how to use herbs

Grimoire Challenge - Week 1

05.02.17

Monday: Preparing your grimoire

  • Include your name and the date
  • Create a dedication to put into your grimoire. Dedicate it to whatever or whomever you praise.
  • Write it out and put it into your grimoire. Make sure to ask for protection as well.
  • Create a color magick chart. Correspond ink colors with your intention when writing in your grimoire.
  • Draw sigils that bring protection to your grimoire and wards off unwanted eyes. 
  • Chart out or make a timeline of your witchcraft so far, make it easy to expand and add onto. Include any events that helped shape your path.

Tuesday: Start of the year journal prompts

  • Define your path.
  • When did you begin your path?
  • How has it changed over time (more specifically how has it changed since last year?)
  • What makes witchcraft YOUR path?
  • What does being a witch mean to you?
  • What do you hope to achieve and and learn through witchcraft?
  • How has time affected your beliefs?
  • How did you come across witchcraft?
  • What made you want to practise witchcraft?
  • What do you hope to achieve by doing the 2017 grimoire challenge?
  • Is there anything you fear while following this path?
  • What type of entities do you believe in?
  • Who are your patron Gods and Goddesses, if any?
  • In what ways do you hope to grow?

Wednesday: Goal Setting

  • Set a goal you want to complete by the end of the month.
  • Set five goals you want to complete by the end of the year.
  • What are your witchcraft related life goals?

Thursday: Chosen tools of your craft

  • What is the one tool you use immensely in your craft that you could not practice without? Why? What are its correspondences, properties, uses?
  • List the main tools used in your practice.
  • Do you work with crystals? Bones? Herbs? How do you use them? Why do you use them? What kind or role do they play in your craft? 

Friday: Types of Witches

  • Are you a solitary practitioner or do you practice with a coven? Why do you choose the solitary path or vice versa?
  • Do you use a label?
  • If so, what kind of witch do you label yourself as?
  • If not, what are your reasons for not using a label?
  • Do you agree with the use of labels? Are they used too freely, with not enough thought put into them?
  • Is there a certain witchcraft path that you may not agree with? What is it that you do not agree with?
  • Do some research on it, gather enough knowledge for you to understand their practise. Once you gather enough of an understanding do an entry on it. Make sure to include your opinions before and after you did your research.

Saturday: Full Moon

  • There is a full moon on Saturday, February 11th.
  • Do you have anything planned for the full moon?
  • What is your favorite activity to do during the full moon?
  • Do you perform rituals? Cleanse crystals? Cast spells?
  • Do you have any full moon traditions?
  • Create a correspondence between full moon and the months. Does a certain month influence the moon’s magick?
  • Create a list of 2017′s full moons.

Sunday: February Magick Calendar

  • Draw out the February calendar in your grimoire. Include any important magickal dates such as the full moons, sabbats, retrogrades, eclipses, and any other important magickal workings. Use this to organize when you want to practice magick or meet with your coven.


If you post your progress make sure to use the tag  #moonlight grimoire challenge so I can reblog it here. Good Luck!

Moonlight Grimoire Challenge

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 small amounts of 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. 

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

Tips for the urban witch #1: herbs and flowers

Hi everyone! 🌿🌱🍃🌸

As a witch living in a studio apartment in a big city, sometimes I miss being surrounded by nature and fields to pick herbs and flowers for my spells. Luckily, there are still lots of very common but powerful plants that can be easily spotted in city parks and even just growing on the side of the streets. 
I went to a local park today and I found so many interesting things!
The herbs I picked are very common in my area (northern Italy) but I’m sure they are also very easy to find all over Europe and in many other parts of the world. 

🌸  Here’s what I found… 🌸

  • Ornithogalum umbellatum (“Star of Bethlehem”): it can be used to help deal with severe trauma and emotional stress, and it helps to recover from grief, accidents and scary experiences. 
  • Lamium purpureum (“Purple Dead Nettle”, “Red Archangel”): this herb is connected to the Archangel Michael. It can help recover strength and happiness in times of challenge, and to overcome obstacles.
  • Veronica Agrestis (“Eyes of the Madonna”): since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with these flowers. In Italian folklore, it is said that these flowers are the eyes of Mary, that stare upon us to protect us and guide us. These tiny, blue flowers are incredibly powerful in protection against harm and injustice. But be careful: never use this flower for hexing or for hurting someone else.
  • Glechoma hederacea (“Ground Ivy”): this flower is very powerful in protection against evil magick and psychic attacks. Using this herb will help you in identifying other witches and will help you reveal who is using negative magick against you.
  • Geranium molle (”Vulgar geranium”): these tiny purple flowers are traditionally used as a painkiller in folk medicine. In magick, they can be used to bring calm and peace and to help let go of painful feelings and experiences. 
  • Prunus serrulata ( “Japanese cherry tree”): in these weeks, lots of pink flowers fall from these beautiful trees, covering the earth beneath them in soft, pink carpets. These trees are very common in city parks because of their scenographic beauty. You can pick the fallen flowers while they’re still fresh. Because of their fleeting beauty, they represent the transience of life and can be used in spells to encourage you, or someone else, to “seize the day” and find the courage to act, especially in love matters.
  • Potentilla reptans (“Cinquefoil”, “Five-finger grass”): I was very surprised to see how common this powerful herb is. It’s commonly used in hoodoo to bring good luck and wealth. The five points of the leaf represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. It’s ideal for success in business and studies. The flowers may also be used in spells to attract money.

🍃  Preservation 🍃
To preserve the colour and properties of these tiny flowers and delicate herbs, I suggest putting them between paper towels and pressing them using heavy books, or using a flower press.  

🌿  Safety 🌿
Even though most of these plants are edible, if you picked them in a city park or in any urban area I wouldn’t suggest eating them or using them in tea for safety and hygienic reasons.

Happy spellcasting! 

Astrea 💎🌸🌙

☆What to put in your Book Of Shadows!☆

(This post is inspired by a baby witch in our Coven @andtrickfucker)

Starting as up as a witch can often be overwhelming and confusing. We’ve all been there when we sit with our grimoire, a pen out as we stare down at an empty piece of paper, a small (hypothetical) tear rolling down our face as we attempt to write something down, only to discover that we have no idea what to do and where to start. As two witches who have most definitely struggled with this before we decided that it would be very important for us to make a list to help you all out!

