There’s no time like, now – to get your pantry stocked for the Flu season!
You may refine it a bit and add your own favorite herbal cold & flu remedies. I used what I had on hand and created my own recipe. Bring to a boil 1.5 cups of spring water with 1/2 cup demerara brown sugar, 1/3 cup of honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt, 3 tbsp fresh finely ground ginger (frozen grates easier), 1/2 tsp ground cloves, juice of 1/2 a lemon and 8 drops of peppermint oil.
On med-high heat stir frequently until thick – about 15 minutes. If you don’t have a candy thermometer do the ice water test. When you drip the syrup into a cup of ice cold water a hard ball forms. Drop by tsp small dabs (nickel size) on parchment paper. Allow to cool and sprinkle with icing sugar so they don’t stick together. Store in a cool, dry place or container. I loved the consistency of the ground ginger in the lozenges, mmm good! You can also add 2 lozenges to a hot cup of water with a wedge of lemon – dissolve for a drink before bedtime to soothe your cold and tuck yourself into bed
Don’t know what to do with all those expensive melting wax holders and devices? Use alternative natural scents to fill your home. Water, cinnamon sticks and cloves with a few drops of orange oil makes a wonderful scent, and you won’t be harming anyone in the household with harsh toxic chemicals.
~ Avoid ~ cheap candles with lead wicks, imported candles, any metal core wick candles, scented candles (unless naturally scented), gel candles or any other aromatherapy candles like grocery store brands glade, febreeze & scentsy (this includes all wall plug in scents too!) These all have harmful toxic effects.
~ Buy ~ lead free candles. Don’t let the tea light candles burn right to their aluminum bottoms! If you can avoid them all together and make your own bee’s wax ones you are much better off. Burn your candles in a large open room, and only randomly – not every day all day long!
Over the last decade there has been a growing trend of people wanting to get back to their roots, and old ways of doing things – particularly in the Kitchen. The Kitchen is the Hearth & Home of many households, it’s where company comes to visit and where magic is made for all to enjoy.
Each time you create in the Kitchen – you infuse your ingredients with love, intent and will. It’s why the Kitchen Witch usually has a herbal & vegetable garden, and most likely farms where an abundance of organic meat, milk & eggs is available to them. Perhaps they are hunters & gatherers as it’s very important to a Pagan to have fresh organic food and know where it comes from. So when they are creating magic with food, there is a much more positive influence on what you are providing for your family & friends.
Tips on creating a good workspace and some positive atmosphere in your magical space;
~dedicate a cupboard to your altar (so your tools are accessible) Items such as candles, cauldron, incense, etc.
~store your dried herbs in beautiful sealed jars that you can collect and display to have on hand.
~keep your herb garden close to the kitchen or have a few planted pots of herbs in the kitchen ready on hand.
~cleaning rituals are important in the kitchen – keep your space clean and fresh – simmering potpourri helps enchant the kitchen and lift your senses to increase creativity.
~Buy good knives and sharpen them regularly, same goes for cutting boards. Have cutting boards dedicated just for meat so there is no chance of cross contamination. Bleach or sanitize your meat cutting boards often. If you have the proper tools in which to create then the experience will be that much more magical!
~Collections of recipes & books should be well organized.
~Collect aprons – It’s like putting on a Witch’s cape, they always put me in a great mood for being creative (plus I keep all my shirts clean.)
~I like to hum or sing or whistle when I’m in the Kitchen, playing some background music can really help channel the love.
~Take pictures of your food and create a file of them on your laptop complete with the recipe so you never forget your creations.
Paganism – the largest of the Neopagan religions. Pagan/Wiccans have great reverence for the Earth and for their Goddess and her consort, the horned God. Their main rule of behavior is the Wiccan Rede which forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of self-defense. It’s a very gentle religion (belief system) and it’s always a self chosen one. It’s important that we educate ourselves about what it is, and what it isn’t…
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Yule – Winter Solstice (dec 21) – The longest night of the year. How will you celebrate the return of the sun? Long time traditions have people gathering around fires, candles – it’s a time to rest and reflect. Everything lies dormant in the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.
The yule log is a remnant of the bonfires that the European pagans would set ablaze at the time of winter solstice. These bonfires symbolized the return of the Sun.
The Yule Log – The oak log should be very dry so that it will blaze well. On the night of Yule, carve a symbol of your hopes for the coming year into the log. Burn the log to release it’s power. In the fireplace or bonfire area, dried kindling should be set to facilitate the burning of the log. The Yule log can be made of any wood (Oak is traditional). Each releases its own kind of magick.
Ash – Brings protection, prosperity & health
Aspen – Invokes understanding of the universe
Birch – Signifies new beginnings
Holly – Inspires visions & reveals past lives
Oak – Brings healing, strength & wisdom
Pine – Signifies prosperity & growth
Willow – Invokes the Goddess to achieve desires
What will you choose as your Yule log this year?
Winter Solstice Brunch – Egg Nog French Toast
Still a raving favorite in this household through the holidays. Use a few days old thick sliced cinnamon toast, dunked in a mixture of store bought EggNog – 1 & 1/2 cups of eggnog + 1 egg + 1 tsp vanilla – beaten together makes dip for 6 slices of EggNog French Toast.
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Don’t know which way to turn with your Cold & Flu Symptoms? Now there’s a chart for that! Very helpful – save it to your computer and use it as a guide to combat your next ailments.