FIRST, gather your herbs.
Consider starting with something gentle that will be nice to learn with. Some of my first tinctures were skullcap and lemon balm. These herbs aid in stress and are usually effective if taken multiple times daily over time. I find that trustworthy plants like these are great doorways into herbalism.
The best place to gather herbs from would be your own garden. If this is not possible be sure to find a trustworthy local herb shop or a bigger buyer like Mountain Rose who sells organic. It is best to tincture most herbs fresh, but dry works well too.
*** If the herbs are coming straight out of the garden you can gently wash the aerial parts, and definitely scrub the roots clean of any dirt residue.
THEN, chop and macerate.
Chop up the herb or root as small as possible. Once you think it is small enough, go smaller. The more surface area that is exposed during the maceration process, the stronger the medicine can be! For roots, dried herbs, and larger projects I will use a Vitamix. If you often have a small amount that can be easily ground, you may want to consider getting a coffee grinder to reserve for all your herbal endeavors.
Now you are ready to macerate, which basically means to let the plant sit in alcohol for a few weeks. This process pulls out all the healing constituents that make tinctures therapeutic!
For your menstrum (or solvent) you will need to use some sort of alcohol. Some people like to use glycerites which are sweeter, or apple cider vinegar. Traditionally brandy or some form of alcohol like vodka was used. When I do the standard method, which is a bit more complicated, I use grain alcohol that is nearly 100%!
Fill a jar all the way to the top with your herbs. Cover it with your brandy or alcohol of choice. Let the herbs macerate for one full lunar cycle. Starting medicines on the full moon can be quite magical! Label your jar with the ingredients and date, and store in indirect light. Shake the maceration daily with good intentions.
***Remember that you are powerful and the energy that you put forth and the intentions that you set will come through in the medicine.
FINALLY, strain and enjoy!
After a month (or longer) has passed, strain out your herbs with the muslin cloth. Squeeze out any remaining liquid that might be living in the herb. Compost the finished herb which is also known as mark. Pour the now tincture back into jar or into a dosage bottle with a custom label. You have now made your very first folk tincture!
Now you can make medicine from all the beautiful plants that grow around you. You will begin to discover that most of what you need is pretty close by. The St. John’s Wort on the highway, the kudzu on the pine trees, the wild oats dancing in the pasture, the dandelion in your lawn, all the plants are here waiting for you!
With love and healing light,
A collection of picture, and post about all things wiccan.
How to color eggs with onion shells.
This must be the most beautiful DIY tutorial I have ever seen. And it so happens to be in style of this weekend. Found on Ulicam, a very nice blog by Ulrika Kestere, photographer and illustrator. For the whole tutorial and lot’s of inspiration, click here.
Natural Remedies for Common Ailments
Natural home remedies are safe and useful for the common ailments. Most of the non life threatening illness can be treated at home. Learn how you can use natural cures to replace many of the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs in the treatment of common ailments. If you use home remedies wisely, it will save your time and money. Hope this site helps you to find your own path of healing through natural remedies.
Benefits of Home Remedies
- Made up from herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables
- Simple to prepare, pure and no side effects on body
- Can cure many ailments such as Sore throat, Common cold, Headache
- Inexpensive and joy of cure by self
CoughCoughing is the body’s way of removing foreign substances and mucus from lungs and upper airway passages or of reacting to an irritated airway. In simple words, coughing is an attempt by the body to protect the lungs. Coughs can have many causes ranging from allergies, cold or flu, asthma, weather or seasonal changes, respiratory infection, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis to lung cancer. Some people have a nervous cough that becomes a habit. A cough may be simply dry, and irritating (dry cough), or it may bring up mucus (productive cough). Some prescribed drugs can also cause coughing.Home Remedies
For dry cough
- Eucalyptus oil: Inhale essential oil of eucalyptus, which is expectorant and decongestant.
- Honey and lemon: Take honey and lemon which will ease cough and encourage healing.
- cloves: Place 2-3 cloves fried in ghee and suck.
For productive cough
- Banana with honey and black pepper: Eat a ripe banana with 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 pinches of ground black pepper, twice or thrice a day.
- Turmeric: Boil 1 cup milk with teaspoon turmeric and teaspoon ginger and drink this at night. This will relieve the cough due to pharyngitis or laryngitis.
- Ajwain: Try chewing ajwan mixed with 1 teaspoon natural organic sugar.
- Honey and black pepper: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper with one teaspoon of honey, and eat it on a full stomach two or three times a day for 3 to 5 days.
- Ginger and cinnamon: Drink a tea made from 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, plus a pinch of cinnamon powder in a cupful of boiled water.
- Honey and clove: Take 1 teaspoon honey mixed with a pinch of clove powder, 2 or 3 times a day.
