Mulled grape juice-
For those that need a non-alcoholic alternative
Mulled Grape Juice
2 quarts water
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1 inch stick of cinnamon
2 lemons sliced
1 qt grape juice
Combine sugar. water, lemon and spices
Boil until mixture is fully flavoured Add grape juice and simmer for 5 minutes
Strain; serve hot or chilled
Makes 3 qts
Ye children all of Mother Earth ( It came upon a midnight clear)
Ye children all of Mother Earth Join hands and circle around.
To celebrate the Solstice night When our lost Sun is found.
Rejoice! The year has begun again. The Sun blesses skies above.
So share the season together now In everlasting love.
The Ditsy Druid brought up something yesterday that a lot of people don’t think about – When you are throwing something on the fire in circle as an offering , you damn well better know what it does. There are many herbs/plants that people can be allergic to or can cause physical problems.
What happens to the pregnant women in circle if you throw something on the fire that when burned could be an abortifacient? What happens to the person when you toss rosemary on that is violently allergic? What if you toss it on and it’s a hallucinogen – even a mild one like nutmeg or a not so mild one like mugwort? What if there are children in the circle or untrained people? I happen to be violently allergic to marijuana so I tend to stay away from clowns who use the stinky stuff. Some people can’t handle sage, they can be allergic or some sage smells like really bad B.O. when burned. Are you prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions?
What if you make a wonderful tea? You better tell people exactly what is in it. Did you add Angelica? Is there a Diabetic in your group because diabetics shouldn’t have Angelica. Their body will see it as a sugar and act accordingly. And as an FYI- agave is a sugar the same as white sugar and because it is liquid will enter the blood stream faster than granulated sugar. It ain’t a magic bullet for those avoiding sugar. Sugar is sugar, your body sees sugar as sugar , http://www.chemicalformula.org/sugar .
Did you decide because you read it in a book that you would make all your friends some wonderful insect repellant for your gathering and you decided to add pennyroyal. I hope you told every woman that is still menstruating that you added that helpful herb because all those women are about to start their period and if they are pregnant they could lose the baby. That actually happened at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival one year. A lot of very unhappy women in the woods. Not Good!
Just some things to think about when deciding you need to “go Herbal”. Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.