Acorn: Used for good luck, protection, wisdom,
and personal power
Beans: carried in a
pocket, purse, or mojo for good luck
Agrimony: Overcoming fear & inner blockages and
dispelling negative emotions. Reversing spells. Use as a wash or oil for
healing rituals. Ward off evil entities and poisons
Alfalfa Leaves: Used in money, prosperity, and
Allspice: Money, luck, healing, and obtaining
treasure. Added determination and energy to any spell
Angelica Root: Very powerful. Protects against negative
energy and attracts positive energy. Used in healing and exorcisms. Protects
Anise Seeds: Used to help ward off the Evil Eye, find
happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Used in sleep pillows to prevent
Anise Star: Burned to increase psychic awareness &
abilities. Placed on altar to increase
power generated or carried to bring good luck
Powder: Purification and
increased spirituality. Burned to reach meditative state
Arbica Flowers: Psychic powers and protection from
Root: Used for protection
Balm of Gilead
Tear: Used for love,
manifestation, protection, healing, assisting in healing from loss of a loved
Bark: Cleansing, sorcery,
atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another
Basil: Love, exorcism, wealth, and protection.
Dispels confusion, fears, and weakness. Drives off hostile spirits
Bat Head Root: Used in spell work, rituals, to obtain
Bay leaves: Used for protection, good fortune,
success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on
the leaves and burn them to make the wish come true. Put in dream pillows for
Bark: Good fortune, luck,
healing, and stress relief
Bee Pollen: Friendship, attraction, love, strength,
happiness, and overcoming depression
Birch Bark: Powerful aid divination magic and finding
the heart of truth. Other uses protection, exorcism, and purification.
Root: Love, protection,
courage, protection, potency
Bark: Wish magic, access
to divine energy, and bringing the blessing of the Gods
Catnip Cut: Sacred to Bast. Used in ritual having to
do with cats or cat deities. Love, enhance beauty or happiness, protection, bad
Cedar: Confidence, strength, power, money,
protection, healing and purification. Use in sachets to promote calmness
Celery Seed: Used for mental and psychic powers and
concentration. Use in dream pillows for to help with sleep
Flowers: Used for love,
healing, production marriage proposals, gambling luck, prosperity, good
fortune, reducing stress, removing hexes, curses, and spells
Berries: Used in rituals
to draw down the moon, chastity, and protection of the home.
Cherry Bark: Lust, direction, frugality, invisibility,
magical potency. Burn as an increase while performing divination, or to during
Chickweed: Fertility and love, lunar magic, animal,
magic, healing with birds, carry to attract love.
Granules: favors, removing
obstacles, and invisibility, positive outlook, sense of humor. Use a black
candle and burn as an incense to hex someone.
Chive: Protection and weight loss
Flowers: Love, joy, humor,
Cilantro: Protection of gardeners, bring peace to
the home, and help attune one with their soul
Cinnamon: Spirituality, success, healing, personal
protection, love, luck, strength, passion, and prosperity, associated with fire
and the sun
Cinquefoil: An all-purpose magical herb. Love, money,
health, power, and wisdom, stimulates memory, eloquence, and self-confidence,
financial gain, or by those who are otherwise seeking good fortune and
self-improvement, bring love, money, health, power, and wisdom into their
live, business & house blessing
Clover: Ritual baths to aid in financial
estrangement. It is also used for lust, money, love, success, luck, blessing
and protection of animals.
Cloves: Protection, friendship, banishing hostel
or negative forces, mental clarity, money, purify, cleanses the aura.
