seal oil

my first spell jar!! i made this to help my sister sleep, because she often has trouble with nightmares and such.

gather:
-sage
-sea salt
-thyme
-lavender {i used the leaves, not the flowers}
-rosemary {i used both fresh and dried}
-bay leaves
-amethyst
-quartz
-small piece of paper + pen

optional:
-blue thread {to bind the paper + decorate jar}
-blue wax to seal
-lavender oil

i layered the ingredients, with each layer i focused on my intent to help sophie. i drew a sigil for a peaceful sleep on the paper in blue pen, and then rolled it up and tied it with the blue thread. i also carved the sigil in the wax i sealed the jar with, and then rubbed some lavender oil on it to bless it, and create a soothing scent. hope you like.


this is my very first spell jar and i hope it helps my sister!💙

Nightmare Ward Charm ✨🌙

A charm designed to help prevent nightmares, and to promote restful sleep. 

Ingredients: 

  • Lemon Verbena (Vervain) - dreamless sleep, prevents nightmares
  • Rosemary - prevents nightmares, protection during sleep
  • Lavender - restful sleep
  • Black Tourmaline - induces sleep, prevents nightmares
  • Jasmine Essential Oil - restful sleep

Instructions: 

  1. Add each ingredient to a jar of your choice - add herbs first, then the black tourmaline and jasmine oil 
  2. Seal the jar
  3. Set the jar in the starlight to charge - remove before sunrise
  4. When charged, hang the jar above or next to your bed

🔮✨🌠🌙

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My Tips for Healthy Natural Hair

• Don’t wash hair too often. Once a week, bi-weekly, or monthly is best. Use a sulfate-free shampoo because sulfate is a cleaning agent that strips all of the natural oils and moisture from the hair.

• Co-wash (washing with conditioner) to refresh hair between shampoo washes. This will cleanse the hair while adding moisture. Two of my favorites are Eden BodyWorks All Natural Cleansing Cowash and Creme of Nature Pure-licious Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.

• Keep hair moisturized. Dry, brittle hair will break off and frizz up, thus halting hair growth. My favorite leave-in conditioner is Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner. It keeps my hair soft and moisturized for days!

• Use natural oils to seal moisture into hair after applying leave-in conditioner, and on the scalp to stimulate hair growth. For thick hair like mine, I like to use olive oil. Jojoba oil is also great for using on the scalp and hair as it is the closest natural oil to the sebum our skin produces. Coconut, avocado, castor, and grapeseed oil are also good.

• Deep condition at least once a week for 30 minutes to an hour. Deep conditioning the hair is vital to keeping it strong and moisturized. Shea Moisture and Eden BodyWorks make great ones.

• Sleep with a satin scarf/bonnet on or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture out of your hair and create breakage and frizz.

• Detangle hair only when damp with water or conditioner. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers and BE GENTLE.

• Avoid styling your hair everyday and avoid tight hair styles that put strain on your edges and nape hair. Low manipulation is key.

• Drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet rich in protein, iron, zinc, and Vitamins A, E, D, and B. 

• Take a multi-vitamin daily and/or a hair growth vitamin. 

reaxeons  asked:

I searched in a lot of tags already but was wondering if there was a specific tag that would go more in depth for black hair in post-apoclyptic settings. I only found one post. I'm specifically looking for care and maintainance of 4b hair, and styles that would be best for a fallout universe situation, as well as styles that would be most likely based off of the 1950's and what to take into consideration when one goes from having the means to take care of hair to suddenly no clean water

Black Hairstyles for the Apocalypse II: Post-Nuclear  

For a situation like the Fallout game universe, post-nuclear with limited/no clean water, I can only reinforce what has already been said in Black Hairstyles for the Apocalypse; a character with afro hair would need those dependable protective styles on lock down (braids, dreadlocks, etc. look up and take your pick of protective natural styles), more so with little to no safe water to dip her head into.  

AFRO HAIR CARE RESEARCH

Everything you read up on regarding afro hair’s needs is still relevant; Black hair generally needs lots of moisture and protection.

Afro hair routines tend to involve a lot of water, oils, gels, butters and creams. You mention the character’s hair type is 4b, but hair type isn’t even the most important factor when it comes to Black hair maintenance. 4A, 4B, AC, or a mixture of– these numbers are more of a general assessment of what that hair type looks like, needs and reacts, but every individual is different. Hair width, density, and porosity is super, if not more important. Research, research, research. This information is quite accessible nowadays.

