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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

March 14, 2010
Define "wicked".....

 

Spring Has Sprung in Michigan

Well, kinda. I’m not saying we are done with snow, this is Michigan after all, but its been raining for days and the brown is starting to show some green. This is the season of mud! hee hee. I heard some Canadian geese flying overhead today, haven’t heard them since last fall. Some bugs have been spotted flying around on warm days too. Won’t be too long before we can turn off our heat and put away those bulky sweaters and coats.

I’ve been busier too, getting ready for two shows and preparing for Ostara/ Spring Equinox. The holiday falls on one of our days at Gibraltar so we are celebrating a bit early this week, in the midst of my last minute preparations for the show. Add to this the normal life stuff like grocery shopping, cleaning the house, work and you can see that this week is crazy busy for me.

But even with all this going on, I wanted to get the newsletter out by the dark moon on Monday. The problem is that no topic jumped into my head. I decided a few weeks ago that I would feature patchouli as the herb so that part was easy. Since no topic has come up, and if I don’t send this now then I won’t get it sent, I guess I’ll just include some announcements and the patchouli info and call it a day.

Announcements

We already have a page on Infinite Flame’s website about the Truth About Gel Candles that dispells those rumors about exploding candles. I have just added a page about Gel Candles and Magick , which exposes the truth about paraffin vs. gel vs soy. This page also goes into detail on how we create our magickal gel candles.

Passionate About Patchouli

I realized that even tho I have been creating these newsletters for over a year now, I have not had patchouli as the featured oil yet. Patchouli is one of my favorite herbs and I use the oil often. I find that people either love it or hate it, no in-between. Some call it the hippie oil as it was used a lot in the 60’s and 70’s. To me it smells like wet dirt with a hint of spice. It is also the scent I think is the most witchy, I use it very often in magick. When I wash my magickal clothes, I add a couple of drops of patchouli to the rinse water.

But enough about my opinion for the moment, lets look at some patchouli facts. There are about 70 species of patchouli perennials and subshrubs which are native to India and Malaysia. The best oil comes from pogostemon cablin (sometimes listed as pogostemon patchouli ). Any good essential oil company will include the Latin name on its oil labels and this is important especially because some oils, like patchouli, are sometimes produced using various different and, in some cases, unrelated species. Pogostemon heyneanus is an inferior oil often marketed as Java Patchouli or Indian Patchouli. Good quality oil will be somewhat thick and have a brownish color. Patchouli is one of the few oils that actually improves with age, it will get thicker and darker and you will notice a deeper smell. You might have to remove the plastic orifice reducer from the bottle and use a glass dropper to measure out drops of oil.

Patchouli is an astringent, antiseptic, warming herb with a long lasting pervasive aroma. It acts as a diuretic, lowers fever, good for colds and headaches, improves digestion, controls vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea (these cures use the leaves, do not ingest patchouli oil unless under the care of a trained herbalist). Externally both leaves and oil are used for snake bites, fungal skin infections, weeping eczema, psoriasis, acne, chapped skin, scalp problems like dandruff, varicose veins, athlete’s foot, hemorrhoids, and impetigo. It improves the condition of oily hair and skin. Cools inflamed conditions and helps heal cracked and dry skin, sores and wounds. Has skin regenerative properties that can help the formation of scar tissue and encourage the replacement of skin cells. Tightens up loose skin, especially after rapid weight loss. It is a natural antiperspirant and deodorant (check out Kiss My Face brand deodorants, I use their patchouli one).

I can vouch for the skin healing abilities of patchouli. Altho I originally purchased essential oils for aromatherapy, I quickly learned to use them to heal when I developed eczema on one leg. At first I used horrible over-the-counter ointments to help with the redness and constant itch. One included the ingredient coal tar, which due to some false information, I was told was a natural cure. It is not, and if the area you apply it to is exposed to the sun, the skin can become discolored. It was during this time that I found that any store bought soap, no matter how mild or soothing it was promoted to be, irritated my skin. A wonderful lady at a health food store introduced me to soap making and I made my first soap with patchouli, frankincense, and sandalwood to ease my sensitive skin and eczema (I sell this soap as Temptress). I started experimenting with oil blends to soothe the eczema and got much better results than I had with any over-the-counter product. I finally created a blend that got rid of it completely. The oils in that blend are costly but upon request I do make a soap and an oil blend for others who suffer with eczema. Just email me if you are interested.

Aromatherapy- wise it has both a tonic and sedative effect on the nervous system, used for nervous exhaustion, depression, stress-related complaints, low libido and frigidity. Both grounding and balancing. Increases clarity and objectivity. It has a diminishing effect on the appetite and is good for weight loss (use externally only). The same book had both these statements: “Strengthens and stimulates the nervous system if used in moderation but is sedative is used excessively.” and “Patchouli is sedative in smaller amounts but stimulating in larger amounts .” Maybe it varies by person? A misprint? I guess experiment and if you find it sedates you and you want to be alert, either use less or more as the case may be.

It is said to be an aphrodisiac and those that love it, like me, might agree. I have found that when something is listed as an aphrodisiac it follows that the person must like the smell for it to work. An example is ylang ylang, another oil said to be an aphrodisiac. I hate the smell of ylang ylang, it would not work on me. So if you scent your sheets with patchouli thinking your lover will be in the mood but he/she hates patchouli, you might just be sleeping separately until you wash the sheets!

  • It is an insecticide, works well in any bug repellent blend and keeps away those annoying no-see-ems.

  • First became known in Britain in the 1820’s when imported Indian fabrics became fashionable.

  • Paisley shawls were scented with patchouli to make them more exotic.

  • Since the 19th century patchouli leaves have been folded into clothes and linens to protect them from moths.

  • In the 60’s, patchouli oil was in great demand as a perfume.

  • Magickally patchouli is associated with the element earth and the planet Saturn. It is especially good for prosperity and money spells. It is also a very strong protection oil, said to break hexes and spells, and is used in exorcism. Other uses for patchouli include clairvoyance, to contact other planes, divination, grounding, increase power of spells, fertility, passion and peace of mind . As I said earlier, I use patchouli often, especially in money/prosperity spells. I often wear it as a perfume to calm my nerves when I’m going to a new place or to meet new people. When I do card readings I usually put a drop on my wrists (I do not anoint my cards and if I put it on my hands it would get on the cards so I figure my wrists are close enough and keeps my cards clean) and forehead to help open channels.

Peace and love to all,

~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Moon Phases
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Dark in Pisces:
March 15 - 5:01pm

Ostara/Spring Equinox, Sun enters Aries
March 20

1st Quarter in Cancer:
March 23 - 7:00am

Full in Libra:
March 29 - 10:25pm

Last Quarter in Capricorn:
April 6 - 5:37am

 


Credit and
Butt-Kissing

Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

Magical Oils by Moonlight by Maya Heath

Aromatherapy, An Illustrated Guide by Clare Walters

The Herb Society of America New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses by Deni Bown

 

 

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