John's Wort Oil-Steep
blossoms and/or leaves in carrier
oil for 2-4 weeks. Can be used 100% or 50% with another healing oil
to soothe sunburn & aches
German (Egyptian) chamomile
flowers in olive oil or another carrier
oil and strain
fresh aloe leaves, cover with a carrier
oil , steep a few days, strain, add essential
oils if you like.
oils to water in a spray bottle and shake before use.
oils to baking
soda in a shaker bottle (spice bottle), sprinkle on carpet &
& Vacuum Freshener--Drop
Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus
Citriadora) on cottonballs and put in vacuum cleaner bag to freshen
and scent the air.
Essential Oil to remove sticky label glue from bottles. Works better
anything I've tried!
granules on the soil to add potash & other minerals to
Gum powder (Arabic) (or Tragacanth
Gum power) with 3T water or oil,
oils, roll into beads, pierce, dry.
wide ribbon through wire
hook, or around wreath & tack both ends over top of door frame.
2 or 3 vanilla beans lengthwise, add to 1
lb. powdered sugar, mix & store covered. Dust cakes or cookies, use
on French toast or pancakes.
glycerin with scent & color. Pour sea salt in a jar and add the
mixture. Turn jar to mix. Fill containers--decorative or apothecary
and scoop out with a seashell. 2/24/97
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1/4 to 1/2c herbal infusion ("tea")
cut-up chunks of glycerin and/or castile soap in a double boiler or in
a microwave at 50% power, with water or herbal infusion--honey can be
as part of the liquid. If using botanicals, stir them in slowly, when
has melted, in one direction (to avoid air bubbles) with a non-metallic
spoon. Let cool slightly--but still pourable--add scent and optional
chip and stir slowly as above. Pour into molds
or a box lined with Saran Wrap.
add to the translucency, add 1/8 to 1/4 oz of vegetable glycerin
harden, cut into bars and bevel edges and rough spots with paring
The soap should be hardened and ready to wrap after setting at room
for about 15 minutes, in the freezer for another 15 minutes, and at
temperature again for about 30 minutes.
Let cool 'til thick and use hands to make soap balls.
CANDLE MAKING TIPS
Beeswax Candles -- Cut wick 3/4" longer than candle, center wick
edge of beeswax sheet, fold & press to secure wick & roll
Cut sheet, for shorter candles or cut diagonally for cone-shaped
Candles -- Make a small hole in the bottom of a juice can or milk
pull wick through, seal bottom with tape or clay, fasten other end of
around pencil and rest pencil on top of mold to straighten and center
wick. Pour in melted wax, let harden a few minutes and fill center
with more wax. Mold can be put in cold water to harden faster. Peel off
cardboard mold for finished candle. Use a silicone mold release before
pouring candles, to remove them easily when using metal and
Candles -- Use essential oils to scent wax. Gurjun Balsam is a
additive to fix the scent and add warmth.
Candles--1/4 to 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil scents 2lbs wax. Mix in
scents when slightly cooled
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choice of fresh fruit: Orange, Apple, Lime, Kumquat, Quince
- Whole cloves
or cut herbs, spices, flowers: Cinnamon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Sarsaparilla
Root, Sassafrass, Spearmint
fixatives: Frankincense, Gum
Benzoin, Orris, Sandalwood
the fruit with whole cloves--use a nail to pierce the skins of citrus
then insert the cloves.
any combination of powders and mix well. Roll the pomanders in the
mixture, sprinkle the tops with some of the powder, then store in a
container in a dry location for two to four weeks.
the powder off the pomanders.
in bowls or baskets alternating with colorful fruit
a long ribbon (about a yard long) around it, knotting at the top of the
fruit. Fasten or tie the two loose ends together to make a hanging
Wrap another ribbon around the other two sides, making four equal
and tie a bow through the bottom of the hanging loop. 9/93
BALLS: Use a shorter version of the above ribbon, and tie a sprig
fresh mistletoe* into the bottom bow.
is poisonous, so if there are small children around, use artificial
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- Scented Ornaments
ingredients and roll out, between 1/4" and 1/2" thick. This doesn't
like dough. Use cookie cutters, cut-out patterns or cut your own shapes
in the cinnamon dough with a butter knife. Use a straw to make a hole
hanging in the top of each one. Dry overnight in a dehydrator or up to
a week, air-dried.
with acrylic and 3D paint, thread a ribbon or gold
cord through hole and hang on tree or make garlands.
will scent at least one whole room and will last for years if stored in
a dry place. They will crumble if moist. 9/92
beeswax in a double boiler or in the microwave, on low heat. Spray
with vegetable oil, cut the ribbon or cord, make a loop and dip ends in
scent into melted wax and pour into molds. A small funnel helps. Add
waxed ribbon to the top of each mold. Let them set at room temperature.
When hardened enough to pull away from the sides of the molds, they can
be removed and decorated with sprigs, spices, lace or beads. Store in a
cool place. 10/96
flowers can be air-dried by hanging them upside-down. Roses and peonies
dry well this way. Make sure the flowers are not fully opened when you
dry them--by any method. Silica
gel is great because it helps preserve the shape and color of many
flowers such as daffodils, narcissus and zinnias.
a microwave with silica
gel is quicker on thicker-petalled flowers and foliage, but use low
heat and remove to finish the drying process (not good for preserving
in zinnias). A flower
press works well for delicate flowers such as pansies and
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AND ESSENTIAL OILS
black pepper, ginger
patchouli, ylang ylang
(true lemon balm), chamomile, yarrow
bay, lime, neroli
clary sage, cypress
lemon verbena, anise
palmarosa, jasmine -- 2/91
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