As an author of western historical romances, I spend a lot of time in the past. I’m drawn to earlier days because of the simplicity I find there. Our modern conveniences have made our life easier, yet they’ve also quickened the pace at which we live. I don’t like rushing. I don’t like trying to do a dozen things at once. I much prefer a slower, old-fashioned approach to life.
Folk magic was an important aspect of life in the past. Herbal remedies were used to treat illnesses and other maladies, and many old wives’ tales guided women in their lives. From love charms to potent healing spells, the herbalists and “wise women” of the past had answers for every question and secrets they would share only with those who believed.
Thankfully the arts of herbalism and folklore have not been lost. Although people often turn up their modern-day noses and scoff at such old-fashioned practices, there are still those who appreciate and understand the value of simple traditions and the power of folk magic.
Today, I’m sharing a simple ritual, one that can be used to banish negativity from our homes — and to prevent it from entering in. Use this whenever you feel the need to make a fresh start.
THRESHOLD CLEANSING SPELL
The ingredients are simple. You probably have them in your pantry now. Vinegar. Lemon juice.
The cleaning properties of vinegar are well-known, and its uses are many. The Farmer’s Almanac lists dozens of ways vinegar can help around the house. It’s natural, it’s simple, it’s inexpensive.
Lemons, too, are known to have cleansing properties. While you might not always have fresh lemons available, lemon juice is easy to keep on hand. If you’d like to learn a little more about the many uses of lemons, check out the Mother Nature Network.
To put the cleansing — and magical — properties of vinegar and lemons to work in your home, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Add in the juice of one fresh lemon — or a few teaspoons of bottled lemon juice. If possible, allow the mixture to sit in a sunny location for several hours.
This concoction can be used to ward away evil and negativity. Sprinkle or spray it around the doorways and window sills in your home.
Of course, I should post a few “warning signs” and disclaimers here, too. Let’s get the warnings out of the way first.
Always avoid contact with your eyes, and wear gloves if you have sensitive skin. When using any homemade cleanser, always test a small area first. Mix the ingredients with care. Plastic spray bottles make convenient storage containers.
As for the disclaimers, of course, not everyone finds vinegar effective as a cleaning product. If you’re expecting miracles, you’ll probably be disappointed. Some people find the odor unpleasant, although it does vanish once the solution dries. Sprinkling or spraying the cleansing solution here won’t require any great effort, but if you choose to use vinegar and lemon as a household cleaner, you’ll find that it takes a bit more “elbow grease” than the chemically-laden products you purchase at the store.
I’ll be mixing up a vinegar-lemon solution today and squirting it around the house.
How about you?
What old-fashioned cleaners, remedies, and cures have you tried?