carrier oil (grapeseed is good because it’s light and moisturizing) 
  • Epsom salts, kosher salt, & baking soda (optional)
  • Optional, depending on how you want to contain this spell: 
    • Roll on perfume bottle
    • Sachet (organza or mesh bag)
    • Glass jar


  1. For a roll-on perfume:
    1. Add a pinch of each herb and flower to the container
    2. Add an even smaller pinch of the Himalayan pink salt
    3. Add 10 drops of each essential oil for a total of 20 drops
    4. Top off the bottle with your carrier oil 
    5. Seal and shake well
    6. When you need a boost of self-love, draw the symbol of Venus on the inside of your wrist with the roll-on bottle
    7. Store in a cool, dry place 
  2. For a single-use bath sachet: 
    1. Add a teaspoon of your herbs and flowers
    2. Add two teaspoons of Himalayan pink salt
    3. Fill the rest of the sachet with epsom salt
    4. Add 10 drops of each essential oil for a total of 20 drops
    5. Add 1 tablespoon of your carrier oil
    6. Tie the strings of the sachet in a bow, and seal with a kiss
    7. Soak under running water and let it float freely in a moisturizing ritual bath dedicated to yourself
  3. For a jar of bath salts:
    1. Combine the following ingredients in a sealable glass jar
      1. 1 to 2 cups of epsom salt
      2. ½ to 1 cup of kosher salt
      3. ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda
      4. 20 to 30 drops of essential oil
      5. 2 to 4 tablespoons of your carrier oil 
      6. 1 to 2 tablespoons of your herbs and flowers
    2. Draw the symbol of Venus on the lid of the jar
    3. Store in a cool, dry place
    4. Add ¼ or ½ a cup to your bath to promote self-love
Happy Oil

With the weather being so nasty here on the east coast and winter dragging on it’s an easy time to get a little down in the mouth. That’s why I came up with this fairly simple oil to help promote happiness and remove negativity.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 part dried hawthorn
  • 1 part dried Calendula
  • ½ part orange zest
  • ½ part lemon zest
  • 5 parts sweet almond oil
  • Dark colored glass container
  • Clear or light colored glass container

How It’s Done:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a clear or light colored glass container, making sure that there is enough room at the top to shake later, and stir thoroughly. Close the container up tightly.
  2. Place the mixture on a windowsill with a decent amount of light and allow it to sit for at least a day (two to three preferably) to infuse. Be sure to shake the container thoroughly at least twice a day.
  3. After being allowed to set move the mixture to a dark colored glass container (you can use a piece of cheese cloth to strain the mixture if you would like but it’s not entirely necessary).
  4. To use get a little of the oil on your fingers and place it on your temples, the sides of your neck, the insides of your wrists, and just below your nose. Then take a deep breath and say “Happy, happy, happy me. Happy, happy as can be.” repeat if necessary. (Note: the words here are a bit silly on purpose, if you find yourself laughing while saying them it’s a good thing!)
  5. Store in a cool, dry, place when not in use and check routinely to ensure viability.

(Warnings: Always research any herb before using or ingesting it.  Lemon and orange can cause skin irritation in some people so an allergy test is strongly recommended for this mix before full use. People who have allergies to ragweed should also avoid or be careful with this mixture.)

4 Sage Smudging Alternatives

It’s no secret that that modern day Witch loves sage. Cleansing is a part of the everyday craft and there really is no working around it. But what if you don’t have access to sage, Or you don’t want to drop $10 or more each time, What could you use, You ask? 

Here is a list of my top 4 sage alternatives! (Which are pretty easy to come by) 

1. Juniper:  This bush makes an incredible smudge for deep, heavy cleanings. This would be perfect to use to completely cleanse a area of all energy’s. Good and bad. And because of its thorns, It creates a protective barrier when burned.

2. Cedar: Cedar is used to clear a space of all energy’s, But focuses more on Evil, And negative spirits, And all aspects of protection. You would use this if you where, Lets say moving into a new apartment, And wanted to completely eliminate all traces of the previous renter. 

3. Rosemary: You would use this herb to cleanse a congested space, and bless a home. The rosemary smoke also doubles as a love promoting energy so its great for troublesome couples, and friendships. 

4. Lavender: This herb would be used to cleanse a a space, and leave a clean slate which promotes peace, tranquility, and a stress free zone. Ideal for stressful homes, or just a bad day. 

