Friday, November 30, 2012

Elderberry Syrup

2-pounds (1kg) elderberries (see note below), woody stems removed and rinsed
4 cups (1l) water
2½ (500g) cups sugar
one nice-sized squirt of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1. Put the elderberries in a large, non-reactive pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender and soft.

2. Pass through a food mill, then discard the skins.

3. Pour the juice back into the pot (I use a fine-mesh strainer again at this point, but I'm crazy...), add sugar, and cook at a low boil over moderate heat for 15 minutes, until the syrup has thickened. Add a spritz of lemon juice. Cool completely.

4. Pour into a bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator.

Note: Some varieties of elderberries are not meant for consumption and none should be eaten raw, especially the leaves. I remove all of the hard, woody stems as well before cooking. For more information, Cornell University's Department of Horticulture has guidelines, noting the fruits are used in "...pies, jellies and jams." If you're unsure if your elderberries are edible, consult your local cooperative extension before consuming.

Storage: In the refrigerator, I've kept this syrup up to one year. If it shows any signs of mold, scrape it away, and bring the syrup back to a full boil again.

Stuffed Pork, Cheddar and Apple Panini

8 boneless pork loin chops, cut 1/4-inch thick and trimmed (10 to 12
ounces total)
4 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
Nonstick cooking spray
8 slices country wheat bread, 1/2-inch thick
3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick
4 ounces reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (made with 2% milk/fat
free), thinly sliced

In a small bowl, combine apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside.

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, cook
pork chops for 2 to 3 minutes or until internal temperature of pork
reaches 155 degrees F., turning pork chops over halfway through
cooking. Remove from pan and set aside.

Drain pan of juices and scrape bits from bottom of pan with metal
spatula. Wipe pan dry with paper towels..

To assemble sandwiches, spread one side of each slice of bread with
about 1 teaspoon margarine. Place bread slices, buttered sides down on
clean cutting board. Spread unbuttered sides with apricot-mustard
mixture. On half of the bread slices, layer pork, apple and cheese.
Place remaining bread slices on top, buttered sides up, to form

Meanwhile, preheat skillet over medium heat. Place the 2 sandwiches in
skillet without a Panini press. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or
until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Repeat cooking remaining 2 sandwiches.

*To cook sandwiches using an electric Panini grill, preheat grill
according to manufacturer’ s directions. Place sandwich(s) on grill;
lower top of grill and grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted
and bread is toasted.

Recipe courtesy of Liz Ward, MS, RD

Mancelona's Dairy Queen's Panini

Dairy Queen is getting into the panini scene with a new product line called Iron Grilled Sandwiches
The dairy queen in Mancelona serves the best panini's going.It's the secret Neva sauce they put on the bread to grill them. You won't find them any where else. Neva is the owners Name.

2 slices panini bread
2 slices thin sliced turkey
2 strips bacon cooked
two slices tomato
leaf lettuce
diced onions
swiss or cheddar cheese
Neva'ssecret sauce

1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tbls parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Spread sauce on 1 side of bread then put into a panin pan or frypan sauce side down. assembly the turkey, cheddar and bacon then another slice and brush outside with the sauce. like you would a grilled cheese. press or fry like a grilled cheese.
take out and add lettuce onion, tomato and mayonnaise.

Midnight Molten Lava Cake

Ooey gooey! Scrumptious cupcakes oozing chocolaty goodness will satisfy even the pickiest chocolate lover. I believe it was by Betty Crocker before I added and ingredient

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 package Betty Crocker® Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)
About 1/2 cup Betty Crocker® stars, confetti or critters decors

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups (2 3/4x1 1/4 inches). In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds or until melted and mixture can be stirred smooth.
2. In large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks with wire whisk or electric mixer until foamy. Reserve chocolate syrup pouch from brownie mix. Gradually beat dry brownie mix into egg mixture until well blended. Gently stir in melted chocolate mixture. Fill muffin cups half full of brownie mixture; top each with 1/2 teaspoon decors. Top with remaining brownie mixture.
3. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until edges are set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Centers will be soft. Cool 2 minutes.
4. Loosen each cupcake with knife; turn upside down onto heatproof tray or cookie sheet. To serve, place cupcake on plate; drizzle with reserved chocolate syrup and top with additional decors.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gourd lamp


These plants are easy to grow. As soon as the soil is warm, plant seeds near a trellis or fence, and let them go wild. Here, gourds have been coaxed to hang from horizontal supports, which ensures that their necks will grow straight. When the stems begin to change from green to yellow or brown, the fruits are ready for harvest.

Fresh-gourd displays should be temporary; place waxed paper or another protective covering underneath.

Tools And MaterialsGourd, paper, mask, keyhole saw, aquarium gravel or sand, hot-glue gun, lamp kit, wooden lamp base (optional), lampshade, self-adhesive felt pads

Gourd Lamp How-ToIt's easy to make this with a kit that is usually used for turning a bottle into a lamp; the kit is available at most hardware and crafts stores. When sawing or drilling a gourd, always wear a paper mask for safety, and work in a well-ventilated area. Choose a gourd with a flat bottom and a shape that goes well with your lampshade.

1. With a keyhole saw, cut off the stem and save it. With the saw, carve a hole just wider than the diameter of the light-socket base in the top of the gourd; pour in gravel or sand to weight the gourd.

2. Place a dab of hot glue along the inner edge of the hole, and push in socket. If desired, attach gourd, using wood glue, to a standard wooden lamp base, available at hardware stores, or cut a piece of wood to fit underneath the gourd (we used a handsomely weathered piece of wood as the base).

3. Next, attach stem to lamp finial with hot glue. Attach harp to sides of socket, and screw in lightbulb; place shade on top.

4. Finish by attaching self-adhesive felt pads, to prevent scratches on your tabletop, to the bottom of the gourd or lamp base.

Gourd House-Number How-ToDecorated with a house number, an oval-shaped gourd stands next to two snake gourds and a caveman's club. Make or buy a stencil for the numbers, and paint them on with water-based acrylic paint. Drill holes in the back of any gourds placed outside, and pour in a bit of sand to keep them anchored on windy days.