Firstly, we’d start out with the very basics of witchcraft! 

(Obviously according to whatever craft you do but lets just assume the general craft for now and work with what we’ve got.)

☆ Ask yourself what path you follow, what sort of craft do you practice? Is there anything specific you what to jot down about your craft? If so, note it at the start of your grimoire! It could be super helpful to you in the future.
      ☆ If you’re not an atheistic witch then you can also mention what deities you worship and those in their pantheon (unless you’re an animistic witch!)
☆ You could write about the elements and moon cycles, as some witches find this to be very important to them! 
☆ Do you have some crystals that are your favourite to work with? Write them down, and what you use them for! (We have some information about this here!)
      ☆ You can even write down how to charge and cleanse them and even how you intended to use them in spells!  
☆ Do you use a lot of herbs and plants? Write them down too! If you’re fairly arty like us don’t be afraid to do a little sketch of whatever you’re writing!
      ☆ Like crystals, you could write down when or how to use them. It doesn’t have to be detailed or complex, just do it in a way that you’ll remember or understand!
☆ Candles are often important too, so (even if you’re not particularly interested in candle magic) it might be helpful to have them in there as well. If you write their correspondences down too, it’ll save you a bunch of time looking through the internet for their meaning, trust me.


Do you practice divination and spirit work?

☆Tarot references can be helpful, especially if you don’t have a book to learn or work from! You could even write down the results of your tarot readings, keeping a note of exactly what you’ve been pulling and how you’ve been doing reading wise!(You might wanna ask for permission if you’re going to write about readings you’ve done on others though!) 
☆ How to use a crystal ball, if you have one!
☆ How to sense auras and what they mean.
☆ If you use rune stones it might be helpful for you to write down their names and meanings!(Wilde uses runes a lot and had to do this because she gets confused and forgets the meanings of runes almost 24/7) Again, if you want, you can write about the outcomes of your readings.
☆ How to use a pendulum.


Spell work

☆ An inventory of different salts, herbs and crystals; branching away from your most used and favourites! you never know, one might catch your eye!
☆ Different types of spells (clearly)! We find it helps if you split them up categorically but if you don’t want to then don’t do it! Write down your hexes, curses, charms and your run of the mill spells, especially ones that you’ve written yourself!


Miscellaneous

☆ How to make sigils and the sigils themselves!
        ☆ If you use other peoples sigils write them down with there meanings too, that way you don’t forget or you don’t use a sigil that you wanted to work with later on!
☆ Notes on how you feel or your specific emotions. This is important because emotions can obviously influence and change the way spells and sigils work! 
☆ Do you use astrology? Write down the zodiac signs and their correspondences, along with the stars, the planets and everything in between!
☆ How to meditate and the benefits of meditation.
☆ Types of salts and their purposes.
☆ How to make different types of oils.
☆ How to make different types of waters!
☆ How to make your own candles.
☆ How to make your own salves!
☆ A magical cookbook!


Remember! Your grimoire doesn’t have to look perfect (Quinn’s is an absolute state) As long as it holds the information you need and as long as you can read it that’s the only thing that matters!

As suggested by @maikawethiel make a digital version to keep with you at all times! You can do this via word online, google documents or even evernote which you can then download onto a portable device! This can be handy for emergancy situations too!

I know this isn’t everything you could possibly put in your grimoire however feel free to reblog and add to it!! Blessed be! -Wilde and Quinn

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.

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.

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==

Apothecary Lesson #1: Herbal Salve

     Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Hello everybody, my name is Davide, and today, I’m going to teach you guys how to make a salve. Basically, a salve is an oil and wax mixture that people can use for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from dry skin to muscle rubs. They’re easy to make, if you’re patient, and their variability makes for endless possibilities. Just as a warning though, this will take a goddamn long time to make, and for you to read, so I suggest getting some tea and snackilackage before starting to read. Got it? Good, ¡vamos!


Part One: The Oil

     A key component of your salve is the oil, or more specifically, the herbs in said oil. There’s a plethora of different oils you could in your salve, but for this recipe, we’re using olive oil because it’s fairly hardy and difficult to burn. When it comes to what you should or could put in your oil, there’s waaaaaay too many things for me to mention, so I’ll give a basic rundown: 

  • Mint, Anise, Cinnamon, and Comfrey are good for muscle rubs
  • Calendula, Chamomile, Aloe, and Tea Tree Oil are good for skin
  • Ginger and Turmeric are good as arthritis pain relievers
  • Echinacea, Eucalyptus, and Hibiscus are antibacterial and are good for minor scrapes, cuts and bruises

Now that you’ve got an idea of some herbs to use, let’s get to how to make your oil 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Olive oil
  • 3-4 oz. dried and/or ground herbs

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler set up (can be a double-boiler, or a glass container in a saucepan filled with about 1″ of water) 
  • dark-tinted jar w/ label for holding your finished oil

Instructions:

  1. Into your double-boiler (the part without the water…duh), pour in your olive oil and herbs. 
  2. Set your stove/heating receptacle to low heat, placing double-boiler on heat. 
  3. Infuse oils for 1-2 hours (one hour for minimum infusion amount, two hours for maximum infusion amount before oil goes rancid) 
  4. Once oil is done, pour into your dark-tinted jar, and label accordingly
  5. Voila! You have yourself some bonafide herbal oil for the next part of your salve!

