Crystal Towers

By Sonia Acone

Crystal towers are usually 6-sided crystals that converge to a point on one end and are flat on the other end. They can often be confused with obelisks, which are 4-sided. Towers are designed to stand up with the point facing up. Energy is directed upward towards the point and outward. Crystal towers are also wonderful Generator crystals and can be used in grid layouts as the central stone.

You can also use a tower to amplify your intentions when using a grid, by touching the point of the tower to each of the crystals in your crystal grid, even if the central stone is not a tower. This will magnify the energy spreading throughout your crystal grid.

Towers can also be used just as you would a wand, as they generate power at the tip. Write down a wish or intention. Touch the tip of the tower to the written words as you say them out loud, raise the tip up towards the sky and back down to the written words.

Use your crystal tower during meditation, distance healing or even on yourself to increase enthusiasm, relieve pain and to connect to other like-minded people.

Sage Ash

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Witchery Wednesday

One of the signs that you might be a little witchy is that you tend to save everything.  It’s not hoarding if it’s useful, right?  And when it comes to spellwork, everything can be useful.  If your pockets are currently full of bits of stray string and your shelves full of glass jars (that may or may not actually contain cobwebs on purpose) then you know what we’re talking about.  But here’s something you’re probably not saving that you should be.

Burning white sage, whether as a smudge stick or loose, is almost a witchy right of passage.  Some people will insist that you should discard of any loose sage or sage ash that is “used up” after burning so as to avoid “contamination”.  But we disagree.  Sage ash is incredibly useful, and should not be wasted.

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Ozark Encyclopedia – J – Jimsonweed

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Jimsonweed – Datura stramonium

***CAUTION! Poisonous!***

Parts used: flower, leaf

Traditional uses: Poisonous. Poultice of wilted leaves used on boils and fresh wounds. Smoked for asthma. Poultice of decoction of leaves mash applied to the chest for pneumonia. Compound poultice with crushed seeds rubbed on sore throat.

“Antispasmodic, anodyne and narcotic. Its properties are virtually those of hyoscyamine. It acts similarly to belladonna, though without constipating, and is used for purposes similar to those for which belladonna is employed, dilating the pupil of the eyes in like manner. It is considered slightly more sedative to the central nervous system than is belladonna.” ~Grieve MH

Used for asthma and lung trouble – “Jimson-weed (Datura) is used in treating bronchial troubles and asthma.” ~Randolph OMF 94

For insomnia – “For persistent insomnia, one has only to put a handful of Jimson-weed (Datura) leaves into each shoe and set the…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – I – Insect Misc.

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Crickets worn as protection – “Crickets: hang a small bag containing a dead cricket around the neck. This will ward off illnesses.” ~Parler FBA II 1342

Centipedes used to cure cold – “Take ground up centipedes to cure a cold.” ~Parler FBA II 1851

Spiders tied around neck for chills – “Plug up a spider in a thimble and wear it around your neck to rid of chill.” ~Parler FBA II 1752

Snail for corns – “If you find a snail, put it on a corn or callus, and it will come off.” ~Parler FBA II 1941

Pumpkin bug for earache – “To cure an ear ache, take a punkin’ bug and grind it up into a [powder]. Mix it with mineral oil and pour it in the ear after the oil has been heated.” ~Parler FBA II 2099

Lice eaten for jaundice – “To cure yellow jaundice, eat nine…

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Analysis of Helichrysum (Immortelle) Chemistry, Antioxidant Activity, and Chemotaxonomy

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Traditionally, helichrysum (immortelle; Helichrysum italicum, Asteraceae) has been used for the treatment of scars and cuts, as well as used as a liver stimulant and diuretic. The essential oil of helichrysum has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, fungicidal, and astringent effects. As an emollient and fragrance in the cosmetic and perfume industry, the chemical composition of helichrysum essential oil has been somewhat characterized. The aim of this study was to further characterize the chemical content and antioxidant activity of helichrysum aerial parts and to assess the chemotaxonomy of the H. italicum taxa.

