Although there are some people in this environment that are very unhealthy for me, the white light protection spell I did last night under the New moon really made me feel so much stronger. Also, I love that I am reunited with my good friend honeycoyote. I’m excited to share all of our witchy adventures with you all :) If you don’t follow her, you totally should! And if you DO follow her, follow me too :)
Depends on the substance. Mostly, they get incorporated into magical powder mixes or sometimes I sprinkle little pinches into my cauldron fires.
I took the plunge and picked up a book on Appalachian conjure and rootwork, so there might be other uses I haven’t heard of yet.
Its 430pm and do you know what that means… Its teatime, Witchy Tea Time.
I just realized that I haven’t made any posts about tea and witchcraft yet. Making tea has become a large part of my personal practice; I drink a lot of it. My moms whole side of the family is from Great Britain and we’re HUGE tea drinkers, I basically grew up on it. By the time I was in second grade I would have a cup of tea in the morning with breakfast and then have one as soon as I came home from school… and maybe another cup after dinner. Now the act of drinking tea has evolved into something much more sacred for me, a daily ritual.
Brewing and creating teas are a simple and enjoyable way to include magic into your daily life and activities. By combining herbs with specific correspondences, energies, magical properties or holistic benefits, you can create teas that are able to aid or enhance your work as whole.
Brewing hot tea is a blend of invocation and harmony of the elements.
Earth, represented by the botanicals you are brewing.
Water, the medium in which that plants are infuse into.
Fire, heats the water so that the fusion may occur.
Air, the steam, smell and taste rising from the brew.
Most of the teas that I prepare and drink today aren’t actually considered to be true “tea”. I mostly make herbal infusions, brews or “herbal teas” which are made from various herbs, roots, flowers and such. By creating my own blends it’s easy to find ways to make them apply to practices, also I have found that blends created by the drinker are much more magically potent than store bought blends. This is because your thoughts, intentions and energies are being mixed into the tea as you prepare it. I include tea in many of my rituals, spells, offerings, before or after mediation practices, etc., etc.
There is really so much potential when it comes to using tea for witchcraft purposes, choosing teas or herbs is a very important element when making brews. Always look and see what you have available and consider your options. Are you being drawn to an uplifting citrus blend, a soothing floral blend perhaps, or maybe even a spicy warm blend? Take note of these things, your choice of herbs can reflect what you may be currently needing at the time. It could be important for the future, especially if you like the results. I always set an intention for my tea, even if it’s something simple, such as to put me in a better mood. I then focus on this intention as a brew and prepare the tea.
If you love tea and haven’t tried working with it before in your practices I highly recommend that you try it at least once.
Some ideas are
Lavender, chamomile tea for stress relief.
Rose tea for incensed love.
Ginger root, honey and cinnamon tea to keep positive and warm on cold shitty days.
Sage, and rosemary for cleansing.
Or a white tea with jasmine and roses for a calming meditation blend
Then there’s Dream tea or teas for psychic enhancement, or for divination, healing teas… the possibilities are endless
Add honey, milk or sugar for sweetness and prosperity
You could even add water and heat safe crystals to your teas for extra power (list of not safe crystals) or place your teapot within a crystal grid.
When it comes to making my teas for rituals and magic I have a specific teapot that I use. (Its the one in the photo) she’s a tiny dark blue cast iron. (I really need a name for her) I choose to use a cast iron pot for a few reasons, one is super durability, two retains heat well, and three is because I have read that iron is the heart of the earth and universe itself, it is above, and below. Thus making it useful and universal when it comes to magical work. Speaking of teapots you can charge them with crystals or a specific purpose to help aid even further.
This concludes my mini post on witchcraft tea, I hope you enjoyed it feedback is welcomed
Don’t use an aluminum teapot if possible, says Andrews. “Aluminim can get that metallic taste in water sometimes,” she says. Use a stainless steel, glass, or cast iron.
Your best friend when making herbal teas at home: a strainer. Whether it’s a cup-sized strainer or a fine-mesh strainer you use in the kitchen, be sure to strain the tea through a mesh before drinking. “At home, I’ll brew the tea in one pot and strain into another,” says Harney.
When using fresh herbs, only use the leaves and flowers — not the stems. If you’re growing your own herbs, cut early in the morning for the best and brightest flavor.
Use twice as many fresh herbs than required if you’re translating a dried herb recipe.
