Burn Salve

Isn’t it always said that necessity is the mother of invention? While I have made many a salve in my day, and regularly keep a stock of my Boo Boo Balm on the shelf for minor scrapes, cuts, burns and bites, we ran dangerously low of it recently and I have been meaning to make…

Dear Pyewacket…Calling/Attracting A New Familiar

By lore and definition, traditionally a familiar is a spiritually attuned creature living near or with a witch/shaman/energy worker or person who helps them have insight into nature and assists in magical work. One doesn’t necessarily “choose” this creature so much as the creature and witch discover each other and the bond that they share….

Mabon: Magic Season of Balance

The coming of Autumn brings a sense of peace and security with its energies. The days are already getting shorter and the nights are longer. The crops have come in, mostly, and our larders and freezers are full of preserves, tomatoes, pickles, sauces. There is a sense of fullness and accomplishment; a welcome end to…

Forever Blowing Bubbles

I was blowing bubbles (or were bubbles blowing me?), when all of a sudden, as it often does, it hit me. Not like a brick, mind, but rather like a silken feather; a tickle of awareness at once become an understanding. Did someone say, or was it me, that real spirituality was not the accumulation…

Zucchini-Carrot-Banana Bread, Magic-Style

September is upon us, and so is the coming of Autumn! I couldn’t be happier, honestly, as it’s unquestionably my favorite time of year. (September 1 = Halloween mode initiated!:) ) The leaves are just barely turning, a crisp, chill is in the air as the sun goes down. The garden is finally in it’s…

Summer in a Jar: Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

Oven roasted tomato sauce could not be easier! Everything goes into a roasting pan and the ingredients can vary to your specific tastes. One pan, minimal chopping, no simmering, no straining, and your house will smell amazing. Best of all, if you can or freeze this sauce you will have shelf-stable use during the cold Autumn and Winter…

“Kissing Potion” Lip Balm

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I will stand up and say right now “Hello, my name is Leigh and I am a lippy.” I’m addicted to lip balm, and not just because I have sensitive lips that chap easily and peel constantly. I also love the lush softness of a great lip balm on…

Lemon Balm/Melissa

Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis –  (Also known as Melissa, balm, Bee balm) is of the mint family and has oval leaves with slightly scalloped edges and crinkly surface that, when rubbed, have a strong citronella or lemony mint fragrance. Used since ancient Rome, Melissa has a long and successful history as an herb of “good…

Rethinking Lughnasadh: Postpone, Boycott or Change it? You choose.

Lughnasadh (Lew-nah-sah) is the first of three harvest festivals on the wheel of the year with the second and third being Mabon in September and Samhain (Shah-ven in Scots Gaelic or Sow-een in Irish) in October. It is named after the Celtic god Lugh (Lew) who is a god of light, and therefore Lughnasadh/Lammas is…

Elecampane

Elecampane, Inula helenium (also called Elfdock, Elfwort, Horseheal and Scabwort) is a pretty sunflower-like perennial found in wet pastures or easily grown in a sunny garden spot. It is named after Helen of Troy, who is said to have carried the flowers with her when Paris abducted her from Sparta. The 6- to 8-foot tall plant has large,…