for the witch on the go, a quick but punchy balance&protect spray

I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve been more and more all about the ‘brew and dash’ magic working. I’ve also been working this long enough to understand that quick doesn’t necessarily mean weak or ineffective.

The reality is we all have lives to live, and while a deep three hour long ritual with all the literal bells and whistle sounds amazing (and should absolutely be indulged in as much as you can), it isn’t always feasible. It isn’t always necessary, either.

Sometimes, I want an easy to whip up room clearing blend with stuff I already have on hand, and I want it ready to go ASAP. And other times I just wanna mix up a protective spray, let it sit in the moonlight while I go to sleep, and be able to use it the next day.

I’ve been meaning to spiritually reinforce my corners, windows, and doors (literal and figurative). I’m doing a lot of spiritual work this season and want to be sure that my space remains clear of psychic clutter. This isn’t necessarily an all out repelling blend, more for use in balancing, lifting, and keeping my psychic perimeter clear.

It’s easy to make. Set intentions, and repeat as you work. Grab a spray bottle or other container of your choice. Mix the ingredients below and add a crystal for extra punch. Let sit in window to receive moon and sun for over a day. Spray your corners, doors, windows, and in between spaces or around you in when you want to reinforce a ritual circle.

Properties of the ingredients:

Florida Water – Create your own, or grab some from the botanica. Florida Water is a sweet cologne that cleanses and attracts positive energy.
Chili Seeds – Shake some into your container from your favorite dried chili. Chili brings the heat, punching through spiritual blockage and stagnancy with fervor. It’s known for its usefulness in casting hexes and curses but in this blend I turn that offense into defense and call on its countering protective properties. I could go on and on about Chili- and I did, here!

Sage Essential Oil– An obvious choice. Naturally anti-you name it (antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, etc). It provide balance and additional protective energy to the blend.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – This is one of those oils most folks advice you to have in your collection if you are just starting out. Tea Tree is a versatile essential oil, and in this blend is used for it’s protection against stagnant and cloying energies.
Ginger Essential Oil – I don’t recommend taking a deep inhale of this oil. It is pungent and feels to me like someone punched out every one of my nose hairs. I like to think it brings those properties to this blend. It’s the power cell of this blend; it keeps the energy bold and dynamic.
Citronella Essential Oil – Part of the reason it is included in this blend is that the strong citrus scent lifts the other essential oils’ scent. It also performs that lift on a psychic level while also acting as a natural repellent (for both your literal and spiritual bugs).

Itchy Throat Easing Tea

Beloved readers, you and I are going to get through this cold together. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

I’m starting to suspect something a little stronger than a common cold- a sinus infection perhaps with the way my eyes, cheekbones, and teeth ache. I also woke up with an itchy throat which is usually a heads up that a cough is coming at me soon.

I hate coughs. More than the incessant runny nose, I absolutely hate coughs. I had respiratory issues as a child so non-stop coughing is far too familiar and I do my best to avoid it when possible. The painful sore throat and aching ribs are my cold & flu nightmare. So of course, I reached for my herb cabinet and so far so good, this little infusion recipe is keeping the cough at bay. Continue reading

Immune Boost Tea to Get Through Cold & Flu Season

Educators of the world unite! And drink lots of tea and other vitamin c rich drinks. Whether you’re a teacher, tutor, instructional aide, professor, teaching assistant, principal, or counselor you are familiar with how much of a petri dish educational institutions can be. I’ve caught a cold twice now- of different varieties each time and I’m sick of it. Sick of being sick, I’ve decided to make an infusion that should at least help keep me protected (along with other dietary additions and changes) and help me along with my current illness.

First things first, if you have the flu (and you’ll know when you have it, trust me) go get help. I’m all about natural medicine and I’m also aware that flus can quickly become dangerous, especially for the young and old.

If you have a cold, you’ve got a bit more leeway as the remedies for that are generally lots of rest, water, and vitamins. Oh and here’s a tea recipe to help move that along! Continue reading

ritual to harness sunlight (and a tea recipe, of course!)

Also known as it’s been raining and grey for nearly a week straight and I really wanted some brightening tea. All the herbs I used in this recipe evoke at least one property of the sun’s life-giving magic. Continue reading

Rainy Day Evening Tea

There’s nothing that a great tea blend can’t brighten, not even a grey rainy weekday afternoon. Divinely blended cinnamon, echinacea, ginger, cloves, roses, and calendula to keep me warm and snug as the rain nourishes the earth.

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Sweeping Out Essential Oil Blend

img src: Demeester @ Wikimedia

img src: Demeester @ Wikimedia

Is a space you’re often in (office, workroom, bedroom, bathroom, etc) feeling stuffy, chaotic, or draining?

I don’t mind a little chaos, but given enough time, it’s usually a signal that not only have I been letting things go, I also need to do some physical and metaphysical cleaning and clearing. I also find certain acts of cleaning particularly rewarding: I know that cleaning my bathtub means I get to take a bath sooner, alphabetizing my bookshelf makes me feel organized; changing my sheets is sometimes all I can do but sleep always comes easier; sweeping floors puts me in a meditative state and circulates mine and the room’s energy.

Good for when you’re doing some cleaning and clearing, material or metaphysical. This blend is composed of oils that work to clarify a space, moving out negative energy, protecting what’s left. It’s also meant to inspire and sustain the dynamic of a space, during and after the cleaning, useful as stagnancy easily breeds negativity. In fact the best way to clear a space of malcontent is to shake it up, even if it’s as little a movement as lifting objects in a room to dust beneath and around them.

This is also a good oil blend to diffuse in a space after saging/smudging. Carry in an oil of your choice (olive, jojoba etc) if you’d like to use it on your body not just your space.

Remember:
Do not use a carrier oil in diffusers unless manufacture’s manual says it’s alright;
Do not use on body, internal or external, without a carrier oil.

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