The flowering aerial parts of helichrysum (H. italicum ssp. italicum) were collected in May 2011, near Valdanos, Montenegro. The air-dried aerial parts of the plant were extracted with 45% ethanol and dried. The air-dried flowering upper parts of helichrysum were submitted to hydrodistillation to produce the essential oil.

The essential oil was characterized by…

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Wild horses vs cattle: Who will win the waterhole?

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Source:  Heber Wild Horses

Public lands ranchers, in their effort to convince Forest Service and others that the wild horses need to be removed from the Sitgreaves National Forest, often fall back on their old propaganda spiel that the horses guard the waterholes and won’t let the cattle drink.  So we uploaded this little video showing what really takes place at a waterhole on a regular basis when cattle and wild horses wind up at the same waterhole at the same time.  Observe the drama unfold as you watch this action packed video of wild horses picking on poor little cows…see the terrified looks on the faces of the cattle as the horses plot against them!  LOL

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Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Horseshoe

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

To protect a house from witchcraft – “Probably the commonest way to keep witches out of the house is to nail a horseshoe over the door; this is regarded as a sort of general prophylactic against witches, bad luck, contagious disease, and other evil influences. Many hillmen insist that it doesn’t work unless the open end of the horseshoe is upward, but the reason for this has never been explained to me.” ~Randolph OMF 283

To keep witches from the butter churn – “Some people put a horseshoe into the churn…Most of them say simply a horseshoe, but sometimes one hears that it should be a hot horseshoe. It may be that a hot horseshoe really would make the butter come, and not by any supernatural spells, either.” ~Randolph OMF 295

“If your butter won’t come, the cream is bewitched. The spell can be broken by heating a horseshoe and…

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Cave Trolls

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I haven’t done a post on Lord of the Rings lately, so I will show the Cave Troll. If you have read my Trolls post, you know Trolls are suppressed thoughts or memories. These Trolls need to be tended to in the awakening process. Tolkien represents this perfectly in his books. We all have suppressions we need to deal with, but most of us just let them be until they grow so big, they come out swinging.

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Fall Allergies ~ An Herbal Approach

Good Witches Homestead

Seasonal allergies can really get you down, and over-the-counter meds can knock you out. Try these natural herbal remedies to soothe pollen induced headaches, scratchy throats, chapped skin, and more.

allergy-teaAs allergy sufferers, we’re acutely aware of seasonal changes in air quality. Earth’s reawakening in spring brings us welcome warmth, but it also delivers not-so-welcome tree pollen. Summer’s riot of plant bounty includes grasses and the associated output of pollen. Fall has its own offenders in the form of ragweed pollen and mold from fallen leaves.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you may be thinking about closing the shutters and latching the door. Venturing out into this minefield of airborne plant pollens can feel treacherous. Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with a phyto-pharmacy that can help carry you comfortably through each season.

What’s an Allergy?

Seasonal allergies are common, affecting more than 35 million people in the United States and…

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Herbs To Have In Your Medicine Cabinet This Fall

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It’s the time of year, where more often than not we are turning to our medicine cupboard to support our bodies and our families. An abundance of tea herbs, honey, and lemon, fresh herbs like ginger, turmeric, cayenne, and garlic are all great to have on hand throughout the winter. A few herbal tinctures also play useful roles and are key ingredients in the medicine cabinet.

elderflowerElderberry | Elderberry is an excellent superfood-like ally safe to take in large quantities. With elderberry and plenty of rest, our body’s natural response kicks in–that’s why elderberry syrups and tea have long been used to help support optimal immune function. All these amazing herbs come in handy when our resources are low: elderberry helps our body maintain its normal immune response. Because it’s so much like food, it’s incredibly safe for kids, and happens to taste divine when combined with honey–hence the elderberry syrup! This one…

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