spell oils: launching this friday in the bwitch shop

so, i had hoped to write this post to announce a total of 5 new spell oils available this friday in our shop. i have been toiling in the lab the last 2 months to perfect these and they are sooooo ready to go!

but, alas, due to a delay on the part of my label printer (and i can’t completely throw them under the bus, i mean, there’s a pandemic right now), i won’t have my normal labels until after May 20th.

faced with the option of not even launching for another 3 weeks, or launching and using another label printer than can get me labels printed faster, but for a slightly higher price, i went with option 2.

so, instead of launching all 5 spell oils, i have decided to prioritize these 3:

love spell

love spell is for any spell involving love, commitment, self-love, passion, or even sex magick. this is to inspire and instill love, deep and wonderful as it can be. it’s emotional, gripping, and fluid. you can get caught right up in this bliss in a bottle.

it has floral top notes of rose and lilac, both known for their magickal properties of love and romance, followed by rich high-vibe ylang ylang and vanilla, and finishing off with spicy cloves and musk, to really seal the deal.

love spell also works awesome as a perfumed body oil, to get yourself or someone else in the mood. its a deeply sensual scent!

wood

this is a spell oil for all forms of earthy magick. whether you are planning to actually work in forest, or planting an herb garden, or any other kind of green magic, forest magic, herb magic, even kitchen magic.

this will focus your intent and will so powerfully with its potent elements of cedar, pine, and eaglewood, with vetiver, sandalwood, birch, and fern, too. its got notes of fresh dirt, cloves, smoke, and grass, to cement the experience and call in all those energies to your spell.

it perfectly captures the energy of the forest and the earth and takes you right to the woods anytime you need to go.

it is a super earthy, woody scent.

and the best part? if your partner starts wearing it as a beard oil like mine did, you will spontaneously start wanting to roleplay lumberjack fantasies

release

and then finally, release.

i’ll be honest, this one wasn’t initially my favorite of the collection. not because it doesn’t smell good, but because, you know, we tend to think of love spells and such as flashy or trendy, but we tend to forget all about how much more important it can be for us to let shit go.

and that is what release is for. this is the perfect complement to any new moon or waxing moon spells you’re doing, anything involving destructive magick, or letting go of people, places, things, emotions, habits, negativity and so forth.

i quickly found myself applying it every morning before meditating, as it really helped me clear my mind and focus. i found my daily tarot card pulls were far more intuitive and i was able to just be intuitive so much easier while using this spell oil, which was such a profoundly surprising and welcome outcome, frankly.

so, while i call it release, because that is its intent, it is so. much. more. its been like therapy in a bottle for me, for real.

what’s in it?

besides just pure magick, there are heavy top notes of jasmine and sandalwood to help you open up and prepare to release, myrrh and cedarwood for protection, but also purification, ginseng – master healing root is like a bristle brush for your mind and soul, and thyme, honeysuckle, and orange leave you with that squeaky clean feeling.

you couldn’t release more if you poured fabuloso all over yourself đŸ˜‰

how do you use these spell oils?

each spell oil itself is blended with all the elements needed to make a spell work (whether its a love spell, earth magick, or a release spell of some kind), apart from just your specific intention.

you can use them alone or in combination with anything else (other objects, oils, candles, etc). each small artisan batch is infused with powerful intention by myself to help guide the energy of the elements within it.

the spell oils also come with a magickal element infused within, such as rose petals, cedar leaves, or honeysuckle, plus a magickal charm instilled with the energy as well, which you can keep long after the oil is gone.

they can also be worn as scented body oils for every day wear, or special occasions. i sometimes to just wear them to lift my mood because they really do make you stop and close your eyes for a moment, while you’re mind is taken elsewhere, away from daily monotony and the grind of life.

where/when can you buy them?

this Friday, May 1st they will be live in the bwitch shop at 4pm CST!! bookmark the site or set a reminder. there will be limited stock this first round.

our shop has free shipping on orders of $35 or more, so if you feel compelled to pick up more than one, or other stuff, too, take advantage of that.

i hope (all my fingers are crossed right now) that my label situation will iron itself out in the next week or two, the additional two spell oils (lust spell and fuck me in the forest) will be able to launch together shortly. i know some of you have been dying to try those out and i don’t want to disappoint you (and i have the feeling the oils will definitely not disappoint you)!

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how to make a zesty immunity herbal tea

I love herbs. I’ve worked with them for over a decade in my ‘day job’ as a clinician. They can be quite potent and medicinal if you use them correctly in the right doses.

A really great easy way to incorporate herbs into your self-care and health/wellness routine is in the form of herbal teas.

Even if you aren’t using herbs for any medical or health reasons, herbal teas are still an excellent way to get antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that aid in liver detoxification, cellular immunity and repair, and even promote anti-aging effects like cell regeneration and improve skin appearance.

