herbal infusion

“hello,” the dark lord said, “i need a library card.”

“everyone needs a library card,” the librarian said brightly, sliding a form across the desk. “fill this out.”

the dark lord produced her own elaborately plumed quill from the depths of her robes and scrawled her name in handwriting that was completely illegible but seemed to whisper the secrets of the dark from the blinding white page. “yes, but i need mine in order to take over the tri-kingdom area.”

the librarian’s polite smile barely faltered. “funny, the last dark lord to try that didn’t bother with a card.”

“yes, and do you see that fool currently ruling our kingdom? no. of course not. utterly ridiculous, to attempt to take over any size country without a library card, much less an intermediate-sized one like this.” she accepted the thin plastic card with a gracious flourish of her gloved hand.

the librarian, adding the new card’s number to the database, privately agreed, but chose not to say anything.


the librarian balanced the pile of pulled books under one elbow and held the list of call numbers in their hand for easy consultation. “intermediate spell casting for grades three and four,” they murmured, running fingers along the peeling spines until they found it. “willing to bet that’s sorrel’s request.”

they fit the large, paperbound book under their elbow and moved on, checking the list again. “magical creatures encyclopedia, L through M. that’s jackaby trying to finish the entire set by midsummer.” they would get that one last to carry it around the shortest amount of time.

“next — the complete guide to raising the dead.” they paused in front of the row of shelves with the right call numbers. they could guess the requester of that one too, but knew better than to say it out loud.


the return slot thunked loudly as it swung open and closed, having swallowed the returned books with a wet gulp.

“good morning,” the dark lord said pleasantly as she looked up from sliding her books in — or as pleasantly as “good morning” could sound when it was uttered by a voice that sounded like gravel being chewed to pieces by the jaws of a large monster.

“it is, very,” the librarian said crisply, conjuring a clean handkerchief for the still-slobbering return slot.

the mouth just visible under the dark lord’s enormous cloak hood curved into a scythe’s blade smile, but she said nothing else.

“did you enjoy your books?” the librarian asked, since she wasn’t moving and there were no other people waiting (most likely because of the dark lord standing there).

the hood nodded up and down. “extremely. especially the taped lecture by doctor dramidius ardorius of the dark arts institute.”

“well, we have many more taped lectures. i especially recommend the one on the healing powers of tea.” they tilted their head in a now get out sign. the poor steam-powered self-checkout contraption would get overheated if people were too scared to check out at the front desk.

they didn’t really expect the dark lord to take the recommendation seriously, but the next day they noticed the cloaked, hooded specter glide out the door with the taped lecture on magic-infused herbal teas tucked between a CD of dark chants and a step-by-step art book on drawing occult symbols.


“you give good recommendations,” the dark lord said with a shrug when the librarian raised their eyes from the front desk’s computer to the shadows of her hood.

the librarian wasn’t sure what to say. “you seem to take up quite a lot of my time.”

“i’m only a simple library patron,” the dark lord replied in a saintly voice that resembled a dragon coughing up a partially digested house. “do you enjoy mermaid song?”

“yes. you can find the library’s collection in the CD section over there.” they looked pointedly back down at the computer.

“i hear there’s a concert on the shore tomorrow evening.”

“perhaps we’ll get a recording of it.”


the dark lord continued taking out books on various unsavory topics. the librarian continued suggesting books on healing, positive thinking, and community service. the dark lord seemed more amused with each visit. her smile was almost charming, once you got past the long, sharp teeth.


the librarian was trying to go about their usual morning ritual of pulling books that had been requested the night before, but the dark lord wouldn’t stop making faces at them from behind gaps in the shelves. she seemed to find it hilarious. the librarian hadn’t decided yet if they were amused or annoyed.

“ooh, look at this,” the dark lord said, pulling a sturdy but beaten up board book featuring a werewolf mid-transformation on the cover from the shelf. “this was my favorite when i was just a little menace.”

