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!💙

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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

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. 

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.)
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.

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

“Open My Third Eye” and “Ultimate protection” Spell Jars

Hey Ya’ll, 

I saw that we don’t really have many divination spell jars, so I went ahead a made one to share with you all if, like me, you need a bit of an extra oomph to get into that divination mood. I also made an extremely powerful protection spell jar, if, also like me, negative entities like to try and hang around you and you need some intense protection to keep you safe during any type of psychic activity. 

So first things first: Ingredients. My ingredients will be listed in categories: Easily accessible Herbs, Ingredient, & Oils, and Specialty Ingredients, which you will have to get from a metaphysical store. 

“OPEN MY THIRD EYE”

So for this spell, you will need the following Items:

Easily Accessible

Bottle- I got this one for 50 cents at my local metaphysical store. You can use glass or amber glass, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

Purple Candle- To stimulate and enhance spiritual and psychic abilities. I got this one for 94 cents at walmart.

Sea Salt- For purification and protection. I used Pink salt, but you can use any sea salt you have on hand.  I got this for 3.99 at TJ Maxx

Anise- Raises your vibrations to the highest possible psychic level. I got this packet for 1.19 at walmart.

Ground Cinnamon- Increases your vibrations to aid in improving your psychic ability. I got the MCcormik for 2.89 at walmart. They have some cheaper versions too. 

Bay Leaves- Powerful Protection to keep you safe during your psychic rituals. Also used to induce visions (when burned) and can cause inspiration and prophetic dreams. I got this Organic bottle at walmart for 3.89

Mint- For clarity of mind, enhances psychic abilities. I got this one at walmart for 4.89 ( A bit pricey, but the only brand they had in my town) 

Poppy Seed- Used for dreams, visions, and clairvoyance. I got this one at walmart for  3.89

Rosemary- Used for dreams and Visions 

Lemongrass Oil- Aids and enhances psychic powers. I got this one in a set at TJ.Maxx for 9.99

Sandalwood Oil- Heightens spiritual vibrations, cleanses, heals, and protects. Stimulates clairvoyance. I got this at walmart for 4.89


Specialty Ingredients 

Cedarwood Oil- To keep your psychic channels open

Myrhh- Aids in meditation and contemplation

Honeysuckle- Normally used for money or prosperity but can also be used to promote clairvoyance.

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1. Light your candle as you gather all of your ingredients, this way you won’t have to wait so long afterwards. 

2. Choose at least 5 herbs to use and at least 1 oil, plus the salt. 

3. Put your ingredients into the bottle. I start off with my salt then move on to the other ingredients. I normally start with all the solid herbs first, then add the ground ones, and then finally the oils at the end.

4.  Focus on your intention with each layer you add. You can say the intended purpose for each ingredient out loud to help keep your intention up. Once you’re satisfied with your ingredients, its time to seal it up. For these glass candles, I usually dip the top in and tip the candle a bit, then roll the bottle lightly in the hot wax. 

I did a small demonstration here, but you’ll need both hands. Tip the candle very slightly and roll it back and forth until its sealed to your liking.

And voila! Your Psychic spell jar is done. 

At this point when the wax cools, you can carve a sigil into the wax if you like. I usually use a toothpick or the point of a mechanical pencil. 

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“ULTIMATE PROTECTION SPELL JAR”

Easily Accessible Ingredients 

Black candle- To dissolve negative energies, bind them, and create a powerful protective barrier. I got this one at walmart for 94 cents. 

Black salt- to absorb and contain negative energies. As pictured above, you can also use pink salt or sea salt for this, but I prefer black salt. I got this one at Tj maxx for 3.99 

Rosemary- to bring in positive energies and for protection. I got this at walmart for 3.98

Carraway Seeds- Protective, especially in the health area. I got this one from a metaphysical store but walmart sells it for about 3.98. 

St. Johnswort- Protective herb, works quickly to reverse negativity. Absorbs and grounds negative energies. Most health stores and supermarkets sell it in pill form, find a capsule so that you can break it open and use the herb.

 Lavender- Cleanses, protects, and shields you from bad vibrations and negativity. I got this one at TJ maxx for 3.99

Thyme Leaves- Encourages positive vibrations and actions, protects. Walmart sells this for 3.98

Eucalyptis- Highly protective, also purifies. You can use either the plant or the oil, I didnt have the plant on hand so I used the oil here. I got this at walmart for about 2 dollars 

Sage- Protective and cleanses the area of negative energies. you can buy this at walmart for around 2 dollars

Bay Leaves- Protection

Whole Cloves-A catalyst herb and can greatly enhance other ingredients its combined with, adds a great amount of power. I got this at walmart for 4.98

Sandalwood- Heightens Spritual vibrations as well as cleanses and protects. I got this at walmart for 4.89

Frankincense- Protection, a good “white” magic base to receive other herbs and oils 


Specialty Ingredients- 

Rue- Highly Protective. Guards against negative energies and gets things moving in a positive direction. Often used in consecrations.

