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Product Review: Nasal Decongestant By Sages Aromatherapy

Nasal DecongestantToday I am going to be talking to you about one of my favorite products.  This is a holistic and natural herbal remedy that works great.  I’ve tried many different products to help with my congestion and other issues.  None of them have worked as well as this one balm.  Sages Aromatherapy knew what they were doing when they started to create this blend.

This year has been terrible for allergies for everyone.  Its been worse for people like me who suffer from asthma as well.  So I’m always a bit wheezy and stuffy from my asthma and general environmental allergies.  My allergies and congestion are so bad at times that I end up feeling like I am going to puke in the morning in order to get rid of everything that slipped down in the night.
To be honest the only thing that ever actually helped me get rid of phlegm and congestion before was the max dose of Mucinex.  And I’d have to take it everyday when they even recommend not taking it more than 7 days without seeing doctors. I would mention it to my Doctors and nothing would help and they continued to say if the mucinex works just keep working with it.  Not only is the stuff expensive but it can also taste terrible if it gets stuck on the tongue while you try and swallow the large pills.  I grew really tiered of taking it twice a day to just be able to breathe and live without feeling physically ill every morning.

Hot shower before bed were one thing I tried but with post nasal drip it just seemed to give the nasal passages more phlem for the following morning.  In the middle of the winter I started to try working with Eucalyptus oil alone and that helped quite a bit but it still felt like there had to be something better out there that was natural like Eucalyptus oil that I could use and have it be more effective.  The Eucalyptus oil helped me be able to breathe at night but there was still phlem in the morning, breathable and non ill feeling phlem but it was still there.

Now a few months ago I was gathering raffle items for the Maine Pagan Unity Day in Portland Maine.  Many members of the Pagan Business Network sent items to be sold at the raffle for a fundraiser for Maine Pagan Unity Day.   As I was gathering several items together I personally snagged a few items from various providers that I personally was attracted to and wanted to give a chance.  This Nasal Decongestant was one of the few small items I grabbed for myself.  And I am so glad that I did.

I applied I little to my chest only at night for a week and the results were amazing.  Not only could I breathe but I didn’t feel like there was any phlem there.  I coughed a little in the morning but there was no phlem.  No sounds of gurgling and not sounds of hacking.  I actually felt healthy and like I was normal.  A week later I added the balm to my feet as the jar suggested and I couldn’t believe how much it helped me.  I felt like I was a different person.  It seemed as it there were no barriers to my breathing at all.

The more I used this item the less I seemed to need my controller inhaler and my rescue inhaler.  In fact most days now unless its extremely humid I really only seem to need my controller just in the morning.  Even my use of the rescue/exercise inhaler has dropped substantially.  Unless I am going to be doing a lot of physical work (exercise or vacuuming the CVS I work at) I really dont need either of them in my day to day life.  I am not advocating to stop using inhalers if you use them.  Far from it.  Mine are still essential to my life, I just relay on them maybe once a day instead of 4-5 times a day.

The last few weeks allergies have been dull and down so I have not used them as much as I have in the past.  However in the next few weeks fall allergies will be all over.  So I know I will be using this balm for myself again.  I don’t leave home without it.  Its in my daily meds and first aid I carry with me everywhere.  Just knowing that I can use the balm if and when I need it is an amazing relief.  And it feels relaxing when you put it on too!

If you would like to own your own decongestant balm you can order it here:Decongestant Salve

Product Review: Formula 4T3 by Doctor Hawks Cures and Conjure

Product Review:
Formula 4T3 by Doctor Hawks Cures and Conjure

4T3

Today I am going to be reviewing a phenomenal product by Doctor Hawk.  I’ve already spoken about his Achilles Balm which for me works better than Neosporin on any of my wounds and has also helped my rashes and issues with ingrown toenails.  This product is event better than that. THis is one that I wish more people knew about. This is one I am actually going to be keeping in stock on a regular basis.

I have a few chronic issues for my health that run in my family.  Sinus pressure and pain (with out obvious congestion) is a big one and personally I have had issues with my ears in various forms since I was less than 3 months old.  My ear problems have run from chronic ear infections to both excessive earwax and too little earwax.  Though I would have to say my most annoying problem from my ears would be the constant ringing when there is silence.

I also tend to get any and all versions of the cold and flu that go around.  As an asthmatic (its mild but colds and flus make it worse) I am open to these issues more than other people (at least that is how it seems to me).  For myself because of the asthma I often get a large build up of phlegm and it can be difficult to deal with without the use of Mucinex or other over the counter medicines.  Not so much any more.