prosperity, love, peace, and tranquility
Comfrey Leaves: Money, safety during travel, stability,
Coriander Seed: Love, health, protection, ease pain of
broken heart, peace, ward off disease and migraines
Milk Thistle Seed: Strength, perseverance, wisdom, aid in
Mistletoe: Fertility, creativity, prevention of
illness and misfortune, protection from negative spells, Carry for luck when
hunting, associated with Yule, Jupiter, and the sun, fertility, love,
protection, prophetic visions
Motherwort: Confidence, success and counter magic
Mugwort: Lust, fertility, prevent backache, cure
disease and madness, astral travel, prophetic dreams, clean crystal balls and
Mullein Leaf: Protection from nightmares & sorcery,
courage, cursing and invoking spirits
Mustard Seed: Courage, faith, endurance, luck
Myrrh: Spiritual opening, meditation, healing,
high psychic vibrations, peace, blessing of talismans, charms, and magical
Nettles Leaf: Dispelling darkness & fear,
strengthening will aiding in the ability to handle emergencies, drive off evil
My baby sister has been taking her exams lately, and stress is giving her a nightmare-scenario when it comes to acne and oil. This isn’t helped by her use of concealer to cover the pimples, which is well-known to make pimples worse once the concealer is rubbed off. This inspired me to create a potion for her to use as a way of treating her poor skin, and helping her become stronger and more confident in her appearance to reduce stress and help her do better. Here’s that potion, for those of you who might desire skin that’s smoother, softer, and more easily tamed.
This is a two-part potion! One part is a drink that you should drink morning and night for as long as necessary, and the other is a poultice that you should prepare overnight, then apply to the skin almost like a mask.
For the drink, you will need:
Dried calendula petals (2 teaspoons)
Dried olive leaves (1 teaspoon)
Dried spearmint leaves (3 teaspoons)
Dried chamomile flowers (2 teaspoons, not from thesupermarket)
Honey (1 teaspoon)
Take a medium sized, thick-bottomed saucepan, and add 500ml of boiling water to it (that’s about 17 fluid ounces). Bring the water back up to the boil, and add the dry herbs to it, then bring the water down to a simmer. Put the lid on the pot, and keep the heat on it for 5 minutes, then turn the heat off and take the pot off the heat. Keep the lid on for at least 30 minutes, then remove the herbs from the water and throw them away.
Pour the mixture equally into two mugs. This should be approximately 1 cup of brew per mug, but a little more or less doesn’t matter. If you want it a little sweeter, add some honey to the brew, but not too much because it’s still sugar!
Drink one of these mugs at breakfast, and then keep the other in the fridge. Just before bedtime, take it out and put it in the microwave to warm up a bit, then drink it just before you go to bed. You can drink it cold if you like, but trust me it’s better warm.
Drink this potion twice-daily, and over a week or two you’ll notice your skin visibly clearing up!
For the mask, you will need:
Calendula petals, fresh preferred but dried is fine (2 tsp if dried, 3 tbsp if fresh)
Dried chamomile flowers (1 tsp)
Dried olive leaves (1 tsp)
Dried gingko leaves (1 tsp) (Not essential, but very beneficial if possible)
If you can’t get yarrow, use the same quantity of thyme. It’s not as good, but it’s quite close.
Eucalyptus oil (1 tsp)
Cornstarch, a lot, as much as it takes
If using fresh ingredients:
Take the fresh ingredients, and add them to a large pestle and mortar. Put in a couple of pinches of kosher salt, and grind with the pestle until the contents are a sort of paste. Add this paste to a small bowl, and wash out the pestle and mortar. Dry thoroughly. Continue on with the recipe.
If using only dry ingredients, start from here.
Grind the dry ingredients with a pinch of salt until they’re as powdered as you can get them. A small coffee bean grinder might make this faster! Tip the result into a small bowl (with the paste if using fresh ingredients), and add in the eucalyptus oil. Mix this well, then add in two tablespoons of hot water.
Leave this to sit, covered with clingfilm or a tea-towel or something, overnight. At least 6 hours is necessary, but up to 24 is just fine. Do remember though that it’s not got any preservatives in it other than a little salt, so you might want to refrigerate the mixture if it’s quite warm in your prepping room.
From here, it’s a bit touchy-feely. Add some cornstarch, and begin to thicken the mixture up. Get it really thick, until it’s kind of the consistency of toothpaste. If you want to make it into an exfoliator as well, add some fine sand at this point and mix it in really well.