Part Two: The Salve

     Alright, now we’re getting to the good stuff–the salve. For this, you’re going to need 2 ingredients (three ingredients is optional, four is overkill): beeswax and your herbal oil. Without further ado, let’s get this over with! :D 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 8 oz. Herbal Oil 
  • *Optional*: ¼ tsp. essential oil
  • *Optional*: the tears and/or blood of your enemies

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler system
  • Containers to hold your salve (the total amount of salve being made is approximately 9 oz., so for the containers, try to prioritize. Like, if you want three different jars of salves, use three 3 oz. jars. Math n’ shit)

Instructions:

  1. Set your stove to medium-low heat
  2. Into your double-boiler, melt your wax
  3. Once the wax has melted–it’s imperative that your wax has to be completely melted before adding the oil–add your herbal oil. 
  4. Stir fully (it’s not weird to see the wax immediately harden once you add the herbal oil, so wait until it fully re-melts)
  5. Once salve is all liquid, pour into your container(s). Do not cover your containers before they harden.
  6. Once salve has cooled at room temperature, it’s ready to use! Store in a cool, dry place. Apply to problem areas, or just lather it all over your body and have really weird sex (You do you boo boo)

Thanks for reading you guys! I’d enjoy a reblog, a reshare, or if you hated it, a strongly worded message to me and probably a few images of you flipping the bird. Have an amazing day/afternoon/night/time-between-night-and-morning

anonymous asked:

do you perhaps have a big comprehensive list of herbs and their uses? i want to write it all down in my book of shadows so i don't always have to search for it

Hey there!

My current favorite list of herbs is an herb compendium I downloaded from a Tumblr blog; it has a crap ton of plants and resins / incenses listed in a Microsoft Excel document, including botanical and alternate names, as well as planetary and elemental associations. Sadly, I can’t find the post right now, and I am not okay reposting that, since it wasn’t my work and I can’t source / credit the original poster.

I also like to write down lists from books I’ve borrowed from the library. The book of herb correspondences I’m working on now (from the Excel document I mentioned) is my third or fourth list of herb associations. I like to have multiples resources for the same things to cross reference. 

@ashesforeverashes says I should draw little pictures of what each plant looks like at the bottom of each page for that book, and maybe even make sigils for each, but that sounds like a lot of work. xD

I do have some other herb lists floating around on my blog, though, that are still good and will serve the purpose.

Pick one and have at it! :D

it has tons of applicable meaning.

I started with it because it’s the color for domestic violence.  I want it to be the same as pink but $$$ goes to real women in shelters.

I am furious that patriarchal puppies allowed sexual assault to be teal. Dividing everything into 2; when actual survivors and therapist all know there’s no difference.  One is assault with a dick the other a hand and both are held down by the rape culture, and tons of financial & emotional abuse. 

Then I found out about Lavender Menace, lesbian rights.  Still fits perfectly because the best DV & SA advocates are  Come On - even Susan B Anthony. 

I wanted to get away from rape survivor, rape advocate and the smell of lavender related to soothing calm; teaching meditation.  The difference from past feminism is teaching relaxation.  

We already use lavender  as a calming herb so how ideal to use it in your relaxation rituals 

  • then if red = female and male = blue, smack in the middle is purple.
  • purple in history has only been worn by royalty and 
  • lavender is relaxation, centered energy

I believe in the tao and that the goal is middle and if you think about it btw B&W and red & blue is harmony

LAVENDER

The more I embraced it, the more I feel like I’m just seeing that everything is pointing to and karma, magically lining up.  

Hillary’s revolution is the “Purple Revolution.” and every time lesbians push forward; it’s lavender. “Purple Rain” the examples go on and on.

And then Alice Walker, my #LAVENDER queen BEES, who wrote “The Color Purple” and clearly defined womanism.

“Lavender is to Purple; as Feminism is to Womanism.”

This is not my concept.  I do not own it.  

I want you to use it freely to add your #LAVENDER pioneers.  to make our own libraries of our #LAVENDER heroines, unless your expecting for men to build our museums for us. 

I just saw before you that symbolically lavender encompasses everyone equally; perfect harmony.  Centered.  

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on how to store the herbs you use for witchcraft? My room is quite small and I don't want to place my witchcraft herbs in the kitchen for my family to use. Any ideas?

Hey!

If you’re pressed for space, I’d advise going minimalist on your practice as a whole: small spells in small jars, if you get my drift. Sure, a giant fuck-off fire fueled by a huge rosemary stem is satisfying, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do your spells in small batches and use small amounts of herbs for each spell, it will all be generally easier to store in a small space.

As for the storage itself, this really depends on your whole situation - can you buy stuff, or are you pressed for cash as well, what space/furniture you have available… stuff like that.

Still, you may want to try:

  • Small ziplock bags. They are airtight and will keep your herbs fresh, they take up very little space and you can see what’s in them without opening. The downside is that some people might assume you have drugs in them because people are like that.
  • Matchboxes. They also take up little space, they’re practical, and people are not likely to snoop in them. They’re likely to grab a box expecting actual matches, though, so there’s that. Also, possible sulfur residue means you’d best not use the herbs stored in matchboxes for eating or cosmetics, though of course you can keep a plastic bag inside the matchbox.
  • My DIY pouches made from leftover cotton pad packaging. Absolute hit.
  • Any small jars you can get your hands on - leftover cosmetics packaging, pill bottles, things like that.

I know this is all pretty generic, but not knowing your situation I have to be. Still, hope some of this helps!

4 mindsets to help you with your craft

Since my “How to be witchy and stick to it” article got so popular I decided to continue the series of articles and write another one. This is to help out all of those who want their practice to be unique and to not feel like their are mundane beings performing just silly rituals, because sadly even in witch community it happens a lot and we lose our magic along the way by stopping feeling like we are mystical-like, because guess what? We are.

Disclaimer: As always this is just my own opinion and everybody else is welcome to have a different one.

1. Reality is illusion.

I know what you think. Why, Nat? It feels pretty real to me! And we both will be right. It feels real to you, but is it really? Can you change anything in the physical via your craft? Heal perhaps? Became not noticeable in the crowd when you are scared almost as if you were invisible? See, we are both right. Even if reality is real indeed thinking it is not will help out a great deal to manifest your spells. As all illusions this one can also be broken and/or changed with enough effort. The more people believe something is real the harder it becomes to break but with enough power and time it is  possible to do so.

 Let’s talk about real physical glamouring when you are able to change some aspects of your outer  appearance or make objects invisible  by breaking the illusion for a while. I won’t lie you won’t see it in the mirror and others won’t see it at first with their physical eyes (they will however see it with their subconscious mind), but with enough practice the illusion will break completely and you will be able to change it into something you desire [but only for a limited period of time]. (Yes, I tried it and yes it worked.  It takes a lot of patience and time but the more you try the longer you can keep it up. The change is slight but noticeable by others).

