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Book Review – The Witchcraft Handbook by Midia Star

January, 2019

Book Review

The Witchcraft Handbook:

Unleash Your Magical Powers to Create the Life You Want

By Midia Star

This is a beginner’s book, someone who has some experience may use the spells in this book just as a jumping off point to create some new spells. At the very beginning of the book, the first thing the author writes is “Witchcraft is the practical side of the Wiccan religion.” I have to say that I disagree with that statement because not all witches are Wiccan.

I had a hard time on telling what demographic the writer was going after with this book. There are spells for home, sex, work, and love. While at the back of the book there is a section on Dreamboards. In this section, the writer states that the Dreamboard should be for your dreams and not those of your friends or parents.

While the author’s writing is well done, I do have to wonder about the information this book contains. As far as information on herbs, crystals, oils, and Moon phases the author is spot on. But there are other little small things that I feel are misinformation.

Page 79 of the book the author writes in the Did You Know? box: “Christians once used the pentagram as a religious symbol. Each point represented the five wounds of Christ. To pagans and to witches it represents Morrigan, the war goddess who fights for peace in good fortune for others. If you see the pentagram drawn with the top point of the star pointing to the bottom of the circle, this represents dark and sinister magic, so always draw your pentagram with the top point of the star pointing upwards.” The part about the Christian’s is correct. I honestly don’t know about the Morrigan part. But the inverted Pentacle I do know something about. This is misinformation because on specific paths the pentacle with the star pointing down is a sign of protection or even a sign of attaining another degree within that path.

On page 97 the author writes when talking about A Garden Space: that in the William Shakespeare’s witches’ famous incantation’ eye of newt and toe of frog’ actually refers to mustard seeds and a type of buttercup plant. I had never heard that myself, I would like to know what research the author used to arrive at that conclusion.

On page 123 Midia Star writes in the Did You Know? box: “The Druids where the first to believe and the power of the four-leaf clover.” Now whether this is true or not I don’t know, again I would like to know other resources the author used to arrive at that conclusion.

The book contains no bibliography, or other sources were the author may have gotten their information. The author does state that they have tried the spells and they have worked for them. Again, as I said at the beginning, the information on herbs, oils, candles, and the Moon phase are all spot on. But, I do take exception to the things I have listed, due to the lack of the bibliography.

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Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

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Book Review: The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use by Karen Harrison

July, 2017

The herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use”

 

 

by Karen Harrison

Published by Weiser

Published: 2011

Pages: 236

This book is everything it claims on the cover – and that’s a lot for one book to deliver.

Karen Harrison has been involved in the magickal and psychic life since early childhood. She earned a master of herbology. As a magickal practitioner and a master herbalist, she combines her knowledge of both, giving the medicinal and the astrological properties of herbs. It’s a combination that makes sense when you remember that both astrology and herbology are arts that have been practiced for thousands of years.

As Harrison describes it, one of the practices of alchemy “is the infusing of natural materials such as herbs, metals and stones with spiritual and/or Magickal intention and then using the results to transform one’s life.” To do that, the energies of the elements are used in conjunction with planetary energy.

The first of three sections gives the herbs associated with each of the astrological planets, along with “effective rituals, meditations, and workings” incorporating those herbs. For instance, for the moon is an incense recipe and a dreamworking meditation, and for Neptune there is a bath tea.

The second section gives directions for making incense, ritual oils, herbal amulets, elixirs and more. The third section covers custom formulas based on astrology and numerology.

The appendices contain a number of helpful reference guides. The first dedicates 79 pages giving the names, ruling planets and elements, and some basic information on more than 150 herbs from acacia to yohimbe. That is followed by moon phases and planetary days of the week – “important to consider when creating an alchemical blend,” Harrison explains. An appendix discusses the elements and their corresponding herbs, while another gives recipes and formulas for planets and intentions.

Two pages that will be referred to often contain a chart with planetary correspondences: number, color, plans, material, gem and scent.

Harrison ends the book with a chapter giving lists of necessary supplies – with the most important ingredient being intention.

By integrating so many systems, the book can benefit readers interested in astrology, herbalism or magick, making it possible to choose the best herbs based on their medicinal uses, magickal needs and astrological influences.

Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

 

 

Amazing Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin

May, 2017

10 Amazing Essential Oils for Beautiful and Flawless Skin

 

*This article is based on information fount at  https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/ using information found at https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/  for more information, please visit their site!  

