Herbal This & That

Samhain Incense and Oils

Samhain Incense #1

  • 1 part Powdered Allspice
  • 1 part Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 parts Clove Powder
  • 1 part Myrrh
  • 12 parts lightly crushed Rose Petals
Samhain Incense #3

  • 1 part Rowan Berries
  • 1 part Blackthorn Wood
  • 1/2 part Galangal Root
  • 1/2 part Chervil
  • 1/2 part Vervain
  • 1/2 part Parsley
Samhain Incense #2

  • 1 part Crushed Holly Leaf
  • 1 part Crushed Oak Leaf
  • 1 part Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • 1 part Cedar Berries
  • 1 part crushed Rose Petals
  • 2 parts crushed Mugwort Leaves
  • 2 parts Frankincense Tears
  • 4 parts Myrrh Resin
  • 4 parts crushed Rosemary Leaves
  • 4 parts Chrysanthemum Flower Petals
  • 4 parts crushed Pine Needles
Samhain Oil

  • 2 parts Pine Oil
  • 1 part Frankincense Oil
  • 1 part Patchouli oil
  • 1 part Lavendar oil

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Samhain-Solitary-Ritual-Guide_c_198.html

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A Quick Note About Moon Gardening

~My Finest Hour~

A Quick Note About Moon Gardening


I’m experimenting with gardening according to the phases of the moon. While the moon is a constant presence in the night sky, it is ever changing. As she waxes and wanes, pulling with her the tides of the sea, she influences all that is living. As the moon waxes the energy flows upwards into the leaves and stalks of the plant, as it wanes the virtue travels to the roots. Plants to be harvested for their roots should be planted and gathered at the waning moon, and plants required for their flowers, leaves and fruits should be planted and gathered at the waxing moon.


Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)

Anna Franklin


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WOTC Extra (a) Preparing the Soil


Preparing the Soil


Once the ground has been cleared you need to determine what kind of soil you have. It will be obvious whether it is very stony, sandy or heavy clay that sticks together, but you need to know how acid or alkaline it is. To do this you can get a PH tester kit from the garden centre and follow the instructions. Take time to know and understand the requirements of your herbs. Pennyroyal, violets and thyme are quite happy to grow between cracks in paving slabs. Feverfew, pellitory, houseleeks and wall germanders will grow next to a wall. Some plants like shade, including alexanders, angelica, chervil and woodruff. A clay soil supports foxgloves, mint and parsley, while broom, lavender and thyme will be happier on a sandy soil.

Though herbs generally prefer a poor soil, most flowers and vegetables need added nutrients. Soil usually needs to be improved with plenty of organic matter to enrich its nutrient content, and help it to retain water. This is done by adding manure or compost. I get my manure from the ponies belonging to my neighbour or from the dairy farm down the road. This needs to be well rotted before it goes on, or it may be too ‘hot’ and will burn young plants. I also add home compost, and every garden, however small, should have its own compost heap. You can buy a plastic bin or make a wooden box from palettes, and throw in all your uncooked kitchen waste – eggshells, vegetable peelings, rotten fruit, non seeding weeds, leaves and other soft garden matter. Do not add meat, cheese, cooked food, seeding weeds and perennial weeds. There are supposed to be all sorts of secrets to good composting, but I just keep adding stuff on the top and getting nice crumbly compost out of the bottom.

The ash from my garden fires is rich in potash, and the fruit trees and bushes get a good dressing of this every spring.



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Anna Franklin


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Let’s Talk Witch – It’s Gardening Time, Clearing the Ground To Get You Started

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Clearing the Ground


Both my present allotment and garden had been sadly neglected when I bought them. They were knee high in couch grass, brambles, thistles, horsetails, docks, dandelions and other weeds. I didn’t have the time or energy to devote to clearing this by hand, and I knew I wasn’t going to use weed killers, so I bought a heavy duty petrol strimmer and flattened the lot. Then I covered the allotment in black plastic bought from a builder’s yard and left it for a year- all 150 ft X 29 ft of it. If you are going to do this, the plastic has to be black to keep light from the ground and prevent weeds from growing, though old bits of carpet and lino will work equally well for smaller areas.

The first year I uncovered a third of the allotment. Then we made several deep beds from wooden frames. I decided to do this, as with ME I could no longer cope with a conventional method of allotment gardening as I had in the past, which involves a lot of back breaking digging several times a year. If you are making deep beds remember that the idea is that you do not dig them over frequently in a conventional fashion, and that you should be able to weeds them without standing on them. Mine are 4 ½ feet wide by 12 ft long.  The paths between them we sowed with grass seed.  I continued to expose more of the allotment every year and adding more beds for five years, until it is now all under cultivation. I recommend this method if you have never had an allotment before, as you will be discouraged by the amount of work involved. Each winter, after all the crops have been harvested, the beds are manured and covered with oblongs of black plastic weighed down with old tyres and left till spring.



