Category Archives: Herbology

DIY: Spell Candles

My working theory is that magical people are also “crafty” people.  We like to harvest and dry our own herbs, when possible.  We enjoy making our own incense blends, sachets, magical oils, etc.  I’m sure there are “supermarket witches” out … Continue reading

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Holiday Survival Kit

HOLIDAY SURVIVAL KIT Simple but effective uses of herbs/essential oils to beat the winter blues. DEPRESSION/ANXIETY Frankincense—Johns Hopkins University did a study in 2016 that proved burning frankincense helps to alleviate anxiety and depression. The essential oil can also be … Continue reading

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Yarrow: Herbe de St. Joseph, Carpenter’s Weed

The use of yarrow as a healing herb and magical plant is well documented. It has been utilized by Pagans and Christians alike. The Latin name (Achillea millefolium) is derived from the Greek hero Achilles who, legend has it, carried … Continue reading

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Vervain: Herb of the Cross

Vervain has a long and beautiful history as a cleansing herb, among other uses. Ancient Egyptians dedicated vervain to the Goddess Isis and used it as a common ingredient in love potions. The Ancient Druids used it to cleans sacred … Continue reading

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Rue: Herb of Grace

Rue is a hearty perennial and powerful herb with an interesting history. Wiccans use it for protection, cleansing and especially prosperity. Rue candles are often used in rituals to ask for financial or other assistance. One of the traditional prayers … Continue reading

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Rose: Love Is In The Air!

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. Traditional German Carol, … Continue reading

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Rising Appalachia – Medicine

As one who works with the energies and medicinal properties of plants and minerals, I LOVE this song and the vibe of this band. (Plus I live in Appalachia so how can I not love the band’s name?) Check it … Continue reading

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Myrrh: From Birth to Death and Everything In-Between

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. [Matthew 2:11, NRSV] When most people … Continue reading

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Juniper Berries: Protection and Healing

Maybe it’s because of my Germanic heritage but I’ve always loved juniper berries. The best sauerkraut recipes use them as a flavor enhancer and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Juniper berries are also used to flavor gin which … Continue reading

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Juniper Berries: My Final Fall Harvest of the Year

We finally had a sunny day in my hometown after weeks of rain.  This afternoon I made a beeline to a stand of juniper trees whose berries were ripe and ready for harvest. I love to use these berries in … Continue reading

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