using plants for healing

Gardens of the Witches

Already starting to plan this years garden so I thought I should do a post on Witch Gardens


Moonlight Garden

A garden that blooms in the moonlight, a great place to perform night time rituals, meditations, or to just take a midnight stroll. A garden that is full of magick even after the sun sets. 

Plants to add in your moonlight garden:

  • Moonflower: (Ipomoea alba) A nocturnal relative of the morning glory. Has fragrant flowers that open at dusk and close by dawn.    
  • Evening Primrose: (Oenothera biennis) Has beautiful, scented flowers that bloom only at dusk. 
  • Night Flox: (Zaluzianskya capensis) A sweetly fragranced flower that only unfurls its pinwheeled shaped flowers after dusk. 
  • Four O’Clock: (Mirabilis jalapa) Its scented flowers bloom at around 4:00pm (hence its name) and do not close up until morning. 
  • Queen of the Night: (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) A species of cactus whose flowers only open at night. Attracts moths and bats!!!
  • Night Blooming Jessamine: (Cestrum nocturnum) Strong, sweet scented star shaped flowers that only bloom at night. Attracts moths and bats!!! All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
  • Angel’s Trumpet: (Brugmansia) Produces a strong scent on warm summer evenings. All parts are toxic, do not ingest!
  • Evening Stock: (Matthiola longipetala) Produces lots of small blossoms that produce a perfume described as a mix of vanilla, rose, spice, and cloves only after the sun sets.
  • Ever-Flowering Gladiolus: (Gladiolus tristis) Release a strong almond fragrance after dusk.  
  • Lilac: (Syringa vulgaris) Although has a perfume during the day, it is said to be a lot stronger after dark. 
  • Flowering Tobacco: (Nicotiana) Open in the late afternoon and have a fragrance that smells of jasmine. All parts are toxic if ingested!
  • Summer Snapdragon: (Angelonia angustifolia) Preferably in white, to reflect the moonlight. Has a scent apple-scented foliage. 
  • Silvermound: (Artemisia schmidtiana) Has thick foliage that will shimmer under the moonlight.
  • Jack Frost: (Brunnera macrophylla) Hdeart shaped leaves of silver and green, perfect to add more highlights of silver to your moon lit garden. 

Any plant that blooms after dark or has white, lavender, pale pink, pale yellow on it is a perfect addition to your moonlight garden. 

Things to add:

  • Stepping stones that have the phases of the moon.
  • Fairy lights
  • A place to sit
  • Candles
  • A small fountain to sing along with the insects and birds of the night
  • String charms and bells on tree branches for a soft jingling every time a gentle breeze passes. 

Herb Garden

For witches who need a more practical garden for uses of healing, tea crafting, drying, and growing plants used in their practices.

Plants to add to your herb garden:

  • Anise: Helps to ward of the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulates psychic abilities. 
  • Basil: Use for anything pertaining with love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits.
  • Bergamont: Corresponds with money and prosperity. Provides with protection from evil and illness, improves memory, stops interference, and promotes restful sleep.
  • Borage: Corresponds with courage and psychic powers. 
  • Cat Nip: Is sacred to the Goddess Bast. Brings forth beauty, happiness, good luck, and good spirits.
  • Chamomile: Corresponds with love, healing, and sleep. Is known to reduce stress.
  • Chervil: Brings a sense of the higher self, placing you in touch with your divine, immortal spirit.
  • Coriander: Corresponds with love, health, immortality, and protection.
  • Dill: Corresponds with money, protection, luck and lust. 
  • Lemon Balm: Corresponds with love, success, healing, and psychic/spiritual development. 
  • Marjoram: Used to cleanse, purify, and to dispel negative energy.  
  • Mint: Promotes energy, communication and vitality.
  • Oregano: Corresponds with joy, strength, vitality, and added energy 
  • Parsley: Calms and protects the home.
  • Rosemary: Protects, cleanses, purifies, and aids memory. 
  • Sage: Used for self purification and dealing with grief and loss.
  • Thyme: Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others.

Things to add:

  • A place to dry herbs
  • A place to compost any herb scraps
  • Rocks
  • A place to leave offerings before you harvest

Bee Garden

Make yourself a sanctuary to watch bees frolic and thrive

Plants to add to your bee garden:

  • Bee balm
  • Lavender
  • Crocus
  • Snow Drop
  • Wildflowers/Any native species
  • Catmint
  • Borage
  • Anise hyssop
  • Heliotrope
  • Sunflower
  • Oregano
  • Yarrow
  • Coneflower
  • Black eyed susan
  • Asters
  • Goldenrod
  • Foxglove
  • Marigold
  • Pansies
  • Sweet peas
  • Nasturtiums

Things to add:

  • Bee houses
  • Bee waterers/bee baths
  • Bee feeders
  • A place for offerings to the bees

Some other ideas for your garden:

  • Hummingbird garden
  • Medicinal garden
  • A garden whose plants and decorations represent/correspond with your practice.
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Faerie Garden 

The options are endless! I hope this gives you some ideas for this years garden.

Happy planting!

==Moonlight Academy==

💐five herbs every witch should have in their garden💐

🌜lavender
every witch has used lavender in their time practicing witchcraft. lavender is a very balanced herb, as it promotes healing from depression. it is great in sleep and love spells. when burned, spread the ashes around your home to promote protection.

🌜sage
sage is often used to promote self purification and to bring wisdom. it also promotes spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health. many people burn sage to eliminate any negative spirits.

🌜rosemary
rosemary is also an extremely versatile plant, as it can be carried and used in healing poppets for good health. it can be used in love spells, worn to improve memory, used in dream pillows to prevent nightmares, and burned as incense for purification and removing negativity.

