There are a number
of herbal preparations that do not fall into any of the other catagories,
or for which I have only a few recipes, not enough to make a whole catagory.
This is the place for all of these odds and ends.
Herbal Sleep Pillows
These are small pillows
filled with herbal mixtures to help you fall asleep, or to help you to
have pleasant or prophetic dreams.
Basic Sleep Pillow
Make a small pillow following the directions given in the sachet section.
Stuff the pillow with two parts dried hops flowers, one part chamomile
flowers, and one part lavender flowers. Place atop your regular pillow
when going to bed.
These are used for
sprinkling consecrated water to purify an area of negative vibrations
For this you will need fresh herbs. These should be available in the produce
section of your supermarket if you don't have them in your garden. You
will need one or two sprigs about six inches long each of the following
herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Mint. Bind their stems together at the top with
white thread to make a bundle. Dip into the consecrated water and sprinkle
it throughout the area to be purified.
These are recipes
for several ointments, a flying ointment that won't kill you, a great
ointment for skin problems for your familar or yourself, a couple of herbal
ointments for healing and several other miscellaneous ones. None of these
ointments are meant to substitute for seeking the care of a Doctor or
Vet for serious injury or illness. Also, it is possible to be allergic
to some of the ingredients so test the ointment on a small patch of skin
before you use it for the first time.
Yellow Dock Ointment
This ointment is great for annoying skin problems your pet may pick up
such as ringworm on cats or mange type diseases in dogs. It will work
on you too, for any sort of itchy or rashy things. To make this recipe,
you need flowers of sulfur, available at the pharmacy, a small jar of
vaseline, a bottle of apple cider vinegar and the roots. You will need
to gather about 6 or 8 yellow dock roots. They are long yellow tap roots,
and difficult to dig up. Look for plants growing in moist ground, it's
a bit easier to dig them there. Dice up your roots and place them into
a small saucepan. Pour in enough apple cider vinegar to just cover them
and simmer over low to medium heat until the roots are soft. Put the roots
through the blender or a sieve to mash them thoroughly. Scrape the vaseline
out of the jar into a bowl and add the mashed roots. Add 1 teaspoon of
the flowers of sulfur. Stir to mix completely. You can put the blend back
into the vaseline jar. To use just apply to the affected area twice a
day for about a week, or less if it goes away sooner.
For this you will need two bars of cocoa butter, violet leaves and a bit
of lanolin. Melt the cocoa butter in the top of a double boiler. Add as
many violet leaves as you can mash down into the cocoa butter and cook
till the leaves wilt. Add as many more leaves as you can mash into the
cocoa butter and wilt again. Do not boil, but simmer over the hot water
for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add two teaspoons of lanolin.
Stir, then pour through a sieve into a glass jar. If the ointment is too
hard, remelt in a water bath and stir in a bit more lanolin. This ointment
is good for any minor scrapes and cuts you might get. It helps them heal
faster and keeps them from getting infected.
This ointment will not make you fly. Witches never could fly. I hope that
doesn't disillusion you too much, but they were getting high, not flying.
The old Flying Ointments had all sorts of poisonous plant alkaloids in
them and if they didn't kill you, they certainly got you loaded. The goal
was not to fly, it was to astral project. The flying thing came in because
ignorant peasants couldn't understand the concept of astral projection.
This ointment contains herbs that are known for aiding astral projection.
It is made exactly like the violet ointment above except the following
herbs are substituted for the violet leaves. Dittany of Crete, Cinquefoil,
Mugwort, and Parsley in equal parts. Chop up the fresh herbs and simmer
in the cocoa butter as above. Add the lanolin and strain into a jar. As
above, if the ointment hardens too much remelt in a water bath and add
more lanolin to give it a creamy texture. Rub the ointment on to help
you to astrally project.
For this ointment you will need about a cup of calendula flowers, also
called pot marigold. You will also need a jar of vaseline, a double boiler
and a strainer. Scoop the vaseline out of the jar into the top of the
double boiler. Put water in the bottom and place on a medium heat to melt
the vaseline. When the vaseline is liquid, add the flowers and simmer
for about 30 minutes, but don't boil. Allow to cool a bit then strain
the mixture to remove the spent flowers and pour the vaseline back into
the jar. This ointment is good for skin irritations, small cuts and scrapes
and the like.
Basic Herbal Ointment
This is a basic ointment that you can make with any herb you want to use
for a magical purpose. Just choose the herb you want by consulting the
correspondences and add it as directed. You'll need 1 ounce of lanolin
or cocoa butter and 1/2 oz of beeswax, 3-4 ounces of apricot kernal oil,
1 ounce of strong herb infusion of your choice, and 5 drops of essential
oil of your choice. You can match the infusion and essential oil or use
different herbs. Melt the lanolin or cocoa butter and the beeswax in the
top of a double boiler. When completely melted begin adding the oil, pouring
a very stream into the pan while stirring constantly until all the oil
is added. Turn off the heat and slowly add the herb infusion stiring constantly
until the cream has cooled. Add the essential oil and stir in completely.
Spoon or pour the cream into an opaque white jar or clear jar covered
with paper. You may add 6-8 drops of tincture of benzoin to the mixture
when you add the essential oil as a preservative if desired.
A couple of simple
recipes for soap to use for ritual cleansing and purification. These are
based upon purchased castile soap which you can get at health food stores.
I learned this method from one of Scott Cunningham's books, "The Complete
Book of Incense, Oils and Brews". You will need one bar for each recipe.