My favorite natural hair site is www.naturallycurly.com/. Pinterest has an addictive mash-up of natural hair tips, info and DIY solutions too. Note that doesn’t mean everything is relevant to your character, or even accurate so i’d check with other sources on any information you find.

Important Takeaway: Water to moisturize + Oil to keep it in.

Hair needs water (or water-based moisturizer, typically referred to as leave-in conditioner) to moisturize, and oil to seal it in lest it deplete rapidly (take it from me; my hair gulps down any bit of moisture it gets). 

Most oils do not moisturize by themselves because it cannot penetrate the hair shaft (save a privileged few like coconut oil).

Research key terms: natural hair + moisturizing/sealing, L.O.C. method

If your character has a protective style in most of the time, i’d also be researching “natural hair care with [x].” Though hair needs lessen, they do not disappear.

SOLUTIONS IN NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE

Depending on what resources can be scraped up, there may be opportunity to make or find items that would work as extra hair protection that add and seal in moisture, or even a silk scarf or bandana for extra coverage and for sleeping.

Whether a character does come across these things is mostly out of their control, so the protection that comes with a long-term style like braids is the main tool they’d have to rely on.

As for the 1950s: If this is America, you could look up African American hairstyles in the 50s but the popular styles you’ll see will likely be unfitting for the apocalypse, especially one of this nature. Straight, loosened-textured looks for afro hair won’t thrive well and will be sweated out to one’s natural state quickly, plus their hair weakened from the straightening process. 

However, there were some braided styles popular in the 50s (unspecific to Black people) that could be done for afro hair and would serve as protection. 

For example: the “crown braid” comes up a lot in a quick search (See the image above). Not sure how much one would care to style their hair to stay “with the time’s” in this situation, but that’s for you to work out.

SUMMARY:

Protection is the key here. Reliable long-term styles like braids that tuck in the ends endure breakage and tangling way more than any free-flowing style. It’s that low manipulation and vulnerability to the elements (and hands) that’s key.

For other maintenance questions, do your research and see what you come up with in terms of what the character may scavenge and make do with.

~Colette

Heavy-duty makeup removal routine and aftercare.

Babes, I’m generally a pretty simple person when it comes to makeup. A soft Smokey eye, natural brows, some concealer, I even skip foundation 99% of the time (no I was not blessed with flawless skin, I struggled, I put effort and I got results people…). What can I say? The I-woke-up-flawless look is my jam…

Anyways as I said before that’s me 99% of the time. Here and there though come some times (Halloween for instance…) that I l tend to go a bit overboard with that face… yup, I end up wiping glitter off of the most interesting places (jk)

Here’s how I remove the most stubborn, baked to the gods, bedazzled, plastic-plastered, waterproof makeup:

Step 1: Remove everything you can. Lashes, beads, rhinestones… Pick them one by one out of your face.

Step 2: Take off the thick layer. I use makeup wipes to remove my base and michellar water for the eyes, lips and any other place with stubborn makeup. If you have glitter on use a pad drenched in michellar water, let the area soak and soften and gently remove it.

Step 3: Oil up. I use an oil or balm to thoroughly clean my face. My favorite is the darphin aromatic cleansing balm with rosewood but any oil will work (for acne prone skin use hemp or grapeseed oils). In circular motions work the product into your skin until everything starts melting off (be extra gentle with your eye area!).

Step 4: Cleanse. Use a soap-free, pH balanced face wash to remove any oil and makeup residue. During this step I like to incorporate my Clarisonic brush to help really deep clean my face. My face wash of choice is the 100% pure rosewater sensitive skin cleansing foam.

Step 5: Tone. Either spray on some mineral water of an herbal toner, nothing harsh though. The goal is to balance your ph level and sooth the skin. If you use a cotton ball/pad to apply your toner you shouldn’t notice any residue on the cotton, after the process your skin should be 100% clean. If you do find that it’s not, go back with a gentle makeup removing milk.