🌜basil
basil can be used for love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. it dispels confusion, fears, and weakness. it drives off hostile spirits, and it can be carried to promote moving on from negative times. it can be strewn on floors to provide protection from evil. wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity.

🌜chamomile
great for love, healing, and reducing stress. add to a sachet or spell to increase the chances of its success. sprinkle an infusion of chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses, and spells. it can be burned or added to prosperity bags to increase money. burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. wash hands in an infusion of chamomile for luck before gambling, playing cards, etc. it can also be used in bath magick to attract love.

facts found from twilights-children

Offerings and Gifts to Plants:

- Cleansed and charged gemstones: Place these next to your chosen plant so they can receive their energies. The crystals can be charged to suit your intent e.g. healing, love, friendship and more. Plants especially love moss agate, but if you don’t have any of this it is also nice to offer a crystal with similar properties to the plant. For example, offer rose quartz to a rosebush as they both have similar energies of healing, love etc.

- A song: You could sing one you know or make up your own. It doesn’t have to be fancy; you can even just hum a simple tune to it.

- Water (kind of obvious). Moonwater or gem elixirs are especially powerful and can be charged with energies you wish to pass to the plant.

- Fertiliser, some compost or new soil.

- Clear debris and weeds around the plant that may interfere with its growth.

- Sigils: Like crystals, they can be used to help the plant grow, heal etc.

- A story. Even just reading a book out loud as you sit near your plant can help you bond.

- A compliment or two, offered mentally or verbally.

- A new pot if the plant is getting to big for its old one. You can even get crafty and paint it using colour magic, sigils and other pretty designs.

- Some pretty stones to place around the base of your plant to decrease evaporation when you water it.

Feel free to add more - I’m just thinking off the top of my head here :)

Butterfly Wings

Keith:

Lance was not happy.
Allura had woken them up two hours earlier then normal to tell them that two of them had a mission.
Once the terror of being woken up by a loud blaring alarm passed, everyone settled in as the Princess explained she was sending Keith and Lance to a jungle like planet and needed the others awake as to help monitor the mission.

Twenty minutes later the two were flying down in red to the planets surface, with Lance pouting the whole time.
“I don’t see why we couldn’t of done this later.”
Keith rolled his eyes not even bothering to look back at the blue paladin.
“Because there’s only a small window where the storm clouds are safe to pass through.”
Lance blinked in surprise. If there were storm clouds then would there be rain?
Lance suddenly found his legs bouncing up and down as nervous energy eradicated any lingering tiredness in his system.
The landed on a sandy outcrop just on the edge of a large jungle.
The plan was to go in and find this supposed miracle plant that could be used to heal a person almost as well as the pods.
After more then one close call Allura had decided it would be best for the Paladins to be equipped with something for out in the field.
Lance practically ran out of Red, taking his helmet off just so he could breath in the familiar scent of ozone that only came before a storm.
“What’s got you so excited all of a sudden?” Keith asked joining him on the sand.
“Smells like home.” Lance grinned while Keith watched him.
He didn’t really understand what Lance was talking about, but he looked too happy to question it.
“Ok… come on we have work to do.”
Lance gave him a mocking salute “sir yes sir.” He smirked back at Keith as he walked into the forest.
———————————–
Walking through the thick foliage was difficult on the two of them.
The fact that the air was stiflingly hot too didn’t help.
They barley made it a mile before they were both drenched in sweat and out of breath.
When Keith had stumbled for the third time into Lance, he had enough.
“Let’s take a break.” Keith decided.
“What’s the matter got shot? Can’t handle a little walk?” Lance tried to sound cocky, but the fact he was practically gasping for breath afterwards suggested he needed a break just as much as Keith.
“Humour me.” Keith shrugged as he sat down on a large purple moss covered tree branch.
After a moment Lance joined him, the two heavily breathing and sitting in comfortable silence.
Then the rain started.
It came on so hard and suddenly that it was like someone above them had turned on a faucet.
Keith had groaned thinking about how much harder their mission was going to be with the poor visibility. When he looked over at Lance to complain he found the words die in his mouth.
Lance was staring straight up with the biggest smile of his face.
His hair was plastered to his head and Keith decided to pretend that the tears running down his cheeks were just rain drops.
For a single moment, the world seemed quite as Lance watched the rain and Keith watched Lance with equal fascination.
Then the branch The were sitting on woke up.