“somehow i’m not surprised.”

the dark lord tucked the book into the ridiculous basket made of a large skull that floated alongside her. “didn’t you have a favorite picture book when you were little?”

“Barker the Sentient Book End,” the librarian said promptly. “i screamed for it every night until someone read it to me, long after i’d already memorized each page.”

the dark lord cooed, sounding like a cross between an owl and something eating an owl. “adorable. i knew you had a little monster in you somewhere.”

the librarian crossly debated denying being a monster at all or pointing out they had actual kraken blood in them.


they should have guessed how close the dark lord was from how good her mood was, but it wasn’t until they arrived at work on monday that the librarian heard the news.

“the newest dark lord managed to overthrow the faeyrie monarchy last night. something about combining traditional herbal spells with a newfangled mental magic based on the power of willful thinking… or something. the news reporter mentioned the use of mermaid song in a mild kind of mind control, i think? i wasn’t listening. the good news is, our budget stays in place.”

the librarian contemplated hurling the can of bookmarks across the room, but concluded that it would be both unprofessional and unsatisfying. they settled for aggressively stamping returned, only slightly saliva-covered books with red ink.


the phone clicked loudly. “public library, how can i help you?”

“by taking my offer,” the dark lord said, slightly hesitant voice like a rock slide that wasn’t sure it was ready to slide. “the royal library in the capital needs a new head librarian.”

“why’s that?” the librarian spun in their new swivel chair, tangling the phone cord while they were at it, thinking they wouldn’t want to leave so soon after getting it.

there was a cough like the ocean spitting out a new island. “erm, hmm, last one got… eaten. tragic. these things happen when you’re very, very small, you know.”

“so i’ve heard.” the librarian stretched the phone cord and watched it bounce back. “well, i’m happy where i am.”

“well.” her voice was more disappointed than they’d expected. “it’s a very nice library, you know. large selection of mermaid song in the CD section.”

“the royal library is part of our system. i can request any materials from there that i want to be delivered here.”

a pause. the dark lord had not considered this. “well, maybe i’ll take the royal library out of the system.”

“you wouldn’t dare disrupt the workings of our very intricate library system set up at the dawn of time.”

“maybe i would!”

“no.”

“fine. i wouldn’t.”

the librarian swiveled some more, wrapping the cord around with them until it ran out of give and spun them in the other direction. “would you like to grab a coffee sometime?”

“yes,” the dark lord said, voice too surprised to resemble anything in particular. “i can travel down meet you tomorrow morning.”

“don’t you have things to do?”

they could sense the shrug from the other end of the line. “i’ll move the capital to your town. i can do that, you know. i’m the supreme ruler of the tri-kingdom area.”

“yes,” the librarian agreed, un-spinning to return the phone to its cradle. “just don’t forget who gave you the library card.”

Teas for Witches: the Basics

I can talk about tea literally all day (and I have because I’ve worked in a spice and tea shop for years), and there is SO much to talk about with both health and magical benefits. Teas are made from tea leaves called camellia sinensis, with the exception of herbal teas/infusions. For this, I’m going to list magical and health benefits by type of tea.

Black Tea

Feminine * Earth * Winter * Strength * Stability * Death * Expelling Negativity * Alertness * Energy

Black tea is the most fermented and oxidized of all teas. Its tea leaves look shriveled and black. It combats heart ailments, digestive problems, high cholesterol, asthma, and breast/menstrual problems. Black tea also has a lot of caffeine (47 mg, still less than coffee) and too much of it can cause acidity issues in the stomach.  

Examples: English/Irish Breakfast Tea, Assam, Darjeeling, Lapsung Souchang, Ceylon, Earl Grey

**There is a subset of black tea called Pu-erh, a post-fermented black tea. Some consider this to be the “purest” of all teas and connect it to the aether, as it is rare and valuable.

