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hibiscus in a mortar with pestle

Fountain of youth found in this one remarkable plant!

Did you guess it’s Hibiscus?!

This beautiful flowering plant is part of the mallow family.

Full of minerals and vitamins, humans have been using the calyces, flowers, leaves shoots and seeds for roughly 6000 yrs for food and medicine.

Hibiscus is muciligenic in nature hibiscus and is used effectively as a demulcent, full of antioxidant and phytonutrients protocatechuic acid, anthocyanins, flavonoids, phenolic acid.

Hibiscus has been used to effectively treat gout (7),

reduce blood pressure (1),

reverse cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol (2)

Reduce Urease causing bacteria (3)

Anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic (4)

Balances blood sugar levels (5)

Used for chronic cough, kidney stones (3), hemerrhoids, and as a diuretic.

In skin care Hibiscus is used to calm inflammations, clear up acne, reduce  fine lines and wrinkles due to its highly concentrated amount of antioxidants. Hibiscus is Full of Alpha Hydroxy acids (AHA) for plumping the skin, aiding in healthy cellular turnover, increased collagen production, for smooth youthful skin, increasing elasticity and strength,

Hibiscus has naturally occurring saponins which will bind with oil and dirt to cleanse the skin.

Internally Hibiscus has a tart flavor due to its high vitamin C content.

It’s generally used ground up, or in tea form, I like to use it powdered in skin care applications. 

Hibiscus has been show to effectively reduce the effects of oxidative stress. (9)

It’s safe to say it would a great idea to start using Hibiscus internally as well as externally.

Click HERE for a Fun recipe to get you started using hibiscus in your daily skin care, while you drink  hibiscus tea!





(7) Science Direct


(8) herbal gram





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Moon Magic indigo resist

Making an indigo resist.

Creating a natural indigo resist.

I am deeply enamored with anything indigo.

The process is too beautiful for words and it bring tears of joy and reverence for this incredible plant magic every time I dye in indigo.

This is  my method for an easy and washable resist.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Supplies needed to create an indigo resist;

-heavy yupo paper or

cardstock + plastic packing tape

-elmers glue

-pencil or pen for sketching

-natural fabric to create resist, this needs to be light in color if not white. Also no synthetics.

-razor blade for cutting out design

-cheap paint brush, about and inch wide.



-indigo vat

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Start with sketching out your design on the cardstock or yupo.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Once you have it, if you’re using card stock, tape the whole paper up on both sides like a laminate. If you are using Yupo you can skip this step as yupo is already water repellent.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Next cut out your design with the razor.

Now lay out your fabric on a flat solid table you don’t mind scrubbing glue off. Or lay down freezer paper for easy clean up. (if you are making a shirt resist or something with two sides, place something glue reisitant like freezer paper between the two sides, otherwise the resist will soak to the back side of the shirt as well.)

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Place you design onto the fabric where you want the resist to be.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Now add 1/4 water to 3/4 glue to your bowl and mix well.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

This is the resist medium.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Use your paint brush to apply glue resist, painting inward strokes so the glue doesn’t bleed under your design.

Make sure the glue soaks through to the backside of the fabric.

When finished, pull off resist stencil and hang your fabric to dry.

After the resist is fully dried, it’s time to dip dye.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Dip your fabric into water until fully soaked, next dip into indigo and pull out.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Hang your fabric to oxygenate.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Wash as you would normal indigo in a machine on hot.

Dry normal.

indigo resist
indigo resist

Admire your indigo resist!

Let me know how this went for you in the comments below!

Do you have any tips, things you’d do different?

I’d love to see your work!

Email me photos at liz@moonmagic.co

Or tag me @moonmagic.co on Instagram!

To shop Moon Magic indigo resist products go here.

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Vein Balm DIY

Vein Balm

Are unsightly veins causing you to cover up and with self consciousness?

This wonderful herbal blend will leave you full of confidence and proudly wearing shorts again!

Vein balm DIY as requested! (If you prefer to purchase go here)

I’ve been making and selling this stuff for years. It works wonders. I just wish I’d have started using it sooner and more regularly!!

Diminish spider veins, and varicosities… Hemorrhoids too! As they are simply varicose veins in the anus region.

Lets get right to it

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

You will need

10 ml butchers broom herbal oil (if you want to know how to make an herbal oil go here)

17 ml Castor oil

7 grams  Beeswax or wax of your choosing ( sorry vegans, I’ve only ever had failed attempts at alternate waxes so I’m not good with amounts of vegan alternates.. Yet)

4 drops Yarrow essential oil

9 drops Cypress essential oil

Containers for the product.

