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Coconut oil - Body butter recipes

thebluechicory:

Coconut acts as a great skin moisturizer as it deeply absorbs and has small molecules which quickly penetrate into the skin. This will helps to retain the elasticity and suppleness. It not only acts as a moisturizer but also contains full of anti oxidants that will fight against the free…

22 Domestic Witch Tips, Charms, and Omens

moonstonebeginning:

This is a list of tid-bits that I find useful in aiding the Domestic Witch in creating a comfortably witchy home.

1. Spray a bit of perfume, drops of essential oils, or room spray on light bulbs to make a room smell fresh and add a magickal aura according to the sent you’ve chosen.  Make sure you do this while the light is off otherwise the light bulb will likely explode. 

2. Keeping an acorn at your window will keep lightning from striking.

3. Keep a Kitchen Witch (Cottage Witch) doll in your kitchen to bring good luck and to keep away any ill meaning spirits.

4. Spilling water on your tablecloth means a storm is coming.  The same is true of a coffee pot that keeps boiling over.

5.Burn a candle on your stove to symbolize the hearth fire of the past.  This honors your patron kitchen Goddess and fills your home with love.  (Candles have a longer burning life if you place them in the freezer for a few hours before lighting them.)
6. To keep an unwanted visitor from returning sweep whatever room or rooms they were in as soon as they leave your home.
7. Never sweep your kitchen after the sun goes down
8. Two yolks in an egg foretell a marriage.
9. Cakes should be baked while the sun is rising.
10. Never turn a loaf of bread upside down after it has been cut.
11. It’s good luck to receive a loaf of bread as a house-warming present.
12. To throw away bread is to throw away any potential luck and prosperity that would come to your home, instead make breadcrumbs or feed it to the birds.
13. If a ring of rice forms around the edge of a pot it means money is coming.
14. Wine leftover from ritual…freeze it in ice cube trays then add a cube or two to gravies, sauces, and casseroles as needed.
15. To make your food taste better keep a quartz crystal on or near your stove.
16. When given a plant as a gift you should not say thank you or the plant will die.
17. Those looking for love should place a pot of basil on their windowsill.
18. Rosemary can be placed under pillows to ward of evil spirits.
19. In ancient times it was believed that in gardens “where rosemary flourished, the woman ruled.”
20. Lavender can be placed under the mattress to bring passion to the marital bed or hung on a bedpost for protection.
21. Growing ivy in your home guards against disaster.
22. Grow a spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) in a space you want to purify.

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cyning:

:O what kind of witchy things would you like to learn? like, would you like to focus on nature? kitchen witchery? deity worship? divination?

all of the above sound awesome, nature and…

the deck they mentioned earlier that i have is called the quick & easy tarot.  i don’t always agree 100% with the cards on the interpretations this particular person assigns each card, but they are good reminders of the general meanings & really helped me get used to reading.  

the other thing i recommend to people just learning tarot, or interested in learning tarot, is to find a deck you really really feel drawn to - & i mean, like go to store if possible and hold them, look at each card, really pay attention to the specific symbolism on the cards - & then every single day, pick a card & meditate with it, thinking about the meaning associated with it in whatever book comes with the deck.  this doesn’t have to be long, just like 10 minutes a day, but it helps.

there is also a phone app called “galaxy tarot” that gives you a card of the day that is helpful for this kind of daily work.  & the daily is good because it’s just a few minutes each day, but it’s a slow way to learn, so it’s not like you are trying to memorize something for a test, but instead, getting to know the cards.

