Wednesday What Herb Is This (kinda…) – Natural Sun Care

June 16, 2010 at 9:38 am (Beauty, Herb, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Sun, Wednesday, Witch)

After Sun Lavender Remedy
source unknown

Ingredients:

  • 5 drops tea tree
  • 11 drops lavender
  • 3 ounces distilled water

Combine tea tree with lavender oil for a soothing after sun skin treatment. Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment and mist skin whenever cooling relief is needed. Be sure to follow the application with a moisturizer.

Cool as a Cucumber Soak
by Renee Rouleau, From Self Magazine 1/90

Ingredients:

  • 6 large cucumbers, skin removed, pureed in a blender
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2 tsp dried lavender flowers, if available (do not use Lavender Oil)

Cucumbers & milk are anti-inflammatory, and this works on sunburn. Mix the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle. Apply directly to skin or add 1 cup oft he mixture to a lukewarm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

Sunburn and Itchy Skin Bath Vinegars
Copyright by Nerys Purchon (AKA Ravenna Morgan)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) vinegar
  • Lavender flowers
  • 1 tablespoon (20 ml) glycerin

Put the mixed herbs (see recipes below) into a large jar, cover with warm cider vinegar then with a vinegar proof lid. Stand in hot sun or other warm place (such as a crock pot) for 24 hours. Strain the vinegar, add more fresh herbs and repeat the above process. Repeat once more if very strong vinegar is desired.

To use: Pour 1/2 cup (125 ml) in the bath after the bath has been drawn, mix well with the water. Stay in the bath for 15-20 minutes to obtain the full effect, or add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) to 1 cup (250 ml) water as a facial skin toner, aftershave or after shower splash, or use neat as a deodorant, or use 1 tablespoon to 1 cup warm water as a hair rinse.

Natural Sunscreen
From Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz sesame oil
  • 2 oz aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 24 drops lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients. Shake well before using. Remember, this will not provide total sun protection.

Soothing Summer Body Spray Recipe
From
Pioneer Thinking

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon essential / fragrance oil
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber essential / fragrance oil
  • 1 cup water

For a refreshing cool feeling, make an after shower spray by combining all the ingredients. Place in a pump spray bottle.Note: Don’t use if you have sensitive skin, the lemon may irritate it.

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Thursday This Is Your Spell – A Midsummer’s Eve Honey Spell For Beauty

May 13, 2010 at 7:46 am (Beauty, Cosmetics, Fae, Faery, Honey, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Self-image, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

A Midsummer’s Eve Honey Spell For Beauty
From Dancing with the Sun: Celebrating the Seasons of Life by Yasmine Galenorn

Summer is a time of beauty and honey is a food connected with beauty, both inner and outer. This is a simple spell to perform on Midsummer’s Eve and you can enchant enough honey to last through the year until next summer! You can double or triple the ingredients depending on how much you’ll be using.

On the Full moon before Midsummer’s Eve, gather the following:

  • 1 Lb honey
  • 1 sliced vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 inch sliced gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • fifth of Apricoy Brandy
  • mirror
  • your hairbrush

In a heavy pan, stir together all the ingredients. Stir over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Strain into a pretty jar with a tight fitting lid. Store until Midsummer’s Eve. Near dusk on Midsummer’s Eve, take your honey, a fifth of apricot brandy, a hand mirror, and your hairbrush outside (if it’s raining you can perform this at your Litha altar). Set up the mirror on a tree stump or rock so you can see yourself in it. Place the honey jar, the brandy and the brush on the rock with the mirror on it. Cast a circle and invoke the elements. Say:

"Queen Mab, Queen of faerie, Your blessing I ask
Reflect your beauty in my looking glass."

Look in the mirror and see your unique beauty, Say:

"Like honey my words will both charm and enchant
Stirring memories of wine and the labyrinth dance."

Eat a teaspoon of honey and hear the sweet sounds of your voice. Say:

"Like brandy my presence bewitches and glows
With elegance strength and the power of poise."

Drink a teaspoon of the brandy and feel your carriage shift, your posture straighten and your demeanor take on an otherworldly refinement. Say:

"Be it shorter or, I find in my hair
The power of beauty, my looks they are fair."

Take up the brush and brush your hair, feeling the strength of your beauty ripple from your inner core to radiate through your body and in your face. Meditate on your individual and unique beauty, comparing yourself to no one and then close the spell saying:

"Queen Mab, Queen of Faerie, bless my mirror and my brush,
To my lips bring bright crimson, to my cheeks, a fair blush,
To the honey bring charm and the power of song,
To the brandy bring strength for the winter so long,
To my heart bring both courage and the power to see
The beauty and glamour belonging only to me.
Blessed be."

Devoke the elements and open the circle. Take the honey and brandy and keep them on your personal altar or vanity table with your brush and mirror. Each evening eat a spoonful of the honey and drink a spoonful of the brandy.

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