The Next Time You Cut Your Finger, Save a Life

Ten thousand people need bone marrow transplants each year to fight life-threatening diseases, but only half of them get one. Graham Douglas, who works at ad agency Droga5, came up with a unique solution to get more donors: Stick a sign-up kit inside a Band-Aid box. When people cut their finger and goes hunting for a Band-Aid, they can just dab some of the blood on a Q-tip-like swab, drop it in an envelope already included in the kit, and put it in the mail to the lab.

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Sick Day Tips Masterpost

General Stuff:

  • Drink lots of water and go pee a lot! It’ll help flush out the toxins
  • Make sure to keep your face moisturized. The last thing you want to deal with when your sick is itchy irritated skin 
  • If you have the energy, do some light exercise. It’ll help to invigorate your body
  • Avoid too much screen time D: (sorry that includes tumblr)
  • Try to avoid wearing makeup, or wear as little as possible 

Sore Throat:

  • Drinking Ginger Tea helps a lot :3
  • If you have a clogged/phlegm-y throat, gargling salt water will help (don’t drink it though– you’ll feel even sicker!)
  • Other easy teas are milk and honey or water lemon and honey

Stuffy Nose:

  • Hot showers help get the mucus out
  • As does vapor– fill a bowl with boiling water, then place your head over it with a towel covering your head and try to breathe through your nose. If it gets too hot just take the towel off for a couple of seconds and then continue (this is also great for clearing up the clogged pores in your face! :D)
  • When you go to bed, stack your pillows so that your head is elevated
  • Remember: Eyes, nose, and mouth are connected- so if you have a cold and wear contacts, its best to avoid wearing them if you can. You want to keep those three outlets as free as possible

Upset Stomach:

  • Eating Ajwain seeds or drink ajwain tea helps if you feel nauseous
  • Eating prunes or drinking prune juice helps relieve constipation
  • For eating, remember the B.R.A.T diet: Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Drinking chicken broth or apple juice is also really good for getting some nutrients without having to try to stomach solid food


  • The best OTC medicine to take if you have a headache is Aspirin because if it is an average headache it is most likely caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain, so blood thinners are good
  • Drink lots of water! It will do the same as Aspirin 
  • Stay away from screens or straining your eyes at all and get some shut eye in a dark room

Feel Better bbs!


5 reasons to grow mint

  1. Mint is so simple to grow, all you need is a cheap tub and some dirt. I used the old inside of a washing machine, and it’s perfect! It also looks great in the garden.
  2. Mint makes for an amazing tea with or without honey or sugar.
  3. Mint has many healing benefits and can help with digestion, constricted muscles, minor aches and pains, and is great as an antiseptic and antibacterial.
  4. It is great for cooking or making sauce for lamb roasts. Or even just dipped in chocolate.
  5. Finally, it is useful for making lotions and beauty products. Mint can also be used to treat acne. 

calling witches of all sorts! what are y'all’s remedies for colds/flus/sickneses? im coming down with something, and I really can’t afford to miss any school this week since I have a bunch of tests and shit. it would be super appreciated if any of you guys could send me your remedies or even just some good vibes! thank you!

Remedy for sore throats ﻬ


1 bag of Chamomile tea
2 tbs local honey
1 cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 single pinch of cinnamon

The heat of the tea will open the pores in your throat.

The Chamomile will sooth the ache and the redness. Also will provide a calming effect for your entire body.

The honey will seep into those open pores and serve as a calming balm to the burning sensation.

The fact that it is local honey will help your body develop an immunity to the illness.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful remedy for viruses as it had many medicinal qualities and antioxidants. (It is recommended that you should drink a cap full daily even when you are not sick)

The cinnamon is simply for the taste. Apple Cider Vinegar is a strong, bitter flavor, so the cinnamon makes it more palatable.

Drink one cup a day until your sore throat is completely gone.