 

Essential oils are helpful in a variety of areas. They can, also, remedy and soothe a variety of skin issues.  Here are 10 amazing essential oils for beautiful and flawless skin.

 

1. Rose

Rose

 

Rose essential oil acts as a natural toner on the skin and evens out texture with continued use.  Rose oil is used as an alternative to lemon, which causes skin sensitivity to light.

 

 

2. Sandalwood

sandlewood

 

A good essential oil to use that will provide your skin with moisture is sandalwood.  It is known to hydrate the skin and treat wrinkles.  It is an oil preferred by aging women.

 

 

3. Coriander

coriander

 

If your concern is blackheads, those stubborn pimples found on and around the nose, try coriander essential oil paired with turmeric power in your skincare regimen.

 

 

4. Carrot Seed

carrotseed

 

Carrot seed is abundant with benefits for your skin.  It acts as a mild sunscreen from UV rays.  It’s rejuvenating effects are great for tired, aging skin.

 

 

5. Ylang-Ylang

Ylang-Ylang Flowers

 

A great oil for any skin type is Ylang-Ylang.  It is known to balance the skin on your face whether it is overly dry or overly oily.  It is, also, known to stimulate hair growth when used on the scalp.

 

 

6. Camomile

chamomile

 

 

Camomile Oil acts as a barrier from infection so it is a great oil to use on treating cuts and wounds.  It, also, helps with the fading of scars and stretch marks.

 

 

7. Jasmine Oil

jasmineoil

 

Jasmine oil is good for those with sensitive skin to use.  Use Jasmine oil with regular body or face lotion for the treatment of dry or patchy skin.  The oil is also used to diminish scarring and stretch marks.

 

 

8. Peppermint

peppermint

 

Peppermint oil is a good oil to have in your medicine bag or cabinet.  It has a cooling effect and is good for clearing up rashes.  It works on chapped skin caused by bug bites, plant allergies, or other irritants with it’s cooling effect.

 

 

 

9. Lemongrass

lemongrass

 

Lemongrass oil is known to add firmness back into your skin.  You can use it to replace toner in your skincare routine.  Use a few drops of lemongrass oil, applied directly to your face, to minimize pores.

 

 

10. Tea Tree

tea tree

 

 

Tea Tree oil is great for drying out blemishes and clearing up acne.  Using a q-tip, directly apply the oil to the affected areas on your face.  With every use of the essential oil the swelling and redness of the acne will decrease.

 

 

 

Other Important Tips

  1. Many essential oils are too concentrated to apply directly to our skin, so try combining your oils with some lotion, water, or a powder to dilute them.
  2. Try combining  a half a teaspoon of olive oil with one drop of essential oil then place this mixture on the inside of your upper arm to test your tolerance to  essential oils as a whole.

 

This article is based on information found at  https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/ using information found at https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/  for more information, please visit their site!  

 

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

May, 2017

Nightmare

(Nightmare Bag)

To Stop Nightmares

Merry meet.

Several people I encountered were experiencing nightmares and looking for relief. I began making charm bags (that I also call spell bags or mojo bags) and was told they worked, so I am sharing it with you.

Choose a piece of fabric or a purchased bag – of a natural material if possible – in deep purple, dark blue or black, but any one you’re drawn to will be good.

Based on my research, I came up with the list of ingredients below that have magical properties to alleviate nightmares. Read it over and select those you’d like to use. You can combine the dried botanicals and stones in almost any combination or ratio. Add a few drops of oil if you wish. If you feel stuck, try using a pendulum to make your selections.

A wise woman told me, “I have found magical blends to have more to do with one’s own personal relationship with the plants than with any recipe, formula or dogma. And what one has on hand at a time of need is there with reason, purpose and value.”

I hope you’ll take that advice to heart as did I. I didn’t have frankicense oil, but I did have frankincense resin, so that’s what I used. I was moved to put in rose petals and lavender flowers, and in one, a few grains of pink salt.

With your ingredients in the center of the piece of cloth, or in the bag, you can tie them up with a few words such as,

“This bag holds the power to restore peace, it brings a good night’s sleep as nightmares cease. As I will so mote it be.”

Put the bag near your head, on a hook above your pillow, next to your bed or even under the mattress.