The two were suddenly flung from their seats hitting the floor roughly.
Keith hit a tree having the air knocked from his lungs.
He couldn’t figure out what had happened until he saw what resembled a giant green gorilla with a long thick tail and razor sharp claws standing over him.
He grabbed his bayard and quickly turning it into its sword for right as the creature swiped at him.
Keith managed to roll out of the way, avoiding being sliced in half like the tree directly behind him.
The creature tried to grab him but a cut to the hand made it back off, but not for long.
It swung its giant tail like a battening ram, moving much faster then anything that size should be able to.
Keith couldn’t help but wonder why Lance wasn’t helping him.
He dodged under the tail and got his answer.
Lance was sitting on the ground looking confused.
There was blood running down his face from a head wound.
Keith cursed under his breath, he looked pretty out of it.
The second he spent distracted was all the time the creature needed, grabbing Keith with one of its giant hand, pinning his arms by his side.
“Lance!” Keith yelled struggling helplessly as the creature brought him closer to his face.
Keith closed his eyes sure he was about to become a giant monkeys dinner, when he hears the familiar sound of Lance’s gun being fired.
Keith was suddenly dropped and the creature was holding its eye in pain.
It blindly swipes at Lance hitting it’s mark and sending him flying.
Keith didn’t waste his chance.
He drove his sword through its neck and jumped off as it fell to the ground dead.
“Lance?” Keith asked looking in the direction the blue paladin lay.
He crept over to him gasping at the sight.
A single deep claw mark was slashed across Lance’s torso stretching from his right shoulder down to his left hip.
Keith dropped his sword and surged forwards to the lump paladin.
“Lance? Buddy come on I need you to wake up. I need you to look at me, insult me, anything!”
Keith yelled shaking him.
“Allura? Shiro?”
He only got static from his helmet.
Keith felt the panic begin to rise in his chest.
There was so much blood and Lance just wasn’t moving.
“Lance please… I need you.” Keith sniffed as he felt tears prick his eyes.
“Mullet?… you…ok?”
Keith would of thrown his arms around him if he weren’t hurt so badly.
“You jerk! I thought you were dead.”
Lance smiled, but the pain was still obvious on his face. “Can’t leave you… who else… would keep… you…alive?”
“Shut up.” Keith laughed wiping his eyes.
“How bad is it?”
Keith held his breath, he had hoped Lance wouldn’t ask.
“It’s not good.”
“Really cause this feels fantastic.”
Keith rolled his eyes but felt a small spark of hope at the banter.
“I can’t get through to the castle… I don’t know what to do Lance.”
The fear on Keith voice made Lance’s eyes widen.
“H-hey it’s ok… it’s ok. Your annoyingly smart… right… so use.. that brain of yours… and-”
Keith’s head snapped up “the flowers!”
Lance smiled “there you go.”
Keith stood scanning the area, he couldn’t see far thanks to the rain and couldn’t see a single flower that matched Allura’s description.
“Go.” Lance said so quickly Keith almost missed him.
“What?”
“I said… go… I can’t keep up… with you… find the… flower… come back.”
Keith felt a flash of anger “I’m not going to just leave you here!”
“You don’t have… much of a choice!” Lance yelled but started coughing, blood sprayed from his mouth.
Keith couldn’t do anything while he coughed but soon as he finished wiped the blood from his face along with a strange brown substance.
Keith looked at it for a moment before he noticed the pale patches just visible on Lance’s skin.
He decided now wasn’t the time to ask.
Lance was running out of time.
“Don’t you dare die before I come back.” Keith warned kissing Lance on the forehead before he took off running.
———————————–
Every second Keith spent looking was another second closer to Lance bleeding out.
His chest was heaving and he could barely breath as he ran, but Keith didn’t slow down for a second.
His foot caught a tree root and sent him tumbling down a hill.
“Ouch.”
His ankle was throbbing with pain.
If he couldn’t stand how could he save Lance?
Just as suddenly the rain had started it stopped.
Without the thick curtain of rain Keith could see he fell into what looked like a meadow filled with various coloured flowers.
Then Keith saw it.
A patch of small blue flowers that almost seemed to glow.
He crawled towards it and nearly cried with joy.
He had found it.
He grabbed a handful, putting one in his mouth and chewed.
The effects weren’t instant, but the pain was dulled enough for Keith to stand and limp back to Lance.
Getting back took longer then it had before.
His ankle hurt but Keith kept pushing until he spotted blue armour stained with red.
He ran ignoring the protests from his body.
Keith dropped to his knees in a pool of blood that stained the ground beneath Lance.
His skin was a sickly grey colour and his breathing was slow and laboured.
His eyes were open but Keith doubted he actually knew what was going on around him.
Keith got to work, he took his water from his belt and ground up a few of the flowers before adding them in.
As gently as possible, Keith tilted Lance’s head up and slowing brought the flask to his lips.
For a moment nothing happened.
Then Lance began to drink.
By time he had finished the bleeding had slowed down and the pained crease in his forehead had eased slightly.
“Hang on Buddy I’m gonna get you home.”
———————————–
If Red hadn’t come to meet them, Keith really wasn’t sure how he was going to get Lance back short of carrying him.
Soon as Red burst through the castle hangar doors Keith had come running out of the Lions mouth struggling with Lance in his arms and screaming for help.
Shiro was there in an instant, not even asking what happened he took Lance from Keith and ran towards the infirmary trailing blood behind him.
Hunk and Pidge began bombarding Keith with questions but Keith couldn’t hear them.
All he could do was stare after Lance.
———————————–
Two weeks Lance was in the pod.
The creature had managed to clip his lung.
According to Allura, if Keith hadn’t of gotten him the flower when he had, Lance would of died.
Keith barley ate or slept.
He never left Lance’s side once.
He was surprised to see that his skin was covered in the pale patches, but it seemed like the others weren’t.
Keith figured they must already know, or just didn’t care.
It was late when the pod finally opened and Lance fell into Keith’s waiting arms.
“Lance! You feeling ok?”
Lance rubbed his eyes tiredly “yeah… I’m good just kinda tired.” He shrugged.
Keith smiled helping walk over to one of the beds.
Lance sat on the edge and patted the space next to him.
Keith didn’t hesitate to join him.
“Thanks… you know for saving me.”
Keith laughed “you did save me first, can’t have you one up me.”
Lance smiled as he rested his head on Keith shoulder.
Keith tenses for a moment before relaxing and wrapping him arm around Lance’s waste.
“Thanks for the kiss too.”
Keith blushed “anytime.”
“I’ll hold you to that.” Lance smirked up at him making Keith’s heart skip a beat.
“Lance… about your skin.”
Lance but his lip “yeah? It’s erm just Vitiligo… do you think it’s ugly?”
Keith shook his head “no I think your beautiful? that it’s beautiful… like butterfly wings.”
Lance smiled “yeah o think so too. I think I’ll stop covering it up.”
Keith smiled pulling Lance closer to him “I’d like that.”