if you are an artsy/crafty type person, i recommend making your own deck.  you can get blank decks from amazon, use index cards (which can be laminated after), or if you prefer to work digitally, you can download a template from thegamecrafter.com and then upload your cards to the site & they will print you a copy for a pretty reasonable price.  you don’t have to be a stellar artist for this to work, & you can compose the cards in anyway that feels appealing to you: drawing, painting, collage, digital photo manipulation, stick figures, etc.  the point of this exercise is to think deeply about the meaning of each card as you go, & then chose images and symbols that are specifically tailored to things you associate with those meanings. not to mention, having a custom deck is freakin cool & you will look like one badass witchy person when you bust ‘em out for your friends. :D

tarot cards, especially once you have connected with a deck, can also be used for spell work by finding a card with a meaning similar to your intentions.  so for instance, if you are getting ready to work on a collaborative project or just want your fellow employees at work to get a long better, you might choose the 3 of pentacles.  then you can meditate on the card & your intention, put it on your altar, or even carry it with you to manifest that energy.

if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to find my inbox.  :)  i do a lot with divination, & actually use quite a few different methods of divination.  i also do some kitchen witchery, elemental witchcraft, & a bit of spirit work (particularly ancestor stuffs though i am working on local spirits/city spirit stuff too).

for a good beginner book on witchcraft, i recommend christopher penczak’s the inner temple of witchcraftagain, ya know, i don’t agree with every single thing he says, & i don’t necessarily find his other books quite as useful (i like folk magics more than high or ceremonial magics), but this particular book i think does a good job of laying out some philosophical groundwork, which he ties to science and psychology.

thebluechicory:

General Information
Varieties:
Chamaemilum nobile- Roman ChamomileA perennial. Reaches 4-12 inches high, makes a good ground cover. Feathery foliage, daisy like flowers with turned down petals, apple- like fragrance from both foliage and flowers.
Matricaria recutita- German ChamomileAn annual. Grows up to 20 inches tall. Feathery foliage with scented daisy like flowers.
Both can be used the same and work equally well. German Chamomile is usually used in the US, Roman Chamomile is usually used in Britain.
History and Folklore
The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple”, probably because of its apple-like fragrance.
The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Roman Chamomile gained its name, not from ancient Rome, but because a 19th century plant collector found some growing on the ruins of the coliseum in Rome.
Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.
To the Anglo Saxons, it was one of the nine sacred herbs.
Propagation
Roman chamomile is usually propagated by division.German chamomile is usually grown from seed. Sow directly into soil in the spring. It will reseed itself each year if you allow the heads to go to seed.
Chamomile prefers sandy, slightly acidic soil and direct sunlight, but likes a bit of shade if it gets too hot on a regular basis.
Harvesting & Storage:
Cut flower tops as they form and hang or spread on cloth to dry.
Magical Attributes
Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and others.
It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.
An infusion used to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around your self or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightening strikes. You may also use herbal water, if you prefer.
Use it in a ritual bath before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spelli to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger.
Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck.
Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it.
Use in meditation incense.
Household Use
Chamomile added to the bath is very relaxing. It is especially good for fretful babies.
Chamomile tea is an excellent rinse for brightening blonde hair.
The dried flowers are excellent in potpourri.
Infuse chamomile flowers in milk for a soothing skin cleanser that both fights acne and moisturizes. Use within one week.
Chamomile planted near sick or delicate plants will help them return to or maintain their health.
Water young plants with chamomile tea to prevent “damping off”.
Healing Attributes
German chamomile is most often used in healing in the US, but Roman chamomile works as well.
It relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. It’s safe enough to use for children. Also for teething stress and colic. Scientific studies have shown that it acts like leading anti anxiety medications, check with your doctor if you plan to use it this way. For nerves and insomnia, drink warm at bedtime. Can mix with warm milk and honey.
It is also a gentle muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It can be used, especially in combination with similar herbs, to sooth problems associated with muscle cramps and spasms. Especially useful for menstrual cramps. Drink two or three cups of tea per day.
It aids in digestion and sooths gastric complaints and colitis including irritable bowel problems. It also safely relieves morning sickness and restlessness that comes with pregnancy. For stomach problems, including gastritis, colitis and morning sickness, drink a cup of tea an empty stomach first thing in the morning hot or cold.
When used topically, it speeds the healing of cuts, scrapes, blisters and burns. It is also helpful for rashes, eczema and other skin inflammation. Add it to a salve, rinse the affected area with chamomile tea, or add a few drops of essential oil to bathwater.
Do not use ointments for burns, use compresses or light lotions instead. Oils hold in body heat and don’t let the burns heal.
A chamomile tea bag makes a good compress. Chill or use warm.
Eye inflammations can be treated by placing a cool compress soaked in chamomile tea over the eyes.
Chamomile mouthwash helps keep gums healthy and soothes mouth inflammations.
Chamomile Tea- 2 teaspoons German Chamomile flowers to 1 mug of boiling water. Cover and steep five minutes.
Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to ragweed.
Chamomile should not be used by people who are already using blood thinners because some constituents may have anticoagulant action.
Culinary Use
Roman chamomile is most often used in cooking.
The fresh leaves are good mixed with butter or sour cream for potatoes.
In Spain it is used to flavor Mantazilla, a light sherry.
Chamomile flowers were used in Anglo Saxon Europe for making beer until they started using hops.

