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Another recipe. [Apr. 24th, 2006|08:16 pm]
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Rejuvenating Bath Salts

2 c epsom salts
4/3 c baking soda
sea salt
15 drops grapefruit essential oil
handful ground dried rosemary leaves, or several drops rosemary essential oil

Store in a tightly capped jar, and use for morning baths! :)
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Lavendar Bath Salts [Apr. 22nd, 2006|08:40 pm]
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One of the bath salt varieties I am making for my mom's birthday present:

Relaxing Bath Salts
2 c epsom salts
4/3 c powdered milk
dried lavendar
10 drops lavendar essential oil

Look at the pretty jars I found at an antique shop today! I am going to put the bath salts in these! :)Collapse )


I also made rejuvenating salts and I will post the recipe when I try them. :)
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Bath salt question and observation [Apr. 16th, 2006|11:40 am]
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If I have a base for bath salts made primarily of Epsom Salts and baking soda (we'll say a ratio of 3:2) with 1 part powdered milk, what is the recommended amount I add to my bath water?

Also, best to use lavendar essential oil and not actual lavendar in the bath salt mixture, unless you like having pieces of lavendar stuck to you after the bath.

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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2006|11:16 pm]
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Hello everyone, I'm a new kid, originally from Tennessee, but now in Savannah, GA.

I'm very much into making my own teas. I grow a few of my own herbs, but supplement with fresh and dried store bought. My question is this:

I have trouble sleeping at night sometimes, and wanted to use a valerian root tincture to help. Only problem is that it tastes terrible. And I mean truly horrific. I've tried peppermint, lemon balm, spearmint, cinnamon, even horehound to cover the taste, but it's not effective. Any ideas?

Also, I've got a few great books on the properties of herbs, their medicinal uses and how to grow them and such, but none of then describe how they taste, (bitter, sweet, sour, etc.) nor do they suggest combinations that are pleasant. Through trial and error, I've come across a few that are great, but I'm seeking to expand my tea range, and avoid the horrid concoctions I sometimes make myself. Any books or other resources out there you've found helpful? I'd love to know about them.

Oh, and this is cross posted to a few other communities. The more help, the merrier!
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Herbal Milk Bath [Apr. 4th, 2006|01:59 pm]
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Last night I enjoyed a wonderful bath that contained:
One packet of powdered milk (enough to make one quart of milk), in a tub of warm to hot water.
I added ground chamomile and lavendar to a tea bag and tossed it into the milky water.

It was not only very soothing and relaxing, but my skin felt VERY smooth when I toweled off afterwards. :)

You could also add essential oils instead of the dried herbs. :)
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Easy, but yummy bath salt recipe [Mar. 22nd, 2006|06:13 pm]
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3/4 c. epsom salts
1/4 c. sea salts
1/4 c. baking soda
5 drops patchouli oil
4 drops lavender oil
3 drops vanilla fragrance oil
2 drops cedarwood oil

Mix all ingredients and stir until blended. Use about 1/4 cup in a
your bath.
Author unknown but appreciated
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Beltaine incense [Mar. 17th, 2006|05:56 pm]
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Does anyone have a good Beltaine incense for our altar and or essential oil safe to have on the skin? brazen66 and I are getting married on Beltaine Eve. Any thing! Thanks so much!
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Protection in travel... [Mar. 16th, 2006|10:03 pm]
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I am going to VA this weekend (so if there are things to be posted to the comm, I'll not get to approving them until Sunday, btw).

Anyway, I made a mixture for the car to encourage protection during travel.

Here's what I did.Collapse )

If you do not want to do the ritual, the pouch would make a lovely air freshener as well. ;)

Also, note to self, do NOT add too much frankincense to your charcoal...it's can be VERY smoky! Right now I have a window open to clear out the smoke. Though it does smell good in here. ;)
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WOW! [Mar. 15th, 2006|01:47 pm]
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Welcome everyone that has just joined! I guess posting at celticpagans was a good idea. :)

Just want to point out the info page and the simple posting rules over there. :) I'd love to make this a great place for swapping herbal recipes (especially for incense and such). I personally think it would be awesome to share blends we've made ourselves to really share some new stuff. :)

And if you have a favorite herb link (good place to buy, uses (magickal and practical), etc.) please comment on this post. I will tag this post as links so it is easy to find. If we get a whole bunch, I'll probably just stick them on the info page when I get some time. :)

Blessings! And happy herbal experimentation!!!