Recycled Pet Dog

Making this tin can dog is a perfect project for you and your kids to do together. Almost everything you need can be found in your tool chest, kitchen cabinet, and recycling bin. Use a smooth-edge can opener to prevent any injuries, or rub jagged edges with emery paper prior to assembly.

Tools and Materials
Large can (such as one that held crushed or whole tomatoes)
Small can (such as one that held kidney beans)
Smooth-edge can opener
Drill, with 3/16-inch drill bit
No. 8 bolt with nut
Extension spring
4 small casters
Liquid Nails adhesive
Heavy-duty peel-and-stick Velcro
Emery paper
Two 1/2-inch cable straps
Bolts, washers, and wing nuts
Metallic scouring pad
Pipe clamp
Large flat magnet
Red horseshoe magnet

Tin Can Robot Dog How-To
1. Open one end of each can with a smooth-edge can opener. Use the larger can for the body, the smaller for the head. For the tail, drill two small holes near the open end of the large can; insert a bolt through the hole and fasten with a nut. Slide the extension spring over the bolt, and secure it through the second hole by hooking it from the inside out.

2. For the legs: Glue the wheels of the casters in place with adhesive, so they don't swivel; attach to the underside of the body with Velcro.

3. For the ears: Drill two holes halfway up the side of the small can, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Smooth the edges with the emery paper. Affix a cable strap at each hole using a bolt, a washer, and a wing nut, which is fastened inside the can. The bolts that secure the ears will be the eyes. Use a rubber washer over the aluminum one to give the dog a "spot" around one of the eyes.

4. Drill a hole in the small can opposite the eyes and a corresponding hole in the tail-side of the large can. Place a pipe clamp around a scouring pad to create a neck with a collar. Attach the head to the body with a long bolt and wing nut: Insert the bolt from inside the small can, through the scouring pad and clamp, and into the larger can; secure with the wing nut.

5. Use the flat magnet for the nose and the horseshoe for the tongue.

friendship bags


Contents: roll of lifesavers, cotton ball,

Hershey's Kiss, Hershey's Hug, Sweet Tarts,

B-day candle, circle with happy face stickers,

Rubber band, pencil eraser(top), band-aid,

Recipe card with a recipe on it, paper clip,

Tissue, and a small smooth stone.

Place all these items in a pretty gift bag.

On the outside of the bag attach a sheet of

Paper or note card with the meanings below

Printed on it.

Contained in this Friendship Bag are a

Few reminders of friendship.


To remind you of the many times others

Need help and we need theirs.


For the rough roads, seek the cushioned

Support of your family and friends.


A reminder to stay flexible.


To help you appreciate the differences in



To remind you that everyone needs kisses.


To remind you that hugs are nice, too.


Smiling not only increases your face

Value, it's contagious.


To remind you to share your light with



For healing hurt feelings, yours and

Someone else's.


To share a favorite with a friend as a

Symbol of caring.


To help keep things together when they

Seem to be slipping out of control.


To wipe away a tear, your own or someone



To remind you that rough times help

Refine and polish--use for smoother



To remind you that everyday you can

Start with a clean slate.

Greeting card Vases

Make boxes out of cards for a fun, easy, and unique craft that will end in a recycling project special enough for gift giving. Whether you use modern greeting cards, handmade greeting cards, or track down vintage cards for this project, when complete, it's guaranteed to be a one of a kind craft you can treasure.
Greeting Cards

Paper Punch with Small Holes


Embroidery Thread or Yarn

First gather all of your supplies. See the list in the Things You'll Need section. Remove the front of the card from the back by folding the card shut then open the opposite way several times. Cut along the fold with sharp scissors.

Then decide what you want your box to look like. The variety of boxes out of cards is limitless. Play around with the greeting cards to get an idea of which ones will look good next to each other.

Use contrasting colors beside each other. For example, use a card with a white background next to a card with a darker background. Place cards with complimentary images next to each. Move the cards around to see what is appealing to you.

Next, decide what shape and size you want your box out of cards to be. Use newspaper or another scrap paper to make a rough pattern first before cutting out the greeting cards. Allow enough extra room around the edge to punch holes and still have your box come out the right size.

After you have all of your rough pattern pieces cut out, you may want to tape them together to see how they fit. The edges butt up against each other and are top stitched together; the edges do not overlap. Make any adjustments to the rough pattern before cutting out the greeting cards to the right size.

When you have all of the greeting cards cut to the correct size, decide if you want to use another layer of paper for the inside of box to make it sturdier. This is a good idea. An option is to use two greeting cards (one for the outside and one for the inside) for the two layers. This fun craft willmake your box pretty insideand out.

With the two layers together, punch the holes evenly around the edges that you'll need to stitch together. Use decorative stitching to sew the pieces together. When all of the side pieces are stitches together, sew the bottom piece in place, taking care to adjust as you go for any gaps to make it fit snug.

If you're going to add a lid to your greeting card box stitch around three sides.The three sides that will not get stitched down Before affixing the one side to the top of the box. It will be easier to work with while not attached to the box. when the three sides are complete stitch the lid's forth side to the box, making sureit is straight as you go.

Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations

Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations

These decorations bring sparkle to tables and serving areas -- and they last far longer than jack-o'-lanterns.

Tools and MaterialsSmall pumpkins

Medium-sized paintbrush

Similar glitter in Garnet, Tourmaline, and Bronze,
White glue, Paper plate or newspaper

Brown acrylic paint

Glittered Pumpkins How-To1. With paintbrush, spread layer of white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin. Place pumpkin on a paper plate or newspaper to catch excess glitter.

2. Sprinkle powder glitter over glue, covering completely. Let dry for an hour, then shake off excess powder.

3. Coat stem with brown acrylic paint, let dry. Once dry, the stem can also be covered in brown glitter if desired. The pumpkins will keep for months.

