This is my go to “Cold Banishing” potion - used in soups or marinades or dressings
*Garlic - 1 large clove garlic or 1 tablespoon minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder - to cleanse and banish the sickness
* Ginger - 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger grated - to speed up and power the magical working, for healing as well
* Vinegar - any on hand, I use Citrus Rice Wine Vinegar a lot - cleansing
* Sesame oil - to taste - for the “prosperity” of the spell, a little insurance so the spell works
* Salt or Soy Sauce - to taste - cleansing/protection from reinfection
* Hot spice of some sort - chili oil, chili powder, cayenne pepper, etc to cleanse and protect with the property of fire, to “burn out the sickness”
I use this combo regularly in my Cold Banishing Soup. I recently used it in a marinade for meat as well!
Use this as a sauce, flavoring or marinade for the rest of your meal. I like to add this to soup with lots of veggies, so that I get lots of vitamins as well to help fight off the sickness. Also, adding this to chicken broth includes the “healing chicken soup” vibe as well, that we use so much for colds and flus! Don’t forget your noodles and meat. A well balanced meal helps heal tremendously and gets you the nutrients you need to heal, as well!
-1 tbsp peppermint leaves (about one tea bag) -1 tbsp chamomile (about one tea bag) -½ tsp cinnamon -½ tsp ginger -¾ cup boiling water -¾ cup honey (raw local honey is recommended) -Optional: Powdered sugar, Powdered vitamin C, or Cornstarch for dusting
1. Steep your herbs in the boiling water for about 10 minutes, then strain and save the tea.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the tea and honey and heat to a gentle boil over medium heat.
3. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches a temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep careful watch, as honey can burn very easily.
4. Take off of heat and allow the syrup to cool for about 5-10 minutes.
5. Transfer syrup onto parchment paper in small spoonfuls (recommended teaspoon) and allow to cool to room temperature.
6. If desired, dust the lozenges with powdered sugar, powdered vitamin C, or cornstarch. This will absorb moisture, keeping the lozenges dry and preventing them from sticking in storage.
Note: The consistency of the lozenges may vary. There are several factors that play into this, including water loss, honey quantity, temperature variation, and weather.
Here in California, we’ve been blessed with some lovely rains! And while it’s absolutely wonderful to see the green come back after five long years of drought, it does come with a few downsides. The first is that mosquito populations boom. The second is that erosion issues that we hadn’t anticipated are cropping up all over the place. And the third is that with more moisture also comes a new rash of cold and flu.
Kitchen witchcraft is not limited to delectable dinner dishes. Nor is it limited to baking or crafting culinary delights. It is also very practical and encompasses herbal remedies that can be worked in the home. And so, it seemed right to share a recipe for homemade throat lozenges. All of the ingredients are tools of the kitchen witch, from the water to the tea, but of all of the ingredients, one stands out: honey.
Last week, we covered various alcohols and how liquor has been a staple of human consumption for most of human history, but honey mead is one of the primary drinks that come to light in that topic. In addition, honey has been a natural sweetener that humanity has loved since the dawn of time, even reaching a state where its presence represents prosperity and happiness (”land of milk and honey,” anyone?), and even wealth due to its golden color.
This image of wealth is further ingrained when considering the hard work put in by honeybees to produce honey, followed by their ferocity in protecting it when the hive is low on stores. Much like how one would work hard to acquire or earn wealth, and then protect their money when it’s been obtained.
Honey is, by far, one of the most cherished ingredients for its antibacterial properties and its natural sweetness. It is a natural preservative, and is far healthier than sugars due to its chemical makeup. In addition, it is an ingredient that has helped make many much more environmentally aware…
Domesticated honeybees (from which we get most of our honey) will produce close to 80 pounds of surplus honey per year, which is why beekeeping has been such a successful trade for so many centuries. In the late summer, beekeepers will remove wooden frames from the hives on which the surplus honey is stored (contrary to popular belief, the majority of beekeepers harvest honey in non-invasive ways which don’t stress the colony, and never harvest the stores the bees require for survival). This honey and the comb are then separated, processed (in some cases), and made ready for sale. By the time it reaches the plastic bottle as a clear golden syrup, it’s been pasteurized (depending upon the country’s health regulations) and processed.
