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We are Pleasant Gehman and Crystal Ravenwolf, a duo of divination divas, “spiritual sisters from another mister”. We’re life-long Tarotistas, obsessed with all things esoteric and paranormal. Look for our forthcoming book, “Walking The Tarot Path” in late 2016.
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Since the beginning of time, plants have been used for healing and magick. Witches, sorcerers, conjurers, root workers, and medicine people from every continent and culture have employed the bounty of nature into their occult and therapeutic practices. Even some of your grandma’s home remedies were probably at one time considered magick! Today, homeopathic medicine, spiritual practices are widely accepted across the globe…and are every bit as important as they once were in ancient times.
Each and every plant has it’s own unique vibration, and when matched with your intent -or ailment- can serve you in manifesting your desires or as an herbal cure or beauty aid. Nowadays, we no longer have to rely on using plants that are native to our geographic location, so the natural materials you use for your practice can come from anywhere- a local farmer’s market, a metaphysical shop, Home Depot or even from Etsy!
Before you start using plants and seeds for your magick, be sure to do thorough research, because some can be quite toxic to you or your pets.
For example, plants that are extremely poisonous for cats include-but aren’t limited to- most lilies, geraniums, chrysanthemums, and good old marijuana. Dogs can die if they ingest daffodils, amaryllis, tulips and many other species. Oleander, along with several plants and seeds are also deadly to humans. It’s kind of crazy to think that a beautiful shrub growing in your backyard could kill you, but it’s the truth.
A hard and fast rule when working with any plants is that if you’re not one hundred percent sure about its potential toxicity, never ingest or burn it!
If you’d like to start incorporating plants in your magickal practice, you won’t have to go much father than your local grocery store, and you probably already have several in your kitchen.
We made a short beginner’s list of some readily available herbs, fruits and seeds that are commonly used in magick…and none of them are toxic. Have fun kitchen witchin’!
Aside from the fact that basil pesto sauce pretty much equals Pasta Porn, it has all sorts of magickal uses. Sprinkle some in a ritual bath to attract love or money or to rid yourself of negative energy. Basil is an integral part of spells to keep the home peaceful, and it’s said to bring wealth to those who carry it in their pockets. If you own a business, to increase prosperity, tuck a few sprigs into the cash register.
Bay leaves are a strong hex-breaker or jinx antidote that is used to keep others away. The term “at bay” which probably originated in the 16th century, means “unable to come closer” or “ at a distance”.
When you’re done making a yummy batch of coleslaw, save a few cabbage leaves, dry them out and use ‘em for money-drawing and prosperity spells.
Aside from the fact that cinnamon is absolutely divine in a chai latte, it’s known as a purifying spice that promotes success. It’s used to encourage spiritual purity, and when burned as incense, stimulates psychic powers. Cinnamon can draw love your way, and is also a lucky herb for gamblers.
Not only that, it’s super-healthy. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, has highly beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, and can actually lower blood sugar levels.
It’s also handy around the house to use as a non-toxic insecticide. To keep ants away, sprinkle thick, healthy-sized lines of cinnamon around doorsills or any place ants might enter, like cracks in baseboards. It won’t kill the ants but the little buggers find cinnamon so damn repugnant they’ll actually migrate their entire colony away from your home.
If you’re vampire movie buff, you already know that garlic has a nasty effect on supernatural bloodsuckers. But it’s also traditionally used to ward off any unwanted mortals.as well as to protect the entire household from evil spirits.
Garlic also boots the immune system, improves cholesterol levels, and contains antioxidants, which may prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia.
For medicinal or preventative purposes, drinking a glass of warm water with a few drops of fresh lemon squeezed into it each morning is cleansing and healthy. Lemon water aids the body in expelling toxins, and can help with elimination problems like constipation or diarrhea by ensuring smooth bowel function.
For occult purposes, lemon leaves are used in Cut And Clear spells, which sever ties to negative relationships in the past or present. The fruit itself has been used all over the Middle East for centuries to banish the Evil Eye.
Lemons can also “sour” the luck of others. A traditional spell for this purpose is to cut a slit into a lemon and stuff it with the personal concerns of the person you want to hex. Close the incision using pins, then seal the lemon tightly in a jar filled with vinegar.
For luck, protection and and prosperity, plant a rosemary bush by the door to your home. This herb is said to empower women, and when used in spells along with angelica root, can sublimate a spouse or romantic partner to your desires.
Traditionally, rosemary was known as a remembrance herb. Rosemary sprays were gifted to travelling family members so they’d think of the folks at home. It was also carried at funerals to encourage happy memories of the departed loved one.
Rosemary has been used for l thousands of years to make the hair look glossy, and it will also help to keep dandruff under control. The natural astringent properties of rosemary will also strip product buildup without damaging the hair.
Since we all need to look foxy while workin’ our magick, here a fabulous and easy recipe that will give your hair a supernatural sheen.
You’ll need 3-6 large sprigs of fresh rosemary to make this rinse.
In a saucepan, combine the fresh rosemary with about three inches of water, or enough to fully cover the herbs. Simmer the mixture without letting it boil or evaporate for about fifteen minutes on low heat.
Let the mixture cool naturally, or just pop it in the fridge for a few minutes; either way is fine.
Transfer the mixture into a clean jar to rinse your hair in the shower after shampooing, or put it in a spray bottle to spritz the rosemary rinse directly onto your freshly washed hair and leave it in.
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