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THE MAGICK OF PEPPERMINT

Planetary Association: Mercury

Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Deity Associations: Demeter, Hades, Pluto and Zeus


Today, this witch was blessed with a bountiful harvest of organic peppermint from my little garden.  I’m already making a fresh potion of peppermint tea, and I’ll show you below how you can make your own too. 

I also thought I’d share with you some of the magick I find using this medicinal herb. 


Peppermint is a hybrid mint: a cross between watermint and spearmint. If you’re looking to forage some, you will find that it typically grows wild in moist habitats, near streams and drainage ditches (avoid gathering from roadside or public parks, as they could be toxic from chemical sprays and/or car exhaust).  Peppermint has high menthol content. The oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene and pinene. 

Magickally:

Peppermint is used in spells or potions for protection, money, healing, strength, augmenting power, luck, and travel. 

Some also suggest, peppermint is irreplaceable when it comes to banishing vampires and vampiric entities, such as incubus and succubus, and helps earthbound ghosts to find their way to the otherworld.

It can be used in healing and purification spells, by raising the vibration of the area.

If you burn it as incense, it will help to induce sleep.

Peppermint is a versatile healing plant, used in healing spells. Stuffing sachets with peppermint leaves will help to ward off disease.

Peppermint attracts love and using the essential oil in spells creates positive changes in ones life.

Medicinally, peppermint has a long history as a digestive tonic. It relieves nausea, gas, stomach cramps and spasms.   It is also a recognized treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint may be applied directly to bee stings, burns, and even toothaches to relieve pain.  A peppermint infusion or compress can relieve headaches.  Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath too.

MAKING THE MAGICK

Pick around a dozen or so peppermint leaves and wash them.  Now bruise them to release more of the beneficial oils.  You can use a mortar and pestle, your fingers, or the back of a spoon.

Place them in a teapot with a filter, add very hot water (steaming but not boiling), and allow it to steep for at least 5 minutes. 

Pour yourself a nice cup and ENJOY!! 

If you don’t have access to fresh leaves, a simple and cost effective way is to use organic dried peppermint leaves.  Put a heaping teaspoon in a teapot with a filter, add boiling water and let steep for 2-4 minutes.  The longer you steep, the stronger the taste and the more beneficial properties you will extract from the leaves.  

*** (try adding other magickal ingredients to enhance the flavor and/or amplify its effects. Honey, fennel and ginger are great additions, both medicinally and magickally.)

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Its not uncommon for children to have imaginary friends whilst growing up. But what if those friends aren’t imaginary?

In September of 1931, James Irving,his wife, Magaret, and their daughter, Voirrey, heard a scratching sound behind the wall in their farmhouse. At first they thought it was just a rat but soon the noises weren’t just scratching. The unseen creature would spit like a ferret and growl like a dog. Soon the creature revealed it could speak and that it was a mongoose named Gef.

Gef said he was born in New Dehli, India in 1852.He claimed to be “an extra clever mongoose”, “an earthbound spirit”, and “a ghost in the form of a weasel”. Gef once said “ I am a freak. I have hands and I have feet, and if you saw me you’d faint, you’d be petrified, mummified, turned into stone or a pillar of salt!”.  Voirrey was the only person who was able to see him said he was small like a rat, had yellowish fur and a big bushy tail. Voirrey took Gef under her wing but perished in 2005. All through her life she maintained that Gef was not her creation or imaginary friends.