To make them, Harvest your herbs the way you normally would (fresh) and bundle them up together neatly. Tie them together nice and tight, and hang them to dry for at least 2 weeks in a cool, dry place. Once they’re nice and crisp they are good to go! 

Quick Disclaimer, Because I always get hate mail on the topic of Smudging. I am not per say a Native American. I am Aztec Indian. I belong to no tribe, Or reservation. I am just a Witch. I have spoken to Native Americans here on Tumblr, and have the good ol seal of approval to talk about, share, and use these practices. 

Many Blessings! 

Apothecary Lesson #1: Herbal Salve

     Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Hello everybody, my name is Davide, and today, I’m going to teach you guys how to make a salve. Basically, a salve is an oil and wax mixture that people can use for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from dry skin to muscle rubs. They’re easy to make, if you’re patient, and their variability makes for endless possibilities. Just as a warning though, this will take a goddamn long time to make, and for you to read, so I suggest getting some tea and snackilackage before starting to read. Got it? Good, ¡vamos!

Part One: The Oil

     A key component of your salve is the oil, or more specifically, the herbs in said oil. There’s a plethora of different oils you could in your salve, but for this recipe, we’re using olive oil because it’s fairly hardy and difficult to burn. When it comes to what you should or could put in your oil, there’s waaaaaay too many things for me to mention, so I’ll give a basic rundown: 

  • Mint, Anise, Cinnamon, and Comfrey are good for muscle rubs
  • Calendula, Chamomile, Aloe, and Tea Tree Oil are good for skin
  • Ginger and Turmeric are good as arthritis pain relievers
  • Echinacea, Eucalyptus, and Hibiscus are antibacterial and are good for minor scrapes, cuts and bruises

Now that you’ve got an idea of some herbs to use, let’s get to how to make your oil 


  • 12 oz. Olive oil
  • 3-4 oz. dried and/or ground herbs


  • Double-boiler set up (can be a double-boiler, or a glass container in a saucepan filled with about 1″ of water) 
  • dark-tinted jar w/ label for holding your finished oil


  1. Into your double-boiler (the part without the water…duh), pour in your olive oil and herbs. 
  2. Set your stove/heating receptacle to low heat, placing double-boiler on heat. 
  3. Infuse oils for 1-2 hours (one hour for minimum infusion amount, two hours for maximum infusion amount before oil goes rancid) 
  4. Once oil is done, pour into your dark-tinted jar, and label accordingly
  5. Voila! You have yourself some bonafide herbal oil for the next part of your salve!

Part Two: The Salve

     Alright, now we’re getting to the good stuff–the salve. For this, you’re going to need 2 ingredients (three ingredients is optional, four is overkill): beeswax and your herbal oil. Without further ado, let’s get this over with! :D 


  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 8 oz. Herbal Oil 
  • *Optional*: ¼ tsp. essential oil
  • *Optional*: the tears and/or blood of your enemies


  • Double-boiler system
  • Containers to hold your salve (the total amount of salve being made is approximately 9 oz., so for the containers, try to prioritize. Like, if you want three different jars of salves, use three 3 oz. jars. Math n’ shit)


  1. Set your stove to medium-low heat
  2. Into your double-boiler, melt your wax
  3. Once the wax has melted–it’s imperative that your wax has to be completely melted before adding the oil–add your herbal oil. 
  4. Stir fully (it’s not weird to see the wax immediately harden once you add the herbal oil, so wait until it fully re-melts)
  5. Once salve is all liquid, pour into your container(s). Do not cover your containers before they harden.
  6. Once salve has cooled at room temperature, it’s ready to use! Store in a cool, dry place. Apply to problem areas, or just lather it all over your body and have really weird sex (You do you boo boo)

Thanks for reading you guys! I’d enjoy a reblog, a reshare, or if you hated it, a strongly worded message to me and probably a few images of you flipping the bird. Have an amazing day/afternoon/night/time-between-night-and-morning


i did a thing today, so i thought i’d share!! (spoiler: the thing was i dehydrated some lilacs from our bush for cooking!!)


1) pick some lilacs (lavender, sunflowers, clover, dandelion, rose, chamomile, etc etc are also edible!!)