The thing with clerics....

So I recently started watching critical role, to fill the void that the adventure zone left, and basically;


Pike from CR:
“PIKE! we missed you so much! Are you ok? Here, let’s clean you up, thank goodness your here,we almost died so many times.”


Merle from TAZ:
“ MERLE! for fucks sake! Stop casting zone of truth and actually heal us! STOP FLIRTING WITH THE PLANTS NO DON’T KILL TOM BODET! ”

Unusual Herbs

Recently, as I was reading through several books, I came across quite a few ingredients that I had either never heard of or was unsure of their exact nature. While the herbs compiled below are not necessarily “unusual,” they are ones of which I did not have extensive knowledge. Hopefully this list can be of help to anyone new to the craft, if not at least interesting reference material. 

Asafoetida:
Also known as “devil’s dung” due to its foul smell, asafoetida is a type of resin derived from a perennial herb native to Iran and Afghanistan. Today, it is mainly used as a powdered seasoning in India, as it tastes like garlic or onions when heated. Its magical powers include exorcism, purification, and protection. Careful when storing, as the odour may contaminate nearby herbs. 

Bistort:
Also referred to as “snake weed,” bistort is a flowering plant native to Europe, as well as North and West Asia. Its long flowers are different shades of pink. The American bistort (or smokeweed) has white to pinkish blooms. This plant’s magical uses include psychic powers and fertility. When combined with frankincense, you can improve physic powers, aid in divination, or drive out poltergeists.

Calamus:
May be called “sweet flag,” “sweet rush,” “sweet cane,” “sweet grass,” “sweet root,” or “sweet sedge.” A type of wetland plant, its magical uses include luck, healing, money, and protection. The powdered root can be used in healing incenses and sachets. Use caution, this plant may be carcinogenic.

Cinquefoil:
Of the two species listed in Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, one is native to the eastern parts of US and Canada, while another is native to Eurasia and Northern Africa. Cinquefoil has blooms that can be white or yellow and leaves looking similar to those on strawberry plants. Its magical uses include money, protection, prophetic dreams, and sleep. 

Deerstongue:
Sometimes called “wild vanilla” because the leaves, when crushed or dried, produce the scent of vanilla. The leaves can be used to flavour tobacco. Native to North America, this herb grows pretty purple florets, and it is this attribute which leads some to call it by another name, “blazing star.” Its magical uses are lust and psychic powers. 

Galangal: 
Lesser galangal (Alpinia officinarum) is native to China, while greater galangal (Alpinia galanga) is native to South Asia and Indonesia. May be referred to as “chewing John” or “Low John the Conqueror,” this herb is a member of the ginger family. Its magical uses include protection, lust, health, money, psychic powers, and hex-breaking. If galangal is not available, ginger may be substituted. 

Grains of Paradise:
This peppery-like spice is native to West Africa and, along with galangal, belongs to the ginger family. Its powers include lust, luck, love, money, and wishes. While holding some grains of paradise in your hands, make a wish, and then throw a little of the herb to each direction, beginning in the north and ending in the west. 

Heliotrope:
Careful, this plant is poisonous! The flowers of “cherry pie” or “turnsole” can be white or purple and have the fragrance of vanilla. Garden heliotrope originates from Peru, while common heliotrope is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. This herb can be used for exorcism, prophetic dreams, healing, wealth, and invisibility. 

Niaouli:
Most commonly used as an essential oil, niaouli is a type of tree covered in papery bark from the genus melaleuca, of “tea tree” fame. Niaouli oil is made from the leaves and twigs of the tree. Though native to Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and parts of Australia, it is considered a weed in the United States. Appropriate for use in a “protective” oil blend. 

Petitgrain:
Another essential oil, petitgrain is made from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, thus giving it a woodsy, citrus scent. This would also work well in a “protective” oil blend. 

Stephanotis:
A flowering plant with waxy, white blooms and leathery leaves, the particular species “Madagascar jasmine” is popular in wedding bouquets. Its essential oil has the magical property of friendship. 

Tansy:
Sometimes referred to as “golden buttons” because of the appearance of its flowers. It is native to Eurasia but invasive in some parts of North America and is toxic if ingested. Tansy can be planted to repel ants, and magically, it has the powers of health and longevity. 

Ti:
This plant is native to southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, northeastern Australia, and parts of Polynesia, but was introduced to Hawaii by Polynesian settlers and greatly utilised there. “Ki” in Hawaiian, this plant is also referred to as “good luck plant.” Its associated deities include Kāne, Lono, and Pele. Magically, ti is used for protection and healing. Green ti planted around the house creates a protective barrier. 

Tuberose:
A richly scented, night-blooming white flower native to Mexico. Tuberose absolute is true tuberose essential oil, while others are synthesised for the scent. If the fragrance bouquet is all you need, you can create this with the oils of ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, and a hint of neroli. Magically used in love-attracting mixtures. 

Woodruff:
Strongly scented, herbaceous plant sometimes referred to as “sweet woodruff,” “master of the woods,” or “wild baby’s breath.” Commercially, dried woodruff is used as pot-pourri or moth deterrent, but magically, it is used for victory, protection, and money. 

Practical uses of magic in medicine

I was thinking about the use of each dragon’s magic in their occupation while re-writing one of my dragon’s bios. Thought it might be fun to write up something for it here. I may be stretching what each elemental magic can do, but I tried to pick fitting skills and applications.

ICE

Ice healers often make excellent surgeons due to their ability to keep calm in stressful situations!

