Basil

The Oils:

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Basil
  • 2 parts Juniper
  • 1/2 part Orange

Color: Red

Uses:

For use in attuning with the element of Fire, or for rituals involving strength, courage, passion, lust, etc.

Note:

The proportions here, though for essential oils, are by parts. One part may equal six drops. Generally speaking, there shouldn’t be more than ten total drops of essential oil per half-cup of bath salts. Experiment to find what works best, and please use only genuine essential oils. You should remember, too, the irritating qualities of some essential oils, and use accordingly.

Bath Salts:

To make bath salts add this oil blend to the recipe found in: Bath Salts Basics

From: The Master Grimoire

goat's milk homemade soap bath bar

  • 1 cup grated unscented soap
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp. Apricot oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Angelica
  • ½ Tbsp. crushed Bay
  • ½ Tbsp. crushed Basil
  • 6 drops Myrrh oil

Place grated soap in a heat-proof non-metallic container and add the hot water and apricot oil. Leave until it is cool enough to handle, and then mix together with your hands. If the soap is floating on the water, add more soap. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soap is soft and mushy.

Once the soap, water, and oil are blended completely, add the dry ingredients. Once the mixture is cool, then add the essential oils (essential oils evaporate quickly in heat). Enough essential oils should be added to overcome the original scent of the soap.

Blend thoroughly and then divide the soap mixture into four to six pieces. Squeeze the soaps, removing as much excess water as possible into the shape you desire, and tie in a cheesecloth. Hang in a warm, dry place until the soap is completely hard and dry.

From: The Real Witches’ Kitchen

Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a “recipe” that’s just right for each of us. Since the Sun sign you were born under has such an amazing influence on your health and well-being, using the herbs that correspond with that sign alone can be a tremendous help in times of stress or illness. Here’s a short list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made due to their associations with both the planetary ruler and the positive qualities of this sign.

027784-glossy-space-icon-culture-astrology-ariesAries – Mars

  • Allspice,
  • Basil,
  • Cayenne,
  • Garlic,
  • Ginger,
  • Mustard,
  • Onion,
  • Pepper.

It’s no secret that Aries is the astrological equivalent of a bullet. It’s a red-hot burst of energy that’s capable of overcoming any obstacle by charging straight for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the “red” planet, the ancient god of war who was known for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder, then, the herbs that correspond with your sign are also a bit “hot” to the taste. Use them in cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance Mars loves best. Use them for spells to invoke that Mars energy.

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