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Hemp nutrition facts [Mar. 15th, 2006|08:21 am]
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Hemp Food Nutrition
The nutritional composition of a hemp seed is exceptional!

Whole hemp seeds contain approximately 25% protein, 31% fat (in the form of a nutritious oil), and 34% carbohydrates, in addition to an interesting array of vitamins and minerals.

Hemp Seed Protein

Hemp seeds are second only to soybean in protein content. Proteins serve a variety of functions in the human body such as acting as enzymes, antibodies, and the structural components of tissues, hormones and blood protein. The main function of dietary protein is to supply amino acids for the growth and maintenance of body tissue. Digestion disassembles proteins into their basic building blocks - the amino acids.
Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body's needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet. Hemp protein is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas.
Approximately 65% of the protein in hemp seeds is made up of the globulin protein Edestin and is found only in hemp seed. Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered the backbone of the cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites. (see our nutritional composition tables for further info)

Hemp Seed Oil

The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin, yet our bodies do not naturally produce them. They must be obtained from external sources in the food we eat. EFAs are involved with producing life's energy throughout the human body and without them, life is not possible. In general, North Americans have a high dietary deficiency in EFAs due to out high intake of animal fats versus plant fats, caused by our high consumption of processed foods and meats versus natural organic foods.

Hemp seed oil has been dubbed "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil", due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic/ LA) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic/ LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition. In addition, it also contains smaller amounts of 3 other polyunsaturated fatty acids in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid. This EFA combination is unique among edible oil seeds.
(see nutritional composition )
Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids in the body. Symptoms are often related to a lack of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and their derivatives, the postaglandins. Most people eating a healthful diet, one that includes a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids, also have healthy skin and a strong immune system. Yet some individuals may experience shortages in specific fatty acids or their metabolites due to dysfunctional enzyme systems or other inhibitions in their metabolic pathways caused by genetic, immune-system-related, or even environmental factors. It has been proven in several clinical studies that dietary supplementation with EFAs or their metabolites (such as GLA) will often prevent or even cure these illnesses. Since hemp seed oil contains both EFAs in a desirable balance while also providing two of the EFA metabolites, it is a good resource for the prevention and treatment of
certain illnesses. Hemp seed oil also provides an adequate supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, along with modest amounts of iron and zinc. Hemp seed oil also provides a good source of chlorophyll. The daily recommended allowance of hemp seed oil is 14-28 ml (1 to 2 tablespoons). This allowance provides between 8 and 16 grams of Omega 6 (LA) and between 3 and 6 grams of Omega 3 (LNA). And lastly, unlike other Omega-rich alternatives (flax, evening primrose, borage or fish oils) that are sold mainly as a vitamin supplement, hemp seed, hemp oil and hulled hemp seed all have a flavorful "nutty" taste that will create consumer demand and can easily be added into most any recipe to obtain a balanced diet! Caution: Highly unsaturated vegetable oils such as Hemp Seed Oil are denatured by heating above 150ºC (300ºF), which can
result in the production of unhealthy trans-fatty acids and increased peroxide values. Use Hemp Seed Oil as a flavor-enhancer in many recipes. Do not use as a substitute for frying oils. Keep bottles tightly sealed after opening and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Hemp Carbohydrates

In addition to the high quality protein and oil found in hemp seeds, 34% of this nutritional package deal is rounded out with carbohydrates made up of dietary fiber and a small amount of sugar. This dietary fiber is made up of 3% soluble fiber and 27% insoluble fiber. (see nutritional composition)
Benefits of consuming Hemp Seed & Oil
Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA
Lower blood LDL cholesterol levels
Lower blood pressure
Improve cardiovascular circulation & function
Improve organ function
Improve immunity levels
Increased energy levels & metabolic rate
Reduce symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
Reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
Improve recovery of muscles after exercise
Reduce & treat dry skin and hair conditions
Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures
Hemp products are GMO-Free, Gluten-free, Herbicide & Pesticide free, peanut free, Vegetarian approved, Kosher certified, No THC and Tryspin inhibitor free
Hemp products have a wonderful nutty flavor that can easily be incorporated into your diet while providing a powerful daily supplement.

courtesy of www.hempoilcan.com
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