2) rise, and let dry. i didn’t let mine dry completely bc i’m an impatient lil bee, but you can pay them dry as well

3) pluck all the flowers off aka keep an eye out for green!! you just want the yummy lil purple in there**

4a) i own a dehydrator thanks to my lovely parents, so i followed its directions for drying herbs - laid on trays, closed, checked back in 20+ minutes until done

4b) if you don’t on a dehydrator, you can still do this!! the methods i’ve seen involve setting your oven to its lowest temperature, then baking for an hour+. takes a bit longer, and i recommend doing research before jumping in as i’ve never done myself, but it works! c:

5) remove newly dried flowers and place them in an air tight container, that isn’t wet. i washed my jar the day before and let it air dry completely before storing!!

6) store in a cool, dry place

** when doing this, i recommend popping a squat with a bowl. it takes a while to do this, so save your back!! plus, having a bowl right in front you helps with sorting etc

recipes: personally, i’ll be making a vanilla cake w lilac frosting. you can also use in teas, oatmeal, cookies, yogurts, etc and look up specific recipes!! lilac is said to have a lemony taste, and that’s the idea i got from it when trying it as well!!

my personal correspondence with lilac is home and happiness, contentedness. the overall correspondence is love and beauty, exorcism, protection.

happy cooking, and blessed be 🍃

update: double check flowers to make sure they haven’t been treated with pesticides or anything harmful. i use the bush we’ve grown ourselves to be sure i’m avoiding this, if not ask your florist or buy organic!!
Dandelion Salve For Sore Muscles

½ cup of Dandelion oil
2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
10 drops of marjoram essential oil
10 drops of white fir essential oil

(you can omit or substitute for the essential oils, they do not have to be included)

Gently heat the dandelion oil and beeswax in an oven-safe bowl or cup in a small saucepan filled with water and stir in the bowl or cup, Stir over low heat until the beeswax is fully melted.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for several minutes, then add the essential oils (if you WANT to use them, you don’t have to). Pour in small glass jars or tins and allow to set for several hours.

Store in a cool, dry place and rub on joints or muscles when needed.

  • IMPORTANT: Only pick dandelions in an area you know has not been sprayed with herbicides.
  • The Marjoram and White fir oils can be substituted, (with other oils like lavender or peppermint) or not used at all. Marjoram and White fir were used because of their well known ability to soothe muscles and joints.
  • For firmer salve, slightly increase the amount of beeswax used, for softer salve, decrease the amount of beeswax used. 

Recipe Made by Jill Winger

Witch Tip: Storing Herbs

Storing Herbs in jars will trap moisture and eventually lead to the molding of the herbs inside. 

Store herbs in breathable bags and keep them in a cool, dark, and dry place. Herbs inside of jars will only be good for a maximum of a month, depending on the herb. Some will develop mold after only a few days, depending on climate. 
My daily face routine!

Keeping your face clean is very important if you want your blackheads to disappear or to prevent pimples from popping up now and then. A clean face is also crucial if you want your makeup to look neat and fresh. Flaky skin appear even more flaky if you put foundation over it. That’s why you should wash your face every day to get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities! I only use items that are locally produced (if possible) an only items that you can find in any grocery store or pharmacy!

In the morning!

1. Cleanser. To clean my face, I use crystallized honey. One tablespoon is more than enough! The honey I use is rather thick, so I always wet my face with water before I rub it on my skin. But why honey then? Honey is naturally antibacterial, which helps to reduce and prevent skin problems. It’s important to use a honey that has sugar crystals, because the sugar acts as an exfoliator to help remove impurities. Honey opens up the pores, which makes it easier for the crystals to do its job. It’s also full of antioxidants which slows down the aging process. Further benefits to clean your face with honey is that it moisturizes, leaves the face radiant and smelling great!

2. Toner. The reason to use a toner is to balance the pH level of your skin, which gives the skin a more smooth appearance. It also removes any further impurities, and reduces the size of pores. I have my own special toner recipe that does wonders to the skin:

  • ½ of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ of rosemary water

Boil a half of a deciliter/a fourth of a cup of water and add about a teaspoon of dried rosemary. Let it soak for 30 minutes and then filter the water into a bottle. Then add the same amount of vinegar. Store the bottle in a dry, cool place. The toner needs to be replaced after some time, or else it goes bad.

Both rosemary and apple cider vinegar reduces redness, prevents aging and does wonders for acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to test the toner on the inside of your forearm before applying it to your face, so your face doesn’t swell up and explodes in an allergic reaction. Don’t worry about the smell of the vinegar, it disappears when it’s dried.