Green Tea

Masculine * Fire * Summer * Passion * Healing * Conscious Mind * Sexual Health * Love * Energy * Progress * Magic

Green tea is slightly steamed but not fermented, which maintains its green color. It has many health benefits, such as detoxifying, reducing cholesterol and weight, boosting immunity and stamina, and reducing blood glucose. It has less caffeine than black, but still some. 

Examples: Jasmine, Sencha, Matcha, Gyokurocha, Genmaicha, Hojicha, Gunpowder, Dragonwell

Oolong Tea

Feminine * Water * Autumn * Reflection * Meditation * Wisdom * Serenity * Concentration * Romance * Friendship

I always describe Oolong as being between Green and Blacks, since it is half fermented. It can help manage weight and stress, balance blog sugar levels, remove free radicals, and promote healthy skin and bones. HOWEVER, too much can actually speed up bone degradation because it sweeps away excess calcium. And beware of its high caffeine content (I used to drink Raspberry Wulong to pull all-nighters).

Examples: Milk Oolong, Formosa, Wulongs

White Tea

Masculine * Air * Spring * Happiness * Wisdom * Moon * Purification * Protection * Clarity * Cleansing * Beginnings

White tea is a little harder to find. Either the tea leaves are plucked as immature leaves and steamed, or the leaves have not been processed (there seems to be little consensus across cultures). Some have a small amount of caffeine. It’s a great antibacterial and antioxidant, and it improves the heart, oral health, and skin. Drinking a couple cups works better than one, and you can reuse the tea leaves, granted that the second cup will brew longer.

Examples: White teas come in many flavors and are usually labeled as white tea. You may need to seek out a tea shop to find some.

Herbal Tea

Magical properties depend on which herbs are used

This tea seems to be the most popular for witches on tumblr, because it is composed of dry, unprocessed herbs, seeds, fruits, or roots, and has no caffeine (as long as the herb doesn’t!). There are many recipes online as herbals are easy to make. In general, herbal tea promotes calm, reduces cholesterol and risk of heart conditions, cancers, and diabetes. Due to its lack of actual tea leaves it has less antioxidants than other teas. Some don’t even call it a tea, but dub it Herbal Infusion.

Examples: Rooibos, most Chais, Ginseng, Chamomile, Peppermint, Spearmint, Hibiscus

**Yerba Mate is an herbal tea that is notorious for its high caffeine levels (you’ve probably seen the energy drink). It also zaps one’s appetite and can become addictive, so be careful around this tea!

As always, feel free to add/message me of any corrections, and I hope you find your cup of tea!

Lemon and Rose Quartz Infused Water

After some time spent infusing my water, I have noticed the many benefits it has to offer for the mind and body! This infusion contains a couple slices of Lemon and a Rose Quartz. The benefits are endless, it’s literally a magickal potion in a bottle!

Properties and Benefits:

Lemon

The traditional drink of lemon and honey can be spiced up with ginger and garlic to make a potent brew for colds, coughs, and digestive disorders. Overall, this fruit improves resistance to infection due to it’s antioxidant, antiseptic, detoxifying, and nutritive properties. This specific lemon infused water is perfect for those seeking to cleanse and detoxify the mind and body. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which stimulates liver metabolism and can assist in strengthening the immune system.

Rose Quartz

This stone is well known to lower stress and tension in the heart which leads to assisting in steering clear of anger, jealousy, and resentment towards others. It aids in healing heart issues and disease associated with holding on to negative emotions. Rose Quartz, the “Love Stone” can be used to attract Love and strengthen self-love within oneself.

When I drink this infused water, I like to think of it as a little ritual for myself based on the properties it contains. Every sip is drank with intentions of detoxifying my mind and body of unwanted elements such as toxins and negativity. I visualize my heart Chakra opening up and a green light glowing and growing larger with each sip. Do this and you will see change in your mindset and how much more refreshed and positive you will feel!

Happy Healing!

- Jacqueline, the Plant Lady.

Herbal Infusions

Creating infused oil is a low-tech way to expand the use of your herbs.

