Blue Supermoon Ritual & Lunar Brew

La Lune, Grandmother Moon or simply, The Moon. It has fascinated people for thousands of years, It controls the ocean’s tide, has the ability to affect our emotions & women’s bodies sync with the lunar calendar each month, which is known as our Moon Cycle.

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This month is a particularly special Moon. It is a Full, Blue, Blood, Supermoon with a total lunar eclipse. It sounds like a lot, so what does it mean exactly? Well, a blue moon occurs roughly every 2.7 years, a supermoon is when lunar it is closer to the Earth and can appear up to 30 percent brighter than a regular moon & a lunar eclipse is when the Sun, Earth & Moon are in perfect alignment, as this happens, the Moon tends to turn red hue & you have a Blood Moon.

So, all in all, it’s a pretty magical Full Moon this month, a perfect time for some powerful cleansing & manifestation work. When I’m doing moon work, I like to sip on a warm botanical tea, so below is a simple recipe made with herbs & flowers that are associated with the Moon, drinking this whilst doing your magical work will guide you & help harness the moons energy.

You will need:

  • Organic Blue Cornflowers
  • Organic Jasmine
  • Organic Rose
  • Organic Ginger
  • Glass Measuring Jug
  • Your favorite mug
  • Crystals (optional)

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This sweet yet slightly spicy blend is good for helping digestion, relieving anxiety/stress & is filled with Vitamin C, plus it’s so simple to make. Slice the ginger, (I like to use about a tablespoon) add equal parts of the jasmine, cornflower & rose, then place them in the measuring jug. Cover with around 2-3 cups of hot water, cover and let the blend infuse for 15-20 minutes. Take a moment to breathe, close your eyes and be grateful, you can also say a small blessing to the plant spirits to show your thanks, just go with how you feel and what feels good for you. Once infused, strain & pour into your mug. (You can let the remaining tea sit and then just top up your mug as wanted.)

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While your blend is infusing, pick a space where you want to do your ritual, preferably somewhere you can see the Moon. Light some candles, burn some cleansing sage or palo santo, place any crystals you feel drawn to around the area ( I love black moonstone and clear quartz for Moon work ) & feel free to play some soothing music. Now your space is cleansed & ready for you to begin. You will also need a pen, paper & bowl of cold water in a clear bowl.

Once you have your tea, get comfortable in your chosen space, and breathe. Take some slow deep breaths, center yourself & draw in the Moons energy. Let any stress you have in your body to flow out and away from you, send it out into the universe. Begin to think about your life.What are you grateful for? what else would you like to achieve? what would you like to let go of?

Think about all these things for a few moments, be true to yourself. Only you know how you feel and what you want to manifest. Whatever it is, nothing is too out of reach, no dream is too big. If your needing to release emotions, it may be hard. You may cry, you may laugh, you may howl or you may scream at the top of your lungs. Feel your soul and let it guide you.

Write everything down, your feelings & emotions, what you want to release and what you want to let go of. Fold it up three times, and place it to the side. Now you want to write down your positive manifestations. I always like to begin with, I am grateful for……. Then list everything you would like to manifest into your life. Fold up the paper three times and visualize as your doing so, see everything in your mind’s eye, feel it, hear it, smell it, touch it – as if you’re already living it. Sit quietly & Thank Grandmother moon for her powerful, magical energy and for helping you to release & manifest. You will want to keep this list somewhere safe that’s sacred to you, as you may want to reflect on your manifestations at a later date.

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Next, take your bowl of cold water outside directly under the Moon, hold the first piece of paper you wrote on & think of everything you want to release as you completely submerge it in underwater. Water is linked to the Moons energy, so this is a wonderful way to close your ritual. Thank the Moon once again with a blessing, empty the water and bury the paper in the Earth. If you don’t have access to a garden, don’t worry, close the ritual in view of the Moon and dispose of the paper as you would normally.

After performing a ritual like this, its normal to feel a little drained, so I like to take a long hot bath or shower afterward to cleanse.  If you decide to take a bath, you could always try out my  Magickal Mustard Bath Soak which is wonderful for aches, pains or tension in the body.

