So while hunting for holiday gifts, I stumbled onto Fig and Yarrow’s “herbal steams” which are basically just steam teas for your face. They’re selling for $26, but being witchy, I had most of the ingredients on hand. Turns out they are awesome recipes and I wanted to pass them on!
to use //
put a nice handful of herb mixture of your choice in a bowl, and fill with steamy or boiling water. place your head over the steam, and cover your head and the bowl with a towel to keep all the moisture in.
this is a great time to relax and meditate, especially focusing on the correspondences of the herbs you’re using.
once you’re done using the herbs for steam, you can strain out the tea you made and use it in a bath, too! 2x the usefulness
herb combinations //
winter - eucalyptus, juniper, cedar, elderflower, orange peel, ginger root, thyme, star anise, and clove
spring - linden flowers, chrysanthemum, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, nettle, calendula, and red clover
summer - sunflower, immortelle (life everlasting), red clover, peppermint, hibiscus, and linden flowers
autumn - figwort, rosemary, cornflower, rosehip, orange peel, juniper berry, star anise, and cardamom
winter - physically, helps respiratory system (eucalyptus) and clears pores. magically, associated with protection, cleansing, and healing
spring - physically, deep cleansing, calming, and hydrating skin. magically, associated with protection, relaxation, and healing.
summer - physically, hydrates, purifies, and cleanses skin. magically, associated with success, love and luck.
autumn - physically, nourishes skin, helps provide mental calm and clarity. magically, associated with mental and psychic ability
Spirit Contact/Blessings: lilac, purple heather, mint, Solomon’s Seal
Strength/Willpower: rosemary, St. Johnswort
Wisdom: elder, sage, willow
Here’s a long list of herbal and plant uses from Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch. It’s a very useful resource and I highly recommend it. Some of these herbs are common, some of them I’ve never even heard or seen in real life. As a bit of a spiritual bioregionalist myself, I tend to work with herbs and plants that grow native in my landbase (which a few of these do!), but hopefully this very comprehensive list is helpful to some of you out there.
I had a near nine year relationship with who I thought was my best friend and the love of my life end in a not so good way today. So after spending hours crying it all out, I sat down and put the leftover feelings into making this jar, and thoughts that I should share it so that anyone who needs something like it can use it.
What I Used:
-Gladiolus - Personal strength
-Gold Glitter - Repair (In Japan when something breaks (bowl, cup, etc) it is repaired with gold so that the crack becomes a unique part of it)
-Bay Leaves - Purification, health, strength
-Dill - Keep away the unwanted (thoughts, feelings, etc)
-Garlic Salt - Protection, purification
-Cinnamon - Happiness
-Rosemary - Healing, love
-Parsley - Purification, protection
-Thyme - Sleep
-Orange Peel - Vitality, health
-Sage - Wisdom
-Lavender - Calm
-Fennel - Return of love
-Basil - Happiness
-Citrine - Happiness
-Rose petals - Personal love
-Acorn - Strength
-Amethyst (The jar was sealed with it)
While I was making this jar, I took a short break to write down a thought that passed through my head, and I think I should share it as well, since it is so fitting.
“Go forth now, and fill the cracks in your heart not with glue but with gold. Let every fracture shine with brilliance. Take pride in your fragility, but know that the gold binding the once shattered pieces will not allow them to part so easily again.”
Halloween or Samhain is often considered the witches’ new year, which makes it a great time to manifest good energies for the coming year !
Traditionally, Jack o'Lanterns were used to scare off dangerous and malicious spirits, but why not take it a step further and enchant them to also invite the things you do want in the coming year?
Here’s what you do:
Pick out a good pumpkin, one with a large carving area, and no signs of decay or mold- you don’t want it rotting before Samhain gets here! (Plus decayed botanicals have different correspondences, but that’s another post.)
Gather carving tools, a large spoon, and a bucket for the guts.
You’ll also need some powdered herbs corresponding to the things you want to attract in the new year. (Some you can buy already powdered, otherwise, grind them up using an herb grinder or mortar & pestle. The latter option is great because you can add intent to the herbs as you grind them) You can stick to one goal/intention, or mix them, or even do different pumpkins for different intentions. Here are some ideas to get you started:
For protection, cleansing and purification- sage, rosemary, agrimony, yarrow, cinnamon
For magic and witchery- mugwort, rosemary, vervain, lavender
For good luck- basil, allspice, 4-leaf clovers, peppermint, cinnamon
For abundance and prosperity- bay leaf, cloves, basil, a dollar bill
For love and passion- cinnamon, rose petals, jasmine
For happiness- chamomile, orange zest, thyme, sunflower petals
Using the carving knives, cut around the stem of the pumpkin and pull it off. Then, using the large spoon, scoop out all the guts (reserve the seeds, youll need some later in the spell, plus they make a tasty snack, salted or spiced, and then baked!). Scrape the insides if the pumpkin so it’s nice and smooth.
Then carve a face or sigil that embodies your intent. When you are done carving, sprinkle the herbs inside the pumpkin, and rub them around the base and the walls while focusing on your intentions.
Next, place a tea light or votive candle inside the pumpkin.
Before you light the candle and start the spell, it’s important to take a moment of thanks and reflection. You can’t get something for nothing, after all, and you need to show your appreciation. Do this by thinking about the gifts you already have and the time and energy it took the earth to produce the pumpkin, which you have taken for your needs. Then take 3 pumpkin seeds and dig a small hole in the earth next to your front door. Drop the first seed in, thanking the pumpkin and the earth or your deities aloud for what they have already done (helping you in your spell, helping you achieve your goals, etc.). Drop the second one in and wish for your intention to manifest. The last one is a petition that your intentions manifest for the greater good of yourself and your loved ones, and that the good energies and abundance continue to spread and grow throughout the year. If you really want to show the earth your appreciation, compost all the pumpkin guts and save the seeds to plant later!
Then go ahead and light the candle! Let it burn down or blow it out at the end of the night (gotta follow basic fire safety!) Then re-light it each night until November 1st 🎃
Hi Everyone - I was super into herbs for a while and now I’m kind of over it but I have all of this stuff that I don’t need anymore!
I want to trade my herbs and herb blends for various crystals. If anyone’s interested in a trade please message me! Ideally I want one medium-large crystal per herb jar. My main goal is to clear up my space while making sure my collection goes to someone who will appreciate it!
Here are some pictures of what I have to offer!
In the above, it’s just herbs: star anise, clove, nettle, black salt, strawberry leaves, witch hazel, sea salt, thyme, coffee, orange peel, rosehips, dragon’s blood resin, lavender, rice, jasmine, powdered ginger, and peppermint.
Above are witchy blends that I have made that I no longer use. Rain water, divination powder, sleep blend, fire salts, “love yourself” blend, “dark as night” protection blend, house protection powder.
I have individual pictures of things as well. If you’re interested in a trade, let me know. I’m only interested in trading for crystals and gems and I’m not interested in clear quartz.