Pans and pots for double boiler melting


Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Measure out oils into a heat proof container

Add measured beeswax

Melt over double boiler on low to medium heat

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Once melted remove from heat

Add essential oils

Mix thoroughly

Pour into containers

Let harden

cap, label

Use daily

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

I use this stuff once in the am and once before bed.


Let me know what you think!

How’d it go for you?

Muladhara chakra, recipe for lovers by moon magic

Muladhara chakra, recipe for lovers

Making time for the one we love with something special!
This heavenly blend of aphrodisiacs is perfect for a pleasant evening with your love.
Utilizing the intoxicating qualities of cocoa and vanilla, a pinch of stimulating cinnamon, energizing maca and sexual organ supporting ashwaghanda and shatavari. This is a nourishing blend to use year round or just for a great date night.

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

Ingredients; (all herbs in powder form.)
1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon maca

1.5 teaspoons ahswaghanda

1 teaspoon shatavari

sprinkling of vanilla

sprinkling of cinnamon

3 Tablespoons sweetener if desired


and love

2 cups milk of your choice

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

Mix all powder ingredients into a sauce pan, add mix milk put over medium heat warming until just right while stirring to mix and melt everything together

Remove from heat, pour into two cups and enjoy with your beloved.

Ideal for a great night in!

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

Naiad myst recipe

Naiad Myst Recipe, secret recipe used by the gods

Naiad myst recipe

This is the stuff the gods use for immortality skin care.

It retains youth. Restorative through rejuvenating cellular stability on all levels.

Naiad Myst

It’s a well known fact that naiads will seduce you into the water and drown you, but did you know they craft one of the purest skin nourishing mysts available, in this universe, for after water and sun care?

This naiad myst recipe is taken directly from a well hidden secret Naiad recipe. I took the liberty to substitute a few of the items that are unattainable in our world, at this time, but work just as efficiently.

Spritz this mist on liberally after sun and or water play to sooth dryness, moisturize, rehydrate and minimize damage while decreasing healing time.

To get your own go here, to make your own continue reading…

Naiad myst makings..

Bottles with spritzer tops for ease of application.

8 grams Honey (or glycerine if your vegan or perfer that route, or sea kelp bio ferment works great too)

2 oz Rose hydrosol

2 oz lavender hydrosol

3 drops Chamomile essential oil

3 drops Imortelle (helichrysum) essential oil

love and pure joy!

To make simply put ingredients all together, mix well and bottle, use liberally as often as needed to aquire and maintain your best skin ever.

This beauty is super simple to create with profound results!

Restorative to skin in phenomenal ways.

I actually use it on my face daily for a youthful glow

natural perfume making

Natural perfume making

Natural perfume making

natural perfume making

Crafting a perfume with natural ingredients creates so many incredible layers unattainable with artificial ingredients.

This is a very basic coverage of the process, many perfumers study plant aromas and attributes and blending techniques for years. As there is really a lot to learn about each aspect and fixing alcohols etc.

The following can be blended with alcohol or oil, your choice.

To make a perfume you need to have a base, heart, and head.

The base creates stability and staying value. It is generally comprised of roots resin and trees.

The heart ties the whole thing together with flowers and herbs, leaves and greenery.

The head is the welcoming hello in the first whiff and lasts for about 15-30 minutes. Mostly created from citrus. It’s the light quickly evaporating part of a perfume blend.

I like to do roughly equal parts of each. This will give a perfume that lasts 2-5 hours, depending upon what is used.

I always start with blending my base, then add the heart and end with the head.

Normally I will blend each separately and let it sit for 1-6 months, then I mix them and let it sit for 1-6 months again. But I will guide you through a perfume you can wear today, the scent will evolve and mature the more time you give it.

A note on using alcohol, you can use vodka as it contains no scent, I use 150 proof distilled grape alcohol (basically moonshine) and I prefix with resins, or barks for 6-12 months because otherwise sometimes it gets weird when you add the perfume without the prefixing.

Also not all things blend well in alcohol, such as concretes.

The following recipe will give a beautiful basic perfume.


natural perfume making
natural perfume making


10 drops Vetiver

10 drops Labdanum

10 drops Sandalwood

5 drops Cedarwood Virginia


10 drops Rose

15 drops Jasmine

5 drops Ylang ylang


10 drops Rosewood

15 drops Clementine

20 drops Bergamot

2 oz of oil or alcohol.

If your essential oils do not have orifice reducers you will want pipettes, I use disposable plastic pipettes, a different one for each oil.


Start with the first botanical ingredient and add in order, shake. Add oil or alcohol, shake. Label and date.

