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Housewarming Potpourri

Housewarming Potpourri for Cool Autumn Days

Housewarming Potpourri Recipe Blend — Ingredients Mixed Made by My Mother
~By Witch Daughter of Aradia (c)2008

It is the season where it’s sunny, yet cold and rainy sometimes, and a nip of sharpness is in the air as were are heading towards the last of the harvest seasons and into the beginning of (I won’t say it, because I don’t want to think about thathouse white stuff quite yet!) For me, I’m always in the kitchen, I love the custom wood furniture I have in it, I enjoy whipping up hot dinners at night–and boy does it feel good to warm up the apartment from the cold, with the aroma of food and spices in the air.

But even throughout the day when you want to bring a little Autumn in the house, make a little pot of potpouri to heat on the stove. Have a small pot especially for this–do not use this pot again for edible foods! We’ll call it…

The Witches Magickal Cauldron (Not very original, but what can I say? Call it what you will.)

~Dry thin slices of oranges, apples, pomegranates-put them in your magickal cauldron. Oranges give it a citrusy scent, apples are a goddess symbol, and pomegranate for the descent of the goddess to the underworld…

~Add to the dried slices some freshly broken up cinnamon sticks; cinnamon will bring love into the house…

~Add a dash of nutmeg, pumpkin spice, some clove. These are some of the scents for the season…

~With a wooden spoon, stir your concoction slowly deosil (clockwise) while blending all the ingredients together. Think about all the magickal items you’ve added to your cauldron and what you want it to draw in your home for the upcoming cold season…

~To top it off, shave some orange peals, grate some cinnamon stick, and add about three drops of patchouli essential oil to the batch…

~Slowly fill the cauldron with distilled water until it reaches 3/4 above the ingredients, and put it on the back burner. Turn the burner on MEDIUM, and carefully stir until the water almost comes to a boil…

~Keep careful watch on it until you begin to smell the Magickal essence of the season. Turn the heat on WARM/SIMMER, and leave the cauldron burning throughout the day so it imbues your house. It’s a lovely autumn aroma to smell when your family or guests come in from the chilliness outside…

~Be sure to turn off the stove if you have to leave it unattended, and cover it with a lid after it cools. Don’t forget to add more ingredients of what it may need for more aroma, and make sure to keep the water in there so it doesn’t burn! If it starts getting yucky and begins to mold or smell, make a new batch…

*My mom used to do this (she was a stay-at-home mom while I grew up), and I loved the smell of oranges and cinnamon mixed together. Enjoy yourselves!

NOTE: This “Kitchen Witchery Recipe” is obviously NOT EDIBLE!!!

Blessings of the Mabon/Samhain Season!

Written and Composed by: Witch Daughter of Aradia
Inspired by: My mom who loved being in our home and hearth during the cold seasons sharing through her love of aroma in our family when she was alive.

The Wonders of Rosemary!

Rosemary is my favorite herb! Why? Because it is so versatile!

Rosemary is ruled by the Sun and by the element of fire. This is obvious if you take Rosemary leaves in your fingers and grind them to release the scent.

Most commonly it is used for cleasing, exorcism, love, healing, protection and purification. It is an excellent replacement for Frankincense, if you happen to run out – or if you want to create an herbal bath or infusion but can’t use a Resin.

* Incense – burned Rosemary is used for cleansing and purifying. It is great to consecrate spaces and cleanse a new home before moving in – it is one of the oldest incenses. Also a great incense to cleanse bedrooms of people who are sick, or depressed. Excellent when used in the home after the death of a loved one, to help with the alleviate grieving.

* Infusion – an infusion of Rosemary was often used to wash healer’s hands before doing healing work and they were used in sick rooms to promote healing. Rosemary infusion is also excellent for those with arthritis as it encourages circulation – add an infusion of rosemary to your bath water and feel better! Also a Rosemary bath will help with muscle cramps after a long workout!

* Scent – Rosemary has a strong scent has been used for centuries to help dispel depression and clear negative feelings. Fresh Rosemary is best for this, but high quality dried rosemary can be used for this as well. Rosemary essential oil is rather inexpensive and is an excellent mood lifter. Take some dried rosemary and grind it in your fingers! Or – add Rosemary to a sachet and pull it out whenever you need a little natural pick-me-up!

* Beauty – Rosemary improves circulation – it is excellent as a facial steam to cleanse the pores. It can also be used as an herbal rinse for dark hair.

* Household – Boil a handful of Rosemary in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes to yield an antiseptic solution for washing bathroom fixtures. Also, you can add about 30 drops of Rosemary essential oil to 4oz of water (I prefer destilled water) and use as a natural air freshner!

* Food – Rosemary is an excellent spice for cooking -extensively used in italian cooking in particular it adds a unique flavor to any dish! (Rosemary potatos…. yum!)

* Herbal Medicine – in herbal medicine, Rosemary has been used to treat arthritis, headaches, pains, upset stomach, sprains, cuts and bruises. There are studies being done with Alzheimer’s disease – phytochemicals in Rosemary may prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that allows neurons within the brain to communicate with each other. Several studies have indicated the Rosemary contains compounds that prevent carcinogenic chemicals from binding to and inducing mutations in DNA – thus helping to prevent cancer. Those with IBS have found that Rosemary relieves intestinal cramps and spasms by stimulating the release of bile that helps digest fat. It also relieves bloating and gas. And last but not least, the antioxidants in Rosemary help prevent uterine spasms associated with menstrual cramps!

One thing to remember: Rosemary stimulates bloodflow – so women with heavy periods should avoid excess rosemary. Also, Rosemary essential oil is very strong and should never be taken internally.

Rosemary is one the most inexpensive herbs and essential oils on the market today – so anyone can use it! So go ahead – add a little Rosemary to your life! You will be glad you did