the burns and the bees


Planetary Association: Mercury

Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Deity Associations: Demeter, Hades, Pluto and Zeus

Today, this witch was blessed with a bountiful harvest of organic peppermint from my little garden.  I’m already making a fresh potion of peppermint tea, and I’ll show you below how you can make your own too. 

I also thought I’d share with you some of the magick I find using this medicinal herb. 

Peppermint is a hybrid mint: a cross between watermint and spearmint. If you’re looking to forage some, you will find that it typically grows wild in moist habitats, near streams and drainage ditches (avoid gathering from roadside or public parks, as they could be toxic from chemical sprays and/or car exhaust).  Peppermint has high menthol content. The oil also contains small amounts of many additional compounds including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene and pinene. 


Peppermint is used in spells or potions for protection, money, healing, strength, augmenting power, luck, and travel. 

Some also suggest, peppermint is irreplaceable when it comes to banishing vampires and vampiric entities, such as incubus and succubus, and helps earthbound ghosts to find their way to the otherworld.

It can be used in healing and purification spells, by raising the vibration of the area.

If you burn it as incense, it will help to induce sleep.

Peppermint is a versatile healing plant, used in healing spells. Stuffing sachets with peppermint leaves will help to ward off disease.

Peppermint attracts love and using the essential oil in spells creates positive changes in ones life.

Medicinally, peppermint has a long history as a digestive tonic. It relieves nausea, gas, stomach cramps and spasms.   It is also a recognized treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint may be applied directly to bee stings, burns, and even toothaches to relieve pain.  A peppermint infusion or compress can relieve headaches.  Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath too.


Pick around a dozen or so peppermint leaves and wash them.  Now bruise them to release more of the beneficial oils.  You can use a mortar and pestle, your fingers, or the back of a spoon.

Place them in a teapot with a filter, add very hot water (steaming but not boiling), and allow it to steep for at least 5 minutes. 

Pour yourself a nice cup and ENJOY!! 

If you don’t have access to fresh leaves, a simple and cost effective way is to use organic dried peppermint leaves.  Put a heaping teaspoon in a teapot with a filter, add boiling water and let steep for 2-4 minutes.  The longer you steep, the stronger the taste and the more beneficial properties you will extract from the leaves.  

*** (try adding other magickal ingredients to enhance the flavor and/or amplify its effects. Honey, fennel and ginger are great additions, both medicinally and magickally.)


         When violet eyes get brighter, and heavy wings grow lighter
 I’ll taste the sky and
feel alive again
      And I’ll forget the world that I knew, but
I swear I won’t forget you
   Oh, if my voice could reach back through the past, I’d whisper in your ear:
           “Oh, darling, I wish you were here.”

anonymous asked:

Can you provide sources for you bee research? I want to read what you're reading. I'm not saying I instantly don't believe your sources, but I have been interested in trying beekeeping for about a year, and most of what I've read is literally the opposite of what you're saying.

These are all either sources from beekeepers themselves, or from independent organisations or studies. Contrary to popular belief, Apis mellifera, the species of bee we use for honey production, are not even close to being endangered; but thousands of lesser known species are The interesting thing is that it’s only really consumers who dispute the facts about the practices involved in honey production, most keepers themselves are well aware that these are standard practices. As for claims about the conservation value of buying honey, most claims contrary to what I’m saying here come from the industry itself, who have a fairly obvious incentive to deny these verifiable facts. Realistically though, my chief concern with honey is that it is exploitative, and you don’t need a source to tell you that taking something which takes a bee’s entire life to produce and selling it for profit is exploitation. You can read my full post on honey here.

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