Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained

Poppet Magick Explained. A Poppet is a small handmade (usually) figurines that can be used as a talisman or in spellwork

Poppets in the popular press tend to be linked with “bad” Witchcraft the Voodoo doll for instance.

And of course there are undoubtedly some who will ignore the Rede’s instructions to “harm none, do what ye will”. But poppets are extremely useful to all Witches and the good aspects far outweigh the bad. No Witch should be without one!

Poppets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. As always, there is no one right way or wrong way to make a poppet. Nowadays most common poppets are filled with herbs and incense. But pure Witchcraft practitioners will still use the practice of urine, blood, fingernails and hair.

CLAY: The clay should be moulded into poppet shape making sure there is a hollow in which to place hair, herbs, nails etc. before being sealed. Features or symbols can be added at this stage by carving with a sharp object. There is nothing wrong with painting instead if you so wish.

CLOTH: Make a suitable template and use this to cut out two pieces of cloth. Stitch the two pieces together until almost sealed and then stuff with herbs or whatever is required for the spell or talisman. Again the poppet can be adorned with symbols or the name of the recipient.

PAPER: Undoubtedly the quickest way of making a poppet! Simply cut the paper into a figure shape and decorate as you desire. A photograph of the intended recipient can be stuck on if desired. Obviously being made of paper it will not be very hardy and will need to be handles carefully.

ROOT: Several roots such as potato, ginseng, carrot (or almost any suitable vegetable) can be carved into the required shape. This is obviously a poppet that is only suitable for short term use as it will rot quite quickly. Once finished it can be used as required but do not do any additional carving or work on it once you have started to use it.

WAX: wax can be carved into shape but it is probably easier (and certainly less messy) to soften it first and mould it into shape in the same way as clay. Do make sure it’s not too hot to handle first though. Again, leave a hollow for some personal token before adorning.
soften candles and shape them into poppet figurine. Rub lavender oil, or similar onto your hands first for ease, and ensure the wax is not too hot. Use small pieces of coal or gems to adorn the poppet. For a more powerful effect use hair, fingernails, or some token or possession of the recipient.

WOOD: Makes for a very durable poppet. Simply carve the wood into a figure shape and glue on something from the recipient. Woodcarving is not as difficult as it sounds provided you take it slow and be careful. The poppet can be adorned as you see fit using paint, pens, crayons etc.


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Herbs in our life

My passion for the craft brings me to post more topics you might find of interest, this time a few herb Tips I came across.


Herb Double Cropping

When desired, herbs may be used as secondary crops to follow such early vegetables as early cabbage and peas; or, if likely to be needed still earlier, after radishes, transplanted lettuce and onions grown from sets. These primary crops, having reached marketable size, are removed, the ground stirred and the herb plants transplanted from nursery beds or cold frames.

Often the principal herbs—sage, savoury, marjoram and thyme—are set close together, both the rows and the plants in them being nearer than recommended further on.
The object of such practice is to get several crops in the following way: When the plants in the rows commence to crowd one another each alternate plant is removed and sold or cured. This may perhaps be done a second time. Then when the rows begin to crowd, each alternate row is removed and the remainder allowed to develop more fully. The chief advantages of this practice are not only that several crops may be gathered, but each plant, being supplied with plenty of room and light, will have fewer yellow or dead leaves than when crowded. In the diagram the numbers show which plants are removed first, second, third and last.


Herb Layers

Several of the perennial herbs, such as sage, savoury, and thyme, may be easily propagated by means of layers, the stems being pegged down and covered lightly with earth. If the moisture and the temperature be favourable, roots should be formed in three or four weeks and the stem separated from the parent and planted. Often there may be several branches upon the stem, and each of these may be used as a new plantlet provided it has some roots or a rooted part of the main stem attached to it. By this method I have obtained nearly 100 rooted plants from a single specimen of Holt’s Mammoth sage grown in a greenhouse. And from the same plant at the same time I have taken more than 100 cuttings. This is not an exceptional feat with this variety, the plants of which is very branchy and often exceeds a yard in diameter.

Layering is probably the simplest and most satisfactory method of artificial propagation under ordinary conditions, since the stems are almost sure to take root if undisturbed long enough; and since rooted plants can hardly fail to grow if properly transplanted. Then, too, less apparent time is taken than with plants grown from cuttings and far less than with those grown from seed. In other words, they generally produce a crop sooner than the plants obtained by the other methods set
in operation at the same time.


