seal oil

my first spell jar!! i made this to help my sister sleep, because she often has trouble with nightmares and such.

gather:
-sage
-sea salt
-thyme
-lavender {i used the leaves, not the flowers}
-rosemary {i used both fresh and dried}
-bay leaves
-amethyst
-quartz
-small piece of paper + pen

optional:
-blue thread {to bind the paper + decorate jar}
-blue wax to seal
-lavender oil

i layered the ingredients, with each layer i focused on my intent to help sophie. i drew a sigil for a peaceful sleep on the paper in blue pen, and then rolled it up and tied it with the blue thread. i also carved the sigil in the wax i sealed the jar with, and then rubbed some lavender oil on it to bless it, and create a soothing scent. hope you like.


this is my very first spell jar and i hope it helps my sister!💙

Black girl hair is an actual science, and it’s frustrating yet super fun as well.
I’ve heard that cheap products like Tresemmè naturals is good for getting product build up out and being sulfate free and whatnot, but then finding a good leave-in is hard, and figuring out when to co-wash or shampoo is hard, and knowing when to reapply stuff is hard😩🙃

The Vegan Witch

Witchcraft must be practiced without undue pain or suffering unto any animal.

Here are a few things to consider:
✨Ditch the leather: I know, witchy ~aesthetic~ doesn’t quite feel complete without antique leather objects, but look for faux alternatives which are easily accessible, such as faux suede cord
✨Ditch the honey: practice spells and teas with alternate sweeteners, agave nectar, date nectar, syrup etc such as maple🍁 🐝
✨Plant based milks make a far more effective alternative to dairy. Almond, oat and coconut milks are particularly useful.
✨Soya wax: great to make your own candles with added essential oils, wax seals or an alternative to beeswax.
✨Fur or any other animal parts: please refrain from the temptation to use bodily parts in your witchcraft. An animal cannot consent to being taken from a resting place and exploited
✨Being a mindful witch will bring greater self growth and power to your craft. Being kind to the Earth and all that inhabits it is deeply rooted in human nature, it is so sad that we have become so detached from this.

By: @androgynousvegan 💚

My Tips for Healthy Natural Hair

• Don’t wash hair too often. Once a week, bi-weekly, or monthly is best. Use a sulfate-free shampoo because sulfate is a cleaning agent that strips all of the natural oils and moisture from the hair.

• Co-wash (washing with conditioner) to refresh hair between shampoo washes. This will cleanse the hair while adding moisture. Two of my favorites are Eden BodyWorks All Natural Cleansing Cowash and Creme of Nature Pure-licious Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.

• Keep hair moisturized. Dry, brittle hair will break off and frizz up, thus halting hair growth. My favorite leave-in conditioner is Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner. It keeps my hair soft and moisturized for days!

• Use natural oils to seal moisture into hair after applying leave-in conditioner, and on the scalp to stimulate hair growth. For thick hair like mine, I like to use olive oil. Jojoba oil is also great for using on the scalp and hair as it is the closest natural oil to the sebum our skin produces. Coconut, avocado, castor, and grapeseed oil are also good.

• Deep condition at least once a week for 30 minutes to an hour. Deep conditioning the hair is vital to keeping it strong and moisturized. Shea Moisture and Eden BodyWorks make great ones.

• Sleep with a satin scarf/bonnet on or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture out of your hair and create breakage and frizz.

• Detangle hair only when damp with water or conditioner. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers and BE GENTLE.

• Avoid styling your hair everyday and avoid tight hair styles that put strain on your edges and nape hair. Low manipulation is key.

• Drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet rich in protein, iron, zinc, and Vitamins A, E, D, and B. 

• Take a multi-vitamin daily and/or a hair growth vitamin. 

Spell Challenge Day 8: Sleeping Oil

(word inspired by: oil)

This oil potion is to help aid in falling asleep and having a nice restful sleep.