Step 6: Purify. This is completely optional but if you’ve been wearing all that makeup for a few hours (or much more…) you might want to use a nice clay mask to deep clean your pores. Glamglow supermud, lush dark angels and a simple bentonite clay, water and apple cider vinegar mix are amongst my top choices.

Step 7: nourish & hydrate. I’d skip any treatments and harsh products like chemical exfoliators, retinols, etc… instead I like to increase the moisture. I will pack on a hydrating mask, top it off with a face oil and seal everything in with my heaviest moisturizer.

!! Be extra gentle with your skin throughout the whole process! If your skin becomes irritate or develops some raw spots make sure you keep your hands away and let everything heal. !!

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

Instructions: 

  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
Faerie guidance oil

My room-mate and I made this oil to help her contact her faerie guides. It is to be used by dabbing a little on the third eye. It will increase your ability to sense the faeries and hear their guidance. You may even see faeries in your minds eye. Good to use before tarot or other divination techniques or before sleep to induce dreams of the faery realms.

Rose petals
for attracting faeries and their loving guidance
Dandelion fluff for increased psychic ability
Elderflower to produce dreams of the faerie realms
Lavender to attract faeries
Daisy petals to create psychic awareness of nature spirits
Chamomile for attracting wealth- essentially the spiritual essence of “shiny things” that are known to attract faeries
Wormwood to induce visions and calling up spirits (Please add a very tiny pinch only of this, it is toxic in large amounts)
Rose essential oil for psychic visions
Olive oil carrier
miniature jar or bowl

In your jar or bowl mix your olive oil and rose essential oil. No need to go overboard with the rose oil, just add a few drops until it becomes fragrant. Mix your herbs into the oils and seal your jar. It will be fine to use straight away but it will become stronger over time. Leave out in the moonlight on the next full moon for added strength.  Dab on the third eye when you wish to communicate with the faeries during tarot readings, divination, and meditation.

Success Roll-On Perfume ✨

Ingredients:

  • Gem chips
    • Tiger’s eye - intelligence
    • Amethyst - peace, calm, courage, inner strength
  • Essential oils
    • Lime - peace, cleansing
    • Orange - luck
    • Tangerine - strength
    • Grapefruit - confidence
  • Carrier oil - I use grapeseed oil because it’s light and moisturizing 
  • Roll-on perfume bottle

Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients (a few gem chips, plus about 10 drops of each essential oil, topped off and mixed with the carrier oil)
  • Seal the bottle and shake well
  • Apply to your inner wrists as perfume for any situation in which you wish to gain success (finding a job, doing well in school, etc.)
some tips for life/things i've learned

1. washing your hair with hot water strips it of essential stuff and dries it out (mine was so bad my hair was gross and discoloured). if you can tolerate it wash your hair with cold water or even just rinse it with cold water bc cold water does some magical stuff to your hair and seals the good oils and such in.
2. don’t trust advice/commentary on a person you like from a person who likes them too (or hates them tbh) because they will downplay any feelings the person in question has for you bc of jealousy or hatred
3. replacing full calorie drinks (reg coke, pepsi etc) with the diet versions is honestly enough to help you start losing weight since the regular ones are sugar and calorie filled. also eating fruit when you crave chocolate/ice cream/unhealthy food will also help you lose weight and really bring awareness to if you’re bored or stress eating
4. neutrogena rapid clear spot gel works MIRACLES on acne/breakouts. it gets rid of a majority of the redness and shrinks the spot in under two hours. i got it yesterday and it works fantastically

To My Naturals,

Here’s a thread where you can post your hair care routine, what products you use, what products you hate/cant use, what hair type you have + (like 3a of whatever ad if you have is thin, coarse, etc), what vitamins you take for your hair, etc.

I, along with a lot of other girls (and possibly guys too), need help!