3. Moisturizer. Almond oil makes anyone’s skin as soft as a baby’s tushie. It’s packed with vitamins such as vitamin A, B, D and E which gives your skin that healthy glow. You might think that oils are only suitable for people with dry skin. But think again. Almond oil works for any skin type, even sensitive skin(with some exceptions of course. No product is bullet-proof. Don’t use this if you’re allergic to nuts!!!), because it doesn’t clog up the pores! It prevents aging, calms irritated skin, reduces dark circles and evens out the skin tone. I use 2-3 drops of the oil every morning, let it sit on my face while I eat breakfast and then just dab off any excess oil (usually not necessary!) before applying makeup. Oh, and don’t fear walking around smelling like marzipan (although marzipan smells great in my opinion), because it’s nearly scent-free!

In the evening!

1. Makeup remover. Almond oil
dissolves even waterproof mascara and is great for the eyelashes! Apply a generous amount on your face, start working it in around the eyes at first. The continue with your face, massaging for a couple of minutes before wiping it off with a paper towel. Rinse with lukewarm water.

2. Cleanser. Again, use your crystallized honey. Or make a facial scrub, what you’ll need is:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal
  • a few drops of water

Mix it all together and scrub away! I use this scrub 1 to 2 times every week to remove any stubborn skin cells and filth. It’s the “facial spring-cleaning”!

Oatmeal is the wonder-child of cereals. It redeems any type of skin problem, it treats dry, oily, itchy and even aging skin! Love oatmeal, and it shall love you back!

3. Toner. Use the Apple cider vinegar-rosemary toner again. Radiant face? Cheeeeck!

4. Moisturizer. Apply a few drops of almond oil onto your face and neck again, and if you have dark circles, massage an extra drop of oil around your eyes every night before bed. Almond oil has lightening properties, so give this a couple of weeks, and you’re almost guaranteed to see a difference!

5. Pimple fighter. A dab of tea tree oil with a cotton swab on each red little sucker will make them squeal in agony and disappear off of your face faster than you can say synchronous diaphragmatic flutter. But be careful if you’ve never used it before, because it’s very strong and can cause allergic reactions etc. So try a teeny tiny drop of the oil on the inside of your forearm before you put it on your face. And don’t eat it. Because you’re not supposed to. And if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, avoid using this.

So why should you use food instead of skin products in the hygiene section? 1. It’s much cheaper and lasts longer. I bought a new bottle of almond oil for about £7 in October, and it’s 2/3 full. 2. It’s nicer on the environment. No chemicals! 3. It’s nicer to you. No more rubbing chemicals on your delicate skin! Hope this helped you, and please, ask me if you have questions!

Ækáti Incense

To be burnt as offering to the Mistress of the Crossroads, the Keeper of the world’s keys.

3 tsp. Myrrh
1 tsp. Bay Laurel
1 tsp. Benzoin
1 tsp. Dittany of Crete
1 tsp. Frankincense
½ tsp. Alum
½ tsp. Henbane
½ tsp. Mandrake Root
5 drops Cypress Oil

Blend all dry ingredients, followed by the oil, and allow to rest for 6 months in a cool, dry place. To be burnt in a well ventilated area, as Henbane and Mandrake are psychoactive constituents.

DIY Lip and Cheek Tint

These are easy to make adorable lip/cheek tints. They make wonderful gifts or just a fun DIY for yourself.

Makes Approx. 18g


15ml (3tsp) sweet almond oil

1g (¼ tsp) shea butter

2g (½ tsp) beeswax white bp

4 - 5 drop of natural food colouring (pink/coral shades work best and just add more drops for a deeper shade).

Step 1

Weigh the sweet almond oil, she butter and beeswax into a heatproof jug. Place the jug in a pan of simmering water and heat until the beeswax is molten.

Step 2

When all the ingredients are fully melted, remove the jug from the pan and allow the mixture to cool a bit then add your desired amount of food colouring a drop at a time and stir in.

Step 3

While the mixture is still warm and liquid pour into little containers that have been steralized and are air tight. Once cool label, date and include ingredients.

How to apply

Apply with clean fingertips on lips or cheek bones.


Store in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. Will keep for 6 months.

Remember; patch test your ingredients first, try and but natural and organic when you can as they will likely be less irritating.

Thedas Cuisine Project: Dalish Smoked Gavulan

Gavulan is the Dalish word for trout. Trout is a main-staple fish for many Dalish clans, as it is a fish found in both fresh and salt water, and is therefore one of the most plentiful types of fish in Thedas.