Use boiling water when making tea with dried herbs. “Boiling water brings out the best in the herbs,” says Harney. And, he says, it will sterilize the herbs. But if using fresh herbs, heat your water to just under a full boil — anything hotter may scorch delicate leaves and petals, says Andrews.
Instead of disappearing into the woods today I decided to cope by harvesting lavender. Gods did it make things easier, it’s impossible to be sad when you are surrounded by the soothing energy of lavender. I spent a good amount of time amongst the field, I whispered songs to the plants and told them of my troubles. I even found some baby praying mantids, they looked almost purple in color. Also there was a ton of honey bees, I haven’t seen that many in awhile, they were all over everything they hung out in the lavender I had collected, and some even hung out on me. I wonder if they could tell I was sad and were trying to make me feel better.
Anyway I figured I would post the pictures of my harvest. I need to think of things to use all this lavender for now.
PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF HONEYCOYOTE. Please don’t remove the caption from the photos.
photos taken at our family friends farm the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, it is a NOFA-NY certified organic CSA farm with 80 acres of active production.
this scrub is great for when you feel like you need a little extra boost of self love in your life, it has a shelf life 4 months.
½ cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1 cup salt
Dried rose petals
red food coloring (2 drops)
mortar and pedestal
grind up your herbs and then mix the herbs, olive oil and honey together in a bowl. Gradually mix in the salt.
Continue to mix until the oil is mostly absorbed into the grains, it will be very think in consistency. if it is not doing this after a few minutes add salt or sugar in small increments until it’s a gritty oily paste ( Note you will need less salt/sugar if using a finer grain salt and more for larger grain).
Add 1 drop of red food coloring and mix well.
store in a jar until ready for use.
To use, scoop about a tablespoon of the scrub into damp hands and gently massage between your hands then scrub your body in circular motions. feel free to let it sit a bit. once the salt crystals have mostly dissolved then its time to rise.
Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden: How to Start Seeds
Starting herbs from seed can seem a little daunting! While we may be used to starting some summer vegetables in the window sill, the idea of starting yarrow, lavender or arnica plants from seed may seem a little mysterious. It doesn’t have to be. Like other plants, you just need to give them what they need and soon you will have a garden overflowing with all your favorite medicinal and aromatic friends!
It helps to know a little bit about how the plants grow in their natural environment, as this will guide the seed propagation. Some seeds need cold to germinate while others crave some warmth and luxury. Some plants, like Catnip, like to be planted where they are to grow and they are happiest planted directly into the ground or garden bed.
Starting Seeds Indoors
Choose a growing medium. Many experts recommend using a soil-less compost or potting soil. I like to mix some purchased potting soil (for lightness) with compost from my home compost. My theory is that the seeds will start to get acclimated to their future environment from the beginning and I hope it will make them stronger. I don’t know if there is any science to support this, but it works well for me.
Choose pots, flats, recycled egg containers, or some other clean, proper-sized containers for starting seeds. If you have used them before, be sure they are clean (I like to do a final rinse with white vinegar) so you won’t be spreading any diseases to the new seedlings.
Check to see if the seeds need any pre-treatment such as freezing or soaking in water. Parsley seed, for example, needs to be soaked in warm water for about 24 hours prior to planting.
Dampen the soil with a spray bottle or a light watering from a watering can prior to planting.
Place 2 or 3 seeds in each pot or section. I like to cover them lightly with more damp soil instead of poking them into the soil.
Give the newly-planted seeds another spritz of water.
Be sure to label! I like to add the date, so I can keep track of the seedlings’ progress. They don’t have to be fancy labels to do the trick.
Depending on how the plant prefers to germinate, you can cover with plastic wrap, place on a heating pad, put under a grow light, put in a window sill, or start in a greenhouse. The seed packets will tell you the proper temperature for germination and how long you can expect before you see those first leaves – also called cotyledons.
Keep the soil from drying out by giving it a spritz of water regularly.
Once the seeds have germinated, remove any plastic covering and adjust the growing conditions to meet the needs of the plant (for example, Basil likes it warm and moist, while Lobelia likes lots of water!) As the seedlings grow, they will either need to be transplanted to a larger pot or out into the garden at the proper time.
Many herb seeds do very well being seeded directly into the garden and some want to be seeded in the late summer or fall so they can winter over and start to grow in the spring. Milk Thistle is a perfect example. In nature, the plant drops the seeds in the late summer and they find homes in the soil where they wait out the winter temperatures and then take off when the spring comes. So, we can scatter the seeds in an out-of-the way corner of the garden (Milk Thistle can cultivate itself rather easily and it can be a bit of bully, so a little diligent containment may be in order) in the autumn and watch for the seedlings the following spring!
