November 15, 2020 2 Comments
Immune Boosting Magick– Right in Your Kitchen!
As we all know by now, the world has been literally plagued with the dreaded Covid-19 virus. Some parts of the world are entering into the winter wonderland phase of the season! With that change in season also comes flu concerns. Combining those things with the already troubling Corona Virus pandemic has me looking into my herbal cabinet!
So, what can we as witches do to help prevent illness from settling in or even shortening the length of time of those who are currently already sick?
Let us turn to our kitchens and cauldrons!
First let us start with simple hand hygiene. This is probably the easiest thing to do! Wash your hands. Good old-fashioned soap and water are sufficient methods of lessening the spread of germs. No need to sanitizer your hands all the time, that should only be used as a backup method. When you use an overabundance of hand sanitizers you are wiping out the natural flora, also known as GOOD bacteria! Alcohol deprives the skin of its natural oils and water which can dry out the skin and interrupts the skins natural protective barrier, in turn increasing the risk of bacteria and viruses entering our system.
Let us now turn towards the herbalist side! There are many powerful ingredients right in your kitchen that you can use to conquer cough; cold and flu season and they are affordable and easily obtainable.
Elderberry, Sambucus Nigra, is probably the most popular and well known one to use to fight against sickness. This is the fruit of the black elder tree which is native to North America, Europe, and Western Asia. Elderberry contains a large amount of vitamin C and may reduce the intensity of cold and flu duration by ½ to 1/3. However, there is a continuing debate about the use of Elderberry with Covid-19. They are warning people that have COVID-19, of something called “cytokine storms”, it is rare, but a deadly possibility with this virus and it is recommended to NOT use Elderberry with this particular strain of Covid-19. And of course, always seek medical advice from your PCP before using any natural remedies.
Honey is another fabulous immune system builder! It has antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-tumor properties! Honey is considered a powerhouse antioxidant, which is amazingly effective for removal of free radicals from the body. Honey can also soothe sore and irritated throats. In case you did not know, honey is not recommended for use in children under one year of age.
Garlic contains antiseptic and immunity boosting compounds. Garlic can also help to open clogged sinuses. Garlic can be crushed, sliced, or chewed – these actions produce allicin, which is what gives garlic its immune-boosting power!
Ginger can sooth a scratchy throat, but it has a chemical called sesquiterpenes that target rhinoviruses, this is the most common family of cold viruses. Ginger is a natural pain and fever reducer too!
Thyme is an excellent herb for supporting the immune system, both before and during illness. It stimulates the thymus gland, which that gland is responsible for regulating the immune system! Thyme is also a great expectorant and antimicrobial herb for the lungs.
Rosemary is a great source of vitamins A, C and manganese. (Manganese is a mineral that is found in several foods including nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables.) Rosemary also contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and boosts the immune system.
Mint is another great herb for boosting immune health. It’s packed with vitamins A and C and has antioxidants.
Parsley – either flat or curly are loaded with vitamins A, C and K. It is also great to use as an anti-inflammatory.
Sage can help sooth sore throat and boost immune response. It has anti-inflammatory properties so sage tea would help reduce swelling and irritation of a sore throat.
Lemons are high in vitamin c and a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system. They also have antiviral and antibacterial properties. They can also alleviate nausea.
And last, but certainly not least, we have echinacea. Echinacea is packed with antioxidants which may help defend your body against oxidative stressors. A review of 14 studies found that taking echinacea mat lower the risk of developing colds by more than 50% and shorten the duration of colds by one and a half days. A bonus with this beautiful herb, research has discovered that echinacea plants contain compounds that may reduce feelings of anxiety.
And of course, here is our disclaimer: Statements throughout this publication have not been evaluated by the FDA. These suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease progression. Please consult your primary care physician before adding herbal remedies to your health and wellness regimen. There could be contraindications with certain types of medications and there could be adverse effects if you are pregnant or nursing.