Smear this mixture over your face in the evening, over the bits that are affected by acne. Leave it on there for at least an hour - it might tingle a bit from the eucalyptus, that’s totally normal. If you like the tingling, you can add some more oil, or you can even put a TINY bit of cayenne pepper into the mix too, which is a vasodilator and will help absorption into the skin. Wash it off like any other facial scrub, and keep the remainder refrigerated until next usage.
Use it daily for a week or more, and it’ll do wonders!
So there you are my lovelies! Two skincare potions for beautiful Witches! Stay gorgeous in mind, body and soul everyone.
early morning gingko leaf collecting and plant themed bujo w/ my precious baby boy <3 Most of the afternoon today was me struggling with my old laptop ;__; Back to school sales please come quickly and put me out of my misery
Hi having a bad day :( would appreciate if you could write me something fluffy to cheer me up?? But only if you're not too busy..
title I love you summary for those days that don’t feel so good pairing itasaku
“Haruno-san. You have a visitor,” someone whispered. No one nudged each other in the lab. Explosions, both metaphorical and literal, were bound to happen that way.
“Mm…who?” asked Sakura without looking up. She set the flask down on her workstation. Rubbing at her nose with the inside of her wrist, she glanced over at her coworker. He shrugged.
“Some Uchiha. Brooding. Dark hair. Can’t tell which he is,” he answered. Sighing, Sakura nodded. Better honesty than a random guess. To the untrained eye all Uchiha could look equally sulky and unapproachable. She had often described them as a clan of cats in human bodies. (To which Sasuke had conceded with minimal protest.)
“Excuse me! You can’t just waltz in here! You could contaminate everything!” someone grumbled from across the lab.
Completely ignoring the warnings, he trudged in, hands shoved deep into his pockets. Sakura started when his forehead connected with her shoulder.
“SHISUI-SENPAI! I almost spilled that!” she shrieked as she whirled.
“I need you,” Shisui said, dodging her angry swats.
“Get out, you degenerate,” she snapped in return. Rolling his eyes, he grabbed her wrists.
“Not like that. Like I need your help. Let’s go,” Shisui retorted just as angrily. Hefting her over his shoulder like a sack of rice, he hauled her out of the lab. His grey flak jacket and the sword on his back probably had something to do with the fact that not a single person stepped in to defend her.
ZKWeek Day 1: Fire Lady Words: 1463 Read it on AO3
There was a time, not so long ago, when waterbending brought
Katara nothing but pleasure. The knowledge that she had risen to mastery in
just a few short months, coupled with the sinuous push and pull of her element,
the flowing rhythms of her qi, made her daily practice a delight. In the eerie
tranquillity of Ba Sing Se and through the stressful days cooped up at the
Western Air Temple, it had been a balm, and even here, in the Fire Nation,
waterbending by the turtle-duck pond was once an activity solely for her
Now, however, she can feel the hostile eyes on her back, can
almost hear the whispering behind pale hands that follows her everywhere. Each
move she makes is a political statement about who she is and what she intends
to be. After all, the scandalised ministers proclaim, nobody ever heard of the
Fire Lady being a waterbender. Part
of her enjoys flaunting her powers, just to irk them with her presence. These
old men who dragged the war on for their own profit, who remained too shrewd to
be discarded in favour of more progressive minds. They’ve made an art of pestering
Zuko, running him in circles, and this is the only diplomatic form of petty
revenge she can take.
Still, she misses the anonymity she had before she and Zuko
announced their engagement.
She’s getting married. Growing up, Katara had never had time
to think about marriage, let alone the person who might one day be her partner,
because the only other person her age left in the village was Sokka, and even
thinking about it… ew. And then there was the war and the avatar and the
mission to save the world, and since then it’s been one thing and another,
perhaps a destiny she’s been running from all along. She still doesn’t know how
to feel about it.
That last part isn’t entirely true, she chides herself as
she sweeps into Pentapus Stance. She loves Zuko, and the thought of marrying
him, being joined to him as Tui and La are joined in the heavens, makes her
giddy in a way she doesn’t have words to describe. No, it’s the enemies they’ve
made along the way that has her worried, the conservative factions in court,
the warmongers, whispers of a group calling themselves the Talons that stir in
the underbelly of the city.
