Anise - Used to help ward off the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Fill a sleep pillow with anise seed to prevent disturbing dreams.
Bay Leaf - Protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Place under the pillow (or use in dream pillow) to induce prophetic dreams.
Bergamot - Money, prosperity, protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep.
Catnip - Provides protection while sleeping. Grow near the home or hang over the door to attract good spirits and luck.
Celery Seed - Mental and psychic powers, concentration. Use in sleep pillow to induce sleep. Chew celery seed to aid in concentration.
Chamomile - Love, healing, and reducing stress. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep.
Hops - Believed to increase the restfulness & serenity of sleep. Also used for healing rituals, sachets, and incense.
Jasmine - Use in dream pillows to induce sleep or burn in the bedroom to bring prophetic dreams. Helps to promote new, innovative ideas. Also good for charging quartz crystals.
Lavender - Magickal uses include love, protection, healing, sleep, purification, and peace. Promotes healing from depression. Great in sleep pillows and bath spells. Burn the flowers to induce sleep and rest, then scatter the ashes around the home to bring peace and harmony.
Marigold - Place above the bed or in dream pillows for prophetic dreams. Scatter under the bed for protection while sleeping.
Peppermint - Use to increase the vibrations of a space or in spells and incense for healing & purification. Place in sleep pillow to ensure peaceful sleep and bring about prophetic dreams. Use to anoint furnishings and household objects. Burn in a new home to clear out sickness and negative energy. Use in magickal workings to provide the push needed to bring change to one’s life. Carry with other herbs to boost love & abundance wishes.
Poppy Seeds - Pleasure, heightened awareness, love, luck, invisibility. A popular ingredient in food magick. Sleep on a pillow stuffed with poppy seeds to bring relief from insomnia.
Thyme - Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others. Wear a sprig to ward off unbearable grief or provide strength and courage when needed. Burn or hang in the home for banishing, purification, and to attract good health for all occupants. Use in cleansing baths prior to working candle magick. Use in dream pillows to ward off nightmares and ensure restful sleep. Add a thyme infusion to the bath regularly to ensure a constant flow of money. Place in a jar and keep in the home or at work for good luck.
Violet - Calms the nerves, draws prophetic dreams and visions, stimulates creativity, and promotes peace & tranquility. Violet leaf provides protection from all evil. Violet crowns are said to cure headaches and bring sleep. Keep a spray of violets on the altar to enhance night magick. Wear the leaves in a green sachet to help heal wounds and prevent evil spirits from making the wounds worse.
Many have heard of potions but aren’t sure about the making of a potion and what it Intel’s. a potion may represent an abstract quality, or inspire the mind to some significant awareness, or sooth the body to a state of well being, according to their concoction. When making a potion one has to put into account the meaning and use of the herbs used in the creation.
The creation of a potion can be as simple as making tea to as difficult as baking a soufflé . With potions there is an array of ingredients and magical correspondences one can use.
• time of day
•day of the week
There are a few different directions you can go in the making of a potion.
Tincture (Philters) potion
First crush the herb material with a mortar and pestle .
With the creation of a tincture you use a large mason jar and fill it ¾ full of the chosen herbs then full the remaining space with 70 proof alcohol (vodka or rum). Then keep in a dark place for two weeks shaking it twice daily. After the two weeks strain out the plant matter and keep the remaining liquid in a dark bottle.
~when you wish to use it. Use a dropper and mix 2 drops of the condensed liquid to a cup of distilled water.
You can make a crystal elixir in your water bottle for the day for example for healing your can add amethyst, carnelian and agate or you can add crystals to your herbal potions the same way as the water method. Tho you can’t add any crystal because some crystals are poisonous, I suggest that you do thorough research on the crystals you choose to use. So you don’t accidentally Poison your self.
–Steep a stone in water for a measured amount of time in sunlight or moon light. You may leave the stone in the liquid and renew the fluid as necessary. Make sure the stone is scrubbed clean and rinsed well before you use it. Also make sure you have cleansed the stone of any foreign energy by any chosen method.
–An herbal elixir is a liquid that contains properties of planetary energies, because of the inclusion of herbs possessing the chosen plants equivalent vibrations. In an elixir, the herbs are blended with the physical, astral, and spiritual which all three levels are balanced. Thus all three are affected when the elixir is used. An alcohol based substance such as brandy in which you will place the herbs to extract the “sulphur” (astral qualities of the herb).
—Place 1 pint of brandy in a small enamel or glass sausepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer with the pan covered until you have reduced the liquid alcohol by half. Then turn the heat off.
—Pour the reduced alcohol into a dark, wide mouth jar. Now add ½ cup of your chosen dried herbs or 1 cup fresh herbs to the reduced alcohol in the jar and seal it. The alcohol is considered “mercury” (spiritual qualities of the herbs used)
—Keep the herbs and alcohol in your sealed jar in a slightly warm place for about 2 weeks.
—At this point strain the mixture until it is clear and has no particles of herb left in it.
— take the herbs that you have strained out for the last step in the process( store in a dark wide mouth jar) allow the herbs to completely dry . This may take a few days. When they are dry, place them in a fire resistant dish and ignite them. Allow the herbs to burn to ash.
–Next place the ashes in their fire resistant dish over the low flame of a Bunsen burner and heat the ashes to a red glow while grinding them occasionally. This produces “salt”
(Physical qualities of the herb)
–mix the “salt” back into the liquid in your dark jar and store the mixture again in its worm place. Let it sit for another 2 weeks.
–after that time, pour the liquid off, leaving the solid matter in the jar and seal it.