Herb Location of Herb Garden

In general, the most favourable exposure for an herb garden is toward the south, but lacking such an exposure should not deter one from planting herbs on a northern slope if this be the only site available. Indeed, such sites often prove remarkably good if other conditions are propitious and proper attention is given the plants.
Similarly, a smooth, gently sloping surface is especially desirable, but even in gardens in which the ground is almost billowy the gardener may often take advantage of the irregularities by planting the moisture-loving plants in the hollows and those that like dry situations upon the ridges. Nothing like turning disadvantages to account!


No matter what the nature of the surface and the exposure, it is always advisable to give the herbs the sunniest spots in the garden, places where shade from trees, barns, other buildings and from fences cannot reach them. This is suggested because the development of the oils, upon which the flavouring of most of the herbs mainly depends, is best in full sunshine and the plants have more substance than when grown in the shade.
Combination Hand Plow, Harrow, Cultivator and Seed Drill.

Herb Compositæ

Marigold, Pot (Calendula officinalis, Linn.). Tansy (Tanacetum vulgaris, Linn.). Tarragon (Artemisia Dracunculus, Linn.). Southernwood (Artemisia Abrotanum, Linn.).

RUTACEÆ

Rue (Ruta graveolens, Linn.).

BORAGINACEÆ

Borage (Borago officinalis, Linn.).

RANUNCULACEÆ

Fennel-flower (Nigella sativa, Linn.).

Seven of these plants were formerly so prominent in medicine that they were designated “official” and nearly all the others were extensively used by physicians. At the present day there are very few that have not passed entirely out of official medicine and even out of domestic practice, at least so far as their intrinsic qualities are concerned. Some, to be sure, are still employed because of their pleasant flavours, which disguise the disagreeable taste of other drugs. But this is a very different matter.

One of the most notable of these is fennel. What wonders could that plant not perform 300 years ago! In Parkinson’s “Theatricum Botanicum” (1640) its “vertues” are recorded. Apart from its use as food, for which, then, as now, it was highly esteemed, without the attachment of any medicinal qualities as an esculent, it was considered efficacious in cases of gout, jaundice, cramps, shortness of breath, wheezing of the lungs; for cleansing of the blood and improving the complexion; to use as an eye-water or to increase the flow of milk; as a remedy for serpent bites or an antidote for poisonous herbs and mushrooms; and for people who “are grown fat to abate their unwieldiness and make them more gaunt and lanke.”

But let us peep into the 19th edition of the United States Dispensatory. Can this be the same fennel which “is one of our most grateful aromatics,” and which, because of “the absence of any highly excitant property,” is recommended for mixing with unpleasant medicines? Ask any druggist, and he will say it is used for little else nowadays than for making a tea to give babies for wind on their stomachs. Strange, but true it is! Similar statements if not more remarkable ones could be made about many of the other herbs herein discussed. Many of these are spoken of as “formerly considered specific” for such and such troubles but “now known to be inert.”

The cause is not far to seek. An imaginative and superstitious people attached fanciful powers to these and hundreds of other plants which the intervening centuries have been unable wholly to eradicate, for among the more ignorant classes, especially of Europe, many of these relics of a dark age still persist.

But let us not gloat over our superior knowledge. After a similar lapse of time, may not our vaunted wisdom concerning the properties of plants look as ridiculous to the delver among our musty volumes? Indeed, it may, if we may judge by the discoveries and investigations of only the past fifty years. During this time a surprisingly large number of plants have been proved to be not merely innocuous instead of poisonous, as they were reputed, but fit for human food and even of superior excellence!

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Crone Wisdom

Crone Wisdom

Crone Wisdom

Crone Wisdom should I feel be placed in every book of shadows.

The old hag at her cauldron is perhaps the most enduring image of the Wise Woman and a remnant of a time when women were the healers of their communities. They were shamans, witches, midwifes, medicine women, and priestesses of the Goddess.

The Crone is a symbol of inherent wisdom that comes from experience.

She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, coming out of it all a wise and confident spirit. Through these experiences she has learned the secrets of life and death and of the mysteries beyond this world. She has tasted death itself and watched those she loved make the journey before her. It is through her mourning that she faces death, grows to understand it, and becomes the gatekeeper between worlds.