I hope you enjoyed this ritual and recipe. I always love to hear how it went, so feel free to leave a note in the comments. Enjoy the Full Moon magick & have a beautiful botanical day.

Love & Blessings, Alice

 

 

 

 

These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

 

 

 

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English Woodland Flower Bath

The first time I made this particular bath blend, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and was instantly transported to my childhood garden in England. My bathroom filled with the earthy scent of delicate roses, moss & exotic jasmine that used to climb the walls of our cottage in the woods. It was like I was there again, sat outside in midsummer with the warm floral scents filling my head.
So, I wanted to share this very simple recipe that will hopefully transport you somewhere magical.

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You will need a few kitchen utensils and ingredients to get started…….

  • Red Rose Petals
  • Pink Rose Buds
  • Jasmine Flowers
  • English Lavender Flowers
  • Blue Cornflowers
  • Lemon Balm Leaf
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 8 oz Mason Jar
  • Glass Mixing Bowl
  • 10 drops Rose Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

All of the herbs, flowers & oils I use in my recipes are generally easy to find at local herb stores. however, If you have trouble finding specific ingredients, I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs & Starwest Botanicals as their products are ethically sourced and organic.

 

Start with your glass mixing bowl and begin adding your botanicals by hand. I don’t really measure flowers & herbs when it comes to bath salts for pleasure ( medicinal salts are slightly different.) I go with my feeling & intentions that day. It also depends on the individual, and the amount of flowers you want filling your tub. Personally, I don’t think you can have too many, the more flowers the better, being surrounded by these gifts from Mother Nature is something to savor as it brings one closer to the Earths spirit.

As you add your herbs and flowers, be thankful. Be thankful to the earth for providing these wonderful healing plants & be thankful for the plant spirits that surround us day to day.  You can also use this opportunity to set intentions. Whether you’re feeling stressed, tired, worried, anxious or just in need of a little calm, take this time to think about how you want to feel. Relaxed, happy, comforted – whatever your intention, set it in your mind while mixing the flowers.

With your intention set, add the salt, powder & essential oils. I do measure the oils as they are so potent and using too many drops can ruin the salts. Mix and fold gently with your hands and transfer to your jar. When you’re ready to use them, place 2-3 handfuls in the bath as its running. Light some candles, close your eyes and immerse yourself in nature.

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I hope you enjoyed making this recipe. I welcome feedback and comments, so let me know how you got on and your experiences. Have a beautiful botanical day. Alice Xx

  • Once your tub has drained, if you can, collect the remaining herbs and flowers and either return to the source ( your garden ) or compost them.

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Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing. These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult your doctor.

Pumpkin Lavender Face Mask

Pumpkins. What can I say? I LOVE them. I eat these delicious vitamin packed beauties at least three times a week during squash season, I place them around my house for a festive feel & I put them on my face. Pumpkins are full of Vitamin A & Vitamin C both of which can boost collagen production, this is music to my vegetarian ears. For this recipe I use leftover pumpkin that has been baked in the oven, waste not! want not.!  When mixed with other beneficial, natural ingredients, it makes for quite a magickal mask. I like to treat to whole process as a ritual, thanking mother nature for the ingredients she has kindly provided & thanking the plant spirits whilst setting positive intent.

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Lavender flowers,  are calming and the oil has a soothing effect on the skin when applied topically, it is often used to help ease skin conditions such as acne.

Honey & lemon are both naturally antibacterial & act as a natural skin brighteners. Lemons, like pumpkins, are full of Vitamin C & honey is wonderfully moisturizing for the skin.

Himalayan salt is nutrient rich and full of magnesium. It also acts as a great exfoliater to help scrub away those dead cells.

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So to get started you will need

  •  1 Pie Pumpkin ( or any pumpkin you may be baking )
  • Organic Lavender Flowers
  • Local Sustainable Honey ( optional if your vegan )
  • Fine Pink Himalayan Salt – is nutrient rich and full of magnesium. It also acts as a great exfoliator to help scrub away those dead cells.
  • 1 Organic Lemon
  • Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Chopping Board

Place 1 cup of the cooked ( cool ) pumpkin in the mixing bowl, add 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tsp of salt and mix until everything is blended together. Take 1 Tbsp of the lavender flowers and place on the chopping board, lightly roll over them back and forth with the rolling pin as this will release their natural oils & fold into the mixture. Place the mask in the fridge for around 15 to 20 minutes until its cold to the touch, find yourself a good book ( I have several recommendations in my library section ), run a lovely hot bath, then smother it all over your face and neck and soak for a good half an hour before washing it off.  Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed making this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts, comments and feedback! Have a beautiful botanical day.

