Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Seductive Sorcery: Mother Nature’s Beauty Secrets

The best beauty secrets are often hidden among Mother Nature’s flora and fauna. Forget spending a fortune on overpriced creams, lotions, masks, and salves, go out to your kitchen garden or check your pantry for organic remedies and common beauty solutions. Here are some of the best recipes and natural ingredients to begin a journey toward a healthy and nontoxic beauty regime.

Venus’ Very Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs exfoliate the skin while helping it stay nourished with moisture. This recipe could not be simpler yet is a delightfully decadent DIY scrub in the tub.

All you need are four simple ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup white sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup organic olive oil
  • 6 to 8 drops vanilla essential oil


Into a small bowl, measure out equal parts white sugar and brown sugar. Start with 1⁄4 cup of each type of sugar. Mix sugars together thoroughly using a wooden spoon. Now, add in the olive oil—the amount used depends on your taste. Do use enough oil, though, to coat the sugar well and create a pliable texture. Lastly, add in a few drops of vanilla; I go with at least six drops. You can also try variations on the recipe using all brown sugar and other essential oils. My absolute favorite is equal parts vanilla oil and amber oil, which I call “vamber.” It is great to get ready for a date night out on the town. You will look and feel like the goddess of love herself.

Pleasure of Paradise Sensual Scrub

Sandalwood, amber, and vetiver are all rich, earthy scents that combine well together.

  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops amber essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1⁄2 cup baking soda


Combine essential oils with Epsom salts and stir in the baking soda. Mix well; the mixture will become a richly scented paste. You can use it a couple of different ways: one is to slather it onto yourself and shower off with a loofah and thick washcloth. But my favorite way to completely soak up this earthly pleasure is to roll it into a ball after you mix it and place under the faucet as you are running a hot bath. The entire room will smell like paradise. Soak it all in; lie back and enjoy this fully.

If you want to store some for the future or give this scrub as a thoughtful gift, you can store it in a lidded plastic one-cup container or roll it into bath bomb balls and let dry on wax paper or paper towels. This recipe will make three palm size bath bombs. Note, you will be asked for more!

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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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