Herb of the Day
As I am a psoriasis sufferer myself, on ‘World Psoriasis Day’ I would like to share some all-natural remedies that have worked for me. And even though to date there is no known cure for this disease, there are certainly treatments that can ease the symptoms. Fish oil, vitamin D and milk thistle are all supplements that can quell and sometimes even stem this skin disease. Using a humidifier in the home can keep the air moist and prevent dry skin before it starts. My personal favorite, chocolate, has been said to be a ‘functional food’ that can help when used alongside these other treatments. Applying castor, coconut or even olive oil to the scales and patches can lock nutrients in, and using olive oil as moisturizer can even infiltrate scales. These are just a few ways to keep the itching and flaking of psoriasis to a minimum.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Carrier oil is the base oil which you start with. Carrier oils are as follows: almond, olive, safflower, and sunflower. You can use any carrier oil you prefer. Olive oil is perhaps the cheapest one on the list, depending on the type and brand. It is also probably the least attractive smelling to many people.
When selecting carrier oil, keep in mind the purpose to which you will use your magical oil blend. If you are creating a blend to anoint candles or other objects, olive oil is probable fine and is cost efficient. If you are creating an oil rub for your body, you might want to select almond oil, something many people like on their skin.Gianne’s Grimoire of Personal Power Lady Gianne
Items needed: Yellow paint; olive oil; a magnet; cane syrup; honey; jasmine flowers; a floating wick; a bowl made from one-half of a coconut shell, cleaned and sanded smooth.
Turn the coconut bowl over and paint the Ve-Ve (heart sigil; pictured) around the bottom of the bowl. Allow to dry. When the paint is dry, fill the bowl with %3 each of the liquid ingredients, beginning with the cane syrup, then the honey, and then the olive oil. Make your wish and drop the magnet into the bowl. Thread the loose wick through its metal holder, and float it on top of the oil along with the jasmine flowers. Speak your desire over the bowl, and light the wick. When the wick has completely burned out, take the still-filled bowl to the nearest lake or river along with seven pennies. Make your wish one more time, toss the bowl and pennies into the water, then turn and walk away. Do not look back.
Holy Oil, huh? Yeah, that’s right! As we travel along our Paths, we never know what we are going to encounter. So it doesn’t hurt to know all we can, such as how to make Holy Oil.
Each person can make holy oil to their own specification. There is no “law” that says that you have to make holy oil a certain way. Use whatever oil makes you feel the most powerful. For instance, if your friend likes Patchouli and you hate it, do you really think it will make you feel powerful if you use it just because her spell book says that you should?
Of course not, so use your power oil. For me, my two scents are rose or Nag Champa. Mix up only enough holy oil for your spell usage. You don’t want to leave it to go bad.
Here is my own personal recipe:
2 Drops of your favorite oil
1 Drop Olive Oil
1 Pinch Fresh Herbs or flowers
Shake well before each use and use to dress candles, as a body or bath oil (just make sure that if you use for body or bath that you buy essential, not synthetic oil as it can and might be irritating to skin!) or for whatever purpose you deem fit.
THE PRIMITIVE WITCH’S HANDBOOK THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR THE PRIMITIVE/COUNTRY WITCH IN A MODERN WORLD
Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc
VENUS INCENSE 1
3 Parts Wood Aloe
1 Part Red rose petals
few drops Olive Oil
few drops Musk Oil
Few drops Ambergris Oil
Mix well and burn for Venusian influences, such as love, healing, partnerships and rituals involving women.
VENUS INCENSE 2
1 part Violets
1 Part Rose petals
1/2 Part Olive leaves
another like the above.
VENUS INCENSE 3
2 Parts Sandalwood
2 Parts Benzoin
1 Part Rosebuds
few drops Patchouly Oil
few drops Rose oil
A third like the above.
Essential Oil Flea Collar
Another natural flea control method is to make a flea collar for your pet using essential oils. Be sure to use 100% natural pure essential oils and always dilute the oils in a base oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.
To make a flea-repellent oil, we need:
7-8 drops of Peppermint
1-2 drops of Citronella
3-4 drops of Lemon
3-4 drops of Clary Sage
Dilute the oils in half an ounce (15 ml) of base oil. Add a few drops of the oil mixture to your pet’s bandanna or a cotton collar and, voila, you have made a natural, safe, and nice-smelling flea collar for your four-legged friend! Note that the oils will not kill the fleas, but since the smell repels them, a herbal flea collar will stop the fleas from camping out in your dog’s fur.
For a natural stainless steel cleaner to clean fingerprints and other streaky stains on appliances, simply put some olive oil on a clean, soft cloth and wipe. Olive oil also works on sink stains, too. To get rid of water spots on stainless steel utensils and cutlery, dip a cloth in vinegar and rub on the utensils. It’s a great way to polish and sanitize them. Club soda works well for removing stains from stainless steel cookware. Remember, never use abrasives or steel wool on stainless steel.