Primrose: The Flower of February

Good Witches Homestead

COMMON NAME:  primrose
GENUS:  Primula
SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:
P. denticulata-lavender, purple, or white flowers; grows to 12 inches. P. japonica ‘Millar Crimson’-flowers whorled around 24-inch stem; blooms May-June. P. polyanthus-best known; colors are red, pink, blue, gold, and white, all with small yellow eyes.
FAMILY:  Primulaceae
BLOOMS:  spring
TYPE:  perennial
DESCRIPTION:  Primroses form an attractive rosette of crinkly, light green leaves. The flowers are generally brightly colored and occur in tight bundles on individual stems above the leaves.
CULTIVATION:  Needing partial shade, primroses thrive in well-drained, rich soil. They are indigenous to cool, moist meadows and woodland environments  Duplicating these conditions as closely as possible will create the best growing conditions for primroses. The soil should not be allowed to dry completely. To retain vigorously blooming plants, divide clumps every four to five years. Seeds should be sown in midsummer for bloom the following spring.

primrose day

Primrose is beloved…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – P – Pawpaw

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Pawpaw – Asimina triloba

Parts used: bark, fruit

Traditional uses: Fruit used for food. Inner bark used to make strong ropes and string. Wood used in pegging for various illnesses. Fruit used in ritual associated with curing a man of drunkenness. Used in love magic and to prevent infidelity. A magical wood, associated with death and witchcraft. Used to protect from evil spells and curses. Seeds associated with death rituals.

Use in pegging against infidelity – “A hillman whose wife is ‘triflin’ on him’ is sometimes persuaded that he can make everything right by going into the woods at midnight and boring a hole in the crotch of a pawpaw tree. This done, he mutters a secret Biblical quotation, drives a stout wooden peg into the auger hole, and walks away without looking back at the tree. The hole behind the peg may contain a wad of human hair, dried…

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Verbena Lore

Good Witches Homestead

COMMON NAME: verbena
GENUS:Verbena
SPECIES, HYBRID, CULTIVARS:
V. bipinnatifida-light purple perennial: 3 inches tall. V. rigida-purplish blue perennial; 1 foot tall. V. rigida-‘Flame’-red flowers from June through frost. V. canadensis-rose pink flowers from June through frost. V. venosa-purplish blue flowers; to 1 foot. V. hybrida-‘Amethyst’-lavender blue; annual. V.b.-‘Blaze’-scarlet; annual. V.b.-‘Sangria’-wine colored; heat tolerant; annual; spreads 1 to 1 1/2 feet.
FAMILY:Verbenaceae
BLOOMS: summer
TYPE: annual and perennial
DESCRIPTION: Low-growing verbena blooms profusely and adds great color to the summer perennial bed. Different species vary in height from 3 to 12 inches and in a spread from 12 to 24 inches. Flowers are small and borne on short stalks; the foliage is bright green and continuously attractive. Verbenas come in white and bright shades of red, pink, blue, and purple.
CULTIVATION: Full sun and well-drained soil are necessary conditions for growing…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – P – Paper

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Note for headache and eyestrain – “I met a witch doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, who cured headaches and eyestrain simply by writing MOTTER FOTTER on a piece of paper and letting the patient burn the paper in the presence of three witnesses.” ~Randolph OMF 133

Used in curing warts – “Another way to ‘pass’ a wart is to spit on it, rub a bit of paper in the spittle, fold the paper, and drop it in the road; the wart is supposed to pass to the first person who picks up the paper and unfolds it. Children are always trying this, and one can find these little folded papers in the road near most any rural schoolhouse.” ~Randolph OMF 127

Paper doll against witchcraft – “I interviewed one renowned witch killer who cuts a silhouette out of paper and writes the witch’s name on it. Then he very slowly…

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Wild Witch-Crafting With Peony Flower Ants Part 2

The Witch & Walnut

Wild Witch Crafting With Peony Flower Ants Part 2No peony plant is without its ants, I know this can be bothersome for some but for this Witch…. its gold! Peonies don’t need ants to bloom, they will absolutely bloom on their own without them, so don’t worry about removing them, your blooms with be just fine.

The ants are used mostly in spell work to remove blockages and personal spiritual manifestation.