You should feel the effects within an hour of drinking your tea

Blessed be! ﻬ


December 23rd 1867: Madam C.J. Walker born

On this day in 1867 Sarah Breedlove (later known as Madam C.J. Walker) was born in Delta, Louisiana. She was born on a cotton plantation to sharecropper parents who had recently been freed from slavery. At the age of seven Sarah was orphaned, and moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi where she found employment on a plantation. She longed to escape the oppressive working environment and soon married and moved to Missouri, while attending night school. In the 1890s Breedlove developed a scalp disorder which caused her to lose much of her hair, and led her to experiment with home remedies to help her hair. Breedlove soon founded her own company and, with the help and encouragement of her second husband, came to be known as Madam C.J. Walker. Her company, which made hair products for African-American women, was a huge success and earned her millions of dollars and eventually expanded overseas in Latin America and the Caribbean. Walker is also known for her philanthropy and promotion of the rights of African-Americans and women - stipulating that only women could be president of her company. She died in 1919, aged 51, leaving a large part of her fortune to charities and her children. Walker is remembered as an important figure in African-American history and a remarkable woman, who was born in a log cabin as the first free-born member of her family and, through hard-work and business acumen, became the first female self-made millionaire in American history.

“I got my start by giving myself a start.”
- Madam C.J. Walker

Fixing Acne Naturally

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Hi witchlets!

Today I came across this post to fix acne, from EclecticWiccans, linked and transcribed below for convenience:

“This spell must be cast on a Sunday during the Waning Moon.

You will need the following items for this spell:

Brown(preferred) or Blue Candle

Go to a bathroom or wash room. Light the candle and meditate for a minute. Think of why you want this, and what it would help you with. 

Look in the mirror and see the face you want, the skin you want. Light the candle and turn the light off. Have the candle bellow your face so it is still illuminated in the mirror.

While your washing your face say:

Goddess of Beauty,
Goddess of Cleanliness,
Oh Please Aphrodite,
Rid my skin of Blemishes.
This is my will
So Mote it Be.

Repeat as many times as you feel necessary, although it only needs to be recited once.”

….And I find I have a few things to say about it!!

Acne can be a pretty embarrassing experience. :( It’s really hard to feel like you are blemished and unattractive, especially when you are surrounded by flawless, smooth-skinned models and actors in the media, and other people your age or older don’t seem to be having the same problems you are.

But I will let you in on a little secret.

EVERYONE GETS ACNE. No matter how old, what gender, what race, or what occupation. Even the “flawless” models you see have blemishes – they just also have the advantage of huge amounts of makeup, professional lighting, and Photoshop to make it seem like they have no skin problems at all. And especially for teenagers, the media is very misleading: The actors who play teenagers on screen are RARELY themselves teens. Usually, they are in their 20s and sometimes they are closer to 30. This is a pretty big gap in terms of where your bodies are physically and hormonally!

Now for the meat of the matter.

The above spell will not help your acne– not one bit– unless you combine it with another solution. (And that’s leaving aside the dangers of asking a major deity for help on a fairly minor issue, without any kind of offering as payment.) This post will give you some mundane and some herbal remedies that you can use, as well as some information about why they work and how pimples form at all. Information comes from my partner, who is a medical professional, and my witchy friend @altarsmoke for the herbal remedies!

Acne is caused by:

1. Hormones (a common premenstrual sign or sign of stress)

2. Minor burns and scrapes (from shaving, or skin chafing from tight clothes or during physical activity)

3. Bacteria in the skin pores (can be caused by oily skin or makeup)

4. Dead skin trapped between layers of new skin (can be caused by dry skin, or commonly by growth spurts when your whole body is growing rapidly over a very short period of time)

Mundane solutions

1. Hormonal/Stress Acne
To try to regulate acne from hormonal causes: minimize your stress levels, eat a balanced and regular diet free of processed fats and sugars, get a regular amount of sleep, and keep your skin clean by washing it once a day. You can use a skin care product containing benzoyl peroxide to shorten the lifespan of any acne you have, but this will not prevent future outbreaks.

2. Acne From Abrasions & Ingrown Hairs
When you shave, you can cut off the hair at a point where the skin can grow over it. When the hair continues growing under the skin, it causes a painful inflamed area. To solve an ingrown hair, lance the growth, drain it, dig the hair out of it, and disinfect with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. 

To minimize the occurrence of ingrown hairs, moisturize right after shaving. A regular lotion will do the trick just fine. To minimize ingrown hairs from chafing, use a product that allows the skin to glide over itself and reduces friction on it. Applying a deodorant stick works very well (not on your face though– just on your pubic area/thighs/armpits). Or any regular moisturizing lotion is a good solution too. There are also dedicated anti-chafe gels and creams available at places like runner’s stores and, of course, online.