Tips1. It's easiest to do half the pumpkin and sprinkle with glitter, let dry, and continue with the other half.

2. There's no need to completely cover the bottom, since it's not seen. Also, it's fine if your pumpkin has marks or mild blemishes, since you will be covering it with glitter.

Fish in a bag Soap

These fish-in-a-bag glycern soaps are sure to fool your kids--at least for a minute. And they're easier than you think to make. They make great craft fair items.

What you'll need:
*Block of clear glycerin soap. We found this 2 lb. block at JoAnn fabrics
*Plastic fish. We found ours at Oriental Trading company

*Microwaveable plastic bowl. Ours has a pour spout on it which helped a ton.

*Large kitchen knife


*Wooden skewers or chopsticks

*Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

*Plastic bags
1. Cut off a chunk of your glycerin block. Ours was about 3 inches.

2. Cut that block into smaller pieces. We cut ours into thirds

3. Place blocks in a microwaveable plastic bowl. In this bowl we did about three batches, but we recommend you start with one batch your first time.

4. Prepare an ice-water bath in a bowl.

5. Microwave the soap until it melts (about 45 seconds for a small batch). Make sure all the blocks are melted. If not, stir and put it back in the microwave for 20-30 seconds more.

6. Using a funnel, carefully pour the soap into a plastic bag. The funnel helps the soap run straight down to the bottom and not all over the sides of your bag. If it gets on the sides, it hardens that way and doesn't look realistic when you're done. Fill it about 1/4 to 1/3 full so the soap will end up being a good size for little hands to hold.

7. The soap will be full of little bubbles at this point, so quickly spray it with the alcohol. That will take care of them.

8. Take your bag to the ice bath and hold it in the ice water for a moment. Using your skewers like chopsticks, grab a fish and lower it into the soap, keeping it upright and somewhat in the middle. (Unless you're the morbid type--you could make it floating upside down or laying on the bottom. Just don't blame us when your child bursts into tears over her dead "fish.") Once the soap has started to harden a little and the fish isn't moving around in it anymore, you can remove it from the ice bath and put leave it upright to harden completely.

9. Tie the bag closed with a cute ribbon or even a twist tie and you're done! This would make a great gift for kids paired with a hooded towel or bathrobe!

Cinnamon Stick Candle

You will need:

a.. 1 pillar candle mold or waxes milk carton.
b.. About 20 cinnamon sticks long enough to reach close to the top of the mold
c.. paraffin or beeswax - enough to overfill the mold
d.. cinnamon essential oil or fragrance oil for candles (optional)

Melt the candle wax gently over a double boiler. If you heat the wax to too high a temperature, the essential oil will evaporate and if you use beeswax, the beeswax will shrink away from the cinnamon sticks.

First, prepare the mold you will be pouring the candle in to. Try and position the cinnamon sticks around the outside edge of the mold. If you like, after positioning the wick, add a bit of melted wax and as it hardens set the cinnamon sticks in to the wax.

Once melted let cool slightly until a delicate shaving no longer completely melts when it hits the wax (but it should still slightly melt if left) and mix in your essential oils or candle fragrance oil. Do not use common fragrance oils as these are not intended to be used in a candle. Use 5 - 10 drops of essential oil.

Once completely stirred in, pour completely into the mold quickly and keep a hand on the cinnamon sticks as the wax in the bottom will melt slightly. Hold on to them until you see the wax harden then leave the candle to rest overnight. In the morning, remove your candle from the holder and you will have a wonderful cinnamon candle!

Zen Moments Bath Gift Ideas

Mind Relaxing Bath Gel

If you've had a rough day, try taking a shower with this relaxing bath gel.

Plastic Container
Clear Liquid soap
5 drops of jasmine e.o.
5 drops of chamomile e.o.
5 drops of sandalwood e.o.

Put the liquid soap in the plastic container. Add the e.o's and then gently shake to mix. If you'd like, you can add a few drops of food coloring to make it pretty. Use in the shower. Shake before each use.

Kindred Spirits Bath Gel

When connections to self and universe are needed

5 drops lemon oil
5 drops lavender oil
3 drops peppermint oil
clear liquid soap

Add soap to your container and then add the eo's. Gently shake to disperse. If you like, you can add a few drops of food coloring to make it prettier.

Nurturing Bath fizzy

Adult fizzies to nurture your body and soul. Can be made with any mold. Even an Ice cube tray

Cocoa Butter--2 oz
Baking Soda--2 oz
Citric Acid--2 oz
Oatmeal, powdered--3 Tbsp
Food Color--10 drops (optional)
Bergamot--10 drops
Rose--5 drops
Ylang-Ylang--10 drops

Melt cocoa butter (microwave is fine). Add food color and essential oils. Mix well. Add baking soda, citric acid and powdered oatmeal. Stir thoroughly. Pour into molds. Put into freezer to set. (This takes about 10-20 mins.) Remove from molds when set.
Note: Use 1-2 per bath or 3-4 for extra moisturizing.

Spa Pouch
These are quick & easy to make and make wonderful gifts.


Wash cloth in pretty colors
Ribbon or lace
Matching cord
Wide eyed needle
Sewing supplies
Oatmeal - 1 cup
Epson salts - 1 cup
Lavender - 1/4 cup
Lavender essential oil (10 drops)
Container with lid (air tight)


1. Fold washcloth in half.
2. Measure washcloth; cut a length of your ribbon or lace, fold in half,
and place inside the open edge near the top of the washcloth. Pin together
making sure you're pinning the lace/ribbon also.
3. Sew up the sides.
4. With your wide-eyed needle, thread your cord through the top so you can
pull to gather the top closed.
5. Mix mixture above & keep in air tight container.