Sweet dreams.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

List of gemstones:

Agate

Amethyst

Chrysoprase

Hematite

Lepidolite

Malachite

Prehnite

Quartz (clear or smoky)

Rhodochrosite

List of herbs:

Anise seed

Jasmine flowers

Morning glory seeds

Mullein

Purslane

Rosemary

Vervain

List of essential oils:

Frankincense

Lavender

Orange

Rose

Sandalwood

Aromatic Life

June, 2016

A few tips to get us through the Sunny Summer!

 

For Summer Colds & Stuffy Noses
Try placing 1-2 drops of Eucalyptus on a cotton ball and tuck inside your pillowcase.
For children or the elderly use Eucalyptus Smithi as the other is too harsh.

 

A Summer Cooling Recipe

With the hot summer months ahead a great recipe to try is a Peppermint and Tea Tree foot lotion.
Cooling Peppermint and the antibacterial, antifungal properties of Tea Tree make this a great summer treat. Take 8oz. of any unscented lotion, add 20 drops Peppermint, 20 drops Tea Tree and 20 drops of Rosemary essential Oil. Blend in a measuring cup and pour into a bottle.
Use as needed to revive tired feet. This blend will be energizing so you may not want to
use it to close to bedtime.

 

Deodorant Body Splash:

Vinegar–4 oz
Vodka–3 teaspoons
Grapefruit–9 drops
Lavender–5 drops
Lemon–6 drops
Peppermint–3 drops
Rosemary–4 drops
Sage–6 drops

Add to 2 cups purified water. Blend the oils together, add them to the vodka, and shake well. Let settle for half an hour, then add the vinegar and shake well. Pour mixture into 2 cups purified water and shake well. Finally, pass the liquid through a paper coffee filter. The longer you leave the essential oils in the vodka and vinegar mix before adding to the water, the stronger the scent will be.

 

Romantic Glowing Shells

Create Bergamot-scented candles that will glow all evening. Collect then thoroughly rinse seashells and add tea lights, removing out tins. Melt paraffin wax and carefully fill the seashells. Add two
to three drops of Bergamot oil to the wax, while it is still soft and melted. The fragrance will rise with the heat of the flame. Other essential oils may be used.

 

For Summer Colds with Chest Congestion

Try a steam inhalation with essential oil of Green Myrtle.  A good expectorant for respiratory complaints.

 

 

Pamper Your Feet this Summer

Regular foot massage benefits the whole body.
Here are some ideas for blends to help refresh
those tired and sometimes swollen feet.

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Chamomile
10 ml or 1/3 oz carrier oil

or
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
in 10 ml carrier oil

If you stand on your feet all day here is
a treatment to help with swelling and circulation.
1 drop Cypress
1 drop Lavender

add to a bowl of warm water to which about 12 smooth
round pebbles have been added.

Roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles
for a few minutes, then dry your feet

 

 

Summer First Aid

Keep a blend of Lavender and Tea Tree on hand
for First Aid this summer. It’s more effective
than either of the oils used alone.

 

 

Aromatic Life

April, 2016

Spring Cleaning!

First a quick chant to get you in the groove…..Thanks to Mid-Stride Moxie!

sweep

 

What better way to start a new season then with aromatic, healthy, safe ways to clean and fragrance your homes.

Here are a few recipes to help you get started:

 

Mold Buster
2 teaspoons Tea Tree essential oil
2 Cups Water

Add to a spray bottle, shake before using.
Apply to mold and mildew, do not rinse off.

Nothing works as well for mold and mildew as Tea Tree.

 

Scented Sheets to Help Sleep

Sheets scented with Essential Oil of Lavender help to induce sleep.
There are a few ways to accomplish this.
Add Lavender to the rinse cycle while washing.
Add Lavender to Unscented Bounce dryer sheets.
Store sheets in linen closet with Lavender sachets.
Spray sheets with Lavender hydrosol or floral water.

 

Musty Basements
This is a great idea, get one of those socket type diffusers

Add some Bergamot Mint and keep it in your basement. With the rainy
Spring some of us have had we need something to help with the musty
smell.

That damp, musty odor most basements get can be safely eliminated
with Bergamot Mint. Botanical name Mentha citrata
This unusual oil is actually a mint!
Soft with floral notes and touches of citrus it is similar to
Bergamot,this oil will brighten your mood and lift your spirits.
Unlike the mint oils it is not stimulating but actually de-stressing
like Lavender.
High in linalol and linalyl acetate (like Lavender) it is much safer
on the skin than other mint oils. Used in proper dilutions, it is
neither irritating, sensitizing, nor photosensitizing, much safer to
use than either Bergamot or Peppermint alone.

