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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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Beauties of both sexes in ancient Greece and Rome also dipped lavishly into the paint pots; there were special, highly valued slaves, known as cosmetae, who ground the colours and blended the scents and unguents.
In the section on the pleasure of unguents (Vilepanopabhoga), following a passage on the qualities of the best musk that the king should use, we are also told that the king should apply the 'seeds/semen' (bijani) of the civet cat (gandhamarjara, 'perfume/smell cat') that have been collected, put in hot oil, and removed.
When she was faced with the menopause in the last film she went into battle against Mother Nature, chugging pills and potions and applying unguents to her skin.
The same plant has doubled its capacity for producing gels and unguents, from 28 million to 45 million tubes.
His ugly stepsisters, Koncheska and Jonjo, had spent all day preparing at their cabin in Mell Wood, carefully applying designer unguents and pate polish.
No cosmetic in the world is going to make a woman with a face like a baked potato look like Kate Moss, and it is, at least, partly the fault of the woman with the face like a baked potato that she refuses to accept her appearance and spends a small fortune on emollients and unguents trying to plait the proverbial fog.
Luck quotes the scholar William Brashear discussing the importance of the epithymata whose magic rites make sacred a profane world of "foul odors" with smoke and unguents, ready "for the deity to appear.
Incredibly, until 1900 glass was only used in making everyday wares to store food, perfume, unguents etc, and as ornamental objects, mirror-making and optics.
These, of course, introduce the notion of luxury and pleasure, as containers of unguents and perfumes.
Ursula's animosity against the modern is replicated in the person of Fernanda, Aureliano Segundo's wife, but not in her daughter Renata Remedios (Mimi) who has a "modern spirit," fostered by the father, who plies her with cosmetics and unguents from the external world.
The experience itself,' he notes, 'with warm clear water, shiny, smooth marble surfaces, steamy, cosseting atmosphere, the aroma of perfumed unguents, the intimacy of massage, invoked the awakening of the senses, a state of enjoyment the Romans called voluptas'.
Hanuman relays her message to Rama, who then order Vibhisana to bring her: "Have Sita Vaidehi come here anointed with celestial unguents, adorned with celestial ornaments, her hair freshly washed.