Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Candle Rituals have been around for centuries. Do you remember your first candle ritual when you had your birthday? The candles were lit and you were told to close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the candles. Well, candle spells are very similar. You light the candles, maybe close your eyes while visualizing what you wish for! It is a combination of the need or desire, and the ability to visualize the outcome. You must truly believe and visualize though. Certain colors correspond to certain desires.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I think it would be wonderful to make one like this....
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So you see, Chocolate IS good for you. :)
And one day I'd like to open a Chocolaterie like Vianne. :)
From my favorite movie and story.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here are the simple instructions:
2. Add one teaspoon of vinegar.
3. Add the natural dye meaning the natural food you will be using to color the water. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
4. Bring water to a boil.
5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Let boil until desired color. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
Lavender (Good luck and happiness):
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice, Violet Blossoms, plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Spinach Leaves (boiled)Liquid Chlorophyll
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)Carrot Tops (boiled)Celery Seed (boiled)Ground Cumin (boiled)Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Brown (Security, friendship, nature)
Orange (Opportunities, mental alertness, kindness)
Pink (Self love, friendship, calmness)
Beets, Cranberries or Juice,Raspberries.Red Grape Juice.Juice from Pickled Beets
Red (Courage, strength, passion, joy)
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The lemon has been long known for its healing powers and used in so many different ways from recipes for food we eat to recipes we use for cosmetic healing purposes. In fact, the lemon is so powerful that it was used by the Romans as their cure for all types of poison. It has also been known to heal hiccups and to cure nausea. It's also high in Vitamin C! These are only a few benefits of the wondrous miracle we call lemons! There are so many fun uses for lemon. Let's look at a few. :)
Did you know sniffing or smelling a lemon will naturally lift your spirits? You don't need those anti-depressant pills. You can reach for a lemon, slice it in half and put it up to your nose for that citrusy, refreshing scent!
If you want to fill your little cottage with the scent of fresh lemons try making these gentle inviting natural candles by Martha Stewart.
1 lb Beeswax
Lemon essential oil
1. Cut the lemons lengthwise. Squeeze out as much of the juice as possible without tearing the skin. Hollow out the lemon halves with a melon baller.
2. In a double boiler, heat beeswax until melted, about 180 degrees. Check temperature with a candy thermometer. Turn off the heat, and add lemon oil (about 5-10 drops)
3. Cut 3 inches of wick; tie a knot at one end. Thread the loose end through a wick holder, and pull so the knot is secure under the holder.
4. Dip the wick and holder with wax until coated; this will stiffen and straighten the wick. Press the wick holder into the bottom of the lemon half to affix. Let the wick dry.
5. Pour the wax into the lemon half, and fill to the edge. Use a small paintbrush to coat the rim of the lemon with wax. Let the candle dry for about 4 hours.
Photograph and Instructions courtesy of Martha Stewart
Have you ever tried honeydew with squeezed lemon juice over it? Delish!
Try this refreshing twist on Lemonade!
2-4 inch piece Ginger, fresh
8 cups Water (boiling)
1/2-1 cup Fresh squeezed Lemon juice* (to taste)
1/3-1 cup Sugar or Honey (to taste)
1. Peel and grate fresh ginger with a fine mesh grater.
2. Squeeze the grated ginger to obtain the juice, discarding the pulp.
3. To the boiling water add the lemon and ginger juice.
4. Turn the temperature to low and allow mixture to steep for 20-30 minutes.
5. Dissolve the sugar/honey into the mixture.
Chill. Serve in your best and beautiful pitcher, garnish with lemon slices. Serve over ice!
Lemon Sugar Scrub
And most important....
"When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade."~Dale Carnegie~
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
- Over the stove top on very, very low heat put a pint of honey (preferably raw) in a pan. Whatever you do, do not boil the honey as it changes it's medicinal properties).
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Here in the United States the Quakers were the first to commercialize lavender and produce their own herbs and medicine and sold them to the "outside world".
And don't forget, plant fresh lavender in your garden for good luck and happiness!