Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Preventing Dampening Off Using Chamomile

Use a chamomile tea to prevent "dampening off" in your seedlings. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over a handful of fresh chamomile or 2 tablespoons of dried. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Put in a spray bottle for easy use. Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring back to room temp before using.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

All Purpose Green Salve Recipe

All Purpose Salve

This is an old fashioned salve that's good for insect bites, blisters and even for drawing out slivers and such due to the inclusion of plantain. Keep in the refrigerator for the longest shelf life. Plus a cool salve feels so good!

1/2 cup fresh plantain
1/2 cup fresh sage
1/4 cup fresh mullein
1 cup of sunflower or olive oil
3-4 tablespoons grated beeswax (you can substitute 4-5 tablespoons of cocoa butter if you're vegan)
3-4 Vitamin E capsules

Chop your herbs very coarsely.Gently heat the herbs and oil in a double boiler over simmering water for 35-40 minutes. Cool, then strain out the bits of herbs.(A few bits of herbs won't hurt a thing) Put back in the double boiler and add the beeswax (or cocoa butter) and heat until melted. Cool slightly.
Prick the vitamin E capsules with a needle and squeeze into your salve, mix thoroughly then pour into a glass jar with a lid. I wipe the jar out with a little rubbing alcohol first to make sure it's as germ free as possible.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day Mom

My Mom is the bravest person I know. She greeted every day with an attitude of acceptance and understanding without any of the martyrdom that can accompany that outlook.
While she lived her life by her own rules, she always took into consideration how her actions and choices would affect those she loved.
She never had a lot of material wealth, but was always willing to share what she had with anyone in need.
She was always there for a shoulder to cry on.
She was willing to listen without passing judgment or even offering advice unless asked for.
Mom asked for so little and gave so much in return.
Love and miss you, Mom

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lavender Cream Bath

Lavender Cream Bath for Really Dry Skin

This bath couldn't be simpler or more luxurious!A good choice for dry skin.
Mix 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5-6 drops of frankincense essential oil in 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix into a comfortably warm bath, sprinkle with a few rose petals, light a candle and relax.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Best Goals

It is because we are different that each of us are special. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only do what is best for you.
♥Nancye Sims♥

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Beltane Blessing

Bless, O threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, my children.
Bless everything within my dwelling and in my possession,
Bless the kine and crops, the flocks and corn,
From Samhain Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.

Be the Maiden, Mother, and Crone,
Taking possession of all to me belonging.
Be the Horned God, the Wild Spirit of the Forest,
Protecting me in truth and honor.
Satisfy my soul and shield my loved ones,
Blessing every thing and every one,
All my land and my surroundings.
Great gods who create and bring life to all, I ask for your blessings on this day of fire.