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Practical Ointments

From Instagram @CunningCraft "Letting some natural mosquito repellent oil steep in the sun. I'm using lavender oil, rosemary, mint, and patchouli, all of which are natural mosquito repellents. For witches who are planning on working outdoors when the weather gets cold an oil like this serves a double purpose, it keeps the mosquito's away and also helps insulate the body from the cold. It's believed that during the witch persecutions of Europe that the witches smeared themselves with a black ointment to more easily sneak outdoors at night without being seen. This ointment is generally considered to have been mixed with soot to color it black. This may as well be the reason so many people described "the devil" as having black skin when they encountered him, most likely it was a human male witch who had been smeared with black ointment, possibly for the same purposes we use ointment today, and as camouflage. Gerald Gardner wrote in his original Book of Shadows: "To make anointing ointment use olive oil, mint leaves, marjoram, thyme, a patchouli leaves."

From Instagram @CunningCraft: "A closer look at the anti-mosquito ointment. All done. It's solid at room temperature but melts as soon as it touches the skin. Smells very nice."

With a few herbs or oils, some beeswax, coconut, or olive oil, you can create many effective salves and ointments. The uses, for witches, as written about above, are many. But this one is practical for everyone who loves the outdoors. Natural ingredients, insulation, and mosquito repellent.

A list of herbs mosquitos don't like: 

Citronella

Catnip

Marigold

Lavender

Peppermint

And there are others. These herbs listed above not only repel mosquitos, but fleas as well. 

 

by Austin Shippey