You Will Need:

  • 4 drops clove essential oil 
  • 4 drops rose essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • carrier oil of your choice (olive, linseed, castor, etc)
  • Bottle with a seal
  • Blue food coloring 

Steps:

Clean out your bottle you wish to use, carefully add your essential oils one at a time. Fill remainder of bottle with your carrier oil of choice and add a few drops of blue food coloring until you are satisfied with the color of your oil. Seal the top firmly. If desired (and recommended) charge your oil using moonlight and/or starlight, resting the bottle in charged water, with crystals related to sleep or moving it through the smoke of incense related to sleep. Personally I like charging things for sleep and dreams in moonlight or with moon water. For use simply put the oil near or under your bed. Recharge it occasionally to keep it potent.

some tips for life/things i've learned

1. washing your hair with hot water strips it of essential stuff and dries it out (mine was so bad my hair was gross and discoloured). if you can tolerate it wash your hair with cold water or even just rinse it with cold water bc cold water does some magical stuff to your hair and seals the good oils and such in.
2. don’t trust advice/commentary on a person you like from a person who likes them too (or hates them tbh) because they will downplay any feelings the person in question has for you bc of jealousy or hatred
3. replacing full calorie drinks (reg coke, pepsi etc) with the diet versions is honestly enough to help you start losing weight since the regular ones are sugar and calorie filled. also eating fruit when you crave chocolate/ice cream/unhealthy food will also help you lose weight and really bring awareness to if you’re bored or stress eating
4. neutrogena rapid clear spot gel works MIRACLES on acne/breakouts. it gets rid of a majority of the redness and shrinks the spot in under two hours. i got it yesterday and it works fantastically

Nova’s Flying Devil Oil

That’s right: Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning and olive oil.

The seasoning contains the following ingredients: cayenne pepper, chili pepper, chipotle pepper, cumin, thyme, oregano, marjoram, bay, basil, rosemary, garlic, and onion, to name a few. 

These herbs and spices make the perfect blend for banishing, protection, uncrossing, or cursing. 

Instructions:

  1. Add seasoning to a jar (dark colored, preferably) and cover with olive oil. 
  2. Seal, shake, and store in a cool dark place for up to a week. 
  3. For a more potent mixture, strain the infused oil over a new batch of fresh seasoning and store for another week.
  4. Strain finished product into a dark colored dropper jar and store in a cool, dark place for best results. 

just my version of a well-known recipe

Moon Cleansing

A simple practice for a full moon’s night.


Materials
-Anything you need to clear
-A mirror
-Optional essential oils
-A safe place to put it for a night
-A full moon

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For this full moon, I had a lotta stuff to clear [as you can see].  All of my miscellaneous crystals, my elemental gemstone bottles, the river stones I use to line my group Circles, and some herbal water, and some basic water.

For my crystals, I just gave them a home and let them soak up the moonlight.  I was lucky and it started raining early that morning, so they got doubly cleared!

However, for my waters, I wanted some extra charge.  For the large bottle in the middle, I placed it outside three nights in a row: the night before the full moon, the night of the full moon, and the night after the full moon.

Using a Keep Away Trouble oil, I sealed it three times around the edge, and once more with a symbol in the centre.  I placed the water atop the mirror so that the moonlight would be able to hit the bottle from multiple directions.  


On the actual night of the full moon, I gave my main bottle some friends!

I put them all inside the pink basket just so they wouldn’t fall over, not for any special significance.  ;)

I had water infused with chamomille, jasmine, copal, and catnip for a sense of calm, healing, and hearth.

Another one fused with cedar and patchouli for protection and grounding.  It smells incredible.

And the last charged with erogenous herbs, just damiana and catnip, for erogenous reasons.

Drop in a sage leaf in all of them to keep it fresh, and that’s it!