thebluechicory:

General Information

Varieties:

Chamaemilum nobile- Roman Chamomile
A perennial. Reaches 4-12 inches high, makes a good ground cover. Feathery foliage, daisy like flowers with turned down petals, apple- like fragrance from both foliage and flowers.

Matricaria recutita- German Chamomile
An annual. Grows up to 20 inches tall. Feathery foliage with scented daisy like flowers.

Both can be used the same and work equally well. German Chamomile is usually used in the US, Roman Chamomile is usually used in Britain.

History and Folklore

The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple”, probably because of its apple-like fragrance.

The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Roman Chamomile gained its name, not from ancient Rome, but because a 19th century plant collector found some growing on the ruins of the coliseum in Rome.

Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.

To the Anglo Saxons, it was one of the nine sacred herbs.

Propagation

Roman chamomile is usually propagated by division.
German chamomile is usually grown from seed. Sow directly into soil in the spring. It will reseed itself each year if you allow the heads to go to seed.

Chamomile prefers sandy, slightly acidic soil and direct sunlight, but likes a bit of shade if it gets too hot on a regular basis.

Harvesting & Storage:

Cut flower tops as they form and hang or spread on cloth to dry.

Magical Attributes

Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and others.

It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.

An infusion used to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around your self or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightening strikes. You may also use herbal water, if you prefer.

Use it in a ritual bath before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spelli to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger.

Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck.

Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it.

Use in meditation incense.

Household Use

Chamomile added to the bath is very relaxing. It is especially good for fretful babies.

Chamomile tea is an excellent rinse for brightening blonde hair.

The dried flowers are excellent in potpourri.

Infuse chamomile flowers in milk for a soothing skin cleanser that both fights acne and moisturizes. Use within one week.

Chamomile planted near sick or delicate plants will help them return to or maintain their health.

Water young plants with chamomile tea to prevent “damping off”.

Healing Attributes

German chamomile is most often used in healing in the US, but Roman chamomile works as well.

It relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. It’s safe enough to use for children. Also for teething stress and colic. Scientific studies have shown that it acts like leading anti anxiety medications, check with your doctor if you plan to use it this way. For nerves and insomnia, drink warm at bedtime. Can mix with warm milk and honey.

It is also a gentle muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It can be used, especially in combination with similar herbs, to sooth problems associated with muscle cramps and spasms. Especially useful for menstrual cramps. Drink two or three cups of tea per day.

It aids in digestion and sooths gastric complaints and colitis including irritable bowel problems. It also safely relieves morning sickness and restlessness that comes with pregnancy. For stomach problems, including gastritis, colitis and morning sickness, drink a cup of tea an empty stomach first thing in the morning hot or cold.

