Mabon Recipes

Cheater Baked Apple
apples
cranberries
teaspoon brown sugar for each apple
teaspoon cinnamon for each apple

Core and wash one apple per person. Place in individual sherbet dishes. Fill each apple with cranberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Microwave until baked (approximately 3 minutes per apple). Serve warm, topped with whipped cream.

Mabon Apple Crisp
6 cups sliced and peeled apples
2/3 cup flour
1 1/3 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2/3 cup Melted Butter
½ cup of walnut (optional)

Spread apples evenly on the bottom of an oblong baking dish. In a bowl mix together remaining ingredients until everything is moistened. Spread evenly over top of apples. Bake in a 375 degree oven until apples are soft (about 30 minutes) and topping is crisp.

Serve warm or cold. I like warm apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream! YUM!!
Recipe by: Pauline Mansberger.

Harvest Morning Muffins
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup grated apples
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-muffin tin or line it with paper liners. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the eggs, sugar and oil until well combined. Stir in the grated apples and carrots. In a separate bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Blend the dry ingredients with the apple mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Baked Squash and Apple Casserole
1 small Butternut squash, about 2 pounds
2 apples, cored, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold margarine
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Peel squash, scoop out seeds, and cut in small pieces.
Place squash and apple slices in oblong baking dish (7×11-inch). Blend remaining ingredients with fork or pastry cutter until crumbly.
Distribute over squash and apple.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8.


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Herbal Pain Killers and Sleep aids

Pain killer general
Soak 1/2 teaspoon of dried willow bark in 2 cups cold water overnight. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and bottle. Dosage is ¼ cup, to be sipped slowly as needed for pain. It can be added to juices or teas if you wish.

Migraine Headaches
This is a natural painkiller and is good for migraine headaches. Chop 1 tablespoon of Stinking Iris (Iris Foetidissima) and add to 1 pint of water Boil gently for 15 minutes. Strain and take up to 3 tablespoons per day. Has a slight laxative effect so you may want to weaken it further.

Good Sedative
Mix together 1 tablespoon each of bee balm, hops, peppermint, chamomile, and crushed fennel seed. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey. Drink 1/2 hour before bed.

Nervous Tension
Vivid blue flowers are typical of many of the best nerve herbs and skullcap is one of them. Chop 1/2 cup of the leaves and flowers and add to 2 cups boiling water. Steep 15 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey and drink several cups a day. Can be used to treat epilepsy, convulsions, and any involuntary trembling of the limbs. Skullcap is also used during drug or alcohol withdrawal to lessen symptoms of withdrawal.

Skullcap blend
This is very good for nervous headaches. Mix 1 cup each of dried skullcap, sage, and peppermint. To use, pour 1 cup boiling water of 1 teaspoon of herb mixture. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm as needed. Skullcap is especially effective in dispelling headaches. It relaxes the whole system and is non-addictive.

Soothing bath for Tension Headaches
Put 1 ounce each of mugwort, valerian, chamomile, and agrimony to 1 pint of
boiling water. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and add to bathwater. Very good for aching muscles.

Mild Sedative
Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried catnip. Cover and steep until cool. Flavor if desired. Strain and sweeten. For children, give 1 tablespoon; adults get 2 tablespoons.

For trouble getting to sleep
Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of feverfew flowers. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink cool.

Sleep Mixture
Mix 1 tablespoon each of dried hop, chamomile, and lavendare flowers, skullcap, and powdered valerian root. Put in size #00 capsules. Take 2 capsules every couple of hours (not to exceed 6 capsules), shortly before you retire for the night. This should not be taken longer then 2 days. If the problem persists after two days, please consult your physician, to find out the reason for your inability to sleep. This is to be used only as a temporary measure.

To induce sleep
Mix 2 tablespoons dried peppermint with 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage. This really soothes the nerves and allows you to relax enough to go to sleep.

Valerian Tea
Caution — Take this only once a day (at bedtime to induce sleep) Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 teaspoon powdered valerian root. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Add a pinch of mace as flavoring if desired. Drink warm. Valerian is not a very pleasant smelling herb, but it is very effective. The valerian maybe added to other, better tasting herbs and will be just as effective. Simply add the herb of your choice to the water along with the valerian.

To induce sleep
Mix together 2 tablespooons chamomile, 2 tablespoons skullcap, 1 teaspoon goldenseal, 2 teaspoons elder flower, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint powder, and 1 tablespoon pennyroyal. Add mixture to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Bottle and label. Dosage is 1-2 tablespoons to one cup of hot water. Sweeten to
taste. Take at bedtime to induce sleep.

Painful Menstruation
During your menstrual cycle, drink several glasses of red raspberry juice daily to prevent cramps and pain.

Menstrual Cramps
Mix 1 ounce each of cramp bark, skullcap, and blue cohosh. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Place in a quart of warm wine. Steep several days. Strain and take 1 tablespoon doses several times a day for cramps.

Cramping During Menstruation
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried raspberry leaves. Cover and allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm several times during the day.

Sprains
Apply a poultice made from comfrey to relieve sprains and swellings. The Indians called this herb knitbone and use it extensively.

Sprain and Aching Muscles Treatment
Mix together 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of linseed oil, and 4 tablespoons witch hazel. Use as a massage.

Menthol Cream
Mix together 6 ounces of witch hazel, 4 tablespoons lanloin, and 6 tablespoons of menthol in a double boiler until creamy. Remove from fire and cool in the refrigerator. Use as a massage.

Pain
Add several drops of lavender oil to your bath to relieve neuralgia (spasms of pain).