Alice x

 

Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing. These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, cony of these recipes.

Traditional Cold Relief Remedy

The leaves are beginning to turn beautiful shades of rust, gold, and copper. The nights are drawing in closer, and I’ve begun digging out warm socks, bobble hats, and chunky scarves. Yes, my favorite time of year is here, Autumn, But with the change of season comes that time when we start snuffling, sneezing and coughing because we’ve caught a cold. So, I’m sharing a simple family recipe that alleviates symptoms and helps your body to fight off a cold, it’s also pretty darn delicious too. It’s best drunk as soon as you feel the slightest tickle in the back of your throat ( you know the one!)  Also this time of year it’s always worthwhile to have an Echinacea tincture on hand to take anytime you feel under the weather to boost your immune system.

 

 

So to get started you will need

  • A large pot with a lid ( to boil & simmer ingredients )
  • Large cooking siv ( strainer )
  • Glass Measuring Jug
  • 4 – 5 cups of water
  • 2 Organic Lemons
  • 1 Piece of Organic Fresh Ginger ( sliced )
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Sarsparilla Root
  • Organic Cinnamon Sticks
  • Organic Local Wildflower Honey ( to taste )

Begin by slicing the lemons and taking out the seeds as you go along, place into the pot along with all the other ingredients, (except the honey) cover with water and bring to the boil. Once bubbling, bring down to a low heat, place the lid on the pot and let the mixture simmer for 30 – 45 minutes so all the goodness is well and truly extracted. Let everything cool for a good 10 minutes after turning off the heat, before straining the mixture into the measuring jug. Pour the desired amount into a mug and add honey to flavor. Drink the rest of the mixture throughout the day and continue daily for 2 – 3 days. I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Have a beautiful botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Moontime Herba Thea

One thing that’s true, is that at some point we ladies will suffer from moontime cramps. More often than not it makes you want to curl into a ball and hide under your duvet. Being someone who suffers pretty much every month I have experimented with many different herbal blends and want to share the one I find works best for me and I hope it will for you also. This is a simple tea recipe that can be made and drank at any time of day or night ( don’t worry there is nothing that is going to keep you up, so rest assured you’ll be able to drift off to dreamland after drinking this.)

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The blend consists of Red Raspberry leaf, this is a uterine tonic that is rich in manganese & alleviates cramping. Nettle, which is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and is highly nourishing. Chamomile a lovely calming flower that is wonderful to get rid of nausea. and last but not least Rose, a magical, comforting and delicious flower.

For this soothing, pain alleviating tea, you will need:

Measure a 1/4 cup of each herb and place into the mason jar, this amount should last you for a couple of weeks depending on how many cups you drink daily, for full effect I drink 3-4 cups daily. Once mixed, place 1 heaped teaspoon of the herbal blend into your tea strainer, pop into your favorite mug cover with boiling water let steep for up to 15 minutes & enjoy. When working I like to make three cups and put it into a large vessel so I can sip it throughout the day. I would love to hear your feedback and how this tea worked for you. Have a beautiful, botanical day !

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

 

 

Crystal Infused Rose Ice Cream

As you probably already know, rose is one of my favorite flowers to drink and add to recipes, the flavor is so delicately floral it goes with just about anything. This ice cream is a perfect dessert for those lovely summer evenings with friends and family, the best part? it’s incredibly simple to make. This recipe is suitable for vegetarians but can be made completely vegan by leaving out the honey. So to get started you will need,

  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups of Organic Rose Petals
  • 1 cup of Beet Sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Local Raw Honey (if desired)
  • Electric Whisk
  • Container with lid for freezing
  • Saucepan
  • Raw Rose Quartz
  • Organic Dark Cacao Chocolate or Coconut Flakes  (for topping)

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Start by placing your freshly washed rose quartz chunk into a glass bowl. This will infuse the ice cream with loving energy, I keep rose quartz in every room for that reason, it’s truly a wonderful calming crystal that allows energy to flow freely. Pour the coconut milk over the rose quartz and let it sit for about fifteen minutes, feel free to hold the bowl and do a short love meditation, say a few words or simply just picture the crystals energy spreading throughout the milk. There is no wrong or right way to do this, so do what feels natural to you.

