#Weekly Witchy Challenge - Catch up! (EDIT):
Yay! Busy week and I barely had time to look at anything. There are definitely some items I wanted to get back to! So happy for the Witchy Challenge - Catch up! There are so many great entries already
Entry #1 for Catch-up Wholesome Healer
Wholesome Healers – Healer
Interesting topic for discussion and in reading definition(s) this would suggest much of my “inner” character as the “outer” image portrayed is completely different. My inner compassionate nature has me drumming up quick cures, assessing illnesses, diets, pain and ailments, yet what comes out my mouth most often times is from a very critical POV - but not to worry, I came to terms with that a some time ago as a “trade off” in protecting my Empathic-self.
An intuitive quick first aid item helped a co-worker with a bee sting. I went outside and chewed up a mullien leaf, and used it as a poultice and said to keep it on the welt for 20 minutes. It worked, and she nicknamed me the “Office Witch” - there were various other suggestions I had given her previously that worked
From time to time I suffer from nosebleeds - so what to do with a bad one? VINEGAR! Yes, I said vinegar! Some may disagree with me and that’s okay, but I use it without any hesitation - either ACV or White works. I use a 1:1 ratio with water, soak a cotton ball, and up the nostril it goes. The vinegar acts as a cauterizing agent with the blood vessels.
Use what you have, know what is around you locally - plants, grasses, trees, teas, oils - and consider what you could use or learn from those plants. If there is a natural disaster, and we are seeing many of those, you may not have access to modern conventions and will have to resort to treating with what’s on hand!
Entry #2 - for Catch-up - Caster of Calm
Let a Witch Unwind! – Caster of Calm
This discussion piggybacks onto the wholesome healing as I try to get away from modern medicine if a natural cure, method, et al will work just as well. Let’s just talk about Lavandula angustifolia! Just the word alone means “to wash”. Early cultures used Lavender in the mummification process (@Cosmic_Curiosity you would appreciate this) as it was the belief that lavender purified the body and mind. Herbalists classify lavender as a potential “nervine” as it applies to the effects on the body.
I love using lavender in my shampoos, body spray and oils. Lavender may be used to ease insomnia, anxiety, hair loss, headaches, acne, burns, eczema/psoriasis (and I have seen it work on severe cases), wound healing and mood issues.
I use Lavender EO as I practice morning and evening Abhyanga. If you have not tried this, please do it. This is an a form of Ayurvedic therapy which is a traditional system of medicine from India, and offers plenty of very wonderful benefits. My Other Half has quite a 'fiery" disposition and this calms him right down, along with a good dose of Wild Lettuce tincture!
Entry #3 - for Catch-up - Witch of the Veil:
The Veil Between Worlds - Witch of the Veil
YAY! My eldest sister is over-the-top with October and pushing her energy high with the coming Samhain “SAH-win” celebrations - and we actually celebrate over several days. I posted some of our traditions that we engage in during this holiday in the “Wheel of the Year” Pagan Holidays.
Wheel of the Year: Pagan Holidays – Year-Round Witch
We start our festivities in September with a mid-month family gathering where we prepare dishes, make merry and then vote on who brought the best flavor to the party, and there is a trophy to be had! We will be doing the Autumn equinox, Mabon, with painting pumpkins and a little ritual for us sisters then at the end of the month - a bon fire and smores!
Moving into October, we like to spend a little time traveling, and then we come back to lots of music and dance on the weekends, and prior to Samhain, we will gather at my niece’s house and pick out pumpkins for carving and dinner - and for the entire week leading up to Samhain, we will do small period of personal reflections, alters for ancestors, nature walks, dinners and this year we will do a Venice themed celebration!