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Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

1. DIY Elderberry Thyme syrup – elderberry has been used for centuries in healing because it provides immune support (and has long been thought to banish negative energy). Can be taken both preventatively and to shorten the course of a cold. 

2. DIY Cough Drops – these cute cough drops are made with tea and honey to sooth an irritated throat. The original blogger chose hibiscus tea for the taste, but consider using one of the herbal teas she lists at the bottom for a more healing herbal remedy.

3. Lemon, Honey, and Ginger in a Jar – a traditional and internet favorite, this mixture turns into a jelly for when your throat needs serious soothing. Honey has been used for millennia to heal a variety ailments, just be sure to keep this away from infants. 

4. 30 Herbs for Cold and Flu Season – for those that like to have options, here is a long list of healing herbs with suggestions on how to use them during cold and flu season. 

To be honest, the tumblr witchcraft community taught me more than any book on witchcraft I ever read.

As my personal grimoire here has grown, I finally felt it was time to begin compiling posts from amazing witches into lists for people to use as references in their own learning (None of this information is my own, I just feel that it needs to be shared).

So here is my current list of posts relating to the magickal properties and uses of herbs, this is an ever growing list so check back to see if there have been any additions or send me a message if you find a post that you think should be on the list and don’t forget to follow the people who originally posted these amazing information sheet, they really deserve your support.

General Information
 Herblore
 List of Herbs and their Uses
 How to use Herbs
 Witch’s Garden
 The Magick of Rosemary
 The Magick of Cloves
 Herbalist Symbols
 Sabbat Herbs + Incense
 Herbal Incense

Storage
☽  Mini herb storage
 How to Store Magickal Herbs
 How to Dry Magickal Herbs

Magickal Associations
☽  Herbs Associated with the Dead
 Herbs in Rituals
 Banishing Herbs

Kitchen Witchery
☽  Kitchen Herbs
 Elder Flower Syrup
 DIY Salves

Pouches
 Sleep Tight Sachet

Baths
☽  Herbal Tea Baths
 Herbal Bath
 Purification Bath

Teas
☽  Herbal Teas
 Calm Anxiety Tea
 Good Day Tea
 Witch’s Brew - Tea Recipes
 Herbal Tea Remedies
 Evening Tea

I will be gradually expanding this list as I find more useful information, I hope this helps someone, I am certainly using all of this information.

Don’t forget to follow the original posters, they post some great information.

Witch Tip

While the magical correspondences for herbs are a useful introduction for beginners, they are not the full story. Once you get a rough idea of a herb take your research further, look at how it is used in herbalism, look into the history and folklore of the herb, how it was use in history both in magic and medicine, how did it get it’s folk names. 

Always question what is presented to you, do not simply except it at face value, dig deeper and find out for yourself.

You’ll never learn if you simply want answers

Hey peeps! 

A good way to lower stress and improve your overall health is to get back in tune with yourself and the space around you.

For example gardening is proven to lower your blood pressure and reduce other health risks. As they say “A little sun shine never hurt anyone”. Being in the sun (of course make sure you are wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated) helps give you Vitamin D!

So why not share some ways to help people get more in tune and have a little fun in the process.

So below I have listed some things that may help! Enjoy!

Gardening tips:

Things to simulate outdoors: 

Some things to use in case you live in a city and don’t have as much nature around you

All natural self care DIY’s:

Cool activities you can do outside by yourself or with a friend:

Hope that helps! xoxo

-Hermit Sam

Aesthetic & Mechanics

Originally posted by xosavageexo

In this post, I’m defining aesthetic as the what of my practice and mechanics as the why and how

In other words: Aesthetic is what it looks like and Mechanics are why and how it works.

For a very long time, I was a witch and a pagan with a strong set of mechanics, but I was weak on aesthetic. I chose not to have a consistent aesthetic because it felt stifling to me. 

(It can go the other way too, for the record. I could just as easily have had a very strong aesthetic without much sense of mechanics. For example, if I’d been a green witch who knew what herbs to use for which purposes, knew how to combine them into certain formulas, but didn’t know why those herbs are effective or how they work once they’re deployed.)

The thing is, aesthetic and mechanics can and do inform one other.

I do have a very strong aesthetic now, and it evolved directly from the way I thought about myself as a witch and the way I thought about magic and the way it worked. 

For me, these things were representations of the way the universe was created and how I fit into it, so naturally, a space aesthetic started to develop. Water and the ocean followed suit, bringing their influence to my aesthetic based on the way they fit into the mechanics of my practice. Finish that with a layer of the underworld (or otherworld, if you prefer) and now everything is tied together.

