Justaqueerwitchy’s 1000+ Follower Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I hit 1000 followers about a week and a half ago! I’ve been getting everything together, and figuring out what all I want to do with this giveaway! This giveaway is a way to show my appreciation for my followers and how cool they can be! So I will be checking who is and is not following me.

-This giveaway is not at all and in no way affiliated with tumblr and it’s staff-

The most important things first, the prizes! I tried to have a few similar things in each, but also with a few assortments in each; so each prize has a few of the same, and a few different things in each!

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Prize #1

The items are listed by group so as to hopefully make this not too terribly long

  • Herbs: 1 oz of rosemary, .5 oz of basil, .5 oz of oregano, 4 oz of pink Himalayan salt, 4 oz of iodized salt, .5 oz of hibiscus flowers .15 oz of rose petals, .15 oz of chamomile flowers, 6in vial of red peppers, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 sage bundles, 1 large herbal cleansing bundle
  • Candles: 2 white tappers, 5 white tea lights, 1 cream (scented) flower, 1 green leaf, blueberry (scented) swirl wax
  • Crystals: rose quartz, grey calcite, green opal, 3 small red jasper, 2 small rose quartz
  • Misc: 1 oz tea tree essential oil, 1 oz rosemary essential oil, 1 red sachet, 1 blue sachet, full moon incense sticks, black butterfly coin purse, lemongrass and lavender salt scrub, 1 cherry blossom bath fizzie

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Prize #2

  • Herbs: 1 oz of rosemary, .5 oz of basil, .1 oz of garlic, 4 oz of pink Himalayan salt, 4 oz of iodized salt, .3 oz of chamomile flowers .15 oz of rose petals, .25 oz of hibiscus flowers, 6in vial of parsley peppers, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 sage bundles
  • Candles: 2 white tappers, 5 white tea lights, 1 cream (scented) flower, 1 purple leaf, orange clove (scented) wax
  • Crystals: rose quartz, grey calcite, green opal, 2 small aventurine, 2 small chrysocolla
  • Misc: 1 oz bergamot essential oil, 1 oz patchouli essential oil, 2 blue sachets, nag champa incense sticks, pink rose coin purse, lemongrass and lavender salt scrub, 1 cherry blossom bath fizzie, 1 free tarot reading

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Prize #3

  • Herbs: 1 oz of rosemary, .5 oz of basil, .2 oz of chives, 4 oz of pink Himalayan salt, 4 oz of iodized salt, .3 oz of rose petals, .25 oz of hibiscus flowers, .15 oz of chamomile flowers, 6in vial of oregano, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 sage bundles
  • Candles: 2 white tappers, 5 white tea lights, 1 cream (scented) flower, 1 orange leaf, citrus vanilla (scented) wax
  • Crystals: rose quartz, grey calcite, green opal, 2 small sodalite, 2 small clear quartz
  • Misc: 1 oz ylang ylang essential oil, 1 oz eucalyptus essential oil, 1 purple sachet, 1 blue sachet, dragon blood incense sticks, honeysuckle bath bar,  rosemary and lemon sugar scrub, 1 cherry blossom bath fizzie, 1 rose quartz necklace

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Each prize box is going to come with a small thank you note to the winners, and some common correspondence and lore about the items listed!

Safety Advice: A side from the herb bundles and pink Himalayan salt, All the herbs  are 100% edible. I do not advise anyone apply any essential oils to their skin or ingest it. Please always practice safe fire procedures if you burn candles, incense, herbs, and herb bundles. Do not ingest any water or other liquid that has had crystals or essential oils in it. Please, if you have any allergies, let me know and I will substitute that with something else.

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-Rules-

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter
  • You must live in the United States (I can’t afford international shipping)
  • Reblogs count, and you can reblog as much as you like, but likes do not count. I will assign each entry a number and use a RGN to decide the winners
  • Do not tag this post as a giveaway, it has the chance of ruining the note count and affect the giveaway
  • Tag this post as “queerwitchgiveaway” or your entry will NOT be valid
  • You must have your private messenger turned on at the end of the giveaway so I can contact you if you win
  • You must be willing to give me your address so I can ship you your prize
  • Any entries made by toxic people (terfs, transphobes, nazis, etc) will be disqualified from this giveaway

The rules may be subject to change, and I reserve the right to postpone the end date of the giveaway should I need to. There may or may not be some surprises in this giveaway. Please be kind to your followers and try not to spam them. I will contact all the winners of the giveaway on September 21st some time after 12:00n EST

-This giveaway ends September 20th, 2017-

Thanks so much to all of my followers! I hope you all enjoy this giveaway!