Me: 

-I take 10,000 mcg Biotin daily (I started wit like 3000/5000 mcg Biotin September 2014 and I have used 10,000 mcg for almost 2 years tho)

- I wash my hair once a week ( I don’t wear my curls out often because EVERYONE and their mom likes to touch my hair)

- I have like 3a/3b/3c hair (Lord I don’t know)

- My hair is thin, the biotin helped with length and strength

- I have always had long hair, but it was poorly color treated in 2013 so I did a big chop in April 2014

- My hair is currently bra strap length (the longest it ever was, was waist length in 2011/2012; I'm 4′9″/4′10″)

- I used Mane and Tail from September 2014 to November 2015, It was good but it didn't define my hair good, it has sulfates in the shampoo, lots of slip for detangling

- I used the Organix Brazilian Keratin shampoo and condition from April 2014 to September 2014 (I didn’t like how it made my hair hard)

- I currently use: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil “Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo”, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus “Curl and Shine Conditioner”,  Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil “Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner”, Coconut Oil for sealing (I used to oversaturate my hair, it works really good for moisture)

- I use a silicone scalp massager (not the vibrating one, I bought mine for less than $2 on eBay)

- I deep condition before i flat iron my hair ( aka twice this year) and like rarely beyond that [ I KNOW I NEED TO DO BETTER, I don’t know….]

- I did a pure ACV deep condition for my dandruff/dry scalp and so far no flakes (did it on 8/10/16), apparently it’s really good for acne, losing weight, dry/itchy scalp, getting shiny hair, pH balancing your scalp, etc)

- I want to do pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil massages on my scalp (you just pour some of it on your hands and massage it in every day using your fingers or the scalp massager thingy for like 2-5 minutes)

- I want to do some deep conditioning (im very cheap so like… I have ACV, Coconut, eggs, and water, what can i do with that? I also have honey…)

- I used the OKAY Shea Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner but it left my scalp drier than it has ever been and my hair very tangled

- I want to wear my natural hair out more often instead of combing it out and stretching it. I would probably have to wash my hair twice a week for that tho)

- I do not use gel or like gel. I do not slick down my hair

- I use t-shirts for drying my hair

- I only use a wide tooth comb, no brushes

- I only flat iron my hair 1-3 times a year ( only special occasions)

- I don’t eat healthy ( I barely drink water and I only eat during school bc homework takes forever. I tried eating vegatables and I realized that I aint about that life)

Any tips for me??? Please leave your routine and what you do for your hair!

Full Moon Spell bag

This spell bag is to help move forward and create lasting change in an area of your life. The best time to do make and re-charge this spell bag is during the full moon. This is just a basic outline and some ingredients for this spell since you should add and change things to suit your intentions and desired goal(s).

Ingredients:

  • Spell bag (color corresponding to your intentions)
  • dried sage (leaf)
  • Willow (bark or leaves)
  • Dried Mint (leaf)
  • Dragon’s Blood Resin (just a pinch)
  • Moonstone (possible addition/substitution: Clear Quartz that’s been charged by moon light)
  • Sigil written on paper and charged (see below)
  • Candle wax and/or Essential oils to seal and re-charge the spell bag. (look up information on the essential oils you plan to use to make sure they are handled and use properly)

Directions:

  1. Gather all your ingredients together and set up your space
  2. Grind up and/or mix the herbs under the moon light. Make sure to get enough to fill the bag 3/4s the way to there is space for stones and the sigil.
  3. Put the moonstone at the bottom of the bag, followed by the herbs and resin.
  4. Get your sigil(s), put a few drops of candle wax on it so it folds over and sicks to it’s self to seal it. Then kiss it and place it in the bag. You can use any sigil for your goal, but i have a general sigil to boost this spell bag i like to use in combination with others. (sigil at bottom of post due to weird issues with mobile)
  5. Top the bag off with any other crystal specific to your intention and then tie the bag shut.
  6. End the spell by putting a few drops of your chosen Essential oil on the spell bag.


Keep this spell bag on your altar or hidden somewhere it wont get damaged or messed with. If you want to recharge the spell next full moon add another drop or two of the same oil to the bag and let it charge in the moon light.

The Vegan Witch

Witchcraft must be practiced without undue pain or suffering unto any animal.

Here are a few things to consider:
✨Ditch the leather: I know, witchy ~aesthetic~ doesn’t quite feel complete without antique leather objects, but look for faux alternatives which are easily accessible, such as faux suede cord
✨Ditch the honey: practice spells and teas with alternate sweeteners, agave nectar, date nectar, syrup etc such as maple🍁 🐝
✨Plant based milks make a far more effective alternative to dairy. Almond, oat and coconut milks are particularly useful.
✨Soya wax: great to make your own candles with added essential oils, wax seals or an alternative to beeswax.
✨Fur or any other animal parts: please refrain from the temptation to use bodily parts in your witchcraft. An animal cannot consent to being taken from a resting place and exploited
✨Being a mindful witch will bring greater self growth and power to your craft. Being kind to the Earth and all that inhabits it is deeply rooted in human nature, it is so sad that we have become so detached from this.

