Way Off Topic But Interesting Recipes

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flea beater

If you have a dog or cat or sweet little kitten that is covered in fleas like our cat Tito was when we found him as a stray and you want ALL the fleas OFF NOW,then cover the animal(and all the fleas) in vaseline.The fleas will sufocate in about 3 minutes. then wash with soap and water. This is messy, but it will get ALL the fleas off and is especially good for young or sick animals that you do not want to expose to toxins. Do not use other oils. It will make the animal stink. Vaseline will not leave a smell. You may need to wash the animal twice to get all the oils off. This is the perfect thing for major infestations such as our cat Tito had. We love our kitties!

Anonymous 3/29/03

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Perfect Playdough
2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
2 cups Water
2 Tbsp. oil
1 pkg. Kool Aid powder, any flavor

Mix all ingredients in a medium sized pot. Stir continually over low heat until mixture forms a ball. Kids love this as it smells like the flavor of Kool Aid that you used. Keep in airtight containers in the refrigerator when not in use. Will keep for months. This recipe can also be halved.
Tanya 1/13/99

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Carpet Freshener Blend

add to 1/2 cup Baking Soda
50 drops Lime
30 drops Tangerine
20 drops patchouli

Set aside for 24 hours the sprinkle on carpeting and let set 15 minutes.....
Greg 11/12/98

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Furniture Polish Blend

20 drops Ylang Ylang
2 ozs Jojoba

Polish away for a beautiful and scentual shine!!!
Greg 11/12/98

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Furniture Polish
2 ounces beeswax
1/2 pint turpentine

About 1/4 ounce EO - more or less to your personal taste Grate or slice the beeswax, put the wax and turpentine into a pan and melt slowly. The turpentine is infalmmable so it's best to use a double-pan or put the mixture into a boil and heat it over a pan of hot water. Let it cool and before it goes completely hard add any EO you like - I use lavender. Mix it well as it hardens and it turns into a thick cream. It takes a fair bit of effort to get a shine and it tends to feel slightly sticky for several days after you apply it. The smell of turpentine goes within a few hours of using it.

To produce a softer cream polish that is easier to use:
add 1/4 pint hot water and a tablespoon of soap to the mixture above (dissolve the soap in the hot water and beat that into the wax and turpentine mix).
Pat Silver 10/25/98

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Fragrant Wood Polish
1 ounce beeswax
8 ounces mineral oil
1/2 t eo of Peru balsam
1/4 t each eo of: lavender, orange, tangerine, lemon
1/8 t each eo of: bergamot, rosemary, spruce

Melt wax & mineral oil in double boiler. Allow to cool slightly. Add eo's and stir. Cool completely and store in jar with tight lid.

Apply polish to wood surface sparingly with rag or pad, leave it on for 5 mins and rub off excess with clean cloth.
Feb/Mar issue of Herbal Companion
Kim 10/30/98

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Natural Nasal Inhaler
Fill a 1/2oz. amber bottle with sea salt. Add about 20-30 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil. Shake it up to cover the salt...........Clears your nose right now. Vicki 9/4/98

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Love Honey
1 cup light honey
2 broken cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 dime sized piece candied ginger
1 inch long piece of lemon peel
1 inch long piece vanilla bean
1 pinch ground cardamom
Warm the honey and pour over the spices and seal in a jar. Leave for 3 to 4 weeks.
If you just want the vanilla bean, I would use 2 or 3 inch long pieces in the cup of honey, and infuse for 3 to 4 weeks.
From The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

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Jasmine's Herbal Beads
tapestry or carpet thread (smooth, not fuzzy)
a darning needle
a button
a small knife
dental floss (for the finished beads)
a food processor or spice mill (optional)

1/2 cup flowers or herb leaves, fresh or dried
3-4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
10-15 drops essential oil (complimentary to your herbs)

If you're using fresh flowers (or fresh scented geranium leaves), take petals and discard the hard parts like stems and such. Try to use only the parts that are aromatic. Process the herbs until they are pureed or very finely chopped. The easiest way to do this is in a food processor. If you are using dried herbs, process them the same way or rub them through a sieve to make a powder.

