Herbalism: Making Omiero

Water And Herbs From The Garden, To Be Used In The Herbal Wash

Afro-Latin magical terms that will be used in this post:
Omiero: a magical herbal wash, usually made for cleansing and blessing a space or a person. Term belongs mostly to Lukumi vocabulary.
Yerbero: a herbalist. The term is used both for medicinal and/or magical herbalism. Term is used in several Latin American countries, and also in the Canary Islands.
Corte: group of Spirits in Maria Lionza’s religion. Term belongs to the religion only.

An overview
The two main ingredients of Omiero are water and fresh herbs. The herbs must be cut in pieces, preferably by hand, and crushed with your hands so they release as much juice as possible. Then, they must be left overnight to steep; the following morning, the liquid is strained, and the herbs thoroughly squeezed, again by hand.

Tradition mantains that a knife’s blade should not touch any of the herbs, neither to harvest them nor to piece them, but in my opinion this is sometimes undoable. Ripping off pieces of plant with your bare hands can damage your plants, and woody stalks like Rosemary’s are just impossible to mince by hand, specially for someone like me, who suffers from fibromyalgia. I like to respect tradition as much as possible, so to go over this I just use my gardening scissors – I use them almost every day, so they are really charged with my energy, and they are not a knife.

Fresh herbs, minced and ready to be used.

Once the herbal liquid is made, the following procedure varies from tradition to tradition, and it would take me a whole book to describe them all, not to mention that most herbal recipes are a Yerbero’s secret (and so are mine). Omiero can be used as a floor wash for the home, as a Spiritual bath, to cleanse and feed altars/ritual tools/sacred spaces,etc. Just so, recipes are almost infinite, as well as the purpose – it is usually made to cleanse and bless, but recipes can be adapted to other needs.

Just so, it can be used along with any other staples of our practise, for any of the uses above – with Holy Water, with Agua Florida, with blueing, with salt, etc. That, of course, depends on the Yerbero’s experience, and on the use it will be given. To give it more power, Omiero can be prayed over, and each recipe and use can be joined with specific Spirits or Cortes. In my practise as a Espiritista, this is a requirement; we ask all the Cortes of Spirits to bless the Omiero, with a special request for those Cortes that hold spirits of Yerberos.

Charging The Herbal Washes

Note: take a look at the pictures I am showing in this post – as you can see above, the bowls were so full of herbs that the candle plates could stand over them without sinking. THAT is the correct proportion of herbs and water to make Omiero, if you want it to actually work. This is very important!

Some Questions

Can I make Omiero myself? Of course, this is only a herbal wash and it has many names accross different religions and practises. In my opinion, you should not call it Omiero if your path is outside the religions of the African Diaspora, so please refrain from doing that, and choose a term that is in consonance with your own path, and herbs you are familiar with. If your path does not have a specific term, just use herbal wash or cold infusion.

Can Omiero be made with dry herbs? In my opinion and experience, no. If one ingredient is absolutely required, and it’s out of season, it can be added dry because there is no alternative, but the point is that a good Yerbero can always find seasonal herbs for every recipe, and does not need to do that. The energy of fresh herbs cannot be matched in power. That is also the reason why there is no such thing as pre-made or commercial Omiero.

Can Omiero be stored? Only for a couple of days in the fridge, as it is used. When I make a batch, I schedule all the uses beforehand, so I know how much to make, and how much time I need to set aside to use it as quickly as possible. Usually, it is gone in 48 hours or less.

Once steeped overnight and strained – such lovely colour!

A Few Simple Recipes For Herbal Floor Washes

All of the following recipes are meant to be made in small amounts, for your personal use, and only as floor washes. A breakfast bowl full of fresh minced herbs, and the same amount of water, will do. Once the herbs have steeped, and you have followed the recipe’s instructions, add the liquid to a full bucket of clean water, and wash your floors. Always, start at the bottom of the house towards the front entrance, and throw away the remaining liquid on the street (preferably at night when no-one can see you).

For Protection And Cleansing: Rosemary, Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage and Fennel. Once strained, mix with a shotglass of Holy Water, a couple of drops of Azulillo (blueing), and use.

To Bring Peace To The Household: the petals of five white Roses, Peppermint, Spikenard flowers, Lavender and Rosemary. One strained, add a shotglass of Rose Water, a shotglass of Holy Water, and use.

