A warm welcome to all!
Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- The Wizardry of Words
After sharing our magickal talents through text, it is time to take a look at another important tool in a witch’s practice.
This week’s challenge is…
Apothecary - A Witch’s Holistic Toolbox
The word “Apothecary” can refer to both a person and a place where one goes to find cures (most often natural) to any ailments they have.
The word apothecary is derived from the ancient Greek language. It is the identification of an establishment or individual who dispenses medical materials. In this way, an apothecary is the old form of a pharmacy.
[From What is An Apothecary?]
As workers of Green Magick, Kitchen Magick, and practicing in harmony with the earth, it is natural for many witches to be drawn towards the study of Holistic Magick. Also called Natural Magick, this branch of the craft involves learning about the magickal and mundane properties of plants with the goal of healing.
This week’s challenge is all about experiencing Holistic Magick by learning about, starting, or building up your own apothecary!
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
[Picture by @roxanne in How do you store your herbs?]
STEP 1 : A Handy Witch’s Toolbox
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to having an apothecary.
An apothecary can be anything from a shelf laden with jars and bottles of every herb available , to a small pouch with a few simple balms tucked into a backpack or purse
The amount of herbs and ointments doesn’t matter- the most important thing about your toolbox is that you understand what is in it, and that it works for you!
Need more ideas? Check out Ideas for a Good Herbal Apothecary
[Picture shared by Francisco in Making a Travel Altar]
There are many possible ways to approach this challenge, here are just a few suggestions to help get you started!
Learn about a medicinal herb or plant
If you are new to Holistic Magick, why not get started by learning about one medicinal herb?
Here are some common ones that are easy to find and have a vast variety of uses:
And the newest course, just added: Witch Hazel
The world of Green Witchery is fascinating- there is a reason this is one of the most popular and most widely practiced aspects of magick! If this is something that calls to you, the Green Witchcraft Course on Spells8 is a great place to grow these skills.
Want herbs, but sticking to a budget? Find tips in Growing Your Herb Cabinet
Healing balms, ointments, sprays, salves, and oils
For those with a talent for potion making, consider combining medicinal plants with other ingredients (and a touch of magick!) to create ready-to-use healing products.
Here are few recipes you might consider:
Learn a new healing spell
An apothecary doesn’t have to be something physical- you can keep your witch’s toolbox loaded with helpful information in the safety of your mind!
Consider practicing holistic magick by adding a new spell to your mental apothecary:
Feel free to let your creativity loose as you explore holistic magick and/or finding an apothecary that works for you and your practice.
If you are planning to consume or use plants directly on your skin (either raw or in a product), please thoroughly do your research beforehand! Not all herbs and ingredients are safe for consumption or bodily use.
STEP 2 : Share Your Experience
No matter how you choose to tackle this challenge, you must share your experience!
- Your experience exploring holistic magick and/or your own apothecary
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums.
If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
This challenge will close in 6 DAYS
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and the a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice
If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to a moderator.
For those new to challenges, know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
With all the tools you need at hand, may your magick and wisdom help you always be prepared for the many ups and down of life!