Hawthorn- Used for protection, purification, and banishing. 

Angelica Root- Highly protective, can also be used in exorcism.

Boneset/Ague Weed- Protection herb

Bergamot- Protection and prosperity, you can use either the plant or the oil.

Dragon’s blood- power and protection. Packs a serious punch. I highly recommend having some form of this on hand, its a great investment.

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1. Light your candle so that it can burn as you prepare your ingredients. Choose any size jar you like, I chose a larger jar since I had a bunch of ingredients.

2. Choose at least 6 herbs, I recommend one of them being cloves, especially if you don’t have dragon’s blood. and 2 oils. 

3. Place your salt as your base, and add your leafy herbs in first. Add your whole ingredients last. hawthorn at the end, and then your cloves should be your very last ingredient. This is to create the catalyst and enhance the protective powers of the rest of your herbs. 

4. Add your oils last, with dragon’s blood being your final sealing oil to give your spell an even bigger kick.

5. Seal your jar with the black candle wax ( I didn’t take a picture this time as I had to use both hands to seal it.) and recite/think this while you do so

With the power I place in this glass, 

All negative things around me shall Pass

All shall be bound and none shall harm, 

Their powers lessen with this charm.

As I will it, so mote it be.”



And there you have it! 

A spell to enhance psychic abilities and to protect!

After you finish your bottles, you can either charge them up with your own energy and focus on you intent, make sure you relight your colored candle for this to help you channel. 

or, you can create a crystal grid and use the crystals energies to charge the spell even further. When I do this, I usually test it with a pendelum to see if it’s finished.


I used clear quarts, obisidan, and apache tear for this grid. 


I used clear quartz and amethyst for this grid. 


hope this helps ya’ll! 

Blessed be and best of luck in your witchy endeavors. 

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.  

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!

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 💚

Black girl hair is an actual science, and it’s frustrating yet super fun as well.
I’ve heard that cheap products like Tresemmè naturals is good for getting product build up out and being sulfate free and whatnot, but then finding a good leave-in is hard, and figuring out when to co-wash or shampoo is hard, and knowing when to reapply stuff is hard😩🙃

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.

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

Solar Herbal Salve ☀

Using a variety of herbs and plants that correspond with the Sun, this salve is meant to relieve minor scrapes, cuts, and bug bites.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz herbal infused oil (a mixture of herbs and a carrier oil of your choice)
  • 1 oz beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

Solar Herbs:

  • Rosemary
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • St. John’s Wort

Infused Oil Recipe (Quick Method):

  1. Add dried herbs to a pot (crockpot, double boiler, etc.) and cover the herbs with carrier oil 
  2. Heat the mixture over low heat for 1-6 hours until the oil takes up the scent and color of the herbs
  3. Turn off the heat, and allow to cool
  4. Using cheesecloth to strain the oil, pour into a dark, sterile container for later use

Solar Method:

  1. Add dried herbs to a jar
  2. Cover the herbs with carrier oil and seal the jar
  3. Let the herbs sit in a warm, sunny windowsill for 2 to 6 weeks, shaking the jar daily
  4. When finished, strain through cheesecloth and store in a cool, dark place

Salve Recipe:

  1. Place the infused oil and the beeswax into a pot and warm over low heat
  2. Remove from heat and add the essential oils and Vitamin E Oil
  3. Quickly pour into a container of your choice, allow to cool, and seal
  4. Store in a cool, dark location

Note: please seek medical care for serious conditions

~ FLAT MESS TO FAB FRO : How I take care of my hair


                               04/07/2014 ► 07/30/2015


Finallyyyyy ! A post about -almost- everything about my hair ! In this post, you’ll be able to know the phases I’ve been through to get my hair all healthy, then my hair routine/hair regimen.


1 – Going Natural


I used to hate my curly hair, like most of curly girls I would say. My cousin offered me a straightener for my 14th birthday and made me swear to use it for special events only. It was the case, though. I’ve used it for my birthday, it was my first time ever seeing my hair all straight and flat like pastas. But, people at school were complimenting me on my long straight dark hair, saying how much I look better. These same people used to bully me because of my natural curly hair, and the fact that I was half Black (it was a catholic school where I was the only « person of colour »), but that’s another story. I was so happy to receive COMPLIMENTS from people who were hating on me since day one, to see these White boys trying to approach me in a seducing way and all, asking me to hang out…you know, that I began to straighten my hair once to twice a week.

We’ve moved to another city, a bigger city in fact where there were much more diversity. But, every Black or Mixed girl was straightening/relaxing their hair, wearing straight weave.