Given that the Dalish are nomadic, the vast majority of their food staples are either preserved, of quickly made from whatever ingredients they can scrounge from their current campsite. 

While most Dalish clans will utilize this recipe with some form of trout, you can also use this recipe for salmon (shetelan in Elvhen), and really any other kinds of fish that you wish.


  • 1 whole fish, gutted and cleaned.
  • Enough wood for a long, slow burning fire to last 3 to 4 days (or a smoker if you’re doing this in modern times)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Handful of salt (about 1/3 to ½ cup)
  • Handful of sugar or honey (about 1/3 to ½ cup)
  • Handful of borage, parsley, or other similar green herb native to the area (which herb you use will have an effect on the final flavor of the fish)
  • 1 air-tight leather pouch (Or a zip lock bag if you live in the modern world)


In this recipe, the fish is brined before smoking. This does two things: First, it increases the preservation time of the final product. Secondly, it adds flavor, and also helps to form a skin on the outside of the fish that the flavor of the smoke will adhere to, thus resulting in the most flavor for the time invested. Without brining, this fish will last about 2 or 3 weeks, provided it’s stored correctly (such as wrapped and stored in the fridge or another similarly cold and dry place). With brining, this fish will last nearly 4 to 6 weeks (thus essentially doubling the preservation time). The reason for this, is that by brining the fish, you are eliminating bacteria and creating a very hostile environment for bacteria to dwell, thus vastly decreasing the risk that the fish will develop any bacteria further down the line. With smoking, you are removing oxygen and moisture, thus vastly decreasing the chance of any nasties like botulism. By doing both methods, you are essentially creating double protection. 

A note for modern uses: This recipe was used in medieval times for preservation, but does not meet the FDA standards for modern preservation. If you wish to actually use this to preserve fish, and not just get a tasty smoked fish, then please use this wet brine recipe instead of the dry brine:

2 quarts water
½ c salt
¼ c sugar
½ tsp pink curing salt #1 (sodium nitrite)


  1. Mix the salt, sugar, bay leaves and green herbs together. If you are using honey, make sure to form a completely uniform paste. This will work best if you slightly heat the honey first, thus making it more liquid and pliable.
  2. Spread the dry brine over the fish, making sure to completely cover both sides of the fish.
  3. Place the fish in an air-tight bag, or container, and leave in a cold, dry place for 12 to 24 hours.
  4. After 12 to 24, remove the fish from the container, and discard any liquid that has been pulled out of it. Gently rinse the fish off, making sure to rinse off most of the salt.
  5. Next, lay the fish on top of a rack next to a slowly burning fire, making sure that the rack is above the smoke, but not above the open flame (otherwise you will roast the fish, not smoke it). Gently smoke the fish for 3 to 4 days, making sure to turn the fish regularly, adding enough wood to the fire to keep it burning just enough to produce enough smoke to envelope the fish.
  6. If you are using a modern smoker, simply place the fish in the middle rack of your smoker. Cold smoke the fish for 2 to 3 hours, making sure that the temperature of your smoke does not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C). Then hot smoke the fish until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. 
  7. Once the fish has reached 180 degrees, allow the fish to smoke for an additional 30 minutes, and then remove from the smoker. Allow the fish to cool in a cold dry place (such as your fridge, or politely ask your Keeper to use an ice spell).

It is very important that you hot smoke the fish, because unless you have a smoker specifically designed for cold smoking, you will not be able to smoke at a temperature low enough to ward off bacterial growth. The reason that you would cold smoke the fish first, is so that you can get a nice full-bodied smoke flavor without overcooking the fish. If you do not wish to cold smoke the fish, or you simply don’t have the means, then you can simply just hot smoke the fish from the get-go until you reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees. You will simply not achieve as much of a smokey flavor as you would by cold smoking it first.

Lastly, while it is possible to cold smoke the fish entirely, without using hot smoke, please do not attempt this unless you have the assistance of a professional (or you are a professional). Cold smoking entirely can be very dangerous when done improperly. 