Once you've pureed or finely chopped your plant material, begin adding the all-purpose flour. The amount listed is approximate. You will need more flour if your puree is soupy or your chopped herbs are very moist. You may need less if your plant material is drier or if you use powdered herbs.

If you use powdered plant material or if your plants are dry, you may need to add water. Start with 1 tablespoon and begin mixing the plant/flour mixture.

The dough should be about right when it looks like craft clay for kids (e.g. Playdough). Add a little more flour to the mix if it seems too soft or a teeny bit of water if it seems too stiff. The dough will definitely be too soft if you pull on it and it easily stretches like kneaded bread dough. I do most of my dough mixing right in the food processor, periodically playing with the dough to see if it feels workable.

When the dough seems right, begin by pinching off chunks and shaping them into beads. You'll notice that chopped plant material will cause your beads to look course at this point. They're still quite attractive this way! Another way to make the beads is to roll a chunk into a long tube or snake and then chop off bead-sized bits with a knife.

The dough remains workable for quite some time, but if it starts to feel very dry to the touch, it's starting to harden. Making the amount specified above should keep them from beginning to harden before you're done. If they start, try moistening the surface of the dough very lightly and working the moisture in quickly.

Once the beads are shaped, you can add essential oil to them if you like. Adding the oil sooner usually results in poorer quality beads because the oil evaporates quickly when you mix everything together.

Once your beads are shaped, knot the end of the thread and string it through the bottom of the button. Use enough thread to string your beads with room between them for moving around as they dry. String the beads carefully, being sure they have their holes where you want them (some people may not want the hole to go right through the middle). The beads will shrink slightly as they dry.

Hang the beads in a warm, dry place with plenty of circulation and away from lights. It should take about 3 or 4 days to dry fully. The size of your beads and the weather will make a difference. Be sure to slide the beads on the string every so often to keep them from sticking together or to the string.

When the beads are dry, store them in an airtight container until you're ready to string them together. I've found that dental floss (not tape!) works best for stringing the beads together.
Other Hints and Tips

Fresh, red rose petals from my neighbor's garden turned a lovely bright purple when I mixed the dough and faded to a dark lavender when the dough dried.

Dried, scented geranium leaves held their scent throughout the dough drying process and required absolutely no essential oil.

Don't hang the string without the button over your cats' water dish. They think it's a treat, the beads might slide off, and you could end up cleaning far more of the house than just the litter box. :)
">Gaylin 5/27/98

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Fill a clean, wide-mouthed jar with finely cut lawn clippings. Pour 1 cup vodka over the clippings. Place the lid on the jar tightly. Set the jar in a cool, dark place for 1 week.

Strain off the liquid and discard the clippings. You now have liquid chlorophyll to use.

Of course use clippings that have not been treated with lawn chemicals.
From Janice Cox's book "Natural Beauty at Home"

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Honey Wine
You can make plain mead by simmering 1 cup of raw honey with 3 cups of water until it has reduced by a cup, then filtering it into a crock and covering the opening with a cloth. The recipes I used were based on Dian Buchman's recipe in "Herbal Medicine":

2 lb. raw honey
3 qt. water mixed with organic, unpreserved sweet apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves
juice and scrubbed peel of 1 lemon

Simmer for 30 minutes and strain into a crock. When warm, add 1 t. live baker's yeast and stir in well. Cover with linen towel and tie. If you peek, you will see bubbles coming up to the surface and it may smell more like beer. Pour off in a month into clean bottles and cork.

2 lb. raw honey
3 qt. water
juice and scrubbed peel of 1 lemon

Simmer for 30 minutes and strain into a crock. When warm, add 1 t. live baker's yeast and stir in well. Cover with linen towel and tie. Pour off in a month into clean bottles and cork.
Shucky 8-) +

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Lavender sugar
Make this like vanilla sugar - put a dozen or so lavender heads in a jar of fine sugar. Leave it for a couple of weeks and you will have delicately scented sugar that can be used in cakes, fruit salad etcetera.
Pat Silver 5/19/98

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Lavender Lemonade
1 pint water
1 oz lavender flowers (wt.)
8 oz sugar (wt.)
juice of 4 lemons