I graduated to High School. Unfortunetely, it was a little High School -but its reputation was really good-. One more time, I was one of the rare coloured person. During my first year, I realised that my hair was damaged. But I wouldn’t let my curls take a rest. I’ve cut my hair -not that much comparing to my big chop-, it was my first time ever cutting my hair. My hair was wayyyy more healthier, but I couldn’t let my curls appear.

Finally, I was 16, I began to be more curious about things that were surrounding me. I began to be curious about my African side, that I’ve always wanted to deny. I’ve fallen in love with my own culture, and since that moment I started to embrace my Black features more than ever. I decided to stop using my straightener during Summer 2013. But it was too late, my hair was fried to the max. My hair was kind of straight, but in a really mysterious way … my curls were non-existent, my hair was flat, wavish, my ends were horrible. I realised the impact of 2 years of trying to hide my beautiful curls. I didn’t know what to do! I didn’t know how to take care of that mess that was on my head ! Then, back to school, I wanted to get a pixie haircut in order to start all over again. I couldn’t trust the hairdressers of my city; they were White, and didn’t know anything about Afro Hair. Everytime I would visit one of them, I could see their faces looking at my hair like “how am I supposed to style that shit ?”, literally. Nobody in my family wanted to cut my hair, saying how I will regret it after. I started to transition SERIOUSLY; I was doing homemade protein masks once a week, then I was using the Hair Mayonnaise which was awesome on my poor curls who were struggling to pop. I was using a really special technique to curl my hair while transitionning. I was using a handband, placing it on my head, and I would just wrap my hair arround it. If you want to try it, you should be able to find loads of tutorials on YouTube. The results went quickly, I was really happy. But not as quickly as I wanted. In February 2014, I decided to pass the step of the big chop, finally ! I just took my pair of scissors and cut my hair quite randomly to be honest, hopefully the shape was pretty nice ! I went to my bathroom to wash my hair… right after, my curls were popping like … damn ! I was so surprised, I didn’t even know my “real curls” were looking like that, even though they were a little weak and not as tight as now. At this point, I was altering between protein and moisture. But my hair was so short, I was too … “shy”… to appear with my hair down in public. It was still pretty flat, but my curls were alive and almost healthy ! I was always wearing various protective styles, except the week-end. Until July, my hair has grown and was easier to “assume”, if you want to. Plus, my curls were tighter. In August, my hair was completely healthy, and beautifuuuul. I was so happy. Since August, I’m just letting my hair grow. But, as you can see, I don’t have that much tips for my ladies who are transitionning. I was just waiting mostly, using some proteine and moisture, but that’s all.

By the way, I really advise you to take pictures every month to really see your evolution. It helps a lot because sometimes we have the impression that there is no evolution but when you look at your pictures you see how far you’ve come !

The story of my hair in some pictures here.


2 – Taking Care Of My Hair


I don’t know where to start so I’ll follow my instinct… sorry if it’s a little messy. Lol.


What I do monthly :

Masks targetting protein or moisture : I make my masks. I don’t buy them. Except for the Hair Mayonnaise that I was using while transitionning but I don’t use it anymore. I just use 2eggs or Avocado with Olive Oil to do my protein mask. When it comes to the moisture, I use Yogurt, Olive Oil and drops of Lemon Juice to make my hair shines. I put a plastic bag on my head, with 2 beanies (LOL yeah I look really ridiculous when doing that) to assures some heat and make my hair infuse all the good nutriments. When it’s time to wash my hair, I do it with cold water. When there is nothing left on my hair, I rince my hair using Mineral Water with 1 or 2 tablespoon of Vinegar Cidar. Your hair may smell a little, but when you’ll use your products after the smell will be gone.

Trimming my hair : Well, I don’t do it monthly. I do it between 2 to 4 months. When I feel the need to, to be honest. I’m so lazy when it comes to do that. Personally, I love to twist my hair with some Coconut Oil on my hands and cut the end, which should be “thiner”.

Cleaning my scalp : At the end of the month, I like to massage my scalp with Coconut Oil, to remove all the dirt on my scalp (and it’s also soooo relaxing). After that, I shampoo my hair using the Shampoing Sunshine Clean Citron Grenade by Les Secrets De Loly, I stay a long time massaging my scalp again before focusing on my hair to remove all the products that it could have accumulate during the month. After that, your hair and your scalp is all pure and ready for another month !