Conjure ice:  For use in treating swelling and overheating. Condense and freeze water particles from the air to form a solid lump of ice. Alternatively, condense a thin layer of ice directly over the area to form an ice pack. (though this is less secure than simply wrapping ice around the injury with cloth)

Lower temperature: Multiple applications. Useful for treating fever and swelling when applied to the patient, or in treating hyperthermia, or can also be used ambiently to provide a more sterile environment for surgeries.

SHADOW

Shadow healers are often wonderful therapists! A skilled shadow healer can help a dragon reduce negative symptoms of many conditions.

Induce sleep: Used to help dragons with insomnia or other sleeping problems if used lightly. When used heavily and persistently, it can allow the patient to stay unconscious during surgery or other incredibly painful procedures, though this does require the shadow dragon to continuously apply the spell throughout the surgery.

Conjure Illusions: Useful in therapeutic applications depending on the situation. May also be useful in providing visual reference when explaining things to patients.

WIND

Wind dragons are often combat medics or emergency responders. The fact that they don’t mind going wherever they’re needed most means they fit right into the job!

Fast movement: Allows the dragon to act quicker to help the patient. Useful in many situations but is one of the main reasons wind dragons make good first responders for traumatic injuries.

Manipulate air flow: Useful in a more effective cpr. Can go horribly wrong if the user is untrained and it is recommended to use normal cpr if they are not. Can also be used to generally treat any form of troubled breathing.

WATER

Water healers tend to feel at home doing bloody work or water based therapy.

Manipulate water: Dragons of most breeds and elements have blood composed mainly of water. Careful mastery of this skill in the application of moving blood can prove very useful in the medical field. Transfusions can be done without much equipment if the area is sterile, and it makes transfusions with proper equipment easy and fast. Blood Flow can be controlled as well for many used including: Stopping bleeding, bringing a concentration of blood into an area for venepuncture, or directing blood away from a limb for cleaner amputation.

Conjure water: Generally useful when working on a patient. If it is to be used for cleaning a wound make sure the air around is clean.

NATURE

Nature dragons are wonderful pharmacists. Most potions on the market are exported from the Viridian Labyrinth. Many denizens of the Viridian Labyrinth also swear by homeopathy.

Enhanced plant growth: Used to enhance the effects of healing compounds in plants. These distilled compounds can be ground and made into pills, or used on a seed to produce a fruiting plant that can make powerful potions. It is also used in homeopathic treatments to a lesser degree.

Conjure plants: Conjured vines make an excellent temporary cast or can be used to apply pressure to an area when proper bandages are unavailable.

LIGHT

Light dragons tend towards physical therapy as their line of work or just general healers for their clan.

Accelerate healing: Once thought to be a cure-all, this spell is not a miracle healer. While it appears to magically heal wounds and relieve even chronic or severe pain with a bright heavenly light it’s effects are only barely skin deep and any injuries more serious than a cut, bruise, bite, or fractured bone should be seen to with other methods. This is most useful for combat medics or for light wounds and first aid.

LIGHTNING

Most of the more advanced medical equipment comes from the Shifting Expanse and often requires a lightning dragon to power it outside of the Shifting Expanse where electrical power is much less readily available. Because of this, lightning dragons tend to make great medical technicians and will often take on the role of a nurse as well.

Generate electricity: With an amount of control, this can be invaluable in trauma situations where the heart is beating irregularly. The doctor should generate small bursts of electricity directly into the patient in case of the heart stopping. Lightning element dragons will need a large dose of electricity for this to work but any more than a very small amount for any other dragon could simply kill them.

FIRE

Fire dragons are frequently rescue responders and combat medics.

Raise temperature: Multiple applications. Can be used to treat cases of hypothermia by warming up the patient’s body temperature, but can also be used with high intensity to flash-sterilize instruments used in surgery as well as boiling water to sterilize. An intense focus of raise temperature on a metal object can allow it to be used to cauterize a wound in a pinch.

Conjure fire: Most useful when cauterizing a wound. Can also be used to burn bodies in emergencies or in the case of the death of an imperial on the battlefield.

ARCANE

Arcane dragons are masters of magical afflictions and are the most effective at healing those kinds of diseases in a timely manner.

Manipulate Arcane energy: When dealing with a dragon close to death’s door, a magic transfusion can often give them the extra push needed to stay alive. An arcane doctor can transfer the magic of a dragon the same element as the patient into the patient, or in the case of none being available transfer his own magic reserves or that of another arcane dragon to the patient. Beware of transferring too much. A dragon’s magical reserves are closely linked to its general wellbeing and life force and if a dragon is drained of too much of their magic they will inevitably perish.

PLAGUE

Plague dragons invented the vaccine. After taking notice that newcomers to the scarred wasteland were mildly sick for several weeks but much stronger after getting better, some plague healers began to experiment with controlled exposure to viruses to build immunity for those who didn’t have it yet.

Conjure Infection: Though it sounds counterproductive, plague healers often will treat one disease with another. Sometimes one harmful disease is beat out by a population of another, benign, disease.

Sense Infection: Though this is not an active magic power, many plague dragons can simply tell if one is infected by anything. With more careful training and a closer examination, plague healers can often pinpoint diseases accurately for diagnosis and can even catch deadly infections before they become life threatening or untreatable.

Manipulate disease: Though not nearly as powerful as other “manipulate” elemental powers this one can be used to draw contagents in a small area to the user, effectively sterilizing a small area around a wound or surgical incision. It is to be warned though that it this is used, the user should not touch the patient afterwards or they will put them at risk for potent infection.

EARTH

While Earth dragons don’t have many healing spells at their disposal, the most prestigious medical schools are located within Dragonhome. Without much magic to help them, they are the most skilled at traditional methods of healing and have perfected it to an art!