When used topically, it speeds the healing of cuts, scrapes, blisters and burns. It is also helpful for rashes, eczema and other skin inflammation. Add it to a salve, rinse the affected area with chamomile tea, or add a few drops of essential oil to bathwater.

Do not use ointments for burns, use compresses or light lotions instead. Oils hold in body heat and don’t let the burns heal.

A chamomile tea bag makes a good compress. Chill or use warm.

Eye inflammations can be treated by placing a cool compress soaked in chamomile tea over the eyes.

Chamomile mouthwash helps keep gums healthy and soothes mouth inflammations.

Chamomile Tea- 2 teaspoons German Chamomile flowers to 1 mug of boiling water. Cover and steep five minutes.

Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to ragweed.

Chamomile should not be used by people who are already using blood thinners because some constituents may have anticoagulant action.

Culinary Use

Roman chamomile is most often used in cooking.

The fresh leaves are good mixed with butter or sour cream for potatoes.

In Spain it is used to flavor Mantazilla, a light sherry.

Chamomile flowers were used in Anglo Saxon Europe for making beer until they started using hops.

rottenfrown:

hauntedmarch:

corgisandboobs:

"No no, stop. Go owl somewhere else."

Looks like two witches familiars arguing about something

rottenfrown:

hauntedmarch:

corgisandboobs:

"No no, stop. Go owl somewhere else."

Looks like two witches familiars arguing about something

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(Source: owls-only, via honeycoyote)

faelight:

A quick and dirty chart to tarot cards and their common meanings. Be open to different interpretations of these words. Researching deeper into the meaning of each card is recommended if things are still unclear, or these definitions aren’t jiving with you.

(Source: faefire, via crunchypaganshit)

Catnip - Magical and Medicinal Uses

honeycoyote:

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Also Called: Cat’s Play, Catmint, Nip, Nepeta, Field Balm, Catswort, and Catnep is a memeber of the the Lamiaceae family, native to Europe and southwestern to central Asia, and is widely naturalized elsewhere. The common name

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Be responsible for the energy you bring.

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so much yes. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS 

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Making Incense

thebluechicory:

This article is about making combustible incense. It is much easier to just make powders and sprinkle them over charcoals, and more dramatic and mood-setting as well. However, combustible incense is much easier and more convenient to use once they’ve been made ahead of time.

Timesaving note-…

Coconut oil - Body butter recipes

thebluechicory:

Coconut acts as a great skin moisturizer as it deeply absorbs and has small molecules which quickly penetrate into the skin. This will helps to retain the elasticity and suppleness. It not only acts as a moisturizer but also contains full of anti oxidants that will fight against the free…

22 Domestic Witch Tips, Charms, and Omens

moonstonebeginning:

This is a list of tid-bits that I find useful in aiding the Domestic Witch in creating a comfortably witchy home.

1. Spray a bit of perfume, drops of essential oils, or room spray on light bulbs to make a room smell fresh and add a magickal aura according to the sent you’ve chosen.  Make sure you do this while the light is off otherwise the light bulb will likely explode. 

2. Keeping an acorn at your window will keep lightning from striking.

3. Keep a Kitchen Witch (Cottage Witch) doll in your kitchen to bring good luck and to keep away any ill meaning spirits.