Pour boiling water over the lavender flowers and allow to infuse for about 20 minutes. Then add sugar and lemon juice, and chill. Store in the 'fridge.To make up, mix about 1 part of the syrup to 4 parts water, serve with ice.
Pat Silver 5/19/98

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Lavender Biscuits (from Joanna Sheene, 'Lavender')
5 oz butter (wt.)
4 oz fine sugar (wt.)
1 egg
6 oz self raising flour (wt.)
1 tablespoon lavender flowers

Cream the butter and sugar, mix in the beaten egg, then mix in the flowers and flour. Place small heaps on a greased baking tray and bake at 350F/170C for about 15-20 minutes.
Pat Silver 5/19/98

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Lavender Maids of Honour (from Norfolk Lavender www.broadland.com)
6 oz shortcrust pastry (wt.)
2 oz raspberry jelly (wt.)
2 oz fine sugar (use lavender sugar if you have it) (wt.)
2 oz of butter (wt.)
2 oz self raising flour (wt.)
1 egg
2 teaspoons lavender flowers

Cream together the butter and sugar, mix in the egg then the flour and lavender flowers.Roll out the pastry and line small patty tins - this should make about 2. In each pastry case put a teaspoon of jelly, then a teaspoon of the mixture on top. Bake at 109C/375F for about 15-20 minutes.

The maids of Honour are really nice made with grated lemon or orange peel instead of lavender flowers too.
Pat Silver 5/19/98

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Lavender Sponge Cake (my recipe)
5 oz self raising flour (wt.)
3 oz butter (wt.)
3 oz lavender sugar (wt.)
1/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour. Pour the mixture into two 7" sponge tins. Bake at 17C/325F for about 10 - 15 minutes until just browned. Sandwich together with raspberry jelly, or else with lavender buttercream made by creaming 3 oz butter with 3 oz lavender sugar and a few drops of lemon juice.
Pat Silver 5/19/98

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Rose Petal Jam
1 lb. profusely scented red or pink petals
2 c. water
2 1/2 c. very fine sugar
juice of one lemon

Make sure you remove the white base from each petal. Rinse and wash the petals thoroughly. Boil the water in a large saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, then add the rose petals. (The mixture will bubble up alot, so don't have the pan more than half full). Simmer for 5 minutes or until petals are soft. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil an simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken like honey. Allow the mixture to bubble up well. When the bubbles turn to foam, test for setting point. To do this, remove the pan from the stove and put a small spoonful of the jam on a cold saucer, allow to cool and push to the surface; if it wrinkles its ready. Allow to cool slightly, then put into sterilized jars and seal. Makes two one pint jars.
Peggy J. Dorton 6/20/98

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Solution A:
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 cups Elmers Glue
Food coloring

Solution B:
4 tsp. Borax
1 1/3 cup warm water

Mix solution A in one bowl, mix solution B in another bowl. Dissolve both well. Then just pour solution A into solution B.


Just lift out flubber. Store in baggies.
Susan Giandomenico 5/26/98

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Herbal Flea Powder and Doggie Deodorizer
1 Extra large box of baking soda
2 lbs Cornstarch

Blend the following to a fine powder:
2 cups dried pennyroyal
2 cups dried lavender
1 cup dried Rosemary

The following essential oils:
20 drops citronella
20 drops lemon
30 drops pennyroyal
20 drops rosemary
Mix all ingrediants and leave the scents mingle a few days. Package up and sell sell sell or give to all to of mans best friends. Gayle 6/20/98

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Air Fresheners
For smoky air
20 dr lavender
10 dr lemon
10 dr bergamot
5 dr lime
5 dr grapefruit
Disolve in 2 tsp of 150 proof alcohol and 3 tsp of distilled water. (I'd use a good bit more water than that.... sounds strong enough for at least 2 or 3 oz of water, to me.)
Marge Clark

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Air, rugs ,bedding, couches and ect.
10 drops of eo in 1/2 cup cornstarch
Sprinkle then vacuum.
10 drops on a sponge and place behind grate of the air conditioner.
Sheri Sammeck

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2 drops of eo on the bench counter. Wipe with a damp cloth, then use the cloth to damp wipe every surface in the kitchen....
Melanie Dunstan