The wisdom of the Crone comes only after learning the lessons of non-judgment and compassion.

Through these lessons the Crone becomes the balancing scales between light and dark and between life and death. She is selfless, yet she loves herself. She is kind, yet she knows when to be harsh. She is free, she is compassionate, and she is wise. Only the Crone can complete the journey to the other world and birth the Child of Completion.the crone wisdom

The Crone is full of power. Her body is no longer fertile, but her mind is sharp and able. She no longer bleeds, keeping her power within her and owning it without shame or fear.

She is often seen as a healer, working in tune with Nature to cure ailments and guide those ready to leave or enter this world. She is the elder priestess of the Goddess; the Grandmother whose words are few yet priceless in their wisdom.

In myth the Crone is often seen as something to be feared.

She is a representation of death and its mysteries. Things that are unknown are always feared, thus we work to know the Crone; to understand her wisdom and beckon her to impart the mysteries upon us. We surrender our fear and ignorance to the Crone and let her strike these overpowering influences down as a stalk of wheat with her shining sickle. 

As with all aspects of the Goddess the Crone is not only found within the aged. She is in all beings at all times. She can be present in men and women, young and old; though age may very likely come before her lessons are fully realized.

The Crone is a cleansing force that sweeps through the world carrying away those whose time to live is done to make room for new life. She is associated with the element of water and the direction of west – land of the dead. She is the necessary force of destruction like the force of a wave on the shore; ripping away the beach and returning it to the sea from which it came.

She is the reaper, the comforter, the mysterious old woman who possesses the knowledge of all worlds. The next time a thunderstorm passes overhead take a moment to listen to the voice of the Crone. Feel the tears of joy and mourning fall upon your head and take the first steps to understand her mysteries.

Affirmation of the Crone

Crone Wisdom

Use this affirmation daily to seek the wisdom of the Crone within yourself.

Ancient Crone,
You are the source of eternal knowledge
that leads to the completion of the spirit.
Let my soul seek your lessons,
and strive to understand your mysteries.
I will not fear the darkness
for I know you wait for me within it.

A Journey with the Crone

Crone Wisdom

Prepare yourself as you have for the other journeys. Light incense or play soft music if this is helpful to you.

You begin, as always, on that familiar path. Look up through the now thinning branches of the trees into the night sky. The waning moon hangs overhead, it’s sickle shape bright and surrounded by millions of stars.

It is hard to see anything along the path. Shadows take up much of the spaces where flowers once grew. If you look hard enough you may see a healing plant or two tucked in along the path. Take your time and explore a little. You are not afraid.

Animals of the night move in the forest around you. An owl can be heard in the distance asking her eternal question. She wants to know who you are. Can you tell her or are you unsure of yourself?

As you walk up to the gate you see that it is now covered with dying vines, dried up and withered. Leave the baggage of your mundane life on the ground and push it open to approach the cottage.

You can see smoke rippling out of the chimney and the windows are glowing with a welcoming light. Walk to the door and enter.

Bent over the hearth is an old woman wearing a dark cloak with the hood pulled up over her grey hair. When you enter she turns to you, pays you half a glance, and silently gestures for you to sit by the fire. She has been expecting you.

You watch her work in her cauldron, grabbing bundles of herbs from the mantle to add to her brew. After a moment she takes a seat beside you and pulls her hood down to expose her time weathered face.

She turns to you and in her hand is a cup of the brew she has been tending. She offers it to you and says:

“I am the grandmother of mysteries. You have come to this place seeking wisdom. Drink from this cup and learn all that you need to know at this time.”

You take the hot cup and drink deeply from it. What knowledge comes into your mind as the bittersweet liquid passes over your lips? Is anything foggy? Are there things that are not clear to you still?

Speak with the Crone for a time. Spend time with her and learn from her timeless experience.

When you are ready to leave embrace your grandmother and return to the gate. Take only what you need before returning down the path and allowing your consciousness to surface slowly.

Embracing the Crone Ritual

Crone Wisdom

You will need a dark or silver coloured bowl of water, your favourite incense, and a candle. Get everything prepared and find a quiet place to sit alone.

This ritual should be done as closely as possible to the last quarter—the waning moon.