Herbal-infused oils can be used to create:

  • lip balm
  • body/hand cream
  • soap
  • ointments

OR to simply add a new flavor to your cooking.

Most recipes will suggest one of two ways:

  • Cold Infused Oil

Use flowers and soft parts of herbs - pack a sterile jar tightly with herbs and fill with oil. Seal and allow to sit for one month, shaking jar occasionally. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth, squeezing out the remaining oil. Store in a dark bottle to extend the shelf life.

  • Hot Infused Oil

Use 1 pint of oil per 8 oz of herb. Fill a sterile jar or bowl with your ingredients and place in a sauce pan with water. Allow the water to simmer for 3 - 6 hours. Cool and label the jar - store in a dark bottle.

Fresh Herbs vs. Dry Herbs

Drying your herbs first is an important step when making infused oils. This minimizes risks of mold and bacteria growing in your infusion.

When using fresh herbs, minimize exposure to bacteria by keeping your preparation environment clean, and your storage areas sterile.

Remember: Always do your own research. There is no universal recipe for making infused oils. Experiment! Safely.

Violets are now blooming and can be found pretty much everywhere, so it’s time to make a nice cup of violet tea :)

Collect leaves and flowers, clean them, then dry them or use them fresh. For one cup of tea, you’ll need 2-3 teaspoons of fresh or 1-2 teaspoons of dried violets. Steep for 5-6 minutes.

Violets are good to treat coughs, sore throat, colds, headache and fever, contain several minerals and vitamins and support the immune system. Also have a lovely sweet fragrance and taste :)

Herbal Medicine: What is an Electuary?

An Electuary is a medicinal paste created with something sweet, such as honey or jam. Thick electuaries can be rolled into little balls for children to take with some juice, and thinner electuaries can be mixed with beverages such as hot tea. At its essence, an electuary is an herb infused honey.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the first known use of an Electuary dates back to the 14th century. ‘Electuarie’ is a Middle English word derived most likely from the Greek ‘Ekleikton’ or ‘Ekleichein’ meaning to lick up. After all, a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, am I right? ;-)

The common kitchen witch (and herbalist) will already be familiar with the process of herbal infusions, such as making tea blends, but making and storing electuaries can really kick your magic crafting up a notch. The primary use is medicinal but you can expand this into everyday spellcraft as well. Below are just a few examples of both medicinal and magical electuaries and how to create them.

Medicinal

Chamomile – Mildly sedative and soothing for stress relief.

Mint – Soothes digestive track to help with heartburn, nausea, and indigestion.

Raspberry Leaf – Especially beneficial for women by balancing hormones and helping with painful menses.

Elderberry, Echinacea, Licorice Root – This blend is a good immune supporter and very helpful for viral respiratory infections and treating the symptoms accompanied by the flu.

Magical (individual ingredients or blend to your tastes)

Love – Rose Petals, Lavender Flowers, Lemon Verbena, Apple, Cardamom

Money – Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Almond, Orange

Protection – Anise, Elder Flower, Fennel, Basil, Blackberry

Purification – Rosemary, Bay, Lemon, Chamomile, Nettle, Turmeric

How to make an Electuary

The best results come from using dried herbs or flowers and local raw honey. The dried plant material allows you to store your electuary longer because it has little to no water in it, where fresh plant material will thin the honey and require refrigeration to prevent mold. Raw honey from your local area is also best because it will contain traces of pollen from the trees and flowers in your area which assist with preventing seasonal allergies.

The process is to create a double-boiler system by putting a pot with some water on to boil, then placing a slightly larger metal bowl in it so that it sits snuggly (but not too tight) without touching the water. The gentle steam will warm the metal bowl enough to melt your honey without boiling it directly. Once your double-boiler is assembled put in your desired amount of honey and dried plant material. You can use herbs from your kitchen, ground spices, dried flowers, etc. I would recommend finding food grade if you’re buying online or at a local shop. Organic would be the best of course (pesticides don’t make good electuaries!). The amount of honey to plant material is up to you depending on how strong you want the infusion to be. Let your plant material simmer for an hour in the honey over your double-boiler.

