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She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

February, 2019

Hygiea

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Hygiea, the daughter of Epione, the Goddess of the Soothing of Pain, and Aslepius, God of Medicine, is the Greek Goddess of Health and Healing. Hers is a healing family, as Her sisters are Panakeia, the Goddess Who Cures All and Iaso, the Goddess of Remedies.

Called Salus in Rome, She is also the healer of both physical and mental disease. She is sometimes called the Protectress of Mental Health.

Her symbol is a cup, or chalice, surrounded by a snake, as She is most commonly shown with a snake wrapped around Her body, holding a bowl for libations.

The cult of Hygiea started in the 600’s BCE and spread during the plague of the 400’s BCE. A statue of Her stood at the entrance of the Acropolis, along with Athene.

Hygiea was very holistic in Her approach to good health, professing the benefits of eating well, getting enough exercise and the concept of disease prevention from cleanliness and hygiene, from whose name comes the words and its’ variations.

We would do well to follow Her advice in the present day, as well.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

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Salves, Balms and Lotions, Oh My!

June, 2013

 

Salves, Balms and Lotions, Oh My!

Now that our herb gardens are rocking, I thought I’d give you all a tutorial on how to make an herbal salve, a lip balm, and a basic lotion. 

herbal Salve

To make a basic salve, all you need is an infused oil, beeswax and some essential oil.

 

  Making Salves: The Key Ingredients

Infused oils are carrier oils that have been “infused” with one or more herbs. They are      used to make any oil-based apothecary items, such as lip balms, creams, massage oils and salves.

 

You can use any oil to make a salve, I personally like infused oils of calendula, comfrey, chamomile, plantain and arnica etc.  However, sweet almond, grapeseed and even olive oil are all good choices.  To make a 4 oz jar, use two ounces oil to one ounce beeswax or a two to one ratio for a semi hard salve.  All you need do is combine the two and microwave until the beeswax melts.  One melted stir well, add any essential oils you like and stir well.  Pour into jar.  It will firm up in about 15 minutes.

 

Lip Balm

Lip Balm is very similar to making a salve.  Instead of a two to one ratio of oil to wax it’s a four to one.  After melting the wax into the oil, you can flavor it with any candy confectioners extract, vanilla extract etc.  If you happen to have a liquid sweetener you can use that as well.  I often times like to color my balms.  I use FDA approved micas so if using micas, note, a very tiny amount goes a long way!  This mixture will have to be stirred for approximately 5 minutes or so to combine all the ingredients or they will separate.  Fill pots or if you have tubes, fill those.

Lotions

Lotions are a bit more difficult to make but the end result is wonderful!  Now all lotions need an emulsifier such as beeswax, however that makes for a greasy lotion so in this case we’re going to use borax (yes it’s an all natural product found in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket) and shea butter.

 

You’ll need: 1/2 cup boiling water, 1/8 teaspoon borax, 1/2 cup of almond oil and 1 tablespoon shea butter.

 

Boil the water and add the borax, stir, and set aside.  Melt the oil and shea butter and then pour into a blender.  On low speed start pouring in the water to the oil mixture in a very thin, slow stream.  Blend on high until well mixed.  You should now have a milky white lotion.  Makes 4 Ounces.