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Witch Tip

ok. this is something that i personally had trouble realizing when i first got into witchcraft.

loose dried herbs and loose leaf tea are absolutely fantastic to use. taking the time to individually think about each ingredient, freaking great.

but so are tea bags and they are so convenient and they can be just as successful!! 

example!! 

celestial seasonings’ Sleepytime is pretty popular and for good reason!! the ingredients are chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorne, and rosebuds. purification, cleansing, aiding in sleep, i sometimes use it for self love spells, the list goes on!!

herbal tea blends have a lot of ingredients and can be used in a multiple of ways. just look at the ingredients and correspondences. and remember!! INTENT. and you can always add things in: lemon, honey, cinnamon, milk, orange, sugar, lavender, mint, rosemary, rose, ginger, and this list is getting too long, haha. 

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 30 September 2017

One of the last trees to flower is Tilia henryana (Henrys lime, lime, linden) providing the insects with some late nectar. This species was discovered in China by Augustine Henry and introduced to the UK in 1901 by Ernest Wilson. Here the trees are being trained to shade visitors on the cafe terrace of the Cambridge Botanic Garden, UK, allowing the eyelash like margins of the leaves and the fragrant, creamy-white flowers to be appreciated.

Jill Raggett

Herb of the Week-Wood Betony

Common names

Betony
Lousewort
Purple Betony
Wood Betony

The herb known as the wood betony is commonly considered to be the most important among the Anglo-Saxon herbs. There are at least twenty nine uses of the wood betony in the treatment of physical diseases. At one time, the wood betony was probably also the most popular amulet herb - such amulets were used widely until the middle Ages as a charm to ward off so called evil or ill humors that supposedly brought disease to the human body. The many uses of the wood betony were written down by the medical herbalist Gerard in 1597, he gave a long list of herbal applications for this plant, adding that -“it maketh a man to pisse well”- an inference to the herb’s effectiveness against urinary disorders. Most contemporary herbalist neglect the wood betony as a potential remedy, however, the beneficial properties of this herb are worth rediscovering and exploiting.

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For my fellow tea loving witches:

Sleepytime Extra tea by Celestial Seasonings is awesome for when you’re having trouble falling asleep. The main ingredients are Chamomile, tilia flowers, and valerian. The other ingredients are peppermint, lemongrass, hawthorn and orange blossoms.

I always have trouble falling asleep so the calming chamomile & sedative natures of the other herbs are really helpful. I like to add a little spoonful of brown sugar to sweeten it up, but it’s already a little sweet on its own.

Boxes of the tea run about 4-5 bucks and can be found in pretty much any grocery store or on amazon.

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Facial scrub 

 Left: coconut oil, pressed roses, dried sage, cane sugar, and brown sugar 

Right: dried chamomile, lemongrass, spearmint, tilia flowers, hawthorn, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and rose buds 

 My face is ridiculously soft & smells like a flower garden