*Alternative* You could infuse your honey and herbs using a small crock pot if you wanted to so you could simmer for 2-3 hours.

If you want your electuary to be a thick paste, finely grind your herbs prior to infusing using a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle if you have that kind of patience). Alternatively you could just use store bought ground herbs/spices. You will want to use more of an equal ratio of plant material to honey to make sure it stays thick. Please note that this will make the honey taste strongly of the herbs you use so be mindful of taste when you’re choosing herbs to blend, or just plan to roll into more of a “plant pill” to be swallowed. After infusing, store in a clean dry jar with a lid.

If you prefer a thinner electuary that can be mixed by the spoonful with a cup of hot water or tea, then you can use any kind of plant material in any amount you’d like with your honey to control strength and flavor. After infusing, strain it into a clean dry jar with lid for storage. Straining a combination of leaves, roots, bark, and ground spices will allow the smaller particles to stay within the electuary while removing the larger more undesirable pieces. This seems to be the most popular method.

You can now use your electuary however you’d like! Medicinal, Magical, with tea, in your cooking, the possibilities are endless so experiment!

Brightest Blessings,

Thalya /|\

Originally posted on my druid page, DruidDaydreams

Calm your nerves infusion: ✨

Super easy and tasty herbal infusion to calm yourself and make you feel at ease:

❁ 1pt Lavender
❁ 2pt Calendula
❁ 2pt Vervain

Chant as you add:

“Herbs three, ye I add,
In this pot do soak and stew,
Grant me calm and bring me ease,
Steep now ye Witches brew!”

Originally posted by itadakimasu-letmeeat

I’ve seen a couple different drinks for cough relief, like turmeric tea or “golden milk”, but this is what my grandma showed my mom and my mom showed me.
I think it started out as JUST ginger and milk (traditional ginger tea), that’s why we call it Jengibre (Ginger), but it’s become a lot more powerful since then! I had a pretty nasty sounding cough last Sunday, and it went away before I even finished the cup! It came back in the morning when I woke up, and then after one more cup it went away for good! k here it is: 

INGREDIENTS:

- A chunk of ginger (should have included a picture… It’s about a quarter of the palm of my hand?)
- 3 stars of anise
- 3 or 4 cinnamon chips (or 2 sticks)
- 1 ½ tsp Holy Basil
- 1 ½ tsp Nettle leaf
- 1 tsp Hyssop herb
- 1 tsp Honey
- 5 or 7 Cloves (I like it spicy… My sister only adds like 3)
- a pinch of Turmeric
- 1 cup Milk
- ¼ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS:
(its not word for word as the picture because I wrote it in my book as I was making it and I had to pay attention to the stove!)

- Crush the cinnamon, anise, and cloves together, then set aside. 
- Peel the ginger, cut it into small pieces.
- Start boiling the ¼ cup of water, then add the ginger as it starts to boil. Press on the ginger to get the juices out!
- Combine leaf ingredients together, put them in a tea bag or small tea infuser 
- After about a minute or two, add the cinnamon, anise, and cloves. Stir. 
- After a minute or two after that, add the teabag/infuser with the herbs. If you’re using a tea bag, press down on it occasionally for potency. 
- It should be hella boiling now and it looks pretty cool. Add the milk, and stir. At this point, you can add more cinnamon, cloves, or ginger to taste. 
- Add the turmeric. 
- When the milk is hot, take it off the heat. Put a sifter over a cup and pour everything in. Squeeze the tea bag to get all the liquid out. Then discard everything except for the liquid in the cup. 
- add honey or brown sugar to your liking! Honey will help with the cough, but I like it pretty sweet so I add both! 

Herbal and Floral Waters

Keep an eye out for bottles of herbal and floral infused waters at your local grocery stores.

Behold the power of Lazy Magic.