Once the milk has been infused, remove the crystal and pour milk into a saucepan on low heat, add the beet sugar and rose petals. Whilst stirring consistently bring it slightly to the boil, once it starts bubbling take it right down to a low heat, cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the honey ( if you’re doing the vegetarian recipe ) stir gently and let it cool for 10 minutes.  Once cool strain the mixture into your final container for freezing and place into the freezer. Over the next 3 hours take out the ice cream and whip it with the electric whisk as this will create a lovely smooth consistency, garnish with a few rose petals and place in the freezer overnight.

Once ready to serve to your loved ones ( the recipe serves 4 people ),  let the ice cream sit out for 10 minutes so it’s soft enough to scoop and sprinkle with either coconut flakes or a little-grated dark chocolate. I hope you enjoyed this delicious concoction & I would love to know your thoughts if you decided to make it. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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Healing Echinacea Tincture

Echinacea is generally known as a cold and flu remedy, yet it has so much more to offer. The Native Americans used this wonderful flowering herb to treat a toothache, sore throats, coughs, infections and most tribes also used it to treat snake bites, insect bites, stubborn wounds, burns and other skin conditions. There is much more to this beautiful flower than meets the eye that’s for sure!

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The most commonly used part is the root, but the fresh flowers and leaves hold plenty of medicine too. The most common ways people take Echinacea today is via tea, tincture or capsule, although chewing on a fresh flower head can really soothe a sore throat. Echinacea also has many magical properties, known as a symbol of strength it is often used to strengthen spells, offered to water deities & also can be kept in or near the home to attract prosperity.

Being my favorite medicinal flower, I grow it in my garden. So I decided to make a fresh plant tincture, the recipe and method is incredibly simple and if you don’t have fresh Echinacea you’ve grown in the garden, you can use sustainably cultivated and harvested Organic Echinacea Root ,  to get started you will need

  • 1 glass jar
  • Organic Echinacea Root or fresh plant matter ( flowers & leaves )
  • Vodka ( 80 proof )
  • Labels
  • Small strainer
  • Amber Pipette Bottles 1ml

Start by filling the jar 1/4 of the way full if using dried root. If using fresh plant matter, wash the leaves and flowers thoroughly then chop them nice and finely. When using fresh plant matter, you want to fill the jar half way.  Pour the vodka to the top of the jar seal tightly and give it a gentle shake. Pop a label on the jar with the date it was made so you can keep track of how long its been brewing away. You can let it infuse anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on what strength you would like. I like to keep mine in a place it can absorb plenty of energy from the sun and the moon. A well-lit windowsill is aways a good option or outside if you have a garden, gently shake the tincture every day or so to make sure the matter isn’t sticking to the bottom of your jar.

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If using fresh plant matter, you will notice the tincture almost instantly goes a dark cloudy brown, when using dried matter this will take a couple of weeks. Once brewed to your liking, strain into a glass jug and transfer into your pipette bottles, I find that a 12 oz jar will transfer into 3 to 4  1ml pipettes.

Now you have a nice little tincture to keep handy for whenever you’re feeling a little under the weather or you feel the first tickle of a cold. Just add a dropper full into a small glass of water and take 3 – 4 times a day until you start to feel your cold symptoms subside. I hope you enjoyed making this simple yet effective little potion. Feel free to leave feedback or comments below to let me know how you got on. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Rose & Ginger Herbal Honey

One of my favorite flowers to use in herbal remedies is rose. The scent, the taste, the color. It transports me right back to my Grandmothers magickal garden in Wales where she grew fabulous roses amongst many other flowers, herbs and vegetables.  These beautiful flowers can be used in anything from tea blends to bath salts. Calming, soothing and delicious, I use rose almost every day because it is so wonderfully versatile. IMG_4726

So the other day I decided to make a scrumptious herbal honey for tummy troubles and stress. Giving a delicious zing to many recipes, Ginger has also been used for thousands of years as a medicinal plant to treat nausea, digestive problems, and even pain. As for honey, it truly is one of nature’s magical potions. Anti bacterial and anti fungal, the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks swore by its amazing ability to heal. I always use local, sustainably harvested honey as our bee population is so incredibly important, we must do all we can to support these wonderful little creatures.