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Room Freshener (Deodorizer)
1 packette of Knox unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup of boiling water
1/4 cup of cold water
food coloring

Add boiling water to Knox geletin, stir until disolved. Add cold water, coloring and fragrance. You can fill tiny mason jars (jelly) or small plastic tubs. They firm up on their own. They will not mildew or mold. I have one that is 2 months old and still smells great.
Dalene Hokanson

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Jelly Jar Deodorizers
2 cups of liquid potpourri
4 packs of knox gelatin
Heat 1 cup of the liquid to a boil, stir in the knox gelatin and mix until dissolved. Add the other cup of liquid at room temp. Pour into jelly jars or decorative bowls and cover with saran wrap. Put in the fridge until set. They will last several months. Linda 9/29/98

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Insect Repelant
"Skeeter Beater"
2 cups witch hazel
1 1/2 tsp citronella eo
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

This makes 16-oz. I put in 2 oz. bottles and have them stashed everywhere. I coach my son's soccer team and they all beg to be sprayed before every game and practice. Of course the bottles are labeled "Skeeter Beater" (my son's invention) and decorated with a cute little bug sticker.

Combine into a spray bottle. Shake vigorously before using. Requires no refrigeration. Apply liberally. From the Herbal Body Book by Stephanie Tourles
Contributed by Jennifer Wilson

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Natural Disinfectant
2 c. water
1/4 c. vodka
1/4 t. tea tree oil
1/4 t. lime essential oil
1/4 t. grapefruit essential oil

I just shake and spray the counter, the boards, the dish rack. This can also be used for air freshener, on furniture you want the cats to stay away from, carpeting where baby put its damp little bum before you realized there was something to be changed, as underarm deodorant, mouthspray, and as a cologne, if you like the woody aspect with the citrus! And as an asthmatic who is allergic to citrus, I can tell you this doesn't bother anyone except the cats!
Shucky 8-)

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Natural Insecticide
Make a syrup of 1 part sugar to 3 parts water, it also states to mix in a little cornstarch if you have it)... Add about 5% in volume of borax or even more deadly, boric acid. Stir well and pour some of the mixture into saucers or small jars, painting the outsides of the containers with some of the syrup. Place these baits away from pets and kids in various locations along their path.

Do not move the traps when they fill up or overflow with ants who die before returning to the nest. Worker ants will return to eat them on the spot, or carry them back to the nest where eventually the whole colony will be affected. This system may take a few days, but is very thorough.
From Natural Insect Repellants for Pets, People & Plants by Grainger/Moore page 113.
Linda Coffin

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Mullein Compress
Place in 2 quarts cider or malt vinegar:
4 oz. Verbascum thap. (Mullein)
1/2 oz Lobelia herb
Gently simmer well covered for 20-30 min. Strain and add a little tincture of cayenne or pour over 1/4 ounce cayenne powder. Foment affected area as hot as possible for at least 1 hour. I usually place a soaked cloth on the area and cover with plastic wrap and place a heating pad over it all.

This is wonderful for glandular swellings, painful joints and muscles, edema and other swellings. Mullein encourages the absorbtion of fluids thus reducing swelling and inflammation. Lobelia is very relaxing and anti-spasmodic. Using a stimulant like Cayenne makes the other ingredients more effective and it also can help allay pain and staunch bleeding both on the surface and under (e.g. good for bruising). Cayenne is also somewhat antiseptic.

This fomentation may be stored in a cool place and used within a 3 month period.

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Jasmine's Violet Syrup
(for coughs, flavoring, and other sundries)

a porcelin (or non-reactive) teapot with cover
a towel or teapot cozy
a small mesh filter (a large teaball or tea filter will do)
a long-handled metal mixing spoon
a non-reactive saucepan (large enough to hold the sugar plus)
a stove (or other heat source to boil water with)
a thick-walled, dark glass bottle with a sealeable top
a funnel to fit in your bottle

1 1/2 cups packed Violet flowers (picked fresh that day are best)
2 1/4 cups (1+ fl. pint) filtered water
2.2 lbs (~1 kg) white sugar

In the saucepan, bring the filtered water to a boil. As the water starts to approach boiling, pour a small amount in your teapot to warm it slightly and avoid breakage. When the water boils in the saucepan, take the pan for a moment. Empty the small amount of water out of your teapot and place the violet flowers inside. Quickly pour the recently boiled water over the flowers and cover the teapot. Wrap the teapot in it's cozy or in a towel and set it aside for 15 minutes.