Invite the Crone in your own words. You may choose to use a specific Crone Goddess if you like or simply call on the Crone aspect of the Great Goddess.

Now might be a good time to use the Crone meditation you read earlier. Either way, quiet your mind and ground yourself in whatever way works for you.

Recite the following words:

Ancient Crone, allow me to find wisdom within myself and to always remember that your lessons are within me waiting to be revealed. May I strive to understand all that is light and dark without fear?

The bowl of water represents a portal between this world and the Otherworld. When you are ready, relax the focus of your eyes and gaze into the surface of the water. Stare at it as long as you can allow yourself to “daydream” into the water.

Make note of shapes, letters, images, etc. that you see on the surface of the water. Later you may want to do some research and soul searching to find out what these things mean.

When you are done scrying thank the Crone in your own words and drip some of the water over your hands and face. Pay special attention to the area of your third eye—on your forehead between your eyes.

The ritual is ended here. You may choose to go outside and gaze at the waning moon and be with the Crone.


Prayers and Chants of the Crone

Crone Wisdom

I Ancient Crone,
Cleansing waters of wisdom,
I embrace you within myself,
And dance with you ‘round the well.
Let me be a seeker of knowledge,
And courageous in the face of darkness.
My heart sings your melody
And my spirit is forever whole.

II
Cerridwyn of the Cauldron,
Timeless Grandmother,
Shape shifting Queen of mysteries,
Let your wisdom surround me and be within me.
Reap away my fear and ignorance.
Lady Crone, bless me with your gifts.

III
Lady of Autumn,
Fading blossom of Samhain,
I am your heart’s drummer
And forever your student.

IV
The Crone awakens within me.
Now and always I seek wisdom.


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Poppet Magick

Poppet Magick

Poppet Magick

If poppet magick was to be defined, it would be considered sympathetic” magick

Like is what like does. And while poppet magick, for the most part, is for healing it has however, over the centuries, been used in many different ways.

Making a poppet is quite simple.

It is usually made in the rough image of a human, though animal’s poppets are known as well. It can be made out of just about any material; cloth, wax, clay, various metals (lead, copper etc.) wood and so on. It is the intent and the energy that it is empowered with that count. The poppet is often filled with certain herbs depending on the desired result.

Those of the VooDoun faith fill poppets or voodoo dolls or gris-gris as they are also known, with personal items such as hair, nail clippings, articles of clothing etc. They then use these gris-gris for binding and for acts of revenge.

It has been suggested that poppets were first used by Paleolithic hunters from about 50,000 B.C.E.

An image of the animal being hunted was created, and a ritual resulting in a successful hunt was performed on the poppet. Indigenous people around the world have used this method of magick and in some parts of the world; they still do to this day.

In ancient Greece (4th. century B.C.E.), poppets were referred to as “Kolossos”. Their primary purpose was for binding. This could be applied to one’s enemies, deity, ghosts and spirits, and so on. They were also used for healing and self- defence of the individual or community and protection of boundaries. The act of binding was similar to the voodoo method. In that various personal articles were embedded into the kolossos (poppet). The kolossos was then set upon by tying the figure up, mutilating various parts, and/or piercing it with thorns or nails. This was usually accompanied by various incantations and/or ritual in order to further enhance the binding.

One example of these incantations is:
” O Hermes Katokhos, restrain ( name of person ) !
I commit __________ to the Gods,
to Ge, Hectate and Persephone!
I bind _________, born of _________,
in your presence, Hermes Katokhos.
May he/she be restrained
in hand and foot and body! ”

The kolossos is then concealed by burying it or sealing it in a jar or clay pot, or cast into the deep sea. Among the Greeks and Hellenes the most common material for making poppets was clay, wax and lead.
The Babylonians often used poppets for defensive or protective magick. They were often made of clay or wax. These poppets were place around the entrances to their homes and still others were buried, depending on the need.

The ancient Egyptians also used poppets for protection from their enemies. Spells of destruction were written on the poppet and then smashed and buried.

The point being made is that poppets have been in use for centuries and in different ways by many diverse cultures.

In the United States, mountain folk, particularly the women, have used poppets for ages in order to attract and bind a lover. After casting a binding spell, they would bind the poppet with string or a ribbon and then conceal it where it could not be found. If found the spell is broken.

