The wonderful thing about using plants for both magic and medicine is the more you work with an herb or a flower, the more in-tune you get with its energy. Perhaps you’ve only heard of rose geranium or noticed its name on the ingredients list of your favorite all-natural facial product--but as you intentionally get to know the plant, your friendly spirit is met by powerful magic.
Summer is mosquito season in my neck of the woods. All of Oregon's standing water during breeding season gives the nasty little buggers plenty of spaces to raise their families. The oil in this formula serves two purposes: it allows the essential oils a chance to linger on the skin and brings in the healing powers of calendula as an anti-immflammatory for existing bites. You may spray this formula on your skin after the mosquitoes have gone to bed to ease the itching from the spots they got to before you pulled out the herbs.
The Dandelion tops in this recipe offer a good liver-supporting element that offsets the challenges alcohol offers the liver and supporting systems. You can substitute Dandelion Root for tops using the same quantities. Dandelion is a terrific and easy Hop-substitute for home brew!