Foodie Friday: Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients:
- Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
-Rosemary
-Black Salt (the edible kind, not the witchy kind)
-Pepper
-Garlic, crushed
-White Wine
-Lemons
-Olive Oil

1) If you have the flaked black salt, gently crush it into workable pieces. If you’re using dried rosemary instead of fresh, grind it with the salt in a mortar and pestle (or food processor - I prefer working it by hand so I can have more control over the consistency). Preheat your oven to 450 degrees (Fahrenheit).

2) In a baking dish, combine olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and zest from the lemon*. Place your chicken breasts into the dish and coat them with the oil blend. Slice up your lemon and give it a nice squeeze over the dish, then add the slices to the pan.

3) Place your chicken into the oven to roast until done - the internal temperature of the chicken should be at 165 degrees (Fahrenheit). About halfway through roasting, add a splash of white wine to the pan (both for flavor and to help keep the chicken moist).

4) Serve, garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a slice or two of grilled lemon. Excellent with rice!

*Tip: If you want to ensure plenty of flavor in your chicken, it’s best to make the oil blend ahead of time. In a jar or other container, add fresh rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and a slice of lemon. Cover this with olive oil and allow it to rest. By infusing the oil in this way, you’re guaranteeing a flavorful chicken!

Magical Ingredient!

It sometimes amazes me how sometimes a single, seemingly simple plant can do so much for us both magically and practically. And sometimes, these very same plants are used as much for decoration as they are used for medicine, food, and magic! It’s difficult to see anything to dislike about rosemary, and many witches are agreed that rosemary is one of those “necessity herbs” - that is to say that if there had to be any kind of herb in the cabinet, it should be rosemary.

This hardy shrub has been used for medicine and food for about as long as humanity has lived in the Mediterranean and Asia, and has been cultivated worldwide because of its survivability. It is fairly resistant to cool climates, and thrives in areas with milder climates. Various cultivars have been developed, either to increase flavor and leaf size, to increase flower production, or to allow it to grow as ground cover.

Its medicinal properties are varied. As a tea, rosemary is excellent for providing relief for mild headaches and congestion. As such, this herb is a great cold and flu remedy. When made into a tincture, rosemary can help with migraines and can help regulate menstrual cycles. The tincture can also be used to help with heavy blood flow during menstrual cycles and can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

The Greeks and Romans made use of rosemary for helping to improve memory, as well - wearing a sprig of fresh rosemary or sleeping with it under a pillow is said to help a student retain more information. This tradition continues today, so much so that rosemary oils are bought en masse by students during exam season.

In food, rosemary has many uses, but is typically used to flavor stuffings and meats, while also imparting a strong aroma. The flowers are also edible, and sometimes used both as a garnish and cooked. 

Because of its characteristic scent, rosemary is also frequently used in cosmetic products and incense, as well as cleaning products, further enforcing its versatility!

Traditionally, rosemary is worn in remembrance for fallen warriors and soldiers, giving it an association with both memory and death. This goes back into the past as well, with sprigs of rosemary added to a casket before burial to protect a deceased loved one in the afterlife and to protect the grave site.

Rosemary has a strong association with protection, and is used in incense much like sage for smoke cleansing and purification. Its shape naturally lends itself well to making brooms and besoms, adding an extra punch to cleansing spells involving those brooms. On top of all of that, it has been used to assist in exorcisms! Because of these associations, rosemary can be used as a substitute for frankincense!

During the middle ages, rosemary was used as a love charm, worn by all attendees to a wedding. For bride, it was also a fertility charm.

For sympathetic magic, rosemary can be added to poppets, bags, and jars for fertility, love, luck, lust, protection, cleansing, money, so on and so forth. Taking dried, powdered rosemary and using it to feed these spells is particularly helpful, and is fairly easy to come by.

All of these same associations can be used in the kitchen for tinctures, oils, and foods. For new witches, rosemary is not only potent, but also very easy to enchant as it takes up intention very well!

The list goes on and on. In short, rosemary is exceptional for nearly any spell and purpose. Whether experienced or new to witchcraft, spend some time with rosemary and see what kinds of benefits it can bring to you! It is certainly an herb perfect for witches of all paths!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

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Mid-Summer Garlic Harvest!

This has been our most successful garlic harvest to day. This 50lb haul should be plenty of garlic to last 2 adults into winter. I thought I try my hand at braiding garlic this year - maybe as a thoughtful gift to family members. Oy~ It’s sooo much harder than it looks and I still can’t seem to do it right! My fingers and forearms got friggin tired. I totally gave up after 5 tries and went for the scissors.