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Arthritis Salve

1 1/2 oz fresh Mint Leaf
1 1/2 oz crushed fresh Eucalyptus Leaf
1/4 oz crushed dried Bay Leaf
1/2 oz crushed or powdered dried Golden Seal Root
1/2 lb. Vegetable Shortening (in the "old days" lard was used) (if the fresh herbs cannot be found, substitution with dried herbs is OK)
Mixing Directions:
Mix all herbs together. Melt the Vegetable Shortening in a pot on low flame, adding a little at a time to speed the melting process. When all the Shortening has been melted, turn off the fire, and slowly stir in the mixed herbs. When all is mixed well, pour the liquid salve into a jar. DO NOT USE PLASTIC!!! USE GLASS ONLY!!! (plastic will draw out the essence of the herbs...) Cap the jar and refrigerate until the shortening has become a solid again, and is cold. Will keep for about a week.
Directions of Use:
Gather a small amount onto hand and massage onto skin of afflicted joint. Let set for at least one hour. Repeat as necessary.
Herbs & Their Definitions
Many of the items covered come from the writings of Scott Cunningham -
Magical Aromatherapy and Ray T. Malbrough - Charms, Spells & Formulas.
Basil is used for more than cooking in Italian food. Peace, Happiness, and
the Conscious Mind are some of the magickal attributes of this herb. Keep
this scent close to keep a clear mind for tasks. The smell will keep you
focused for the more important tasks in your day. Note: In making an oil of
this herb, do not take it internally.
Black Pepper
For a charge in physical strength, this is a great herb. Other influences
include Courage and Protection. If you are trying to keep other peolple's
influences from ruining your day, this should help. You may take this
This herb is used as a helper to complete mixtures that involve money.
Although it is an herb which is hard to find, it can be worth the search. It
is also one of the elements that vibrates well with the Zodiac sign of
This herb is great for gathering magickal energy. This oil is also great for
the Consious mind. As an addition to a mixture, this substance will add
thickness to your oil. The tincture of benzoin is a great way to make your
essential oils last.
Bay is another cooking item with great potential. The specialty of this herb
is Psychic capabilities and Purification. Use dried leaves and smell them
crumpled in your hand or smoke them in an incense.
This is an easy-to-get herb. You will find it in many herbal teas found at
your local supermarket...and for good reason. This is the herb of Peace and
Meditation. Take this herb and you will achieve a deeper peace of mind.
This flower is so common in most areas that it is a great oil to practice
with making essential oils. Smell the flowers fresh or in an oil for General
Health, Love, and some Magical & Physical boosts.
The dried inner bark of this herb helps you most with overall Prosperity. It
is one of the more asscessible items that is part of one of the mixtures for
Lucky Life Oil.
This narcissus flower is one of the strongest helpers for Love. The fresh
flowers have the most powerful effect. This is one of a spiritual, deep
This herb has many religious connotations. The incense of this essential oil
has a profound religious effect. Burn this incense for a heightened
spiritual understanding and for meditation. Use this also for any oil that
needs a power boost in a spiritual content. Not for internal use!
One of the most versatile herbs, garlic has its focus around Health,
Purification and Protection. Add it to any relevant dish and take the oils
that come in vitamins. One bad side effect...bad for social situations.
Magick is the best use of this herb. Taken in slight doses is the best
practices due to its power. It also has influences in Sex, Love and slightly
Money. Again, small doses are best.
Another common element, jasmine is responsible for Psychic dreams, Love, Sex
and is overall good for relationships that need help in intimacy. Fresh
flowers and the essential oil are best.
There are many uses for this citrus. Basically, use the peels for soaking in
your oils of Health and Healing. You can also use it for Physical purposes.
Purification is the main attribute for lemon grass, lemon balm, and other
related herbs.
Very similar to frankincense, myrrh is a great oil and incense for
Meditation, and general Spirituality. You will reach new heights of
spiritual depth with this. Not for internal use.
Onion is good for Courage. Use it on your more timid days. Bring a
anectdote, but try to have it in the same family as not to neutralize your
original purpose.
Protection is the main quality of this herb. It is good to use this along
with Onion and other noxious herbs to hide the scent, but not kill the
purpose of the other herb(s).
This is a very powerful and readily available scent. Money, Sex and other
Earth bound influences. This is a great essential oil to be used with
Protection Oil and Seduction Oil. One word of warning. This neutralizes many
spiritual situations. It is tied closely to the earth.
Another common flower, this is a great for Love. Beauty and oils for almost
every ritual for peace should have this essential oil or flower petals
involved. It also enhances intimate sexuality.
If we had more of this in our diets and rituals, we would benefit from an
increased Memory. It also has great influence over the mind. Keep it in
moderation for it can upset the stomach if too much is used. It may better
be used in its natural form for smell to enhance mind capacities.
This is an expensive herb that when cooking will have a profound color and
taste in its host. It is very powerful for Magick. It should be used with
only one or two other herbs in a mixture. Only a little of this herb will do
the trick.
Great for Wisdom, this herb is commonly used with others in Italian
seasonings. It has an underlying sub-conscious tone that can help you get in
touch with unknown forces in your life.
Common and good for additions to mixtures to give an essence of Healing,
Spirituality and Healing. Adds a sweet undertone.
Magickal energy and overall mid-level purposes is this herbs strengths. Use
this to add a balancing effect in your mixtures. A safe element for almost
anything. Not too strong on its own.

Posted: August 6, 2005 


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