This medicine the Formula 4T3 has created a major change in my life. I can appreciate the silence of the night.  I can site outside and listen to the wind, water, and crickets without any issue.  I can actually be at peace with the true music of the night.  For once I can enjoy true natural silent meditation in nature and really get something out of it.

I no longer have a constant state of ringing in my ears.  I can sleep every night easily.  If I wake up and there is no music going I can fall asleep without dreading the return of ringing ears.   I’ll put it this way.  The ringing in my ears was so bad that if there was silence it would make itself louder and louder until it was almost deafening.  Now the only time this seems to happen at all is if I missed a dose.

I do not have the phlem build up that I used to.  I actually seem to hardly ever need to use either of my inhalers anymore.  They seem to only be required once a day for the controller (instead of twice) and the as needed only when its unbearably humid or I have been much more physically active than my norm.  I dont need to use it when I vacuum at work anymore.  This is a good thing.

I was getting two sinus headaches a week with pain.  Since I have started this treatment there are no sinus pressure headaches.  The sinus pressure and pain were actually a new thing for me.  They were bad.  It was so painful that I only felt that sleeping and lying down could cure it.  Again it seems that the only time I get these issues anymore is if I happen to miss a dose.  This past weekend I was away and forgot to take it with me.  Monday I had the onset of a sinus pressure headache.  To fix that I took a dose of this and it went away almost instantly.

These are some of the main physical ailment ways that this product has helped me heal and be more aware of myself and my life.  There are several mental health issues that I deal with on a daily basis as well.  Some of these issues were the inspiration for several of my aromatherapy baths.  However I have found that this has done the job very well.

Since taking this I am starting to remember my dreams more often and dream more vividly.  My emotions are much stronger than they have been in a while. I feel my power as a witch flowing much freer than it has in a long time.  I feel like I am returning to myself.  Which may be one of the unknown spiritual effects of this product.

I can’t comment on the spiritual aspects of this product myself as I have not used it for that purpose yet.  Doctor Hawk’s products all come with a practical aspect as well as a spiritual aspect to them.  For him it is essential to treat the whole person.  This is one of the reasons I recommend you talk to him and ask about his products yourself.  He really is a true Root Doctor who treats the body and spirit as if they are one for they really are one.

To see more of his products and to order them for yourself contact him through his Facebook pages

Doctor Hawk’s cures and Conjure: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-Hawks-Cures-and-Conjure/1428801757335612

Or talk to the man himself on his personal page

Ray Hess: https://www.facebook.com/ray.hess.9066

Product Review: Cauldron Craft Odditys

Many months ago I traded a leather pouch made by us for several herbal products from Cauldron Craft Odditys. There are still many more products from them that I need to use and play with before I can review them. There are two products that I am happy to have a chance to review. These are two products that I use frequently and am nearly out of one of them. One product is an oil which I have not found on their Etsy page any more, but I know she still makes it and the other is a ritual bath which is very nice.

First up: The ritual bath
Lavender Bliss Bath salt

This is a very soothing and very relaxing bath. Stress and anxiety were very high for me last year. I was going through a very tight financial time and dealing with several other stresses in my life. One of the few things I could do to relax and forget my troubles if only for a moment was take a bath. When I got this ritual bath I knew that I would be using it and I would be enjoying it very much.

This bath has been one of the most enjoyable bath salts I have ever used. One of the things I like the best about this bath salt is that the scent comes directly from the natural materials used in the crafting of the bath salt. There are no synthetic materials involved. This bath is made with high grade herbs and pure essential oils. For this reason alone I can keep this bath in my house. Both my fiance’ and myself have highly sensitive skin, so most synthetic materials are out of our day to day use. This bath was actually the inspiration for my own stress relief bath. There are similarities in the materials but they are different baths.

You can find this bath at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CauldronCraftOdditys

The other item I have used is their Sweet Success Perfume oil
Sweet succsess oil

This perfume oil is great. I used it for a job interview I had last year and I got the job. I use a bit in my washes before events and I wear some on the days I have events. I’ve used this oil alone and with my financial success tincture and money oils. While I have had more fantastic results when using it with my own blends, on its own this oil has helped me have several successful days at my day job and has helped me remain calm during a job interview.

As a perfume I like this oil because it is not overpowering. It has a subtle scent but works just as effective as if it were a strong scent. Like the bath salt this product is also made with only natural ingredients. For me this is the other reason I use it so often. Its a great scent and natural. I have no reaction so if you have sensitive skin you can probably wear this too!

