anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm planning to buy some herbs today from a Chinese shop, but I'm not sure what to get because I'm not all that experienced working with herbs. Do you know the correspondences for any of the following or if they could work well in spells? Ginger, ginseng, willow bark, cinnamon, licorice, peony, salvia

Hello there, little bird! This site is really awesome for looking up the magickal properties of herbs & more - http://www.witchipedia.com

Please remember to research any & all herbs before using them. 🌿

Night Time Skin Care Routine🌚

Skin Care Night Time Routine

While you sleep, your skin cells are regenerating faster than throughout the day. It is important to have a skin care routine set for your sleep. This will help your skin appear brighter and healthier in the morning☀️

This should never be questioned. You must cleanse your skin before going to sleep in order to get rid of all those toxins, bacteria, and gunk your pores have built up from the day. I use the Burt’s Bees 🐝 Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser. This cleanser is great for those with oily and acne prone skin, it contains willow bark and salicylic acid to treat your breakouts and balance your sebum production.

After the cleanser, I use a daily exfoliator. Many people say you shouldn’t exfoliate every day. (I use to abide by this rule) but I recently found out the Koreans (which are widely known for their amazing skin care products and skin care obsession l) exfoliate their skin on a daily. This makes sense because the cleanser will leave dirt behind, which makes the exfoliator do its job by thoroughly dig into your pores. I use the Garnier Balancing Daily Exfoliator (grapefruit and pomegranate). This scrub is meant to be used on a daily basis, it is foamy and gentle on the skin which makes it ideal for evening/nighttime use✨
*make sure your scrub does not contain microbeads*

After this step, it is important to tone. Using a toner after cleansing will help your skin balance its PH levels (which are disturbed after cleanse) and prep your skin for moisture. This is a very essential step, no one should miss it. I use Witch Hazel as my toner, and also the L'BEL Mattifying Toner for oily skin. (Also contains salicylic acid)👌🏽


Your skin will need back the moisture you just stripped away. It is very important for you to know that moisturizing is key, it will keep your skin healthy and prevent wrinkles. Even if you are oily skin, you must moisturize! I use a hydrating face mist first, and then a water based moisturizer. (Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water, and Garnier Moisture Surge Gel Cream)💦


This is where the serum is put to use. Depending on your skin concerns, you should have a serum that will address these problems. In my case, I have an overproduction of oil, acne, and big pores. So, the serum I use is formulated for my concerns. If you have dry skin or dull skin, you should get a serum that is hydrating and brightening. (I use the L'BEL Perfecting Cream)💙

In addition to the serum, I also use an eye cream. I do not have dark circles or under eye bags so I’m not always loyal to this step. I do however, have dry eyelids from time to time. What I like to do is use the moisturizer as an eye cream, and added to that I use a natural oil (sometimes Argan, others Rosehip) and apply it for extra hydration. In the morning my flaky eyelids will be smooth as my butt👅

Because I have acne prone skin, I get blemishes. I took an aromatherapy class not so long ago and I learned to make my own formulas. Therefore, I created my own pimple potion. It is a mix of aloe vera juice, witch hazel, vitamin E, and essential oils that will help my pimples heal properly. I apply this directly to my blemishes❤️

Finally, I apply a small amount of Rosehip Oil🌹 all over my face. This oil has many skin care benefits that will help with acne scars, dry skin, blemishes, among other things🙆🏻 You do not have to use this oil specifically, but if you apply an oil, it must be at the end of your product application. Oil will penetrate all the previous products, but if applied beforehand, the products will not penetrate the oil. Keep this in mind!

Remember, your skin is your largest organ, take care of it!


Here’s baby Willow! She is my 7 week old Australian shepherd and Bentley’s baby sister. I will be [hopefully] training her to be my PSD, as well as involving her in some dog sport and other adventures that come our way.

Surprise Excerpts!

So the date of my anthology is fast approaching and I made promises that I must keep! 

The anthology is measuring up to just above 30,000 words with over half a dozen stories! Two of these stories I can confirm are brand new and never seen before!

(Except for these excerpts! If you’d like to read more, remember that A Caffeinated Collection of Curious Accounts will be available January 28th!)

Mama’s Bones

Mama makes Myrtie’s bones out of howlite, carves the soft stone into fingers and toes and fixes her skull onto her neck with a mix of Himalayan salt and willpower. She rubs her femurs down with rosemary, curls long strips of white willow bark around her vertebrae, secrets leaves of lavender in hinge and socket joints.