Witches often use poppets for healing and love magick. Though one should not use these for binding magick.

When doing a healing spell using a poppet, first stuff it with Calendula (a good healing herb) and then do a naming ritual, using the name of the person that the healing is for. Here is an example:
” Image of health, your purpose is healing.
I bestow upon you the name of _________ .
Their body is your body.
Their thoughts are your thoughts.
Their emotions are your emotions.
Their state of health is your state of health.
I proclaim you both as one entity! ”

Here is an example of a healing spell:

Material needed:

1 Yellow candle
Herbs of calendula, Lavender, and Rosemary
Clear quartz crystal
Photo of the patient
Any personal articles
To be performed on a Sunday;

Stuff the poppet with the herbs and place the crystal at the heart of the poppet.
Seal the poppet and do the naming ritual.
Light the candle and visualize the patient as being healthy and energetic.
Chant three times:

“Lavender, marigold, and rosemary
The body, soul and mind are free
Crystal of quartz, take the pain away
Whole and healed and free today
With harm to none
My will is done
So Mote It Be!”

Bury the poppet on the same day.

The same procedure should be followed when using the poppet for love magick.

(Attracting love, not binding ones emotions. Remember the Threefold law). Use herbs associated with love magick to stuff the poppet. Some of these would be Lavender, Rose, Patchouli and Basil. Some of the crystals that you could use are Lapis Lazuli, Alexandrite, Malachite, and Jade. Do the naming ritual, using aspects of love in place of healing. And then do a love chant, repeating it three times. Afterwards bury the poppet.
Colour plays an important part when doing magick. And the colour of the cloth used in poppet magick is no different. The colours can be used alone or in combination with other colours.

Following are a few colours and their associated meanings to help you get started:

White – This is a universal colour and can be used for just about any type of spell. It is often used for spells pertaining to spirituality.

Green – To be used for spells of prosperity, healing and fertility.

Red – Poppets made of this colour are used for blood related diseases, sexual passion and courage spells.

Blue – This colour is for emotional and mental healing, harmony and all round good health.

Black – Used to reverse curses or spells cast against you and to stop harmful gossiping.

Yellow – Used as an aid in mental healing.

Pink – A poppet made of this colour cloth is for fertility, love and compassion towards others and yourself.

Brown – Financial success and to attract gain.

Orange – This colour is used for success and to attract positive energy.

Purple – The colour of this poppet is used to enhance psychic ability.

HOW TO MAKE A POPPET

To make a poppet, take two pieces of cloth with right sides facing each other. A bit of fabric from an old shirt or other garment is best. From them, cut an image of a person (yourself).
Sew them together, leaving an opening for stuffing.
Next, take a dried rose and pull the petals off in a counter-clockwise manner repeating,
“Doubt torn away, confidence today.”
Place the petals inside the poppet and sew up the hole.
On the outside, paint or embroider a word or emblem which symbolizes uncertainty to you.
Then place the poppet in the light of a waning moon to reduce your reservations.
After 10 days bury the poppet along with your hesitations.

SPELL TO BIND AN ENEMY
A poppet to represent the person you wish to bind; Patchouli leaves ; Frankincense;
Charcoal block; Black candle; Red ribbon; White cloth
Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind.
Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.
Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
Hecate, great Goddess of life and death, I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of (name).
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to bind, i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you (name) are bound powerless.
In the eyes of this world, you are harmless.
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet.
Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house
(or by the ocean and bid the sea to bless it).

MAGIC POPPET
Grave dirt or earth Rosemary Sage Piece of smoky quartz
Piece of amethyst some item from the person a poppet can be sewn to represent the malicious person.
Fill it with earth (grave dirt if you can find it), rosemary, sage, a piece of smoky quartz and a piece of amethyst. Also enclose a piece of the person’s fingernails, a lock of hair, or another personal item. Handwriting can be enclosed if you have nothing else. Photos can be used also.

POPPET HEALING SPELL
Take a poppet and sprinkle it liberally with blessing oil.
Rub a perfume oil all over your hands and hold them over the dolls head, palms open and say:
You are very ill-be healed
You will recover-be healed
Heal! Heal! Heal!
Now blend equal amounts of Rosemary perfume oil, Violet perfume oil, Voodoo oil
and Damnation powder. Mix thoroughly until you have a paste.
Completely coat the doll from top to bottom with this mixture and repeat the words given above.
After several times, carefully wrap the coated doll in a piece of red cloth and hide it away, it must not be seen for several days. Then take the doll and burn it and scatter the ashes to the wind.