Measure your sugar into the saucepan you boiled the water in. When 15 minutes has passed, pour the violet water through the filter and into the sugar. Begin stirring to disolve the sugar. This may take some time. If necessary, place the saucepan on your stove and turn the burner on to its very lowest setting. (Caution: sugar and caramel are among the most annoying of burns. For safety, keep the pan on its lowest setting.) Continue stirring constantly until the mixture in the pan becomes clear.

Remove the pan from the stove. Place the funnel in the bottle and slowly pour in the sugar syrup. Let the bottle stand uncapped, and away from the light until you are able to place the your hands on the sides of the bottle and only feel slight warmth. Cap the bottle and store it away from the light. Use before one year has passed.

Use highly perfumed, non-white violet flowers. Increase the amount of flowers slightly if you are using a variety that typically has a less-noticeable odor.

Don't use a wooden spoon to stir (especially one that's been used in highly aromatic food like garlic anything).

Keep your pets (especially cats) out of the kitchen. :)

If you want to make more or less, keep these ratios in mind: use 2.2 lbs of sugar for each fluid pint of water. ">Gaylin 5/12/98

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Jasmine's Sweater & Sheet Sniffy Bags
Equipment & Supplies:
a 3x5 muslin drawstring bag
a tablespoon
a mixing bowl (optional)

Dried Herbs to fill one muslin bag:
~8 tablespoons (not rounded) of any pleasant herb combination
I use the following combination for scent, antiseptic, and bug repellant properties (and cause my DH likes them):
4 tablespoons lavender
2 tablespoons thyme
2 tablespoons lemon balm

Hints & Tips:
Increase the amount of herbs as necessary to make however many bags you need. Approximately 8 tablespoons of cut and dried leaves will fill a standard 3x5 muslin drawstring bag to the top, with only a little amount of compaction necessary.

If desired, mix the herbs in a mixing bowl prior to placing them in the muslin bag. I usually just scoop the herbs right into the bags from their shipping containers, but some people like to mix the herbs up a little more.

Remember to use dried herbs that have been stemmed and crushed, especially if they normally come in large pieces (for example, my home-grown lemen balm or wildcrafted catnip). Do not use herbs that are powdered or otherwise so finely cut that they would sift through the fabric of the bag.

Tie the bag's drawstring tight, but not in a knot. I try to replace my herbs every 12 months. Instead of throwing away what's in the bags or composting the ingredients, I lock my cats up, strew the herbs on the carpeting, put on some old tennis shoes, and walk around on the herbs for a little while. Then I vaccuum. This keeps my vaccuum smelling fresh and my capret and house smelling wonderful. I can also reuse the bags.
">Gaylin 5/14/98

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Liver Treats for Dogs
1 cup beef or chicken liver
2 c. oats
1 c. whole wheat or rye or barley flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 T. garlic
1 T. parsley
2 T. soy sauce (optional)
1/2 c. powdered milk (optional but nutricious)

Saute liver in bacon grease for about 15 minutes, then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add a little water if necessary. Let cool for about 30 minutes, then cool and chop into small pieces. Or you can add all the ingredients in a food processor. After chopping, add all other ingredients. Place in shaped spoonfuls on a baking sheet on 250 for 45 min. to an hour or set outside in hot sun to dehydrate. Let cool overnight. My labs love em!
Ginger 9/30/98

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Face Painting
1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon water
1-1/2 teaspoon cold cream A few drops of food color

Mix all of the ingredients in a small paper cup, using a toothpick. If the mixture is too thick to paint with, thin with a few drops of water. This paint can be applied with a paint brush for small areas, or you can spread it all over your face with your fingers.

IDEA: While the paint is still wet, you can add some glitter to your design!!!
From Game Kids
Erma E. Koebel 12/08/98

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