Category Archives: Essential Oils & Herbs

New Moon Incense – Dispelling, Purification and Breaking Bad

I put together a loose incense for my New Moon work for daughter. It’s purpose was to break this foulness that seems to have attached itself to her in the forms of depression (yes she is being clinically treated).

How do I compose these ingredients? Why do I choose this over that? Most times I like to limit my ingredients to less than 5. There is no reason to dump the entire kitchen sink into the recipe, however, as you will see, yeah, I’m not fucking around.

First, determine the action you want and what is working against you. We felt there was some sort of nebulous, dark energy attachment that needed to be strongly dealt with.

Second, mentally think out the personal dynamic and what you feel about the materials you have chosen. This is where intuition plays a part; the more you work with the materials you use (in my case organic herbs, spices, resins and plants), the more comfortable and “right” you will feel about your choices. For example, my choice of a Willow bark and St. Johns Wort was specific to this situation.

Thirdly, how will you use it. This compound was to be tossed on a fire of pine and birch (both protective trees) so it didn’t need to be bound into a cone form. I wanted something composed of burnable materials like roots and flowers, as well as resins which smoked.

Root and Floral elements:

Galangal Root (Low John) – energy, strength, courage, hex breaking, burn to remove ill spells and break curses.

Burdock Root – protection, healing, wards off negativity, holds sacred space.

St. Johns Wort – Banishes, protects against black witchcraft, burn to banish demons and spirits. Linked to helping depression medically.

Willow Bark – Guards against negativity, brings in the spirit of the moon, ending pain. I use a willow wand in my work and felt this would benefit our mother-daughter connection.

Resins:

Myrrh – consecration, healing, enhances any magickal working.

Frankincense – enables the divine to manifest. Consecration, protection, purification.

Copal – love and purification, sets sacred space, allows guides and guidance to happen.

Dragons Blood – strong banishing powers, use with any spell to increase potency.

Spices:

Cloves – banishing, protection against evil forces,

Cumin – burn with Frankincense to increase Frankincense’s ability.

Black Pepper – burn to dispel bad vibrations, being a spice is linked to increasing energy of a working and to casting off.

herb garden beginnings

It looks like this week we will have nice weather for winter – 40’s and 50’s – for the week. That means I need to get my rear in gear and start my herb garden.

We had a lovely spot in Missouri that actually did quite well for us first-time herb gardeners. I think the key here was that the compost was augmented with gravel and sand so it drained well.

Step one: get me to the recycling center. I need to drop off my plastic and cans, and they also have corrugated cardboard that you can pick up for free.

Score one for intolerance: Just got back from recycling center where the lady behind me in her car kept honking at me and got out and yelled at me because I didn’t move my car up in the line fast enough and hit the disabled workers! Later, the guy behind her told me she must have been off her meds! I’m thinking no family visited her during Christmas! Peace be with you crazy lady!

Step two: mark out the area. We will be taking out some of the lawn under the dining and breakfast room windows. You lay down the cardboard (or newspaper) as weedblocker. The best time to do this is in the winter (not spring or summer) as the grass is generally dormant. I need to decide how we are going to edge this garden so to separate it from the very invasive lawn. I am thinking something like this or this.

Step three: pile on a mix of horse manure, sand and pea gravel. Most herbs like very well drained soil and I think where people go wrong is overwatering and not letting the plant’s roots get dry. Owning horses, I have a source for plenty of horse manure 🙂

Step four: remove a tree. This little seedling marked the grave of a hamster and the kids insisted that I leave it be. However, it is now huge and growing right out of the house foundation so needs to go. I feel bad about killing a tree, but it’s had a good run.

Step five: put up a screen (this couldn’t be the aforementioned tree as the tree was 8 feet out of place). This area is close to a neighbors window and she just happens to be very obnoxious. It would be funny to put up something borderline white-trashy as this would really tick her off. However, for our conservative neighborhood, most likely it would be a lattice. I really like this and this but I don’t think I would be able to find the right sized branches in the quantity I would need to make it happen.

Instead of working with a spade, I would rather imagine the plants I’ll be putting in:

Anise Hyssop

Basil (at least 3 varieties)

Bee Balm

Catnip

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Marjoram (which I prefer over Oregano)

Oregano

Rosemary

Sage (two varieties)

Savory (winter and summer)

Tarragon, Sweet

Thyme

ritual cleansing oil

We are making a few plans before Grenwinae’s winter vacation ends, such as a trip to Missouri to clean out the rental house. While there I want to do some ceremonies and because of some changes in the house in Oklahoma, I am finding myself in need of a ritual cleansing oil.

I have a variety of Incense, Sage, sweet grass, Myrrh, frankincense, Palo Santo wood etc.. to do smudging ceremonies. However, for some objects, I would like to use a scented olive oil to cleanse the object of any previous energy. This is especially true of containers, bowls and bells.

Of course I could use specific oils to ready something for a specific crafting (i.e. protection, prosperity, health etc…) but in this instance I am looking for something to vanquish, cleanse and prepare an item for a later step. This list is gathered from several online sources (see the bottom of this post for links) as well as my personal choices as those easy to find and use.

Anise Star — to blend with Rose, Lavender, Orange, and spicy EO.

Camphor — to blend with Frankincense and Neroli. Purification and promotes celibacy.

Cedarwood (Atlas and Virginia) — Atlas is sharper in smell than Virginia. Enhances Spirituality.

Citronella — to blend with Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Vanilla, and Bergamot.

Cypress — to blend with Mint and/or Citrus varieties (try grapefruit). Put in lower dosage when using it with floral scents. Blessing, concretion and protection. Assists in healing and easing loss.

Dragons Blood — Patchouli, Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree.

Eucalyptus — Used in purification blends.

Grapefruit — Purification.

Juniper Berry — to blend with Cedarwood, Cypress, Pine, Orange or Grapefruit. Purification, protection and healing.

Lemon — Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Neroli, and  Ylang Ylang. Purification and healing oils associated with the moon.

Lemongrass — Basil, Jasmine, Lavender, Geranium, Fennel, Orange, Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Sage, and other citrus oils. Psychic awareness and purification.

Lime — Bergamot, Lavender, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Lemongrass and Pine. Purification and protection.

Neroli — All other oils especially Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, and Vanilla. Spicy oils such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Happiness and purification.

Sweet Orange — Blends well with Grapefruit, Ginger, Tangerine Clary Sage, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, and Lavender essential oils. Purification and associated with the Sun.

Peppermint — Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Spearmint, Benzoin, Black Pepper,  Melissa, Marjoram, and spice oils. Use in small quantities (1%). Purification.

Pine — Eucalyptus, Lavender, other spice oils and other coniferous oils. Purification, protection, money and healing formulas.

Spearmint — less intense than Peppermint. To blend with Peppermint, Basil, Orange, and Lavender.

It’s interesting that many of those listed are associated with common cleaning products for the home (soaps, dishwasher or laundry detergents, counter cleansers etc…. Citrus and pine scents can clear the air or the mind and smell “fresh.” Some smells may appeal or not appeal to you due to your personal history with them. If blending scents I would be aware of each individual scent and make sure they don’t compete with each other. For example, blending an invigorating scent with a relaxing one would be in opposition with their core values.

You may find that one essential oil seems related to a deity you follow. If oranges are related to the Sun, and Lemons with the Moon you may want to plan their use according to the time or day or male/female energies. A scent may trigger a memory for you or it’s history aligns with your own; for these reasons I am strongly drawn to pines, cedarwood and the citrus family.

Favorites for oil bases (carrier oils) include olive oil (easily obtained at a grocery store but has a strong smell), grapeseed oil (found at health food stores, sometimes at the grocer, no smell), and other possibilities include Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and/or Safflower Oil. If using Almond Oil be aware that it will effect you if you have nut allergies. Avoid GMO products like Canola Oil.

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Sources: The Anointing article at Wiki gives you a short history that is interesting. An informative overview here at Spiritual Spells. Aroma Web has a one page, general article about anointing oils. Obsidians’ list of herb properties (which would also apply to your essential oils).

My own House Cleansing 101 article and my own article about how to create an Essential Oil blend.

Essential Oils sorted by purpose at Aroma Web’s Essential Oil for Spirituality, Pagan Dreams has several online anointing oil recipes. Blessed Be has quite a list. A variety of oils at Sibylline. Another list of Essential Oils and their properties at Sacred Wicca website. For posts about herbs, check out the Druids Well blog and Deep Glades Apothecary,

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I put together a mix of Juniper Berry and Grapefruit Essential Oils, and made two samples: one with Olive Oil and the other with Grapeseed oil. I let the soaked cotton balls sit in a sealed plastic baggie for a few days and went back to it last night.

The Olive Oil one has a more “cleaning” scent, deeper and fruitier? Heavier? The Grapeseed Oil was lighter and airy. I’ve decided to use the Olive Oil for my use of cleansing tools – wiping away previous energies.

Each person has to choose oils that mean something to them… it all comes down to intent, preparation and use.

More Massage Blends for Romance

Here are my thoughts and reviews about some of the scent mixes recommended over the Internet. Links have been provided to the original recipe and my adaptations follow the original.

As I’ve written before scent is a very personal thing. You would do well to experiment with these combinations by using cotton balls and see if you and your lover find them appealing before mixing a huge batch and finding out you don’t like them at all! I’ve also found that the original scent changes quite a bit before it settles so give your test a day or so for all the scents to age into each other.

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Original: Sandalwood and Jasmine recipe at Aroma Web. I actually needed something else to tone down the floral as Jasmine often gives me a headache at full strength. You can choose one of the following: Black Pepper (1), Clove (1), Myrrh (1), to slide the scent towards a more masculine appeal; or Clary Sage (2), Rosewood (2), or one of the Oranges for a more fruity uplift.

Silky Spice

2 ounces Massage Oil

Sandalwood (12) ~ you can exchange for Cedarwood

Bergamot (8) ~ exchange with Rosewood, Clary Sage or one of the Oranges

Jasmine (3)

Myrrh (2) ~ you can exchange with Cinnamon Leaf, Cardamom, Black Pepper or Clove Bud

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Mood for Love by Birch Hill: Sandalwood (3) to Rose (2) added to 2 Tbps (or 1 ounce) of Massage Lotion. Again, floral scents way overpower me. A little goes a long way.

Romantic Encounter (Birch Hill) has a combination of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Bergamot. Since those two floral scents together would have blasted me away (not in a good way) I didn’t try that one. If you really like florals, it might be worth your experimental effort.

Romantic Massage #1 (Birch Hill) combines equal parts Cedarwood (2) with Clary Sage (2), adding Orange (1) and Vanilla at 10% (5 drops) to 1 ounce massage oil (btw you don’t have to use Almond and I recommend you don’t if you have a nut allergy). Sounded good but as always I can’t stop from meddling.

French Kiss

2 ounces Massage Oil

Cedarwood (8) ~ alternatives would be Sandalwood, Frankincense and even Myrrh.

Clary Sage (8) ~ exchange with Bergamot

Vanilla at 10% (6)

Orange, Neroli (4) ~ if this orange is too sweet for you, exchange with sweet orange.

Romantic Massage #2 (Birch Hill) is the same as the basic Sandalwood/Jasmine mix but at equal drop amounts. Added to the blend is Ylang Ylang and Orange. Because of Jasmine’s strong floral I would actually reduce the Jasmine amount in this recipe by quite a bit. The same goes for Ylang Ylang. Because most of these scents were not my favorites, I didn’t try it but if you like florals a lot go for it!

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Aura Cacia has a lot of online recipes for romance. Most of their recipes are variation on the same theme: Vanilla Essence at a high drop dosage, with added Cardamom and Orange. Or Vanilla with some sort of floral scent (Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang etc..). Probably my favorite was this Chocolove that I made some small changes too:

Chocolate Seduction

Vanilla at 10% (16 drops)

Rose Otto (3 drops)

Sweet Orange (2)

Peppermint, Chocolate (2)

Cardamom (1)

Erotic Blend has Vanilla, Sweet Orange, Cardamom and Rose Absolute. However, looking over the other recipe, I preferred the Sensual Vanilla with a few changes

Guilty Pleasure

1/4 cup Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter

Vanilla at 10% (20 drops)

Orange, Sweet (2)

Cardamom (2)

Clove (2) for masculine/spicy OR Rose Otto (2) for feminine/floral

Spicy Seduction combines Vanilla, Rose and Clove.

Lovers Massage is the same Sandalwood and Rose mix you commonly see. Take that and add Vanilla, you get Lusty Love Massage.

Subtle Seduction has Jasmine, Patchouli and Vanilla. Not a big fan of the first two and knowing how strong Jasmine and Patchouli are, I would doubt this seduction is anything but subtle. LOL!

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Rise to the Occasion

14 Rosemary

6 Ginger

4 Cinnamon

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To make it easier for everyone to know how I do my own work (of course feel free to develop your own method!), I’ve put together this post: Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils (photos now added). For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.

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NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.

WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always do a test on your skin with the diluted massage oil to confirm you and your partner have no issues with the essential oils you have used.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. :)

House Cleansing 101

There’s nothing better than coming back home after a trip. Instead of curling up with a good book, today, we are doing our house ceremony which will take much of the day.

First Step – clean the house. Remove the smoke alarms. Set a pot to boil containing sliced lemons, cloves, rosemary and salt. Upstairs we will do the same with a crock pot.

Open the windows, start up the laundry for all the bed materials, flip the bed mattresses. Clean the stove. Wipe mirrors clean. Clean the oven, microwave and clear out the fridge. Empty all trash. Clean all toilets and sinks.

Shake out the house with noise! Start the homemade bread.

Some Pins I’ll be doing today:

Lemon and Rosemary (added cloves and salt)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600554510/

Cleaning your Stove (vinegar and baking soda)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600851153/
or use ammonia
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600228930/

Cleaning your stovetop burners (this really works!)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859599301802/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859599316828/

Mildew off tubs and faucets (bleach or hydrogen peroxide)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600617924/

Carpet cleaner (Borax with Baking Soda, scented with Lavender)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600480054/
I’ll be using this on the mattresses also – or you could try this recipe for mattresses
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600434271/

Homemade dusting cloth
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600762983/

Making this orange cleaner
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600478583/

Cleaning the microwave
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600228808/

Mirror cleaner (uses lavender, you could also use Rosemary)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859599198813/
many more glass cleaning recipes here
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859599198823/
I used the second pin, first recipe and added the strained water from the Rosemary and Lemon (see first recipe)

If you follow any Feng Shui principles – or at the very least, common sense – pay especial attention in the bathrooms where the shit goes – and openings such as doors and windows. I’m not superstitious but mirrors show an alternate reality – they reflect and move light and energy through the house. Have an awareness of where they are. When it comes to the front entrance, invite in, protect and banish all in one go.

Second Step –

When we have the major cleaning done and waiting on laundry etc… we going to reclaim our space by putting out some of our personal belongings, hanging pictures etc… as we are coming back here and making it our own again. Along with that we will return to our “get home finished” remodeling list. Update what we want to do. Get some prices and links to things we need to do. Lay out a plan.

Some other good ideas at this point:

If your towels are threadbare, replace. Need new sheets or pillows? Refill all your soap dispensers in the house. Go through your kitchen cabinets and make a list of what essential items you are missing and replace (i.e. herbs, salt, baking soda, oils, flours etc…).

Put out a new welcome mat and write on the back of it what you invite in and what you cast out. Replace your locks or doorknobs with new or changed entry codes.

Go through your computer and phone and delete addresses and numbers you no longer need – block those you need too. Check over your emergency preparedness – do you have needed papers in one place? flashlights and candles? emergency numbers?

If using salt, and you have time to prepare you may want to bless your salt beforehand. (BTW you can also make your own Rosemary Salt http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859602862599/ or Basil salt http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859600537522/)

Smudging (be sure to do all four corners of the room, the windows and doors, mirrors, computers, cell phones). We decided to go through the house counter clockwise (widdershins) as we were unraveling. We decided to go with incense cones for this from an individual at Etsy https://www.etsy.com/transaction/150255129?ref=fb2_tnx_title

Sage – dispels and casts out (exorcism, protection, purification)

Cedar – dispels and protects (purification, healing, cleansing, protection)

If you don’t want to use smoke, try making your own room freshener. I especially liked the Rosemary – Grapefruit – Peppermint http://www.aromaweb.com/recipes/rafresh.asp

Or try a diffuser recipe using essential oils http://www.aromaweb.com/recipes/aromatherapy-diffuser-recipes.asp

Final Step –

“All good things that wish us well

Bless this home while here we dwell”

Smudging (be sure to do all four corners of the room, the windows and doors, mirrors, computers, cell phones). Our last step was to do this clockwise to bring in and seal.

Sweetgrass – inviting in the good (bringer of good energy, seals, and calls in good spirits). Instead of buying sweetgrass from some large, anonymous retailer, I found some from an individual on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/transaction/150254981?ref=fb2_tnx_title I also bought this in an incense cone http://www.etsy.com/listing/100252766/sweetgrass-and-sage-artisan-hand-made?ref=shop_home_active

At the end of the day, fellowship over a good hearty meal and breaking of homemade bread.

BTW remember to replace your smoke alarms with new batteries 🙂

Needing Rabbit’s Invisibility

I will be soon leaving on a business trip – the timing is wrong, the people I’m meeting up with psychologically damaging, and I’ll be trapped for 10 days. The trapped part concerns me the most as I don’t do well when cornered. Because this trip is out of the country I will have no local friend or family support, and no way to escape to be alone.

I have been thinking about what I’ll need and that comes down to is Rabbit. I need Rabbit to help me hide in plain sight. a cloak of invisibility. I need to be able to quickly navigate through tricky conversations and disappear from the radar of predator-type people. I need to be silent and still my busy Me-Mind so I can watch for danger and reveal very little about myself. I need to combat invasive questions with silence, not anger or counter-attacks.

You might recall that Rabbit has protected me before? This type of protection is not obvious. You are there, but no one really notices you. I could also call upon Owl but Owl is more about predation and I really want to just fade away before these people’s eyes. I don’t want to get combative with these people – not only are they dangerous, but it could cost me my job and I need a check right now.

Because of my work being separate from this blog, I can’t go into details about what this is all about. It would be great if I didn’t have to go, but necessity requires it and I plan on going with the best armor I can find: Rabbits charming and childlike behavior combined with invisibility.

As usual, Rabbit re-affirms our connection by giving me a bunny story on a blog I read today – and by being in the front yard when I came home this morning. Rabbit, in quiet subtle ways, shows me, Yes I am here, if you know where to look. ETA and another rabbit just came into my in-box!

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At Ramblings of a Modern Pagan, there is a post about the difference between an Amulet and a Talisman. I’ll be making an amulet, asking for Rabbit’s protection, during my trip. My Amulet will be charged to work over the 10 days of the trip and has to be designed so I can wear it without anyone the wiser.

The Herbs I’m considering would work with my own personality. Since I am not a shy, retiring, vulnerable type – but a brash, aggressive, assertive type I need a balance for those tendencies:

Angelica (Dong Quai) – Long associated with the Angels. Serves as a barrier against and boosts you from within. I need the power of any Guardian that I can get.
Anise Seed – Protection. Wards off the Evil Eye.
Cumin – Combines with Frankincense for protection. Used with salt, drives out evil. Anti-theft.
Frankincense Resin – Self will, self control of ego, purifies and protects.
Garlic – protection against vampires (yeah I know but these people ARE vampires!). Exorcism, Anti-theft.
Rosemary – Purifies, removes negativity, helps with memory (this is a learning course). Exorcism.
Thyme – Courage when needed, attracts loyalty and good opinion of others. Wards negativity.
Valerian – Protection. Often substitutes for graveyard dust. Calms the emotions.

I’d like to find some stones to take with me but my time and money is limited. My selection of stores, few. I’ll see if I can find any: Fluorite, Jasper, MalachiteMoss AgateTiger Eye, or Onyx.

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The best protection I can do is stay grounded in my own reality. Don’t let my emotions over run me, especially those of frustration and anger. I need to be disingenuous, with a front of earnest willingness. When they try to poke me with a stick, I don’t even see the stick. I don’t even know they would USE a stick! I don’t even know what a stick IS!

Yes, this is false, deceptive and it goes against my very nature. But protection supersedes being “true to myself.” This is all a game of lies, manipulation and intimidation. I’m not planning on playing fair.

Crones Moon and Spiral Dance body oil recipes

August will make my 50th birthday and I’m peri-menopausal, marking a lot of changes in my skin, hair, and feminine cycles. This is a fact of life that won’t be changed but symptoms can be alleviated and I can take care of myself with loving self attention.

I can’t stress enough that the best thing you can do for your skin is:

Eat fish twice a week

Eat more than your minimum fruit and vegetables each day

Reduce or eliminate smoking and drinking (smoking kills your skin among other things)

Reduce or eliminate (never going to happen in this world) caffeine, processed sugars, and processed food.

Limit eating out to twice or once a week if even that. Make it a pleasure not an every day occurrence (something I need to get back too for sure).

Drink more water and less soda, tea or coffee.

Exercise a bit each day, even if it is just a 20 minute walk.

Wear Sunglasses whenever you exit the house unless it is nighttime! I live in a Sunshine state and trust me I’m far less wrinkled than my peers because I have been faithful to wearing sunglasses!

Wear sunblock, especially on your face. There are a lot of light, base makeups that now have sunscreen within them. A large hat also helps for when you are gardening or doing extended outside chore work.

When I was doing so well on my healthy eating, I saw a huge change in my skin. All the cellulite disappeared and though I’ve gained back it’s not returned. Kinda odd to tell the truth so I can vouch for cleaning up the diet really makes the skin change. My face had a glow to it I had never seen before and I was in my mid forties. With some dietary changes, I’m hoping I can return to that.

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This project deals with the skin and is a body oil I can use 2-3 times a week. I knew I wanted to pick a carrier oil beneficial to overall dry to average skin (my face is actually oily-dry combo but my body skin borders on dry). For that purpose I picked Sweet Almond Oil however, if you are allergic to nuts, substitute with another carrier oil, perhaps Jojoba or Grapeseed.

To the carrier oil, I added some liquid Vitamin E. Vitamin E which can help against acne, dark circles under the eyes, skin blemishes etc.. when used with moderation.

Next decide what essential oils would benefit your skin type. For example, if you are in your 30’s and 40’s you may see more benefit from the Vitamin C found in Oranges. At fifty, not so much – that train has left the station:

Bergamot – acne, oily skin, psoriasis.
Carrot Seed – be sure to blend to relive the smell. Eczema, mature skin, toxin build up, water retention (this stuff is expensive! so I passed)
Cedarwood (Atlas) – acne, dandruff, dermatitis.
Cypress – menorrhagia, oily skin, varicose veins.
Jasmine – dry skin, sensitive skin
Juniper Berry – acne, cellulitis, toxin build up.
Lavender – Acne, athletes foot, bruises, burns, dermatitis, insect bites, itching, oily skin, scars, stretch marks.
Orange, Neroli – Mature skin, scars, stretch marks.
Orange, Sweet – dull skin.
Orange, Petitgrain – Acne, oily skin.
Patchouli – Acne, dermatitis, eczema, mature skin, oily skin.
Roman Chamomile – dermatitis, inflamed skin, insect bites.
Rose – Menopause, mature skin, eczema.
Sandalwood – dry skin, chapped skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, stretch marks.

For myself, I’ll be experimenting with Lavender, Neroli, and Sandalwood. I have mature body skin that is dry with some stretch marks. For Grenwinae, I’ve chosen Cypress, Juniper Berry, Orange (Sweet), with a hint of Black Pepper (circulation) and Ginger (circulation). He has a family history of varicose veins, poor circulation and stomach/digestive issues.

The ones I’ve chosen are based upon the (supposed) medicinal values and not the scents. That’s where doing a small mix of concentrated drops would allow you to sniff out if they work together smell-wise.

How to use: After bath or before bed, self massage about a quarter size amount each into your arms. legs, stomach, chest, neck, buttocks, thighs and calves. Massage should be brisk and vigorous, but not hard to hurt – just to stimulate. Rub in clockwise circles.

Note, oil may stain sheets or get them oily, so try a spare sheet or towel on the bed before laying down. Generally, it should absorb within the hour and if it does you may want to gently wipe off some of the excess with a warm washcloth.

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Crones’ Moon Body Oil
Mature, dry body skin with some stretch marks

2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Vitamin E
24 drops Lavender Essential Oil
24 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
12 drops Orange (Neroli) Essential Oil

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Spiral Dance Body Oil
For dull skin needing circulation, cleansing, and detox

2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Vitamin E
15 Cypress Essential Oil
15 Juniper Berry Essential Oil
9 Orange (Sweet) Essential Oil
4 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

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I’ll be trying these for a month and report back my thoughts. If you use any of the recipes, I’d like your feedback. Of course, I hope you like them but scent is a highly personal thing.

WARNING!  Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always seek medical advice from a professional ~ not the internet! BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 😀

Just Another Love Song (massage oil)

A new love massage oil blend that we used this weekend. It’s a lighthearted, uplifting combination whereas the Lovers Touch Massage Oil I posted earlier was spicier and generated heat.

Just Another Love Song

2 ounces Massage Oil (try Sesame Seed Oil – not toasted)

Cedarwood (16) ~ you can exchange with Sandalwood for a stronger, earthier scent

Vanilla at 10% (12)

Sweet Orange (6) ~ or try the more exotic and sweet Neroli (Orange)

Cinnamon Leaf (2) ~ Alternate with Clove to go more spicy.

This scent changes rapidly as it ages. Originally, the Cedarwood and Vanilla were strong, than Vanilla and lastly it changed to Sweet Orange with a hint of Cinnamon. This blend reinforced to me the importance of letting a scent mature before deciding you like or dislike it. Remember, Orange can be Phototoxic so don’t use before going out into the sun.

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To make it easier for everyone to know how I do my own work (of course feel free to develop your own method!), I’ve put together this post: Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils (photos now added). For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.

NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.

WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always do a test on your skin with the diluted massage oil to confirm you and your partner have no issues with the essential oils you have used.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 😀

Developing a Loose Incense for Rabbit

One way I honor my Animal Guides is by developing something I feel represents their Essence to me. I had made a massage oil for Vulture (Vulture’s Tears) which took me several weeks. It was a good project for focusing and thinking upon what Vulture represented to me and honoring Vulture’s wisdom.

For Rabbit, I want to make a herb mixture of loose incense that I could use as an offering (this website has tons of info on how to do it and more ideas on herbs for incense here). I could have gone the fertility route but instead I’ve opted for things that represent the growing seasons to me and which, if I was a rabbit, I might like to eat. To me, Rabbit is associated with the Moon (including the 28 day cycles), the Feminine and of course, Willow tree.

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Alfalfa ~ Prosperity for the home and helps against want, especially hunger. Abundance, prosperity. Protects against financial misfortune. Feminine, Venus, Earth.

Basil ~ helps you move though danger.  Is an all around good one for protection, prosperity, courage, love and exorcism. Masculine, Mars, Fire.

Chamomile ~ Love and luck. Harmony, peace, calms the spirit and reduces stress. Sedative. Meditative. Tranquil. Masculine, Sun, Water.

Dandelion leaf and root ~ Healing and defeats negativity. Summons spirits. Purification. Divination. Wishes. Dandelions transform the soil in which they live.  Masculine, Sun and Air. I will “wild harvest” these.

Raspberry ~ healing, visions, protection, love, alleviates labor pains (don’t use if pregnant), spirit of center. Reminds us to be patient as canes take several years to fully develop. Associated with Spring Equinox.  Associated with the feminine (helps women “troubles), Venus and Water.

Red Clover ~ Used in blessings of domesticated animals. Money, Love, Lust and Success. Associated with Summer Equinox. Masculine, Mercury, Air.

Rose hips ~ Healing and good spirits. Abundance and strength. Divination and prophetic dreams. Fertility and House Blessings. Associated with fall equinox.

Star Anise ~ Stimulates psychic powers. Protection. Meditation. Find happiness and wards off evil eye. A popular herb to burn for incense.

Sweetgrass ~ Peace, unity and calling spirits. Positive energy. Burn after white sage (which cleanses).

White Willow Bark ~ Healing. Blessings. Bindings. Guards against negativity. Putting some wood in the mix should help with the burn factor. Female, Water, Moon.

Updated: the four marked in blue made a very nice combination (Alfalfa, Red Clover, Star Anise, White Willow Bark). However, to really catch it to burn I’m going to write up a note, shred it, and use it along with wax shavings. We tried Salt Peter and it gave a nice sparkle but wasn’t as consistent.

I will be concentrating not only on the magical uses but also how it smells dried and burning. I’ll be going through these herbs individually over the next few weeks and posting about them here. Once I started doing my research, I see that this blend is becoming something more than I originally intended! It looks to be something for meditation and calling to my Guides. That’s exciting!

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Sad to say three little baby bunnies were brought into the clinic. We tried to get the folks to put them back because wild mother rabbits leave their babies for the day – only visiting them twice to feed them – but the people insisted we keep them. Well, the success rate for raising baby rabbits (due to their unique biological system) is extremely poor and all three passed. It makes you know how vulnerable life truly is and how much humans need to leave nature ALONE!!

Thankfully, the next “the baby bunnies have been abandoned” caller was convinced to put them back and all of them immediately burrowed into their shallow nest and disappeared the next day.

Please leave wild baby bunnies ALONE! Mom will come back!