Not only it applies to glamouring but also to any other spells. Thinking you can actually change something by breaking illusions will crease your self-doubt related to witchcraft. It opens your mind to new possibilities ;)

2. Imagination is source of your power.

You don’t need fancy supplies. Once you learn how to use yourself as a tool things like herbs, crystals and candles will only be a bonus. The real fun with witchcraft is that you need to be creative to be a witch. Without creative power you can’t create reality that you wish for, so any for of art and visualization is the best thing you can do to enhance your magic. Convince yourself that whatever you think about has a potential power of manifesting. Just because “it’s all in your head” doesn’t mean it’s not valid. The most powerful rituals I have done were done on the astral exactly “in my head” without use of any physical tools.

3. You are divine. You are Goddess.

I know this will be ridiculous to most of you, especially atheists and agnostics, but thinking you are Goddness is actually helping. This is not to say you are indeed a embodiment of some kind of Goddess, it’s just a type of mindset that helps you feel more powerful and magical at the time when you perform ritual. If you can’t get behind this thinking you can also try thinking you are The Queen or High Priestess or any other title that you like. Give yourself that title the one that suits you, a title that makes you feel like more than just a mere powerless human, and use it during your rituals. Believe it or not but it does helps you feel more mystical and thus making your magic more bonded with your body.

4. Not everything has to be physical. [Magic is energy.]

This is kind of extension of the mindset 3. This time although I will talk about effects of the spell. Not everything that is an effect of your spell will be tangible. That’s why so many witches spend so much time on astral plane. Intangible things often have more value to us than tangible ones. And when it comes to spells you often won’t even notice they actually manifested. Magic is subtle and often chooses the easiest way possible to manifest. The way which to you is barely seen.

Examples: When you cast a curse on someone magic might choose to punish them via nightmares. Will you know about it? No, unless they will tell you. Curse worked but you are not aware of it. You think curse failed, when it actually didn’t. 

On positive aspect: If you cast ‘be rich’ or abundance spell you might not get any money and instead get some answer you were looking for or strengthen your relationships with your friends and loved ones. Spell manifested because abundance and being rich is not only about money, but you will be left thinking it didn’t because you were expecting physical thing to manifest out of thin air. You will get disappointed and doubt your craft once again if you will not aware that magic prefers intangible things to tangible ones. So the rule goes more like that: The more you are rich inside as a person, the more easier it is for you to get the things you desire on the physical.

Stay safe my little hatchlings <3 Be magical and mystical and live the fullest of it <3

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!

30 Day Spirit Learning Challenge

Some friends were discussing these challenge memes recently, and I decided I wanted one for my own purposes. So here it is in case anyone else finds it useful. This is catered towards learning the cultures of spirit civilizations more than learning about a general species, I have one I’m tweaking for the latter purpose. The questions were for my personal benefit, I kept them in case anyone appreciates the guidelines.

Please respect the boundaries of anyone who uses this and posts publicly!! Some people aren’t comfortable with others approaching races they’ve discovered and others might want to be given space for the time of the challenge. If you want to know something or approach the spirits, ask the person rather than butting in.


1) Introduction: How did you first meet? What are first impressions of them? Why do you want to learn about and/or work with them?

2) Biology: Describe their general appearance. What is unique about them compared to similar species? Do they have any mutations? What about natural weapons (venom, claws, etc)? What is the purpose of any special features? Does anything else about their biologies stand out?

3) Energy: Describe the general feel of their energy. How strong are their energies typically? Are they dark or light? Do they have any similarities with the energies of another type of spirit? What effect does their energy have on others?

4) Personality: What are common personality traits among them? Morals? Does their civilization encourage or discourage certain traits? What are their values?

5) Life Cycle: How do they reproduce? What are their life stages and how long does each last? How do they change as they age? What is the treatment of younger vs older? What is their lifespan?

6) Children: What is the relationship between parents and their children? Children and other adults? How are children generally treated? How long is a child considered a child? What is the development process of a child?

7) Family: What are their family structures? How are various members of the family treated, eg. is there a head of household? Who is considered family? How do they treat distant relations and family who is not seen often? Is there an inheritance system?

8) Friendship: Do they typically make friends? With who? How do they go about establishing a friendship? How are friends treated? How close do they become to friends? What activities are done together? Is blood thicker than water?

9) Intimate Relations: What is their view on sex: is it immoral, only to be shared between lovers, only for the purpose of reproduction, not related to romantic relationships at all…? How do they view various sexual orientations? How do their relationships form, what is their courtship like? Who do they choose for partners, or are partners chosen for them? Do they distinguish between types of lovers, eg. soulmates? At what stage do they consider children and where do children play into relationships? Is there any bonding ceremony similar to marriage? Divorce? Widowing? Is there any circumstance where they might change partners? What is the social treatment of various types of partners?

10) Sickness, Injuries, and Medicine: What are some diseases? How likely are they to become diseased? What is their view on mental illness? How do injuries usually occur? What is the social view on those with a disease, mental illness, injury, or disability? How are all of these treated? What are their favored treatments, eg. purely energetic, using herbs, therapy? Who are their healers? How are their healers trained? Are there different types of healers? How are healers treated socially and regarded in the social hierarchy? 

11) Death: What are common causes of death? How are the dead regarded, are some deaths considered honorable or others disgraceful? Are there funerary rites? What is the mourning process? Does anything special happen after death, eg. is there a risk of the dead rising in a baneful state? What is their view on the afterlife? How does this affect any funerary rites? Do they fear death or accept it as part of life?

12) Conflict: Is there often conflict between individuals? Between families? Other social groups? How does conflict play a role in relationships? Do they spar or play fight? When do they resort to conflict to resolve situations? How far will they take a fight? What are their fighting tactics? How do they view fighting, injuring another, and murder? Do they have other methods of conflict, such as arguments, shunning others, diplomatic insults, passive aggression, or anything else that doesn’t involve physical violence? What are some insults?

13) Communication: How do they communicate with one another? With other species? With physical humans? Do they practice any divination for communication purposes? Do they communicate their emotions well? Are they talkative? How do they introduce themselves?