Try to wait a few days as this will give a more beautiful scent or set aside and shake it daily up to 6 months or until you can’t stand it any longer and must use it.

Smell often and notice the change that time creates.

If you want to purchase this beauty already made go here.

ecoprinting fabric

Ecoprinting fabric, dyeing with plants, creating botanical imprints

Ecoprinting fabric.

I’ve been searching for an excellent way to create permanent plant impressions onto fabric, but the knowledge appears to be a secret art form passed down from teacher to student. So I’m sharing what I found from my own experiments.

I used organic linen and raw silk.

I collected local plants from a hike along the river.

ecoprinting fabric
ecoprinting fabric

I mordanted fabric with iron.

ecoprinting fabric

Then added plants to fabric.

ecoprinting fabric

I put down a layer of plastic wrap so each petal or leaf would leave its own separate imprint.

ecoprinting fabric

Then I rolled the fabric up.


ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinting fabric

And tyed it tightly,

ecoprinting fabric

Then I added the fabrics to iron water to simmer for an hour,

ecoprinting fabric

Here are my results

Linen here and silk here

ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinted linen

ecoprinting fabric

geranium leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

maple leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

Have you ecoprinted on fabric successfully before? I’d love to hear about your method. If you liked this post and want more on ecoprinting let me know in the comments!

Make your own organic incense cones! Diy incense kit by Moon Magic

Natural Incense Making

Natural Incense has been used for centuries in many a ceremonial and ritualistic fashion, for clearing out bad energy,  be it death, sickness, pain, sadness, or just the foul scent of good old fashioned rot.

What plants are used in natural incense will have specific actions, either in creating healing energy or putting a certain affirmation out into the universe, citrus like scents enhance the mood and are uplifting, rose is for healing the heart, lavender is calming, cedar wood expels fleas, and burning most anything can cleanse the air and environment.

Most incense that is for sale is not plant, I mean it starts off with maybe a real stick of bamboo, but the people that produce incense get these ‘blank’ incense sticks and soak them in some paint thinner and artificial fragrance then hang them out to dry, package it and ship it off to be sold in your local head shop, health food store or what not.  Now when you burn something like that it actually toxifies the air you are breathing, sending off heavy metals and potentially cancerous chemicals into your environment.  I find that rather ironic as it is the complete opposite of what incense was traditionally made for.

Also a common agent used in incense to keep it burning is saltpeter which has many potential dangerous side effects including and not limited to kidney damage, anemia, headache, and upset stomach. I have found that I have never had trouble keeping my natural incense burning so long as I don’t over do the amount of resin I put in my incense, therefore I would never recommend using saltpeter, which can also cause an unpleasant explosion when used in excess.

If you’d like to purchase an easy to use kit go here.

I will walk you through my preferred natural incense crafting steps, although there are many other ways to go about crafting incense.

Natural Incense

Supplies needed:

– Guar Gum

– Warm Water

– Herbs and spices that smell good

Flowers, resins, wood, leaves, etc

I do not recommend using citrus as it has a tendency to smell pretty yucky when burned.

Natural Incense

You may wish to test your plants before putting much energy into them, as you may dislike the burned smell, do this by sprinkling a small amount on a burning candle and breathing in, I use this technique through out my mixing process and also with single plants as I go along.

Your going to want to have a little more woody plant than resin, if using resins, to create a good clay like consistency.



– A burning candle

– A clean flat surface for rolling your own incense

– a mixing cup for making the incense ‘glue’ and a fork for blending this glue

– and either a mortar and pestle or just a bowl and spoon for mixing

Also a mortar and pestle for grinding herbs or a coffee grinder works great for tougher stuff if using your own herbs, if you are using the recommended kit the herbs come pre ground for you.

– wax paper or parchment for drying your incense on.

To start;

BE happy, and joyful, this will make a massive difference in the over all product outcome.

Gather supplies.

Natural Incense

Grind up all your herbs either in your mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, keep these herbs in separate containers as you may find you don’t like a mixture or herb scent as you go along.

Natural Incense

Next blend your guar gum with warm water

using one cup of water to one teaspoon of guar gum, if you are only making a small amount of incense, say 10 – 15 sticks, use 1/4 t guar gum

to 1/4 c of water.  Set this aside to set up as you mix your plant material.

Light your candle, this will be used to sprinkle pinches of mixtures on as you go along to see if you like the scent or not.  Keep in mind a lot of things will not smell as one would perhaps wish when burned, and you may be surprisingly disgusted.

Now mix your happy blend of plants in your mixing vessel of choice.

Sprinkle the final mix on your candle to be certain you are content with the scent.

