Monthly Archives: November 2014

Florida Water

After my recent eerie trip to the seaside I felt some cleansing was required to get as many ‘good spirits’ back around me as possible. This is actually a recipe I have written down in a book and I didn’t write its origin, but I have made up this mixture several times and it works…

Clevedon Ghosts

I recently spent the night in Clevedon, a small seaside town in North Somerset with an early example of a Victorian Pier and the remains of an early Iron Age hill fort. Clevedon itself is slightly rugged but elegant, with a pebble beach, rocky cliffs and architecture typical of the English seafront. It was a…

Essential Oils for exhaustion

The lead up to Christmas can be an extremely busy time, with present buying, parties, late nights and a feeling of obligation to make the time to see people you may not have seen all year. It can be extremely tiring especially when coupled with the dark nights and general change in routine the turn…

Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)

Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade The name “belladonna” means “beautiful lady,” and was chosen because of a practice in Italy where by berry juice was used to enlarge the pupils of women, giving them a striking appearance. This was not a good idea, because belladonna can be poisonous. Though widely distributed over Central and Southern Europe,…

Smudging

Burning herbs for cleansing and purification is an important part of many religions and cultures with incense playing a role in many key ceremonies. Smudging your home does not need to be elaborate but I find it does help to clear the air, generally acts as ‘clean slate’ and is a nice process to go…