While Calendula grows just fine when seeded directly, the seeds don’t do well if they freeze. This is one that I scatter all over the garden, but I wait until early spring and lightly rake the seeds into garden beds. I try to grow some against the warmest corners of the house as that extra warmth will sometimes keep the plants alive through a mild winter. While they love the sun, they don’t mind cool, they just don’t like it terribly cold.
We have a bit of information on our website about the best way to propagate the seeds we offer from Horizon Herbs. The seed packets have even more information. There are many wonderful books on growing herbs like Homegrown Herbs and The Medicinal Herb Grower. There is plenty of information about growing herbs from seed, but also information on how to propagate lavender, rosemary, and sage from cuttings!
Growing herbs from seed can be a rewarding and economical way to create the garden of your dreams. I find it helps to remember that many of these herbs are considered “weeds” by many—they thrive in meadows, ditches, along riverbanks and like the wonderful Mullein, along gravely roadsides. If I can give them what they want, they will be as happy in my garden as they are in the wilds!
this is a bath i preformed recently actually. this is going to sound really cheesy and fluffy but i made this to be a sort of protective bath that shields you with the power of love (love from your friends, family, pets ect) its to block out harmful energizes and such that people may try and send at you. i was actually thinking about Stevens shield/bubble while making this, for those of you who are SU fans out there soo here goes nothing.
Materials Needed: (you can use either fresh or dried herbs for this)
1 Cup Sea Salt or pink Himalayan salt
1 Cup Rose Petals
¼th Cup Rosemary
¼th Cup Bay Leaves
¼th Cup Lavender
¼th Cup Mint
Some rose quartz
optional 1 cup of Honey
Once you assemble all Your ingredients, Mix the herbs together. While Feeling their energizes, pouring love you feel and your power into them. while visualizing your magickal goal blend the herbs with your fingers. once mixed you set them aside in a bowl or Pour into a Sachet ( adding them to a sachet makes clean up faster)
Next run a warm bath (not to hot, but that nice and warm perfect temperature), and add the herbal mixture, the honey and the rose quartz to the bath and let seep for a few minutes before entering.
Now enter the bath pick up your favorite piece of rose quartz from the bath and place it on your chest. now lay in this lovely bath an focus on your goal and intent, to build an armor forged from the love that has been given to you. Stay in the water until you feel ready to leave
recharge your armor as needed.
ALWAYS research herbs and other ingredients before use to make sure they wont cause any medical complications
Double Terminate- Configuration: A termination point, on both ends.
Properties Lore: The key of DT Crystals is moving energy. They can move energy easily through both ends for energywork, lightwork, crystal healing, or magickal ritual. They are also used for astral projection, dream work, and meditation.
Grounding- Configuration: An 8 sided face on the crystal.
Properties Lore: Grounding Crystals are rare and often misunderstood. They do not staple you to the ground with their energy, or lessen your spiritual reach. They do connect from the higher Spirit to the practical realm where they enhance practical use of crystal energies and other endeavors. They are helpful for stabilizing and reducing the spacey feeling that can come from working with many crystals. They are also used to express yourself in daily life to make communication practical, grounded, and useful.
Drink before psychic or divination work. it can taste a little funky but not all teas for magic use can taste like a field of wildflowers.
1 partBlack Tea
2 partLemon Balm
1 partRose Hips
boil water then pour over herbs, let steep for 10 -15 minutes. sweeten with honey to taste.
*******Mugwort should never be used internally during pregnancy or lactation or by anyone who has pelvic inflammatory issues as it causes uterine contractions and can be passed through the mother’s milk.
Mugwort should not be used for more than one week continuously. Continued, habitual use of mugwort can cause nervous problems, liver damage and convulsions.
used before ritual workings to aid in achieving a calmed centered state of mind before beginning work.
1 part Chamomile
1/3 part Mugwort
¼ part Lavender
1/3 part Peppermint
1/3 part Lemon Balm
1/3 part Elder Flowers
¼ part Spearmint
1/3 part Rose Hips
sweeten with honey
******Mugwort should never be used internally during pregnancy or lactation or by anyone who has pelvic inflammatory issues as it causes uterine contractions and can be passed through the mother’s milk.