Now, let us get to our cauldron and brew up a much-needed item utilizing some of these beautiful ingredients mentioned above.
Witches Wintery Boo Brew
Makes about 2 cups of product – Store in refrigerator up to 2-3 months.
What you will need:
3.. 1 1/4 Cup organic honey
Mix the lemon and ginger slices into one pile and then divide them into two piles.
Place 1/2 of your lemon and ginger slices into the bottom of your mason jar.
Pour honey (organic is best) over the lemon and ginger slowly. Let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.
Make sure when the honey has filled in all the gaps, that there is enough left to cover the top with your other half of lemon and ginger slices.
Add your shot of alcohol.
Cover the mason jar, shake, and put it in the fridge, it will begin to form into a "jelly-like" substance. This should sit in your refrigerator for about a week before using.
To serve: Add two tablespoons of the "jelly" into a mug and pour boiling water over it. You can also steep a peppermint tea bag in this mixture to aid in breathing.
Stay safe everyone and until next time, Live, Love, and Magick!
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November 30, 2022
As we prepare to say farewell to 2022, we welcome December, a month of change and renewal to send us off with flying colors into the new year. As the last month of the calendar year, December is likely to bring some closure to the events going on in our lives and present the signs with the opportunity to sit down, reflect, and plan out their future. As such, this is likely to give us a chance to get our life together more, slow down, and enjoy the moment with loved ones.
Aside from the general vibe of the month, December is likely to be quite an active month for the planets, with key influences coming from Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. To start, we will kick off the month with Neptune going direct in Pisces in the first week of the month, stirring up a dreamy and imaginative aura that is likely to help us find better clarity in our lives. Mercury will then move into the sign of the Capricorn on the 6th of the month, boosting our communication and pushing us to speak more freely about the things on our minds. A few days later, Venus will move into Capricorn, which is likely to put a focus on our relationships for the next several weeks and help us find more stable ground within them. On the 20th, Jupiter will enter the Aries sign, encouraging expansion, new energy, and passion in our lives.
Then, on the 21st, we enter the season of the Capricorn, which is likely to push the signs to become more serious about the path ahead and work to start planning out their future better. This is also the same day that Yule begins, bringing with it a powerful period of restrospection, transformation, and rebirth. To end the month, Mercury retrograde will begin in Capricorn on the 29th, ushering us to reflect and slow down as we move into the new year with a steadier and calmer pace. And, with Mars retrograde still actively going on until January, this is likely to slow our energy even more so.
As you can see, December is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within us as well. But, to give you a better idea of some energies that may be present around you this month, today, we're going to go over what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can adjust your life to make the most of them.
November 13, 2022
There’s no doubt about it; 2022 was quite a year for us all, and it’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner as we bridge the gap between 2022 and 2023. While the year may have brought its fair share of challenges, let’s all end the year on a positive note and focus more on celebrating the warm moments and loving people we have around us. And what better way to do that than to give a thoughtful gift before the year’s end?
Giving gifts has a way of instantly bringing a smile to your face and on the face of the receiver. Bought or handmade, gifts are magical in the way they don’t have to be expensive in order to be special when there’s love behind it. Truly, receiving a gift always brings us back to a simpler time and reminds us of all the love and kindness we have around us, even in difficult times.
So, if you’re looking to spoil yourself with a gift you deserve this season or shop something special for someone close to you, here are the best-of-the-nest gift ideas for 2022, featuring 22 enchanting ideas to help you find a gift full of love that is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
November 13, 2022
If you have a friend or family member who has recently shared their interest in the occult or witchcraft with you, you may be wondering what items you should shop for them this holiday season. While they are sure to enjoy the usual beauty kit or bath bomb, you may be looking to get something a little more personal that aligns more with their witchy interest but may not really know where to begin (and that’s okay).
Shopping for a witchy friend or family member can be tough, and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This year, we’ve made it easy for you and have put together a unique gift guide of our top 20 favorite and witchy items for $20 or under to help you find a unique gift for that special someone. Let’s get started.