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Incorporating Flowers, Herbs, Resins, Roots & Barks into My Witchcraft Thanks to The Lancashire Witch

By Paganism, ThinkingNo Comments

I’ve been a Witch for a long time. I’ve even co-authored a book on magic called SpellCast – Folk Magic for the 21st Century. But those of you who know my Witchy side well, know I’m great with candles, crystals and essential oils. But not so great with flowers, plants and trees.

It isn’t that I don’t like flowers, plants and trees, I do, I just didn’t know much about the magical uses of them in spell work. That was until I started having some good conversations with the Witch herself: The Lancashire Witch.

Yarrow, Star Anise & Oak.

Sally the owner of The Lancashire Witch is a good friend of mine. The Lancashire Witch is a traditional witchcraft shop, both in bricks and mortar in Leyland, Lancashire and online.

The Lancashire Witch sells a wide selection of Herbs, Resins, Roots, Bones, Flowers & Barks. So I’ve started my own collection bought from The Lancashire Witch. Here is my current list of flowers, plants and trees I have in stock at home and their associated magical properties:

  • Aniseed – Protection, Astral Travel, Psychic Abilities, Road Opener.
  • Bay Leaves – Money, Abundance, Success, Love & Healing. Wish Magic & Money.
  • Burdock Root – Strength, Cleansing & Protection.
  • Calendula – Happiness & Joy, Healing, Divination.
  • Carnation Flowers – Healing, Courage & Bravery. Love.
  • Chamomile – Road Opener, Promotes Good Sleep & Reduces Anxiety.
  • Chili – Magical Booster, Passion & Lust.
  • Coconut – Healing, Protection & Fertility.
  • Eucalyptus – Clarity, Healing & Cleansing.
  • Fennel Seeds – Fertility, Healing & Love.
  • Ginger – Magical Boost, Passion & Protection. Speeds Up Magic.
  • Jasmine – Reduces Anxiety, Aids Relaxation & Money Magic.
  • Mistletoe – Good Luck, Wealth & Fertility.
  • Oak Bark – Success, Stability & Strength.
  • Orange Slices (Dried) – Happiness, Friendship & Prosperity. Clarity & Focus.
  • Rose – Love (Romantic or Self-Love), Healing & Beauty.
  • Rosemary – Wisdom, Love & Aids Sleep.
  • Sage – Home Blessing, Longevity & Wisdom.
  • Sandalwood -Dispels Negative Energy, Wishes & Peace.
  • Star Anise – Protection, Good Luck & Psychic Abilities.
  • Thyme – Healing, Good Sleep & Bravery.
  • Valerian – Improving Relationships, Protection & Peace. Return to Sender Magic.
  • Yarrow – Cleansing, Love & Healing.

I plan on adding more to my collection as time goes by.

The Lancashire Witch also do some incense mixes that smell incredible, you can see them here.

Blog soon,


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Health Review: Tisserand Essential Survival Kit & Better Sleep Rollerball Aromatherapys

By Amazon, Health, Nature, Paganism, ReviewsNo Comments

I’ve been struggling with sleep recently. So one morning, feeling like a zombie, I searched for sleep on Amazon. I came across these:


Tisserand Essential Survival Kit includes De-Stress, Sweet Dreams and Energy.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love essential oils and often have them burning at home.

In the Survival Kit you get:

  • De-Stress (10mls) is made-up of the following essential oils: orange peel, lavender, geranium and patchouli. The fresh smell of orange, along with one of my favorites patchouli makes this my absolute favourite out of all of the bottles I bought.
  • Sweet Dreams (10mls) is made-up of the following essential oils: lavender, sandalwood, bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang. Unfortunately the smell of lavender overpowers the other scents, meaning that lavender is all you can really smell. This was disappointing as I love the scents sandalwood, jasmine and ylang ylang.
  • Energy (10mls) is made-up of the following essential oils: jojoba, bergamot, lime, orange peel, cypress, grapefruit, coriander and juniper. I loved this pleasant subtle yet addictive scent.

As well as the Survival Kit above I also saw this and bought them both:

  • Sleep Better (10mls) is made-up of the following essential oils: lavender, cedar, cypress, sandalwood, bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang. Unfortunately the lavender overpowers the other scents, which is a huge shame.

All have rollerballs, with the packaging recommend you apply it on your temples, behind your ears and on the nape of your neck.

I wasn’t sure about the roller ball, but it’s great. You may need to tilt your head or the bottle to get the oil to apply. All I would say is that when it comes to applying the essential oils less is more.

Use the roller ball to apply the oil to your temples, behind your ears and nape of your neck. Then use your first two fingers to massage these points. Don’t use the roller ball to massage these as it will continue to apply oil.

The other great thing is that you can use these in an oil burner easily.

Review soon,


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Book Review: The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

By Amazon, Books & Authors, ReviewsNo Comments
the-year-i-met-you-cecelia-ahern For the first time Cecelia Ahern has published two books in a year. The first was the brilliant How to Fall in Love, which I have reviewed here.

Cecelia Ahern‘s second book is the favourable The Year I Met You, which I shall review here.

The Year I Met You tells the story of two neighbours. Jasmine Butler has made her career her life, but after being sacked she is forced to take gardening leave for a year. Matt Marshall is a radio presenter on a controversial radio show, that is until an incident on the New Years Evening show leads to him being forced to take some time off-air.

Neither Jasmine or Matt cope well with their change in circumstances. Jasmine starts actually gardening. Matt drinks copious amounts of alcohol. It is at this point that Jasmine starts to notice her neighbour from across the road – Matt. The book is written from Jasmine’s perspective, with her writing to Matt referencing him as You.

All of the characters in The Year I Met You were believable and likeable. Jasmine is an meticulous people watcher who keeps the people in her life at a distance. Matt loves his family but has become entrenched in the daily grind of life. Both characters feel lost, something we have all felt.

Stylistically Jasmine’s perspective was enjoyable to begin with. However her use of You when referencing Matt did become frustrating. Luckily as the reader reaches the midway point in the book, she begins to use you a lot less. This was not only practicable, but symbolises a change in the relationship between Jasmine and Matt.

The storyline was good, but the book was slow paced. That said, there’s not a lot could have been done about it with the premise behind the story. The ending was excellent, reflective and interesting.

Overall a reasonable story. One that is an enjoyable read, but that you probably won’t read more than once. The story is essentially about the characters rediscovering who they are, their friendship that develops along the way and the transformation of themselves so that they are able to move forward.

The Year I Met You is available to buy on Amazon.

Review soon,



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