I get a lot of asks about plants; what dried herbs to start with, what kind are good for beginners, what I would recommend new witches own, how to grow them, etc. That’s totally okay because you guys know I love helping you out but to make things easier I’m just going to talk about plants for a while, okay? Enjoy!
Let’s Start At The Beginning🌿
“What should a beginner witch have in their cabinet?”
I get asked a lot what are some good herbs or dried flowers to have for people who can’t grow their own. Just remember, it’s not necessary to have herbs in your practice, all you need to be a witch is a desire to be a witch! But these are the herbs I recommend and/or are my personal favorites.💜
Orange Peel - This is great for uplifting energies and bringing happiness into your life, they can help with intuition, bring prosperity and abundance, and they can help strengthen friendships and relationships. They’re loaded with Vitamin C & A, it’s a powerful antioxidant and great for relieving congestion(add it to your bath!) You can eat them, burn them, make a tea, add it to your bath, whatever you see fit!
Basil - This is great for bringing in money and prosperity, love, flying/astral work, exorcisms, and is great for protection.
Basil has potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It is also an anti-inflammatory.
Mint - Mint is probably one of my favorite healing herbs, it can help bring you strength, luck, money, and safe travels. Mint is an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.
Chamomile - One of my favorite meditation plants, it also aids in centering and finding peace, protection, self-love and healing! It’s great for fevers, indigestion, it works as an anti-inflammatory for wounds, and makes a good insect repellent.
Rosemary: It’s often used for protection, love, purification, healing, sleep, and youth. When burned it emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations and is used to rid a place of negativity. It provides anti-inflammation, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antisepticproperties. And research provides ample evidence that rosemary not only improves memory, but helps fight cancer.
Onion: It is used for protection, exorcism, healing, money, and abundance in life. Grown in pots or in the garden they repel negative energy and evil intentions. You can cook onions to attract money and luck.
Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and are good for regulating blood pressure.
Thyme: It can be used for good health, healing, sleep, courage, love, purification, psychic powers. It can be burned for good health and purification and can be used in healing spells. It can be used to help bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bedwetting, intestinal gas (flatulence), parasitic worm infections and skin disorders.
Growing Your Own Indoor Plants 🌿
These are what I recommend for beginners(inside) I tried to include a variety of herbs, succulents, and houseplants because I know some people prefer one of the other. This includes generic care tips like storage needed, how much light, water, etc. If you’re looking for magical plant care tips scroll down to the next category! All plants picked are cat and dog friendly.
Spider Plants -
absorb negativity while improving both the energy and air quality of your home. They’re great for low-key daily cleansing. The pot does not need drainage, moderate sunlight, during growth water once or so a week, at adult(one year) water more frequently, during the summer do not let the soil dry out, keep it moist! Generic garden soil is fine.
African Violets - ruled by the planet Venus, promoting spirituality and peaceful vibrations. Their five-petaled flowers are protective and link the plant with the pentagram.
Keep them in a warm location where they get plenty of light, and these darling little plants will happily bloom for you all year round. They’re roots are very fragile so over watering can definitely kill them, make sure the soil is completely dry to touch before water. They do best with soils that include peat moss or vermiculite.
Succulents - bringers of love and abundance and can be among the easiest of house plants to grow. Succulents are ruled by the moon. Succulents definitely need plots that have drainage holes, the soil should be a mix of rocks and soil or just buy premade cacti soil! Water two to three times a month depending on size. Full sunlight is best!
Swedish or English Ivy -
are protective as well as decorative, and never more so than when trained to grow outside on house walls. Potted and brought indoors, they serve the same function, for their curious stems and leaves drive away evil and negativity from their dwelling place. They are also though to promote fidelity and fertility. Medium light, simple garden soil, they do like moss, ivy’s prefer to be on the dry side when the soil has been dry for 2-3 days then water!
Catnip - can bring love into the home, works for cat magic or dieties, helps promote happiness and aids in sleep/astral travel magic. It can be successfully grown on a sunny windowsill, providing you give it enough water and remember to pinch out the flowers to encourage leaf growth. You can start pinching off leaves as soon as the plant hits about 6 - 8 inches.
