Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century and was created by the Romans who would heat wine fortified with spices and herbs to defend their bodies against the cold winter. As the Romans conquered much of Europe throughout the next century, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they traded with. Europeans during the Middle Ages quickly grafted onto this idea and mixed heated wine with spices, herbs and flowers as natural sweeteners to enhance the healing abilities. As our country is experiencing another wave of shut downs and sheltering in place orders, the following recipe is crafted to bring out your most creative impulse and support finding this time fruitful and full of personal expression!
The orchid has a potent energy and historically has been associated with fertility and sexuality. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl. Gaius Plinius Secundus (AD 23/24 – 79) known, as Pliny the Elder was a Roman author, a naturalist and natural philosopher, claimed that even holding the roots of an orchid would stimulate one to ecstasy.
You might try blending this heavenly scented plant withlavender, marjoram, violetleaf, peppermint and thyme for a rich hand and foot cream. Take 1/2 cup rich unscented cream or lotion: mix 1 tablespoon rose water, 2 drops genet, 6 drops lavender, 1 drop violet leaf, 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop thyme, and whip until blended. Slowly working into your hands and feet as you drink the energy and scent in! This is an excellent blend for sun or age spots and papery fragile skin.
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