I’ve noticed about online beginner spells for witches is that a
great deal of them involve herbs that are inhaled, drunk as tea or
potions, or bathed in. So let’s go over the basics of herbalism as
off, understand that herbalism is a very, very dangerous thing to
dabble in just enough to think you know what you’re doing when you
don’t. I’ve had quite a few people into Haven Craft who’ve
started exhibiting very dangerous symptoms because their witchy
hearthcraft friend recommended this or that for them, and they’re
having allergic reactions or medication reactions or because it’s just
a dangerous plant to begin with.
favorite of these so far was someone who was on lobelia, for weight
loss, because her friend recommended it. She came in exhibiting
symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, constant nausea,
and stomach pains. Lobelia is also called puke weed
and she was close to the LD50 (lethal dose in fifty percent of the
population) in the amounts she was taking.
herbalist friend had never bothered to Google the other names by
which the plant was known, what medications it interacted with, or
what the dangerous warning signs of its use were, because it was
“just an herb” and “herbs are safe.”
they aren’t safe.
external application can be dangerous. Especially bathing in
something, which can give it access to mucous membranes it is
favorite example of this is hyssop oil. Essential oils can be
dangerous anyway, causing chemical burns and photo-sensitivity if they
are not diluted properly, but some are dangerous for other reasons.
Hyssop is one of them – it can cause people with epilepsy or other
neurological conditions, including depression, to experience
dizziness, difficulty concentrating, trouble
focusing, and even cause seizures. It can be lethal to apply hyssop
oil if you have a history of seizures.
yet it is commonly listed as something to apply to the body to banish
negative energies, with no warning. You hope
people Google things before using the, you hope
people look them up on WebMD, but if they don’t, they may hurt
themselves or others severely, because they’re “just plants.”
is atropa belladonna. It’s “just a plant.”
Ethics of Herbalism, Kitchen
all magickal practice, herbal witchcraft requires that you determine
your personal ethical stance. My advice is to determine what you are
an are not willing to do in the real world – because magick,
herbal magick, is part of the real world and affects the real world.
A practical way of looking at it is, “Don’t do anything you
wouldn’t do with your own two hands.” For example, if you aren’t
willing to physically assault someone who has displeased you, sending
a malicious spirit after them probably isn’t for you. If you aren’t
willing to roofie someone, love spells to bind a particular person to
you romantically and sexually probably aren’t for you.
are some specific lines of ethics that come into play with magickal
herbalism, in particular. Please keep in mind that these lines come
from my own tradition – I can only advise based on my own work and
experience, so these guidelines may not work for you.
Working for Others
believe an herbalistshould
always ask someone before
you perform magick on their
behalf and DEFINITELY
before you cause them to ingest any kind of herbal magick. Obtain
permission beforehand, even for what
you consider “positive”
workings. Try to remember
that your idea of what’s positive for someone’s life may not be
their idea of what’s positive for their life. And that you may have
no notion as to someone’s allergies or intolerances.
You may think a rose and
strawberry potion for self-love is a great idea – until you need to
rush for an EpiPen, or until it turns out you didn’t have a full
grasp of why someone was struggling with self-love in the first
I recommend that
you don’t interfere with someone’s free will – don’t presume to
know their full desires on any situation, even if they’ve been
forthcoming with you. As for not causing someone to ingest something
without their knowledge – go back to those real world consequences.
What would the real world consequences be for powdering ambien and
slipping it into someone’s drink be? What would the real world
consequences be for powdering viagra and putting it into someone’s
is real. Herbcraft
is real – and it has real world consequences, from allergic
reactions to possible reactions with someone’s medication, that you
might not know they are on.
Anyone you perform herbal magick for
should always be advised appropriately of the possible risks and
benefits of a particular herbal magick and encouraged to make an
informed choice about it.
When practicing herbalism and herbal
magick for someone else – whether you’re making them a potion for
household protection or crafting them an herbal spell to help them
get over a bad breakup, it is not your place to share their personal
business with anyone – not their friends; not their family.
Sometimes people approach witches and
herbal practitioners for solutions to problems that really require
more help than we can give.
For example, when approached regarding
a domestically abusive relationship or a stalker ex, an herbal witch
can provide magickal protection, but not physical, which may be
required. A witch can stop a person from feeding on someone’s energy
or using magick to manipulate and control them or to bring them bad
luck – but a spell won’t stop a person from assaulting someone or
breaking into their house. A person who approaches you for aid in a
situation like that really also needs help from the police – you
can provide spells of warding, spells to help them feel strong enough
to escape from that negative relationship, and spells to calm the
anxiety, fear, and depression that probably come along with the
situation – but you can’t provide a safe place for them or a
protective order, both of which they likely need.