From the store, one can pick up either processed or “raw” honey, which contains trace amounts of pollen from the nectar the bees had used to make it. This makes raw honey an excellent way of bolstering the immune system against the symptoms of seasonal allergies, in addition to the other traits honey has.
Honey’s composition is roughly 17 percent water, with most (not all) of the rest being natural sugars. As a result, if any bacteria, fungi, or molds try to settle on it, the water contained within them gets pulled out, killing them and preventing honey from spoiling. In addition, depending upon the flowers that the bees had pollinated, the nectar could have additional antibacterial properties (manuka honey, for instance, is particularly good at this and is used as an antibacterial in hospitals). Our ancestors recognized the healing properties of honey, and would add it to poultices and other remedies that would be applied directly to wounds, much as we would with Neosporin today.
From the witchy perspective, there really isn’t anything to dislike about honey. First, there’s its color, which is excellent for wealth and prosperity spells. Second, there is its healing properties, which are excellent for both remedies and for healing spells. Third, is its sweetness, which can serve to enhance the sweetening spells, and makes it an excellent offering to fairies and gods alike! Pairing they variant of honey with your purposes adds a whole new level of magic to your craft, as well! For instance, if you want to encourage prosperity and luck, use clover honey; alternatively, if you want to use honey for cleansing and healing, use rosemary honey instead!
A less common thought when it comes to using honey in magic is to incorporate its creator into the work. Bees are tireless workers, often inspiring bee enthusiasts and beekeepers alike, and it’s their effective communication and work ethic that can be incorporated into spellwork involving honey. If you need a spell to encourage productivity and energy, honey is a great go-to ingredient due to the bees’ tireless efforts.
Like any ingredient, intent is key: channel your intent and energy into the honey before adding it to food or drink, or before adding it to a sweetening jar. If you’re making an offer of honey, consider what it may represent to the deities or spirits that it is meant for.
Lastly, another reason many witches appreciate honey is as I had mentioned above: it has helped increase environmental awareness. With bee populations struggling, it is important to consider ways to help “save the bees.” More specifically, save the environment. Honeybees are most well known to us, but they aren’t the only kind of bee present in our lives. Many species don’t produce honey but are integral to pollination. What makes them less noticeable is their subterranean nests throughout most of the year. Many witches feel a deep respect for the earth and for all animals, and bees are not alone in this. Consider switching from sugar to honey in most recipes to help bring honey’s properties into your life while helping fund further developments in beekeeping, and be sure to thank the bees in your life for their hard work and inspiration!
I am currently sick af and thought I’d use this time to give some great remedies for colds.
Aromatherapy: I actually got an aromatherapy diffuser for Christmas, and I have been using peppermint oil to help clear my sinuses. There are all sorts of oils that you can use that help when your sick, just look on Pinterest!
Use shower melts too, you can pick up a shower vapor tablet at CVS and take a warm shower to open up your sinuses. Plus, you always feel better when you’re clean and fresh, especially after laying in bed all day.
I like using my mint face scrub, which does the same thing as the peppermint oil in my diffuser. It makes me feel like I can breathe better.
Take Emergen-C if you think you’re likely to get sick. Tho these are for more preventative measures, it has something crazy like over 1000% of your daily vitamin C, and other vitamins to help prevent a cold.
DRINK WATER. DRINK WATER. DRINK WATER. And drink orange juice!
Try to stay away from dairy if your throat is sore. I like to eat a lot of soup, fruit, and rice when I’m sick.
Sleep!!! I know you want to go out, or have to go to work, but call out and get your rest, because your body needs it. Lay in bed and watch tv or read and sleeeeep all day. And if someone covers your shift, don’t be stingy and cover theirs in the future. Help each other out.
