Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Recipe for Spring Cleaning {Physically & Spiritually}

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With the warming weather, it seems like a practical time to declutter our homes and to give them a thorough cleaning. I find that it is also a good time to clear out any unwanted energies in our home.

Below is a recipe of a homemade cleaner that I use year round in my home and one that I encourage clients to use to maintain the effects of a home blessing and clearing.

I make this when the Moon is in the waning phase, which is often thought to be the best time to do workings around banishment and clearing.

This recipe calls for a tablespoon of each:

Sweet Woodruff
Rowan berries
Birch bark {please only harvest from fallen trees or naturally shed bark!}
Juniper berries
Lemon Balm
Dandelion root
Witch Hazel
St. John's Wort
Garden Sage

Boil 3 cups of water and pour over ingredients in a glass mason jar. Let it steep for 3 hours. Drain liquid through cheesecloth {I dispose of the plant material in the compost once I am done with it}. Put tea mixture in with cider or white vinegar into a clean glass jar that has a non-metal lid. Keep in a refrigerator {should last to 3 months with no issues}. To use mix with 3 parts water in a spray bottle or mop bucket.