Whispering Woods Herbal Grimoire

Miscellaneous Herbal Recipes:

Athletes Foot Powder

1/4 cup White Clay Powder

1/8 cup Baking Soda

1/4 cup Dried Lavender flowers

1/4cup Dried Marigold flowers

(calendula and marigold are the same,

remove flower disks from dried

marigold before grinding)

10 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Combine ingredients in a clean, dry bowl. Mix with spoon. Scoop into coffee grinder, small amounts at a time and grind until a fine powder. Sift thoroughly. This powder can be used after cleansing of the feet. Pat dry feet and sprinkle with herbal powder. Can also be shaken into stinky shoes. Tea Tree oil and marigold are an anti-fungal. Feet can also be soaked in water before hand, with 10 drops of tea tree oil mixed in with water.

Calendula Ointment

2 ounces of freshly picked Calendula

7 ounces of Vaseline

When Vaseline is melted over low heat, add the Calendula and bring mixture to a boil, simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring well. Strain through fine gauze or cotton squeezing out all of the liquid (a press works well for this). Pour contents into a container (reuse the Vaseline container).                                                                                                     To use: Rub on minor localized skin irritations. Calendula has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Children's All Natural Bug Repellent

In misting spray bottle add 2-4 drops tea tree essential oil and 3-6 drops lavender essential oil. (less drops for very young children, more drops for older children) close and shake in order to blend oils and create a synergetic blend. Then add 3 oz distilled water and 1 oz witch hazel. Avoid eyes and mouth when misting. Reapply every other hour in very hot weather.

Diaper Rash powder

2 tablespoons Slippery Elm powder

2 tablespoons White Clay Powder

2 tablespoons Dried Rose Petals

2 tablespoons Dried Marigold flowers

2 tablespoons Dried Lavender flowers

Put through a coffee grinder (mortar and pestle) until a fine powder. Pour into bowl through a sifter and sift for any seeds or buds. Regrind anything in coffee grinder until all is a fine powder.

Elder Berry Syrup

1 cup dried Elder Berries

2 cups distilled water

1/2 cup honey

Simmer the berries for 30 minutes. Mash with a potato mashing about half way through cooking. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature then strain through cheesecloth. Stir in honey. Pour into glass jar and store in the refrigerator

Floral Powder

2 tablespoons Lavender

2 tablespoons Marigold

2 tablespoons Chamomile

2 tablespoons White clay powder

6 drops Lavender essential oil

Put through a coffee grinder (mortar and pestle) until a fine powder. Pour into bowl through a sifter and sift for any seeds or buds. Regrind anything in coffee grinder until all is a fine powder.

Herb Soap Balls


1/4 cup Boiling water

1 tbsp. Pulverized herbs (Chamomile, Lavender, peppermint, rose- Mary, sage, thyme, or a Combination)

5 Drops related essential oil

2 cups Shredded Ivory or Castile Soap

Plastic wrap

Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat til bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.

Herbal Dandruff Rinse

Boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar

Put these herbs in a wide mouth jar

2 tablespoons of dried lemongrass

2 tablespoons of dried nettle

2tablespoons of calendula petals

1 tablespoon of dried peppermint

Pour the water-vinegar mixture over the herbs, let it sit for one week and shake daily
strain the herbs out
to make a rinse dilute 1/4 of herbal vinegar with 1 cup of water
after shampooing apply rinse and let it sit on the scalp for 2-3mins
rinse out

Herbal Shampoo

1Tbsp Sage,  1Tbsp Rosemary,  1 Tbsp Nettle leaf,  1 Tbsp Peppermint leaf, 1 Tbsp Red Clover blossoms,  1 Tbsp Chamomile herb,  1/4 cup Orange peel,  1/4 cup Calendula flowers,  1 Tbsp Orris root

Measure dried herbs and roots and place in a vessel with a cover.  Pour 5 cups of boiling water on these herbs, cover and let infuse for 20 minutes.  Then add:

2 T Aloe Vera Gel,  3/4 cup Castile soap,  a few drops of essential oils. of your choice. Mix and bottle.

Horehound Candy

1 cup horehound tea, 4 cups sugar, 2 cups dark or light corn syrup. Boil horehound leaves to make a good strong tea. Drain reserving 1 cup of liquid. Add the cup of tea to the other ingredients and boil until it just starts to caramel. Put onto a flat greased cookie sheet. Start cutting with kitchen shears or scissors as soon as it starts to harden on edges.

Lavendar Dreams Bath

1 quart (4 cups) distilled water                                                                                                                                                1 (4oz) bar castille soap  (grated or flaked), you can also use 1 cup unscented shampoo as an alternative to the castille soap.                                                                                                                                                                                       3 ounces liquid glycerin (skin moisturizer)                                                                                                                             3 drops lavender fragrant or essential oil

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a container. Pour in running water

Orange Blossom Lotion

1.25 grams citric acid                  7 grams glycerin               10 grams stearic acid            20 grams emulsifying wax

40 grams sunflower oil       35 grams Grape Seed oil              2.5 grams Coconut butter          3.75 grams Germaben II

2 grams Orange essential oil         Follow basic lotion directions above. Makes 16 Fl oz.

Skin Healing Plantain Salve

Use dry plantain - broad or lance leafed - (Plantago spp.).

Put in in a jar and cover it with grainalcohol (95% - Everclear) so it is barely moistened. Let is soak for 8 hours or so.
Then mix it 1:5 ( weight to volume - so 1 oz herb to 5 fluid oz oil) with olive oil. Put it in a blender and blend it until the sides of the blender are warm (quite a while).
Now strain it through a fine cloth or something like that and use the oil to make a salve by heating it and mixing it with beeswax. Start with 1:5 beeswax to oil ratio, if the salve comes out too soft you can re-melt it and add more beeswax.

This is a wonderful, skin healing, restorative salve

Sugar and Spice Spa Mixture

1/2 cup baking soda

2 tbs. borax

2 tbs. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. To use: add 2 tbs. of the bath mix to a warm tub of water. Store the mixture in a clean, dry container.

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