To Bring Financial Blessings (this is for stores and offices, not homes unless you work from home): Cinnamon, Ginger root, Basil, Lemongrass and Spearmint. Once strained, add a shotglass of Ron Miel (Honey Rum), a shotglass of lemon juice, and use.

To Remove Negative Spirit/Energy: Rue, Thyme, Sage, Fennel and Holy Basil. Once strained, add a shotglass of rubbing alcohol, a handful of salt and use.

The last picture is from the altar, looking lovely and glowing after being cleansed with part of the Omiero, all ready for our upcoming Summer Solstice Blessing Service! By the way, if you want to read more about this Service, and participate, you can do so HERE.

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Winter Rose: A Simple, Natural Beauty Tonic

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In our islands, roses are a brief winter delight. This morning, Fernando brought me some wild roses – they were already wilting because of the very cold night we had, so I decided to make a skin tonic before they were gone.

This tonic is formulated to smooth, clean, and revitalize your skin. It does not matter which skin type you have, and it can be used in your entire body if you want to.

I get extremely dry skin in the winter, and because of fibromyalgia I am very prone to itchy skin in any season, and this always works beautifully for me. Of course, you don’t need to have any skin problem to use it – a healthy skin is very important for good health, and cleaning it + feeding it will always make you feel and look better. Here’s the recipe:

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In a salad bowl or similar, mix the following ingredients:

· Rose petals (one handful if dry, two handfuls if fresh) – Roses smooth the skin, improves skin circulation, and help removing blemishes.

Note – please notice that they must be wild roses, or from any place where you are sure that they are not loaded with chemicals. Usually, flower store roses are, so avoid them.

· Honey (a teaspoon) – It is antibiotic, so it helps with clogged and infected pores, adds elasticity, and heals small wounds.

Note – the more pure the honey, the better. Avoid supermarket honey and get honey from a local beekeper if possible.

· Calendula Petals ( one handful if dry, two handfuls if fresh). Heals and strengthens the skin at all levels, reduces inflammation and alleviates discomfort.

· Lavender Flowers (around a dozen flowers if fresh, two teaspoons of flowers if dry, no leaves). Disinfects skin and helps healing acne, rashes, cold bites, etc.

· A slice of Lemon. Removes excess oils gently and disinfects skin.

Put all ingredients together in the bowl, and pour about two glasses of boiling hot water over them. Cover and let sit until the tonic is back at room temperature, strain and keep in a sterilized jar.

Use it as soon as possible, preferably that same day. To apply, soak a ball of cotton, and dab the skin gently and generously. You can just let it dry on the skin, but if you put too much honey and it feels sticky when dry, just wash the skin with warm water only. You can repeat the treatment several times during the day, or in different body areas. You can keep it refrigerated for 3-4 days, but not more.

And Witches – remember intention! While preparing your tonic, concentrate on healing, restoration, wellness, health, vibrancy, beauty, and anything you relate to the ingredients of the tonic, and to what you want to get from it. Of course, if you work with any deity or Spirit that patronages any of these qualities, you can do the work under their presence, or ask them to bless the tonic as you make it. Magic becomes a million times more powerful when you make it yours!

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Urban Gardening: The Garden In January

As every month, here is a new post showing images of our urban magical garden. After a very rainy December (which, even if it makes no sense, it is actually unusual for us), January has woken up sunny and warm, and the plants are just loving it.

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January is a time for planting seeds for us – these two in the picture above is a mixture of sun-tolerant wildflowers, that we plant twice a year to keep bees and other beneficial insects coming to our garden. A very easy and affordable way to make your urban garden happy! These were transplanted together in a bigger pot, where they will grow undisturbed until the end of the summer.

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Above and below, the gorgeous flowers of the Canarian Bellflower, which we grew from a wildharvested cutting three years ago, and that is doing wonderfully in our weather. The flowers are huge, and smell like heaven, similar to the scent of Gardenias – of course, we are carefully saving the flowers as they wilt to be added in Love spells.

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Despite the colder temperatures, this Lavender is blooming in full force. A herb of blessing, cleansing and protection that brings peace to the Spirit.

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A “volunteer” Mallow Plant, always a sign of winter in our landscape. This plant grows everywhere in our area, so the seeds come with the soil we wildharvest. If they’re not disturbing other plants’ growth, I don’t cut them off, since their life cycle is just for the season, and they will be very useful for Love and Protection work.

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Common Sage blooming. Hopefully these flowers will give us a few seeds for next year, although we have had more luck propagating them from woody cuttings. One of the most powerful healing plants of our Curanderismo tradition, for the body and the Spirit.

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And finally, the first bloom of one of our Aloe Africana, which we wildharvested as a tiny plant a couple of years ago. I don’t know if this has any scientific base, but in our Curanderismo tradition, an Aloe plant is not mature enough to be used for healing until it has bloomed for the first time. I can’t wait for the gorgeus orange and red petals to appear.

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Visual Inspirations: The Island In January

Happy New Year to all readers and subscribers!!!

January is the greenest, most beautiful month of the year when it comes to our tiny islands. This year, after an unexpected (but deeply grateful for) very rainy autumn, Winter has started cold (by our standards :D ), sunny, and totally delicious.

The places where we wildharvest regularly become our gardens, our adopted areas; we know every tree that grows there, when they flower and seed, and when they are not to be cut. Many of the older trees hold very powerful Spirits, and they have become our friends through each visit, each offering, each time we clean the place from trash. We see seasonal plants come and go with the year, rejoicing by their return every single time. We are as attached to these places as if we owned them, and when civilization ends with them, our heart will be broken.  So, what you are looking at is not only pictures of pretty things – it’s our green family :). Enjoy!

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Hibiscus (above) and Bird Of Paradise/Strelitzia (below) are in full bloom during this season.

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Gorgeous moss textures on the bark of a bottle tree (Adansonia Genus, Baobab).

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Canarian Ivy (Hedera Canariensis) growing over a Pepper Tree (Schinus Molle).

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The Canarian Palm tree (Phoenix Canariensis) is giving fruit abundantly – only animals eat their dates, but the sap that is taken from the crown of the tree is the origin of the Canarian Palm Honey, one of the most delicious relics of Canarian cuisine, and sadly a disappearing tradition.

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Inside the branches of one of my “adopted” Dragon’s Blood Trees. This one is actually the biological mother of the one I grew from seed, and that lives in our garden.

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And finally, my beloved Juniper trees. These five trees grow around a well that is centuries old, and are the home to several families of blackbirds,  so they are quite magical indeed.

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Service Preparations: Fortuna Incense Recipe

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Our upcoming 2017 Blessing Service, which will happen on December 21st, is focused on attracting blessings of all kinds for the coming year, and on releasing and cleansing negativity from the previous one. For it, I have been working on a very special herbal incense, using our most powerful Green Allies – and, just as the altar tree, it has been baptized as Fortuna Incense, because I think it encompasses what I want to provide to my customers through this service: good fortune for 2017.

This incense, as you can see in the pictures, will be made using exactly eight equal parts of the following ingredients:

  • One part is powdered resins; this time, I have mixed and powdered Storax Benzoin, Frankincense and Rose resin (Arabic type) – but any mixture of your choice is fine, as long as it is good quality. This ensures good burning, and adds a soft element of fragrance. And, no matter how many resins you use, they should not be more than one eighth of the mixture.
  • One part Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis); the holy warrior, cleansing and blessing on its way. A plant that is also related to good health and to prosperous businesses, it had to be the first on the formula. For those who need obstacles removed, healing and good luck.
  • One part Canarian Juniper (Juniperus Phoenicea, endemic); emblem of the island of El Hierro, for strength, courage, healing and endurance at all levels. For those who want to achieve ambitious goals, or need extra strength to heal and grow.
  • One part Ginger root (Ginziber Officinalis); equal parts luck, passion and joy, ginger brings opportunity, opens roads, and attracts love and inspiration. For those who want to want to find love, heal relationships and open communication at all levels.
  • One part Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomun Verum); money, money, money! Cinnamon brings wealth, financial growth and all the blessings of abundance. For those who need financial blessings in the upcoming year.
  • One part Moorish Sage (Salvia Canariensis, endemic); the gentle but powerful healer, that brings balance to the mind, body and spirit. For those who need healing of any kind, and for those who are working on personal improvement.
  • One part Dragon’s Blood root (Draco Dracaena, endemic), emblem tree of Tenerife, and the tree with the most famous magical resin in Western magic. The roots are from our own tree, which I have grown from seed, so this is VERY special. For those that need empowerment, psychic and spiritual growth, and guidance.
  • One part Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus): one of our greatest warriors and protectors; for protection, cleansing, and removal of negativity. For all participants, since we all can use the Eucalyptus’ power.

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Of course, there is more than just the recipe – so much more. After mixing the herbs, the mixture is ensalmada (prayed over) along several days, and will stay at the altar until the 21st, constantly receiving energy from the altar. We have been working on charging the altar for two weeks already, so this incense is going to be quite powerful when offered to the Spirits during the service.