Feel free to add onto this with more!

anonymous asked:

Hey, could you give me info about the different colors magical properties?

Sure thing!

🥚 White is a stand in for all other colors and is wonderful for all purpose cleansing, peace, invoking balance and concentration in your spirit and healing.
❤️️ Red is used for strength, courage, vitality, passion, love, gaining self-confidence, fertility, war, sexuality, and fire!
🍊 Orange is the color of creativity and action, it can be used in celebration or to express yourself, and it is the color of justice.
💛 Yellow is for the element air, it can bring inspiration and happiness to those around it. It can help with your concentration and inspiration in your studies, it’s also good for memories(so is green imo).
💚Green can bring prosperity and abundance to your hearth, it is used in plant magic, luck, money, marriages, and healing of all sorts, mental and physical.
💙Blue is for obtaining tranquility, peace, and cleansing rooms of negative energy, it’s effectively water. It can promote fidelity, good fortune, and empathy between lovers.
💜 Purple can be used for spirituality, your psychic awareness, and meditation. It’s a great color for when you’re divining and the color represents spirit.
🖤Black is used for grounding and converting negative energy to positive energy. It’s good for breaking curses, protection, and safety.

I pretty much stick to the basics so this is what I know. 💕

anonymous asked:

Are Wands a witchcraft thing or a Wicca thing? Or does it not really matter? What are the uses of a wand? How would I make one? Sorry for bombarding with questions. I really do appreciate this blog and how you guys run it 💕 thank you in advance!

Hi, I’m super sorry for the delay in replies, we’ve been pretty busy. 

Wands are both a witchcraft and wiccan thing, it depends on if you’d like to use them or not. They aren’t necessary. ‘The wand was and is used for healing as well as spells and magic, it can be used to charge a plant or herb with special powers of healing, it works especially well with Bach flower remedies. The wand is used by the witch pointing the wand and directing the energy, often using silent word spells to empower the wand.’

How To Make a Wand: 

‘It is always better to make your own wand as when you are touching it during the crafting it is absorbing your energy, the wand is a very personal item. Make sure you use wood that is sturdy so that is doesn’t fragment as you are working with it, most wands are approximately twelve to sixteen inches long, you can often find branches already broken off trees and lying on the ground, these are quite suitable to be used for your wand, do not be concerned if the branch is bent or crooked it won’t affect the energy in any way. Sandpaper can be used to make your wand smooth, feel and charge your wand with love and light to help your wand wield its most powerful magic, and as you are charging you wand transmit the energy of love beauty and kindness.’ 

Decorating Your Wand: 

‘Work on your wand with the premise it is unique to you, therefore any choice of wood is acceptable, you can wrap it in cord or ribbon I suggest using the colors red, purple or black, you may use any crystals you desire, you will find that if using crystals the crystal always chooses you, when you feel the energy of the crystal drawing you, that is the one for you. You might wish to tie talismans to your wand, anything is suitable and each wand is made with feeling and takes on the energy of the individual and unique witch. You might also choose to attach feathers to your wand. One of the most important features of the wand is to carve or write your name on the wand, this seals the power completely and makes the wand utterly yours.’ You also don’t even have to decorate! I use just a plain birch stick that I claimed and made into a wand. 

Different Types of Wood for Basic Wands: 

OAK – A favorite of the great Merlin.
Magical Strengths: Protection, Fertility, Strength, endurance, extra power, male energy

ALDER –  Alder represents the elements Earth, Water and fire.
Magical Strengths:  Weather magic, controlling the elements, protecting the dead

BIRCH –  Perfect wood for yin energy.
Magical Strengths:  intuition, creativity, love, healing, protection

ROWAN – The Tree of Life
Magical Strengths: Healing, extra power, protection, enhanced psychic powers.

HAZEL – The Tree of Wisdom and Wishes. Hazel has always been a popular choice amongst witches for wand making.
Magical Strengths: Wisdom, Truth, enlightment, wishes

YEW – The Tree of Death. A tree sacred to the druids.
Magical Strengths: Inner strength, see into other worlds, immortality, change

WILLOW – The Tree of the Moon Goddess. The berries on this tree are quite tasty, but the rest of the tree is poisonous.
Magical Strengths: Healing, Protection, summoning spirits

HOLLY–  The holy tree. Tree of the Sun God.
Magical Strengths: luck, strength, protection, luck

ALMOND –   Hazel & Almond was once thought to be the ideal wood for wands and staffs.
Magical Strengths: Wisdom, Prosperity, Healing and true love magic

MANZANITA –   The element of fire.
Magical Strengths:  Seduction, enticing, nurturing, force against enemies, guiding light, protection

GRAPE VINE –  The Morrighan – Celtic Goddess of War and Sovereignty.
Magical Strengths:  unlocking the underworld, summoning, assistance from the
Morrighan Goddess

SEQUOIA [Redwood] – The king of trees.
Wisdom, strength, protection, creativity, enlightment

- Kiaya

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This painting speaks of an unfolding awakening for humanity from the sea of space. The Universal Mother, Earth, our planet is asking for our help. In her Left hand she holds the Plant medicines that can help us heal, they are a key to our dna and evolution on earth as it continues to be. In her right she holds the knowledge, wisdom, power and intelligence to cure. She is our Mother, the Vessel of the Light of the Sun that pours through us, she is the depth of the Sea and the endless Space of possibility from which we are born, as Star and Seed combined.

“ The Legend of the Eagle and the Condor comes from the indigenous people of South America, particularly Peru and Ecuador shamans. It is a prophecy that speaks of human societies splitting into two paths – that of the Eagle, and that of the Condor. The path of the Condor is the path of heart, of intuition, and of the feminine. The path of the Eagle is the path of the mind, of the industrial, and of the masculine.