Important Considerations When Making Teas, Infusions and Decoctions:

* Not all herbs are suitable for making medicinals.
* It is important to cover your pot while boiling or steeping to prevent the aromatic oils from evaporating into the air. A lid will cause the steam to condense back into the water.
* Use a glass or ceramic container. Aluminum, iron, tin or other metals will leach into the tea. Although copper and stainless steel may be okay, herbalists recommend you use clean glass, ceramic, pottery or unchipped enameled pot.
* Use pure water. Fresh spring water or distilled water is best.
* Boil the water first, then remove it from the heat and add the herb or pour over the herb.
* Strain the finished tea before capping and storing.
* Refrigerate if kept for more than a few hours.
Tea: Herbal teas are quite pleasant and a healthy addition to your diet. They have a mild relaxing or invigorating effect, depending on the character of the herb. They don't, however, have the potency, the medicinal dose, of the active constituents in herbs.

The easy way to make a medicinal cup of tea is to triple up on herbal tea bags or the loose tea leaves that you would normally use and steep them in one cup of very hot water, covered, for ten minutes. By tripling the amount of tea you come very close to the medicinal value of an infusion. Dosage is in cups per day. Single strength herbal teas can be taken as often as you wish.

To use bulk dried herbs, toss a quantity of the herb in a nonmetallic container, pour in boiling water and allow to steep for ten to 20 minutes. Most herbalists prescribe an ounce of dried herb (you should invest in a small scale) in a pint of water. Strain the herb parts. Usually, the tea is consumed at room temperature. Drink the tea hot only if the goal is to induce a sweat or to break up a cough or cold. Sip throughout the day, the cumulative dose would be one to four cups a day depending on the herb.

Infusion: This is another easy way to make an herbal remedy. Start by bruising one ounce of dried flowers, leaves or petals of the herb of your choice in a clean cloth. If you are using multiple herbs, the total amount used should equal one ounce. Then, pour three cups of boiling water over the herb. Cover and let steep for at least 20 to 30 minutes or up to several hours (the longer, the stronger). Strain and drink at room temperature or cold. Infusions generally will last in the refrigerator for three days. Dosage is in cups per day. Follow the same "Important Considerations" (above) as in making medicinal teas.

Decoction: A decoction is made by boiling the hard and woody parts of herbs. Be sure to break up the bark or roots into small pieces, the smaller the better. More heat is needed in making decoctions than infusions because these parts of herbs are more difficult to extract active constituents and be absorbed by water. As with teas and infusions, follow the previously mentioned "Important Considerations" (above in the tea section).

Boil one ounce of your herb(s) in four cups of water for about ten minutes. (Remember, one ounce total if you are using more than one herb.) The liquid should reduce to three cups. If you wish, at this point you can add any lighter herb parts -- flowers or leaves that you would use in infusions. Cover this mixture and steep for ten more minutes. Strain and refrigerate for up to three days. Dosage is in cups per day.

Extracts & Tinctures: Because extracts and tinctures are much more potent than decoctions or infusions, much smaller dosages are used. They are dosed in drops, not cups. They are strong preparations that should be stored out of the reach of children and in a cool place (it's not neccessary to refrigerate) . A tincture is made by pouring five ounces of alcohol (preferrably 100 proof vodka) over one ounce of a dried herb (or a one ounce combination of dried herbs). An extract uses three ounces of fresh herbs. Use a small, sterile, leak-proof, air tight bottle or jar. Shake the tincture or extract twice a day to maintain the blend of active ingredients. Continue to do this for at least two weeks (and up to six weeks). It takes time for the active ingredients of the herb to be released into the alcohol. Tinctures can last for over a year. The alcohol acts as a preservative. If you prefer not to use alcohol you can use vinegar
instead. Or, add the tincture when finished as above to one cup of warm water to cause most of the alcohol to evaporate. This will also dilute the bitter taste however, the strength is also changed.

Making Herbal Beer

Brewing beer at home is one of those hobbies that is both fun, and rewarding. For thousands of years, people have been making various types of home made beers and brews.

Steeped in traditons that have been passed down from generation to generation, these beers have been an integral part of the evolution of civilization as we know it. From ancient religious ceremonies to modern day backyard gatherings, it would appear that home made beer is here to stay.

Usually, homebrewers use hops as a way of attaining a certain amount of bitterness so as to offset the sweetness of the other ingredients. ..this site is dedicated to the use of herbs instead of hops (May the Lord Bless Charlie Mopps).

The use of herbs in homemade beer, changes the whole ballgame.

Herbalists have been making tinctures by soaking herbs in various types of hard alchohol for a long time, as a way of concentrating the effective compounds of the herbs they wish to use, and then putting the liquid into capsules, or simply as drops in a glass of water.

By infusing your homemade beers with herbs, you not only get to enjoy your homebrew, but you also get the medicinal benefits of the herbs you use in the beer. You'll want to explore the herb section of this website so that you will be able to choose which herbs will best serve your homebrewing needs.

Please know, and understand that some of the herbs listed should be used with caution. Some even have mild hallucinogenic properties when fermented.

Some of the herbs will create a strong, uplifting buzz, and others will put you to sleep on the couch. Either way, depending on your desired outcome, you will enjoy the benefits of the herbs you use in your homemade beer, and hopefully, the drink as well. Have fun, experiment, and keep on brewing.

The steps that you would take for brewing any other kind of beer are pretty much the same for brewing beer that you plan on using herbs with. Really, all you are doing is replacing the hops with whatever kind of herb you decide to use.

Recommendations for some tried and true herbs to use, are as follows:


Lemon Balm




The recipes on the recipe page will give some specific information as to how these different herbs should be used to create a drink worth drinking.

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer used to be more popular than hopped beer, or even Cider. This recipe is one that you enjoy tremendously.

2 oz. ginger
3 lbs. malt extract
6 cups white sugar
1/4 cup rice (to increase the foam on the beer)
5 gal. water
and, of course, yeast
(try using a champaign yeast for added crispness)

Crush the ginger, and biol it for an hour with the rice. Strain it out, add the malt and sugar, mixing it well until it dissolves. Let it cool, and then put it into your fermenter, along with your yeast. Wait fir the fermentation to finish, and then transfer to bottles with 1/2 tsp. of additional sugar, and cap. Wait for about 3 weeks, and enjoy!