But, creating this process depends on you and your path; all the information I have shared about each plant should be enough so you can build a ritual process for waking it up, that works according to your own path, and your own level of growth.

And, if you want to make substitutions, make them without hesitation, again according to your ecosystem and surrounding Green Allies – but please understand that I cannot help you with that, because I may not know a thing about the green life in your area :). Making this yours is your job.

If you are interested in participating in our Service, you can do so clicking here – it’s really affordable, for those who actually need more blessings!

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Herbalism: The Rose Of Jericho

The Rose Of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidophylla) is a very common amulet for protection and prosperity among Afro-Latin practitioners. This plant is bought dry, and “resurrected” by placing it in shallow water. I got some new ones the past week, and documented the resurrection process, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a new blog post about this lovely and magical plant.

The Gardener Tips

Other than being in a well-lit place, away from cold air drafts, and getting the water changed weekly, this plant needs no more care – and, if you forget to change the water and it gets dry again, do not worry! You can resurrect them many times. This plant loves dry and warm places, so water should always be at room temperature when you change it; do not add more than 1/2 inch of water, or the plant could rot.

If you live in a humid climate, or if you are putting the plant in too much water, the Rose Of jericho can develop mold easily – just wash it gently under the running tap to remove it, change the water (and add less this time) and move the pot to a warmer place.

An extra tip – I add a small dropper of liquid fertilizer once a month to the water, in order to give the plants the nutrients they need. Plants cannot survive only on water!

The Witch Tips

Most practitioners believe that the water absorbs the negativity around it, so just throw away the water when you change it. Personally, I do not adhere to this belief, but certainly I am not doing anything with water that has been sitting on an open pot for a week, so I throw it away too.

Of course, since it is a protection and prosperity talisman, practitioners sometimes add coins, gemstones or other amulets to the water – that, of course, should be adapted to your specific path, but in my opinion there is no need to add anything if the plant is well cared for. Witch, Keep It Simple is one of my life mottos!

Can you use Blessed water to feed it? Absolutely! In my opinion, all plants are talismans, and all plants have knowledge to teach, so I do this with all my plants – and I swear by this method. Blessed water makes the plant grow stronger, and feeds something of spiritual value to the Spirit that governs the plant.

Can the dry plant be used in prosperity and protection spells? YES. Actually, when I buy mine, I always get an extra one to add to my herbal powders and incenses. So, if you have one, and your weather does not allow you to keep it healthy while “alive”, don’t get frustrated – my recommendation is to let it dry fully and powder it for other magical uses.

And, remember that this is just a plant, and it won’t live forever, no matter how well you care for it. I usually change mine yearly for new ones, and let the old plant dry completely for spellwork use.

In the following pictures, the process of the resurrection – the first one below these lines is a picture of the dry plants, just as they were bought.

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After about an hour of being in water – you can already see green spots on the inner parts of the plant.

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After three hours, unfurling beautifully!

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About 24 hours later, fully opened and regaining their lovely green colour.

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After about a week, fully open, and moved to a larger pot.

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Urban Gardening: The Garden In October

This post is a compilation of all the garden pictures that haven’t been posted already, all of them taken through the month of October. I like to keep a good archive of photographs for gardening documentation and for future articles, but a lot of them never get published because other posts and images take priority. As the month ends, I am gathering them together with a few magical tips, so all readers can enjoy the beauty – and may it inspire you to create your own urban garden!

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The Mastic trees keep flowering, and all the flying insects in the neighbourhood keep loving it daily. It does not seem to be going into seed, but it may be too soon to know.

The Mastic Tree (Pistacia Lentiscus) is an extremely holy and powerful tree, full of properties – specially the resin, which can be used in many ways, from toothpaste to varnish, from incense to food flavouring, from perfume to medicine. This is actually one of the several plants that could be the main ingredient in the Bible’s Balm Of Gilead.

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The linden trees keep flowering too, and we are picking flowers for tea almost daily.  Linden (Tilia Genus) not only makes the best sedative tea (mostly the flowers, but also the leaves), it has tremendous energy of protection and nurturing. As soon as it is big enough to collect more leaves, I’m thinking of making some amulet sachets filled with it for friends who have babies.

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October and November is Chrysanthemum season for us – and as you can see, ours is bursting with blooms! Chrysanthemums are deeply related to the dead in our culture – this plant is devoted to our Ancestors, and hopefully it will give us many flowers for the altar.