4. Spilling water on your tablecloth means a storm is coming.  The same is true of a coffee pot that keeps boiling over.

5.Burn a candle on your stove to symbolize the hearth fire of the past.  This honors your patron kitchen Goddess and fills your home with love.  (Candles have a longer burning life if you place them in the freezer for a few hours before lighting them.)
6. To keep an unwanted visitor from returning sweep whatever room or rooms they were in as soon as they leave your home.
7. Never sweep your kitchen after the sun goes down
8. Two yolks in an egg foretell a marriage.
9. Cakes should be baked while the sun is rising.
10. Never turn a loaf of bread upside down after it has been cut.
11. It’s good luck to receive a loaf of bread as a house-warming present.
12. To throw away bread is to throw away any potential luck and prosperity that would come to your home, instead make breadcrumbs or feed it to the birds.
13. If a ring of rice forms around the edge of a pot it means money is coming.
14. Wine leftover from ritual…freeze it in ice cube trays then add a cube or two to gravies, sauces, and casseroles as needed.
15. To make your food taste better keep a quartz crystal on or near your stove.
16. When given a plant as a gift you should not say thank you or the plant will die.
17. Those looking for love should place a pot of basil on their windowsill.
18. Rosemary can be placed under pillows to ward of evil spirits.
19. In ancient times it was believed that in gardens “where rosemary flourished, the woman ruled.”
20. Lavender can be placed under the mattress to bring passion to the marital bed or hung on a bedpost for protection.
21. Growing ivy in your home guards against disaster.
22. Grow a spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) in a space you want to purify.

http://crunchypaganshit.tumblr.com/post/92268047952/cyning-saintofbeasts-replied-to-your-post-ooooh

cyning:

:O what kind of witchy things would you like to learn? like, would you like to focus on nature? kitchen witchery? deity worship? divination?

all of the above sound awesome, nature and…

the deck they mentioned earlier that i have is called the quick & easy tarot.  i don’t always agree 100% with the cards on the interpretations this particular person assigns each card, but they are good reminders of the general meanings & really helped me get used to reading.  

the other thing i recommend to people just learning tarot, or interested in learning tarot, is to find a deck you really really feel drawn to - & i mean, like go to store if possible and hold them, look at each card, really pay attention to the specific symbolism on the cards - & then every single day, pick a card & meditate with it, thinking about the meaning associated with it in whatever book comes with the deck.  this doesn’t have to be long, just like 10 minutes a day, but it helps.

there is also a phone app called “galaxy tarot” that gives you a card of the day that is helpful for this kind of daily work.  & the daily is good because it’s just a few minutes each day, but it’s a slow way to learn, so it’s not like you are trying to memorize something for a test, but instead, getting to know the cards.

if you are an artsy/crafty type person, i recommend making your own deck.  you can get blank decks from amazon, use index cards (which can be laminated after), or if you prefer to work digitally, you can download a template from thegamecrafter.com and then upload your cards to the site & they will print you a copy for a pretty reasonable price.  you don’t have to be a stellar artist for this to work, & you can compose the cards in anyway that feels appealing to you: drawing, painting, collage, digital photo manipulation, stick figures, etc.  the point of this exercise is to think deeply about the meaning of each card as you go, & then chose images and symbols that are specifically tailored to things you associate with those meanings. not to mention, having a custom deck is freakin cool & you will look like one badass witchy person when you bust ‘em out for your friends. :D

tarot cards, especially once you have connected with a deck, can also be used for spell work by finding a card with a meaning similar to your intentions.  so for instance, if you are getting ready to work on a collaborative project or just want your fellow employees at work to get a long better, you might choose the 3 of pentacles.  then you can meditate on the card & your intention, put it on your altar, or even carry it with you to manifest that energy.

if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to find my inbox.  :)  i do a lot with divination, & actually use quite a few different methods of divination.  i also do some kitchen witchery, elemental witchcraft, & a bit of spirit work (particularly ancestor stuffs though i am working on local spirits/city spirit stuff too).

for a good beginner book on witchcraft, i recommend christopher penczak’s the inner temple of witchcraftagain, ya know, i don’t agree with every single thing he says, & i don’t necessarily find his other books quite as useful (i like folk magics more than high or ceremonial magics), but this particular book i think does a good job of laying out some philosophical groundwork, which he ties to science and psychology.

thebluechicory:

