Love, Balance and New Beginnings

I love this time of Year! Don't you?

Whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, or just that it is getting warmer this is a beautiful magical time of year.  I always like to take the time during the Vernal Equinox to think about balance in all things.  I always check in with my eating/workout, my spiritual practise, and my relationships.  This is the amazing time of year when life springs right up from what once was dead, when we are allowed an other chance to thrive and prosper.

The sun and the moon rule the sky as equals.  It is good to look at how we bring light or darkness into the world.

The full moon in March is called the Chaste moon or the Windy moon by the locals.  It signals that it is time to get ready to plant your garden, get ready to change and transform, and maybe if you are lucky... smooch your sweetheart and *be fertile.

This year the Chaste Moon comes the day before the Equinox and it just so happens to be on a weekend.  Can you even think of a better reason to have a big party and a bone fire? 

So to help you celebrate and because I am a married type woman (haven't been chaste in quite some time) I am offering you some of my favorite Love potion recipes.

Ruby-Red Passion Tea

This sweet and tart aphrodisiac tea is perfect for the expecting mother or any one who doesn't want to drink alcohol.

4 C. mineral water
1/4 C. hibiscus flowers
2 T. lemon grass or lemon balm
2 T. rose hips
the peel of an Orange cut into slices
Raw honey

In a sauce pan bring the water to a boil, the remove from heat. Add everything but the honey and allow to steep for 45 minutes to an hour.  The mixture should be beautifully red. Strain and add honey to taste.  This can be served hot or cold.  *I love to freeze it into cubes and serve with other drinks.

Get Lucky in Love Liqueur

This is sweet, tart, warm, and spicy!  Perfect to share with that special some one.

1/2 C. smooth Brandy
1/2 C. vodka, unsweetened
1/2 C. distilled water
1/4 C. raw Honey
2 T. Eleuthero root (siberian ginsing)  *this is a must!  Don't skip
1 T. ginger
1/2 t. cardamom seeds
7 pitted cherries
2 dried or candied apricots
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean cut to 1/2 inch pieces.

Add all ingredients to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.  Put plastic wrap on the opening so the lid doesn't rust.  Shake Vigorously for 15 seconds.  Store in a cool dark place for 2 weeks to a month.  Shake the Jar daily.  Strain the liquid into a beautiful bottle.  You can eat the fruit but be careful because they are Strong!

Keep you Love Potion in the refrigerator and consume within 3 months.

Spicy Love Balm

This little goodie warms and tingles on contact!  It softens and soothes the skin.

2 T. + 1t.  almond oil
1 T. coco butter
1 1/2 t. vegetable glycerin
1 t. beeswax
6 to 8 drops cinnamon oil

In a sauce pan heat all ingredients except flavoring on low.  Stir til just melted.  Remove from heat and add flavoring. whisk for a few minutes till it starts to turn opaque.  Then pour into a storage container.  Let cool for a few hours before putting a cap on it. No need to refrigerate this one!

Spread a little wherever you need a little kissing or caressing.  Note: a little goes a long way and this is not latex friendly!

Body Dessert

This is sweet and sticky...  spreadable and edible... sure to pleasure and please.

3 T. Coconut oil
1 T. vanilla bean paste

Place both in a bowl and stir to blend.  If your kitchen is cold you may need to heat it just a bit.   Put in a container and keep in the fridge.

*Edit for some Credit-  Passion tea and Body desert are from my own kitchen.  Love liqueur is from Grandma Julie.  Spicy Love balm is made by Grandma Ruthie.

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