“She’ll be good,” Mama mutters, clawing chunks of clay out of the basin at her side. “This one will be good.” She wraps the clay around the ragged ball of quartz that will serve as Myrtie’s heart and begins to fashion veins and arteries out of it.

Honor, standing by the door, knows better than to speak. She silently offers Mama another bowl of salt, freshly ground, and then fades to the back of the room. Her bones ache all the time these days, endless pain, but she knows that her fate will come that much quicker if she says anything.

Beneath the floorboards, down in the basement, her brothers’ bones, hematite and tiger’s eye, hum agreement.

The Debt Collector

The thing is: Betony is twenty-three and running. Her heart is made of paper these days and it buckles in her chest under the weight of half-remembered stained glass, smears of red and yellow and green, and the feeling of being home and Not Forgotten. These things are slipping away from her now, slipping as she forgets what color looks like when it’s not smeared across her skin.

A lover tells her that she looks wounded. They drag their fingers across swirls of purple and yellow, of green and blue, and contort their full mouth into a caricature of a pout. That’s what Betony loves about them. Art follows life but they’re art and art through, familiar and alien from what she’s running from all at once.

“Yeah,” Betony says and abruptly feels the way that their skin is welded together, heat and sweat and Not Love. She disentangles herself and hunches in the too big bed, staring at the stains that hide her skin. The nightstand is an orange globe that does little in the way of light but, through it, the places where the colors meet look like an abyss. Like her skin is not just hidden but missing. “I guess you could say that.”

Herbs for sale/trade!

I have a lot of organic and home-grown dried herbs that I can part with. I’ve made teas and salves with most of them. I am willing to trade for stones, bones, teeth, or furs, or I can sell small bags at a discount price.

I have: hops, crampbark, echinacea root, hawthorn, skullcap, red clover, valerian root, nettle leaf, boneset, calendula, comfrey leaf, motherwort, white willow bark, arnica, coltsfoot, chickweed, meadowsweet, and burdock.

Please contact @meskri if you’re interested :) I’m in the US and willing to ship anywhere if the shipping price is reasonable.

German Inventions: Aspirin

The name “Bayer” may be synonymous with Aspirin, but did you know that both Bayer and Aspirin come from Germany? The multinational pharmaceutical company was founded in 1863, but its trademark product, Aspirin, wasn’t developed until 1897. A team of scientists worked together to develop this drug, which today is used to treat everything from pain to fever to blood clots.

The active ingredient in Aspirin is Salicylic acid, which is derived from willow bark. The curative properties of salicylic acid had been documented well before aspirin hit the market, but the side effects – stomach pains and digestive problems – often outweighed the benefits of using the drug. The Bayer team altered the original compound to create acetylsalicylic acid, which had the same effects without the drawbacks. The common name for the drug, Aspirin, is derived from the German word for Salicylic Acid, Spirsäure. Acetylsalicylic acid became the bread and butter for Bayer, as it remains today. In 2014, the company posted 42 billion euros in sales!



Ingredients –

· Jar to hold contents

· Twine to hold the spell together

· Sand and shells for attraction of your intentions

· Egg shells for strength and new beginnings

· Sage to promote wisdom and to overcome grief

· Rosemary to enhance memory and attain youth

· Cloves to attract good luck and prosperity, to keep good friends close, and to prevent  gossip

· Basil for wealth, protection, and love

· Mint for wealth, strength, and travel safety

· Lavender to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love

· Allspice for healing, increased energy and determination

· White willow Bark for overall blessings

· Bay Leaves for protection against misfortunes  

· Lemon balm for love/anti-depressant

· Rose petals for love, happiness, and protection against the evil eye

· Sea salt for purity

· Optional: Crystal quarts for overall purity; a list of everything you want to accomplish in the new year; a coin or dollar if you reeealy want $$$; tea light; any tokens of luck you may want like a lucky penny, a garden stone with your favorite lucky sigil, etc.

Timing –

· At the end of the Wiccan year – before Samhain, or in December. You could also personalize it and make the jar at any time of the year whenever you may need it, preferably under a full moon.

Instructions –

· Optional – Meditate and caste a circle beforehand.

· Take your jar and fill it up with the ingredients you have chosen, make sure you have purified them beforehand. Visualize their use (you can add anything else to your jar that deems useful to you). I would make the sea salt and sand your base.

· Light the tea light inside the jar and kindly request from your respective deities their guidance in the new year:

(Insert your respective deities here) thank you for the divine guidance you have provided for me this year. Please let the world around me be pure next year as you have since the beginning of time itself. In your almighty name(s), so be it (Or anything from the heart).

