Hello! I haven’t written much lately, I know– this week ate up my time. I do have some new things for you, though, like this magickal skin toner recipe based on this ACV skin toner recipe from Coconuts and Kettlebells. I have sensitive skin (oh man, do I have sensitive skin), so I went with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I also had about a quarter of a bottle of Trader Joe’s organic apple cider vinegar left, so it worked out pretty well.
It’s a waxing moon right now, which is good for increasing things. Yesterday was Friday, which is a good day for timing spells that have to do with love and beauty. If you follow the Chaldean order of planets, the hour of Venus happened around 11:45 AM yesterday. So, around noonish was a good time for making beauty preparations (or, if you’re a working witch, around 6:10 PM during the next hour of Venus).
Anyhow, here’s what I put in this stuff:
- 1 part apple cider vinegar
- 3 parts distilled water
- 3 pinches of empowered lavender buds**
- 3 pinches of empowered chamomile flowers
- 1 drop of tea tree oil
- 9 clear quartz pebbles
Mix the ingredients together (do it in a bottle for easy shaking) and allow them to macerate for at least a day.
Why lavender and chamomile? Simple. The natural volatiles in lavender oil are very helpful for healing skin, and I’ve had good luck using the essential oil to soothe acne and minimize scars. Chamomile is also very soothing, and good for diminishing redness. If you like chamomile tea, you can even use your spent tea bags as a toner– once they cool, of course!
Lavender is also associated with love and healing, while chamomile is associated with love and luck. They’re good herbs to use in preparations designed to increase your attractiveness, even if they aren’t explicitly “beauty” herbs. Personally, I associate them with beauty anyway, even though a lot of herbal grimoires attach other properties to them.
After you’ve allowed it to sit, it’s ready to use. Apply some to a cotton ball or tissue, and gently swipe over clean skin. DC has very hard water, so the mild acidity helps remove some of that lovely magnesium stearate residue that washing can leave behind. If you like, you can create a simple love-drawing or beauty sigil and “draw” it on your skin with the cotton ball or tissue.
Hope it works for you!
** There’s been some talk about lavender being associated with breast cancer and hormonal problems. This study on prepubertal gynecomastia in boys appears to support the conclusion that lavender oil is estrogenic. I don’t agree with the authors’ conclusions for a couple of reasons. In the first study, the sample size was much too small to draw a useful conclusion. The boys in it were also using cosmetic products that contained lavender oil, there was no attempt made to isolate lavender oil and determine if it was actually the offending ingredient. Lastly, people have been using lavender oil for ages, without reporting signs of estrogenic effects– if there are any, they’re pretty weak. It’s entirely possible that another ingredient in the cosmetics the boys were using was responsible, or that they had idiopathic gynecomastia that resolved after a short period of time.
With a single digit sample size, there’s really no way to draw a meaningful conclusion.
There have also been a few studies on lavender oil’s effects on hormone-sensitive cancers. If you’re currently a cancer patient, you may want to stay away from lavender oil. That said, it’s important to remember that using lavender oil topically or for aromatherapy isn’t the same as applying it directly to cancer cells.