They coalesced into an aesthetic I generally refer to as “Queen of the Void” which is, simply put, star maiden meets evil queen.

You can see the Queen of the Void aesthetic at play on my tumblr @glowingnowhere

Originally posted by rebelartssociety

It works the other way around as well. Aesthetic began to create practices and mechanics once they were put into play in my life.

My Queen of the Void aesthetic is actually slightly more complicated than star maiden and evil queen. I turned several aspects of my beliefs and practices into “characters” that allowed me to easily codify their aesthetic.

So when I say “Evil Queen” what I really mean is, this is magic, this is cursing, this fear, this is rage, these are wounds. 

When I say “Star Maiden” what I’m getting at is, this is hope, this is a piece of the whole, this is a seeker, this is a calling, these are wishes granted.

Of course I’m also saying the same thing each time.

“This is power. This is power. This is power.”

I knew that all these pieces I had made fit together, and I understood they were all just different facets of the same whole practice, the same whole worldview, simply broken down into the media that best expressed their individual function.

I didn’t realize how connected they were to each other and to me until I realized that I was playing out the same cycle in my own life that I had put into theirs. 

Originally posted by mrtykom

Each part of my aesthetic filled a slot on a wheel and then I realized, oh. I’m on that wheel. I’m in that cycle

I suppose my aesthetic actually created a kind of personal mythology for me, and that allowed me to see where I was in my life and what role I was playing, and where I needed to go.

Not only did this give me a deeper understanding of my own aesthetic, but relating to it in that way gave me the tools and the steps that I needed in order to begin healing myself.

In other words, my aesthetic directly led to the creation of new mechanics in my practice and my life.

This is power.

Sylaise.
The Hearthkeeper and the goddess of all the domestic arts in elven pantheon of Dragon Age universe.  

“Sister of Andruil the Huntress. Sylaise gave the elves fire, taught them how to weave rope and thread, and to use herbs and magic for healing purposes.
..
According to ancient lore, many willingly offered their service to her, considering Sylaise the mightiest of the elven pantheon.”
(da-wiki)

A few little notes on stones, incenses, oils, herbs and flowers that can help combat nervousness

Herbs/flowers and how to use them:

Catnip - Can be used to make herbal tea. Though make sure that what you’re using is fit for human consumption, some of what you get for cats is certainly not to be used.
Chamomile - Tea.
Red clover - Tea.
Lavender - Tea.
Marjoram - Burn.
Tuberose - Carry with you.
Violet - Carry with you.
Magnolia - Carry with you.
Coltsfoot - Carry with you.
Juniper berries - Burn.

Incenses to burn: Benzoin or cypress.

Fragrant oils for oil burners: Jasmine, nutmeg, chamomile, clary sage or patchouli.

Stones: Chrysocolla, Sardonyx, Labrodorite, Aquamarine and Howlite.

Book of Shadows - Grimoire Writing Prompts
  1. The seven planes of existence - What are they? Do they have anything to do with your path?
  2. The symbol “Ohm” is seen everywhere - What does it mean? Should people use it so randomly or does it has have a spiritual and sacred meaning to you?
  3. What are the best herbs to use in a love spell?
  4. How can you incorporate lighting into your craft? Can you only be a weather witch to work with it?
  5. What are the 8 sabbats? How do you celebrate each one (if you celebrate all of them).
  6. Do you meditate? What type of techniques do you have to keep you focused? What type of environment do you meditate?
  7. What types of tools do you use in your craft? How do you cleanse, clean, and store your tools?
  8. Do you work with spirits? Have you ever invoked one? How do you communicate with them?
  9. Do you have a special song and chant that you like to use? What is it? How often to use it? When do use it?
  10. What is the last book (witchcraft related) that you have read? What are ten (or more) things you have learned? Is it by a new author or is it by an author you are already fan of?  
  11. Do you have a certain sigil you draw on everything? What is it? What does it mean to you?
  12. Do you collect anything? (tarot cards, pendulums, bones, crystal ect.) Do they have a significant meaning to you?
  13. Are you into astrology? What do you love most about it?
  14. Do you keep track of the phases of the moon? What do you do during the full moon? Do you have a favourite phase? Why is it your favourite? What do you do during it?
  15. Do you have your own way to cast a circle? How do you do it? Do you call on the elements? Do you even cast a circle before doing your ritual? Why not?
  16. Do you belong to a coven? Or are you a solitary witch? Why do you prefer being in a coven vs the solitary path (or vise versa)?
  17. What are the main herbs you work with? What do you use them for?
  18. What are the main crystal you work with?  What do you use them for?
  19. Do you use color magick in your craft? What do you use it for? (To pick your candle color or you daily outfits)

