stressed? just take a soak!

in today’s crazy world, one thing each and every one of us deals with is stress.

we all know it, we all feel it.

i’ve learned that the trick to dealing with it is to make sure to take a lot of time for self care, whether it be a nice, warm cup of tea, curling up with a favorite book (even if you’ve read it a hundred times before), or taking a nice bath and soaking away the pains and frustrations of the day.

we carry so much stress with us throughout our lives, so much so that doctors warn against not finding away to shake it off is hazardous to our health and could even shorten our lives by a considerable amount, and as for myself, that is terrifying.

so, i decided that i was going to do my part to help you wonderful readers to destress and relax, if only for a little while.

every little bit helps, right?

anyway, here’s some recipes for some simple and easy bath salts to melt that stress away!

i hope you enjoy.

relax about it

a calming mix of relaxing aromas to loosen those muscles and slow down those crazy thoughts.

ingredients

    • 2 cups epsom salt
    • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
    • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oils
    • 5 drops lavender essential oils
    • 4-5 drops soap coloring of choice

directions

    this recipe is super simple and easy to create, either in bulk or in an as-needed capacity. i find that this is imperative, because what good would it to do stress someone out while they’re making the thing they want to use to de-stress?

    it’s just really counterproductive, if you ask me.

    we all have different tastes and idea of what we like and what we don’t like and that’s perfectly a-okay!

  1. mix the epsom salt and the kosher salt together until it’s well blended and evenly intermingled. ]
  2. add the soap coloring and mix. some people like to use a spoon and actually stir, but i like to play it fast and loose and just swirl the bowl around like i’m sloshing water around.
  3. NOTE: it may clump together and that’s totally fine. keep mixing and it should eventually start to break up and spread the coloring around as it should.

  4. add the essential oils and mix. add as needed, but remember, a little goes a long way. i usually start with just a few drops and go from there.
  5. once you have the proper incorporation of essential oils, place the salts into containers for safe keeping.
  6. when you go to use the salts in your bath, use as little or as much as you’d like, though, again, a little goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower yourself.

    have fun with it and find out what works best for you and most importantly, relax!

when the moon hits your eye…

when the moon hits your eye…

the moon.

there’s just something about it, right?

it’s so big and bright and cleansing.

the moon means many things to me, personally.

it’s a beacon in the sky, because no matter where i am or what i’m doing, it’s always there in some form, whether it’s just a sliver peeking out from the shadows or that big, luminous ball, hanging around and taking up space.

just the fact that it’s there and i can look up and see it at any time (most often times even during the day) is a very soothing thing for me.

it’s a teacher, in that i’m reminded that everything has a cycle and everything changes, but that that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

right now, i’m going through a lot of changes and the moon has been a constant reminder that even though sometimes, it might seem like things are in the shadow and suppressed, that’s no excuse to give up and just throw in the towel.

like the moon, this phase too shall pass and i’ll (hopefully) have learned whatever lesson the universe has to teach me.

the moon is also something of a guardian, left to watch over my thoughts and ideas and keep them safe until i am ready to process them and bring them to their full potential.

perhaps it’s weird to feel such a connection to a great orb in the sky, but that’s the way i’ve always been and i don’t really see myself changing any time soon.

i hope i never lose the need to track the moon through the sky, or feel the cleansing nature of the soft, mellow glow washing over my skin.

what a boring, unimaginative life that would be.

xx

 

always make time for tea

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one thing i always make time for is a cup of tea.

it doesn’t always have to be the same time, or in the same place, but somehow, in some way, some small part of my day is taken up in a slow sipping meditation in the act of making and drinking a cup of tea.

one of my favorite kinds of tea is the ever classic earl grey (it’s the bergamot that does it, just adding that extra little lift of flavor that makes it lovely) with milk and a dab of honey.

it just hits the spot oh-so-right, be the day hot and sticky or bone chillingly cold.

be that as it may, while i love my lord earl grey, i do also enjoy dabbling in making my own tea blends and creations.

as a witch, i find that it’s an easy way to incorporate magic into my every day life when I’m struggling to find the energy to do so, in one way or another.

i thought i’d share some of my favorite blends with you all now.

for relaxation: 

1 part lavender (for healing, calmness, and purity)
1 part mint (for psychic and verbal communication)
1 part chamomile (for money, peace, and love)

steep this tea to taste in boiling water. i find that adding a little sugar or honey and even sometimes, a little milk really does the trick to make me relaxed and sleepy.

nutritional iced tea:

1 part rose hips (for good luck in life and love)
1 part chamomile (for money, peace, and love)
1 part catnip (for influencing new friendships)
1 part skullcap (for relaxation and peace)
1 part nettle (for driving out negative energies)
1 part lemon balm (for soothing emotional pains)

this tea can be made in large quantities and i mix a huge batch and then add some of the mix to a reusable teabag when i want a cup.

the world’s best chai: 

4 parts black tea
1 part nutmeg (for enhancing clairvoyance and clear sight)
1 part cloves (for dispelling negativity, cleansing, and purification)
1 part vanilla beans (for love and friendship)
1 part ginger (for love and success)

this tea is so warming and comforting. i love drinking this one on rainy days and when it’s cold outside and I don’t have to leave the house.

these are just three of my favorite mixes and blends, but if you feel inclined, with a little bit of creativity and know-how, you can be well on your way to finding out and creating your own favorite blends as well.

happy sipping!

xx

lammas blessings to you!

happy lammas, everyone!

today, i hope you take the time to reflect on the changes and blessings that you have received this year and set intentions for the remaining times we have this year.

i know, even with the struggles i’ve gone through, i have much to be thankful for.

a great way to give thanks and honor the universe for the gifts you’ve been given is to set up an altar and offering for whoever or whatever you feel has given you the things you have.

if you don’t honor or worship a deity, simply set up an altar and offering to honor yourself and your achievements.

may the next few months be plentiful and full and vibrant!

xx

a time to reflect…

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i’m excited for this new moon.

not only is it a new moon, a time for cleansings and welcoming in new beginnings, it’s also a dark moon, or, the second new moon in a single calendar month and a time of hightened energy and a great time to work on or dedicate yourself to personal growth.

i have been doing a lot of personal growth this year.

from multiple health issues (thyroid, migraine, general health), after having never really been an unhealthy person, to some financial woes, i’ve gone through a huge bout of soul searching and re-evaluation these last seven months.

it’s been a rollcoaster and i don’t know that i’ve fully come to a stop yet, but during this ebb, i’m planning on taking the time to reflect on all the good and bad of whatever cycle i was in the throes of.

i read once that the dark moon is the savasana of the moon cycle, and i find that super fitting, if not a little ironic, all things considered.

like savasana in yoga, the dark moon is a great time for reflection and absorbtion of all the lessons and teachings, though you may not know what those things are, or are aware that you even learned them.

i feel like that’s on purpose, as we are never completely done changing or shifting, much like the moon itself.

so, tomorrow night, i plan on sitting quietly, with my altar and myself, and just… digest.

meditate

breathe.

be.

will you join me?