 

Tub and Shower Scrub
This recipe helps to remove and prevent mold and mildew buildup.
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Geranium essential oil

Combine all ingredients and using a damp sponge or cloth, scrub
bathtub and/or shower.
For serious mildew buildup areas, combine 20 drops of Tea Tree and
water in a spray bottle,
and spray area everyday for 5 days, then 2x a week.

 

Washing Floors

Next time you’re mopping the floors, try a combination of Murphy’s
oil soap and pure essential oils,in a ratio of 20 drops of essential
oils to 2 gallons of water. Recommended oils to try are: Eucalyptus,
Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet Orange. Use singly
or in combination.

 

Refresh Your Pillows

To rejuvenate and fluff up pillows, place them one at a time
in the dryer on a warm setting for 10 minutes with two clean tennis
balls.
For a pleasant scent, sprinkle three drops of an essential oil, like
orange or rose onto a cotton ball, tie it into a handkerchief, and
add it to the dryer along with the pillows.
Enjoy!

 

The Scented Bath/Powder Room
An easy way to freshen the bathroom.
Place several drops of essential oil on the cardboard
of the toilet tissue roll.
Each time it is used the scent
will diffuse into the room.

 

Carpet Cleaning

Add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for each gallon of water when
cleaning your carpets.
You’ll notice the fresh smell!

 

Laundry Tip

Kill dust mites and other allergens in the laundry

Add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the
final rinse water then dry clothes in the dryer.

 

Closet Tip

Here is a fragrant blend that will keep fabrics safe and smelling
fresh.
Mix two cups each cedar chips and lavender buds with 3 drops lemon
oil and 5 drops each cedar and lavender oils. Place this mixture in
a basket with a muslin covering. Keep the basket in a storage trunk
or in a linen or clothes closet!

 

Mothballs: The common mothball is made of paradichlorobenzene, which
is harmful to liver and kidneys. Cedar chips in a cheesecloth
square, or cedar oil in an absorbent cloth will repel moths. The
cedar should be ‘aromatic cedar’, also referred to as juniper in
some areas. Cedar chips are available at many craft supply stores,
or make your own using a plane and a block of cedar from the
lumber yard.
Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made with lavender,
rosemary, vetiver and rose petals.
Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent – simply toss
into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet.

 

Room Spray to Cleanse & Freshen the Air

With all the colds going around perhaps
you need to take this spray to work with
you.

1 drop Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Bergamot

8 drops Lemon
in
1 oz. of water

 

Germ Buster Wipes

Mix equal parts of Lavender, Thyme and Eucalyptus.
Use in a spray
bottle to wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.
Moisten paper towels with this blend and wipe over surfaces.

 

Lemon Mint Window Wash
For the shiniest windows ever!
Ingredients:
Juice from one fresh Lemon

2 Cups water or Club Soda

1/2 teaspoon Peppermint essential oil

1 teaspoon Cornstarch
Mix all ingredients and pour into a plastic spray bottle.
Shake before using.
Try using sheets of black and white newspaper, it
shines without streaking. An old home remedy.

 

 

Spring… a new beginning

The following essential oils are uplifting, help promote creativity,
and a sense of renewal. Geranium, Coriander, Rose and Nutmeg
Try placing 3 drops on a tissue and inhale.
Diffuse using any room
diffuser.

 

 

 

 

Aromatic Life

December, 2015

It’s All About the Lavender

 

Here are some beauty recipes whose main ingredient is lavender.

 

Lavender and Rosemary Soap

lavender

 

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils, dermatitis, fever blisters, and more.
Begin this soap by making and infusion of fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion
1 1/2 tsp. lavender oil
1/2 tsp rosemary oil
1 tsp pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.

This soap is very pleasing–so try not to give it all away! Store some in a linen closet for yourself and your family.

 

 

Lavender Mineral Bath

1/2 cup solar dried sea salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup dead sea mineral salts
40 drops lavender EO

Mix all ingredients well (adding EO last) store in a glass jar or tin
and use 1/4 cup per bath!

