Saturday, September 28, 2013


“Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, its unplanned, it's full of suprises.” ― Erma Bombeck

“The secret to humor is surprise.” ― Aristotle

“Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.” ― Tierney Gearon

It has been a while since I wrote here.  I need to thank my brother for jump starting this process.  But, I feel I’m ready.  Writing here seems to stir-up my creativity and connects me to the sacred. 
My creative witchy friends up north put out a challenge for the season.  I decided I needed to make something for myself.  I needed an item that would help me through the winter season.  Soaking Salts came to mind.  Part of my challenge was to also use what I already have: Epson salts, sea salt, baking powder and essential oil.  I looked outside and the lavender was on a second bloom.  I immediately thought they should be added to my mixture.

For those who don’t know, lavender is known to have healing properties.  I’ve used it for helping my headaches.  I put 2-3 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and breathe.  (I try this before taking an aspirin.)  It is also used by white witches for purification, clarity of thought and protection. 
I put it out to the universe – what else do I need for the coming months.  My answer came as a surprise.

This past week I was demonstrating to Z that you can make Ramen noodles without the MSG package.  I put the water on the stove to begin to boil.  I opened the package of what I thought were dried mushrooms (Note: the label was in Chinese).  As I poured the hot water over what I thought looked and felt like mushrooms; a citrus aroma filled my kitchen.   The mushrooms were dried orange peels. 
Let me tell you, the laughter that came as a result of this oops.  (T managed to find where it said dried orange peel on the package in English.)  More laughter.....  But what do you do with a half bag of dried orange peel.
My co-worker told me it was obvious - put it into the soaking salts I was making.  I have to say every time I think of an orange I think of the Tarot card – The sun.  The child on the horse always makes me feel happy and filled with optimism.

I’ve also decided to add bergamot to the mixture.  It too has magical properties of joy and laughter.    
What blessings the Motherfather Spirit has in line for me this coming year - joy and laughter with protection and clarity of thought.

Why is it easier for kids to accept surprises that adults?  I think this is a question I will ponder this coming year. 


BEMS @ Homelight
My Soaking Salt Recipe:

Basic salt recipe mixture – ½ cup sea salt, ½ cup baking soda, ½ Epson Salt – mix together  (The salt proportions are from Jude's Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C. Williams, MH)

Added ingredients based on feel - dried cut up orange peel and lavender blossoms. 

Essential oil: lavender, bergamot, and tangerine – based on your smell preference

Mix everything together. And place in a glass jar with lid.