What I do weekly :

Co-washing : I co-wash once to twice a week. I’ve just remarked that I tend to wash my hair more on Sunday and Wednesday. But, sometimes I do it another day, depending on the circumstances. I usually do it the evening, so I can let my hair airdry and pineapple it to stretch it, and be ready the next morning. That’s the best option for me, personally. I don’t wash my hair and my body at the same time. I start with my hair. I just bend over my bathtub, so my head is “reversed” (I do the same thing when I wash my mask, by the way). I do this because I want to avoid having spots on my back, because the products you use stay on your skin and the back is the space I tend to forget sometimes while taking a shower. I don’t touch my hair, I don’t try to detangle them before applying the Too Shea! Conditionner from Jessicurl. I let the products on my hair for few minutes before detangling my hair using my fingers, simply, or a wide tooth comb when I find it, lol. I rince with cold water. Then, I crunch my hair and put a t-shirt as a turban on my head. I let my hair dry a little in it, so during that time I can wash my body, wash my face, do my make up, put my clothes… After that, I can apply my Lait Capillaire “Litchi-Mûre” by Les Secrets De Loly, a little bit of Confident Coils blended with Rockin Ringlets, both from Jessicurl, and seal everything with some Oil (Almond, Olive, Jojoba or Argan, it depends of my mood,lol). Then, I let it airdry. When my hair is like 90% I like to use a blowdryer (not hot) while shaking my head, to not have my roots “stuck” to my scalp, and encourage the volume of my hair. After that, I can use a pick and comb through my roots to maximise the volume. Et voilà !


What I do everyday :

Peanappling my hair before sleeping : This is my technique to sleep while not crunching my poor curls against my pillows, since I move a lot when I sleep. I just take a satin scarf that I wrap arround my head and I tie it on the front. I helps stretching my hair, and the next morning my hair is longer and even bigger !

Refreshing my fro : After the night, comes the morning, when your fro has been enduring all your movements during the night. To refresh my fro, all I do is putting some cold water on my hands, then I -kind of- massage my scalp. After that, my hands still a little wet so I take advantage of that to reshape quickly my fro and the wild curls. Finally, I put some moisture back on my hair, but not too much because I don’t want the products to weight down on my hair. I spray my hair with cold water lightly, I put my Lait Capillaire “Litchi-Mûre” by Les Secrets De Loly and my favourite oil in my fro, especially the “outer” curls which tends to be drier than the rest.


Hope I didn’t forget anything … I hope it was clear too !

Bisous ! :-*

Peeta’s Cheese Bread from Catching Fire

I was addicted to adventure novels when I was a teenager. Still am. Though my attention has shifted marginally towards well-written fanfiction, there is still a large place in my heart for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, and the Hunger Games. While I have created recipes for each of these series and have many more to go, the Hunger games has been the greatest challenge in the fact that it’s the Hunger Games

A vegetable medley or the shockingly grandeur spreads at the games’ ceremonies didn’t feel appropriate for the introduction of a new series into our menu. Yet Peeta is appropriate for every situation, so bring on the bread boy. 

*NOTE: This recipe requires either a bread cloche or a large dutch oven.

-MJ & K

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Doing my braids by myself saves me loads of money and I personally don’t like other people touching my hair?? Idk if that’s just me, last time I went the lady was really rough and pulled out my hair :(

My night time hair care is pretty simple:

  1.  I spray my hair with water and seal with coconut oil 
  2. Then I put it in a low tension bun 
  3. & Wrap with a silk scarf and then I’m done :)

If this helps you pls submit photos!! x x x

Roadside Service

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Word Count: 1,626

Warnings: None just pure fluff, implied smut but nothing graphic

AN: This was a fun one for me to write! I love me some Dean! Hope this is what you wanted! Also thank you to @jalove-wecallhimdean for being the awesome beta she always is!

Request: Heyyy babe! Lol okay so I have a request if you’re up for it. How about an AU, Dean x Reader. The Reader’s car breaks down. Dean happens to drive by, and him, being an expert in cars, offers to help, resulting in him asking her out on a date…how about fluff…implied smut?? Do whatever you wish, babe! It’s cool if you don’t use it💜💜 @chaos-and-the-calm67

Originally posted by out-in-the-open

This couldn’t be happening to you, not today of all days. You were on your way to the airport to get on your flight to Santa Monica, California where your favorite cousin was getting married. You had been excited about this trip for months and now you were stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Enough smoke billowing out from under the hood of your car to make you wonder if it was actually on fire and you could distinctly smell something akin to burning oil.

You knew you should have paid more attention to that little light on your dash but after buying the plane ticket, your bridesmaid dress, and hotel accommodations, you couldn’t really afford to take it to a mechanic. Now you were stuck with no cell service and the last gas station you had seen was at least 15 miles back. You had resigned yourself to hiking the 15 miles when you heard the most beautiful sound, a sound that made you want to cry tears of joy and relief; the sound of a powerful engine which meant help, hopefully.

You started waving your hands maniacally as soon as you saw a black hood come over the hill, praying that this person would stop and at least give you a ride to the nearest payphone. As the car drew closer you breathed a sigh of relief when you noticed the car slowing down and pulling to a stop right behind yours. Taking a deep breath and running your fingers through your hair to get the sweaty strands off of your forehead, you turned to look at your savior, hearing the squeaking hinge of the old door.

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