Basil - it can help steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money and protects against insanity. Keep basil in direct or medium sunlight, keep soil moist, make sure to pick the leaves regularly to encourage growth throughout the summer.
Lemon Balm - associated with the moon and neptune, can be used to dispel melancholy and depression, it is traditionally used for
compassion, fertility, happiness, healing, longevity, love, mental health, prosperity, and divination. Lemon balm likes a steady supply of water, but good drainage is a must.The plant recovers quickly from wilt, so it’s best to err on the side of dry rather than too wet, which will encourage root rot.
Any good, fast-draining potting soil will likely do.
Thyme(a personal favorite) - planet venus, it’s good for
clairvoyance, cleansing, courage, divination, dreams, exorcism, faeries, happiness, healing, love, money, prevents nightmares, protection, psychic development, aannnddd purification. It’s a pretty useful little plant and it’s super cute if you ask me!
Water completely each time but allow the pot to dry before watering again. Fertilize thyme with a weak solution of fish emulsion or liquid seaweed once a month - I swear by it!
Trim off flowers and dry them for a sachet or use them in tea, bath, etc!
It’s often used for protection, love, purification, healing, sleep, and youth. When burned it emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations and is used to rid a place of negativity. Same grow tips as thyme!
Orchid - it can be used for elegance and beauty, concentration, strengthening memory, love, intuition, harmony, focus, and will power. I personally love having my orchids around during self love magic and glamour spells. It needs ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between watering - make sure to not over water it. Some orchids can be air plants!
Magical Tips For Growing Plants🌿
Just some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years, some of these may not be super witchy but still definitely helpful for strong plant babies!
Sing or talk to your plants daily! Not only will the positive energy they receive help them grow strong, so will the more direct source of Carbon Dioxide. 💕
Use rain water or moon water to water your plants! You can really use any kind of water but I advise against sea water unless you boil the salt out first.
Bonus! Charge your water with crystals. I like to leave mine out under the moon with moss agate, clear quartz, and rose quartz to encourage growth into a strong, beautiful plant.
If you smoke weed, ashes are lovely to give to plants once a week, most ashes work to be honest. You can also use left over tea leaves to compost as well, you can infuse/encourage your plants with energies of the tea!
You can also include eggshell powder or water from when you boil eggs in your waterings once a week to help aid it’s growth.
I wouldn’t suggest feeding them plant food until their adults though just because it’s really simple to over feed them. But it’s okay to throw some eggshells in the beginning.
Sigils! Put sigils on everything, your watering can, the containers your plants are in, on the window they receive their sunlight from! Have fun, gardening is a great time to explore yourself and your craft.
Leave your plants under the moon to let the charge. Or when they’re in the sun let that charge them to bring energy and happiness into your home and life.
Leave crystals next to your plants or create little spell jar to keep in your garden. I have one of citrine, clear quartz, bay, oak, and a little love letter to Freyr because he’s my patron god and a god of nature.
This may sound weird but I swear my little green guys love jivin’ to music, play some and dance around with them, let them be lively and included in your life. We’ve been listening to a lot of Janis Joplin lately.
If your plant indoors you don’t have worms!! Oh no! Poke little holes in your soil (after their healthy sprouts) to make sure the soil isn’t compacted.
Understand how much space your plants are going to need. It’s a common mistake for gardeners to get too small of pots. Research the type of roots your plants have - not all grow down some grow wide and need wider more shallow pots.
Look for the best place in the house for each plant, and don’t be afraid to try different locations until you find the best spot. Some plants are picky and that’s a-okay!
I hope this is able to help someone with their little green babies. Gardening can bring such joy to ones life, I hope it can for you!🌿
Had a super busy few weeks n spent today mostly working on owed art, so I gave myself a treat and busted out a bit of concept work I’ve had in my head for a while! More to come later, for sure–I have a lot of ideas for the how’s and why’s of these designs that I wanna address, as well as flesh out the setting.
I’ve been thinking about zombie-ish creatures created by infection from a type of mermithidae or nematomorpha worm (watch this vid ONLY IF U AIN’T SQUEAMISH) that specializes in humans. While the initial infection only seems to be discomfort from drinking contaminated water, when the worm devours/replaces ~50% of the victim’s guts it reaches sexual maturity and starts releasing control chemicals that radically alter host behavior and physical form, etc etc
(for the fantasy human version, at least–the actual buggy predators are a little simpler). Since humans have a lower species turnover rate than bugs these particular worms can act as replacement organs and keep their hosts alive indefinitely…but will violently egress the body if it’s overly damaged, instantly killing the infected person.
Infected are typically placid (when left alone) and like to float in large bodies of fresh water. They become aggressive when approached by large animals, including humans, partially from their intense hunger due to parasitization.
Scientists discovered it’s possible to save the infected in a two-step operation that surgically fuses the worm to muscle walls (preventing it from killing the host by vacating) and neuters the parasite, which stops production of control chemicals. After a few months of physical and mental therapy the infected can safely re-enter society. Post-apocalyptic humanity is desperate for all the helping hands it can get and usually welcomes them back, with post-surgery infected making up about 40% of any given settlement.
From nigiri to temaki, sushi has boomed in popularity in the west,
but now doctors are warning of a less appetising trend: a rise in
A team of doctors from Portugal raised concerns after a 32-year old
man was admitted to hospital complaining of pain in his abdomen just
below his ribs, vomiting and had a slight fever, all of which had lasted
for a week.
An endoscopy soon revealed the culprit: the larvae of a type of
parasitic worm from the genus Anisakis. The doctors note that the
condition, known as anisakiasis, is caused by eating undercooked or raw
fish or seafood that has been contaminated: indeed, questioning of the
patient revealed that he had recently eaten sushi.
After the larva was removed the man rapidly recovered, say the medics.
Under European food hygiene legislation fish that is to be eaten raw
should be frozen before it is sold to consumers to ensure any parasites
have been killed.
Two views of the parasite, seen here firmly attached to
an area of the patient’s upper gastrointestinal tract. Photograph: Carmo
et al/BMJ case reports
I imagine them starting out as eggs or some other microscopic form that Dash accidentally eats (InCube assignment could work too but I like accidental for this one idk). And over the course of eight hours they multiply in his guts at a verrrry fast rate. They don’t get wider around than a pencil and they’re extremely slick and stretchy, so there are literally hundreds of mature worms inside of him before Dash even notices anything is off.
His belly starts off totally flat, size-wise, but gets achy and tender early on from all the space filling up in his guts. It’s hard to figure out what’s wrong because everything feels normal to the touch at first, like regular squishy organs. The worms don’t move beyond very slow characteristic twitching, so Dash doesn’t feel much happening either. He just feels bloated and lethargic.
He’d go to bed to try and sleep it off….. and the next morning he’d wake up to a decidedly rounded abdomen, like “three months preggo” sized…. and it’s not necessarily heavy, but it is SUPER tight and so tender he can’t press on it without wincing. There is ABSOLUTELY no way to suck it in: the worms completely fill up one length of his intestines before spilling into another and packing that section solid as well. At this point, he still can’t see any movement from the outside but he can FEEL everything churning and cramping and twitching internally. His gut would verrrry slowly puff up firmer and rounder and tighter throughout the day, until the cramps get unbearable and his belly starts letting out agonized groaning and squelching sounds.
(((Send me a number from that earlier post of mine and I’ll write a belly description!)))
This creepy little dude is a Horsehair Worm. These critters begin life as parasites inside invertebrates like cockroaches, beetles, and crickets. I found this one outside in a bucket with a dead cricket last week.
This is only the second time I’ve ever seen one and then oddly enough today my dad called me saying he’d found a dead cricket in a bucket with some weird creature that looked like a horse hair come to life, haha.
There is new evidence of something that researchers have long suspected: along with people, goods, and ideas, the Silk Road also transported infectious diseases. Studying preserved poop in a latrine at a Silk Road waystation, which was in use from 111 BCE to 109 CE, researchers discovered four species of parasitic worm. One particularly interesting find is the Chinese liver fluke. It is a parasitic worm which causes diarrhea, jaundice, and liver cancer. It’s life cycle requires time in well-watered, marshy areas. The way station is in the eastern end of the Taklamakan Desert. Therefore Chinese liver fluke could not have been picked up at the way station. In fact, the fluke’s closest habitat today is around 1,500 kilometers from the way station where the fluke was found.
