Coconut oil? Nah, man, fuck that. Okay, coconut oil is pretty great, especially for whitening teeth, but let’s talk almond oil.
Benefits and Uses:
This is a perfect face moisturizer if you have dry skin. Unlike coconut oil, this won’t clog your pores. It leaves your skin glowing and even makes it softer, since it contains vitamin E. It also lightens acne scarring.
Almond oil can be used to remove makeup, especially eye makeup and liquid lipsticks. No more rubbing your eyes!
Massage a bit under your eyes before bed. It will reduce dark circles, as well as fine lines.
Use it to treat chapped lips! Personally I prefer to use rosehips oil on my lips, but almond oil works well too.
Use it on your body! Moisturize your hands, feet, and elbows with it. It’s a light oil, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy and it absorbs easily. Almond oil can help prevent and lighten stretch marks too!
Almond oil also promotes hair growth! Use it on your lashes and brows. You can also use castor oil - castor oil is a little heavier than almond oil, so it’s just a preference thing, they work about equally well for me.
Use it in your hair! 1-2x per week, massage a bit into your scalp. It will make your hair more lustrous and it’ll look healthier! Replace any leave-in conditioners with this. Pro-Tip: Try mixing it with olive oil and castor oil in equal parts.
The scent is very light too, it doesn’t even smell like almonds, so don’t worry about the smell. It’s also super affordable. You can buy a 16oz bottle on Amazon for around $10.
Ingredients: • sugar: for a gentle cleanse • olive oil • rosemary leaves: cleansing and protection • optional: 3 drops rosemary essential oil (3 for body, mind and soul) • honey: healing • squeeze of lemon juice: happiness
Instructions: Cut the rosemary leaves into small pieces. Mix the sugar, rosemary leaves and rosemary essential oil. Stir counterclockwise, thinking about what you want to be cleansed of. Add in olive oil, honey and lemon juice. Stir clockwise, thinking about how this scrub will heal you and bring happiness back into your life Take a shower as usual, then gently rub the scrub on your body thinking about all the things you are cleansing yourself from right now. After that, rinse the scrub off, thinking about how you are rinsing your troubles away. After rinsing, the oil still leaves your body smooth. Think of this in a way that the oil leaves you healed.
Important! Make sure to clean the shower’s floor of any oil afterwards so the next person who takes a shower doesn’t slip and fall!
High John the Conqueror can be a very elusive and mysterious botanical. It has very unique properties. There really is
nothing that substitutes for it. If there is one condition oil that
you should make for yourself, this is it, if only to be sure you
are getting the proper ingredients.
High John the Conqueror provides luck and success in all
areas of life. It is particularly beneficial for men in regards to
romance, although many women swear by it too. High John is
considered a completely benevolent botanical. It is used to
achieve the highest success without mal intent toward others.
Saint John’s Wort and tormentil are frequently substituted for
High John. Although they are both plants packed with magic
powers and used in many spells, their powers are different
and cannot be used to provide High John’s unique effect.
High John the Conqueror is the root of a member of the
morning glory family. It also goes by the name jalap and as
such was once an important medical product in the United
States, although it has fallen out of favor and perhaps for good
reasons. Do not take High John internally: it is an extremely
potent purgative and laxative. Reserve it for magical use.
It’s the root that’s used and it has a very characteristic appearance. Once you are familiar with it, it’s difficult to be confused. High John is large, solid, and brown with a vaguely
earthy aroma. Its shape ranges from perfectly circular to extremely phallic. This oil calls for High John chips, as do many
other spells. Once a root is broken up, it is typically indistinguishable from any other. Grind your own High John so that
you are not fooled.
Break up a High John root. Use a mortar and
pestle if you’re strong. This is a hard root; grinding
may not be easy. Place it between a sheet of folded
wax paper and smash it with a hammer, if necessary. Small chips are sufficient; the root doesn’t
have to be powdered.
Put the pieces in a dish and cover them with peanut, olive, sunflower, and/or jojoba oils.
Expose the dish to sunlight for seven days.
Strain out the root pieces or leave in the oil, as desired. Bottle the oil and use.
(from The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes)