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Aromatic Life

December, 2015

It’s All About the Lavender

 

Here are some beauty recipes whose main ingredient is lavender.

 

Lavender and Rosemary Soap

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Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils, dermatitis, fever blisters, and more.
Begin this soap by making and infusion of fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion
1 1/2 tsp. lavender oil
1/2 tsp rosemary oil
1 tsp pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.

This soap is very pleasing–so try not to give it all away! Store some in a linen closet for yourself and your family.

 

 

Lavender Mineral Bath

1/2 cup solar dried sea salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup dead sea mineral salts
40 drops lavender EO

Mix all ingredients well (adding EO last) store in a glass jar or tin
and use 1/4 cup per bath!

 

 

Deodorant Recipe

4 ounces 100 proof grain alchohol
28 ounces purified water
1 cup of dried lavender flowers
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaf
1/4 cup witch hazel leaf
2 teaspoon Lavendar essential oil
In a large jar, combine herbs. Mix alcohol and water and pour into jar with herbs to fill. Screw cap tightly on jar. Let steep, shaking occasionally for a full moon cycle. Strain liquid through muslin cloth. Return liquid to clean jar, add essential oils, Screw cap tightly on jar, shake vigorously. Let set and shake thrice more over the course of a day. Shake well before decanting into spray bottles.

 

 

Lavender Bath 
Lavender essential oil is reassuring, soporific, and is often the first choice of aromatherapists for treating emotional or mental stress. It also reduces muscular pain, whether from illness or physical exertion, and soothes the skin. I can’t think of a more perfect herb for a relaxing bath.

Ingredients:

4 cups epsom salts
2 cups Sea salt
1 cup non fat powdered milk
2 cups oatmeal ground to a very fine powder in a food processor or
coffee
grinder-use the old fashioned kind
40 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, sieve if you wish,then add the lavender 10 drops at a time, thoroughly mix it through. Do this 4 times, so that the lavender essential oil is distributed.

I then put the mix in glass jars and put a pretty sticker on the jar with all the ingredients and the date when I made it.

 

 

Lavender Dusting Powder

 

1/3 c white kaolin powder
1/3 c arrowroot powder
1/3 c cornstarch
4 drops each lavender, clary sage and mandarin EO
Combine ingredients in blender. Add oils and blend. Put in shaker orjar with powder puff.

 

 

Solid Lavender Perfume

4 ounces beeswax
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Lavender essential oil

Melt beeswax into the oil using a double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils and keep stirring for about a minute. Pour into containers and let cool completely until solid.

 

 

 

WitchCrafts

September, 2011

I love herbs, as most witches do.  They give so much and ask so little, and under the right circumstances, can these bad boys pack a wallop!  In this type of venue our readers can be beginners, or seasoned veterans so it’s a challenge to write something that will hopefully have something for everyone.

There are different methods of working with herbs, but before you begin trying different uses I cannot emphasize safety enough!  If you don’t already have one, invest in a good herbal reference book.  There are 2 by Scott Cunningham, Magical ism, and Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.  The Rodale Illustrated Encyclopedia of herbs is a good one and it is a true enclyopedia.  Check around and find one that appeals to you.

Methods of working with Herbs

Infusion: An infusion, or potion is basically soaking herbs in hot water to be drunk, put into a bath, wiped on surfaces, sprinkled around, and applied to the body.  If you have an old coffee maker that you won’t be making coffee in, the paper filter does a great job of straining the herbs, and heats the water quickly.

* For every one cup of water, use one teaspoon of herb.

*  Cover the infusion so no steam evaporates and let it stand about 10 minutes

NOTE: Be absolutely certain that any herbs used in this manner are safe!!!

Bath: Bathing in herbs is a simple way to utilize their power.  Either use a cheesecloth sachet, (half to one cup of herb) or a strained infusion to put into the bath.

Ointment:  An ointment is made by using lard or vegetable shortening, which smells way better than lard.  I have experimented and used coconut oil, it is solid contrary to the name, and have used vaseline.  Wander the cosmetic aisles and I’m sure the possibilities are endless.  Apply the ointment to the body, usually to the pulse points.

Sachet:  Also known as charm bags, mojo bags, or gris-gris bags.  You can either carry them personally or place them in a particular location.  You can use either a small pouch or bag and add the appropriate herb, or mixture of herbs, or you can simply lay the herbs in the center of a piece of cloth, or handkerchief and tie it closed.  Usually a tablespoon of herbs is sufficient

This brings us to herbal incense which is burned on a charcoal block.  Just as the coffemaker is a tool of convenience, if you grind a lot of herbs, a coffee grinder works well.  I recently received a helpful tip from my niece however, if you’ll be using it alot make sure to get one with multiple speeds, the simple on/off variety can’t take the strain.

The simplest way to use herb power is to light a candle of your choice and sprinkle  the herbs around the base.

Be brave, use blends that appeal to you, see what kind of wild herbs you have in your area, be certain they’re safe then add them.  If you’re lucky enough to live where you can get lily of the valley flowers and mint mix it with coconut oil and you’ll have a skin cream that blows the high dollar brands out of the water!!!