· Dip the ends of your twine in the candle wax to “seal loose ends”

· Extinguish the flame by putting the lid on your jar, tie twine around the lid

· Put the completed spell jar in your room, somewhere you will see it throughout the day. Whenever you are feeling that life isn’t quite going your way, light the candle inside the jar and meditate. Refresh every year by either replacing the contents or re-charging it with a blessing.

You can really just use any herbs lying around… Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have white willow bark lying around. I’m going to give these spell jars to my friends before Christmas break as presents. If you want to do so, just think about the people you want to influence rather than yourself while doing the spell. Blessed New Year!


Otherkin and Therian Teas!

This list will only consist of herbivores.

Deer: Honeysuckle, White Willow Bark, Rose, Elderberry, Meadowsweet, Dogwood, Sassafras

Rabbit/Bunny: Calendula, Camomile, Chickweed, Clover, Cloltsfoot, Comfrey, Dandelion, Lavender, Mallow, Nettle, Nasturtium, Yarrow

Squirrel: Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Kiwi Pear Green Tea

Mouse: Any tea in this list! Mice aren’t picky animals.

Butterfly: Milkweed, Red Clover, Lantana, Daisy

Parrot: Mangoe, Papayas, Cantaloupe, Persimmon, Apricot, Pomegranates

Red Panda and Panda: Bamboo

Humming Bird: Mallow, Aloe Vera, Honeysuckle, Sage

More coming soon! This took me over an hour, phew.


Plant of the Day
Tuesday 12 January 2016

The glowing stems of Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Britzensis’ (scarlet willow) greet visitors along this path. Planted as sections of branches, like giant hardwood cuttings, at the bottom of a hill in an area of damp ground these plants have thrived. By removing the top growth every year fresh shoots will be promoted that have the intense orange colour. In summer there will be a mass of narrow lanceolate green leaves. The repetition of plants helps strengthen the effect when creating displays of winter stem colour.

Jill Raggett


Giveaway time!!

This is in appreciation to all my lovely followers. I will be giving away 2 packages this time: first place and second place. The photos of the second place package will be added shortly.

First place package includes:
Red and pink wire tree with obsidian, rose quartz, and freshwater pearls
Coyote radius incense burner with carved Celtic knot
Green linen pouch with vintage fox fur
Coyote vertebrae necklace
Black rabbit foot
Pentagram wall hanger made from raccoon ribs and vertebrae with brass hedgehog and feather charms
Powdered elk bone
Powdered rabbit bone
Calendula flowers
Red clover
Arnica flowers
Comfrey leaves
Echinacea root
Whit willow bark

Second package includes:
Blue wire tree with crackled peridot
Wolf and cub statue
Natural Quartz
Black and gold dragon egg
Recycled oyster shells
Antique iron nail necklace
Small stone elephant statue

Each reblog and like counts as an entry. You can reblog as many times as you want. You MUST be a follower to win. Unfortunately, the first place package can only be shipped within the US. The second place prize can be shipped outside the US, but if you are a winner for that package and not in the US I will ask you to pay for the shipping (sorry, it’s kinda expensive). For US winners, shipping will be covered by me.

I will pick winners at 10:00 AM CST on September 1, 2016. Good luck everyone!

Maid To Serve

TITLE: Maid to Serve

CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: Chapter Thirteen

AUTHOR: wolfpawn

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine that you have been sold to a slave trader to pay a debt. One day you are bought and given to Loki as a gift. He ignores you at first, but he slowly begins to notice your attention to small details in your daily tasks and your funny little quirks. He tries everything he can to seduce you, and the more you resist the more intrigued he is.

RATING: Teen and Up

Terrified of what repercussions were awaiting you, you made your way slowly to Loki’s rooms. You were exhausted, having not slept after your outburst, and your head pounded painfully from the stress of it. After drinking some willow-bark tea yourself, you held another cup of it in your hand, knowing the effects of the last cup would well and truly be losing its effect for the prince.

You opened the door and walked through the living area, making your way into his sleeping area, you looked around; your nose crinkling at the smell of alcohol, the room was still in darkness, so you made your way to the window to open it.

“Please do not.” Loki’s voice seemed pained.

Keep reading


Plants of the Day

Monday 15 February 2016

Still producing striking colours at the end of their winter display the bright bark of (from the top):

Deep red - Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Siberian dogwood),

Yellow to orange - Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis’ (scarlet willow),

Yellow green - Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea’ (golden-twig dogwood),

Yellow through pinky-orange to red - Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire’ (dogwood).