MAGIC GOSSIP STOPPING POPPET

Using black felt, a needle and thread, and stuffing, make a simple poppet to represent the offender.
Cut a slit into the fabric for a mouth and stuff it well with slippery elm.
Sew the mouth shut with a six-stranded piece of purple embroidery floss. As you sew, say:
“Your mouth is closed. You cannot speak to gossip, slander, or havoc wreak.
Your mouth stay shut, but only ’till it speaks of friendship and good will.”
Place the poppet in a box. Stuff the box with paper to force the poppet’s face into a corner.
Leaving the poppet as such removes the offender’s urge to gossip.

MAGIC POPPETS

A poppet is a doll. It is the shape of a human that is used for magical purposes.
They are used in spells to help either you or someone else.
These dolls can be made from wood, cloth, clay, paper, or fabric.
To make a fabric poppet cut a human outline from two pieces of fabric with their right sides together.
It does not need to be detailed. You can keep the hands and feet rounded.
If the poppet is to represent you, use a piece of fabric from some of your old clothes.
Sew most of the figure with right sides together. Leave a small area un sewn.
Turn it right side out and stuff. You may stuff the figure with batting, tissue, straw, paper, or whatever is handy. You may add herbs, a lock of hair or other personal effect. Sew the hole.
You may add button eyes and decorate to personalize.
Do not make poppets of other people unless you have permission. Do not destroy the poppet.
If it represents another person, give it to that person to keep it safe.
If it was made for binding, bury it.

HEALING WITH POPPETS

The Poppet can be used for healing purposes–in fact that is probably its primary use. The Poppet can also be used for love magic. The same construction method is used: two outlines cut from cloth, sewn together and marked with identifying symbols and characteristics (all whilst concentrating your thoughts on the person it represents). You should stuff the Poppet with the herb appropriate for the person’s ailment. If ever in doubt as to what to use, stuff the Poppet with Calendula (also called Marigold, Marybud, Holibud–Calendula officinalis), which is a cure-all. You should name the Poppet (as in love-magic, to symbolically represent the person who is to benefit from the healing spell), sprinkling and censing it, then lay it on the altar.
Should you be working for someone who has had surgery, then make an incision in the Poppet in the appropriate place. Then, taking it up from the altar, concentrate on the healing and direct your power into the patient as you sew up the incision.
You can do Auric and/or Pranic healing using the Poppet in lieu of the actual person. Once you have named and consecrated the Poppet, then anything you do to it, of course, you do to that person.

POPPET MAGICK HEALING

There is various forms and types of this magick, and listed below is a basic guide and some tips on how to enhance your poppet spell. Poppet magic is extremely powerful and should be used with care.
Most people associate poppet magic with Voodoo and perceive it as harmful.
In most cases the poppets used in Wicca are used for positive effects such as healings, love, happiness and they can also be used for bindings (only if necessary).
For an effective spell, you will need a poppet (made of natural material and it can be coloured to enhance the spell), a photo – or if possible, something of the person’s (i.e.: a lock of hair, fingernail etc) and any herbs, and gemstones needed as well.
Sometimes ribbons are incorporated into the working too.
When you are done casting, the poppet should not be destroyed. Instead give it to the person you are healing or if it was for yourself, keep it. If a binding was performed, then bury it off your property.

POPPET SPELL

Moon in Gemini or Capricorn. Month of August. Waning moons. On bright, sunlit days.
Gather a piece of paper, one gray crayon, one bright crayon (orange-yellow is good), matches, and a small item to represent yourself (perhaps a pebble). On the left side of the paper write in gray the word “doubt”, and draw a cloud over the word. On the right side, use the bright crayon to draw a sun with the word “assurance” underneath it. Then lay the paper before you, placing the symbol of self on the left side. Slowly, while repeating the phrase, “From doubt to certainty, light to mark my way.
Misgivings be gone, I’m seizing the day.
Move the stone across the page until it sets firmly on the word “assurance”.
Next, take a deep breath and tear away the left side of the paper, releasing your breath as you finish tearing. Burn that side to literally destroy you doubt. Wrap the remaining paper around the stone or object and carry it to encourage confidence every day.

