relaxing cup of tea

So I drew a younger version of August… And I feel a bit less salty..

But I’m still… Meh.

Witchy Goals for the New Year

🌿 Complete a book of Shadows

🌿 Meditate more often

🌿 Write down everything you learn

🌿 Take mindless walks through the woods, focusing on your breathing and            the chirping of the birds

🌿 Plant a garden

🌿 Spend more time under the moon

🌿 Do a deep self and house cleansing

🌿 Collect objects that speak to you from nature and thrift shops

🌿 Practice Tarot more consistently

🌿  Drink a cup of tea daily

🌿 Take one night from your week to light candles, drink a cup of tea, and relax

🌿 Make a witchy mood board

🌿 Start a dream journal

🌿 Add more magick in your cooking

🌿 Make spell jars to scatter through out your home

🌿 Sew dream sachets into pillows

🌿 Plan day-to-day witchy things to do each week

🌿 Start a gratitude page in your grimoire

🌿 Make your own candles

🌿 Grow and dry your own herbs

🌿 Learn to identify the constellations 

🌿 Scatter your home with live plants to attract more good energy

🌿 Become pen pals with a witch from a different country

🌿 Hang sun catchers and bells near windows

🌿 Cleanse yourself with ritual baths once a month

🌿 Keep track of the moon phases and sacred days

🌿 Learn Latin

🌿 Every morning spritz your bed with a lavender and chamomile infusion

🌿 Create a space that is exclusively for practicing magick

🌿 Practice botanical and fauna sketches

🌿 Organize and rewrite pages in your completed grimoire

🌿 Create garlands made from natural objects (ie wheat, pinecones, etc) 

To all the witches out there: Add to this list and start new years off with the right mind set. 

May the moon light your path!

==Moonlight Academy==

If you ever have trouble sleeping at night, here’s a few tips to help:

🌸 brew a cup of chamomile tea

🌸 relax your muscles in a lavender Epson salt bath & light some incense

🌸 play a soundscape (click for rain on leaves) & darken the room

🌸 apply a calming lotion to your skin while giving yourself a gentle massage

🌸 If all else fails, try taking melatonin supplements. They’re easily found in the vitamin aisle of most grocery stores. I highly recommend only starting out with 3mg first!

It always guarantees me a good night’s sleep when I do all these things so I thought I’d share in case anyone could use the tips. Sleep tight, everyone!

Reasons to be excited for fall
  • 1. Not sweating your ass off 24/7 and actually getting to wear jeans, boots, and sweaters.
  • 2. Rainy nights and misty mornings.
  • 3. Baking nonstop and also eating nonstop cause you really don't care about your summer bod anymore.
  • 4. Because there are nothing better than lazy fall days where you can relax with a book, blanket, and cup of tea.
  • 5. Because there is basically just one holiday after another and it's great to see your family and be in festive mode 24/7.
  • 6. There is nothing better than candles, and crunchy leaves, and seeing red and orange everywhere you go, and listening to indie folk, and watching horror movies, and visiting coffee shops, and buying new sweaters, and OMG I LOVE FALL.
Reasons Herbs May Not Work

It breaks my heart when I see people give up on herbs too easily.

More and more people are turning to herbs because there is a growing disappointment with using pharmaceuticals for chronic illness.

Many people are getting fed up with taking a pill that never really cures their illness and gives them awful side effects. Maybe they are concerned about acetaminophen giving their young child asthma (1) or they see the growing evidence about the risks associated with statins (2) and they say enough is enough!

From this moment forward they vow to never resort to drugs again and instead try a more natural and holistic approach thus leading them to the world of herbs and herbalism.

But sometimes their love affair with herbalism is stopped short.

They reach for the closest herb book, try a few remedies and then declare that the herbs don’t work! They tried using horehound for coughing with no relief. They tried meadowsweet for their headache to no avail.

They begin to wonder, “Are herbalists a bunch of delusional wood fairies touting the miracles of something that never works?”

As much as I would love to be considered a wood fairy, I’ll have to say no, this is not the case. I’ve seen herbs work hundreds of times. I’ve seen them work for serious infections as well as serious chronic diseases. I’ve seen them work when modern medicine failed.

Yes, herbs work!

I want to share a handful of reasons why herbs might not work in a given situation.

1. Improper dosing (either too little or too much)

When buying over the counter drugs like NyQuil or Tylenol, they come in a package that is clearly marked with the dosage instructions. Generally these are very simple instructions. “Adults take 2 tablets, three times daily.”

Herbs don’t always come with directions. If you buy bulk herbs the dosing instructions are absent entirely. If you buy a tincture or a bottle of capsules the dosage listed on the bottle has most likely been chosen by the FDA’s labeling mandates and not by an herbalist.  

I am not going to lie to you. Dosage in the herbal world is confusing.

In herbalism dosage varies from person to person, from plant to plant and from preparation to preparation.

A 15 minute infusion of a teaspoon of nettle leaf will not extract the same vitamins and minerals as a four-hour infusion of an ounce of nettle leaf in a quart of water.

A few drops of lobelia tincture can promote relaxation. A strong cup of lobelia tea could make you vomit.

One way I commonly see dosages being flubbed in herbalism is people using small amounts of tonic/adaptogen herbs in tincture, versus the traditional use of large amount of tonic/adaptogen herbs as decoctions or powders. (As always go with what works, but if you aren’t getting the results you’d expect after taking 5 drops of ashwanganda tincture twice a day, consider your dose!)

Frequency of dosing can also be an issue. During acute illnesses we generally use slightly smaller amounts but with more frequency. I may take elderberry elixir 1-2 times each hour at the onset of an illness for example. General recommendations are to take herbs 3 times a day, but that won’t cut it for acute illness.

2. Low quality plant material

Herbs often don’t come with an expiration date. Quality can also vary significantly and will suffer greatly if the herbs have been improperly harvested or improperly processed.

Plants decay. They simply go bad. The rate at which they do this varies significantly from plant to plant. If you’ve just pulled a bag of herbs from your back shelf and had to blow off an inch of dust… well, they are probably not at their prime.

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