 

 

Deodorant Recipe

4 ounces 100 proof grain alchohol
28 ounces purified water
1 cup of dried lavender flowers
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaf
1/4 cup witch hazel leaf
2 teaspoon Lavendar essential oil
In a large jar, combine herbs. Mix alcohol and water and pour into jar with herbs to fill. Screw cap tightly on jar. Let steep, shaking occasionally for a full moon cycle. Strain liquid through muslin cloth. Return liquid to clean jar, add essential oils, Screw cap tightly on jar, shake vigorously. Let set and shake thrice more over the course of a day. Shake well before decanting into spray bottles.

 

 

Lavender Bath 
Lavender essential oil is reassuring, soporific, and is often the first choice of aromatherapists for treating emotional or mental stress. It also reduces muscular pain, whether from illness or physical exertion, and soothes the skin. I can’t think of a more perfect herb for a relaxing bath.

Ingredients:

4 cups epsom salts
2 cups Sea salt
1 cup non fat powdered milk
2 cups oatmeal ground to a very fine powder in a food processor or
coffee
grinder-use the old fashioned kind
40 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, sieve if you wish,then add the lavender 10 drops at a time, thoroughly mix it through. Do this 4 times, so that the lavender essential oil is distributed.

I then put the mix in glass jars and put a pretty sticker on the jar with all the ingredients and the date when I made it.

 

 

Lavender Dusting Powder

 

1/3 c white kaolin powder
1/3 c arrowroot powder
1/3 c cornstarch
4 drops each lavender, clary sage and mandarin EO
Combine ingredients in blender. Add oils and blend. Put in shaker orjar with powder puff.

 

 

Solid Lavender Perfume

4 ounces beeswax
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Lavender essential oil

Melt beeswax into the oil using a double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils and keep stirring for about a minute. Pour into containers and let cool completely until solid.

 

 

 

Aromatic Life

November, 2015

Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from natures flowers and herbs. They are used singley or in blends. The aroma is inhaled, and the oils mayb be applied to the skin, as well. The herbs/flowers or combinations address specific disorders or needs. It appears the body is able to utilize the healing properties of the oils through the olfactory system of the body and so initiate the healing process. These illnesses maybe physical or emotional.

Seasonal Aromatherapy
Season’s are changing and it’s getting colder out. I thought I would share with you some aromatherapy tips on some seasonal disorders that you may find useful. These are mainly physical.

 

Nasal Inhaler
Use to inhale the vapors when you have a cold or sinus congestion.

You’ll need

rock salt
2 drops essential oil eucalyptus
2 drops essential oil rosemary
1 drop essential oil peppermint

Put a few pieces of rock salt into a glass vial, add the drops.
The salt will absorb the oils.

Or Simply add the drops to a handkerchief to inhale.

 

Sinus Infection

A compress with Peppermint oil relieves the symptoms of a sinus
infection.

Mix 5 drops of Peppermint oil in two cups of warm water.

Lay a small cloth dampened with the mixture across your nose
and your cheekbones.

Breathe deeply, keeping your eyes closed.

 
Winter Skin Relief

Here’s a blend for dry, rough and scaly skin.

Lavender 4 drops
Patchouli 2 drops
Sandalwood 4 drops

Use in 1/2 oz. of carrier oil. (Find out about Carrier Oils)

 

Sore Throat
At the first sign of a sore throat try this.

DO NOT SWALLOW!!

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in warm water and add 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, stir well.

DO NOT SWALLOW!!
Gargle, repeat several times.

 
For Windburn Chapped Skin

Mix 3 drops of Lavender or Chamomile in
1 Tablespoon Jojoba

Apply to skin.

 
Winter Protection

Mix 20 drops of Sandalwood in 3 oz. of base oil.
Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Safflower oils are
some to try.

This blend is said to strengthen
the immune system against colds and flu.

Use as a massage oil.
Massage feet before bed, put on socks and go to sleep.

 

Sore Throat Gargle

Just 1 drop of Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica,in 1/2 cup water can be used as a sore throat gargle.

Allergies with Sinusitis

Allergies such as hay fever will often cause sinusitis.
A little Lavender gently massaged into the sinuses at
either side of the nose will help to clear the condition.
Be sure to dilute in a carrier oil. (Find out about Carrier Oils)

 

Allergy FootBath

Essential oils are easily absorbed through the feet
therefore an aromatic footbath can be effective for
allergy related symptoms.
Try this blend for allergy relief symptoms

1 drop Geranium
1 drop Rose
3 drops Lavender

Combine with 2 Tablespoons Sea Salts.
Add to a basin of tepid water.
Soak feet for 15 minutes.