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Anna Franklin


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WOTC Extra (b)5 Best Herbs For An Herbal Salve

5 Best Herbs For An Herbal Salve


What Are The 5 best Herbs For Making Herbal Salve

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert

Salve making is one of the first ways a home herbalist becomes familiar with herbal healing. Salves are easy to make and can be crafted to suit particular ailments, or made with an assortment of herbs for a more general healing.

When crafting salves, think about the sort of skin issues you want to treat. Do you want to simply provide protection from the elements on exposed skin? How about who the salve is going to be used on; some people do not like the feeling of heavy or waxy things on their skin. Others object to strongly scented herbs.

Most of all, consider when to apply a salve. Never apply to an unclean or fresh wound that may become infected. You do not want to trap unwanted extras in a wound, and the oily layer will do just that. In this case, wash the wound well, allow it to begin healing, and then apply a clean, fresh salve to continue the healing and provide a layer of protection from any more damage to the area.

The following is a list of 5 easy to find, easy to grow herbs that make up a lovely introduction to herbal salves.

1. Burdock

Used for skin issues like eczema, acne and psoriasis, burdock is a wonderful herb to include in your salve making. Try it for these ailments, keeping in mind that many issues that appear on the skin as a result of something needing attention within the body.

Burdock root is used as an infused oil in this application.

2. Calendula

Quite possibly the gentlest of skin herbs, calendula makes the list of salve herbs. Calendula is soothing, lightly scented, and anti inflamatory; perfect for salves that help protect a delicate baby’s bottom. You often see it as an ingredient in herbal preparations for babies.

I like to also use it for salves on elderly skin. Medications and time both make elderly skin thin and delicate. Calendula is soothing and nourishing. If making a salve for elderly skin, infuse in a skin friendly oil that will be absorbed into the skin. A heavier oil like olive, can be too greasy feeling

3. Comfrey

Comfrey gets a bad rap occasionally. Although the idea that comfrey is dangerous, is akin to the glass half empty idea. Yes, it can keep infection in a wound, but that is only because it heals skin so quickly, that an unclean wound will heal over and trap the infection within. Comfrey does not cause infection.

Despite this, it should remain on the list of salve herbs, because if a wound is free of infection, applying comfrey salve is a wonderful idea. This type of salve is going to speed healing considerably.

4. Mullein

Mullein is a must have for salve making. The flowers are used for salves, and are gentle enough for a baby’s skin. Mullein is a wildly common herb, so you may find a patch on a roadside or back side of a farmer’s land.

Making an infused oil out of mullein flowers is not difficult but can be time consuming. The flowers actually open in a spiral pattern around the plant. Every morning, one can harvest a few more and add to the original oil. I keep mine on a windowsill, covered with a coffee filter than has been held on by elastic. That way, the natural moisture of the fresh flowers does not create condensation inside the jar. This moisture promotes spoilage, and should be avoided. The finished oil is an electric yellow color, beautiful!

5. Plantain

Plantain is one of those herbs that you probably walk on every time you get the mail. It grows in most lawns in the US, sticking to the height of the mower blade, making it sometimes difficult to notice. Renowned for its soothing ability on bees stings and bug bites, once you try plantain, you will keep a sharp lookout for this useful herb.

Infuse some oil with it when plantain is growing everywhere, then you can keep making this skin soothing salve all year round.

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WOTC Extra (a)Top 9 Herbs For Making Skin Creams


Top 9 Herbs For Making Skin Creams


What Herbs Make To Include In A Skin Cream Recipe

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert

No matter what the bottle says, all skin creams and lotions are based on a few simple ingredients. The percentages of ingredients,is the only difference in the recipes.

All creams are a mixture of melted waxes, oils and scent infused water. These simple ingredients are then vigorously mixed together, while the mixture is cooled. The result is a luscious cream, perfect for soothing and softening your skin.

1. Aloe

Aloe is the perfect addition cream. It provides soothing and healing properties and is usually tolerated by young and old alike.

Use the clear gel inside the leaves, and remove any of the green outer layer before adding to your cream mixture.

2. Borage

Borage is a good ingredient to include in a cream for dry or sensitive skin.

3. Calendula

Probably the most commonly used herb by those who create herbal creams and salves, calendula is definitely a must have.

It is well tolerated by any age skin, and is used for rough, damaged skin, as well as helping to provide a soothing protective layer to the area. This is the first herb I use for any salve or cream that is going to be used on a baby – especially a diaper area.

4. Chamomile

Another gentle herbs, chamomile is useful for any recipe that is going to be soothing and calming the skin. Perfect for babies and the thin skin of the elderly, chamomile is lightly scented and blends well is all other herbs.

Use chamomile if you are specifically trying to soften the skin, when there is redness from chafing and irritation. It seems to calm the inflammation very quickly.

5. Comfrey

Often misunderstood, comfrey deserves a place in this list of herbs for salves. Comfrey heals the skin, a fact that no one denies. The problem lies in that comfrey heals so well, it can heal over an infected area, trapping the infection under healthy skin. Use comfrey in any cream that you wish to use on healing skin; skin that has no sign of infection present, and needs only to heal. You can also use comfrey cream on skin that is irritated

6. Dandelion

Dandelion is amazing as an emmolient herb, perfect for the driest of skin. This is the must have herb, if making a cream for elderly skin. Dandelion has so many uses, it is hard to narrow down just the top few. Here are just a sampling of uses for this common weed.