  • Buy some water with corresponding flowers/herbs to create desired effect. For example, I have used the Cloves Cardamom and Cinnamon to help with the symptoms of a cold. The floral waters, pictured below, can be used for magical purposed as well.
  • You can infuse the water with energy to give the water an extra magical boost. Place a bottle under the moon. Allow rain water to flow over it. Fill it with your own energy. Chill it. Warm it. Or anything else you can think of!
  • Use it as an ingredient in any spells you want.
  • Discreet magic. Who’s going to question a bottle of water?
  • Delicious, healthy hydration.
  • Super easy.

As offerings to Deities or Entities.

  • I often give the Deities I worship these floral waters as libations. They are luxurious and extremely fragrant. They are also a great alternative to alcohol.
  • You can offer these based on flower/herb/fruit correspondences with your Deities, if you would like. For example, I often give Hekate the Plum Jasmine water in offerings because jasmine is a night-flowering plant. However, I have found that every Deity I have offered these floral or herbal waters to has accepted it. In most cases, they love them! In my experience, Hera adores the Lemon Rose water.  Zeus enjoyed the Lavender Mint water.

How to find them.

  • These waters are all from my local grocery store (Wegmans). You would have the best luck locating these types of waters at a store than has a respectable organic or specialty food section. They run about $1 to $1.50 dollars a bottle.
  • Also, keep in mind you can infuse your own waters!
HERBAL STARTERS!

HThyHerbal starters! (Please be aware of the fact I’m still very new to herbalism myself!)

Starter herbs; always remember to start with the simpler to grow, easier to use and cost effective herbs. They are just as brilliant as any other herbs!
-
Rosemary
- Lavender
- Oregano
- Chives
- Sage
- Thyme
- Basil
- Lemon Balm
- Mint

Starter books; the best way to learn and understand the varsity and intensity that herbalism has to offer you is to hit the books, go to your library and ask them if they have herbalism books the older the better. Read gardening books, and also go to farmers markets if you can they have heaps of cheap books that are packed with information.
-Rosemary Gladstar’s - A Beginners Guide to Herbal Medicine.
-Rosemary Gladstar’s - Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
-Paul Beyerl’s - The Master Book of Herbalism
(Although this one is very magickal as well)
-Simon Mills - Dictionary of Modern Herbalism
-The Royal Horticultural Society’s Encyclopedia of Herbs.
(This one’s great for herbalists who are gardening as well.)

Handy Hints: When beginning herbalism you may think you’ll have it mastered a lot sooner than you will but don’t stress because really it’s not a topic you can master. Just remember to always aim for further learning, read more books, do more trial and error, make more remedies and always stay positive about it. 

There are so many topics to learn; diagnosis, understanding the human body and how to treat it’s issues, understanding how to grow, harvest and store herbs, dosages, remedies etc. The best way to learn all this stuff is to just do it however you please. Don’t spend hours and days stuck on the one part of something. Just study all different topics and bits and pieces, it’s all about how you organize your informations. Keep a folder/book for each category. (Herbal properties and warnings book/folder, herbal remedy and dosage books, growing, harvesting and storing herb books.) This is an easy way to keep yourself interested and build a solid guideline that you can easily go back to whenever some information slips away! 

REMEMBER THAT HERBAL MEDICINE TAKES A LOT OF LOVE, POSITIVE ENERGY AND GOOD INTENT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER YOU ARE SPIRITUAL OR NOT RESPECT YOUR PLANTS, BE THANKFUL FOR THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND AID IN OUR HEALTH AND EVERYDAY LIFE AND PUT YOUR WHOLE SELF INTO EVERYTHING YOU LEARN AND MAKE.

Herbal Tea Properties:

If you’re a herbal tea drinker, you can add a boost to your brew with these correspondences:

Apple - Divination, intuition, love, beauty, friendship, healing, wholeness.

Chamomile - Love, reducing stress, can increase a ritual’s chances of success, healing.

Cocoa - Spiritual ceremonies, used as a form of communion with deities, love, spirituality, meditation.

