herbs. magickal

Witch tip pro tip

Don’t go to an Asian market to buy tea

it will be so well-priced and high-quality that you don’t realize you’re getting way too much and then the cashier rings you out and they look nearly horrified

because you just bought $80 worth of dried motherfucking designer plants

it’s a trap don’t buy it weewooweewoo protect your wallet

no tho asian markets are 10/10 place for teas and pretty mortar and pestles and unique spices/flavors/ingredients i just have no self control 

anonymous asked:

Hi. I read your hedge witch series and you mention people using pharm drugs for hedge witchcraft. How does that work since they're basically chemicals?

First off, the notion that “chemicals” (in drugs or food) are somehow distinct from good and pure “natural” ingredients is a fallacy. As any scientist will tell you, everything, even organic produce, contains chemicals, and always has. Really, everything is some sort of chemical. 

A woman on social media once said that she wasn’t ever going to “put chemicals in her body,” and scientists laughed, knowing that all food is chemical in nature, and that she couldn’t possibly do that.

When we’re talking about chemicals with psychoactive effects, they occur both in nature and can be manufactured in a laboratory. A lot of the naturally-occurring psychoactives can be even more taxing on the body than the synthetic chemicals, actually. 

Compare diphenhydramine to datura. Both have very similar affects on the human body (as I understand it), and both cause delirium. 

Nevertheless, datura is much more likely to, well, kill you, whereas DPH is safe enough in certain doses to be used as a general antihistamine, whereas datura is extremely dangerous and difficult to use in a therapeutic or recreational fashion.

To answer your question more fully, though, the notion that naturally-occurring substances have magical potential whereas human-crafted ones do not always struck me as a fallacy. Most “natural” things witches use, too, are actually put through quite complex human-driven processes, as well. 

Take essential oils. Many, if not all, witches use them. They occur naturally in plants, yes, but the process for extracting them is complex and doesn’t, to me, jive with the notion of “all natural.” Yet, I still use them, because as I’ve said I don’t hold with the notion that natural is essentially better.

From my own perspective (which won’t resonate with everyone), using any kind of plant, drug, or substance in magick involves contact with the coalesced force behind it. 

In short, it involves talking to the spirit that governs the substance. While I myself don’t use pharmaceuticals (except for vitamins) in my magical practice, I see no reason to assume they, too, wouldn’t have a certain force or spirit resting behind them, animating them.

I have a friend who went through a very intense series of magical experiences, quite initiatory, using pharmaceutically-derived psychoactives. It did not end well for him, but he learned a lot in the process. He no longer uses them because of what happened, but he learned a lot about himself via the experience. 

Really, any experience, drug-fueled or not, can be initiatory or involve contact with the spirit world. Yet realize the risks can outweigh the benefits, particularly when we’re talking about something that might harm your body. I’ll not say any more about what happened to him; it’s an intense story and without his explicit permission isn’t mine to tell.

That said, I absolutely do not recommend any of my readers take up tripping on anything as part of attempts to ride the hedge. People are going to do what they want, and plenty of us do use psychoactive plants or chemicals in our practice, I realize, but…

I personally don’t know everyone’s bodies and minds like they do, so I can’t say, “Yes, use this substance.” I use certain legal herbs myself with psychoactive properties, but I’ve no intention of ever posting recipes or much about them, just because I don’t want anyone to try it and be harmed. You all know yourselves better than me; make your own choices, but I won’t recommend or encourage anything, personally. 

Anti-anxiety Herbs

A list of herbs that help reduce stress & anxiety & how to use them. 

Chamomile: Top of the list because it’s my personal favourite. Chamomile is very calming, & also helps calm the nervous system, reducing physical & emotional tensions & helping to soothe, & calm the mind. Chamomile tea is very effective in relieving anxiety, & can also be used in combination with other herbs as an edible oil to take internally for an instant relief. The smell of Chamomile alone is very calming & for these reasons it can also be used in aromatherapy remedies as incense or facial mists. 

Lavender: Lavender is also very soothing & has a slight sedative effect. Use Lavender alone, or in combination with other herbs to place inside a pillow to aid in a restful sleep. Lavender can also be drunk as a tea to provide relief from emotional tensions & anxieties, & aid in soothing the nervous system, relieving physical stress as well. 