14) Daily Life: What are their typical schedules? Do they stay within their own realm or travel elsewhere? What are their daily rituals, eg. mealtimes or a daily energetic cleanse? Who do they typically see on a day-to-day basis?

15) Social Structure: How is their society organized: a strict caste system, social classes, everyone is equal? Who makes up the bottom rungs of society? Can you move up in the social ladder? How is everyone treated? Do higher up members have more rights or benefits? Are there slaves?

16) Outsiders: How are other types of spirits treated? Are they allowed into cities? Are friendly relations ever formed? Can an outsider become a citizen or an honorary member of the race? Are they allowed to hold jobs? To form relationships?

17) Politics: What is the political structure: monarchy, democracy, etc? How are decisions made? Who is in charge? How are they chosen or how is the power passed down? What careers, individuals, etc hold the most power? How do they treat those under them? Is there political unrest?

18) Diplomacy: Do they form allies? With who? How are allies treated? Are they generally friendly? How do others regard them? What about enemies? What is the process for declaring war or an official enemy? Do they have enemies already? How do they interact with enemies? Do they fight large scale war, and if so how? What is the general opinion on war?

19) Laws: What are their rules? Are they concrete laws or merely social expectations? Do they expect outsiders to follow them? Do they enforce these rules outside their own lands? Are their laws related to morals or religion? How do their laws differ from common human laws? What are the punishments for breaking the law? Who enforces the law? Are they lawful in general? What is considered taboo?

20) Economy: Do they have a financial system? What do they use as currency if so? What is the gap between the rich and the poor? What items or services are regarded as valuable? Do they perform trades without currency? Do they trade with outsiders? What items or services do they produce for trade? Do they produce their own food? Are the poor cared for by the wealthy? Do they place large value on wealth?

21) Careers: What are some careers, eg. warriors, politicians, healers, magic users, scholars, educators, scientists, workers? What careers are considered elite? Can anyone choose any career?

22) Education: When are children educated and how long does it last? Does education continue into adulthood? Is everyone given education? What do parents teach their children? Are there school systems or mentorships? How are educators repaid? Who acts as educators and mentors? What areas of learning are standard in their education, and what is considered a specialization? Are they trained physically as part of their education or is it purely intellectual? 

23) Science and Technology: What is their view on science? What is considered science to them? Is it taboo or openly studied? How advanced is their science and technology compared to humans? What are their preferred areas of learning? How far will they take their science: are there controversial subjects, ethical codes, or a point of going too far? What type of technology do they use and how is it integrated into their lives? Do they have electronics? Vehicles? Do they share their technology with others?

24) Homeland: Where do they live? Describe their cities, architecture, and lands. Do they have a preferred environment? How do they interact with water? What other species live in their realm? How do they treat intruders/visitors? Is there a capital? Sacred lands? Monuments? Other things of interest? What is housing like? 

25) History: Record what you can of their history. Where did they originate from? How old are they? Are there any monumental wars, rulers, time periods, etc? Do they record time and ages? Are there any important figures in their history, heroes or villains? Do they care for the past or focus on the present? Do they have predictions for the future, such as prophecies?

26) Customs: What is social etiquette? Are there any rituals, such as marriage or a coming of age ceremony? Do they hold festivals? What is celebrated and how?

27) Social Issues: Whether by their standards or your own, what are some social issues? Are there any efforts to fix these issues? Do these issues create unrest? Is there bias against races, species, social groups, genders, or anything else?

28) Arts: How do they view the arts? Is great value placed upon them? Are artists, writers, musicians, etc considered valid or important careers? Describe some of their arts. Do others consider them to be masters in any of these areas? Is there censorship of the arts? What do their craftsmen produce? Do they prefer beauty or function?

29) Spirituality: What religions are present? What is their main religion? What are the morals and beliefs of this religion? What are their myths? Does religion play a role in their politics or social system? Are there fanatics or religious wars? What is worshiped or held in high regard? Are deities present, and what role do these deities play in peoples’ lives? How do they treat their deities? What are common offerings? Are there churches or shrines? Are there spirits associated with their deities, such as angels? How do they view the afterlife? How tolerant are they to other beliefs? Do they practice any other forms of spirituality? Do they practice divination? What is their view on fate? Past lives?

30) Magic: Do they practice magic, and what is their magic system like? What types of magic do they practice? Is their magic secular or religious? Is their magic used to heal, harm, learn, or something else? Does magic play a large role in their politics or social system? How are magic users treated? What types of energy do they work with, and do they distinguish between energy work and magic? Do they explore the astral?

Bonus

In case you need a substitute day or want to do additional themes, here are some things I didn’t fit into the 30 days.

Holiday: Attend one of their festivities and describe it. This can only be done if one of their holidays falls within the time you’re working on the 30 questions, but you can also describe a birthday celebration, marriage ceremony, festivities related to childbirth, etc.

Literature: Describe some of their literature. If you can, record a short story such as a myth or folk tale. Good automatic writing practice.

Pets: If they have any pets, describe them. How do they treat their pets? Are their pets intelligent and thinking? Are they magical or technological constructs? Are there any illegal pets? How are pets tamed? Are creatures tamed for other purposes?

Fashion: What is their clothing like? Do they adorn themselves with anything, such as trophies or jewelry? Do they have body modifications? How does clothing differ between castes or social groups? How do they judge one another based on clothing? What do they wear as armor?

Gender: Do they have a concept of gender? Does their gender typically match their sex, and how do they view various gender identities? Does sex and gender play a role in their politics or social system?

Approaching: Are you comfortable with others approaching this species, if it’s something you discovered? If so, how would one approach them? What must you do and what are things to avoid? How do they expect to be treated? What are offerings to give them? How will they react to someone approaching them?

🌷~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.

Shifted - Part 6, Chapter 3

Every Tuesday I’ll be posting a chapter from my brand new AU story. The premise is simple - what if Claire had gotten pregnant with Brianna a month or two earlier in the story, and she and Jamie had re-evaluated their priorities and decided that the cause was lost, and they were able to slip away from the army and quietly return to Lallybroch?

Previous installments…

Part 6 - The Honeymoon

Lallybroch, Summer 1763

Chapter 3


“Let’s rest the horses for a wee bit, William. The heat isna good for them.”

“Aye,” William said softly, pulling gently on the reins and quietly slipping out of the saddle. He followed his Da to the small stream nearby, setting the horses to water and graze from the weeds that slowly swayed in the current.

Da leaned against a tree, sheltered from the bright blinding sun by the thick branches overhead, and unrolled the wedges of bread and cheese Mrs. Crook had packed up for them.

“Ye’ve been quiet this morning, lad. Something on yer mind?”

William settled down beside him and helped himself to a piece Da had cut with his knife.

“No, not anything, really. Just – thinking.”

“Mmphm. Anything in particular, then?”

William hesitated – but suddenly the words poured out. “I dinna wish to – that is, I mean – I ken I’m old enough to understand the difference between a story and what’s real, but I dinna understand it, and –”

Da rested a gentle hand on his shoulder. “Seas, a bhailach. Ye aren’t making any sense. Just get it out.”

William swallowed. “Is Mama a fairy?”

Da’s face scrunched in surprise. “What?”

“Is she a fairy, Da?”

Da set down his knife next to the bread and cheese. William had his undivided attention. “And why would ye think that?”

“She’s a wise-woman – ye’ve said it yerself. She doesna ever get sick. She’s older than Auntie Jenny but she looks much younger. She doesna have any family of her own. She uses strange words that I’ve never heard before or seen in books.”

William looked up and saw his father’s face had turned to stone. “And the lads at school are always saying she uses charms and such for her healing – though I ken that’s no’ true, since she’s showed me how she uses the herbs.”

He paused, waiting for some kind of answer from his father.

“There are many things in this world, William, that we dinna understand. That we canna understand.” Da plucked out a few blades of grass and turned them over in his hands. William saw the faint round scar on the back of his father’s right hand shine in the sunlight.

“Yer Mam comes from a different place – ye ken that weel, just from hearing her speak. But I don’t just mean a physical place. I mean a different place altogether.”

William’s dark brows furrowed. “I dinna understand, Da.”

Da sighed. “When she was a lass, her world was completely different from our own. She grew up in a time of peace, where people dinna get sick as often, and where women can come and go as they please, like men do. She got a verra good education. And that often scares folk who ken they’re not educated, because they dinna ken what to make of it.”

William nodded, still not quite understanding.

“She’s no’ a fairy – though I can understand why you and lads at school may think she is. But fairy or no – do ye understand that she always needs protection?”

“Aye – but from what?”

Da shrugged. “People fear her because they dinna understand her. Do ye ken that one of the main reasons I marrit her was to protect her?”

William laced and unlaced his fingers in his lap. “I always thought it was because ye love her that ye marrit her.”

William could hear the smile in his father’s voice. “Aye, I did, and I do – but at that moment it was more because she needed protection from the redcoats. And I was the best one to provide that protection, even though it was at great risk to myself. So ye see, William – it’s been my responsibility to protect her for almost as long as I’ve known her. That is my duty as a man and as her husband. When I marrit her I swore an oath before God to protect her – and I’ve honored it every day since then. That is what a man does for the ones he loves.”

Da paused, hesitating. “I’m now going to tell ye something I’ve never told yer sister, or my sister, or even Uncle Ian.” He paused. “I’ll need ye to never repeat it to anyone. Can ye do that?”

William sat up straight and met his father’s eyes. He nodded, though his heart started beating a bit faster.

“So. Right after I marrit yer Mam, I was called away to serve one of my uncles. I had to leave yer mother. She had nobody to protect her. Folk felt much the same about her then – though the feelings were sharper, as she’d only been in the Highlands a short time.” He swallowed. “And people took advantage of me not being there to arrest yer mother and try her as a witch.”

William gaped. “What? A witch? But why? If she’s no a fairy -”

“Let me finish. She was tried as a witch, but I was able to get her out afore anything could be done to her. Then I asked her whether she was a witch. And she told me she wasna, and I believed her. I still believe her.”

Da’s eyes were far away. “And then she told me something – something so fantastic and terrifying that I still canna quite believe it. But ye’ll know we pledged honesty to each other, yer mother and I? So, even though I didna understand what she’d told me, I believed her. Because that is what a man does for the ones he loves.”

He gently grasped William’s hand. “I’ll ask ye to do the same, a charaid. Ye need to trust me when I say that she isna a fairy, or a witch, or anything from the supernatural. She’s yer mother, and my wife, and she’s different from all other women, and we love her something fierce, don’t we?”

William nodded, voice thick. “Aye.”

“Good. And ye ken that if something were ever to happen to me, William – today, or next month, or ten years from now – and I were to die, ye must take my place as yer Mam’s protector. No matter where ye may be or what ye’re doing.”

“Da, I dinna like when ye talk like that.”

“I ken that, but a man faces up to his responsibilities, even when it may be uncomfortable to talk about.” He thoughtfully chewed on a mouthful of bread and cheese. “Ye must be willing to protect yer Mam and yer sister wi’ your life, if necessary. Can I count on you to do that?”

William swallowed, but strongly met Da’s gaze. “Aye, Da. Ye can.”

Da smiled and gathered his son into his arms. “Good lad. Ye ken I love ye, right, William? Ye’ll make a braw man when the time comes.”

William felt torn between wanting to melt into his father’s shoulder, like he did when he was a wee lad, and the desire to not show that level of emotion, as he believed a true man would act. But at this time, in this moment, he sighed against his father’s chest and let himself be held.

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.

MAGICKAL GARDEN SERIES, MAGICKAL HERB GARDEN

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Magical Herb Correspondences

By Patti Wigington
Paganism/Wicca Expert

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Using Herbs in Magical Workings

Use magical herbs in your workings for just about any purpose!.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually.

Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice.

Whether it’s for money and prosperity, protection, healing and wellness, love and lust, there is almost always an herb associated with your purposes.


So, now you’ve decided you’re ready to do a magical working… but you’re not sure which herbs are the best ones to use. Use this list as a reference point to determine which herbs, plants and flowers are the best choices for your magical intent.

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Money, Prosperity and Jobs

Use herbs in magic to bring prosperity your way

There are a number of herbs associated with matters related to money. Whether you’re looking to boost your financial wherewithal, land a new job, or just pad your bank account a little, try some of these magical herbs in your money-related workings.

Business: For matters related to business, include plants like:

Hawthorn: The hawthorn tree is associated with power and masculine energy. Tuck a couple of spikes into a safe spot in your desk to give you a little magical boost at work.

Sandalwood: If you have professional goals you hope to meet, write your intent on a chip or stick of sandalwood, and then place it in a brazier to burn. As your sandalwood burns, your goal will be carried up to the heavens on the drifting smoke.

Basil: A freshly potted basil plant in your workplace can help to guarantee courage in facing business challenges.

Frankincense: Carry a few bits of resin in your pocket when you go to a business meeting or interview for a successful outcome.

Employment/jobs: If you’re looking for a new job, or a promotion at your existing one, try some of these ideas:

Bay Leaf: Is there a promotion you’d like to get, or a new job you’ve applied for? Write your intent on a bay leaf, and carry it in your pocket.

Bergamot: Slip a few leaves into your wallet to attract a higher-paying job, or rub it on the money you currently have to ensure that it will return and multiply.

Pecan: Keep a pecan in your pocket when you go to a job interview to ensure success. If you have a job but are concerned about losing it, bake yourself a pecan pie to help you keep your job.

Money/prosperity: Money magic is one of the most popular uses of magical herbs. If you want to bring money your way, try a few of these herbs. Be sure to also read about simple money folk magic spells!

Bay leaf: Use in incense blends for money spells to bring a few extra dollars your way.

Basil: Crush up the leaves and sprinkle around your home to bring money towards you, or use them in a Money Mojo Bag.

Chamomile: Brew a batch of chamomile tea and sprinkle it around your property to draw money towards you.

Clover: Carry a clover in your wallet to bring money your way, or plant it around your house to bring all-around prosperity.

Tonka bean: In many forms of folk magic, tonka beans are carried on your person to draw financial abundance your way.

Pennyroyal: If you own a business, place a sprig over the door to draw in customers and prosperity. Try making a bar of Money Soap to wash your hands with, or use Pennyroyal to brew up some Prosperity Oil.


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Luck, Gambling, and Good Fortune

Use herbs to bring success at the gaming tables.

Fortune/luck: Do you sometimes feel like if it weren’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all? Try some of these ideas to help turn your fortune around:

Hazel: Carry hazelnuts in your pocket to draw good fortune your way, or hang a bough of hazel branches above your door.

Holly: Make wreaths and boughs of holly to hang around your house, inviting good luck into your home.

Pomegranate: Use pomegranate seeds in dessert and drinks to bring about prosperity and abundance.

Snakeroot: In some forms of folk magic, snakeroot - a folkloric name for black cohosh - is used to get rid of bad luck that may have been inflicted upon you magically. Use it around your home to eliminate negative fortunes.

Sunflower: Planting sunflowers around your home and garden will bring fortune your way. It is also said that if you pick a sunflower at sunset, then wear it on your person, it will bring you good luck the following day.

Clover: Clovers and shamrocks are a well-known symbol of good luck - carry one in your wallet!

Gambling/games: Are you a fan of gaming and gambling? Use some of these magical herbs to bring you success with cards and dice!

Chamomile: Wash your hands in chamomile tea to ensure good luck at the gaming tables.

Buckeye: Carry a buckeye in your pocket to bring you success in games of chance - or bake a batch of buckeye candies to eat beforehand!

Legal issues/justice: If you have a court case coming up - whether it’s civil or criminal - be sure to look into some of these magical herbs:

Chamomile: Bathe in a chamomile wash before going to court to ensure a favorable outcome.

Ginger: Chew a bit of ginger as you walk into the courtroom, and discreetly spit a bit of the juice on the floor, to bring about a fair and just decision.

High John Root: Carry a bit of High John in your pocket to sway a court decision your way.


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Health and Wellness

Herbs are often used for healing magic.

Many Pagans - and others - use herbs as a tool in the magical arsenal. While not every herb is safe to ingest - and be sure to read about Dangerous Herbs before you get started - many of them are used in a magical or folkloric context to bring about healing.
If you’re interested in healing magic, here are some of the most popular healing herbs to keep on hand, and how you can use them.

Please do keep in mind that if you’re going to use herbs internally - such as a tea or tincture - it’s always a good idea to check with your physician first.

There are some medical conditions that contraindicate the use of various herbs, so do your homework before you begin.

In addition to those listed below, be sure to read about 9 Healing Herbs for Your Magical Medicine Cabinet.

Anxiety:

Valerian: Valerian can be brewed into a tea to help alleviate anxiety.
Lavender: Place sprigs of lavender under your pillow to help relieve stress.
Beauty:

Rosemary: Make an astringent out of it and use it as a skin wash to clear up your complexion, a soother for eczema, or one of these other healing methods.

Witch Hazel: Use as a topical astringent for your skin, and in workings that will help others see your true beauty.

Catnip: Rub catnip leaves on your skin to freshen it (although you may want to avoid this if you’re allergic to cats), or burn it incense for workings related to beauty.

Ginseng: This root is typically associated with male potency - if you want a man to see how beautiful you are and bring him to you, use ginseng in your magic.
Depression:

Dandelion: Use dandelion heads and leaves in incense for healing rituals focusing on depression.
Honeysuckle: Associated with willpower, honeysuckle can help give you the extra inner strength to fight depression.

Lavender: Lavender is popular in aromatherapy - inhaling its fresh scent, or a few drops of oil, can help calm an anxious or nervous mind, as well as providing headache relief. You can also try one of these healing methods.
Healing:

Apple Blossom: Make a vinegar infusion with the blossoms, and use it to treat itchy, painful insect bites or stings. Here are some more healing ideas for apple blossoms.

Comfrey: Brew a comfrey tea to help with general healing, or use a juice from the pressed leaves for a poultice for minor cuts and abrasions.

Eucalyptus:Warm the leaves or oil, and inhale the vapors to clear clogged sinuses, stuffy noses, and other upper respiratory issues. Read more about the healing properties of eucalyptus.