The prophecy says that the 1490s would begin a 500 year period during which the Eagle people would become so powerful that they would virtually drive the Condor people out of existence. This can be seen in the conquering of the Americas and the killing and oppressing of the indigenous peoples in the subsequent 500 years – up to and including today.

The prophecy says that during the next 500-year period, beginning in 1990, the potential would arise for the Eagle and the Condor to come together, to fly in the same sky, and to create a new level of consciousness for humanity. The prophecy only speaks of the potential, it’s up to us to activate this potential and ensure that a new consciousness is allowed to arise.”

THE MAGICK OF PEPPERMINT

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. 

Magickally:

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.

MAKING THE MAGICK

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.)

A Light In The Trees - Ideas

Hello! 

Quite a few people have asked me about more of the story for my Phan Elf AU (click here to see all there is for it so far). Some have written out their own ideas, and quite a few have drawn fanart, which has been amazing!! I just thought I’d just down some more of my ideas:

Phil is a forest elf who lives in the North (Forest of Silva (latin for “forest”)). His role in his village is a herbalist (he originally wanted to work with animals, but could not handle seeing them in pain) and healer (both of body and mind - he’s a counselor). He also enjoys telling stories, but other people find them too weird to be relatable - also he often gets distracted when telling them and drifts off. 

He is traveling South, through the woods and moors, searching for the rare plant Sanitas Medela (it is the best plant for holistic health). He is easily distracted by the many plants he sees along the way. A squirrel chases him deep into the Darker Forest, in the South…. 

Keep reading

Clones vs. Plants

Truly random but here we go. Do with this what you will.

Rex: Manages to kill everything. Everything. He had a cactus and accidentally killed it by forgetting to water it. A cactus.

Cody: Keeps a Bonsai tree. He learned to tend it from Obi-wan and they often trim together and complain about their 501st counterparts.

Wolffe: Doesn’t keep plants but keeps pets. I.E. the numerous animals that new pups in the Wolfpack have brought back. Plo Koon helps them smuggle the pets on and off ship for shore leave when they touch down on planet.

Anakin and Ahsoka: Had an aggressive competition to see whose plant was the best. It ended when Anakin’s mysteriously caught fire and Ahsoka’s contracted a rare and isolated destructive fungus.

Yularen: Does it to relieve stress. It doesn’t work. His roses look as stressed as he does.

Echo: Is unsurprisingly good at it. He has a thriving garden in the Coruscant barracks that he upkeeps with several men from other units so that it receives the care it deserves. Among the others are Wooley and Waxer.

Fives: Tried several types of plants and killed them all. Finally settled on a cactus and has managed to keep it alive for 6 months. He’s optimistic that it can survive 6 more.

Tup: Has to work at it but manages to have a nice array of soothing herbs, like lavender, chamomile, and sage that relieve stress.

Dogma: Is a trimmer. Sometimes he trims too much and kills new growth. When this happens he often goes into the shower and cries. Everyone knows and says nothing.

Jesse and Kix: Alternate caring for an Aloe Vera plant. Its healing ointment is useful when they run low on bacta. Unfortunately neither can keep a plant alive on their own. Between the two of them they barely remember to water it enough to keep it alive.

Hardcase: Has a secret Zen Rock Garden. He rakes the sand regularly and arranges the rocks in unique patterns. Jesse caught him doing it once but hasn’t said anything because he honestly fears for his life if Hardcase ever found out it was him.

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I repotted my thyme plant and added two new members of ivy to the family! One is potted in the wine bottle I cut(first picture, left), and the other his happily hanging in our room, and I think they are all getting along well! My beau said he already slept better and felt that our room was lighter since the arrival of my new loves✨

Benefits of Ivy: Filters the air, removing toxins, promotes energy and sleep.

Magical properties of Ivy: Protection, healing, luck for women if carried, wards against negativity & disaster, brings balance and energy. Personally I may use Ivy for a spell involving power.

~ Tea, Spells & Secrets🥀

anonymous asked:

One of Katie's favourite plants is dying and she just can't understand how so she stays with it all day and night to make sure it's getting enough sun or if it's getting too much sun and to water it when it dries even the tiniest bit over her preferred level and she hates that Travis keeps falling asleep on the couch waiting for her to be ready for bed but she can't leave her plant

“Katie, why don’t you just use your powers to heal it?” 

“What” 

“Your powers. You know, the fancy plant powers you have that you’re always using to trip my brother. The ones you’ve got cause your mom is Demeter…” 

Katie blinks. 

“Oh my god.” 

“Shut up.” 

“You forgot.” 

“I said shut up.” 

A journey into superpowers
Plant Manipulating ( Also called Plantbending / Arborkinesis /  Botanokinesis )


Users can create, shape and manipulate plants, including wood, vines, plants, moss, and parts of the plants, such as leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers.

They can use their power for defense and support by growing plants from the ground and make them sprout seeds/fruits/berries, or even to possibly use plant chemicals to heal people or objects or manipulate their properties for a wide range of effects.

•  Examples:
Groot (Marvel)
Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy (DC Comics)
Swamp Thing (DC Comics)
Flowey The Flower (Undertale)
Marluxia (Kingdom Hearts )
Amalia (Wakfu)
Steven (Steven Universe)
Rose Quartz (Steven Universe)

Flower Symbolism in The Empire of Corpses, aka “I am still not over it and I need to find new ways to suffer”

So I’ve recently watched The Empire of Corpses and since I loved it to pieces I decided to do some research about symbolism of one specific scene that caught my attention. As I am heavily into hidden meanings and usually Japanese movies make a good use of these tricks, I thought that something interesting might come up… And it did.