Green Tea: Helps by relieving heart rate, & blood pressure, & cleans & detoxifies the blood at the same time. Provides mental clarity & reduces anxiety whilst improving focus, preventing one from becoming lethargic. Note that green tea does contain caffeine so it may not work for everyone in the same way. 

Hops: Used in sleep pillows, & edible anti-anxiety oils & tinctures. Hops has mild sedative effects.

Valerian: Valerian is a strong sedative herb & can help promote a deep, restful sleep. It produces an unpleasant smell, so is usually taken as a supplement or tincture, but can also be used in combination with other fragrant herbs to drink as tea.Valerian has such strong sedative effects that it is advised only taking this herb in the evening, before bed. A good aid for insomniacs. 

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm has been used since the middle ages to help reduce stress & anxiety. It is useful in promoting both a calm, & more alert state of mind. Commonly taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule supplement. 

Passionflower: Passionflower has mild sedative properties & helps soothe & calm the nervous system & relieve anxiety. It is also a great aid for insomnia. 

Licorice Root: Helps by stimulating relaxing chemicals in the brain, it helps one in dealing with general stress. Soothes & calms the nervous system. Most commonly drunk in combination with other herbs as a tea, & used in sleep pillows. 

Note: All of these herbs can be used in herbal sachets & other magickal charms to relieve stress & anxiety. 

Remember these are only herbal suggestions, NOT prescribed medicine, if you are already on medication, ask your doctor if it’s ok to use some of these herbs internally as some come can react with medication. Do not take too many sedative supplements at once & consult your doctor before internal use of any herbal supplements if you are pregnant. 

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!

Smoke Cleansing With Wood

Smoke Cleansing. For most of us, Our first thought, Or go to would be white sage And While sage is great to use, It is to often relied on as the cure all and the only option. There are so many other herbs, and barks around us to use for their cleansing smoke that they are easy to overlook.  

My favorite wood to use is Palo Santo (Holy Wood from Peru) But not everyone has access to that. And for this reason, I present to you all, (SOME) common Woods, And their magical correspondences.

Also note that the fallen leaves from these trees can also be used to smoke cleanse. Grind them up, And burn on charcoal. 

  • Birch-  Purification, Blessing, Protection, Expel negative Spirits
  • Cedar- Cleanses negative atmospheres
  •  Holly Purity, strength, Protection

  • Hawthorn- marriage, love and protection.
  • Juniper- Protection, and clears negativity 

  • Oak- healing, strength, money
  • Pine-  Purification, health, fortune, fertility, and prosperity

  • Willow-  Healing, protection, enchantments
Magical herbal DIY’s for every part of your precious body.

For the witches (or anyone else) who are into herbs and smelling good.

The magical attributes of the DIY’S according to the herbs used are highlighted in the contents section below in brackets. You can choose one or multiple attributes to focus on while using these products to match your intent. 

Contents:

1. Floral facial steam: Leaves your face feeling fresh AF, smelling good. (Protection, love, centering and psychic power)

2. Rose & chamomile bath bags: Relaxing AF, smells good, SUPER CLENSING. (Protection, centering and meditation)

3. Clay and Lavender face mask: We all know clay is dope for our skin, and lavender can never go wrong. (Peace, protection, love, purification)

4. Peppermint foot scrub: Leaves your feet feeling and smelling FIIIINEEE. (Travel, money, healing, luck, strength)

LETS GET STARTED

1. Floral facial steam

YOU WILL NEED (The ingredients below are per 6 treatments so multiply it for as many treatments as you’d like): 

-3 100ml jars

-2/3 cup of lavender buds, dried

-1/3 cup of rose petals, dried

-2/3 cup chamomile flowers, dried

METHOD:

Mix up the herbs ad divide them into each jar (roughly half a cup each)

HOW TO USE:

• Remove make up or dirt by using a gentle cleanser
• Place herbs in a heatproof bowl (use 4 tablespoons herbs per treatment – each jar is enough for 2 treatments)
• Pour one pint of boiling water into a heat proof bowl (USE MOON WATER FOR EXTRA BENEFITS)
• Place bowl on a sturdy surface (like a table) and lower face over the bowl (it’s usually best to sit in a chair that is pulled up close to a table)
• Place a towel over your head to create a tent over the bowl (the towel helps the steam stay close to the face and not evaporate into the air so quickly)
• Stay here for about 15 to 20 minutes- while you are here start by centring yourself, and then think about your intent and what you wish for the herb to bring to you, imagine the steam cleansing away any negativity. 

BOOOM YOU ARE NOW CLEANSED AF AND SMELLING CUTEEEE. 


2. Rose & chamomile bath bags

YOU WILL NEED (The ingredients below are per 3 treatments so multiply it for as many treatments as you’d like):

-3 Muslin bags

-¾ cup dried rose petals

-¾ cup dried chamomile flowers

-1 ½ cup epsom salts

METHOD:
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Place 1 cup of mixture in each muslin bag. Tie the top of each bag to close tightly.

HOW TO USE:

To use bath tea bag, tie bag to faucet so the water runs through it as the bath fills. Once the bath is full of warm water, remove the bag from the faucet and let it float in the bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes - while doing so, remember to relax, centre yourself, remember your intent and what you wish to get out of this treatment and imagine the salts and hot water clensing away any negative energy.

BOOOOM NOW U R CLENSED AF AND SMELLIN FRESH

3. Clay and Lavender face mask

YOU WILL NEED (once again makes 3 , adjust to your liking):

-3 100 ml jars

-½ cup lavender flower powder

-1 1/8 cup white cosmetic clay

METHOD:

Mix up and divide into jars, roughly half a cup per jar. 

HOW TO USE:

At time of use, mix 1 tablespoon of lavender-clay mix with 2-3 teaspoons of water, cooled chamomile tea, or hydrosol, until a paste forms. Spread over the face, avoiding the eyes. Leave for 15 minutes. This mask draws out toxins and negative energy so make sure to visualise the clay mask absorbing the negative energy for maximum effect, meanwhile, pour your intent into this procedure and absorb the lavender and mother earth’s clay into your system. Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth. 

BOOOM yo face is untoxic AF super clensed, and smelling damn fineeee.

4. Peppermint foot scrub

What you need (MAKES 3):

-3 250-300(ish)ml jars

-1/3 cup fine sea salt or epsom salt

-¾ cup oil (grapeseed, sweet almond or olive)

-Few drops peppermint essential oil

-¼ cup dried peppermint leaves

METHOD:

Mix ingredients in bowl, divide into jars, roughly 1 cup per jar.

HOW TO USE:

Rub into damp foot in circular motions. Our feet pick up alot of negative energy, and are important because they take us places in the physical world, make sure to focus on your intent and drawing out the negative energy.


AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! YOU SMELL FRESH FROM HEAD TO TOE, CLENSED THOROUGHLY, EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY, LOVED! 

Happy witching

~ @indigo-amethyst

🌱 Plant Growth Spell 🌱

a spell for helping plants/herbs grow and stay alive

🌱 gather: eggshells, coffee grounds, the appropriate amount of water, and your plant. 

🌱 grind up the eggshells to a fine powder

🌱 mix the eggshell dust with the coffee grounds

🌱  carefully, without disturbing or stressing the plant, mix the ingredients into the soil

🌱 water the plant the appropriate amount

Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment. Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment.Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Witchcraft is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Being a witch is aggressively meditating over your tea to make it make your throat feel better, furiously whispering a few odd words of an incantation while youre trying to go to sleep, spending hours looking in your spice rack for the herb you need, burning things, burning incense, burning your hand by accident
Its filling things with positive energy and draining them of the negative, its being the person everyone comes to with their problems because somehow you always know how to fix it
Its always smelling earthy and warm from essential oils and herbs, always carrying around rocks
Its knowing in your heart that you can change things
Its knowing that sometimes its better if you dont
Its knowing that you are all you need sometimes, and belief is stronger than any potion
Being a witch is not evil or bad or wrong, its soft and beautiful and pure.