Put together, the evidence suggests the unfortunate infected traveler must have come from quite a distance, carrying the parasite with them. Other infectious diseases might have been carried along the Silk Road in a similar way.
[Hey it’s me back with a small lil ficlet, once again with that Parasite AU, and this time with some people other than your usual suspects. Hilariously enough, this wasn’t even conceived as part of the Parasite AU at first, but then I realized I could rework it to fit. So here we are.]
Though Yoshikage was not tethered to the alleyway as Reimi was, he always felt guilty for leaving her behind whenever he went out to venture, and stayed with her as long as he could before he was tugged away by duty to keep vigilant among the rest of Morioh. Reimi, wanting for company, didn’t turn him away.
They were on their god-knew-what lap around the ever extending, ever-the-same corridor. They took it slow; the dead had no need to rush. Reimi’s trailing, pale ribbons whipped against the air as Yoshikage’s quiet, measured steps tapped beside her, with Arnold–snuffling about at the scent Yoshikage had dragged in from the outside–bringing up the back. The shadow of the brim of Yoshikage’s bowler, tilted jauntily downward, attempted its best to cover the gruesome chunks taken from his face, to no avail. The slow dripping blood of Arnold’s neck wound added to the solemn portrait.
1/7/2017-1/9/2017 Soup-Nose The Goat has some swelling under her jaw. We suspect bottlejaw (fluid retention caused by anemia). Anemia in goats is usually a parasite issue, so we wormed her, and I drove to the hippie feed store and bought some of the fancy organic sweetfeed to try and convince her to eat a bunch of delicious nutrition. Even Soup Nose’s Olympic-class food fussiness is no match for sweetfeed.
Sweetfeed is made of corn, molasses, oats, various trace vitamins, and tiny shavings from a shining blue meteor that landed in the Darkhad Valley in Mongolia in 1953. The workers who harvest the meteor cover their ears so they can’t hear it singing to them.
Sweetfeed smells amazing. I have genuinely considered cooking it like oatmeal and eating it myself. My google history is full of searches for cornflake and molasses cookies, gingerbread cornmeal cookies, something, anything. Internet forums are thronged with people wondering how to make moonshine out of it. It smells like molasses and raisins and cornbread and coming home to the family you never knew you had after a long time wandering in the dusty dark between worlds.
We have to keep a brick on top of the bin with sweetfeed in it, because otherwise the feral cats sneak into the barn and eat it.
The cats try to eat goat food.
(Seriously. I tell a lot of lies on this blog. That is not one of the lies. It’s uncanny stuff.
Also, if you know any recipes that involve molasses and cornflakes, please send them to me, the smell is driving me mad.)
Have you seen the mummified dinosaur at the Indianapolis Children's Museum? It's really cool
You mean Leonardo the Brachylophosaurus mummy? I actually didn’t know about that until just now – thank you for telling me!
Apparently – and it’s visible in this picture, too – it’s so well preserved that the neck musculature can still be made out, and it clearly shows how the muscles would have kept the neck bent so the head was kept up and close to the body. There’s actually a bit of a trend in paleoart to reconstruct animals with the necks fully extended and parallel to the ground even though the neck is kept bent by the neck muscles in most living animals, and it’s quite nice that there’s some concrete proof that this was the case in extinct animals too.
And apparently there are even remains of parasitic worms in this guy’s fossilized guts, which I think is absolutely awesome!
ESSENTIALLY: All worm vampires carry the disease/virus/whathaveyou that turned them initially, and can pass it on freely. The human immune system is, however, quite capable of repelling it under most circumstances. And saliva is not an ideal vector. Turning usually only happens in deliberate, pre-selected cases, or as a very rare accident.
I hope this answers yall thoroughly! Feel free to inquire further if you want more details.
EDIT: wow now i see all these spelling errors, thanks late-night brain i love it