Keep lights dim to avoid headaches and migraines
Tan alka-seltzer plus cold formula!!! I know it tastes like shit, but it helps with symptoms. Zicam also helps with cold symptoms and doesn’t taste as bad.
Another thing, DON’T PANIC about stuff you need to get done or should be doing. You need to REST. I was so busy during Christmas, but as soon as the day after Christmas hit I woke up sick, and had no energy to do anything on my massive to do list. I got a little anxious about it, but I realized I needed to let my body rest!
This is for everyone who’s down with the fuckin’ plague and depression right now. I hope you all feel better soon <3
Tap. Tap. Tap.
It’s only six in the morning, but Lance has been awake for the better part of the last three hours, listening to the rain hitting the roof and windows.
He squeezes his eyes shut, lets out a groan, and buries himself further into the blankets.
Lance had gotten caught in the rain last night, which normally wouldn’t have been a big deal. Except, he had been feeling a cold coming on for nearly a week now, and the rain had just kickstarted it.
He would get out of bed, but it’s so cold, and his bed is so warm, and he feels like hell.
He sniffles, nuzzling his face into the pillow. He muffles a coughing fit into it and then shivers and pulls the blankets over his head (which is throbbing in time with the rain drops).
Sometime later, there’s a knock at the door. He feels his bed dip and there’s a hand on his shoulder, shaking him.
“Nnnngh,” Lance groans, rolling on his stomach and hiding his head under the pillow.
“Come on, Lance.”
“Go away, Keith,” he croaks, voice muffled by the pillow.
“The storm is going to hit tonight, and you promised us you’d come help me stock up.”
Lance groans. The weather is calling for the biggest storm of the year, which is dumb, because why are they getting a storm in the fall?
“Just go without me, I’m tired.”
“We’re in college, we’re all tired. Come on, classes are cancelled today, you can sleep when we get back.”
“I’m tired,” Lance gripes, gripping his blankets tighter.
Keith sighs in frustration and gets off his bed.
Lance grins sleepily into the pillow, but then, “Shiro, he’s being a stubborn ass.”
“What?” Shiro asks.
“Lance. He won’t get up.”
“Why are you getting so mad?” Lance asks, struggling into a sitting position, “and why are you telling on me? What, are you five?”
Keith’s head whips around to look at Lance. “Because you always do this. You promise to do something, and then you flake. Shiro has to go to work, I can’t get everything by myself. Get up.”
Lance groans and flops back down. There’s no way he’s winning this. “Can you just give me ten minutes?”
“Yes. Now hurry up.”
Forty minutes later, Lance is trudging behind Keith as they walk up and down the aisles at the store. He just wants to go back to bed, because walking is becoming more and more of an effort.
“Lance, come on,” Keith groans.
“I’m…heh…s-sorry...eh-heh…hitsch! *snff* I’m just tired. I want to go back to bed.”
“You can after we get everything,” Keith says, tone clipped.
It’s a long process - Keith is about to murder Lance, because if he hears ‘I’m tired’ one more time, he’s going to throttle him. Finally though, they’re done, and Keith is driving them back to campus.
Lance sniffles again, which triggers a spluttering coughing fit. He quickly buries his face in his scarf, and lets out a low groan of discomfort. Keith grimaces when he hears Lance’s cough, and he glances over at him, concern gnawing at the pit of his stomach.
“Are-are you, um, okay?” Keith frowns.
Lance sniffles again and shrugs, slumping against the window.
Lance is bundled up on the couch, wearing a sweatshirt that’s four sizes too big. The hood is flopped over his eyes and the thickest blanket they own draped over his shoulders. He’s gripping a hot cup of tea in his trembling hands - they’re shaking so badly that he doesn’t even bother trying to drink it, because he knows he’ll just spill it all over himself. He wishes he was able to drink it though, because his throat is killing him, and hot tea seems like the only thing that will help.
Keith is pacing the living room, one hand is behind his head, gripping his hair as he waits for Shiro to pick up.
