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    Imbolc!   Merry Meet! It’s time to celebrate Imbolc and welcoming the coming spring. Some great ideas for your Imbolc celebration: Imbolc Oil Recipe: Imbolc Incense: 3 parts Frankincense 2 parts Dragon’s Blood 1/2 part Red Sandalwood 1 part Cinnamon a few drops Red Wine add to carrier oil of your choosing. To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc (February 2nd.) Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun–the fading of winter and the promise of spring.  One flower that just may be in…

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    An Herbal/Spice Blend to Kill Anything Over the Winter Season                       Some people call this fire cider, I call it, well nasty…Actually I call it Flu Juice.  Everyone has their own recipe, and I am no exception. So, without further ado, here it is: You’ll want to start this on the Full or New Moon 1 part Garlic 1 part Horseradish (The Fresh Root if you can get it but jarred is fine) 1 part Onion 1 part Fresh ginger 1/4 part Cayenne 1 part Honey Apple Cider Vinegar, with the Mother in it. (Non-filtered, Like Bragg’s) Chop the garlic,…

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    Herbs For A Merry Yule! Blessed Thistle   Common names: St. Benedict Thistle Botanical names: Cnicus benedictus Parts Used & Where Grown Although native to Europe and Asia, blessed thistle is now cultivated in many areas of the world, including the United States. The leaves, stems, and flowers are all used in herbal preparations. How It Works The sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin, provide the main beneficial effects of blessed thistle in the treatment of indigestion. The bitterness of these compounds stimulates digestive activity, including the flow of saliva and secretion of gastric juice, which leads to improved appetite and digestion.4 Some pharmacological evidence suggests that blessed thistle may also…

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    A Time for Thanksgiving While there are no Sabbats to celebrate this month, we do have the American Thanksgiving.  So, I’ve decided that for this month I’d give you a few great recipes for some healthy eating!  Whether you’re American or not I hope you find them interesting and are willing to give them a try! Homemade Pumpkin Butter Homemade pumpkin butter is extremely easy to whip up on your stove.  It is also extremely easy to put to good use.:)Spread it on toast and waffles, or package it up for a gift from your kitchen. Some people even mix it with yogurt or cottage cheese for a nutritious snack.…

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      A Happy Samhain to All Two Herbs Associated with Samhain are Ginger and Licorice. Both are great for the season. Ginger:  The parts used are the Rhizomes.  An old Indian proverb says, “every good quality is contained in Ginger.”  Ginger has been used since the dawn of time for healing.  Modern science has supported some of it’s traditional medicinal uses.  Among other things ginger is is used to treat motion and morning sickness, digestive problems, heart disease and stroke, ulcers, arthritis, women’s health concerns, and cold and flu. Ginger is a tropical perennial that grows from a tuberous underground stem or rhizome. Just in time for Samhain, here’s a…

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    It’s Time for Mabon! Herbs associated with Mabon are Sage and Milk Thistle. Sage-  Sage is considered the Herb of the Wise.  The ancient Greeks and Romans  first used sage as a meat preserver.  In healing it was prescribed for snake bites, epilepsy, intestinal worms and chest ailments.  Today, we use sage to treat excessive perspiration, against several infection causing bacteria, food poisoning, digestive problems, sore throats and women’s health concerns.  Parts used are the leaves.  Magickal properties are: Sage absorbs negativity and misfortune. It drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane cars of life. Burn it to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as…

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    Herbal Insecticides Natural Herbal Insecticides This page is designed to help with bug control safely. Man-made insecticides is burning up the very Earth we hold so dear to our survival. The more that is made, the more the bugs become immune. Then man makes stronger pesticides. We eat these pesticides in and on our food, we drink water from the run offs that are seeping into the ground. And at this time there is more health problems then there ever has been. It tends to make you wonder! House and Garden Natural Insecticide 2 tablespoons liquid soap 1 quart water Spray bottle Mix soap and water; add to spray bottle;…

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    The Miracle of Elderberry   Family:  A member of the Honeysuckle Family Healing History: As early as 400 B.C. Hippocrates called the Elder his Medicine Chest.  From the Middle Ages into the 19th Century, Europeans and American herbalists used the berry as a laxative and diuretic, to treat diabetes, and to increase resistance to illness and treat infections, such as flu.  Beyond herbal medicine, elderberry has also been used for centuries to make preserves and wine. Therapeutic Uses: Used for Flu, Prevention of Degenerative Diseases, Heart Attack and Stroke and Gum Disease. Magickal Uses of Elderberry  A Druid Sacred Tree. Sacred to the White Lady and Midsummer Solstice. The Druids…