Most of the following is spoiler free, but I suggest to watch the movie before you decide to keep on reading.

Right, for starters. Remember the bunch of flowers Watson removes from Friday’s grave before digging him up? Here’s a picture I screencapped:

What we see:

- 12 white roses (or what APPEARS to be 12 roses, see below)
- 1 magnolia alba (aka white champaca)
- 1 white chrysanthemum (or white carnation, see below)
- 4 white lilies

In Victorian times, sending flowers was a discreet way of sending messages to each other, as every flower has a very specific meaning and conveys a message. I have done a lot of research about the flowers that appear in Watson’s bunch for Friday and this is what I found around the internet and books.

- White roses in general are a very strong symbol of purity and spiritual love, expressing enduring love for the deceased. In Scotland (Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, was born in Edinburgh), the white rose is often given to newlyweds as a symbol of loyalty. White roses evoke reverence, humility, innocence, and youthfulness.
More specifically: giving somebody 12 roses - known as “the perfect dozen” - is a traditional message to signify love all year round, “12 months a year”. It literally means “be mine forever”. BUT, there is a but…
When we first see the bunch of flowers, it looks like this and we can definitely count a dozen roses:

But then, when Watson removes the flowers from the grave, a 13th rose appears…

13 roses mean exactly the following: “Forever friends. Also indicate that there is a secret admirer waiting to be discovered.”

- Magnolias traditionally symbolize dignity, nobility, splendid beauty and magnificence. They are often used as a way to “empower” the general message conveyed by the flower composition in which it’s contained - it means “certainly” when used at the beginning of other sentiments along with other symbols. The magnolia is also a very tough, hard flower, unlike other delicate flowers. This is owing to the fact that it has had to adapt to changing climactic and geological conditions in order to survive, and it is precisely due to this feature that the flower represents endurance, eternity, and long life. In Japan, the magnolia is used as a medicinal and ornamental plant and has very powerful symbolism of "healing on a spiritual level”.

(I wasn’t too certain if the one we see in the screencap might be a chrysanthemum or a white carnation as the design is a bit unclear; I’d personally think the first option is more accurate because chrysanthemum has a stronger symbolism in relation to mourning and losses.)

- Pretty much everywhere in the world BUT Japan and United Kingdom (and some other countries in Asia), the chrysanthemum is symbolic of lamentation and grief; in both Japan and UK - heavily featured in the movie - it is instead a symbol of rebirth and good omen, to the point that is given as a gift to new borns and newlyweds. The white chrysantemum also symbolizes truth within sorrow, the authenticity of a strong bond between two people during hardships, and literally means “you are a wonderful friend”. Because it is associated with rebirth, it also represents patience and perseverance, eternity, and immortality of the soul after death.
- If considering the carnation over the chrysanthemum option; the white carnation has for a long time been associated with acts of love - its meaning is often given as “true mutual love”. The presence of one single flower translates into an idea of uniqueness of the bond. It is also a traditional flower to signify eternal loyalty and innocence.

- White lilies are traditionally given at funerals when the deceased person was really young, and in general it is the flower most commonly associated with funeral services as they symbolize the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed. When you are giving a white lily you are meaning to say “you are my queen or my king”, and that your loyalty defies death to become sempiternal. The white lily has a number of symbolisms during the Victorian times - virginity, purity as well as majesty. It’s also a flower that says “it’s heavenly to be with you” - a strong sense of recognizing one’s love towards another, usually for the first time. An even number of white lilies represents balance and completion, quite literally translated into “You’ve made my life complete”.

And this is it.
Yes, take a moment to let it sink in…

THIS SHIP IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND CANON AND I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO DARES TO SAY OTHERWISE

BONUS:
This is a scene from one of the flashbacks showing Friday when he was still alive. I know this is a bit of a stretch, but considering all of the above, please take a look at his desk: one single red rose (we all know what it means, right? RIGHT? YES IT MEANS LOVE MY DEARS) and a skull, which are a strong pair of opposite symbols translating into a “carpe diem”, “life vs death” and “protection/destruction”.

Beltane Correspondences!

Please be aware of the plants/herbs etc. that you use. Some may be toxic/poisonous/irritative in some uses. Please take care of youselves and use cautiously!

Herbs/Spices/Plants: meadowsweet, snapdragon, dogwood, curry, fern, nettle, daffodil, all-heal, jasmine, broom, marjoram, cayenne, nutmeg, vanilla, rue, tansy, coriander, blessed thistle, woodruff, dragon’s blood reed, fireweed, cowslip, rosemary, lilac, rose, elder, hawthorn, oak, apple, birch, ash, rowan, holly, willow, cedar, yew, hemlock

Food/Drink: almonds, chocolate, cakes, muffins, bread, cookies, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, honey, hot peppers, ginger, asparugus, figs, bananas, truffles, may wine, mead, iced herbal tea

Animals: robin, cow, goat, rabbit, bee, squirrel, dove, cat, swan, lynx, pegasus

Stones/Crystals: bloodstone, rose quartz, moonstone, rhodonite, unakite, quartz crystal, carnelian, dolomite, green/orange calcite, Mexican fire opal, chiva lingum, chryoprase, garnet, smokey quartz, red coral, amythest, lapis lazuli, sapphire, emerald

Colours: green, red, white, silver, brown, pink, yellow

Deities: Artemis, Bes, Bacchus, Cerridwen, Cernunnos, Flora, Hera, Kokopelli, Pan, Priapus, Sheela-na-Gig, Xochiquetzal

Have a happy and blessed Beltane, everyone!