Having the water out there on the mirror for the full three nights makes my head rush from just holding the bottle, so if you’re looking for some potent moon water, this worked really well for me!  Make sure you place your water/items somewhere safe, but also that stands out to you.  The Earth is an excellent healer, so let Her help you place your tools!


Love and Light
-Andariel
xx

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For those too new to my blog to know about my other wife, I recently completed a ton of engine work on my 4runner. I’ve waited almost 20yrs for my mother to hand it over and I’ve known all along that by the time I’d receive it, it would be because she couldn’t afford all of the major work it would need after so many years without servicing beyond oil changes. Phase 1 was the following list and the first time the truck had received these parts:

Tires
Air filter
MAF cleaning
Throttle body cleaning
Plenum gaskets
Valve cover gaskets
Left valve cover
Drive belts
Ignition wires
Spark plugs
Vacuum lines
Coolant hoses
Coolant Flush
Timing belt
Timing belt idler
Timing belt hydraulic tensioner
Water pump
Thermostat
Fan clutch
Fan housing bearing
AC idler
Trans cooler
Brakes
Brake flush
Fuel filter
Rack and pinion mount bushings
Camshaft housing plugs
Camshaft seals
Crankshaft seal
Oil change

Phase 2 will begin soon and it will be a complete overhaul of the brake system, relocating some electrical controls, a complete performance upgrade for the suspension system along with a complete performance upgrade for most of the steering system and a new interstate battery.

My ultimate goal for my yota is not just to use as a daily driver, but to convert into something like an overland suv because I feel better if we can load up and go over any terrain with the current administration. Not that I think it’ll ever come to that, but it helps me sleep at night. Also it’ll be nice to have once Henry is old enough for outdoor excursions.

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Doing my braids by myself saves me loads of money and I personally don’t like other people touching my hair?? Idk if that’s just me, last time I went the lady was really rough and pulled out my hair :(

My night time hair care is pretty simple:

  1.  I spray my hair with water and seal with coconut oil 
  2. Then I put it in a low tension bun 
  3. & Wrap with a silk scarf and then I’m done :)

If this helps you pls submit photos!! x x x

Natural Hair 101

1. Only comb or finger detangle when wet (hair is the strongest in this state.)
2. Always apply some sort of moisturizer/leave in conditioner.
3. Make sure you are familiar with the ingredients (no alcohol based products, leads to dryness)
4. Seal in moisture with oil, any type. Look up the benefits of each oil and create a concoction based on your needs.
4. Always cover your hair with a satin scarf or bonnet when sleeping (even those nights you don’t want to)
5. Drink lots of water. Hydrated body leads to hydrated hair.
6. Wear a protective style a few days each week. Something that doesn’t tug on hair too much and make sure you are moisturizing while the style is in.
7. Try to limit applying heat to your hair. Blow dryers, flat irons, etc.
8. Moisturize your scalp. If your scalp is dry it will lead to dry hair as well.

9. Try and enjoy each length. Don’t put pressure on yourself for it to grow very fast because it will only frustrate you.

10. Don’t be afraid to be creative and daring. You will be surprised at how much you can do with you hair at each length.

TOP 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Natural Hair

Do’s 

  1. Moisturize your hair EVERYDAY (Alcohol free products)
  2. Wear a satin scarf EVERY NIGHT
  3. Wear a protective style at least 2 days a week (But still try to moisturize hair and scalp)
  4. ONLY comb and detangle while hair is wet, hair is the strongest at this state.
  5. Seal in moisture with oils (select oils based on personal needs)

Don’ts

  1. Keep hands out of your hair, your hands included (this dries out hair)
  2. Don’t apply heat to hair frequently (this should be done in moderation)
  3. Don’t wear small braids or twist often (this should also be done in moderation)
  4. Don’t pull hair back in type ponytails or buns often (this thins edges)
  5. Don’t use shampoo unless its a natural hair care line, that’s sulfate free (this strips hair of natural oils)
    1. Co Washing is an AMAZING substitute.

