New Moon is an auspicious time to work with essential oils (which are powerful and living) and dried herbs, to create all manner of beneficial blends. Below, I'm sharing three of my favorite. Enjoy!
ANTI-BACTERIAL SURFACE and FLOOR WASH
15 drops Cinnamon essential oil
15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops Rosemary essential oil
3 gallons of fresh, clean water - lukewarm is best
Using a sink or non-plastic bucket, blend all ingredients. You may use a sponge, cloth or mop to clean surfaces and floors safely with this wash.
The ingredients are germ-busters, healthful to inhale and promote blessing energies, too.
What an incredible mixture!
Some botanicals are readily associated with hearth and home. Such as apples and cinnamon. A wonderful aspect of the apple, is that it embodies the shape of a star nestled within it's belly, formed by the seeds. Those seeds are a symbol of protection. Cinnamon is associated with prosperity and good fortune.
Oranges have long been considered a source of good health and good fortune. High in vitamin C (which boosts the immune system and therefore overall health), oranges were once acquired only as imports by the wealthy.
These three simple ingredients - apple, cinnamon and orange - sweetened by a touch of real vanilla (associated with love, beauty, harmony and passion) become a powerful simmering potpourri blend to bless and fortify your home.
1 large apple, cut lengthwise across the belly (so, to reveal the star shape within)
1 large orange, cut into quarters (4 is the number of stability and strong foundations
8 cinnamon sticks (8 is the number of success and luck; of prosperity and good fortune)
2 tsp vanilla (to sweeten and harmonize the blend; 2 to symbolize balance)
Bring a medium sized pot of clean water to boil. When the water boils, reduce to low and maintain on a low simmer. Add first the apple halves, then the four pieces of orange, then the cinnamon sticks. Pour in two teaspoons of vanilla and gently stir the mixture using a wooden spoon.
As you create this simmering potpourri, employ visualization by creating an image of your home being a place of safety, blessing, harmony, protection and prosperity. Hold this image in your mind. Allow it to deepen as the scented steam rises.
DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL. As the water evaporates off, add more. Do not simmer potpourri for longer than three days. When you are through, discard of ingredients by pouring out onto the earth, never into the garbage.
"CALM, RELAX, SLEEP" Blend
25 drops Lavender essential oil
15 drops Chamomile essential oil
15 drops Neroli or Orange essential oil
*NOTE: Neroli and Orange come from the same plant but are derived from different parts. There is quite a spread in the cost for each, so choose whichever oil best suits your budget, knowing that they're in fact, from the same plant.
Blend all oils in the top of a candle-warmed oil burner (these are available at all large department stores and many supermarkets.) Add several drops of water (1-2 TB) and allow the oils to congeal on the top. No stirring is required.
Warning: These oils can be irritating for some skin types. Handle with care. Light a tea-light candle in the bottom of the oil burner. Allow the scent of the oils to waft on the air. As you inhale them, the limbic area of your brain will be affected and as a result of these specific oils, a relaxed state will occur.
Energizing Mist for optimal MENTAL CLARITY
1 quart fresh water
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops tangerine essential oils
Combine in a mister, shake. Mist furniture, air, linens and clothing. Also excellent as a room freshener or for spritzing before the arrival of company.