Mugwort Beer

4 lbs. brown sugar
24 oz. molasses
4 gal. water
2 oz. dried mugwort

Boil everything together for half an hour, strain it into a fermenter, and add yeast. Allow to ferment until done, siphon into bottles with 1/2 tsp. sugar, and cap 'em up.

Wait for about 2 weeks, and pop a top...see what you think...Mugwort Beer will give you a pretty good buzz, so drink in the safety of your own home.

Lemon Balm:

4 lbs brown sugar
4 gla. water
1/2 lb. dried lemon balm

follow same proceedure as above.

Lemon Balm is a pretty sweet herb, and you might consider adding a little bit of hops to the wort to contrast some of the sweetness. Those who don't generally care for regular beer tend to find this rather enjoyable because of the sweet lemony flavor.


1 oz hops
2 lbs honey
5 lbs light malt extract
5 gal water
1/4 oz wormwood during the last 15 minutes of the boil

follow same proceedure as above.

Warning!... wormwood has some psycotropic qualities to it. that's why you should only use a small amount. If larger quantities are used, skip the hops because the beer will come out extremely bitter. It will only take 2 or 3 beers to become inebriated. Stay home, stay safe.


5 lbs malted barley
6 oz of dried yarrow
5 gallons water

Follow same proceedure as above, except boil for a full hour. You could add some hops, or other herb during the last 15 minutes of the boil to get it a little more bitter, and offset some of the sweetness.

To get a stronger flavor of the yarrow, you can use half of the yarrow in the boil, and then put the other half in a muslin bag, and allow it to remain in the fermenter until fermentation is complete.(you can use the same method with any of these recipes)

Any herbs could be used to create your own particular beer. Just check out the herb description page, and decide for yourself which herbs you are interested in trying.


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Roman Catholic Church's Incense

The following is a formula for an incense used in the Roman Catholic Church:

10 oz. Olibanum,
4 oz.Benzoin,
1 oz.Storax

Break into small pieces and mix.

Incense Blend Recipes


The following recipes are from a variety of sources. If you prefer a blend of scents in your incense to one herb alone try some of these. To have the most power they should be compounded with ritual on the appropriate day and time for the intent. Measurements vary but those with fractions simply mean that fraction of the quantity you are compounding should be of that material. A part can be 1 teaspoon, 1 cup, 1 pound; anything you want depending upon how much incense you want to make. I recommend starting with teaspoons along with the appropriate fractions of a teaspoon. Measurements can be cut down to produce a smaller quantity. The ratios of ingredients may be altered to suit your sense of smell. None of these incenses will remain lit by themselves, they must be smoldered on charcoals. And remember, they are for a purpose, not all of them are pleasantly scented since the herbs were chosen for a reason. Some just smell like burning leaves, some smell incensy, and some are not so nice.

Purification, Peace, Banishing, Exorcism Incenses

Domestic Tranquility Incense

Sage 3/4, Rue 1/4, Ground Ivy 1/2, Bayberry Oil few drops, Bayberry 1/4, Linden 1 1/4

Eightfold Hearth Incense

Burn for a safe, warm, loving home. Dragons Blood Resin 2, Juniper 12, Sassafras 1/2, Orange Flowers 1/2, Myrrh Resin 2, Rose Petals 1/2

House Purification Incense

Frankincense 3, Dragons Blood Resin 2, Myrrh Resin 1, Sandalwood 1, Wood Betony 1, Dill Seed 1/2, Rose Geranium Oil few drops

Exorcism Incense

Frankincense 3, Rosemary 1, Bay Leaves 1, Avens 1, Mugwort 1, St Johns Wort 1, Angelica 1, Basil 1. Burn with windows open to drive out very heavy negativity.

Purification Incense

Sandalwood 2, Cinnamon 1, Bay 2, Vervain 1, Salt 1 pinch. Burn with windows open to clear a disturbed home.

End Negativity Incense

Marjoram 1, Thyme 1, Oregano 1/2, Bay Leaves 1/4, Cloves 1/4

Banishing Incense

Bay Leaves 1, Cinnamon 2, Rose Petals 1, Myrrh Resin 2, Salt 1 pinch

Uncrossing Incense

Orris 1, Frankincense 2, Tonka Beans (ground) 1, Ginger Root (ground) 2

Marital Bliss Incense

Vanilla Bean (ground)1, Wintergreen 2, Khus Khus 1, Narcissus 1, Wintergreen Oil few drops. Burn at night when you go to bed.

House Blessing Incense

Lavender 1, Basil 1, Hyssop 1, Cucumber or Melon Oil few drops

Jinx Removing Incense

Rose Geranium Oil few drops, Clove 2, Deerstongue 1

Kyphi Incense

Used for banishing and purification. Based on ancient Egyptian formula. Myrrh 1, Frankincense 1, Storax 1, Balm of Gilead Buds (ground)1, Cassia or Cinnamon 1, Lotus Oil few drops, Musk Oil few drops. The ancient Egyptians also added honey and wine to the mixture which you may do if you like. Add only a little and let the incense dry prior to use.

Pax (Peace) Incense

Lavender 1, Lemon 1, Violet 1, Orris Root (ground) 2, Cardamom 1

Uncrossing Incense

Lavender 2, Rose, 1, Bay 2, Verbena 1

Binding Incense

Use outdoors to rid yourself of negative thoughts and habits. Nettle 4, Belladonna (poisonous, don't inhale)1/4, Aconite (poisonous, don't inhale) 1/4, Blessed Thistle 4, Bay 2

Clearing Incense

Frankincense 1, Copal Resin 1, Myrrh Resin 1, Sandalwood 1/2. Burn with windows open to remove negativity from the home.