POPPET SPELL TO BIND AN ENEMY

Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind.
Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.
Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
“Hecate, great Goddess of life and death, I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of (name).”
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to bind i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you (name) are bound powerless. In the eyes of this world you are harmless.
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet.
Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house.


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First Aid Kit Herbs

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First Aid Kit Herbs information below could just save a life

A first aid kit for herbs you may say? It’s highly likely that at least once in your life you’ll need to use basic first aid techniques.

If you go hiking or backpacking or enjoy any of a number of outdoor activities, the odds that you’ll encounter an emergency health problem go way up.

Despite those sobering odds, too few people keep first aid kits handy or know how to use them. While this article is no substitute for a good first aid course, it will provide some basic information about what herbs to use for emergencies. Being knowledgeable and prepared dispels anxiety and allows you to think clearly when an emergency situation arises and you are the caregiver.
You can use the following herbal extracts, oils, salves, and powders to augment a first aid kit you buy or already own. Just remember to write explicit instructions for the herbal medicines you include — in case someone else needs to use a remedy on you or in your absence. A thorough instruction booklet — one that starts with abrasions and ends with vomiting — can help you in emergencies when you’ll need a quick reference for remedies.

A number of companies sell herbal first aid kits, and you may want to tailor one of them to make it more specific to your needs. Or you may want the satisfaction of preparing one of your own. The following herbal items are welcome additions to any first aid kit.

HERBAL EXTRACTS

Herbal tinctures and extracts are the preferred form of medicine as they are assimilated quickly and administered easily. First Aid Kit Herbs

 

 

 

Tincturing also extracts valuable constituents not found in teas since certain active plant properties are only soluble in alcohol. If you dislike the alcohol, you can reduce its presence somewhat by placing the drops in a half cup of hot, boiled water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes. You can also mix the extract with juice to disguise the taste. To keep things in perspective, it has been said there’s more alcohol in a ripe banana than in the suggested dosage of herbal extracts.

Arnica. This external remedy makes a great massage liniment for sore and cramped muscles. It will decrease pain and prevent swelling and bruising associated with torn ligaments, sprains, crushed fingers and toes, and broken bones — provided the skin is not broken. Arnica works best if applied immediately after an injury and continued every couple hours for the first day.

Cayenne. Five to ten drops diluted in two ounces of water can be used internally for frostbite and hypothermia. It moves the blood from the center of the body to the peripheral areas, warming hands and feet. A couple drops under the tongue will help to revive someone in shock or trauma. Used externally for heavily bleeding lacerations, it will coagulate the blood to stanch the flow (though it stings a mite).

Valerian. As an antispasmodic and painkiller, this herb relieves intestinal and menstrual cramps, headaches and general aches or pains. As a nervine, it will bring sleep to an exhausted person. The dosage range is 30 to 60 drops.

Echinacea. Besides possessing the ability to increase the supply of white blood cells to an infected area, thus boosting the immune system, echinacea is also antibiotic and antibacterial to gram positive bacteria such as strep or staph. It’s helpful with fevers, poisoning, or any type of internal infection and has reportedly been used for poisonous insect and snake bites by many native Plains tribes. Echinacea is a good preventative and supportive herb for the onset of the flu or common cold. The dosage ranges from 30 to 60 drops, the higher ranges used for fevers and acute situations. For toothaches, it can be massaged into the surrounding gums and teeth. For poisonous bites, 60 drops every 15 minutes is appropriate.

Grindelia. As an external remedy, grindelia cools and soothes hot, irritated skin rashes, sunburns, itchy insect bites and poison ivy. When taken internally, it helps expel mucus obstruction in the bronchioles and may be useful for some types of asthma and respiratory congestion.

Milk thistle combination. This can include milk thistle, burdock and kelp in equal parts. An alternative to chaparral that acts to leach heavy metals and radiation toxicity from the thyroid, blood, and liver as well as protects the liver against further damage. Good to take before and after dental x-rays and after taking Tylenol or Advil. 