This particular herbal tea is one I make a lot lately, because it has a number of properties that i think are really important right now for me:

  • immune boosting antioxidants and herbal extracts
  • anti-aging antioxidants (i ain’t getting any younger)
  • adrenal-balancing compounds (stress has been redefined for me, personally)
  • cellular health compounds

Here’s what I put in it, but feel free to play around with ingredients to your own taste:

  • ~1 tsp hibiscus
  • ~1-2 tsp schisandra berries (dried)
  • 1 small slice ginseng (dried root)
  • ~1-2 tsp dried goji berries
  • ~3/4-1 tsp rhodiola
  • ~8-10g fresh ginger root
  • 2-3 fresh lemon slices

Here are some of the important properties of the ingredients that I take into account when I choose what to put in a particular herbal tea:

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a tropical plant whose red calyces (the pods that form after the petals drop off) are used medicinally for a variety of reasons. It is considered a ‘cooling’ herbal ingredient in many cultures, for ailments that result from too much ‘heat’ or which are referred to as ‘hot’ conditions.

It has been used to lower blood pressure naturally in human trials [1] and has undergone cancer chemopreventive trials in animals [2].

The main antioxidant compounds in hibiscus are polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, protocatechuic acid (PCA), and anthocyanins. These come from the pigment-associated plant components, especially the deep dark reds. I’ll bring up anthocyanins again when I discuss schisandra berries. These are all compounds that reduce inflammation by either directly binding to reactive oxygen species (ROS) or inhibiting those free radicals from doing things like binding to cells and DNA, which is super bad, trust me.

Schisandra berries

For real, if you’re not eating or consuming schisandra berries all the time right now, start. These are like level 9000 super food status, and not many people know much about them outside of herbal communities and alternative medicine experts.

These little berries are native to parts of Asia and they have a (pause for suspenseful effect)…deep dark red pigment to them. Yes, these are also high in anthocyanins, the antioxidants associated with red, purple, blue, and black-pigmented plants.

Not only that, but they also have antiviral activity [3] and contain a phenolic compound called Schisandrin C, which is hepatoprotective (supports the liver and helps protect it from damage) [4]. Other important antioxidants include Schisandrin A and B (Sch A; Sch B) and gomisin A (Gom A).

And then, if that’s not enough, they also support the immune system by stimulating a specific type of white blood cells to produce certain cytokines in response to inflammation, which causes other immune cells to differentiate into helpful or beneficial responses [5].

*caution: because schisandra can stimulate TH-1 immune response, I would definitely not recommend taking this plant or its extracts if you have an active COVID-19 infection; if you take it as a preventive before contracting the virus, it will be harmless and can absolutely help boost your immune system, but during active infection in some individuals, it could increase cytokine storm, which can lead to severe complications; consult a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements, herbs, medicines, or nutraceuticals

Ginseng

This is a root that is pretty much a staple for me, and I recommend it to many of my patients for its multifaceted value in both anti-aging/longevity medicine and its cellular support properties.

Ginseng comes in several forms, but generally for those two purposes, I recommend using Panax ginseng, also referred to as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng. This form of ginseng is the most costly, but worth it. You can purchase it already dried and sliced, or you can purchase the root dried and cut it yourself if you want to save some cash.

Important constituents of ginseng and why I add it to herbal teas so frequently are:

  •  over 30 different compounds classified as ginsenosides have been studied with effects ranging from cardiovascular, neurological, hepatic, endocrine, to immune function
  • supports memory, learning, focus, and neuroprotection [6]
  • immune-modulating properties like anticancer actions and increases production and action of immune cells such NK (natural killer) cells and T cells [7]
  • has longevity (longer life span properties) and stress reduction properties, as well as stress-modulating properties [8]

Who doesn’t want to look and feel younger, while living longer and being super chill?

Goji berries

I think most people have jumped on a variety of ‘super food’ trends over the years, and goji berries definitely had their time in the spotlight. You guessed it: they have anthocyanins in them because of their pigment! They taste great and I add them mainly for the extra antioxidant boost and their contribution to flavor.

Ginger

Ginger is another one of those non-negotiable wonder roots that I feel like everyone should be consuming in addition to ginseng. Ginger has such powerful digestive benefits (high doses of it can alleviate constipation in some people). It also has anticancer properties, as well as some strong immune boosting properties due to its antioxidants (gingerols, shogaol, and paradols) and anti-inflammatory effects [9].

Rhodiola

And last but not least, we come to rhodiola, a potent adrenal adaptogen that many people use in lieu of caffeine and other stimulants. If you’re feeling sluggish, fatigued, and burned out, rhodiola may just be your bff.

I add it here to give the whole tea a bit of a high energy vibration, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t drink this later in the day. I find that it will not keep you up or prevent sleep the way caffeine would. What I do find is it really helps me turn on the creative centers of my brain and focus my passion and creativity, which i can more easily channel into something productive.

Lemon

Fresh lemon slices are always welcome in herbal teas, IMO, because they can help to take the bite off bitter-tasting or smelling herbs, as well as help to boost the antioxidant content even further, as lemons contain a phenolic compound called limonene, which aids in supporting the liver.

Phew. got all that? If all you came here for was how to make the tea, thanks for sticking around for the rest.

all content contained in this article and on this site is not intended to be used as medical advice or a substitute for medical attention. always check with your healthcare provider before changing or beginning any herbal protocols such as those mentioned herein.

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