General Information
Varieties:
Chamaemilum nobile- Roman ChamomileA perennial. Reaches 4-12 inches high, makes a good ground cover. Feathery foliage, daisy like flowers with turned down petals, apple- like fragrance from both foliage and flowers.
Matricaria recutita- German ChamomileAn annual. Grows up to 20 inches tall. Feathery foliage with scented daisy like flowers.
Both can be used the same and work equally well. German Chamomile is usually used in the US, Roman Chamomile is usually used in Britain.
History and Folklore
The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple”, probably because of its apple-like fragrance.
The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Roman Chamomile gained its name, not from ancient Rome, but because a 19th century plant collector found some growing on the ruins of the coliseum in Rome.
Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.
To the Anglo Saxons, it was one of the nine sacred herbs.
Propagation
Roman chamomile is usually propagated by division.German chamomile is usually grown from seed. Sow directly into soil in the spring. It will reseed itself each year if you allow the heads to go to seed.
Chamomile prefers sandy, slightly acidic soil and direct sunlight, but likes a bit of shade if it gets too hot on a regular basis.
Harvesting & Storage:
Cut flower tops as they form and hang or spread on cloth to dry.
Magical Attributes
Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and others.
It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.
An infusion used to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around your self or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightening strikes. You may also use herbal water, if you prefer.
Use it in a ritual bath before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spelli to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger.
Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck.
Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it.
Use in meditation incense.
Household Use
Chamomile added to the bath is very relaxing. It is especially good for fretful babies.
Chamomile tea is an excellent rinse for brightening blonde hair.
The dried flowers are excellent in potpourri.
Infuse chamomile flowers in milk for a soothing skin cleanser that both fights acne and moisturizes. Use within one week.
Chamomile planted near sick or delicate plants will help them return to or maintain their health.
Water young plants with chamomile tea to prevent “damping off”.
Healing Attributes
German chamomile is most often used in healing in the US, but Roman chamomile works as well.
It relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. It’s safe enough to use for children. Also for teething stress and colic. Scientific studies have shown that it acts like leading anti anxiety medications, check with your doctor if you plan to use it this way. For nerves and insomnia, drink warm at bedtime. Can mix with warm milk and honey.
It is also a gentle muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It can be used, especially in combination with similar herbs, to sooth problems associated with muscle cramps and spasms. Especially useful for menstrual cramps. Drink two or three cups of tea per day.
It aids in digestion and sooths gastric complaints and colitis including irritable bowel problems. It also safely relieves morning sickness and restlessness that comes with pregnancy. For stomach problems, including gastritis, colitis and morning sickness, drink a cup of tea an empty stomach first thing in the morning hot or cold.
When used topically, it speeds the healing of cuts, scrapes, blisters and burns. It is also helpful for rashes, eczema and other skin inflammation. Add it to a salve, rinse the affected area with chamomile tea, or add a few drops of essential oil to bathwater.
Do not use ointments for burns, use compresses or light lotions instead. Oils hold in body heat and don’t let the burns heal.
A chamomile tea bag makes a good compress. Chill or use warm.
Eye inflammations can be treated by placing a cool compress soaked in chamomile tea over the eyes.
Chamomile mouthwash helps keep gums healthy and soothes mouth inflammations.
Chamomile Tea- 2 teaspoons German Chamomile flowers to 1 mug of boiling water. Cover and steep five minutes.
Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to ragweed.
Chamomile should not be used by people who are already using blood thinners because some constituents may have anticoagulant action.
Culinary Use
Roman chamomile is most often used in cooking.
The fresh leaves are good mixed with butter or sour cream for potatoes.
In Spain it is used to flavor Mantazilla, a light sherry.
Chamomile flowers were used in Anglo Saxon Europe for making beer until they started using hops.

thebluechicory:

General Information

Varieties:

Chamaemilum nobile- Roman Chamomile
A perennial. Reaches 4-12 inches high, makes a good ground cover. Feathery foliage, daisy like flowers with turned down petals, apple- like fragrance from both foliage and flowers.

Matricaria recutita- German Chamomile
An annual. Grows up to 20 inches tall. Feathery foliage with scented daisy like flowers.