Arthritis Treatment
Mix 1 cup each of bucthorn bark, cayenne pepper, alfalfa, comfrey, white yarrow, yucca root, parsley, and black cohosh root. Grind up thoroghly and fill some #00 capsules with the herbal mixture. The first week take 1 capsule daily; the second week take 2 capsules daily; and during the third week take 3 capsules daily.

Pain Reliever Salve
Mix together 1 once of chickweed (reduces inflammation and aids in healing), 1 ounce of wormwood (a great pain reliever), and 1 ounce of yarrow (an anti-bacterial agent that also helps relieve pain). The yarrow plant contains achillein and achilleic acid. These substances reduce the clotting time of blood, sothey help stop any bleeding. Yarrow also has pain-killing and anit-inflammatory properties that are simular to asprin. Add the mixutre of herbs to 2 piints of olive oil and simmer 3 hours. Strain and add 3 ounces of beeswax and 1 teaspoon of tincture
of benzoin. Test for consistency before pouring into wide mouth containers.

Balm of Gilead Salve
Place 1 ounce of the buds in 1 pint of hot olive oil and allow to simmer, covered, 3 hours. Strain and add 1-1/2 ounces of beeswax and 1/2 teaspoon tincture of benzoin to the strined mixture. Test for consistancy and place in sterile jar. This is a good salve to use on burns, scratches,
swlling injuries. Also good for any skin eruptions. The signature of balm of Gilead is the resinour exudation covering the buds. It contains salicin, which is also found in asprin. It has some of the same pain-killing and anti-inflammatory properties as asprin.

Sedative Tincture
Place 1-1/2 ounces of chamomile and 1-1/2 teaspoons of powdered peppermint into 1/2 quart of vodka. Allow to steep for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle. Use as a sedative for adults. Dosage is 1/2 dropperful under the tongue, as needed.

Liniment for Sore Muscles
Mix together 1/4 cup each of olive oil and spirits of camphor. Use to massage sore muscles.

Rheumatic Pain Ointment
Place 1/2 cup of rosemary leaves and 1/2 teaspoon oil of cloves in 1 cup vegetable oil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain well and bottle.

April Esbat Information

Tempus vernum—springtime. This is a month of dewy mornings and frequent showers that coax the flowers from the bosom of Mother Earth. Leaves are coming onto the trees, and the world is nourished by heavenly rains. Brilliant sunny mornings can give way to blustery, rainy afternoons. Water is important in this season to nourish the things that are only beginning to grow. From water we are born, with water we are nourished.

Moon of the Waters
Life is bursting fourth with renewed vigor, and the earth is turning many shades of lush green. Each rain shower seems to bring more plants and trees to life. In the moonlight the softness of spring becomes a shimmering pool of life-force energy that feeds our bodies and souls.
Other names for this moon: Seed Moon, Grass Moon, Rain Moon.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar
April 1 – 14: Alder
Associated associated with courage, strength, and evolving one’s spirit; Celtic hero Bran.

April 15 – 30: Willow
Associated with enchantment and death; willow trees are usually found growing near water; Celtic goddesses Danu and Morigan.

Other Information
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Sweet Cicely, Geranium & Thistle.
Colours: Crimson Red & Gold.
Flowers: Viola, Forget Me Not & Buddleia.
Perfumes: Pine, Bay, Bergamot & Patchouli.
Crystals: Ruby, Garnet & Sard.
Tree: Hazel.
Animal: Wolf.
Bird: Magpie.
Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus & Bast.

April

1 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
All Fool’s Day

2 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Feast of Lada, protector of lovers (Slavic)

3 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Persephone’s return brings beauty

4 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Fourth to the tenth, Roman festival celebrating Cybele

5 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Leave an offering in the woods

6 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Sunny mornings can give way to blustery, rainy afternoons

7 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Feast of Blajini – offerings, usually eggshells, were made to good-natured Underworld spirits of fairyland (Romanian)

8 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Birth of the Buddha (563 BCE)
Easter Sunday

9 – Alder, Ash, Aspen, Rowan
Lumeria – A Roman feast to honor family spirits (Lemures) who walk the earth this night

10 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Remove winter dust from the leaves of houseplants

11 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Diana’s Day
Birth of Muslim prophet Muhammad (570 CE)

12 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Honor Áine

13 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Celebrate cherry trees

14 – Alder, Ash, Aspen
Runic half month of Man begins
Solar New Year (Hindu)

15 – Ash, Willow
Celtic tree month of Willow begins

16 – Ash, Willow
Honor Aegir, Ran and Lir
Easter

17 – Willow
Dark Moon
17th to the 19th, Cerealia – A Roman festival to celebrate grain goddesses for a good crop

18 – Willow
Time to begin weeding the garden

19 – Willow
Honor Lord Byron

20 – Willow
Full Moon – Moon of Waters

21 – Willow, Walnut
Palilia – Roman celebration of Pales

22 – Willow, Walnut
Earth Day

23 – Willow, Walnut
Jack-in-the-Green – the spirit of spring celebrated (England)

24 – Willow, Walnut
Plant carrots, onions and salad crops early
St. Mark’s Eve

25 – Willow, Walnut
It was believed that the realms between the living and dead were open on this day and that spirits could be contacted. (England)

26 – Willow, Walnut
Listen to the wind

27 – Willow, Walnut
National Arbor Day (USA)

28 – Willow, Walnut
Arbor Day – honor trees
“If you hear a cuckoo on this day you will have a year of abundance.” – old English saying

29 – Willow, Walnut
Runic half month of Lagu begins

30 – Willow, Walnut, Blackthorn, Gorse, Linden
May Eve – arrival of the Tuatha de Danann in Ireland
Walpurgis – Saint or Pagan


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