Many of these will soon be cut down (stooled or coppiced) to encourage new growth for next winter’s display.

  Jill Raggett

Moontime Tea

If you’ve got a uterus, odds are that once a month, you end up in the werewolf-y way, to put it delicately. So here’s what I use:

  • 1 tsp white willow bark
  • 1 tsp red clover
  • 1 tsp raspberry leaf
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp rose hips

Here’s why I do that:

  • White willow bark is essentially the same thing as aspirin (and therefore, don’t take it if you can’t have aspirin).
  • Red clover regulates hormones around this time (so don’t take that without consulting a doctor about it if you have hormone regulation problems).
  • Raspberry leaf and rose hips are both high in vitamin C. I don’t know about all of you, but I tend to get run down for the first day or two, so I like to take precautions.
  • Sage is excellent for digestive health, memory, depression, hormone shifts associated with menopause and estrogen imbalances, and is antibacterial. Sage is generally considered food safe. 

You can also add green tea (for flavor and as an excellent source of antioxidants) or black tea (the caffeine promotes blood flow, which can ease cramps, unless you’re prone to bleeding heavily, and then maybe don’t do that). Cramp bark may be another thing to add (the name says it) though there is little peer reviewed study of its effect on pregnant or breast feeding people.

Let your water boil, take it off heat (or let your electric kettle turn itself off, if its one of those) and then let it cool for about five minutes. Let the tea steep for about five more minutes and enjoy!

Shifted - Part 1, Chapter 8

Every Tuesday I’ll be posting a chapter from my brand new AU story. The premise is simple - what if Claire had gotten pregnant with Brianna a month or two earlier in the story, and she and Jamie had re-evaluated their priorities and decided that the cause was lost, and they were able to slip away from the army and quietly return to Lallybroch?

Previous installments…

“James, definitely. And Murtagh, for sure. And then the first name, and at least one more middle name.”

Claire paused in grinding the willow bark into powder, standing up straight and rubbing the base of her back. “Do I get a say in any of this?”

“Hmm?” He added another log to the fire and re-stacked the rough-hewn logs off to the side. September had brought an unexpected chill, and no way he’d let his wife catch cold while she went about her doctoring chores.

“I don’t care how many middle names the baby has – we still haven’t decided on a first name.”

He stood with his back to the fire, smiling as the heat warmed him straight through. “Ye do know it’s our custom to give a lad five or even six names?”

“Yes, I’ve observed that. But two things – one, to me only the first name really matters. You Highlanders pick out the rest. And two – Jamie, we have to pick girl names too. Don’t want you caught flat-footed, now.”

He paused for a moment, just looking at her. How the afternoon sun streaming through the window against her back cast her face in shadow, while highlighting her hair – piled on top of her head. “Ah, well, sae long as she’s as bonny as her mother, I dinna care what we name the lass.”

Jamie felt his wife’s glare before he saw it. “Right. So then one day when she asks, I’ll have to tell her that her idiot father didn’t care a whit what she was called, then?”

“Sit, a nighean – ye look tired.” He crossed the room and took her elbow, hoping to ease her into one of the soft chairs before the fire.

Claire jerked her arm from his grasp. “I’ll do no such thing. After all, it’s your child that’s making me so tired. The one who you don’t seem to care what it’s called – so long as your names are accounted for.”

Jamie’s eyes narrowed, and he would have laughed at the indignation on her face had she not felt it so sincerely.

“Is that what you think, Claire? That I dinna care what your thoughts are on the matter? Because I do – ye know I do.”

He reached to take her chin and she let him – though she wanted nothing more than to smack his hand away.

“Yer father’s name was Henry, am I right? I want to respect that – but no son of mine will share a name with an English king.”

“Just a Scottish one, then?” she retorted.

He smiled. “Ah, weel – King James may have had his name afore I had mine, but it’s customary to name a boy after his father, aye?”

“Even though Brian isn’t one of your names?”

He shrugged. “There’s a story in that – for another time, a nighean. Though I wouldna mind naming him Brian. That is – if you’re not opposed to it.”

Slowly Claire eased into the chair, stretching out her legs and enjoying feeling her joints pop.

“I don’t mind. I just feel as if I’ve nothing to contribute for a boy’s name. Henry is out, I’m sure Quentin and Lambert are as well.”

“Ah, your uncle’s names?”

She nodded, thinking. “What about Beauchamp?”