Quassia. As an antimicrobial, this herb is traditionally used for bacterial diarrhoea, dysentery, and giardia — a lower gastrin testinal complaint contracted by drinking contaminated water. The standard dose is three to five dropper full every six hours. To treat suspected bad water, add 30 drops to each quart of water.

Syrup of Ipecac. This standard remedy promotes vomiting and should only be used in certain types of poisoning. 

Flower rescue remedy. Used for emotional trauma for all ages, flower essences work quickly and effectively on symptoms ranging from hyperventilation to neurosis. Rubbing the drops on the temples and wrists of hysterical children unable to take anything orally will have an immediate calming influence. Extracts will keep their potency for several years if stored in a dark and cool place.

POWDERED HERBS.

Slippery elm capsules. Used or food poisoning, this powder combines and buffers poisons in the stomach and bowels to decrease toxic absorption. It can soothe mucous membranes and settle an upset stomach.

Ginger root capsules. Use two caps for motion and morning sickness. It’s also effective for nausea caused by flu or bad food. 

Marshmallow-peppermint oil capsules. This is an easy-to-make combination of four parts marshmallow powder to one part peppermint oil. The powder in this formula is basically a vehicle for the peppermint oil to reach the small intestines without dissolving in the stomach. The capsules reduce intestinal cramping that can accompany any gastrointestinal tract infection.

For children not able to swallow capsules, you can dissolve the contents in four cups of juice or sweetened water.

Poultice combination power.

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This should consist of at least one antibacterial herb, one antifungal, an emollient, and an astringent. A possible combination can contain equal parts gentian, myrrh gum, goldenseal, and marshmallow. This powder can be stored in a zip-lock plastic bag and makes a nice dust for sore feet, lacerations (it will stop excess bleeding), diaper rash, infections, insect bites, or inflamed eyes (it is cooling and soothing). A tea of these herbs can be used externally as a wash. For foreign objects in the eye, make a paste by adding water to the mix and bandage it over the closed eyelid to draw the object out and soothe the eye simultaneously.

OILS

Peppermint. A little on the temples can help you stay awake and a few drops in water will settle an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil. Called a “first aid kit in a bottle,” tea tree (Melaleuca leucadendron) it has strong antifungal and antibiotic properties with antiseptic abilities. It can be used for fungal infections, pus-filled wounds or burns, cold sores, and herpes lesions. For use with earaches and on sensitive skin, dilute with equal parts olive oil. Use sparingly — tea tree oil goes a long way. 

SALVES.

A good all-purpose salve is essential. You want one that will draw and shrink swollen tissues, fight bacteria, and soothe compromised tissues. Here is a list of common herbs that fall in each category: 

Emollients — marshmallow, slippery elm, plantain, comfrey, and mullein;
Antimicrobials — echinacea, goldenseal, yerba mansa, Oregon grape, osha, propolis, myrrh gum, garlic, calendula, chamomile, chaparral, gentian, and usnea;
Astringents — hose tail, bistort, geranium, rose, alum, yarrow, witch hazel, yellow dock, and St. John’s wort.
A combination of one herb from each category is a good disinfectant for anaerobic bacteria and is soothing to epithelial cells. The mixture will also cut down on bleeding and slow the scarring process. It will speed up the healing time and can be used anywhere a salve is needed to coat and protect.

All of the herbal products mentioned are available at most health food stores or by mail order herb businesses .

All of the hardware can be found at your local pharmacy.

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If you are making your own extracts, start with either fresh or whole plants and cut to near powder yourself. The herb will be more potent. If you are buying your extracts and bulk herbs, look to see that they are either organically grown or ethically wild harvested, which means they were gathered in a conservative, sustainable manner that does no harm to the full survival of the plant species. If this is not written on the label ask your retailer to provide you with documentation as this information should always be available to the customer. Be sure to include dosage information on the bottles as well as in the instruction booklet, which can be nothing more than 3×5 cards that you can cover with see-through packing tape to waterproof and keep clean. The actual kit can be made out of many different things: a cigar box, a gutted cassette case, or something you make out of durable canvas material with a Velcro closure. Keep your first aid kit compact and organized with dividers or see-through nylon mesh so everything can be found quickly. I’m working on ideas, someday I may post mine

Using herbal remedies

Either those you prepare yourself or ones that are made by environmentally responsible companies — is self-empowering. And it’s rewarding to know you had a hand in the healing process.

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