Now I need to play with the other products I have from her! Check out Cauldron Craft Oddities.

Product Review: Achilles Balm by Doctor Hawk’s Cures and Conjure

One of the things I am trying to do as part of my spiritual work is to use more holistic methods of healing injuries and in my day to day health workings. I’ve used herbal supplements before to help treat my ADHD and to help treat depression amongst other things. One of my favorite things to use for cuts and other small open wounds is a Plantain Salve that my Step-Father in law makes from time to time. For me as a witch there is a connection between the magical uses and the medicinal uses of plants just as their is a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. So for me to use the medicinal aspects of herbs, even when I dont make it myself is important.

Recently I was gifted a healing and spiritual use balm by Doctor Hawk after buying his two books

    Backwoods Shamanism

and

    Pictish Orthodox Druidism: Reconstructing the Traditions, Priesthood and Mysteries of the Elusive Painted People

. This gift was a very small amount, but it works wonderfully. I’m very glad I was given the chance to use this balm. It has been a wonderful healing addition to my health kit.

Achilles Balm

What you have there is the Achilles Balm in its small portion. I have used this on a rash that was forming, on my ingrown toe nails, a mole that got infected and an ingrown hair, and a small cut on my finger that I got opening a package. Its completely herbal with vitamin e oil and a beeswax base. The combination Doctor Hawk used was new to me but it works! My cuts typically take a 3-4 days to heal completely. The cut on my thumb was healed and left no mark after 2 days with this balm!

Its also very soothing. Unlike Neosporin I dont feel like I’m using something artificial on my wounds. I feel comfortable with the knowledge that this is an all herbal product. It also physically felt better. There was no pain and no itching as my wounds healed. I’d use this over neosporin any day, and it has more applications than just Neosporin!

If you would like to buy some for yourself contact the creator at his Business page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-Hawks-Cures-and-Conjure/1428801757335612?fref=nf

Or his personal page:

https://www.facebook.com/ray.hess.9066

Book Review: Backwoods Shamanism

Backwoods ShamanismThis book is full of information. At first I wasn’t really sure what to think by the title of the book. The book is titled backwoods Shamanism, and for me most books on shamanism are vastly different from this book. Most books cover spirits of the land, trance work, and some rituals to honor those spirits. This book contains information on working with spirits and some rituals/ways to honor them but it is not your typical book on shamanism.

I’d put this as a mixture of shamanism and hoodoo myself which is what makes the book so unique. The author teaches about working with spirit and how we need to focus on the physical and the spiritual to heal and have holistic lives. Yet his approach to shamanism and shamanic work is not the familiar Native American style. Its more reminiscent of the African traditions which is due to the Hoodoo practices.

This book comes in three primary sections with five different appendix resources. Each section including the appendix actually deals with a specific and unique area of Hoodo/conjure work. This set up makes the book ideal as a reference for a beginner to the craft and spiritual practice that is Hoodoo.

The first section of the book is all about the history and basics of Hoodoo. One thing I like is how the author approached Hoodoo themselves. In many books you get the feeling that unless you were either raised in the south or are African American you can’t practice Hoodoo. He takes a slightly different approach to this view.

The author makes it clear this it is a specific culture or way of life that makes Hoodoo what it is. He makes it clear that if you can respect the origins and the culture that created Hoodoo you can practice it.

The author spends some time talking about the view of God in Hoodoo. He makes it clear that while Hoodoo is not a religion, a relationship with God and some spirits is essential. The view of God the author expresses is not a conventional view either which further shows that Hoodoo is not a religion but a holistic craft that deals with the spirit and the body together.

For those who are new to magic in general the author includes a basic idea about how magic works. He describes the process of working magic known as sympathetic magic or imitative magic.. This is also part of the authors explanation on how and why you will see things like hair, nails, shed skin and much more in Hoodoo workings.

The last bit of information in the foundation of the book is on ancestral veneration. Working with ancestral spirits is one of the key components that make Hoodoo what it is. The author includes the reasons for working with our ancestors as well as how we can work with them and instructions for setting up an ancestral altar.

The second section of the book is one I wish the author had spent more time with. This is the section on home remedies and folk medicine. A major component of Hoodoo is the medicinal work with herbs and treatments. It is here that the author gives information on the medicinal practices in Hoodoo.

Rootdoctors are one of the many names associated with hoodoo practitioners. This is because many rootworkers were also the neighborhood healers. They were the ones with the knowledge of what herbs could be used for healing what ailment. In the areas where Hoodoo was formed there was little to no money to go see a city doctor unless it was a major problem. So they relied on the local Root Doctors.