Properly smoked, your Dalish style smoked Gavulan will keep for about 3 weeks in a cold dry place, and for about 3 months in the freezer. For a traditional, but delicious meal, enjoy your smoked gavulan on a piece of dried flat bread, which has been spread generously with a thin smear of spiced halla cheese (or spiced goat cheese, if you aren’t blessed with access to halla). And of course, always remember to thank Andruil for helping you catch that fish in the first place.


how do you collect dew?

very, very patiently. since i’ve been getting this question a lot, i’m just going to make a post about it.

it’s not as easy as collecting rainwater, because it requires a lot more work than leaving a bowl out during a storm. first off, start with a jar or something with a wide brim, much wider than the one i used in the picture above. that way you have a lot of room to catch it, and it’ll be less likely to just roll down the outside edges. 

dew is easiest to collect from when it’s about to fall off (like the flower in the first picture) or when it puddles on the leaves (like in the fourth picture). however, those adorable, tiny balled up droplets, like on the leaves in the second picture, are usually nigh-impossible to actually get in the jar. 

Most of it I get from where it pools on leaves (hydrangea are very good for this). Put the tip of the leaf into the jar, and then tilt the leaf down, be careful not to disturb it, dew falls very easily. If you work from the top of the plant, the lower leaves catch a lot of the dew you drop or shake loose.

a little bit of science here: since water is what we call a “sticky” molecule, if you wet the inside of the jar and keep the outside dry, it’s more likely to go inside the jar. 

preservation of dew water:

i have not preserved any of my dew/rainwater, but i have added a few drops of bleach to my puddle and pondwater, because, ameobas, algae, fish pee, etc.

chemically, dew/rain is just water and trace atmospheric elements/pollution (so I’d say do not drink in large amounts regardless, but especially if you live in a pollution-heavy area, make sure to test the acidity of your rain before touching/handling it.) otherwise, they shouldn’t go bad, in theory. if you’re still worried about your dew not keeping/growing bacterial shit, filter it, maybe add a couple drops of diluted bleach (if you add bleach, do not drink your dew, for your safety concerns).

store in a dry, cool place, preferably out of direct sunlight, etc. fridge, freezer are okay too, if you really want to

that seems about it, if you have any more questions, lemme know. have fun collecting!


Adapted from “You Can Survive the Bomb” by Col. Mel Mawrence, Chief of Information Services, Illinois Civil Defense Office

Food and cooking: 

  1. Water (2-week supply, minimum of 7 gallons per person)
  2. Food (2-week supply)
  3. Cooking pans
  4. Eating utensils
  5. Paper plates, cups, and napkins (2-week supply)
  6. Measuring cup
  7. Openers for cans and bottles
  8. Pocket knife
  9. Special food for babies and the sick
  10. Nursing bottles 
  11. Pet food* 

*Most survival guides recommend not taking your pets with you into shelter. As your Block Warden, I say the hell with this because they’re family too and deserve to be treated as such.


  1. Covered cans for garbage (20 gallon) 
  2. Covered pail for toilet purposes
  3. Can for human waste (10 gallon) 
  4. Toilet tissue, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, clean rags, ordinary and waterless soap, detergents
  5. Grocery bags, newspapers for soil bags
  6. Disinfectants and insecticides, including household chlorine and bleach 
  7. Waterproof gloves


  1. Battery radio and spare batteries for 2-week operation
  2. Dosimeter for radiation measurement
  3. Flashlights, electric lantern, and spare batteries
  4. Matches
  5. Clock and calendar
  6. Clothing
  7. Bedding 
  8. A first aid kid and supplies
  9. Fire extinguisher
  10. Writing material
  11. Reading material
  12. Religious articles
  13. Screwdriver, pliers, and other household tools
  14. Games and toys for children
  15. Special medicines and equipment for the invalid and sick

More on Water and Air 

- All approved shelter designs provide vents or blowers to insure adequate air supply

- Three main hazards to air supply are:

  1. Fire - A blaze in the shelter area can burn out oxygen, causing suffocation
  2. Overcrowding - If a shelter is overcrowded, all persons should be cautioned to sit or lie quietly, except those with immediate tasks to perform. The less physical activity, the less air used
  3. Air contamination - Normally, fallout settles on the ground and does not blow around like dust. However, if you suspect fallout is in your air supply, you should wear a mask over the nose and mouth. Masks can be made of two or three layers of gauze or cotton handkerchiefs, secured to the face by tape or string

- The standard recommendation for water supply is 2 quarts per person, per day

- A two-week supply per person would be 7 gallons

- You should also store a jug of household chlorine bleach with water 

- Only drink water or other liquids that you know are safe 

- Sealed cans, glass jugs, fruit jars, quart bottles, and plastic containers are all useful for storing water

- Upon the first alert, fill all available containers with water, including bathtubs, sinks, buckets, pots, and glasses 