Chamomile: Brew into a tea to aid in problems such as morning sickness, digestive disorders, gastritis, and difficult bowel movements. Read more about the healing properties of chamomile.

Goldenseal: Keep goldenseal handy in your medicine cabinet to clean out minor wounds and abrasions. Here are some additional uses for goldenseal in healing.

Feverfew: A decoction sweetened with honey or sugar is sometimes used to relieve light coughing or wheezing. It’s a great herb to use externally as well - make a tincture or ointment to apply onto insect bites to relieve itching or swelling. For more healing ideas, read about Feverfew.

Sandalwood:The wood can be ground down into a fine powder, and used for beauty treatments - add a bit of rose oil or camphor, and apply it to your skin for cleansing. Read more about the healing properties of sandalwood.

Peppermint: Peppermint is good for the skin - rub the leaves on yourself to freshen up. You can also chew them for a quick tooth-cleaning. Use the dried leaves in incense for workings related to healing magic.
Sleep:

Mugwort: If someone has overactive dreams, they can be balanced out with a ritual bath made from mugwort and indulged in prior to bedtime.

Lavender: Keep a lavender sachet under your pillow to help with restless sleep.

Rosemary: Pot some rosemary and keep it by your bed, or use a bit of the essential oils in workings related to better sleep.

Thyme: Thyme can be used in healing rituals, or to bring about restful sleep.
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Love, Lust and Friendship

Are you in love? Herb magic can help!.


There are a number of herbs and plants associated with magic relating to love, lust and friendship. Try some of these in your magical workings. As always, if your tradition forbids the use of love magic, then don’t use it.

Friendship:

Orange & Lemon: Make a sachet of dried orange or lemon peels, or use them in a potpourri, to strengthen the bonds of friendship.

Sweet Annie: Burn sweet Annie in incense to help repair a damaged relationship with a friend.

Vanilla: Use vanilla bean in rituals and workings having to do with forming new friendships.
Love:

Apple Blossom: Add apple blossoms to teas, incense or potpourri when working on love magic.
Bleeding Heart: Plant bleeding hearts around your front door to invite love into your home.

Lavender: To bring love your way, carry lavender flowers in a sachet on your person, or hang stalks of it in your home.
Periwinkle: Include periwinkle flowers when making love magic poppets.

Tulip: Wear a tulip close to your body if you know you’ll be around the person you’re in love with, and they’ll be more aware of you.


Violet, Daisy & Daffodil: Make a garland to wear in your hair, or carry a bit of violet, daisy or daffodil in your pocket to attract a new lover.

Yarrow: Yarrow is associated with Venus and Aphrodite - use it in rituals in which you call upon deities of love for assistance.

Lust:

Allspice, Cinnamon and Clove: Blend allspice, cinnamon, and/or cloves into a cake for someone you’re attracted to, and it will help draw them closer.
Ginseng: Carry ginseng with you to help improve sexual potency.

Dill: Add dill seed to a bath before you get together with someone you’re lusting for, for a little magical push - don’t use too much, or you’ll smell like pickles!

Vanilla: A bit of vanilla dabbed behind your ears makes you irresistable to those you want to want you.

Yohimbe: Use to cure impotency, or to attract new sexual partners.
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Protection, Strength and Courage

Use herbs for protection and strength.
In many magical traditions, workings can be done to ensure protection of home, property, and people. There are a number of simple ways you can do protection magic involving herbs and plants.

Protection:

Aloe Vera: Keep potted aloe plants in your home to protect the inhabitants - it’s said that aloe will keep you safe from common household accidents.
Violet, Thistle, Honeysuckle, and Fennel: Plant these herbs around your home. When they bloom, harvest them and hang them up to dry. Use the dried herbs in protective sachets or incense.
Hyssop: Carry some hyssop in your pocket, or spread it around the perimeter of your property to add a layer of magical protection.

Asoefetida: Use asofetida in incense during protection rituals.
Mandrake: Plant mandrake around the perimeter of your property as a barrier, or place some under your doorstep for protection. Use as a magical poppet for self defense.
Heather: Use heather in a dream pillow if you feel you might be under magical attack.


Holly & Mistletoe: Plant holly around the perimeter of your property for magical protection, or hang mistletoe over your doors and windows.


Mugwort: Place mugwort under your pillow to prevent astral attacks, or to ward off psychic attacks from those who would do you harm. You can also use it to make protection oil.
Onion: Make an Onion Braid protection charm to hang in your home to protect those who live there.
Courage:

Cedar: Carry a bit of cedar in your pocket when you’re facing new challenges, to help boost your courage.
Mullein: Use mullein in a sachet or incense blend for workings that you’ll need extra courage for.

Tonka Bean: A Tonka Bean carried on your person will help improve confidence, especially if you’re facing a legal issue.
Cinnamon: Tie a pair of cinnamon sticks together, and place them under your bed or carry them with you.
Strength:

Oak & Acorns: Carry an acorn in your pocket for strength and power, or plant an oak tree in your yard to help give you extra strength.

Bay Leaf: Place a bay leaf in your shoe to help you walk with confidence and show your inner strength.
Thistle: Carry a bit of dried thistle in an amulet or talisman, or burn it in rituals that relate to developing your emotional and mental strength.

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Intuition, Prophecy and Wisdom

Prophecy and divination can be enhanced with herbs.

Sage: Although typically associated with cleansing and purification, sage can also be burned during divination sessions for an added magical boost.
Tobacco leaf: In some magical traditions, tobacco leaf is burned in rituals related to divination.
Jasmine: Burn some dried jasmine in your bedroom as you sleep to help with divinatory dreams, or if you’re stuck at a crossroads in decisionmaking and need your intuition to guide you.
Mugwort: Place a few sprigs of fresh mugwort under your pillow to bring on prophetic dreams.
Heliotrope: Associated with the sun, heliotrope can come in handy in rituals focusing on prophecy, in divination rituals, or even to call upon solar deities for guidance.
Rowan: Use the wood of the rowan tree to make a divining rod or wand, or carry the leaves and berries in an amulet to help develop your own psychic skills.


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