Either put the soap through the food processor on grate or grate it by
hand. Put the grated soap in a bowl. To the grated soap you will add a
bit, between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of hot water to soften the soap. Allow the
soap and water to sit for a few minutes and then try working it like dough
with your hands. If it is still too hard add a bit more water and let
it sit a bit longer. Now add the essential oils to give it scent and the
powers of the herbs. You will need to add a fair lot of oil to overcome
the existing smell of the soap. Try about 1/2 teaspoon and add more if
need be. Mix throughly and then mold with your hands into rough rounds.
Wrap each round with cheesecloth and tie up tightly. Suspend in a warm
dry room for several days to dry.
1. Use a 50/50 blend of Lemon and Lemon Verbena oils. 2. Use Lavender
oil straight. 3. Use Peppermint oil straight. 4. Use Tincture of Benzoin,
about 1 T.
Psychic Power Soap
Use Honeysuckle, Rose, and Lemongrass. Aids development of psychic powers.
Bath Salts and Herbal
Blends of herbs in
cheesecloth bags you can use like giant tea bags to produce beautifying
and purifying baths, and bath salts for purification and a number of other
Use dried herbs for this herbal blend. Place the herbs in a square of
cheese cloth 3-4 layers thick and about 7 inches square. Place into center
of square 1 T Rosemary, 1 T Sage, 1 T Mint. Bring the edges of the cheesecloth
together into a bundle and tie with a piece of string. (see diagram below)
To use, place under faucet as bath fills and allow to steep a bit to release
the herbs essences into the water before you get in. Immerse yourself
completely in the water at least once.
Use the same method as above with 1 T Orange Peel, 1 T Lemon Peel,
4 drops Orange Oil, and 1 T Lemon Verbena.
Use the same method as above with 2 T Basil, 1 t Rue, and 1 t Yarrow.
Use the same method as above with 2 T Rosemary, 2 Bay leaves, 1
Psychic Power Bath
Use the same method as above with 2 T Lemongrass, 1 T Marigold Flowers,
and 1 T Mugwort.
Exorcism Bath Salts
Blend 1 C Epsom Salts, and 1/2 C Rock Salt. To this base add the following
essential oils in the proportion indicated Frankincense 2 parts, Rosemary
3 parts, Rose 3 parts. The amount of oil will depend upon your nose, keep
adding until you like the scent.
Healing Bath Salts
Use the same method as the previous recipe to make the base. Add Eucalyptus
3 parts, Pine 1 part, and Wintergreen 1 part. Use food color to dye the
bath salts blue or purple.
Love and Romance
Use the same method as the previous recipes to make the base. Add Rose
3 parts, Basil 1 part, Lavender 1 part. Use food color to dye the bath
Combine 1/2 cup avocado oil, 1 cup apricot kernal oil, 1/2 ounce each
Orange and Lemon oils in a bottle. Shake to blend before each use. Use
1-2 tablespoons per bath. Smells clean and citrusy.
Inks you can blend
yourself to use with a dip pen to write out amulets or your Book of Shadows.
Actually, it's hardly worth doing when there are such wonderful prepared
inks available at the art supply store, but for those who insist.... For
the herbal ones you use the herb indicated steeped in 1 oz of hot water
to disolve the pigment. You will need to add about 1/4 to 1/2 t of Gum
Arabic or Gum Tragacanth in order to make the liquid thick enough to write
Use Dragon's Blood resin prepared as described above, or beet juice straight
or with the gum added, but with no water.
Use fresh juice from blackberries, poke berries or grape juice concentrate.
Dark Brown Ink
Use black walnut hulls, the green outer casing of the nut, boiled in a
small amount of water.
Use saffron or tumeric boiled in a small amount of water.
This can be produced using lampblack, the black powder you get from holding
a spoon over a burning candle, mixed with water. This is easier said than
done however, the lampblack is very lightweight and floats on water. You
must add a drop of water at a time to the lampblack and mix it thoroughly.
Why not just buy some ink? You can put a quartz crystal into the bottle
and consecrate it for magical use.
Sweet Smelling Sachets
These are several
recipes for nice smelling pomanders and small sachets you can use to scent
your dainties or ritual robes.
I'm sure you've seen these before, oranges studded with cloves. All you
need is an orange, tangerine, or a lemon; about two cups of whole cloves,
and a skewer. Remove the little hard button on the stem end of the fruit
and any stickers that the store put on. Using the skewer, poke rows of
holes through the skin of the fruit and insert the stem end of a clove
into each one. They can be done in patterns or in rows. Place the cloves
about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch apart and cover the entire surface of the fruit.
Then you dry them for about two weeks in a warm, dry place. Check them
every few days to watch for signs of molding, if they start you will need
to find a dryer place to put them. I dry mine a bit faster in my oven,
turned to about 100o. Those who have gas ovens won't even have
to turn them on, the pilot light is enough. When the fruit is completely
browned and dry they are ready to use.
For this recipe you will need a small jar of prepared applesauce and about
3 cups of powdered cinnamon. Buy the cinnamon in bulk or this is too expensive
to do. Put the cinnamon into a bowl and add the applesauce in stages,
mixing as you go until you have enough applesauce to moisten all the cinnamon
and produce a dough. This dough can be rolled and cut out with cookie
cutters if you are careful not to make it too thin, about 1/4 inch thick
is right. If it is too thin, the 'cookies' will be too brittle. You can
also roll balls of it and if you like, flatten them into patties. Once
dried, these cinnamon 'cookies' keep for years and smell great.