Hibiscus - Love, lust, divination, dreamwork.

Lemongrass - Psychic cleansing and opening, lust.

Licorice - Love, lust, fidelity.

Peppermint - Healing, purification, gives the ‘push’ needed for change in one’s life.

Pomegranate - Divination, wishes, wealth, fertility.

Rooibos - Rejuvenation, dreamwork, promoting inner peace.

Rosehip - Healing, good luck, calling in good spirits.

Vanilla - Love, lust, passion, restoring lost energy.

anonymous asked:

Hi, first of all I wanted to say that I really love your blog and your fic recs, thanks to you I found so many great fics, so thank you:) I have a request: I really love all the funny posts about Draco's reaction to muggle ellectronics and muggle things in general, and I would like to read fics like that. can you recomand these kind of fics? thank you

Hello hello!!! I absolutely ADORE Draco figuring out muggle stuff!! He is so precious. Also this is a trope that I am always looking to read, so if anyone knows more, please let me know!!

Draco vs. Muggle Things (Drarry Recs)

The Miseducation of Draco Malfoy by @magpiefngrl (37.5K)- Zacharias Smith writes a tell-all about the D.A. Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are not happy about it.
In my opinion this is the holy grail of Draco-in-the-muggle-world fics. It is PERFECT and it’s the fic that made me crave others like this! you can also find this fic on my Top 25 Drarry fics ever list—THAT’S how incredible and freaking hilarious and moving and beautiful and just… all around enjoyable it is! 

The Morning After by @capiturecs and birdsofshore (5.5K)- This is what happens when you stick your wand in places where it really shouldn’t go.
Okay, this fic is HILARIOUS. Pure Draco vs. Harry’s Toaster comedy. From the perspective of both Draco and the toaster!!! Exactly what you want to read. Also there is some delicious smut in there too! <333

Moldova’s Magical Tea by @aibidil (32K)- Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and—to everyone’s surprise—Draco Malfoy are opening a magical tea shop to revive wizarding tea culture and, hopefully, to bring the community together after the war. Harry, who is unemployed and trying to find his way in post-war society, wants to help his friends with their new business—but that means spending a lot of time around Malfoy. Featuring Muggle music from summer 2001, trips to the Muggle cinema, herbology and magical herbal infusions, and Draco trying to convince Harry that, while he’s still a snarky git, he’s no longer a bigot.
This fic is simply fabulous. I love tea, so I was sold on this fic from the summary alone, but I also fell in love with Harry and Draco and their forays into the muggle world! Including muggle music from 2001!!! Which… I LOVE THAT MUSIC. 

100,000 Galleons by @bixgirl1 (28.5K)- When a weekend with Harry gets purchased at a Bachelor charity auction by Malfoy, he’s sure the trip is going to be filled with disaster.
And it is. It really is.
Just… maybe not in the ways he thought.

One of the boys buying a date with the other at an auction is one of my favorite tropes, and this is a brilliant example of why!!! This fic has Harry and Draco doing muggle extracurriculars on vacation, which in my opinion makes said activities twice as amazing. It includes an absolutely iconic scuba gear scene that I shall never forget so long as I live, and I’ll laugh every time I remember it!

Muggle ‘Drug Store Items’ by @l0vegl0wsinthedark (4.5K)- Malfoy’s interest is caught by a certain Muggle drug store item. (Hint: Flavoured Condoms)
This fic is absolutely hilarious. Draco is just so precious and clueless and excited and LOUD about all the flavored condoms, and MAN I had so much second-hand embarrassment! Poor Harry! But also Harry found it adorable and so did I— 3000% worth a bit of blushing ;D

P & T Muggle Adventures by VivacissimoVoce (44K)- Dean Thomas and Harry Potter start a leisure business for wizards that specializes in giving tours of muggle London. Everything goes well until they receive a booking neither one of them wants to take. Harry embarks upon what he suspects will be the worst trip of his life. 
The great thing about this fic is that Harry introduces MalfoyS PLURAL to the muggle world! Can you think of a more entertaining potential recipe for disaster than Harry leading the Malfoy family around muggle London and having to keep them all in check???? Yeah, thought not. 