==Moonlight Mystics==

🌷~The Forest Witch~🌷

•The forest witch roams around the forest she lives in, picking flowers and herbs for later rituals or potions. She lives in a small stone cottage covered in moss and scrawlings, she uses an old large tree trump as an alter. Right at sunset, when the sun lays it’s orange light on the forest ground, she lays in the grass and asks Mother Nature to help her heal the trees and plants that have fallen. Her book of shadows is mostly filled with information about herbs and how she can use them to help people or animals. She has a great liking for animal companions, she’s kind to every single person or thing she meets. She wears flower crowns using only the freshest of flowers she has in her basket, she wears a long white gown that travels to the ground always making the bottom of the dress dirty but she didn’t mind. She always has a smile on her face and a bright light in her heart.

Witch Tip:

If you want to fertilize your plants without using chemicals, you can use dried seaweed (regular nori sheets supposedly work)! Seaweed is full of trace elements, it’s a great a food source for soil microbes. Chop it up and let it sit in water for 2 weeks (loosely covered). Then use it to water the soil.

Tadaaaa, you’re done!

Uses for clippings from an Herb Fairy Garden

Some of the more recent fairy gardens I have been making include herbs, which occasionally need to be cut back. These clippings can be very useful.

A few weeks ago I cut back some chocolate mint, purple sage and oregano. I decided to try to re-root the chocolate mint. To do this, I cut back some of the leaves at the very bottom of the clippings and put them in a small mason jar filled with water. Every few days I change out the water. The roots are growing nicely and I should be able to add them to some of my newest fairy gardens soon.

Chocolate mint, lavender, and other herbs like chamomile could be used to make tea or infuse sugar or salt, for example.

With the purple sage and oregano, I’ve decided to dry them. They are great for cooking. I could add them as seasoning to steak or on top of spaghetti. The possibilities are endless!

These are just a few ways to use the herbs from a fairy garden. How do you use herbs?

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Herbs to summon spirits
  • Wormwood
  • Cardoon
  • Dandelion
  • Tobacco
  • Chimaphila umbellata
  • Hierochloe odorata (Sweet grass)

Originally posted by midnight4ever

How to use them: You can mix the herbs to make an incense, where the spirits can appear. Another use is to make an oil of them and anoint a scrying mirror and the candles. You can also burn them into a flame to help the conjuring of the entities.

Note: Be careful, working with spirits can be very dangerous and is not for newbies! Protect always yourself!

MOTHERFUCKIN' SNAKES

REMEMBER THE TIME APOLLO DATED SOME FUCKER CORONIS AND THEY HAD A ICKLE SON? THEIR KID ASCLEPIUS ENDED UP BEING RAISED BY EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE CENTAUR, CHIRON.

CHIRON TAUGHT ASCLEPIUS A TONNE OF SHIT, INCLUDING MEDICINE, WHICH HE WAS REALLY FUCKING GOOD AT. ONE TIME ASCLEPIUS WAS HEALING SOME SICK FUCKER AND A FUCKING SNAKE SLITHERED INTO THE HOUSE. ASCLEPIUS KILLED THE SNAKE, BECAUSE SNAKES MAKE IT FUCKING HARD TO CONCENTRATE ON FIXING SICK PEOPLE.

BUT THEN ANOTHER SNAKE SLITHERED IN. “I’VE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHERFUCKIN’ SNAKES IN THIS MOTHERFUCKIN’ HOUSE” ASCLEPIUS EXCLAIMS. BUT THIS SNAKE HAS SOME RAD-ASS HERB IN ITS MOUTH THAT RESURRECTED HIS SQUISHED FRIEND. HOW FUCKING GREAT. 

ASCLEPIUS THEN USED THIS HERB TO REVIVE HIS PATIENT WHO HAD PRESUMABLY DIED DURING ALL OF THIS SNAKE EXCITEMENT. HE ALSO RESURRECTED A COUPLE MORE DEAD PEOPLE FOR GOOD MEASURE. THIS PISSED OFF HADES BECAUSE THIS FUCKER WAS NOT STICKING TO THE STATUS QUO AND IT WAS BAD FOR BUSINESS, SO HE GOT HIS BRO ZEUS TO ZAP THE FUCK OUT OF ASCLEPIUS WITH LIGHTENING AND SHIT. 

ASCLEPIUS WOUND UP BECOMING A GOD OF MEDICINE BECAUSE REASONS.