All these thoughts cloud her mind, however, and make the
water shiver between her arms, so she forces them away. There’s a change in the
air behind her. She allows herself a grin, but doesn’t pause the flow of energy
from one hand to another as she hears Zuko settle into the roots of the gingko-willow
by the pond. He always has had a knack for turning up when she least expects
She rises into her final stance and sends the water back
into the pool, opens her eyes. Zuko smirks at her, though she can’t tell
whether the appreciation in his gaze is for her figure or for the show of
bending skill. Perhaps for him, respect and desire go hand in hand.
“Don’t stop on my account,” he says. “I was rather enjoying
She flips her hair over one shoulder and steps into the
cooling shade of the willow. “It’s getting too hot. Besides, I’ve been told
it’s the height of impropriety to turn your back on the Fire Lord.”
With a low chuckle, he grabs for her hand and pulls her into
his lap, onlookers be damned, and presses a kiss to her temple. She leans into
the gesture, tilting her head in an open invitation he all too gladly accepts,
leaving a trail of soft lips and nipping teeth down the length of her neck,
little kisses that trace a line he knows off by heart. Her giggles turn breathy
when he laps at the sweat beaded on her collarbone.
“Don’t tell me you came out here just to have your way with
me,” she says.
“No,” Zuko replies, “but maybe you can take me inside later
and have your way with me.” Tucking
his arms around her waist, he leaves off his teasing and nuzzles deeper into
the scent of her hair. “I found something I wanted to show you.”
It’s black silk bundle embroidered with phoenixes and
pomegranates, the golden thread under-sewn with a rainbow of other colours that
spark when the light catches them. For a few moments Katara simply stares at
the craftsmanship, still overawed that such regalia can exist when she grew up
in a world where beauty came only second to necessity. But Zuko is waiting for
her to open it, so she delicately unknots the twined silk cords that hold it
closed, and peels back the protective folds of material to reveal a necklace
made of gold-chased jade beads, simple enough to look at, but very finely made.
With Zuko’s help, she lifts it from its wrappings and lays it against her neck,
holding it in place so he can fasten the clasp to keep it there. For a while
they sit, admiring the lightness of the green stone against the dusky shade of
“It’s beautiful,” she murmurs eventually.
“It was my mother’s.”
Katara’s eyes snap to his. “Your -? Zuko, are you sure you
want me to have this? I…”
“She would have wanted you to have it,” he informs her,
tucking a stray lock of hair behind her ear. “And I for one think it looks
better on you than gathering dust in the family vault.”
“You know, you’re still having trouble with those
compliments,” she teases.
“Pesky things,” he answers. “But I am getting better at them, oh most radiant blossom of my life.”
“That’s just overkill.”
Their fingers trace absent patterns along each other, their
silence filled by the splashing of the fountain and the cheeping of the
turtleducklings as they hunted for insects.
“I wish I could have met her,” Katara voices eventually,
though she doesn’t add all the questions she would ask, all the doubts she
might share only with another woman who knew what it was like to be treated
more like an icon in a temple than a person.
Zuko squeezes her hand. “She would have loved you.” He
plants another kiss to the temple.
“The ministers don’t seem to think so.” The words are
bitter. She can’t help it. “They’ve found a new sport in making comparisons
between now and ‘the good old days’.” When
the fire lady was everything she was supposed to be. Zuko tenses beside
her, but he says nothing. He knows better than most that she needs to let out
the things she been bottling up, without judgement, and only strokes her back, calm,
long passes from shoulder to waist and back.
“Are we doing the right thing?” she asks, when she finally
musters her courage. “I’m still worried it’s a step too far, too soon. It’s not
that long ago our nations were at war with each other.”
“Katara.” Zuko’s voice is firm and warm, like the soft light
of embers. “Listen to me. You will be an amazing Fire Lady. You’re not my
mother, but then, the Fire Nation back then was a very different place.” For a
moment, his expression darkens, and she brushes a gentle hand against his scar,
still grieving for him, still angry for what his father did.