Use as a preventive during seasonal changes
when you expect allergy symptoms
Headaches

When using essential oils for a headache,
try inhalation from a tissue. This method
often works faster and better than massage.
Oils to try are Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint,
Basil and Rosemary.

 

 

Ravensara Oil

Helpful for chronic fatigue.
An essential oil which has a regulating effect
while energizing the immune system
and balancing the circulating immunoglobulins.
A very good expectorant, helpful for bronchitis.
Gentle yet effective. Can be used on young and old alike.
Can be used neat or undiluted on the skin.
Apply neat to cold sores.
A very powerful anti viral oil

 

Muscle Cramp Rub

Adding Tangerine to a massage oil will help to relax cramped muscles.

 

Fever

Eucalyptus can effectively bring down a fever.

Add 6 drops to a bowl of tepid water. Mix.

Dampen several clothes in the water, wring out and apply to wrists, feet and forehead.

Wipe down the rest of the body with one of the cloths.

 

Help Clear Sinuses and Ease Breathing

To help clear sinuses and ease breathing,
place 1-2 drops of Sweet Marjoram oil on
a handkerchief or tissue and inhale deeply.

 

Muscle, Nerve, & Joint Pain

Eucalyptus oil is an effective analgesic and is
often used to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain.
Apply a massage oil to the affected area before a
warm bath,then massage the area again after your bath.
You can use a blend of Lavender and Eucalyptus for even
better results.
When massaging small areas like a shoulder you can
double the amount of essential oils used.
ex. 20-30 drops per 1 oz. carrier oil. (Find out about Carrier Oils)

 

Colds & Flus

Keep this blend on hand for colds and flu.

Blend together

5 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Tea Tree
5 drops of Eucalyptus

Store in an amber or cobalt bottle.

When ready to use blend 5 drops in a teaspoon of
vegetable oil. Rub over swollen glands and neck area.

May be applied once every hour.

 

For Lowered Immunity

Choose Rosewood when you want an immune stimulating oil
but not an energizing one like Tea Tree.
Rosewood is gentle, a very safe oil, a good oil for anyone with
lowered immunity. It is also helpful for chronic fatigue.

 

Upset Tummy

Upset Tummy Aid

7 drops Mandarin
4 drops Ginger
4 drops Peppermint

Add to 1 oz. carrier oil. (Find out about Carrier Oils)
Massage on tummy as needed.
Try inhaling directly from the bottle.

 

These are just some recipes to help you get through the season changes.  Remember sometimes just burning a smelly candle helps sooth the senses.   Share some of your seasonal recipes with us!

HedgeWitch Days!

July, 2015

That Tiny Patch of Lawn

Hi my lovelies!

July has a different meaning depending on whether you are still at school or not, don’t you think? For all children everywhere it signals the end of the school year, the square on the monopoly board that heralds the get out of jail free card, the endless sunny days of hope and wild abandonment, climbing trees (or playing computer games, whatever the modern equivalent is)and sleeping in, ahhhh what bliss!!! For parents and all child looking afterers July has a certain chill to the air…ahead stretch endless days to be filled, manic conversations and arguments to be had and the go directly to jail card, do not pass go, do not collect £200, do not plan a life for the next 6-8 weeks! Surviving the summer holidays with a child should come with a large rosette and an even larger glass of Gin as the prize at the end…thankfully my own 2 daughters have grown up now and flown the nest, however I do expect my 3 ‘Oh so beautiful and amazing’ granddaughters to be routinely visiting, expecting to be amused.

As I’m sure most of us that follow our path also feel, July, with its lack of any Solstices and Equinox’s can present itself to us as a little flat, a lull in the magical calendar can mean a loss of focus and magical doings too.

Our beloved Mother Nature as ever is right on point with this empty magical calendar, certainly here in the British garden and country side things our plants take a holiday of their own. All the showiness of June and midsummer make way for the lazy hazy days of rest before the Autumnal splendour bursts through. Walking along the Wiltshire lanes there is a definite feeling of hush and stillness. As the flowers seem to have lost some of their sparkle, the heat of the day, weather permitting hangs in the air, and the flora does the same…hanging its head waiting for the rain and coolness to indicate when to start the abundant bounty of autumn. The bees and crickets are the only continuous sound echoing through the air, our birds and mammals sheltering away from the fiery heat of the day.

