May. 31st, 2006

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Recipe by Scott Cunningham
"The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, And Brews"

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandal wood
1 part Woodruff
1 part Rose petals
a few drops Jasmine oil
a few drops Neroli oil

Burn during Wiccan rituals on Beltane (April 30th) or on May Day for
fortune and favors and to attune with the changing of the seasons.
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Cucumber Milk
4 ounces oil of sweet almonds
10 ounces juice of fresh cucumbers
3 ounces essence of cucumbers
1/4 ounce white Castile soap, powdered
2/3 drachm tincture of benzoin
The juice of the cucumbers is made by boiling the slices in a very little
water, strain through a fine cloth. Make the essnece by mixing 1 1/2 ounces
of the juice with 1 1/2 ounces alcohol (in this case, use strong vodka).
Dissolve the soap in the essence, add the juice, shake well until thoroughly
mixed; pour into a bowl and add the oil and the tincture, beating well until
you have a milky liquid. Bottle. (I would keep this refrigerated)
She states that this lotion is a specific for sensitive skins, redness,
sunburn and roughness.

For Summer Rash (prickly heat rash)
7 ounces elder-flower water
1 ounce glycerine
1/2 drachm borax
Apply night and morning.

Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs
1 ounce lavender flowers
3/4 ounce each of: rosemary, thyme, rue, sage, wormwood, mint
1 drachm each of: calamus, nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon
1 drachm camphor (not mothballs)
2 ounces alcohol
1 quart strong wine vinegar
Dissolve the camphor in the alcohol, then add the herbs, spices and vinegar;
let stand 10 days, strain.

Aromatic Toilet Vinegar
1 pint spirits of wine (substitute strong vodka)
1/2 pint strong vinegar
1 1/2 ounces gum benzoin
1/2 ounce balsam of Peru
1/2 drachm oil of neroli (orange flower)
1/2 drachm oil of mace
Steep 1 week, then filter.

These vinegars were used as refreshing toners, by adding a few drops to a
glass of water to rinse the face, or by saturating a cotton wad and
inserting in a "vinaigrette", a small glass flacon carried and smelled when
one was feeling faint or to relieve a headache.

from "The Woman Beautiful" by Ella Adelia Fletcher, circa 1901
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1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Grated zest from 1 lemon (no white)
1 teaspoon loose chamomile tea or dried chamomile
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the butter, sugar, and salt
and beat until fluffy. Blend in the lemon zest, loose tea, and flour
until smooth. Press into an 8-inch square pan. Bake for 30 minutes
or until shortbread begins to turn golden. Cut into 9 squares and
then cut each square into 2 triangles. Cut while warm, then cool
in the pan before removing. (if you wish you can process the
chamomile in a blend or food processor to make it finer).
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Mix 1/2 pound of crab, 6 scallions (cut up), 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese,
6 ounces of cheddar cheese, and just enough mayonnaise to make it stick. Add
a dash of salt and cayenne pepper.
Remove buttermilk flake biscuits from refrigerated tube. Tear flakes apart.
Slather the mixture on top of each, then cook per the biscuit directions.
Best when still warm. Number of servings depends on the size of biscuits and
the thickness of the topping.
From Gifts for the Goddess on an Autumn Afternoon
C2000 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey


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