*The Benefits of Sage as an Herb and Spice*
~Sage, scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, is derived from the Latin “to save”, and its medicinal properties illustrate just how appropriate this name is. The herb has one of the longest-standing records in medicinal uses, and has been used in one form or another in nearly every culture and region in the world. Now, sage as a plant or spice can be used by you in your kitchen or backyard, and could save you from using another over-the-counter or even prescription drug remedy.
~Sage has both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Like its family members, rosemary and mint, sage contains useful flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are known to boost health and help numerous ailments. The herb is said to be easily absorbed by the digestive tract and works to change concentrations of inflammatory molecules. Sage also contains something called rosmarinic acid, like rosemary, which is highly antioxidant—it protects cells against damage.
~The anti-inflammatory properties of sage make it a great herbal remedy for people who suffer from inflammatory conditions. These include arthritis, asthma, and even gingivitis. In animal tests (that have yet to be confirmed in people), sage lowered blood pressure and regulated blood sugar in diabetics.
~In the same way that sage was historically used to preserve meats, it can also be used to fight bacterial infections and yeast within the body. As a poultice, sage leaves could be used to reduce chest congestion and inflammation. Historically they were also used by natives of the western states to stop bleeding in people and animals.
~Exciting research has also emerged on the effects of sage and memory. One study in 2003 found that sage oil remarkably improved people’s memory on recall tests. It’s been suggested (though not yet proven) that sage can protect against Alzheimer’s as well.
*The many benefits of sage include*:
- -Sore throat relief
- -Digestive aid
- -Diarrhea relief
- -Cough suppressant
- -Fights gum and mouth disease
- -Promotes healing
- -Relieves bruising, cuts, and scrapes
- -Cold remedy
- -Possibly anti-diabetic
- -Memory booster
- -Increase bile flow and liver detoxification
~Sage is most easily and commonly taken as a tea or used as a spice and to smudge. For tea, use either fresh or dried leaves, steeped in boiling water for several minutes. Drink the tea or use it as a mouthwash to promote healthy gums and fight mouth ulcers. But, you can also reap benefits from chewing on the leaves whole, using the spice for cooking, or making a poultice.
*Taken from Facebook page: Wild Witch.
"How can you tell if someone has a dark spirit, demonic or otherwise?"
I use the term ‘demon’ to categorize most dark entities. While I don’t believe in Satan/Lucifer/Hell I do know that dark energies exist and that their manifestation in and around a person, place, or item can be devastating.
Demonization (or the possession by a dark spirit) can be broken down into several stages (originally categorized by Edward and Lorraine Warren) are:
Infestation- The presence of a dark energy on someone/thing is considered an infestation. This can happen because of someones lack of care in using a divinatory tool or tapping into otherworldly energy without proper safety, and in the acts of the naive it can be done on purpose.This is first noted by external factors, movement of inanimate objects without an apparent source, phantom sounds or voices, changes in temperature or the changes in animals. To counter Infestation I suggest cleansing with White candles, Salt, Dragon’s Blood, Olive Oil, and Sage to banish the spirit. This is the demon at its weakest.
Oppression: Often noted by their paranoia and stress levels in a person. Are they eating less? Sleeping less? Are they angry/sad/scared without a cause? Oppression is the feeling of dark energy as it drains you and others. It is a weakening tactic. This is done by the dark energy to break them which will make possession easier. In this you must call upon a group to cleans the home and the person. This is not an exorcism, rather a group cleansing. Use all four elements, call on the God/Goddess and do a full cleansing of the house.
Possession: Once the mind of the target it broken (or the demon has utilized itself in such a way that it can taint an item or an area) the entity has achieved possession. This can be noted by a sure and sudden change in the target. Where once they were paranoid and frightened they now exhibit little or no emotion at all. Sometimes they lash out violently and may speak gibberish. In a possession scenario an exorcism is just about the only cure.
Please keep in mind that while the Catholic Church is the only religion to have a school of exorcism they are certainly not the only faith to practice the act. Nearly every faith out there has a ritual for the banishment of energy.
Now, keep in mind that in many cases there is no dark energy. In many it is mental illness. Do not make the mistake of mistaking one for the other.
Say this every morning when you put your pentacle on for blessings and protection.
“The elements are joined by the power of spirit, I am blessed by the four, I am blessed by spirit, I am blessed by the five.”
A date to mark in your calendar. There will be a total lunar eclipse on the Full Moon of April 15th. Sometimes known as a Blood Moon because the moon will turn blood red for a while.
Definitely going to have an amzing full moon ritual this month
Muscle pain relief chant
When feeling pain, pinching, or spasms in the muscle chant,
"Flex and bend, (flex muscle and then bend it)
“Stretch and mend, (stretch muscle while visualizing it heal)
“Muscle relax, pain end.(relax the muscle and visualize the pain ending)
Repeat this till the muscle issue stops then continue to relax for at least 5 min.