Protection Incenses

Iron Protection Incense

Iron Filings 1/4, Galangal Root (powdered)1, Citronella Oil few drops

New Orleans Protection Incense

Myrrh 2, Bay Leaves 1/2, Cloves 1, Cinnamon 1

Pennyroyal Protection Incense

Verbena or Vetivert 2, Galangal 1, Pennyroyal 1, Rue 1/4, Cinnamon 1/2

Rosemary Incense

Rosemary 2, Orris Root (ground) 1/2, Basil 1, Frankincense 1

Peace and Protection Incense

Lavender 4, Thyme 3, Vervain 2, Basil 3, Frankincense 1, Rue 1 pinch, Gum Benzoin 1 pinch, Bergamot Oil few drops, Jasmine Oil few drops

Sandalwood Protection Incense

Sandalwood 3, Juniper 2, Vetivert 1

Total Protection Incense

Frankincense 2, Dragons Blood Resin 1, Wood Betony 1/2

10 Herb Protection Incense

Frankincense 2, Myrrh Resin 2, Juniper Berries 1, Rosemary 1/2, Avens 1/4, Mugwort 1/4, Yarrow 1/4, St. Johns Wort 1/4, Angelica 1/2, Basil 1

5 Resins Protection Incense

Frankincense 2, Copal Resin 1, Myrrh Resin 1, Dragons Blood Resin 1/2, Gum Arabic 1/2

Home Protection Incense

Orris Root (ground)1, Patchouli 1/4, Cloves 1/4, Sandalwood, 1, Lavender 1/2

Witches Bottle Home Protection Incense

Frankincense 1/2, Sage 3/4, Basil 1/2, Mistletoe 1/2, Garlic (dried and ground) 1/4, Rosemary 3/4, Rue 1/4, Sandalwood 1, Myrrh 1/2, Orris Root 1/2, Yarrow 1/2

Prevent Theft Incense

Ground Ivy 1, Juniper 1/2, Rosemary 1 1/2

Stop Theft Incense

Dogwood 1/2, Caraway 1/4, Rosemary 1/2, Tarragon 1/4, Willow 1, Honeysuckle Oil few drops

Elemental Incenses

Magical people quickly find themselves on intimate terms with the four
elements: earth, water, fire, and air. As basic as the elements their
associations are vitally important to all our magickal and ritual
workings because they make up the four-squared foundations on which our
successes are constructed. Newcomers and elders alike need the to seek out new
ways to align with these energies and keep their associations fresh and at
the forefront of the magical consciousness.

One of easiest ways to accomplish this is to work with incenses that
embody the energies of each element, changing each formula when grows
too familar. Incenses can be ignited in a small, heat-resistant bowls and
placed at the four cardinal points of our sacred circles, or at the four
points of a personal altar when all four need to be present in balance.
They can be used individually when a spell or other magical working
requires to attune with one particular element that is related to our

To use homemade incenses you will need to purchase charcoal incense
blocks that can be found in occult and metaphysical shops, religious
supply stores, or can be ordered from many occult mail order houses.
Avoid using the fast-lighting charcoal designed for outdoor barbecue
. These brands contain substances that are not meant to be used
in unventilated areas and can be harmful if inhaled.

Incenses can be made from any dried, non-toxic plant. This includes
stems, petals, blades, bark, and roots. Fresh plants can be tied in
small bundles and hung up in an arid area of your home to dry. When the
plants have dried, measure out a small amount and begin to grind them slowly
into a powder, keeping in mind the whole time the precise purpose foe which
they are being created. This is the beginning of the magical process
when you start moving toward your goal by your will power and
visualizations. Many powdered herbs are readily available in culinary shops, and
these can also be used, but you should first handle them extensively in order to
imbue them with your personal energy.

Make sure the charcoal block is lit and burning evenly before applying
any incense. Most of these "blocks" are round, and you can estimate
the amount of incense it can easily take by matching it to its diameter.
For example, a charcoal block with a 1/2-inch diameter can take about a
level half half teaspoon of powdered incense. Incense can be reapplied when
at least three-quarters of what already applied has burned off.

The following recipes can get you started working with the elemental
incenses. When you feel it's time for a change, take a look at the
list of alternative herbs provided to begin experimenting with your own
elemental blends. As you will see from this list, several herbs have more than
one elemental attribute.

Earth Incense

Earth is usually associated with the direction of north. This element
is feminine in nature, and its attributes include stability, fertility,
prosperity, grounding, money, planting, home life, the Mother Earth
herself, and many types of healing. For the basic earth incense
combinethe following:

3 parts patchouli
2 parts pine
1 part bistort
1 part vervain
Other earth-related herbs and plants include barley, cedar, corn silk,
juniper, magnolia, oak bark, soybeans and wheat.

Water Incense

Water is usually assigned to the direstion of west. This is the
element of the natural psychic, one related to pregnancy, birth, rebirth, death,
regeneration, divination, purification, psychic endeavors, spirit
contact, and past life exploration. Water is the other feminine element. To
make the basic water incense try using the the following:

3 parts lavender
1 part willow bark
1 part catnip
1/4 part valerian

Other water-related herbs and plants include cypress bark, jasmine,
kelp, lotus, moss, mrytle, myrrh, rue, sandalwood chips, seaweed, and

Fire Incense

Fire is a masculine element, one usually associated with the south in
the Northern Hemisphere. Its energies govern the areas of protection,
employment, sex magic, the law, exorcism, strength and courage, and
profound transformations or change. A basic fire incense recipe

4 parts frankincense
3 parts cinnamon
1 part dried orange peels
1/4 part thyme

Other fire-related herbs and plants include allspice, basil, bay,
black pepper, clove, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, onions, and

Air Incense

Air is the other masculine element and it is usually associated with
east. Areas governed by this element are education, communication, weather
magic, general power raising, and music magic. The following combination
makes a basic air incense:

4 parts rosemary
2 parts mugwart
1 part chicory
1/2 part coffee beans

Other air-related herbs and plants include benzoin, elm bark,
lavender, parsley, sage, spearmint, and wormwood.

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Incense Gifts for your Pagan Wiccan Friends and family

Increase Vibrational Rate Incense

This incense is great to raise your energy prior to any magical work, telepathic connection, astral projection or if you wish to attract people of all walks of life.

The Best Time to Create this incense when the moon is waxing or full.

