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The Hearth Witch's Compendium
Magical and Natural Living for Every Day

By: Anna Franklin
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738750460
English  |  528 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: March 2017
Price: $27.99 US,  $32.50 CAN
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Chapter 1: Hearth Witchery 1

Chapter 2: The Witch’s Kitchen 7
Food Ethics 8
Ritual Food 8
Food for the Sabbats 12
Imbolc 13
Ostara 21
Beltane 31
Midsummer 35
Lughnasa 40
Autumn Equinox 46
Samhain 52
Yule 57

Chapter 3: Wine, Cider & Beer 67
Making Wine 68
Wine from Fruit 71
Wine from Flowers 78
Wine from Vegetables 86
Herb and Leaf Wines 89
Sparkling Wine 95
Mead 98
Ciders and Perries 104
Brewing Beer and Ale 106
Making Liqueurs 112
Cider Vinegar 118

Chapter 4: Preserving 119
Equipment Needed 120
Jams 122
Jellies 126
Marmalades 129
Curds 130
Fruit Cheeses 132
Fruit Butters 134
Fruit Syrups 136
Pickling 138
Chutneys 142
Ketchups and Sauces 146
Drying 149
Fruit Leathers 151
Bottling 152
Bottled Fruits in Alcohol 154
Salting 155
Dry Sugar Preserving 156
Conserves 157
Freezing 158
Fruit and Herb Vinegars 159
Nonalcoholic Cordials 160

Chapter 5: The Witch’s Home 163
Natural Alternatives 165
Polishes 167
Bathroom Products 169
Kitchen Products 171
Windows 173
Laundry Products 174
Carpets and Floors 176
Air Fresheners and Deodorisers 177

Chapter 6: Personal Care 181
Equipment Needed 182
Safety First 182
Bath Salts 183
Bath Bombs 186
Bath Tea Bags 188
Milk Baths 190
Bubble Baths 192
Bath Oils 193
Shower Bags 195
Shower Wash 196
Soaps 197
Lotion Bars 200
Bath Powders 201
Natural Shampoos 202
Dry Shampoos 205
Hair Rinses 206
Colouring Rinses 208
Conditioners 210
Dental Care 212
Foot Care 214
Hand Care 215
Body Scrub 217
Aftershave 218

Chapter 7: A Witch’s Guide to Natural Beauty 219
Safety First 220
Basic Hygiene 220
Equipment Needed 221
Herbs for Beauty 221
Facial Scrubs 225
Facial Steams 226
Face Masks 227
Clay Masks 231
Facial Cleansers 233
Skin Toners 237
Moisturisers 239
Eye Treatments 244
Neck Treatments 245
Lip Salves 246

Chapter 8: The Witch’s Garden 247
What to Grow 248
An Elemental Garden 252
Starting Out 256
Moon Gardening 257
Indoor Gardening 259
Foraging 260

Chapter 9: Herbs for Healing 261
Simples 263
Meeting the Plants 263
Safety First 264
Using Your Plant 264
Internal Remedies 265
External Remedies 268

Chapter 10: Home Remedies 271
Anxiety 272
Arthritis and Rheumatism 274
Athlete’s Foot 280
Bloating 282
Blocked Sinuses 283
Boils 284
Bruises 285
Burns 286
Cold Sores 287
Colds and Flu 288
Constipation 291
Corns 292
Coughs 293
Earache 297
Eczema 298
Gout 300
Haemorrhoids 302
Headaches 303
Indigestion 306
Insect Bites 307
Insomnia 308
Menopause 310
Muscle Cramps 311
Nausea 312
Poor Circulation 313
Sore Eyes 314
Sprains 315
Varicose Veins 316

Chapter 11: Essential Oils 317
Is It Really an Essential Oil? 319
Safety First 320
How to Use the Oils 321
Carrier Oils 323
A–Z of Essential Oils 324
Essential Oils By Symptom 351
Magical Oils 358

Chapter 12: Magical Herbalism 373
Gathering Ritual Herbs 374
Identifying Herbs 375
On Correspondences 375
The Elements 378
The Magical Virtues of Plants 379
Using Herbs for Magic 404
Herbal Talismans 405
Potions 409
Herbal Inks 414
Ritual Fumigation 416

Chapter 13: Incense 417
Types of Incense 419
The Ingredients 419
Tools Needed 421
Blending Loose Incense 422
Charging the Incense 422
Burning Incenses 422
Times for Blending 423
Collecting Ingredients for Incense 424
Incense Recipes 426

Chapter 14: Vegetable Dyes 443
Why Use Natural Dyes? 444
Equipment Needed 444
Safety First 445
Obtaining the Plants 445
Stage 1: Prepare the Fabric 446
Stage 2: Mordant the Fabric 446
Stage 3: Dye the Fabric 449
Dye Plants to Use 449

Appendix 1: Colour Correspondences 457
Appendix 2: Planetary Influences 459
Appendix 3: Magical Herbal Correspondences 461

Life Events 462
Moon Phases 463
Sabbats 464
Elements 466
Planets 468
Rituals 471
Zodiac 473
Appendix 4: Weights & Measures 477
Volume (Liquid Measures) 478
Weights (Rough Equivalents) 479
Ingredient Weights (Rough Equivalents) 480
Temperatures 481
Oven Temperatures 482
Appendix 5: Your Recipes 483
Select bibliography 489
Index 493
Recipe Index 507




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