Mama Cat’s “Walk This Way” Love Charm

Mama Cat knew her babies would grow up someday. So she made this litle love charm to try and help her babies find the one that would be their better half. And if her babies were not looking for love in a person, than she hoped that they would find a great movie, a new place to eat, or something they could call a friend.

Needed:

small container that can be sealed

salt

rose leaves

lavender

oregano

hemp cord

your favorite scented oil

Optional:

rose quartz

Putting It All Together:

Grind up rose leaves, salt, lavender, and oregano into a powder. Place into the container and add the oil (add the rose quartz here if your using it and then add the oil). Seal the container tightly and use the hemp cord to make it into a necklace, bracelet, keychain, etc. 

Wrap It Up:

Carry this charm with you when you go out looking for love. Wear it at parties, parks, pet adoption places, wherever you go to find love.

Reminders: This charm is only as strong as you allow it to be. Dont forget that self love is just as, if not more, important than romantic/platonic love. Dont be discouraged if love doesnt come right away, love takes time.

Instructions for Oils

Annointing Oil

  • 1/8 cup base oil
  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Orange
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • Use for general ritual anointing purposes.

Annointing Oil

  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Orange
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • Use for general ritual anointing purposes..

Annointing Oil

  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 2 drops Cinnamon

Annointing Oil

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Myrrh, Powdered
  • 1 T. Cinnamon
  • Add herbs to Olive Oil. Seal in a tight jar, let sit for 30 days. Strain through a cheesecloth and use for anointing candles or your body before rituals.

General Annointing Oil

  • 5 parts Frankincense
  • 5 parts Cedarwood
  • 4 parts Sandalwood
  • 2 parts Myrrh
  • Add a tiny Amethyst crystal to the bottle

All Purpose Annointing Oil

  • Patchouli ¼ oz.
  • Verbena 1/32 oz.
  • Cinnamon 1/16 oz.

Protection Oil

  • Use a base oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba, sesame, etc.
  • To the oil add any three of the following: rue, rosemary, angelica, bay, basil, fennel, sage, mugwort, Vervain.
  • Use either the whole herb or a pure essential oil.
  • Allow the herbs to mix and steep in the oil for 1 week. Handle the bottle frequently, projecting protective energy into the mixture. Recommend you make this oil during a waning moon but you can also make your own timing judgement.

Blessing Oil

  • 1 to 4 lavender blossoms
  • 2 drops each sage, basil, patchouli essential oil
  • Carrier oil (can be olive used for protection, almond, sunflower, etc.)
  • Choose a small dark vial. Place all but the oil in the vial together, then add enough oil to fill the bottle. Shake thoroughly. Use for anointing ritual candles, self, consecrating tools, etc. Lavender is there for purification, happiness, love, and peace; Basil brings protection and love; Sage brings purification, protection, healing, wealth, longevity; Patchouli brings prosperity, wards off evil and negativity, aids divination.
  • All of these are desirable generic attributes so makes a good blend for general purposes. Great for keeping on your personal altar for magical workings.

Blessing Oil

  • Frankincense Tears Benzoin Gum, crushed Essential Oil of Benzoin
  • Rose scent, which can be one or more of these: Essential Oil of Roses (Rose Otto), Essential Oil of Rose Geranium, Rose Fragrance (synthetic) Rose Petals
  • Top with carrier oil (e.g. almond oil which has been dosed with Vitamin E)
  • You can also add Vitamin E oil for the same purpose.

Banishing Oil

  • ½ oz olive oil
  • 15 drops pine oil
  • 12 drops rue oil
  • 7 drops pepper oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil crushed black peppercorns obsidian or black onyx
  • Some of these oils are volatile. Do not anoint yourself with Banishing
  • oil. You could burn yourself. Wash your hands after using.
  • Easier Banishing oil is crushed garlic in olive or base oil and pine needles left in the sun in a jar for a day or so and strained through cheesecloth or a coffee filter.