Canadian researchers tested the herbal supplements sold by a large number of retailers and found that not only did a lot of them not contain even a small amount of the herb they claimed to be, they were full of fillers and potential allergens.
Like with essential oils, herbal supplements are not tested for ingredients. It’s assumed that what’s in the bottle is what’s on the label – unfortunately, as this article shows, it’s not always the case.
“But the system essentially operates on the honor code. Unlike prescription drugs, supplements are generally considered safe until proved otherwise.
Under a 1994 law, they can be sold and marketed with little regulatory oversight, and they are pulled from shelves generally only after complaints of serious injury. The F.D.A. audits a small number of companies, but even industry representatives say more oversight is needed. “
Here’s the article.
I seem to have put all the general good fortune oils on sale. Half off, even.
Crown of Success
Fortune and Favor
Red Fast Luck
This will likely run until the early hours of October 26th.
All five of Quadrivium’s “love oils” are half price until October 20th – you can access the list at the main site.
This seemed like a reasonable way to celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary.
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As it turns out, Quadrivium Supplies is way better at making oils than jewelry. While we’ve been making simple Mercury dime necklaces, it’s not a passion of ours.
However, jewelry-making IS a passion of Melissa at Blue Beehive Studios. You can still purchase loose Mercury dimes from Quadrivium Supplies, but necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other Mercury dime jewelry will be available through Blue Beehive. You can either go visit their Etsy site, or drop them a line at their email dedicated to this endeavor, email@example.com.
I’m so excited! Ridiculously so, in fact. Ever since the international postage rates got hiked up to absurd amounts, I’ve been looking for a store in Canada willing to carry Quadrivium Oils. And Andrew at The Hermit’s Lamp in Toronto is now carrying the full line of oils. You can visit The Hermit’s Lamp at 398 Vaughan Rd in Toronto, and call them at +1 647-286-8739.
In addition to Quadrivium Oils, the store carries a ton of neat products and offers readings of different kinds. Andrew McGregor, the owner of the shop, is an experienced tarot card reader, who’s also written a brief introduction to learning tarot, available on the site.
This time to some good information about Essential Oil Safety, with a list of which oils to avoid if you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure, etc.
Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe!
If you’re in or around Kansas City on June 23rd, you should go to the grand opening of Good Luck!, a Kansas City conjure shop. More information on their blog. Looks like it’s going to be a great party.
They’re also one of the new stores carrying Quadrivium Oils, so stop by my display and take a sniff.
Spiral Nature has reviewed the “Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook,” which is probably of interest to people working with oil and herbs.
As always, a solid and intelligent review. The reviewer had the same problems with this book that I have with a lot of books on the same topic:
The author claims her work is based on the ideas of Paracelsus, but the book lacks citations, a bibliography, or even suggested reading list. This is highly problematic as many of her attributions are not explained. Sometimes they are attributions that are more or less occult common knowledge, and other times the numbers, colours, herbs and their meanings vary from the common or traditional systems.
If you’re not reading Spiral Nature, you should be.
I’m still here, I promise! Still selling oils and everything. There’s just been lots of family demands on my time, so little blogging time, alas. Both kids are sitting around watching television like zombies this morning, though (we’ve all been sick), so I decided to provide readers with directions for making two different moisturizing creams.
I have really dry, sensitive skin that cracks in the wintertime, and my daughters have inherited that from me. We go through a LOT of moisturizing cream. And it has to be unscented, because scented body products give me a headache (I got into the oil business largely through an overactive sense of smell, which means all personal care products I use have to be perfume-free). Unscented natural moisturizers can get expensive, especially if you’re slathering three out of four family members with it at least twice a day, so I started making my own. For the most part, I use whipped coconut oil moisturizer at night, because it doesn’t matter if our skin is a little greasy when we get into our pajamas. But for mornings, we need something that’s going to be absorbed fast, and soothes irritated skin. Here’s how to make both of the moisturizing creams we use in our house.
Nighttime Coconut Oil Cream:
- 1 cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon natural Vitamin E oil
- 2-4 drops of essential oil for scent (I leave it unscented, but I put vanilla essential oil in the mixture when I make it for other people)
- Mixer with wire whisk attachment – easier with a stand mixer, but still possible with a hand mixer
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl – do NOT melt the coconut oil; it has to be solid in order to be whipped.
- Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for six or seven minutes, or until it’s been whipped up to a fluffy consistency.
