Bashful Dragon Blog

This is a primarily pagan blog with pictures, articles and links related to paganism, the "old ways", natural/simplistic lifestyles, living "off the grid", holistic healing/reiki, herbalism and natureopathy. Peace and bright blessings to all who visit and share.

Yes, You Can: Simple Canning Without the Equipment…
Step by step walk through.

DIY: How To Make Body Spray

Basic Recipe

  • Small Spray Bottle
  • 1 C Distilled Water
  • 1 1/2 T Vodka or Witch Hazel
  • 7 Drops Various Essential Oils or fragrance oils.

Below are some classic mixes:

rose + ylang ylang = aprodisiac

lemon + black pepper = memory & concentration

frankencense + geranium = happiness & peace

rosemary + grapefruit = confidence

lavender + lemon = fight depression

melaleuca(tea tree) + lavender = relax

peppermint + wild orange = invigorated

Put the water and the vodka into the spray bottle and shake.  The vodka (or witch hazel) will help the essential oils to disperse evenly and not settle at the bottom.

Add your choice of Essential Oils or fragrance oils and shake gently.  

Shake before each use

(Source: easy-home-made.com)

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HOW TO MAKE RED CLOVER TINCTURE & THE HEALTH BENEFITS

Red Clover is a sweet smelling herb that is an excellent source of phytoestrogen. It has many health benefits for women, such as treating PMS, Menopause, and Osteoporosis. It has also been shown to aid in cardiovascular health as well as preventing cancer cells from growing.  Red clover contains valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. 

RED CLOVER TINCTURE RECIPE

  1. Harvest the fragrant flowers from areas away from busy roads or any type of possible pollution. Wear gloves and use scissors to clip the tops
  2. Only harvest what you need to fill a small mason jar and always leave an offering.  I usually leave unsalted sunflower seeds
  3. DO NOT WASH THE FLOWER
  4. Place enough Red Clover flowers in your mason jar until they reach the top
  5. Pour 80 proof or higher vodka into the mason jar only half-way.  Use a spoon to stir the Red Clovers and make sure there are no air pockets.  Continue to fill the mason jar with vodka until it reaches the top.  Be careful not to leave any air gaps
  6. Place the lid on the mason jar and shake
  7. Label your jar with date, time, and contents
  8. Store in a cool, dry place and make sure to shake at least once a day for the next 2-3 weeks
  9. When ready, strain the tincture through a very fine filter.  You may have to do this a couple of times to ensure there are no particles in your tincture
  10. Pour in dark dropper bottles and ouila!!

ADULT DOSAGE

60 - 100 drops, 3 times per day under the tongue or added to tea.  Always consult your doctor when treating any condition or before using.

The pictures above are from my Red Clover harvest today and tincture that is now in my herb cupboard waiting to be enjoyed

Green blessings,

Kris @ Dark Moon Tarot

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Sleep Like a Rock Tincture
How to make your own homeopathic sleep aid…
Ingredients
-1 quart-sized glass mason jar -2 oz. dried Valerian root -0.5 oz. dried Hop flowers -a mixture of 60% vegetable glycerin and 40% pure water to cover
Method
1. Measure out the herbs using a small kitchen scale and place them in a quart-sized mason jar.
2. Fill the jar with 60% glycerin and 40% pure water, leaving 1-2 inches of head-space.
3. Close the lid to the jar tightly and place it in a warm spot for 4-6 weeks. Shake vigorously each day.
4. Strain off the plant material using a cheese cloth and/or fine mesh strainer.
5. Place liquid in a dark glass tincture bottle.
6. Take 1 or 2 dropperfuls every night 30 minutes prior to bed.
Note
-Valerian is only recommended for short-term use. However, be encouraged — it has been my experience that once the person rediscovers a healthy sleep pattern, the use of this tincture naturally decreases. And if the problem returns…a few more nights of taking the tincture again immediately helps to reestablish sleep.  
-While Valerian is extremely useful for the majority of folks, there are those to which it has the reverse effect…making them restless. However, I will say that it is most definitely worth a try!
-Be warned…Valerian stinks. Everyone in my house knows when I’m straining the Valerian tincture! Although it stinks, it really has no taste. I love to administer this tincture in just a couple ounces of water.
Where to Buy this Stuff?
I purchase dried, organic Valerian root and hop flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs.
But, you could always try your hand at growing it! In fact, Valerian is a beautiful plant and can easily be cultivated in most gardens.


Sleep Like a Rock Tincture


How to make your own homeopathic sleep aid…

Ingredients

-1 quart-sized glass mason jar
-2 oz.
dried Valerian root
-0.5 oz. dried Hop flowers
-a mixture of 60% vegetable glycerin and 40% pure water to cover

Method

1. Measure out the herbs using a small kitchen scale and place them in a quart-sized mason jar.

2. Fill the jar with 60% glycerin and 40% pure water, leaving 1-2 inches of head-space.

3. Close the lid to the jar tightly and place it in a warm spot for 4-6 weeks. Shake vigorously each day.

4. Strain off the plant material using a cheese cloth and/or fine mesh strainer.

5. Place liquid in a dark glass tincture bottle.

6. Take 1 or 2 dropperfuls every night 30 minutes prior to bed.

Note

-Valerian is only recommended for short-term use. However, be encouraged — it has been my experience that once the person rediscovers a healthy sleep pattern, the use of this tincture naturally decreases. And if the problem returns…a few more nights of taking the tincture again immediately helps to reestablish sleep.  

-While Valerian is extremely useful for the majority of folks, there are those to which it has the reverse effect…making them restless. However, I will say that it is most definitely worth a try!

-Be warned…Valerian stinks. Everyone in my house knows when I’m straining the Valerian tincture! Although it stinks, it really has no taste. I love to administer this tincture in just a couple ounces of water.

Where to Buy this Stuff?

I purchase dried, organic Valerian root and hop flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs.

But, you could always try your hand at growing it! In fact, Valerian is a beautiful plant and can easily be cultivated in most gardens.

 For a creative and colourful yardscaping effect, drill holes in wooden fencing and wedge in coloured marbles…watch what happens when the sun hits the back of the fence!
Health Benefits and Uses of Dandelion