July is the time when I, as a child, remember the smell of cut grass on the playing field at school and at the park. When I had the horror of school aged children the smell of cut grass still clung to the month, as I hunkered down to watch school sports day, or sat having garden picnics at home. Every weekend, row after row of households drag their lawnmowers out of the shed and set to work trimming the patch of green attached to the house. The scent of freshly cut grass will always be associated with July for me, when other flowers are pretty much spent from showing off at midsummer, the unassuming grass is still doing its job for us all, providing us a green backdrop to the start of the ‘calendar’ summer if not the witchy one. But is it just grass that we gaze upon?

I am writing this sat on the grass myself, the warmth of the sun on my back and the magic of Mother Nature in my heart. Before me, on first glances is a standard lawn, a little patchy (new garden syndrome) but none the less fairly green and welcoming.

But look closer…is it really all grass?

My lawn at home holds so many wonderful goodies other than grass that I can use in my magic and in my home remedies. Daisies, buttercups, clover, selfheal, dandelion, bedstraw, plantain are all cuddled together in the blanket of green. Even though the grass was cut yesterday the brave little daisies are still managing to bloom their little socks off, low enough to miss the lawnmower blade. In between all the blades and leaves of the lawn busy ants and money spiders are going about their daily business without so much as a glance from me, which I have always found a tad odd, I am sure we would notice if a giant came and sat on our lawns next to us! They are so industrious in their work, putting us humans quite to shame!

Tinctures and Oils

Tinctures are so simple to make, just remember the 3/4 herbs and 1/4 liquid ratio….vodka is normally the best liquid to use.
Put the herbs in blender or chop really finely.

Add alcohol to cover 1/4 inch over the herbs.

Blend or mix well to a soupy/mushy consistency and pour into a glass jar.

Screw on an airtight lid.
Leave herbs settle for a day or so to see how much liquid is on top, add more if needed.

Let it brew in the dark for at least 4 weeks, shaking weekly.

To strain, pour the entire contents of the jar through your strainer and press all liquid out of the soaked herbs with a wooden spoon.

Keep your finished tincture sealed tightly in a bottle or Jar as the alcohol will evaporate if left open.
Top Tip…Your tincture will be more powerful if made on the new moon and strained on the full moon!!!

Healing oils

Pack a jar with blossoms and top with a good oil, I like to use sunflower as it is a lighter oil, not as heavy as olive oil but you can use pretty much any oil you have to hand.

Allow to steep (love that word!) for 2-3 weeks and then strain and bottle in an airtight jar for medicinal or magical use.

Top tip…Use your oils for anointing your candles to perform powerful candle magic!

Grass – Psychic powers

Daisies – Love

Dandelion – Wishes

Plantain – Strength and health

Selfheal- Healing

Clover – Luck

Bedstraw – Luck

Buttercup – Happiness

I hope you have a wonderfully magical July, survive any bored child attacks and make it into August with your dignity intact, something new in your store cupboard and magic overflowing in your heart…Big hugs guys and as ever

bb*

Scentsations

December, 2014

Meditation and Protective Incenses
Meditation Incense:
I use oils for this, which I purchase from Azure Green, but I’m sure you can find them at other places:
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Frankincense and myrrh
2 drops Rose
2 drops Lotus
This is a beautiful smelling incense which can induce a calm, peaceful, meditative state. Unlike most essential oils, these blend perfectly and smell intense. (not so intense that you will be overwhelmed)
Protective Incense
Warning, this is stinky. I burn it on charcoal disks. I found it really works:
Pinch of Vervain
Pinch of wormwood
Pinch of Angelica Root
Pinch of Mugwort
Pinch of Yarrow
As I said, it’s stinky. I had a threatening phone call from an ex-boyfriend, a Satanist, who was an ex from 27 years ago. I friend suggested I place a picture of him in my freezer from new moon to new moon. Another friend made me a bindrune which I placed on my altar. You may want to google protective runes to draw and place on your altar.
Another good meditative incense is mugwort. Now, I am not qualified as an herbalist so please contact one. A friend of mine said Mugwort tea helps clairvoyance. Tastes gross. Then they told me to add wormwood. Even worse! So I boiled about small handful of mugort and wormwood in a pot of water, strained it and lit cool with the lid on. Then I inhaled the water for a few minutes and used my divination techniques. I’ve never burned mugwort or wormwood as an incense.

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