By: @androgynousvegan 💚

Makoto Housework Spell

Originally posted by sailormoon200

Borrowing Sailor Jupiter’s Strength to Care for Your Home

Can’t sneak salt water spritzers, essential oils, or other energy cleansers?  Wear this and no one will suspect a thing.

What you will need:
 - Apron (any style)
 - Water-proof fabric
 - Oak leaf patterned or shaped fabric
 - Salt and any cleansing oils you want

Use the water proof fabric to make a very small, very flat pocket.  Fill it with salt and add a few drops of oil.  Seal it up.  Place it on the apron, cover it with the oak fabric, and stitch the oak to the apron.  You now have a secret cleansing power apron, with you as a conduit.  

Medicinal uses for common culinary herbs

(Found this useful and figured I’d share it)


 Category: Herbology Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Written by Super User

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices

ALLSPICE - Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

ANISE - Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boil down by half, add 4 tbsp. of honey, take two tsp to calm a cough. Drink tea for memory, aid digestion, and a wash for oily skin.

ANNATO - (Lipstick tree)- Lightly crushed seeds added to food is like natural gas-x.

ARROW ROOT POWDER - One tbsp in a cup of juice every few hours to relieve diarrhea. Poultice to soothe skin inflammations.

ASAFOETIDA - Buy the tincture in Indian shops. They add a drop to many dishes to relieve stomach pains (gas). Insect repellent. Topical use to heal ulcerated sores.

ASPARAGUS - Boil in water and drink the water for kidney problems. Dissolves uric acid deposits and promotes urination.

BASIL - Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness. Douche for yeast infections, eliminates candida, gargle and mouthwash. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.

BAY LAUREL - Heat leaves in a little olive oil to make a bay oil salve for arthritis and aches.

CARAWAY - Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas, even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping.

CARDAMON - Digestive aid, eases gluten intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.

CAYENNE PEPPER - Capsicum speeds metabolism. Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. (blocks substance P) Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers. Cayenne and garlic in chicken soup really IS as effective as antibiotics after the onset of cold or flu. Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemics. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

CELERY - Sedative. Active ingredient thalide. Seed and stalk, reduces hypertension. Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser.

CHERVIL - Steep in boiled water and apply with an eye cup for a wide range of eye complaints.

CHICORY - Liver cleanser, fat cleanser, dissolves gallstones. Prepare like coffee.

CILANTRO - Leafy part of coriander plant. Food poisoning preventative.

CINNAMON - Mouthwash, good for upset stomach. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whiskey - as cold medication. Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives.

CLOVE - Use oil for pain relief for sore gums and toothache. Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis. Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.

COFFEE - Although not a spice, it is commonly available in the kitchen. The caffeine in coffee can be used to alleviate headaches (particularly those caused by caffeine withdrawal.) Coffee enemas with olive oil are used to cleanse the bowels and are one of the safest and most thoroughly cleansing enemas available. Caution and common sense must be used to avoid dependency. Hot black coffee sipped through a straw helps break up mucus congestion in the lungs.

CORIANDER - Coriander tea can be used topically to remove unpleasant odors in the genital area for men and women. The tea can be held in the mouth to relieve the pain of a toothache. Can also be drank to relieve flatulence and indigestion.

DILL - Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. To the same directions, but substitute for the 4 tsp of dill, instead add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill to stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing
mothers. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath.

FENNEL - Chewing fennel seeds relieves bad breath. Fennel seed tea sweetens breastmilk. Fennel tea relieves colic in infants.

FENUGREEK - Use as a tea as an excellent relief for colic and fever in children. 1 tbsp ground fenugreek seed taken in the diet daily can reduce cholesterol. 8 tsps of seed presoaked in 4 cups cold water for 4 hours, then boil for 2 minutes, strain and drink 1 cup a day to ease hay fever attacks.

GARLIC - Ultimate antibiotic. Useful even for sexually transmitted diseases. Strongly recommended for hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Destroys intestinal parasites. Reduces cholesterol. Repels insects, and reduces sting effects of insects and red ants.