Ideally you will want to work outside and use live ants but you can dip the flowers in water and the ants will fall off. At that point you can dry them out and crush them up and use them indoors. Otherwise plan to work outside. These little ants don’t get enough love, they work hard to gather, eat and take away that beautiful sweet nectar that leaves us with a bloom a little earlier than expected.  There are plenty of ants so don’t be afraid of…

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Wild Witch-Crafting With Peony Blooms, Root, Seed & Ants – Part 1

The Witch & Walnut

Wild Witch-Crafting With Peony Blooms, Root, Seed & Ants - Part 1Peonies are a long time favorite of mine in spell work. Each part of the plant from root to bloom and the little ants on top are all magic. Peony plants are are a hardy perennial in my neck of the woods. They can easily live for a 100 years which makes them ideal in workings that require longevity, grounding, stability, working with ancestors. Peony seeds also make a wonderful offering when working with spirit guides and past loved ones.

Keeping seeds on you and the corners of your property and interior of your home are highly protective, they can be made into a bracelet and worn. Bringing a peony plant or its seeds is also a regarded as a treasured gift to the receiver.

Peony root is a strong cleanser I like to use it for expelling and clearing the way, creating ease, flow, moving things to create clarity…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – O – Onion

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Onion – Allium cepa

Parts used: bulb

Traditional uses: Syrup of chopped onions taken for colds. Used to destroy germs because of a volatile oil in roots. Onion placed in a sick room to draw fever out.

“Antiseptic, diuretic. A roasted Onion is a useful application to tumours or earache. The juice made into a syrup is good for colds and coughs. Hollands gin, in which Onions have been macerated, is given as a cure for gravel and dropsy.” ~Grieve MH

Red onion on bedpost for a cold – “A big red onion tied to a bedpost is said to prevent the occupants of the bed from catching cold. A famous politician in Arkansas had an onion fastened to his bedpost as recently as 1937. When I asked him about this he laughed rather sheepishly. ‘That’s just one of Maw’s notions,’ he said, referring to his mother-in-law. ‘She lives with…

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Richmond Workshop ~ Crystals, Ancestors, Elements ~ February 10

Self-Empowerment through the
Energies of Ancestors, Elements, and Crystals
WORKSHOP
Richmond, Virginia
February 10, 2018
2pm – 6pm
Have you ever experienced a lack of energy for no apparent reason?
Or kept encountering the same persistent obstacle no matter how many times you tried to power through?
Or wondered why you had to go through a traumatic event in your life?
If so, this may have been because of an imbalance of the elemental energies and ancestral energetic patterning.
You will LEARN
The practical and spiritual aspects of working with the four elements
How the energy of four elements is expressed in our lives
How this energy is connecting us to our ancestors
How to work with these energies and your ancestors to clear what you no longer need
How to work with these energies to meet your needs and stand in your power
You will EXPERIENCE
A process of personal attunement to the elemental energies
Uncovering subconscious patterns that are blocking your progress
A discovery of the best element for you to work with for clearing your field, recharging your batteries, stabilizing your energy, and moving forward
You will RECEIVE
4 Crystals (one for each element we work with)
4 Guided Meditations (recordings, so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of this work)
A free holographic multidimensional energy clearing group session from Brana during the workshop
A 10+ page workbook
Saturday, February 10, 2018
2pm – 6pm
Cost: $150
SHINE Integrative
Health InSyncs Building
Bon Air, Virginia 23235
Best,
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Ozark Encyclopedia – O – Oak

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Oak – Quercus

Parts used: bark, leaf

Traditional uses: Astringent, antiseptic, bark and leaves can be used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, can be used in poultices and to help stop bleeding.

“The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the Ancients, by whom different parts of the tree were used, but it is the bark which is now employed in medicine. Its action is slightly tonic, strongly astringent and antiseptic. It has a strong astringent bitter taste, and its qualities are extracted both by water and spirit. The odour is slightly aromatic. Like other astringents, it has been recommended in agues and haemorrhages, and is a good substitute for Quinine in intermittent fever, especially when given with Chamomile flowers. It is useful in chronic diarrhoea and dysentery, either alone or in conjunction with aromatics. A decoction is made from 1 OZ. of bark in a quart of…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – N – Needles

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Held in mouth while cutting onions – “A girl from Cape Fair, Missouri, once told me that a woman can peel or cut up raw onions without making her eyes smart, simply by holding a needle in her mouth while she does the job.” ~Randolph OMF 138-139

Held in mouth for sore eyes – “…in other backwoods towns I have heard that a needle in the mouth is generally believed to be good for sore or watery eyes, no matter what the cause of the irritation.” ~Randolph OMF 139

Needle used in making a love charm – “A girl can take a needle which has been stuck into a dead body, cover it with dirt in which a corpse has been laid, and wrap the whole thing in a cloth cut from a winding sheet; this is supposed to be a very powerful love charm, and a woman who owns…

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