“Lance is sick. What do I do?”
“Is he okay?”
“I just said he’s sick,” Keith bites.
“Relax,” Shiro chuckles, “what’s wrong with him?”
“I don’t know, the fucking plague or something.”
“It’s not the plague,” Lance croaks, “it’s just a cold, I’m fine.”
“You almost passed out,” Keith bristles, pulling the phone away from his face to glare at his sick friend, “you’re not fine.”
Lance grimaces - the minute they had walked through the door, black spots clouded his vision, and he had to grip the doorframe and sink to the floor to avoid passing out. If he didn’t feel so terrible, he would have laughed at how panicked Keith looked.
Keith turns his attention back to his phone conversation, “I don’t know what to do, when will you be home?”
“They just sent us home, the storm is starting to pick up. I’ll be home in fifteen.”
Lance sniffles, blinking heavily as his vision swims.
“Keith…could you…u-um take the tea…needa lie down,” Lance mutters, shaking his head. Keith takes it from him, and Lance grips the blanket tighter around him as he shivers and drops down onto his side.
Lance curls into himself, eyelids drooping.
“Hey, are you alright?” Keith asks.
“Jus’don’t feel good.”
“Why didn’t you just say you were sick this morning?” Keith demands.
“You were right…I do flake.”
“Being sick isn’t flaking, you moron.”
Lance shrugs. Once the world stops moving, he pushes himself into a sitting position.
“M’going to bed.”
Keith nods, watching as Lance trudges into his room.
As soon as Shiro walks through the door, Keith sighs in relief.
“How’s Lance?” He asks, depositing his jacket, umbrella and laptop bag on the floor.
“I don’t know. He sounds like hell, though.”
Lance is lying in bed, half asleep when there’s a knock on his door.
Lance sniffles, rolling on his side, “yeah, come in.”
“Hey, man,” Shiro says, leaning against the doorframe.
“Hhh…hey…hh-h-huh…*snff* Hih-ihtsch! Ngsh! *Snff* Nnnngh.” Lance groans, pain exploding in his sinuses and temples.
“Nhhh…hh-hih-hih…heh-eh…*snff* hh’ihtsch! Ngsh! Ehtsch! *snff* ndo.” He croaked, congestion seeping into his voice. He chokes on a coughing fit, and Shiro is at his side and pulling him into a sitting position in an instant. At the end of the fit, Lance sags back into the pillow, and Shiro has a hand on his forehead.
He purses his lips, “I’ll be right back.”
Lance wakes up in the middle of the night, shivering miserably. He wants to stay in bed, but ice is in his bones, and if he stays in bed, he’s positive he will freeze. He manages to get up, but he’s trembling so badly his teeth start chattering.
Why is it so cold?
“Sh-shiro? K-keith?” He rasps, staggering out of his room. Shiro and Keith are standing in front of the fireplace, both of them are bundled up in jackets and scarves, and they turn to look at him when they hear him emerge.
“Shit, are you alright?” Shiro asks, crossing his arms as he shivers. “I was just about to come check on you.”
“C-c-cold,” Lance says weakly, stumbling to the couch. He drops down face-first, and groans through a coughing fit that makes his chest burn and throat ache.
He feels blankets being dropped over him, but they don’t seem to work. He’s still trembling.
“The power went out, we have no heat, I’m sorry.” Keith sighs. As soon as they get the fireplace on, Keith slips under the blankets, and Lance immediately cuddles up to him. He’s desperate for warmth, and Keith feels like a space heater right now.
“Here,” Shiro says, dropping a pile of clothes next to Lance. “Put these on, stay warm. I’m going to make you some tea.”
“I’mb tired,” Lance croaks.
“Clothes on, then sleep.”
Lance sniffles, coughing into the blankets.
“Come on,” Keith says, poking Lance.
After much poking, prodding and convincing, Lance is wearing two sweatshirts, a scarf, beanie and gloves, and he’s curled up underneath the pile of blankets.