7. Elderflowers

Used for any type of skin, elderflowers and especially nice for reams that will be used on mature skin.

Said to smooth wrinkles and soothe sunburn, this is a useful herbal flower to include in your recipe!

8. Fennel

Once again, fennel surprises many of us. Not always used to the fullest potential, fennel is great for a cleansing cream. It is a very soothing herb, and the scent is relaxing.

9. Lavender

Lavender is a gentle herb, great for any type of skin. It’s lasting scent is both soothing and refreshing. I prefer using lavender as a common herb in almost all my creams. I feel that it holds up the other scents well, and offers just the right amount of soothing and comfort to any skin condition.


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Lets Talk Witch – 5 Best Herbs For a Medicinal Herb Garden

Lets Talk Witch – 5 Best Herbs For a Medicinal Herb Garden

Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs

By Amy Jeanroy, Herb Gardens Expert


Growing your own is a great way to incorporate good health into your life. These herbs are recommended for their wide range of health benefits, and basic healing properties.

1. Nettles

Nettles are easy to grow, full of micro nutrients and add a healthy punch to many dishes. Try growing nettles in an area that you can allow them to reseed themselves. If you are continue to harvest the small plant, you will end up with fresh greenstuff throughout most of the growing season. Don’t forget to wear gloves when harvesting. Nettles have a harmless but unpleasant sting, if brushed. Because nettles can be harvested multiple times, they can be planted in front of taller landscaping plants. If left to their own devices, nettles will grow over 6 feet tall. They are not tasty at this stage, so unless you are growing them for a plant barrier, keep them pruned to a more controlled level, and enjoy.

2. Dandelion

Dandelion is often considered the bane of a lawn lover’s existence. This is a shame. Dandelions are one of the most multipurpose herbs there are. The leaves are eaten as a tasty spring green.The blossom is used to make jelly, fried in the bud stage as a delicious side dish. The delicate petals are added to salads and as a lovely edible flower addition to summer dishes. The root is also used, dried and ground as a substitute for coffee. As a medicinal plant, the blossom is added to oil and infused, to relieve aching muscles. The leaf and root are used in teas, tinctures, salves and oils as a liver tonic, soothing skin and muscle herb. Full of promise, these cheerful plants make a great addition to the herbalist’s garde

3. Calendula

Calendula is an important addition to a healer’s garden. Its striking orange flowers are used as a soothing skin wash, tea and salve. They are edible for a cheerful addition to a salad as well. Because it is so gentle, calendula is often an ingredient in diaper salves and other baby related skincare items. Calendula offers a beautiful spot of color in any landscape. The flowers will readily reseed themselves, so consider this when planting. Look for plants that are sticky with resin, for this is the medicinal quality that you need. There are many cultivated varieties that may or may not work in the medicinal sense. Look for Calendula Officinalis, to be certain it is the right variety.

4. Burdock

Burdock, often called Gobo, is a common herb that is overlooked in American gardening. Its root used as a blood purifier and an overall medicinal vegetable. The leaf can be applied as a poultice to draw out infection. The seed is a much stronger medicine, and should be used with caution. Because this article highlights a beginner’s herbal garden, only the root and leaf are addressed here.

5. Chamomile, German

Chamomile is a sweetly scented, light tasting herb. Its many uses have been known for many years. Chamomile is a gentle soother for teas and skin washes. There has been some discussion about contraindications of this well known herb. As a disclaimer, if an individual has an allergy to ragweed, they may react to chamomile with the same symptoms. This is rare, but should be mentioned. Another effect that should be at least mentioned, is that there is some proof that chamomile is a blood thinner. This would not apply to an occasional cup of tea used as an evening treat, however, if someone was on blood thinning medication, they should bring their tea use to their medical provider’s attention.

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Posted by Lady Beltane

Merry Meet and Merry Greet


This is used after the house blessing anytime you may feel a negative presence in any room in your home.

You will need:

Dried Basil-if you can get some direct from a garden and hang it to dry in your own home do so. If not store bought will work also. Use about 1 tablespoon.

Water-Tap water is all right to use but if you can gather rain water or melted snow they works even better. Use about 8 ounces.

Spray Bottle or Squirt gun

How to make Banishing Water:
Place basil in a bottle add water to the bottle. Let steep for two to three days then strain out the basil and put water into a spray bottle.

After straining it into the bottle empower it with these words:
To banish something from a room:

Walk counter clockwise starting at the entrance to the room. Hold spray bottle in your power hand (hand you write with) have the nozzle set on stream squirt rather then a mist type spray it along the base boards as you walk around the room.

To banish something from a person takes more then just using the empowered spray and should NOT be attempted unless you know exactly what you are doing. The reason for this is you could move it from one person to someone else in the same home, office, apartment building or more than likely have it come directly at you.

Copy write by Carla Schultz-Ruehl 2012 from Musing of an Everyday Witch.


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