- Spoon the cream into a glass jar and cap tightly. It can be stored at room temperature or, if the temperature in your house is warm enough to liquify the oil, in the refrigerator.
Daytime Coconut-Oatmeal Moisturizer:
- 1/4 cup of oats (regular rolled oats, not steel cut or quick-cooking)
- 3/4 cup of coconut oil
- 2 or 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional – rosemary oil is good for your skin, but if you don’t like the smell, you can skip it)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Grind the oats to powder with a food processor, blender, Magic Bullet, etc. Grind them up as fine as you can – anything other than powder and the oats will settle to the bottom of the pan when you’re mixing this up.
- Put the solid coconut oil in a pan over low heat and melt until it’s completely liquid, but not boiling.
- Add the rosemary essential oil to the liquid coconut oil, if you’re using it.
- Add the oat powder to the liquid in the pan and ensure it dissolves. This is a key step. If you don’t wait long enough for the oat powder to dissolve, the cream isn’t going to turn out well. Stir it a few times, and be sure the mixture does not boil at all while you’re waiting. The pan just has to be warm enough to liquify the coconut oil; you’re not cooking anything here.
- Once the oat powder is totally dissolved in the oil – it will look cloudy, but not clumpy – add the olive oil. Stir to mix.
- When all ingredients are completely mixed, remove the pan from the heat and immediately pour the liquid mixture into a glass container. Cap the container tightly and put it aside. It will harden over several hours. Stick it in the fridge to make it happen faster.
- As with the other cream, you can store this on a shelf or in the fridge.
These creams are best for really dry skin. If you’ve got “normal” skin, you may find these too oily, and that they leave a residue on your skin. On the plus side, even if you do get your pajamas a little slimy, the fact that the creams are made with entirely natural ingredients means that everything washes out easily. You don’t need much of either of these creams – a dab will usually go a long way.
From a magical perspective, rosemary is associated with happiness in the home, so you could even call this a magical moisturizing lotion if you wanted. Rosemary is great for your skin, which is why it’s normally used in these mixes, but if you wanted to substitute another essential oil for scent, you could do that. Just be sure it’s an essential oil that will not irritate the skin – cinnamon scented body lotion might sound awesome, but please believe me when I say it’s a really, really bad idea. Sweet orange is probably okay, as long as you don’t go overboard, and scents like vanilla turn out really well.
Hope those of you with dry skin find these recipes as helpful as I have.
As I was making two oils into a spray last night, I realized that I’d never publicized the fact that Quadrivium Supplies does custom work. We have our standard 20 oils, but if there’s something you need and can’t find, we can probably make it for you.
Here’s some custom work we’ve done recently:
- Sage spray – for people with asthma who can’t use smudge sticks, or those who are in spaces where incense or smudging is prohibited, we make a spray that consists of essential oil of sage boiled in distilled water with a handful of solid sage. Then we filter our the solids and bottle the spray, which seems to work just as well as smudging for purifying a space.
- Oil combination sprays – there are oils on our standard list that mix really well together, like Crown of Success and Fortune & Favor, and work very well as a spray for use on clothes, shoes, (possibly) yourself, even as a room spray or linen spray. That particular one has been nicknamed “Crown of Fortune,” since it’s been quite popular. We can turn any oil into a spray, and it doesn’t even cost all that much. The customer buys the oil, the creation of the spray takes about 1/4 of the bottle, we charge a nominal fee for the spray bottle and herbs used in the spray creation, and the customer receives whatever oil is left over and the spray.
- Custom oils – maybe none of the 20 standard oils address what you need. If that’s the case, you can contact us and we’ll create something customized for your purpose. Barring some kind of astrological miracle, we cannot make custom electional oils, but we do use planetary hours and days when making custom oils, as well as the lunar calendar. If we have what we need on hand to make your oil (and our inventory is pretty extensive), you’ll be charged the regular price for a standard oil and a nominal fee for the research and time spent creating it. Most custom oils end up costing about $15. If we don’t have the ingredients you need, but you still want the custom oil, the cost of the ingredients will be added to the oil. Since we don’t normally use all that much of a given herb or essential oil, you’ll be given the option to receive the rest of the ingredient you purchased, if you’d like to have it.
Starting in February, there will be a page added to the site that will list consultation fees. You can always email us for help using the oils, but if your problem involves six emails and a telephone call, there has to be some kind of compensation for the time. But don’t worry – your emails of “HELP I HAVE OIL X AND HOW DO I DO Y WITH IT?!?!?” will still get answered for free.