3. Bacterial Acne
The bacteria that live on your skin eat the oils your skin produces. If your skin is very oily, the oils collect in your pores and follicles and the bacteria will follow. When the bacteria are stuck in your pores and follicles, they create inflammation that becomes a pimple. To prevent this, wash your face once a day with a cleansing product you like and a textured washcloth to help reduce oil levels and clean bacteria out of the pores.

Bacteria also eat makeup, so make sure you clean off all your makeup daily with a cleansing product you like and a textured washcloth to make sure you clean it out of your pores. NEVER, EVER, EVER SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP. THAT IS A PIMPLE GUARANTEE.

4. Trapped Dead Skin
When your skin is too dry, the outer layer of skin cells die off. Your body then produces a new layer of skin cells to take the dead ones’ place. The more dead skin cells you have, the more likely it is that some will get trapped under the new layer of skin. To prevent this, wash your face with a product you like (some products are exfoliants which can further help) and a textured washcloth to remove the dead skin cells. Then moisturize to restore the humidity of your skin and prevent further dead skin cells.

Dead skin cells can also happen when you are experiencing or about to experience a growth spurt (common during the teen years). Again, the answer is exfoliation once a day.


Herbal Remedies

Now for the witchy part. ;) You can make any of these remedies a regular part of your magickal practice if you so choose. You can consecrate, bless, and charge your herbs yourself. If you choose to make your skincare into a ritual to honor a beauty deity (perhaps by combining it with EclecticWiccans’ spell above!), it may help give the regimen a magickal boost and also help you integrate the regimen into your everyday routine. :)

1. Stress/Hormonal Acne
You can calm down by using a lavender, rose, and chamomile face soak. The witch hazel and nettle toner is soothing; for extra relaxation, add rosemary and lavender too. Eat a regular diet free of processed fats and sugars, get a regular amount of sleep, and troubleshoot your emotional stressors.

2. Ingrown Hairs
To solve an ingrown hair, lance the growth, drain it, dig the hair out of it, and disinfect with tea tree oil. You can minimize redness and reduce inflammation with a poultice of rosemary and lavender. Again, moisturizing and minimizing chafing is an important part of ingrown hair prevention.

3. Bacterial Acne
In this case use clay masks with charcoal and tea tree oil, followed by a tincture of witch hazel and nettle tea as a toner. You can spot treat bad zits of this sort with tea tree oil.

4. Trapped Dead Skin
First exfoliate to remove the dead skin– you can use rosemary tincture with sea salt for this. Then use a moisturizing mud mask like clay and cocoa. Finish off with a witch hazel and nettle toner with rosemary (skip the tea tree– it’s too drying).

Although these are some ways to manage and hopefully prevent the larger part of acne, there is no 100% guaranteed total acne prevention. Everyone gets acne at some point! If you are experiencing persistent acne issues, I urge you to visit your doctor for professional solutions. Remember, magic is an addition to science, not a replacement for it.

Good luck, you beautiful creatures!

How cute? They’re called Help Remedies.

“Hello I’m sorry you cut yourself. It could be an isolated incident, or maybe you’re a very clumsy person. Don’t worry. The clumsy are much more lovable than the graceful. The graceful are always busy ballet dancing, doing incredible feats on a trapeze, The clumsy are always busy being coddled, rubbed, or cared for" 

"Hello. I’m sorry about your headache. Don’t be embarrassed. It doesn’t mean that you’re dim witted. Maybe it means the opposite. Maybe your thoughts are so radical they astounded your brain. You ought to be proud of your headache.
"I have a headache,” you should say to your boss. “You’re promoted,” your boss will say.

But you probably want to get rid of your headache, that’s probably why you purchased this package in the first place. So sit down on a cussiony object, and swallow two tablets.“

Infographic Of The Day: The Insane Choices You Face At The Drugstore

“At first sight, you might assume that this is merely an illustrative chart–that all the branches are simply hypothetical choices that one might face. But the chart, in fact, has real data in it–it just happens to be done so tiny that you can’t easily read the actual drugs on offer.”