Also, keep in mind that all spells for
anxiety, fear, and depression that require ingesting, inhaling, or
bathing in something should really be thoroughly checked for whether
the herbs work for the kind of struggle they’re going through –
is it laconic depression? Chronic depression? Situational depression?
Anxiety? PTSD? – and any contraindications for those. For example,
chamomile should not be used to treat chronic laconic depression, nor
should kola nut be used to treat anxiety, despite both
being listed in common herb recommendations for depression and
Another example is medical necessity.
Herbal magick for depression, anxiety, stress, pain, strain, exhaustion,
and etc. can only help so much before someone really needs to seek a
mental health professional, physical health professional, or other
alternative therapies, like massage, to deal with their difficulties.
It is often the responsibility of the practitioner to refer someone
to a person who can help them, when magick isn’t enough or isn’t the
correct solution. Err on the side of caution – if someone is
exhibiting worrying physical or mental symptoms, provide them with
what help you ethically can, but please refer them to outside help as
It is the practitioner’s
responsibility to know their own educational and magickal limitations
and to refer out when specialist treatment is required to serve the
best interests of the client.
double check herbs that are to be ingested, inhaled, or bathed in for
contraindications through WebMD, Drugs.com, and Epocrates.
Seeking Medical Help
is very important to note that there is a difference between using an
herb magically and ingesting it. Be safe when using herbs in magic –
some that are safe for potions that were never designed for internal
use are definitely
not to be ingested. Please don’t take anything in a manner that may
be potentially harmful to you and please don’t give something to
someone else that you aren’t sure of. The proper dosage of herbs for
an internal tisane versus a bath tisane is very different – proper
research is paramount.
If you have created an herbal magickal
remedy or spell, something ingested or inhaled or bathed in, and
either you or the person who is using it begin exhibiting a negative
response, such as an allergic reaction, medicine interaction, or
increased, rapid heart palpitation or uterine contractions, and etc.,
be responsible. Contact emergency services, poison control, or your
personal physician as soon as possible – seek Quick Care or an
Emergency Medical Technician – do not disregard symptoms of
something potentially dangerous to yourself or someone else.
It is the responsibility of herbal
practitioners to have some awareness of the geographic and cultural
origins of the main herbs used in his/her practice. Magickal
herbalists should not utilize herbs or herbal products that are
derived from any wild species known to be threatened or endangered.
It is the duty of all herbalists to
remain cognizant about those herbs that are endangered and threatened
and adopt appropriate practices in the harvest and use of those
herbs. Magickal herbalists have also a responsibility to train the
next generation of herbalists not to promote the use of wildcrafted
herbs whose survival is threatened or endangered. Be responsible –
Magickal plants that are currently
endangered include, but are not limited to, Red Sandalwood, Wood
Aloe, Himalayan Mandrake, North American Indian Paintbrush, and
Centaury. White Sage is also increasingly endangered.
When collecting and harvesting plants,
please be responsible, and avoid endangered species. By the same
token, when buying herbs and botanicals, please check your suppliers
for ethical conduct. Herbs are big money business these days and
money is unfortunately a prime consideration to many pickers and
wholesalers – buy ethically sourced, Fair Trade, and non-endangered
Saro refers to freed Africans of Yoruba descent who migrated from Sierra Leone to Nigeria in the 1830s. Amaro refers to freed Yoruba people from Brazil or Cuba or other Latin American countries. Aguda specifically refers to returnee Africans from Brazil. A large number of Saro, Aguda, and Amaro people migrated to modern day Lagos and Ogun state in Southwestern Nigeria. In Lagos specifically, many Saros settled in Ebute Meta, Olowogbowo, and Yaba and they were the pioneer traders of kola nut in the area that became western Nigeria.
In the 1850s the Saro were expelled from Lagos due to tensions between them and the Yoruba indigenes. The Yoruba indigenes perceived them to be disrespectful and paternalistic. However, the Saro soon returned back to Lagos. Some Saros were also expelled from Abeokuta by the Egba due to tensions between the Egba and Europeans.
The Amaros and Aguda primarily settled in Lagos. They returned back to Nigeria in order to reconnect with their homeland. They settled in the area known as Popo Aguda (Brazilian Quarter) in Lagos. The Aguda were renowned as skilled artisans and they are known for the distinctive Afro-Brazilian architecture in Lagos today.