Salt on the Western Wind by Saras_Girl (60.5K)- When the war isn’t quite as over as it first appears, a guilt-ridden Harry is sent to a mysterious safe-house. Among sandwiches, insomnia, and Mills & Boon, he discovers something quite unexpected.
I’m adding this to the list after a lovely anon reminded me of Draco’s amazing, slowly growing, and very sweet infatuation with Muggle things! And I’m glad it belongs here, because I always love a chance to repeat how completely wonderful Saras_Girl is, and this story!!! Man, it’s so lovely. Bonding and slow burn and forced proximity and a dog and EVERYTHING GOOD!!

Unutha's super simple Sleepy Time Tea.

Ingredients:
1tsp of Ground Valerian root
1tsp Chamomile
Optional: A generous squeeze of lemon, honey, or agave syrup. (Personal choice as both ingredients, but especially Valerian can be quite bitter)

Instruction: Add the ingredients to a pot one at a time, focusing on their relaxing and sleep inducing properties as you do so. As you add each ingredient, chant the following:

“Chamomile to calm my mind,
Valerian to help me sleep,
With your power I shall find,
A most relaxing, deep sleep”

After adding the ingredients to a pot, pour in less than boiling water, I’d -suggest- around 60 degrees centigrade, as too hot water will destroy some of the compounds in the herbs. Leave to sit for 10-20 minutes. Pour and drink while still warm, adding any sweetener to the cup.

Sweet dreams guys! 💤

[WARNING: VALERIAN ROOT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY SLEEPING MEDICATION, AND SHOULD NOT BE USED MORE THAN TWICE A DAY.]

Everyday ways to use Moon Water🌙

So you’ve made moon water and now you’re wondering, how can I use this in various ways? Here are a few I’ve thought of :D Keep in mind that these charged waters pack quite a punch– a little goes a long way. Use little and mix it with regular water to dilute :) (edit: dilution is necessarily when consuming, but can be done otherwise if you want the water to last longer. Only dilute with clean water) Regardless of how you choose to use it, keep your intent(s) in mind.

• painting & rinsing brushes
• use while cleaning– whether it’s the bathroom, or waterproof items of your altar
• use to clean crystals– preferably those that favor the moon (not all crystals can tolerate water)
• add a drop or two in with laundry detergent (not in bottle, in machine where soap goes)
• add a drop of two in with dishwashing detergent (add where soap goes in machine)
• if you leave dishes to soak add some drops
• add in cooking & baking
• add a bit in tea or coffee
• add to your water bottle, glass etc.
• add to smoothies & shakes
• (dilute and) make moon water ice cubes!
• nourish your plants
• use to rinse & cleanse face
• use in homemade facial masks & scrubs
• add to baths
• add to warm water & soak feet (or hands… or both. treat yo self)
• add to pet’s water
• add to bird bath
• add to bee feeders (shallow dishes with a mix of sugar & water, with lil stones for tired bees to rest on)
• can be added to homemade rose water & other floral or herbal water infusions (if you use a bouquet/store brought flowers, there will most likely be pesticides on it; always read up on potential dangers before making these things)
• I like to charge my stored rain, sea, stream etc. water under the moon to give them a boost! It works especially well with sea water of course :) (edit: rain, sea, stream, river etc. water should not be consumed FYI)

*Exercise caution: if you plan to ingest your charged water, make sure it is safe to consume! (Rain, river, stream etc. water isn’t safe to consume, many crystal infused waters aren’t safe [even tumbled ones are tricky as there could be an imperfection in the polishing that exposes the crystal] and same goes for floral or herbal infusions in water. Never give crystal, flower, or herb infused waters to animals! Research everything)*

🌊sea star witch🌟