“There’s nobody better suited. You’re already my partner –”
kiss to her cheek – “my advisor –” to her forehead – “the love of my life.” The
final kiss is delivered to the tip of her nose, and it makes her chuckle. “This
is just going to make everyone else in the world know that. But…” And here, his
voice drops, and because he treasures her, “If you’re having second thoughts,
if you want to –”
“No!” There’s never been a decision she’s more sure of than
wanting to be his wife. She takes his face in both her hands, turns it to stare
him straight in the eye. “Zuko, I am marrying you. I said yes, and I don’t
regret saying yes, not for a minute. And that’s not just out of spite for all those
crusty old men who like to grumble every time I walk into a room.”
His grin comes back. “Well, I’m glad we cleared that up.”
She laughs again, sighs as she rests her forehead against
his. It will be hard, she knows, but she’s blazed a trail before, and they’ve
come through worse.
“I’m just worried.”
“I love you.”
“Good.” And he takes gentle hold of her chin and angles her
head so he can kiss her properly, propriety be damned.
Q. If you don’t mind me asking, can you recommend some good sageuks?
Well, I don’t know what kind of Korean historical drama/movie you would like. (Trendy? Traditional? Political? Romantic? Timeslip?) So, I made the following list of Korean Sageuks (mostly since 2000~) in chronological order. You can pick up anything you want. :)
★ = Good for beginners (You don’t have to know much about Korean history in advance) ◯ = Daebak (popular in South Korea. More than 30% viewership ratings on TV, or over 7 million tickets at the box office.) ◉ = Hallyu hit (popular in foreign countries) ↗ = Timeslip genre ♡ = Romance-centric, or Erotic ◀ = My favorites
Title in Bold + Italic = My recommendation
■ Three Kingdom period 삼국시대 三國時代 (37 BC - 668 AD)
* Goguryeo 고구려 高句麗 (37 BC – 668 AD)
2006 MBC Jumong / Prince of the Legend주몽 朱蒙 (BC 58~ BC 19) ★◯◉
2008 KBS The Land of the Winds 바람의 나라 (AD 4~44)
2009 SBS Princess Ja-Myung / Ja Myung Go 왕녀 자명고 自鳴鼓 (?~32) ♡
2007 MBC The Legend / The Story of the First King’s Four Gods 태왕사신기 太王四神記 (374~412) ★◯◉
2011 KBS Gwanggaeto, The Great Conqueror 광개토태왕 廣開土太王 (374~412)
2013 KBS The Blade and Petal 칼과 꽃 (618~642)
2006 SBS Yeon Gaesomun 연개소문 淵蓋蘇文 (603~666)
* Kaya 가야 伽倻 (42–562)
2010 MBC Kim Su-Ro, The Iron King 철의 제왕 김수로 金首露 (42~199)
* Baekje 백제 百濟 (18 BC – 660 AD)
2010 KBS The King of Legend 근초고왕 近肖古王 (285~375)
2013 MBC King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang 제왕의 딸 수백향 (501~523)
2005 SBS Song of the Prince / The Ballad of Seodong 서동요 薯童謠 (580~641) ★◯♡◀
2011 MBC Gye-Baek 계백 階伯 (?~660)
* Silla 신라 新羅 (57 BC – 935 AD)
2016 KBS Hwarang : The Poet Warrior Youth 화랑 花郞 (526~576)
2010 MBC Queen Seondeok 선덕여왕 善德女王 (576~647) ★◯◉♡◀
2012 KBS King’s Dream 대왕의 꿈 (604~661)
* Unification of Three Kingdoms 삼국 통일 (660~668)
1992 KBS The Tales of Three Kingdoms 삼국기 三國記 (576~668)
2011 MBC Gye-Baek 계백 階伯 (607~660)
2012 KBS King’s Dream 대왕의 꿈 (604~661)
2003 Movie Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield 황산벌 荒山伐 (660)
I’m such a proud fish mom. All of them but Gingko were the sickest looking ones on the shelf when I got them, or in Guac A. Molé’s case from someone that was keeping him in a vase, and now you wouldn’t even be able to tell