To get started you will need

Start by grating and chopping the ginger root, I only used half as it is rather potent. Place the ginger into your jar and add 1/4 of a cup of rose petals, pour the honey generously over the rose and ginger until the jar is full. Seal the jar tightly and place in the sunshine to warm and melt the honey, this will help the infusion. I put mine on a windowsill in my kitchen as it’s a perfect place for all my concoctions and potions to soak up goodness from the sun and the moon.IMG_5356

Leave the jar for about 3 – 5 days strain the honey into a jug leaving behind the ginger and rose matter, (it will be pretty liquidy after being in direct sunlight) and transfer back to the jar. You will be left with a delicious, medicinal honey that can be taken daily, when you have an upset stomach or when you feel a cold coming on.

I hope you enjoyed making this herbal elixir, feel free to leave any feedback as I would love to know how you got on. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Magickal Mustard Bath Soak

Growing up in a cottage in the middle of the woods in England the winters were long and cold, it didn’t matter how chilly it got, I would bundle up and go exploring the bluebell woods with our family dogs Bruno & Honey, or ride my pony Smartie, through the surrounding farmland. Rain, sleet or snow, nothing stopped me. This did, however, result in me coming home feeling “cold to the bone” as my Dad would say. So my Mum would pour mustard powder & salts into a hot bath, then I would soak quietly for 30 minutes, normally with whatever book I was consuming at the time.

In England and Wales, mustard baths are an old traditional remedy, they are used to treat colds, stress, sore muscles, fever, and congestion. The main ingredient, mustard, has been known to stimulate the sweat glands which opens the pores and helps the body rid itself of toxins. So, I came up with my own take on this wonderful remedy. Wether you have the onset of a cold and you want to ” sweat it out ” or you are just stressed, which we all suffer from in this day and age, I highly recommend you whip up this simple recipe & take a long hot bath.

Alongside mustard powder, I use organic lavender flowers for their incredible calming ability and beautiful scent. Essential oils of tea tree & eucalyptus which are pain reliving, antiviral & used to help ease congestion. Epsom salt for its detoxifing properties & baking soda to draw out impurities.

If you dont have a local herbal store to purchase the ingredients needed, I highly recommend going online to Mountain Rose Herbs or Star West Botanicals, their products are Organic and sustainabley sourced. I like to use the Dr. Teals plain Epsom salts but any plain ones you like are fine & for the baking soda I use Arm & Hammer. As for the Mustard powder, I expect thats already in your kitchen cupboard.

To get started you will need

  • A glass bowl
  • 1/4 cup Organic Mustard Seed powder
  • 1/4 cup Organic Lavender Flowers
  • 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 6 drops Pure Tea Tree oil
  • 6 drops Pure Eucalyptus oil
  • Glass Jar for container
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Clear Quartz Point ( optional )

Place all ingredients gently into the glass bowl, place the quartz point facing the bowl & thank the plants spirits & your guides as you do so, showing gratitude as you gently fold everything together.  I like to close my eyes and set healing and positive intention, imaging gold light pouring into the bowl. I do this with all recipies I make, it’s truly amazing how much magick and power plants carry. So I always like to show my gratitude for their gifts.

Once you feel your intentions have been accepted, pour into your glass jar and close tightly. This recipe is enough for two baths, so feel free to double or triple the recipie depending on what your treating. When I use this for treating a cold I will take a bath three nights consecutivily with this soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Expect to sweat for about an hour after taking the bath, dont panic, it’s the ingredients working their magick.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipie, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Have a beautiful, botanical day.

Love & Blessings, Alice.

  • Once your tub has drained, if you can, collect the remaining herbs and flowers and either return to the source ( your garden ) or compost them.

These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.