Lemon Balm

Mix the following herbs together in a clockwise direction, and place into a container until needed:

  • Rosehips
  • Hibiscus flower
  • Lemon Balm
  • Peppermint
  • Meadow Sweet

When wanted to drink, take 2 tablespoons and place in teapot with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Visualize and chant:

Herbal brew of lover’s emotion,
With intent I fortify.
When two people share this potion,
Their lover shall intensify.

Found at: Herbal Riot

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

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.

027785-glossy-space-icon-culture-astrology-cancerCancer – Moon

  • Aloe,
  • Lemon Balm,
  • Chamomile,
  • Mimosa,
  • Lavender,
  • Lilac.

Cancer is the nurturer. Nurturing is your business, and you distribute your soothing touch to one and all. There’s nothing you like better than a home that smells good, too, whether it’s because there’s something wonderful simmering on the stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs listed above are known for their ability to calm, (great for when you’re feeling crabby), heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime tea.

virgoAdd the following ingredients to 1/8 cup of jojoba oil. As you mix the oils, inhale the aroma and visualize the intended purpose for the blend.  For best results, use therapeutic grade organic oils instead of synthetics.

  • 4 drops Honeysuckle
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 1 drop Lemon Balm

An effective blend for spells for (or about, employment) You can wear Virgo oil when  the moon is in Virgo, and also when the Sun is in Virgo. If you are a Virgo, wear the blend to increase your personal power.

Note: This post was written by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, and was moved to its new home here at The Magickal Apothecary. You may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

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