1 tsp. Frankincense
1 tsp. Myrrh
1 tsp. Vetiver
1 tsp. Patchouli
1 Bay Leaf

Burn on a lit charcoal block, in a non-metal, fireproof container.

By Gypsy Magic for the Dreamer's Soul © 2007 by Allie Theiss


Akaska Records Incense

Want to access your Akasha Records? Burn this incense as you enter into your meditative state. Excerpt from "Gypsy Magic For The Dreamer's Soul" by Allie Akasha Records The Best Time Create this incense when the moon is full.

Herbs 2 tsp. Mugwort
1 tsp. Dittany Of Crete
1 tsp. Rosemary
1/2 tsp. Ginger

Burn on a lit charcoal block, in a non-metal, fireproof container.

Gypsy Magic for the Dreamer's Soul © 2007 by Allie Theiss


Dream Incense

By Ani

½ tea. Mugwort
½ tea. Wormwood
½ tea. Hibiscus flowers
½ tea. Bay leaf
½ tea. St. Jonh's wort

Mix together in grinder until powdered. Burn on charcoal blocks.
You can also make a bath tea with it, to enhance and promote dream state.

Chant while mixing:

Magick Potion Herbal Brew
Bring me magick Strong and true

Grant my dreams A visual tour
One that is safe So I will endure

Show me things That I must know
Bring them to meSoft and slow

Bringing harm to noneUnseen and seen
This is my will So mote it be


House Blessing Incense

2 tbsp. dry lemon peel
1 tbsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. almond extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch garlic skins
1 tanise seed
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. coconut extract
1 pinch salt

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Altar Purification Incense

Here is a good incense to purify and protect your sacred space.

Patchouli for earth protection,
Lavender for air purification,
Copal for fire purification,
And myrrh for water purification.

Grind the herbs and resins finely in a mortar and pestle, filling them with their desired intention.

Burn the mixture over a hot charcoal, and let the smoke cleanse your space.


Kitchen Witches Incense for house blessing

2 tablespoons dry lemon peel
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon almond extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch garlic skins
1 teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 pinch salt

burn on charcoal


Full Moon Ritual Incense

2 parts Sandalwood
2 parts Frankincense
1/2 part Gardenia petals
1/4 part Rose petals
a few drops Ambergris oil

Burn during sabats or simply at the time of the Full Moon to attune with the Goddess.


Mid summer Incense

2 Parts Sandalwood
1 Part Chamomile
1 Part Gardenia petals
few drops Rose oil
few drops Lavender oil
few drops yarrow oil

mix together


Mabon Incense Recipe by Scott Cunningham

2 parts Frankincense
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Cypress
1 part Juniper
1 part Pine
1/2 part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet)
1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf

Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Mabon (the Autumnal Equinox, circa
September 21st), or at that time to attune with the change of the seasons.


Beltane Incense from Scott Cunningham's book "The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews",

3 Parts Frankincense
 2 Parts Sandalwood
1 Part Woodruff
 1 Part Rose petals
 a few drops Jasmine oil
 a few drops neroli Oil

Burn during Wiccan rituals on Beltane or May Day for fortune & favors & to attune with the changing of the seasons.

Lammas Incense

(The recipe for "Lughnasadh Incense" is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham's book "The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews", page 76, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992)

2 parts Frankincense
1 part Heather
1 part Apple blossoms
1 pinch Blackberry leaves
A few drops Ambergris oil

Burn Lughnasadh Incense during Wiccan rituals on August 1st or 2nd, or at that time to attune with the coming harvest.


Summoning the Dead Incense

Summoning The Dead
Need the dead to help you out with your current situation? Try this incense.

Mix together equal (dried and powdered) parts of:

Amaranth Flowers
Dittany of Crete

Take your INCENSE to a CEMETERY and burn with SPELL CHARCOAL in an non-metal BOWL.

If you do not want to go to a cemetery (you chicken) then you can burn the incense at home or wherever you do your spell work.

Incense resins and their uses

Benzoin Gum

A herb of purification, burned in incense to sanctify an area. The scent is also used to attract business when combined with basil, peony or cinnamon. Dilute the essential oil and rub onto the body to increase your personal power. It awakens the conscious mind.

Black Diamond Resin

Black Diamond has a woody, spicy fragrance. Burn to clear negativity. For use with charcoal discs.

Copal Resin

Copal resin is traditionally burned in protection, cleansing and purification ceremonies. The dried resin, when burned, emits an
fragrance akin to frankincense but with a lighter, more citrusy tone.
Copal: Purification; consecration; contact with other planes; exorcism; spells.

Dammar Gum Resin

Dammar resin, also known as cateye resin, lifts the spirit and is said to bring light to the darkness of the soul. Dammar resin is particularly useful to combat sadness, depression and melancholy.

Dark Amber Resin

Created as an Ayurvedic formula for stress reduction, Elevating, Opens the heart, Calms the mind. The exotic fragrance of amber resin is extremely popular for its rich, earthy, musky scent. Amber harmonizes, balances, purifies, and enhances the body and senses.

Dragons Blood Powder

Magickal Uses: Exorcism, Protection, Purification

A semisweet, mildly spicy, floral aroma available in powder. It is thought to have aphrodisiac properties and has been used in incantations to bring back loved ones.

Dragons Blood Resin

The resin comes from the fruits of climbing palm trees, such as Daemonorops draco, in areas of tropical Asia. The fruit of the trees is covered in scales and the bright red shiny resin seeps out between the scales. As it seeps out, its traditionally collected, cleansed and then melted down to form a hard chunk of resin.

Its traditionally used to remove negative energies and spirits and is regarded as having cleansing properties. Its also calming, and some believe it has aphrodisiacal properties

Frankincense Resin

For Protection, purification, consecration, magical potency, and more. This is one part of the incense formula used in churches all around the globe. Traditionally used as a healing agent against tumors, ulcers, vomiting, dysentery and fevers. In China it is used to combat leprosy.