He paused, considering. “How would it run, then? Brian James Murtagh Beauchamp Fraser?” He sank to his knees before her, rubbing her belly gently.

“That sounds like a terrible mouthful.” Her fingers wound into his hair, holding him close.

“Mmphm.” The moment stretched as they watched the flames flicker, Jamie absently running his hands on her belly, Claire kneading her fingers into his scalp.

“Perhaps,” Claire pondered after a while. “Now, though – if it’s a girl –”

“God help us.”

She swatted his head, and he grinned.

“If it’s a girl – I want one of her names to be Ellen.”

He rested his chin on her belly and gazed up at her, adoring. Grabbing for her right hand, he kissed her palm and set it on his cheek.

“Yes. What else?”

“My mother’s name was Julia. Have I ever told you that?”

His smile was dreamy. “No, ye haven’t. It’s lovely, though I’ve never kent a lass with that name.”

“No, I don’t suppose you have. It didn’t come into common use until around the time she was born – the late 1800s.” Her thumb stroked his cheek, loving the feel of the start of his beard.

“Ellen and Julia, then. One more for middle names, and then the first.”

Claire eyed him skeptically. “So many names for such a small child.”

Jamie nodded. “The thinking – my parents’ thinking anyway – was that ye name a child such so that they can grow into the name. It spurs the parents to raise the child in a way to earn the name – to be worthy of it.” He paused. “So – I want Claire.”

“Me? Why?”

He shook his head. “Why, she asks. Ye’re only the strongest, bravest woman I’ve ever known. Why wouldn’t I want my daughter named for ye? And,” he added practically,” if we’ve got a Brian, whose second name is after his father, there’s no reason a girl’s second name shouldn’t be after her mother.”

A fizz of excitement started within Claire. This was real. Every day it was more real – the child was more of a child, not an abstraction.

She was struck with another idea. “If we name the boy Brian – we should name the girl the same way.”

One eyebrow raised. “Name her Brian, ye mean? Are ye daft? That’s a man’s name, Sassenach.”

She smiled. “No, idiot. The female version of the name. Brianna.”

He rose up and settled in the chair next to hers. “Brianna? What kind of name is that?”

Surprised at his reaction, Claire huffed. “I’ve known girls with that name in my time. Not often, but it’s used.”

“Ye’ll have my daughter running around with a strange name her whole life?”

Any other moment, Claire would have paused to enjoy the warm glow she felt at Jamie’s already protective, fatherly feelings toward his unborn daughter. Now, though, she was just exasperated.

“Jamie, she’s got me for a mother and you for a father. She’s a Fraser. There will be enough other strange things in her life for others to take notice of – she needs a strong name to help her get through that.” She paused. “Are you suggesting that a girl shouldn’t carry your father’s name?”

“What? No! Never, Claire. It’s just-”

“Jamie, this way she’s named for both of your parents. Did you think of that?”

Clearly he hadn’t. And the thought warmed him more than he had expected.

“Brianna Ellen Julia Claire Fraser.” He tested the name on his tongue.

Her heart burst with love for this man. She looked to the floor, where their feet had found their way toward each other. Absently she rubbed her belly, where Brian – or Brianna – had woken from a mid-day nap.

“We’ve time to decide, Jamie. For now, though –”

He raised a brow. “Aye?”

She smiled – so warm, it lit a flame inside him.

“Get up and lock the door – and help me with this dress. I want to have you by the fire.”

He stood and, grinning wolfishly, extending a hand to help her up. “What will Brian or Brianna do when they find out their mam was frequently seized with bouts of wantonness while she carried?”

She quirked an eyebrow. “They’ll be glad to know that it was this wantonness that accounts for their existence in the first place. And that their father was only too happy to comply.”

He bent, kissed her, and strode quickly to turn the key in the lock.


Plant of the Day

Sunday 31 January 2016

The colourful new growth of Salix alba var. vitellina (golden willow) has been tied into bundles to create these temporary sculptures at Hyde Hall Gardens, Essex, U.K. The new stems are encouraged by pruning off all the growth to a ‘leg’ (a single large stem, it may have even started life as a hardwood cutting planted in situ) in the early spring before the leaves burst. This is called 'stooling’ in horticulture or coppicing. The technique is used for a variety of species that produce bright stem colour on new growth - Acer, Cornus, Salix, and Tilia - for winter display. 

Jill Raggett

submitted by Josh Skaarup

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My somewhat traditionalist gear/medicine bag. Hunting, camping, wilderness survival, the old fashioned way.