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Friday, October 14, 2016

Samhain Oil Blends

I am here today to give you some recipes for non-food items. Today we are talking about essential oil blends for Samhain. These blends can be used to anoint candles, and since they are diluted with a carrier oil, you can also use them (carefully) on your skin. 

As we all know, this time of year is when the veil is thinnest. The spirit world can communicate with our world, and we honor our ancestors in various ways, engage in fortune telling for the coming year, and celebrate the end of the old year. I've written previously about my beliefs for the year - it ends at Samhain, and then we have an "in-between" time until Yule. That's the time of year that I eat a vegetarian diet, which I've also blogged about. I'll dig up some links for any new readers, if you would like. 

Below is a list of various essential oils and their properties that carry energies that fit with this particular sabbat. I have also included recipes for blends that combine properties and smell good together, in case you want to anoint yourself for ritual. When I do this, I tend to focus on the inner wrists, the heart, and the third eye chakra. 

  • ·       Basil -Conscious mind, peace
  • ·       Bay - psychic awareness
  • ·       Bergamot  - Peace, happiness, restful sleep        
  • ·       Black Pepper - Mental alertness, protection, courage     
  • ·       Cedarwood   - Spirituality, anti-hex
  • ·       Cinnamon  - Protection, psychic awareness, healing
  • ·       Clove Bud - Healing, memory, protection, courage          
  • ·       Frankincense - Spirituality, meditation, astral strength
  • ·       Ginger- Magical energy, love, courage
  • ·       Grapefruit -  Purification
  • ·       Jasmine   - Love, calming, peace, spirituality, psychic dreaming    
  • ·       Lavender - Health, love, peace, relaxing
  • ·       Lemongrass  - Psychic awareness, purification   
  • ·       Myrrh - Spirituality, meditation, healing
  • ·       Orange  - Purification, joy, magical energy           
  • ·       Patchouli  - Honors the Earth
  • ·       Pine - Healing, purification, protection, magical energy  
  • ·       Rosemary  - Remembrance, love, conscious mind healing, purification
  • ·       Rose  - Love, peace
  • ·       Sandalwood  - Spirituality, healing, purification, meditation        
  • ·       Tangerine  - Protection,  wards off psychic and social vampires
  • ·       Vanilla – Love
  • ·       Vetiver – Protection, anti-curse/hex




Blends: 

1.Blend 1:       4 drops orange, 4 drops sandalwood, 3 drops frankincense, 1 drop cinnamon
2.Blend 2:     3 drops each frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, and patchouli
3. Blend 3:      2 drops rosemary, 1 drop pine, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops patchouli
4.  Blend 4 :    2 drops cedar wood, 2 drops lemongrass, 3 drops sandalwood
5.Blend 5:       2 drops bay, 3 drops lemongrass, 1 drop clove
6. Blend 6:      3 drops tangerine, 2 drops frankincense, 3 drops vetiver, 3 drops rose
7.  Blend 7:     2 drops black pepper, 2 drops pine, 2 drops vanilla, 3 drops lavender
8.  Blend 8:     3 drops bergamot, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops ginger
9. Blend 9:       2 drops vanilla, 3 drops lavender, 2 drops jasmine
1. Blend 10:   1 drop basil, 2 drops bay, 3 drops grapefruit, 2 drops vetiver 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Must be the season of the (unprepared) witch

Happy Rocktober, everybody! My favorite month, my favorite season, and my favorite sabbat. Probably yours, too. Plenty Samhain awesomeness for all! But, seriously, where the eff did August and September go?

I wanted to share a dream with you all. I haven't been sleeping well for a while, and the other day, I managed to catch a short nap, but I was plagued by a terrible dream: It was already Samhain, and I hadn't planned my menu, done any shopping or cooking, or made a single preparation to honor the beloved dead! I woke up in a panic.

I think the message here is: Stop procrastinating, you ding-dong! Or something like that. I really need to be creative this year, being unemployed and all. Sure, I have more time and most likely won't be hopelessly depressed and overwhelmed like last year (knock on wood), but I'm broke AF. 

Still, I plan to do something on my own here at the house. My boyfriend and I are also going to attend an event at an acquaintance's home. All we have to do is show up, and he's been asked to do the music. 

Tell me about your plans. Have you decorated yet? What are you cooking? Are the kiddos dressing up? Are you? Sing it with me: It's the most wonderful time of the year!