Natural Incense

When you are happy with the scent of your herb mixture start slowly mixing in your water gum ‘glue’ mixture, which ought to have set up by now into a nice thick syrup.

Natural Incense

Mix until you have a play dough type consistency.


Natural Incense

Now either start rolling into long worms or little cones or stars or whatever you would like, keep in mind that if you craft something too large it will not dry for a looong time. Also if you make your worms too slender they have a tendency to curve slightly as they dry, which may happen regardless and has no effect on how awesome the incense will be when burned.

Rolled worms or sticks rather will dry within 24 hours or so, cones take longer 2-4 days or so.

When you are pleased with your final result, place it on your waxed paper or parchment paper to dry and leave in a good undisturbed place til dry.

Enjoy and Have the Best day EVER!!!!

Natural Incense
Natural Incense Ingredients

Naturally repel mosquitos

Naturally repel mosquitos (and ticks) without repelling everyone around you.

How to repel Mosquitos (and ticks) effectively, without repelling everyone around you.

I can’t stand mosquitos, that awful buzzing the horrid itching that comes after having its proboscis inject its wicked venom under your skin, and ticks, they freak me out, I know far too many people who have been afflicted by lymes disease for the rest of their mortal lives thanks to one tiny little bitty super scary tick bite.

But lets be honest, Mosquito repellent either smells of citronella, (which is hands down one of my least favorite scents ever) or mosquito repellents contain DEET, or some other nasty smell or chemical.

And do mosquito repellents really repel ticks anyhow?

Is that even possible?

So first lets address a variety of essences citronella, lemongrass, geranium, eucalyptus, and peppermint, all nice in the proper usage, but not really something I want to smell like, (except for my breath, I like that minty fresh) Just because scents can be effectively blended to repel things does not mean they should go together.

Did you know that the lovely woodsy musky scented vetiver is far more effective than citronella at repelling mosquitos, ticks, and fleas?

If we look back at lets say the bubonic plague of the 14th century that wiped out 1/2 of the European population. It was found that alchemists (perfumists) and people of the church, were not generally effected by the plague, turns out it was a direct result of the plant essences that were used in these peoples daily lives. The plant essences repelled the bugs! Out of this situation the pomander became a huge success (a ball of scent that was worn either as jewelry or hung on a sash around ones waist.)

So really all essential oils ought to work to repel insects in one form or another, some have just been clinically proven to be more effective.

Another thing to keep in mind when creating mosquito repellent is not to use too many sweet flowers because they attract insects.

Also most citrus will cause photosensitivity, which obviously isn’t a problem if you only wear your blend at night, but lets be real, mosquitos and ticks don’t care what time it is, they will attack day or night.

So lets talk about effective plants that make a lovely effective blend.

Patchouli though at times overwhelming scent, when used in moderation can act like salt in a recipe bringing out all the other scents and rounding things together beautifully, It is phenomenally great at repelling insects.

Cedarwood, this stuff rocks! It comes in a huge variety, some smells like a cedar chest, others smell like pee, but others smell like a dreg of an ancient forest. Cedarwood is ridiculously effective at repelling all things creepy crawly and winged.

The same goes for pines and juniper, all conifers really, spruce, firs, cypress, you get the idea.

Rose wood smells amazing and repels insects, it can create a really lovely heart note in a blend, along with clary sage.

I used Bergaptene free Bergamot in the top to give a nice beautiful perfume scented repellent  with the base, heart and top notes. This type of bergamot will not cause photosensitivity and is lovely effective at repelling insects.

Heres a little list of a few more that are fun and different and incredible insect repellents








palo santo






geranium rose

Another thing to keep in mind when creating mosquito repellent is not to use too many flowers because they attract bees.

So here is a little recipe if you would care to try your hand at home crafted natural mosquito and tick repellent

Or purchase some here

Your will need some variety of the following

4 drops vetiver

2 drops spruce absolute

1 drops patchouli

2 drops oak moss absolute

10 drops Virginia cedar wood

5 drops clary sage

4 drops lavender

2 drops rosewood

20 drops bergamot

Blend this into 2 oz of Organic Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle.

LABEL so you and everyone else knows what is in the bottle.

Shake it with love and pure joy, use as needed.


This recipe is a 2 percent dilution of essential oils to base, you may choose to use more or less.

Also this may smell witch hazely when you first spray it, but it will diffuse quickly and you will be left smelling nice to humans but repelling to insects.


Although you can certainly use this blend right away, and it will smell lovely and be awesomely effective at repelling ticks, mosquitos, and fleas without repelling everyone around you, the longer it sits, the better it will smell.