Hello everyone! This past week our team dyed the Adire and yarns we have been preparing over the last month. All the hours of tying and stitching culminated with us dyeing using indigo and Guinea Corn leaves (Oka Baba). We were blessed with perfect weather and some beautifully dyed Items that will be incorporated into the final installation. The pieces incorporated dyeing techniques from all over west Africa including “Adire Alabere” (stitch resist) techniques from Nigeria. “Gara” kola nut and Indigo over dyeing techniques from Gambia and Sierra Leone and over dyed tie and dye handwoven textiles drawn from Dyula and Baule textiles from the Ivory coast. Stay tuned as our project continues to develop!
Most major Sodas (in the US?) are based on native beverages and medicines. That’s why so many were invented in like the 1800s by pharmacists, they were commodifying native drinks, medicines, and drugs.
1. Coca-Cola and Pepsi: The most popular drink is basically just cocaine, a south American herbal substance, and the kola nut, originally from Africa where it was chewed and used like tea but super successful in the Americas. Used super frequently all over the continents but especially in the amazon and the central pan, cocaine was one of the most successful drugs. Kola was brought over and used for teas and such for a while before some white guy mixed the two with wine and sold it. Coca-Cola ta da.
2. Sprite and etc.: Based on the pine tea and subsequent lemonade type drinks the natives made for scurvy ridden colonists. Their repayment was genocide and not being given credit.
3. Rootbeer: Made from sassafrass and wintergreen was a common American beverage for a long time before colonization. Interestingly it is almost only popular in North America still to this day.
4. Seltzer: The first real appropriated beverage was stolen from the Inca as a cure for malaria in the form of quinine. The natives of Tawantinsuyu or the Andes seemed to have enjoyed it for hundreds of years and learned to use it as a treatment once malaria was introduced during colonization.
5. Ginger Ale: Based off of ginger beers and teas popular in precolonial America. I don’t really like it so that’s all I’ll say.
6. Dr. Pepper: No one really knows what the main ingredients of Dr. Pepper are but we know it’s not prune juice. Natives had a tea made from Kola and Ginger that was a remedy for digestive problems and when some white guy made Dr. Pepper in the late 1800’s he marketed it as a digestive aid. So… that’s my guess.
The only exception to these origins is Fanta and Mountain Dew. Fanta was made by and for Nazis. Mountain Dew was made by redneck bootleggers during prohibition to wash down moonshine.
So that’s my excuse for my horrendous addiction to Diet Coke. It’s in my blood MOM!
It’s no surprise to many that I’m a bit of Pinot Noir lover. This one doesn’t disappoint. Kola nut, red cherry, strawberry, wild raspberry, tea leaves, and cranberry on the nose. Fuller fruit on the palate - riper raspberries and strawberries - kola nuts, florals, and sneaky tannins.
I love Sinskey wines! This is no exception. Red cherry, kola nut, fresh twigs, tea, Asian spices, touch of cardamom, and red florals on the nose. Riper on the palate with much of the same bouquet of flavors and aromas! Crisp acidity. Nice long finish. Really nice stuff!
Coca-Cola is made from a syrup produced by the Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta. The main ingredient in the formula used in the United States is a sweetener called high-fructose corn syrup 55, so named because it is 55 per cent fructose or “fruit sugar” and 42 per cent glucose or “simple sugar” — the same ratio of fructose to glucose as natural honey. HFCS is made by grinding wet corn until it becomes cornstarch. The cornstarch is mixed with an enzyme secreted by a bacillus, a rod-shaped bacterium, and another enzyme secreted by a mold called Aspergillus. This process creates the glucose. A third enzyme, also derived from bacteria, is then used to turn some of the glucose into fructose.
The second ingredient, caramel coloring, gives the drink its distinctive dark brown color. There are four types of caramel coloring — Coca Cola uses type E150d, which is made by heating sugars with sulfite and ammonia to create bitter brown liquid. The syrup’s other principal ingredient is phosphoric acid, which adds acidity and is made by diluting burnt phosphorus (created by heating phosphate rock in an arc-furnace) and processing it to remove arsenic.
A much smaller proportion of the syrup is flavors. These include vanilla, which is the fruit of a Mexican orchid that has been dried and cured for around three months; cinnamon, the inner bark of a Sri Lankan tree; coca-leaf which comes from South America and is processed in a unique US government authorized factory in New Jersey to remove its addictive stimulant cocaine; and kola nut, a red nut found on a tree which grows in the African Rain Forest (this may be the origin of Coca-Cola’s distinctive red logo).
The final ingredient is caffeine, a stimulating alkaloid that can be derived from the kola nut, coffee beans and other sources.
About to hit the slopes with this Pinot Noir, guys! No fining or filtration on this bad boy! Kola nut, small ripe berries, twigs, hint of allspice, and a touch of licorice on the nose. Sweet and tart at the same time on the palate - sour cherry, kola nut, and twigs. Cool stuff!