Guggle Resin

Guggle is an aromatic gum resin similar to Myrrh and is often used in perfumes. It is highly revered in Ayurvedic medicine where it is said to lower cholesterol. Burn it for protection, triumph, strength and competition

Gum Arabic (Acacia Gum)

Burn for altar offerings or purification; aids psychic powers, meditation, platonic love, psychic awareness; purification; inspiration; wisdom; visions; anointing; protection; prophetic dreams; spirituality; money. A sprig place over the bed wards off evil. Gum Arabic or Acacia, also known as gum hashab, is used in money spells. When employed in love spells, the result is said to be a platonic love. Burn with sandalwood for incense to stimulate psychic powers. The source of gum arabic is a small thorny tree found in Sudan, Nigeria and Kenya. Water soluble, gum arabic makes a good binder for other ingredients in incense recipes.

Myrrh Resin

Myrrh has been used since ancient times. It is believed to assist physical healing and promote feelings of happiness, strength and confidence. Myrrh is known for: Protection, purification, healing and magical potency.

Three Kings Resin

The Three Kings blend is produced from an ancient recipe combining three famous resins: frankincense, myrrh and benzoin.

The result is a long lasting resin with a harmonizing fragrance, traditionally used for prayer and particularly the Christmas period.

The Magickal Properties of Incense

The Magickal Properties of Incense

Burned with sandelwood to stimulate the psychic powers.

Burned for protection and to promote spirituality within the home.

Burned to attract both good luck and money.

Burned to attract good fortune, love, spiritual vibrations, and strength.

Burned for protection and to stimulate the psychic powers.

Burned as a meditation incense.

Burned to exorcise and protect against evil entities (such as demons and
unfriendly ghosts), and to attract fidelity, love, good luck, sympathy, and
wealth. This is also an excellent incense to use when preformiong love

Burned to facilitate the psychic powers, and to induce prophectic dream-visions.

Burned mainly to attract money.

Burned for purification and to attract prosperity.

Burned (often with frankinsense) as a powerful incense to aid divination.

Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain.

Burned for purification, to stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, attract
love, prevent nightmares, and heal various ailments, including head colds.

Burned for protection and to attract money, stimulate or strengthen the psychic
powers, and aid in healing.

Bunred in rituals to aid healing and also to stregthen the psychic powers.

Burned to dispel negativity, purify sacred and magickal spaces, attract money,
and stop or prevent the spread of gossip.

Burned for protection.

Burned for purification and to atract love.

Burned to facilitate psychic visions.

Burned to conjure spirits and to aid in astral projection (especially when mixed
with equal parts of benzoin, sandelwood, and vanilla).

Burned to dispel negativity, exorcise evil supernatural entities, attract love,
and restore male potency. Many Witches also burn dragon's blood for protection
when spell casting and invoking. When added to other incenses, dragon's blood
makes their magickal powers all the stronger.

Burned to strengthen the clairvoyant powers and scrying (divination by gazing)

Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain. Also used to exorcise evil
supernatural entities.

Burned to dispel negativity, purify magickal spaces, protect against evil, aid
meditation, induce psychic visions, attract good luck, and honor Pagan deities.

Burned to exorcise demons, poltergeists, and evil supernatural entities.

Burned to break the curses cast by sorcerers.

Burned to keep wicked spirits at bay, and for protection against all forms of

Burned to aid meditation.

Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, and to magickally produce rain.

Burned to attract love.

Burned as an offertory incense to the ancient Egyptian god Horus.

Burned to attract love and money, and also to induce dreams of a prophectic

Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and also to break curses and
hexes cast by evil sorcerers.

Burned to induce rest and sleep, and to attract love (especially of a man).

Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and to attract harmony into
one's life.

Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers.

Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, stimulate or increase the psychic powers,
and intensify sexual desires. The magickal powers of other incenses are greatly
increased when a bit of mastic is added.

The magickal powers of all healing incenses are greatly increased when mesquite
is added.

Burned to increase sexual desire, exorcise evil supernatural entities, conjure
beneficial spirits, and attract money. Mint incense also possesses strong
healing vibrationsand protective powers.

Burned (often with frankincense) for purification, consecration, healing,
exorcism, and banishing evil. Myrrh is also aids meditation rituals, and was
commonly burned on alters in ancient Egypt as an offering to deities Isis and

Burned to aid meditation, stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and to
attract prosperity.

Burned to attract money and love, and also to promote fertility.

Burned for purification, and to banish negativeenergies, exorcise evil
supernatural entities, and attract money, as well as to break hexes and return
them to their senders.

Burned to promote female fertility, and to attract love, good luck, and money.

Burned to increase courage, induce prophetic dreams, and attract love. Rose
incense is used in all forms of love enchantment and possesses the strongest
love vibration of any magickal incense.

Burned to purify, aid in healing, prevent nightmares, preserve youthfulness,
dispel depression, attract fairyfolk, and promote restful sleep and pleasant

Burned to help restore health.

Burned for protection against all forms of evil, and to purify sacred spaces and
ritual tools, promote wisdom, attract money, and aid in the healing the body,
mind, and soul.

Burned to aid healing, and to banish negative energies and evil supernatural

Burned to exorcise demons and evil ghosts, conjure beneficial spirits, and
promote spiritual awareness. Sandalwood incense is also used by many Witches in
healing rituals and in wish-magick.

Burned mainly as an offertory incense to ancient Pagan deities.

Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers.

Burned to attract love.

Burned to conjure beneficial spirits prior to spellcasting.

Burned for the purification of magickal spaces prior to rituals, to aid in
healing, and to attract good health.

Burned to attract love, increase sexual desire, and improve the powers of the

Burned to exorcise evil supernatural entities.

Burned to break curses, and for protection against sorcery (black magick) and

Burned to avert evil, attract love, and promote healing. It is also used by many
Witches as an offertory incense for Pagan lunar deities.

Burned for protection against all forms of evil.

Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers. When mixed with sandalwood
and burned at night in a cemetery, wormwood is said to be able to conjure
spirits from their graves.