–allow it to sit another 2 weeks then open the jar and allow any moisture to evaporate.
–after the elixir completely drys scrape it into an air tight container.
—you can certainly save the liquid that you removed from the solid matter and use it in a bath, or discard it, you may pour it into a running stream to disperse your desires into the univers.
~when you wish to use the elixir , mix ¼ tsp of dry elixir with 2 cups water and take it internally over a weeks period prior to your magical working.
An herbal condenser is not dimple to prepare than an elixir but can be used in similar ways.
–first take a large handful of an herb or herbal combination and place it in a small glass or enamel pot. Cover the herbs with distilled water.
–let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes with the pot covered. Turn off the heat and allow your mixture to cool, leavening the pot covered.
–when it is cool, strain out the herbs and return the liquid to the pot again. Summer with the lid on until the liquid has boiled down to Half.
– cool the liquid again and mix it with grain alcohol equal to the volume of the liquid.
–now add 10 flakes of gold and stir.
Bottle it in a dark amber or blue bottle to keep any light from touching the liquid and store in a cool dark place.
~when your wish to use the condenser, shake it first, then drink a liqueur glass full each day for a week prior to your rite.
—When you wish to begin your potion making I suggest that you put lots of thought into your process, so you can work the herbs powers to there extent. The day , the time, the amount, and the season all play rolls in this art.
• if there are any questions my ask is always open.
~The Darkest of Lights
Arin Murphy Hiscock
A simple spell potion for when you need to get some shut eye.
1 part chamomile buds
1 part catnip
optional: bag of passion flower tea
honey to taste
Bring the moon water to a boil, then add catnip, chamomile, and passion flower to a tea diffuser pour the moon water over the mixture into a cup. Steep for five minutes, then remove diffuser. Add at least one spoonful of honey to tea, then stir counterclockwise while visualizing the excess energy leaving your body. Sip before bed, breathing slowly and drinking in the moon’s calming energies.
I want to share this remedy with those of you who suffer from menstrual cramps like I do. In the past I’ve suffered debilitating period pain so severe that I’ve been hospitalized, but this remedy has been a life changer for me. It provids so much relief!
Period Pain Potion recipe:
2 tablespoons dried raspberry leaf
1 tablespoon dried cinnamon bark chips
1 tablespoon dried cramp bark
1 tablespoon dried passionflower
1 tablespoon dried willow bark
1 tablespoon dried ginger root, or if you prefer to use fresh ginger you can omit this and just add a few fresh slices to each batch you brew.
½ tablespoon dried scull cap (valerian root can be used as a substitute for a night time blend to help you sleep)
1 gallon moon water for brewing (optional, but can enhance the effects and help you get in touch with the divine feminine/lunar energy for a more positive period experience)
Mix your herbs up ahead of time so they will be ready for you when you need them. Store them in an air tight container to keep them fresh (I use a recycled glass jar). Be sure to label and date it.
Use approximately 1 tablespoon of herbal mixture per cup of boiling water. Add 2-3 slices of fresh ginger at this time if you didn’t add the dried ginger to your herbal mixture. Allow to steep for 5-15 minutes before removing herbs. The longer they steep, the stronger your potion will be.
Drink at onset of pain and continue to drink as needed throughout your cycle.
I usually brew this by the quart so that it’s in the refrigerator ready for me to drink as needed. It can also be brewed at twice the concentration and diluted with moon water later rather than boiling the moon water to brew it with. It’s totally up to you. :-)
Peace, love, and blessings,
Use of this remedy is at your own risk. I’m not a medical professional and advise that you to do your own research on herbal remedies, especially if you could be pregnant, are nursing, have a medical condition, or are taking any medication, please consult with your physician first.
Sleepy time tea bag
If tea is not available chamomile, mint, hawthorn berries and orange work
Crystal (I used a sea shell because the calming waves always put me to sleep)
Lavender oil if available
1. Create or find a sigil that supports pleasant sleep
2. Rub lavender oil on crystal/shell
3. Place sigil in satchel (use color paper that you find calming/ promotes sleep )
4. Put tea/herbs into the satchel
5. Charge in the sunlight
6.Place near your bed
7. Enjoy your restful sleep
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 8 The Potions Master
“Snape finished calling the names and looked up at the class. His
eyes were black like Hagrid’s, but they had none of Hagrid’s warmth.
They were cold and empty and made you think of dark tunnels.
“You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of
potionmaking,” he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but
they caught every word – like Professor McGonagall Snape had the gift of keeping a
class silent without effort. “As there is little foolish wand-waving
here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you
will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with
its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through
human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses…. I can teach
you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death – if you aren’t
as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”
Oh HEY Snape. This chapter has been my favorite thus far I hope everyone enjoys it!
My craft is quite personal. I just follow my instincts and choose things that seem to call to me at the time, so you won’t find me posting spells very often. But as I was making up this spell bottle I thought I’d post it to inspire others to create something similar or to add a little magick to their holiday season.
This bottle contains:
-water (from my home) -a few drops of sweet orange essential oil (to keep my family close) -lavender buds (for less stress) -rose buds (for love) -bay leaf (for prosperity) -catnip (for my kitty) -sea salt (for luck in my craft) -dandelion (so my wishes come true)
While placing this bottle under the light of the holiday full moon, I will chant:
With this elixir I ask the Earth to be with me now and in this year’s new birth.
I plan to dab the charged water on my wrists and behind my ears throughout the year to empower me and remind me of my goals from the previous year.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays, and a lovely new year (: