I’ll take VANILLA!

According to Christopher Penczak’s City Magick, vanilla can be used as an ingredient in making magical charms:

“The vanilla bean is a powerful bean ruled by the planet Pluto. It is an innocent flavor, loved in ice cream and cookies, but the actual properties of the bean bring transformations and change reality. Pluto is the planet of life, death, and the underworld. Vanilla beans can be found in gourmet shops, but often their properties, in diluted form, are transferred to vanilla extract and vanilla oil. Add a few drops to an herbal charm when you need these strong transformative powers.”

According to Elise Marie Collins’ An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods, vanilla is good for you too:

“Vanilla is the edible fruit of a tropical orchid. Mexican royalty used vanilla as an aphrodisiac, and one study showed that men responded to the aroma of vanilla. Vanilla was used by indigenous people to calm an upset stomach. The less processed the vanilla, the better, so purchase whole pods or pure vanilla in the form of raw powder or extract for your recipes.”

According to Kris Bradley Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery, vanilla can be used to cast a spell to ward away your tongue-tied tendencies:

Communication Blend

Whether you need to give a speech, make a convincing argument, or produce a written work, this blend can help you find the right words.

  • 1 part caraway seeds
  • 1 part thyme
  • 1/4 part cinnamon
  • Beans from one vanilla pod

Meditation Lemonade

Lately the office has been abuzz: a couple new employees have started settling in, long awaited books have been arriving in our warehouse, and everyone has been preparing for our Marketing Launch at the end of the month. Often when life gets crowded with schedules and sticky notes our minds get crowded and overwhelmed as well. In order to keep a clear head and focus on the tasks at hand I’ve scoured Elise Marie Collins’ Chakra Tonics, in search of a tasty smoothie to alleviate the brain fatigue and put some more perk in your summer step. Enjoy!

Meditation Lemonade

“Meditation calms the mind and has an alkalinizing affect on our water bodies. However, if we are in an acidic state, the mind is rampant with mental chatter, making meditation a challenging feat. Meditation Lemonade will help alkalize the body’s pH, making it less difficult to sit. You will fidget less and feel refreshed. Watermelon is a highly alkaline fruit, while whispers of lemongrass invoke the wisdom of the ajna chakra. Fresh lemons, although acidic, have an overall alkalinizing effect on the body.

  • 4 cups watermelon cut in chunks
  • 4 cups lemongrass tea
  • Juice of 5 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup agave or 1 tablespoon stevia to taste

Make lemongrass tea with 2-4 lemongrass tea bags and four cups of boiling water. To make lemongrass tea with fresh lemongrass, take 2-3 stalks of lemongrass and cut into 3-inch pieces. Place in a saucepan and with 4 1/2 cups of purified water, bring to a boil, and then simmer 5-10 minutes. Allow tea to cool. Place in a blender with other ingredients, blend, and voila. Your mind is at peace as you sip this delicious elixir.”