Both can be used the same and work equally well. German Chamomile is usually used in the US, Roman Chamomile is usually used in Britain.

History and Folklore

The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple”, probably because of its apple-like fragrance.

The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Roman Chamomile gained its name, not from ancient Rome, but because a 19th century plant collector found some growing on the ruins of the coliseum in Rome.

Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.

To the Anglo Saxons, it was one of the nine sacred herbs.

Propagation

Roman chamomile is usually propagated by division.
German chamomile is usually grown from seed. Sow directly into soil in the spring. It will reseed itself each year if you allow the heads to go to seed.

Chamomile prefers sandy, slightly acidic soil and direct sunlight, but likes a bit of shade if it gets too hot on a regular basis.

Harvesting & Storage:

Cut flower tops as they form and hang or spread on cloth to dry.

Magical Attributes

Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and others.

It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.

An infusion used to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around your self or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightening strikes. You may also use herbal water, if you prefer.

Use it in a ritual bath before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spelli to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger.

Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck.

Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it.

Use in meditation incense.

Household Use

Chamomile added to the bath is very relaxing. It is especially good for fretful babies.

Chamomile tea is an excellent rinse for brightening blonde hair.

The dried flowers are excellent in potpourri.

Infuse chamomile flowers in milk for a soothing skin cleanser that both fights acne and moisturizes. Use within one week.

Chamomile planted near sick or delicate plants will help them return to or maintain their health.

Water young plants with chamomile tea to prevent “damping off”.

Healing Attributes

German chamomile is most often used in healing in the US, but Roman chamomile works as well.

It relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. It’s safe enough to use for children. Also for teething stress and colic. Scientific studies have shown that it acts like leading anti anxiety medications, check with your doctor if you plan to use it this way. For nerves and insomnia, drink warm at bedtime. Can mix with warm milk and honey.

It is also a gentle muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It can be used, especially in combination with similar herbs, to sooth problems associated with muscle cramps and spasms. Especially useful for menstrual cramps. Drink two or three cups of tea per day.

It aids in digestion and sooths gastric complaints and colitis including irritable bowel problems. It also safely relieves morning sickness and restlessness that comes with pregnancy. For stomach problems, including gastritis, colitis and morning sickness, drink a cup of tea an empty stomach first thing in the morning hot or cold.

When used topically, it speeds the healing of cuts, scrapes, blisters and burns. It is also helpful for rashes, eczema and other skin inflammation. Add it to a salve, rinse the affected area with chamomile tea, or add a few drops of essential oil to bathwater.

Do not use ointments for burns, use compresses or light lotions instead. Oils hold in body heat and don’t let the burns heal.

A chamomile tea bag makes a good compress. Chill or use warm.

Eye inflammations can be treated by placing a cool compress soaked in chamomile tea over the eyes.

Chamomile mouthwash helps keep gums healthy and soothes mouth inflammations.

Chamomile Tea- 2 teaspoons German Chamomile flowers to 1 mug of boiling water. Cover and steep five minutes.

Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to ragweed.

Chamomile should not be used by people who are already using blood thinners because some constituents may have anticoagulant action.

Culinary Use

Roman chamomile is most often used in cooking.

The fresh leaves are good mixed with butter or sour cream for potatoes.

In Spain it is used to flavor Mantazilla, a light sherry.

Chamomile flowers were used in Anglo Saxon Europe for making beer until they started using hops.

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Catnip - Magical and Medicinal Uses

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Also Called: Cat’s Play, Catmint, Nip, Nepeta, Field Balm, Catswort, and Catnep is a memeber of the the Lamiaceae family, native to Europe and southwestern to central Asia, and is widely naturalized elsewhere. The common name

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Making Incense

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This article is about making combustible incense. It is much easier to just make powders and sprinkle them over charcoals, and more dramatic and mood-setting as well. However, combustible incense is much easier and more convenient to use once they’ve been made ahead of time.

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