GINGER - Anti-nausea tea, blood thinner, substitute for coumadin. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow. Then soak towel and lay on bruises and sprains while still hot, to ease them. Stimulates a delayed period. Warm ginger tea is good to break up congestion and fever. Ginger is one of the few herbs that easily passes the blood/brain membrane and is used in conjunction with other herbs that are meant to have an effect on the mind. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal concentrations of ginger.

HORSERADISH - Freshly dug root is added to a cold-pressed oil of choice (such as safflower or olive) to make a massage oil for muscle aches and to break up chest congestion. Grate fresh ginger and horseradish together and make a tea to stop post nasal drip.

LEMONGRASS - ½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

LICORICE - Tranquilizer. Balances nervous system, stimulates liver functions. Long term usage (over 3 months) could cause liver damage.

LOVAGE - Steep root for 15 min in a cup of boiled water, drink after every meal to prevent flatulence.

MARJORAM AND OREGANO - Over 2 dozen related species. Use as a tea to help reduce fevers and break up bronchitis. Drink tea to relieve cramps and irregular menstruation. Eases suffering of childhood diseases like mumps and measles.

MINT - (Peppermint and spearmint)- Peppermint tea for migraines, nervousness, stomach disorders, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. Herpes sufferers can take 2 cups of tea a day to ease the symptoms when the virus is active. Mints are used to buffer the action of other herbs that have uncomfortable effects on the stomach and intestines. Can be used in any combination for flavor.

MUSTARD - 1 ½ cups of dry yellow mustard in a bathtub of water for sprained backs. Make a paste with water and apply to knee and elbow sprains till blisters appear! Mustard and ginger plaster for deep rattling coughs - 1 tsp each mustard and ginger powder mixed with 2 ½ tbsp of olive oil. Rub over chest and back and put on an old T-shirt (or cover with cloth diaper).

NUTMEG AND MACE - Gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and kidney problems - make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water. 1 tbsp of powdered nutmeg produces a floating euphoria for between 6 and 24 hours. Can cause near constant erections for men during that time. Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.

ONION - Egyptians swore their oaths on onions; Grant refused to move his army until he got 3 railroad cars full of onions; interviews with hundreds of people who lived to 100 plus all indicated a heavy intake of onions in the diet. Onion is an excellent dressing for burns. Crush sliced onions with a little bit of salt and apply to burns. Apply sliced onion to bee and wasp stings. For asthma: puree an onion, cover it with brandy and let sit overnight, strain it, filter it through a coffee filter, and refrigerate. Take 2 tbsp 20 minutes before expected onset or before going to bed.

PARSLEY - The purifier. Chew for halitosis. A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor. Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones. One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea. Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac. In Spain they have found that feeding parsley to sheep will bring them into heat at any time of year!

PEPPER (black)- Pain relief from toothache, brings down a fever.

ROSEMARY - Flower tea for the breath. Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink. Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow. Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal. Mouthful twice daily. Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever; sniff for headaches. Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.

SAGE - Chew a fresh leaf and put on insect bite to reduce sting and swelling. Sage tea for the throat. Two cups of sage tea a day for a week will dry up mother’s milk. For the itching of skin problems, steep a handful of freshly crushed leaves in a pint of boiled water for one hour, and bathe the area, then sprinkle with whole wheat flour. Sage tea
prevents blood clots.

SAVORY - (the herb of love) One quart boiled water, 3 ½ tbsp fenugreek seed, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove fenugreek and add 2 handfuls of savory leaves, steep 50 minutes and drink 2 cups, as an aphrodisiac.

TARRAGON - 1 ½ tsp cut dried herb in 1 ¾ cups boiled water, steep 40 minutes, drink warm for insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, or nervous exhaustion. (or anything “jittery”) For digestion steep a handful of dried leaves in a jar with apple cider vinegar, stand 7 hours, strain and seal. Take 1 tbsp before each meal.

TEA - Caffeine relieves migraines. Tea drinkers suffer less hardening of the arteries than coffee drinkers. Black tea kills dental plaque.