- If you have time afterwards, shut off the water service valve and the pilot light in a hot water tank

- It is not necessarily to boil water before storing it 

- With the exception of completely sealed and sanitized water, water should be changed every 90 days 

- There are 4 methods of water purification: 

  1. Boiling for 5-10 minutes
  2. 2 or 3 drops of iodine per quart of clear water, 8-10 drops for cloudy water. Let stand for 30 minutes after treating
  3. Purification tablets 
  4. Adding common household chlorine bleach (1 drop for 1 gallon of clear water, 3 drops for cloudy)

More on food 

- Rations should not interfere with conservation or water in the body

- A maximum of 7-8% of total calories should be protein

- Foods that induce thirst are not recommended 

- A minimum of 100 grams of carbohydrates is required

- A typical survival pack should contain:

  1. 5 vitamin tablets
  2. 8 oz. candy bars
  3. 12 oz. malted milk tablets
  4. malted cereals and full cream milk
  5. 8 oz. biscuits
  6. 2 oz. enriched tropical chocolate

- A list of standard foods which can provide one adult with 2,000 calories per day for two weeks: 

- Select foods that can store easily and be kept for months without refrigeration

- Select foods that require little or no cooking or preparation

- Foods in metal or glass cans with stay in good condition for 6 months or more if stored in a cool, dry place 

- If required, include special foods for infants, toddlers, invalids, or those on special diets 

- Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body; consider limiting quantities 

I love my house, but… Bolson kinda dropped the ball with the exterior, didn’t he. I guess the sign with my name is okay, and having a front door is definitely a plus, but these scraggly flowers and randomly-placed saplings aren’t doin’ it for me.

It’s time for some home improvement!

Improvement the first: Toolie!

Toolie is a great addition to any home. Highly recommended.
…..You can’t have her she’s mine.

It’s not much of a wood pile, but it’s a start. Not only is wood useful for small carpentry projects, creating fires to heat the bath water, and beating your children, but a big ol’ pile of wood lends a home a certain rustic charm.

This pond is nice enough, and everyone loves a water feature… but with just water lilies, not very lively or dynamic, is it?

With the addition of some Sanke Carp straight from Kakariko Village, it’s become a koi pond! They, uh, seem to be a little tired from the long journey.

A nice shady spot like this is a fantastic place for a small mushroom farm. Hmm? Are those vagrants still hanging around?

Speaking of shady spots, a cool, dry place, preferably with a roof, is a good place to store your kegs. Remember, pickle barrels go vertical, wine casks go on their sides. You wouldn’t want to tap a keg only to take a swig of pickling brine!



Welcome to my blog  LEARNTOMAKEUP

I’m Valeria and I’m happy that it’s finally Sunday☺

This time I’m posting a new DIY and it’s HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LIP SCRUB!

Have you ever heard about this popular brand LUSH? Well they sell handmade cosmetics like scrubs, soaps, creams and such. They have nice things but let’s be honest we all not have tons of money to spend on that we wish we had!

Maybe it’s not the money but not all the stores have international shipping and we can’t have those amazing scrubs.  

Well here is a DIY on how to make your lip scrub and it’s easier than ever. You need a few ingredients that you can find in your own place. 

I will show you 5 types of lips scrubs you can start doing! You can add them your own color, flavor and smell too.

You can keep the scrub up to 5 minutes in your lips and to see the results you must do it 2-3 days a week minimum.


This DIY lip scrub helps to exfoliate dry lips and bring moisture back in. This easy homemade lemon lip scrub smells amazing and helps lips feel silky smooth.

This lip scrub is made with honey, jojoba oil, sugar and lemon essential oil. I recently started using jojoba oil in my skin and hair beauty routine and it’s made an amazing difference. Jojoba oil is one of the best oils out there. The fatty acids in the oil help lock in moisture and revitalize dry skin and hair. 

The rough texture of the sugar will exfoliate your lips while the jojoba oil and honey help bring back moisture. The lemon essential oil provides a refreshing scent, one that I use in the majority of my scrubs and hair masks.


Exfoliates and moisturizes dry lips with this refreshing lemon lip scrub.


• 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

• 1 teaspoon raw honey

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• lemon essential oil


• In a small bowl combine jojoba oil, honey, and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

• Stir in sugar; mix until fully combined with honey.

• Apply to lips and gently rub to exfoliate. Leave on lips for four or five minutes to help the jojoba oil moisturize.

• Use a wet washcloth to remove scrub.

