The famous Carmelite Water, first made by 17th century Carmelite nuns was used to treat nervous headache and neuralgia. It combined lemon balm with lemon-peel, nutmeg, coriander and angelica root. Here’s a recipe with a magickal twist:
- 1 bunch of lemon balm leaves
- the rind of one small lemon
- 2 sprigs sweet marjoram (or 1/2 teaspoon of dried)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 cloves
- 1 nutmeg, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- piece of angelica root the length of your little finger
- 1 pint brandy, vodka, or other spirits
On the New Moon, bruise the herbs in a mortar and pestle. Put them in a pint jar and fill with your chosen spirits. Let sit in a warm, dark place for two weeks, shaking daily. Strain, filter, and put up in a pint (8 oz) bottle. The longer you let this sort of tincture sit, the better it will taste. Store in a cool, dark place.
Use to improve the complexion or as a compress in fevers. To make a cologne, use spirits of wine instead of brandy or vodka and add 20% water to the final produce.
From: Alchemy Works