Unguent


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Unguent

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Unguent is an ointment or salve used for healing. Some used by Hedge Witches are no more than any fatty substance to which various powdered herbs have been added. A concoction made from mallow leaves steeped in vegetable shortening and then strained is an example of an unguent used for protection. Rubbed into the skin, this is supposed to keep all evil at bay and protect from harmful black magic.

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Gerrard states 'An unguent made with the juice of Cowslip and the oil of Linseed, cureth all scaldings or burning with fire, water or otherwise'.
The unctious cherub returns to life as a lubricated doll, an unguent angel.
Most prevalent of all, however, are hedgehogs--'charming little chaps' which range in scale from a 3,000 BC alabaster example from Syria that would have held some kind of unguent, to a tiny turquoise faience scaraboid seal from 18th Dynasty Egypt, the quality of whose detail belies its diminutive 1.
We love fermented foods for their strength, depth, umami, idiosyncrasies, their unguent, desperate pleas for our strange animal appetites, and no doubt in some part for the threat they present--or at least represent.
SG 'The vital principle [is] the nourishment, the body [is] the dwelling, the unguent [is] strengthening' (RV 8.
I miss all those guys, their Tweety-bird resilience, their Doris Day optimism, the candid unguent of utter unhappiness on every channel, the midnight televangelist euphoric stew, the junk mail, voice mail vernacular.
The local council of Kafr Kanna has announced general strike in the village for Monday, and will hold an unguent session to search the demolition processes and clashes.
They laughed until they were weak, sensing the balm of such laughter, applying it in broad sweeps of unguent.
My entire body is such a wound that everything is a balm to it now, everything an unguent.
No heavy-smelling oils, just a mild aroma of a soothing unguent.
The apparent bifurcation of her sight-line moves from her right in a parallel line above her bent right hand toward what might be described as her white unguent jar, and then downward between her interlaced fingers through the path of her upper left hand and the extended open left hand of the neighboring male figure, ostensibly the servant of Nicodemus, who holds the jar of precious oils and aloes, toward the wounded feet of Jesus: those same feet that the Magdalene of popular devotion washed with her tears and anointed in anticipation of his death.
496) we are told that this item of materia medica, the best of which has a violent odor and was at that time apparently even available from captive animals in Amsterdam, can be made into an unguent that, when smeared on the groin and lower back, could excite the venereal act.