You are done!


The sugar acts as an exfoliant to smooth chapped, dry lips, while also tasting great. The olive oil, is a super moisturizer that helps the sugar work. Your homemade lip scrub can be flavored. This recipe is for vanilla flavor but you can also buy other flavors of extract in the baking section of the grocery to make flavors like bubblegum, peppermint and chocolate.


Makes your lips soft and silky feeling, make sure to put on a good moisturizing balm on your lips afterwards, too.


• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon of any food coloring shade you want

• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoon Olive oil


• Mix ½ teaspoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of granulated sugar in a bowl.

• Add in a drop of vanilla extract and mix it with the sugar and the oil.

• If you want you can add 1-2 drops of food coloring into the mixture. It is recommended to stay light on the food coloring since it might temporarily stain your lips and pick a practical color.

Put the mixture into the container.

And here is your vanilla lip scrub!


The only things you’ll need to make your own DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub are sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey and olive oil. What I really love about this scrub is how customizable it is. 

Want it to have a more caramel flavor? Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Want a different flavor than vanilla? Substitute in almond extract. Not a big fan of olive oil? Use coconut oil instead. It’s easy to make this completely your own.


Your lips will love you for using this flavorful DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub that’s easy to make with ingredients you already have on hand and your lips will be softer than ever.


• 3 tablespoons Sugar

• 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon honey


• Mix ingredients in a bowl.

• Apply a small amount of lip scrub to lips, rubbing in small gentle circles.

• Allow to sit for about a minute.

• Wipe off with a soft wet cloth.

• Store the rest of the scrub in the fridge.


Since you need such a small amount of this sugar scrub for lips, you are measuring out your ingredients in tablespoons rather than cups.  I found that the raspberries were ripe enough that I could smash them with a spoon and the sugar, coconut oil and raspberries were very easy to mix together in a small bowl. 

Don’t be too rough, lips are tender!  Afterwards, just wash off with a washcloth soaked in some warm water, pat dry, and apply your favorite lip balm. 


A gentle and sweet sugar scrub for soft, kissable lips!
Goodbye dry and flaky lips!


• 6 tablespoon white sugar

• 2 tablespoon coconut oil

• 3 ripe raspberries


• Place ingredients in a small bowl and smash together with the back of a metal spoon

• If the mixture is too wet, add more sugar, too dry, add another berry!

• Place into a small container with a lid and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

• Gently massage a small amount onto your lips. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and use your favorite lip balm.


Like most good natural scrubs this one uses sugar as the exfoliant and carrier oil to moisturize and repair. A dash of cinnamon to stimulate blood flow. This mixture has a delicious smell while moisturising your lips.


Trust me, you do not want to miss out on french toast flavored lip scrub. Do those winter lips a favor and scrub your way to smoother smile with this easy DIY french toast lip scrub.

Enjoy new freshly polished lips!


• 1 teaspoon organic white granulated sugar

• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• pinch ground nutmeg

• ¼ teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey*

• ¼ teaspoon coconut oil 

• 2 drops pure vanilla extract 


• Stir the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small dish.

• Add the maple syrup/honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and mash everything together. At first it’ll seem like there’s not enough moisture to get everything to combine, but keep mashing until you’ll end up with a thick, fragrant, sugary paste.

• Take a small amount of the scrub onto your finger.

•Massage the sugary mixture into your lips, buffing off any dry skin.

• Once your lips feel sufficiently scrubbed, simply rinse away the remnants of the scrub with some warm water. 

*As always I’m open to suggestions and opinions so if you need information about an specific topic don’t forget to tell us! *

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Thanks for reading my posts and love you all, Valeria.

Raw Vegan Twix inspired Chocolate Bars:

1cup oats
10 dates (mine are really small)
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp pure vanilla
3 tbsp water
Put everything into your food processor until you have a cookie dough like texture. Press into a about 5mm thick rectangle (about 20x13cm). Place in your freezer whilst making the caramel:

15 dates (again quite small)
75ml water
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp pure vanilla

Put all ingredients into your food processor until you have a super creamy and sweet date caramel. Cover your base with an even layer of caramel and place in your freezer for about an hour.

Melt about 120g raw chocolate in a water bath, take your product out of the freezer and cut into bars. I then coated one side each with chocolate and placed them in tge freezer one more time so the caramel part is really hard, before coating the top halfs in chocolate as well. Keep in a cool dry place - that’s it ♡