Shiro walks back over to him a few minutes later, places the cup of tea on the coffee table and then disappears into his room.
He appears a minute later, carrying his laptop.
“I vote we watch a movie.”
“I second that,” Lance croaks, voice muffled by the blankets.
Shiro sets up Netflix and then gets underneath the blankets on the other side of Lance.
Lance sighs in relief at the increase of body heat. Gradually, the shivering decreases, and then, he’s asleep.
It had been a day since Voltron saved a planet by the name of Rast 723, the team was tired, emotionally and mentally as well as physically. There were few complaints made when they decided that the next day was to regroup and calm their systems. Shiro got up early (as per usual) and spent time talking with hunk in the kitchen while he was preparing breakfast, not daring to touch the food (shiro was pretty much the worst cook you could imagine) but hunk gladly did it all by himself. Keith got up early and went to the training deck,he sat there by himself, pondering whether or not to train, yes he was tired, but where was the discipline if he let today slide because he was a little bit exhausted. Pidge slept in, Pidge always slept in on every chance she got, she was 14, what more could you expect? Allura and Coran were repairing the few damaged parts of the ship there was. And Lance? Well Lance was sure to be in the bathroom, preparing himself for the day.
Except he wasn’t.
Lance was still sound asleep in his quarters, tucked under about 4.5 blankets because one was falling off of his bed. A subtle knock at the door wrung him into consciousness.
“H-Hello?” His groggy voice bounced off the walls, painfully loud in his head and ringing through his ears “ah! What the hell!?” Lance quietly cursed the aching through his upper body and put his hand up to his temples and started massaging the headache away.
“Shiro.” Shiros voice barely made its way through the thick metal door.
“W-What? Are you sure Lance?” Lance looked up at the door, as if shiro had already walked through.
“Wha- yes of course I’m sure? Why wouldn’t I be?” He might’ve been half asleep but that’s no reason a talk with shiro was declined. Lance and Shiro always had pleasant conversations.
“It’s just, I don’t want to make you uncomfortable? You haven’t even been to the bathroom yet this morning to get ready for the day, you usually hiss at anyone who sees your bedhead.” The voice of reason suddenly struck Lance and he reached up to his head, only to be greeted by a large ball of poof, ah yes, the infamous McClain family bed head.
“Ah, well this time I’ll make an exception just for you, please! Please! No pictures!” He smiled and as the door slid open he could see Shiro smiling too but his smile suddenly faded as his eyes drifted noticeable upward and his Galra hand was placed over his mouth in shock.
“Oh my god it’s beautiful.” His voice trailed as he looked at Lances hair and walked over to the Cuban boy, who was now sitting upright in his bed, a naked torso apparent.
“Shut up.” Lance pushed Shiro away. “Never again, I’m never letting you see me like this again.” Shiro smiled again and sat down next to Lance. “What’s up?”
“Just coming to see how you’re doing after yesterday… that was a heavy hit you took.” Shiro was referring to a point in the battle where Lance went down for the count and suddenly Lance was brought into the moment.
It hadn’t been long since the beginning of the fight and Lance was shooting every Galra he saw, not missing a beat. Keith swung next to him and they were perfectly in sync, barely mumbling a word to each other. Keith had slain the last enemy not a second before Lance put his hand on the shoulder of the red paladin. Keith whipped around and almost instantly Lance was on the ground and shaking. He looked up at Keith in confusion, Keith’s face was filled with aggression but it slowly faded to panic. “Shit!” He mumbled, dropping to his knees by Lance, “Shit Lance I’m so sorry oh my god. I- I need- i need to find Shiro or hunk, someone who can carry you back to the castle!”
Lance had hardly registered anything Keith had said. Instead he looked down and found his hand resting on his abdomen . He moved it away slowly and took note of his palm covered in blood and a long deep gash on his side, a clean, deadly cut, it, it couldn’t be caused by anything else other than,
He closed his eyes at the thought and let himself drift when suddenly he heard footsteps, he hadn’t even noticed Keith leaving to go find help.