Last-minute edit before this post is published – both the pictures and the text for this post are written and updated several times along the month. This photo of the chrysanthemums above was taken at the beginning of October – in the two pics below, you can see the same plant, photographed on October 30:

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After being cut down to nothing after flowering and seeding all summer , the Catmint is coming back for the third year in a row. This plant is indestructible! A gentle protector, a wise Spirit ally – no wonder why such magical creatures as cats adore it. I actually have new seedlings growing from this plant’s seeds, that I planted to replace this one, but it is very clear that it doesn’t want to leave the garden :).

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Spearmints are still flowering – we don’t collect the seeds because it’s so much easier to plant them from cuttings, so we let it flower freely for the bees and wasps. Spearmint is the most used variety when making Moroccan style tea (which we drink very often), and a wonderful herb for protection and blessing.

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The “volunteer” fig tree (volunteer as in spontaneously sprouted in a pot) is almost half a metre tall, and growing gorgeous as you can see. This is one of the most important trees of Canarian subsistence, and of course one of the most powerful tree Spirits we work with – it can be used to empower almost any kind of magic.

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And finally, the humble beauty of Asters – this time of the year is one of the lowest flowering seasons, so I like to have a couple of these in different points of the garden to attract and feed beneficial insect life. Asters are affordable,  strong, adaptable to our crazy weather, and there are so many beautiful varieties! This plant has a bright, joyful Spirit that can be used when doing Blessing and Healing works.

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Preparations For The Service: A Photo Post

This post is a selection of images of the preparations for our upcoming Noche De Animas Service that I have posted in the past three weeks in my social networks, for those of you who do not visit them often, or have been away for any reason. With it, I want not only to inspire you, but also to invite you to participate in the Service, and show how every detail is cared for lovingly. Spiritual Services are, for us, the top of our skill as Espiritistas, and a task that we take with the love and devotion it requires – as I hope this post will show you :).

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Herbal liquor (named Parra here in the islands), made with herbs from the garden. Once steeped for a few weeks, it will be sweetened with local organic honey and poured on a special bottle for the altar. On the sides of the jar, Sage and Lavender incense sticks, also made with herbs from the garden.

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The altar begins completely bare, and is purified with herbal waters and incense. A fresh tablecloth is placed, and just a candle that will be lit most of the day until the 31st. With fencing wood and handspun wool, I made a trellis to work as the background of the altar. That was really fun work :).

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A few days after, it was decorated with a garland of dry Bouganville flowers and Eucalyptus leaves, strings of beads, bones, a small horseshoe (probably from a donkey), owl feathers, and the incense sticks you have seen in the first picture of this post.

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A very special moment in the preparations for the Service – setting our Mother Africa statue and embellishing her. She will represent all Ancestral lines, ours and our customers’ lines. The energy in the altar, and in the whole room, changed as soon as she was finished.

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I got some vegetables from a dear sister’s family crop, and among them there was a couple of corn ears. Of course, I had to save the husk for a Corn Lady doll for our altar. A little wool for filling, red string for good luck, my amulet bracelets for her necklaces, and two keys in her arms, for opening and closing energies as she should :). The Corn Lady is abundance, prosperity, growth, medicine, susteinance. You can see how lovely she looks on the altar on the pic below.

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Urban Gardening: The Garden In September

This post is a compilation of all the garden pictures that haven’t been posted already, all of them taken through the month of September. I like to keep a good archive of photographs for gardening documentation and for future articles, but a lot of them never get published because other posts and images take priority. As the month ends, I am gathering them together with a few magical tips, so all readers can enjoy the beauty – and may it inspire you to create your own urban garden!

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Even though we thought it would not make it after the summer, the Red Sage (Salvia Splendens) is reblooming like crazy! This camera really hates red, that’s why the  photo looks a bit weird, but I can tell you that it really is that supernatural colour. Bees and wasps keep making love to it :).

As all Sages, this one is filled with the energy of blessing and cleansing, a perfect addition to any magical garden, and really easy to keep for beginners. Since it’s almost odorless, they could make a great choice for when you want protections go unnoticed.

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Another plant that struggled with the summer, but that as you can see is bursting with blooms now, is the Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Genus). We keep it in our garden to honour our Ancestors, since in our tradition it is a plant deeply related to the Dead. Hopefully soon it will give us many flowers for our rituals!

