Spring Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a type of folk work that originates in China. I feel most cultures have their own type of “feng shui” — however, I will focus on this particular type of geomancy (a form of deviation used by almost all cultures for positive impact upon one’s life).

Feng Shui attempts to harmonize and reorganize the energy in a person or persons’ environment to bring about positive energy.

Now, spring is a few weeks away and what spring represents for some is renewed change. Renewed change is necessary regardless of which facets of life the change occurs in – you just have to make the decision on which changes are best for you (but that is a more in-depth blog for another post).

So… what is spring feng shui?

When I “spring feng shui” I do a cleansing of my home with palo santo and white sage: I also spring feng shui by renewing my herb and seasoning rations in my kitchen.

That being said, refurbishing your herbs and seasonings stash is important for anyone using that uses them to flavor their food and for those who use natural herbs to create folk remedies.

Why is it important?

Renewing your bounty of folk medicine ingredients brings the action of “old with the old and in with the new”, which can bring in good energy – especially concerning things that will be used on and inside the body.

Below are a few examples of how to Spring Feng Shui your kitchen:

  1. Clean out your cupboards and pantries – we all have old items/products that may have expired or we are not using anymore.

2. Make an inventory, either in your mind or on paper, of what newer

items you want to introduce into your kitchen vs which staple herbs

you will be keeping or throwing out.

3. Choose herbs that are beneficial for your folk medicine needs (ex: chamomile,

ginger, milk thristle, etc).

This is only a brief rundown on how to spring feng shui your kitchen space, however you will find that it can be the little things that can make a difference in so much of the bigger picture.

Homemade Wasp Repellent

Good day and happy March 1st!

To me, March 1st IS the first day of Spring (however, the official day is the 20th of March).

Spring, like the other three seasons, signifies change and it also signifies the start of bug season.

I live in North Carolina and when it starts to become warmer, almost all the bugs come out too.

Now, I don’t mind bugs, many are vital in keeping nature running as it should, but I do mind certain types, especially insects, that go around on a hunt to build nests and sting for sinister reasons.

What gets me so worked up about stinging bugs? Well, this morning, in the wee hours of around 5 am, I heard a buzzing. I looked up and it was a huge wasp: not a small wasp but this one was at least 2 inches tall and an inch wide — which is scary to me.

I have no idea how this wasp came into my home, except it may be through a crack or some little opening near my patio.

Well, I had to get rid of this wasp for obvious reason, and he has now passed on and as my grandmother would say “gone to glory”; but I realized that now is the time to craft my special bug/wasp repellent that I have been using during the spring and summer for the past year.

And I will share the ingredients with you so you can have a “folk medicine kitchen” (and less toxic) way of protecting yourself and loved ones against unwanted pests in your home.

You will need the following ingredients:

Clove oil

Cayenne Pepper

Lavender oil

and

Salt.

Now, you will want a clean spray bottle, that you can get from any dollar store and you will add 1 part water to that spray bottle or at least 6 to 8 oz of water.

Next, add 1 tsp of clove oil, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2 tsp of lavender oil and 1 tsp of salt.

I know you may be wondering about the “tsp” instead of “drops” used concerning the use of essential oils, but I use a plastic spoon to measure out most of my folk medicine kitchen remedies which call for more than a few drops of essential oils.

Now, after your ingredients are in the spray bottle, screw on the cap of the bottle tightly and shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

With your mixture, you now have homemade bug/wasp repellent to which you can spray in crevices of your windows or doors to ward off any bugs that could be a danger to you and your loved ones.

The homemade bug spray works for me, so hopefully, it will be of use for you as well.

**As most homemade products even if it is more natural than most, keep out of reach of children and pets**.