THYME - Antibiotic. A tsp in ½ cup boiled water to make a gargle or mouthwash, to prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and cold sores. Drink for cold, flu, fever, and allergy symptoms. As a bath for nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and also as a douche. Compress for bumps and bruises. Health liqueur - 6 sprigs of thyme in 1 ½ cups of brandy for 5 days, shaking daily. Take several times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Thyme is good for killing bacteria and for relaxing tense muscles. Relieves migraine headaches and stomach cramps.

TUMERIC - Anti-oxidant. Powdered turmeric on any ulcerated skin condition or mix with enough lime juice to make a paste and put on herpes sores, mumps, chicken pox, etc. Dip a cloth in turmeric solution to wash away discharges from conjunctivitis and opthamalia. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric’s properties are as good as 1 % hydrocortisone and phenylobutazone. Take ½ tsp in juice in the morning and evening to aid in removing fat around the liver. Turmeric, bay leaf, clove, and cinnamon all tripled insulin performance in metabolizing blood glucose in a test tube! Field tests proved to greatly enhance production of insulin by the pancreas. “Spicecaps” from Great American Natural Products have a pinch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, ½ bay leaf, and 1 tsp of turmeric per capsule.

VANILLA - Sexual stimulant. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract, squeeze it out, put it under the tongue and it will quickly calm hysteria.

VINEGAR - Naturally brewed apple cider vinegar deserves a course all on its own. It is one of the finest blood cleansers and arthritis cures known. Take 1 tbsp per day of equal parts vinegar and honey in water to taste to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation from arthritis. Be sure to use naturally brewed vinegar, as the white cheap stuff in the grocery store is actually acetic acid, a petroleum by-product, and pretty well useless. (except as a window cleaner!)

BAKING SODA - Although not an herb or a spice, this is especially recommended for people who are allergic to MSG. Many people will use a meat tenderizer for bee stings,
but it contains MSG which can cause some people to swell. Instead, make a paste and apply directly to the insect bite to reduce swelling. You can also mix 1 tsp with water and take for relief of indigestion.

The above information was obtained from the following sources: 
The Herb Book, by John Lust.
“Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices”, by John Heinerman.
“The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines”, by Micheal Castleman
“The Vinegar Book”, by Emily Thacker

As a reminder, the above listed information should not replace the advice given to you by your health care professional. 

Rowan Morgaine

How to make perfect Juicy Lucy Burgers

This Minnesota-born burger – featuring hot, melted cheese in the middle of the patty – is surprisingly easy to make at home!

8 servings
Preparation time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
2 pounds fresh ground beef (80% or 85% lean)
4 ounces cheese per burger (suggestions: Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, American, smoked Swiss, blue cheese)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Buns, sliced and buttered
Vegetable oil (for grilling)
Toppings of your choice, such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomato slices, lettuce, mayonnaise, etc.

Directions

  1. Divide ground beef into 16 equal pieces. Place between parchment paper or plastic wrap and flatten into patties that are about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Cut or break cheese into smaller pieces, then add about 4 ounces (1-2 slices) cheese on top of 8 of the burger patties. 
  3. Top each burger with a second patty and pinch edges to seal completely.
  4. Rub vegetable oil on grill; heat grill to high.
  5. Sear burgers over direct heat, 1-2 minutes per side. After flipping burgers, poke a small hole in top of each one to allow steam to escape.
  6. Continue cooking over indirect heat until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes, to an internal temperature of at least 160 F. Remove from grill and allow burgers to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, toast buttered buns on grill.
  8. Place burgers on toasted buns, add toppings and serve.
Spell Challenge Day 8: Sleeping Oil

(word inspired by: oil)

This oil potion is to help aid in falling asleep and having a nice restful sleep.

You Will Need:

  • 4 drops clove essential oil 
  • 4 drops rose essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • carrier oil of your choice (olive, linseed, castor, etc)
  • Bottle with a seal
  • Blue food coloring 

Steps:

Clean out your bottle you wish to use, carefully add your essential oils one at a time. Fill remainder of bottle with your carrier oil of choice and add a few drops of blue food coloring until you are satisfied with the color of your oil. Seal the top firmly. If desired (and recommended) charge your oil using moonlight and/or starlight, resting the bottle in charged water, with crystals related to sleep or moving it through the smoke of incense related to sleep. Personally I like charging things for sleep and dreams in moonlight or with moon water. For use simply put the oil near or under your bed. Recharge it occasionally to keep it potent.