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Not the most appealing pic (the sun was really strong and I couldn’t see anything in the camera screen), but I am so happy to see my little Linden trees flowering! Linden (Tilia Genus) not only makes the best sedative tea (mostly the flowers, but also the leaves), it has tremendous energy of protection and nurturing. I am completely in love with these trees, and so glad I took the chance to grow them here, because they need a softer climate than ours, and only grow on the most humid areas of the islands. But Mommy’s love and attention convinced them to stay :).

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The Statice (Statice Limonium) keep slowly flowering – and we keep cutting and hanging the flowers to dry, as these don’t lose colour or beauty when dry. In the islands, they are called Siemprevivas (Lives Forever), and since they don’t fade, they are a magical symbol for eternity, both in Love Magic and in Ancestor Magic. To preserve them, just hang them upside down so the stalks dry straight, and once they are dry, you can put them in a vase.

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The tiny flowers of the Mastic Tree keep growing beautifully. No more wildharvesting seeds, hopefully :). These trees were grown from seeds I collected from one of my favourite places in the world, three years ago. Even when they are container-grown, they are just my height now, and for the first time, they are flowering.

The Mastic Tree (Pistacia Lentiscus) is an extremely holy and powerful tree, full of properties – specially the resin, which can be used in many ways, from toothpaste to varnish, from incense to food flavouring, from perfume to medicine. This is actually one of the several plants that could be the main ingredient in the Bible’s Balm Of Gilead.

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Time for the mints to flower – above, Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium); below, Peppermint (Mentha Piperita). Both plants are widely used in our Curanderismo tradition; as medicines, for upset digestion, colds, headaches, and menstrual problems; as magical herbs, for protection, cleansing and renewing energy.

Please notice – Pennyroyal is an emmenagogue, which means that induces menstruation. If you are accustomed to it as we are, you can take a cup here and there without risk, but if you are not, or if you think you are pregnant, stay away from it. Also, people with liver problems should not take it, as there are evidences of it being hepatotoxic.

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The Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis, below) plants got their summer pruning two weeks ago, and as usual, they show their happiness by flowering .  Another plant that bees and wasps absolutely love – if you haven’t tried rosemary honey*, you haven’t tried heaven :). A strong, powerful herb for banishing, cleansing and healing, Rosemary is holiness incarnated in a plant.

*Rosemary honey is not honey infused with the herb, but honey that comes from bees that feed mostly on rosemary plants. It has a woodsy, deep taste that is completely unique, and is considered one of the most medicinal honeys here.

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And, even though we are at the slowest season, the garden is still giving and giving – this pic below is just the work of one morning, pruning and refreshing the herbs from dead stalks and overgrowth. Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Lavender, Thyme, Linden, Lemon Balm and Marjoram.

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Herbalism: Herb Bundle Recipes For Kitchen Witches

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Herbal bundles, fresh or dry, made for the occasion or in advance, are a very easy way to add herbs to your everyday Kitchen Witch routines – and make a lovely gift for those around you that don’t know much about herbs, because you can make them for their specific needs and taste, and choose the herbs yourself. They can be used in teas and soups/stews, or they can be untied and powdered in a coffee grinder, to be sprinkled as a spice. In this blog post, I am presenting you five of the most useful recipes that I use constantly, but as always, I encourage you to adapt them to what’s local and available where you live. There is only one thing to remember – that you use unbleached, 100% natural cotton thread to tie them, so it’s safe to heat it.

I have chosen the herbs for their medicinal/health properties, but Witches – remember intention when you are gathering them and tying them together. All herbs have magical properties, so connect with them while working!

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Bundle 1: To Flavour Soups, Meats And Stews: 1 part Rosemary, 3 parts Thyme, 3 parts Thyme, 2 parts Spearmint.

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Bundle 2: For When You Know You’re Getting Sick: 1 part Sage, 2 parts Peppermint, 1 part Lavender, 1 part Thyme. Strong taste, but it will stop that cold in its tracks!

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Bundle 3: For An Upset Stomach, Or After Binging On Heavy Foods: 1 part Fennel, 1 part Peppermint, 1 part Spearmint, 1 part Marjoram.

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Bundle 4: For Adding Scent To Your Barbecue Or Fireplace (Place On Coals): Equal parts of Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. The moore “woody” the cuts, the better, so choose the older branches of each plant.

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Bundle 5: Anti-Anxiety, And For A Good Sleep: 2 parts Lemon Verbena, 2 parts Linden, 1 Part Lavender, 2 parts Lemon Balm.

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