This section though is a bit too small. While there are instructions on the different medical terms for herbal mixtures and how they are used there are only a small handful of remedies available. The definitions of the types of remedies and the information on the doctrine of signatures is very useful.

The remedies offered include a cough syrup, flu relief, sleep aid, and a general salve. So while there are only a few remedies these are simple and are enough to start a newbie working on holistic medicine for themselves and their family. They are a starting point, and we all need someplace to start from.

Now we get to where the real meat of the work is. The third section in the book is all about the magical practice. The author titles this section Conjure. This section is full of spells, rituals, workings, and many other useful bits of information. This is why many people will buy the book.

The author starts off by going over the importance of performing divination before doing any sort of working. It is a part of the Hoodoo traditions. These readings not only tell you if work needs to be done but also what sort of work needs to be done to correct the situation you are in. The author covers bone reading and playing card reading and gives instructions on how to work with and use both of them.

The author covers mirror work, making a scrying mirror & scrying, container spells, a few bottle and jar spells, poppet, baths, and more. The author provides detailed instructions on how to perform each spell and how they will work.Something I had never heard of before were wish boxes. With the information provided by the author I may just make one myself.

The last section of the book before we get to the appendices and resources is a section on related traditions. Here the author provides what information he can on traditions that are related to Hoodoo or have similar practices. The author includes this information as he believe that there is something about Hoodoo that is attracting more and more people and that these related traditions may have connections to our own ancestral paths or have something that Hoodoo doesn’t and we need in our practice.

The book serves as an excellent primer on Hoodoo and provides a little bit of everything you need to get started in the practice of Hoodoo.

Book Review: Mama D’s Practical Herbal Guidebook

Mama D's Practical Herbal Guide Book

My first impression of this book is that honestly its way to short. While there is all sorts of information in this book I honestly felt that it was way to short. There should have been more chapters. The author could have done so much more to not only give the book more information but also to help with those new to herbalism and herbal work in any form.

I do think that the author could have spent more time providing some resources for herbs. Places online and other resources. Some of the herbs mentioned are easy to find as they are in many culinary cabinets or they can be found in your backyard like dandelions. Knowing which herbs can be found in the wild and which herbs may need to be ordered would be very useful. There are many small and large businesses online that sell herbs.

As part of the resources I believe that some sort of image or representation of the plants in the book would have been very beneficial. Even if not every herb listed had an image but every two or three it would make things much easier. Not only would the book have had the information on the uses of the plants but it would also have information on how to identify some of the plants.

The author does list a few herbal resources. Unfortunately she also mentions quite clearly that one of the resources is no longer in business. It would have been better if a website that was still in business and still had useful information had been posted instead of one that the reader shouldn’t even bother to find as they are no longer in business.

The best thing the author does in this book is provide an excellent disclaimer. There are many herbal books on the market that cover medicinal aspects of herbs and provides home remedy instructions. However without a lot of personal study and knowledge a person can do more harm than good from trying alternatives to modern medicine. For this reason the authors disclaimer is perfect. It protects her information and explains that using these remedies is at your own discretion and risk.

One thing I really do like is how simple and direct the information is. The author organizes and presents the information provided to you by both type of ailment and herbal associations. For me this is a great way to present the information as you see the associations and uses in two different formats.

In the listings I find it a bit of a relief that the author makes note of a few of the herbs that could be problematic and explains what some of those issues are. This information is essential to anyone who has any sort of reaction to aspirin or who may use an herbal supplement longer than prescribed because its natural and not chemical. Just because its an herb doesn’t mean it wont have an effect on the body that could be negative.

I do wish that the author had provided more recipes and information on making your own. In the recipes section there are only a handful of teas and incenses covered. Incenses and teas are only one way you can work with these herbs for health and magic. I would have liked some information on adding to foods and tinctures or other workings with herbs. A few more specifics on step by step preparation would have also been useful.

In the end I am going to continue to use this small guide as a reference in my practice of magic and herbal wellness. I would like to see it expanded into a larger volume with more information on the herbs and more ways to work with them.

Book Review: The Wiccan Wellness Book

Wiccan Wellness Book

The Wiccan Wellness book is one of a kind. If you are looking just for spells and rituals for healing then this book is not for you. If you are looking for herbal remedies and solutions to your health issues this is not the book for you. If you are looking for ways to increase your health in all areas mental,physical, and spiritual this book is perfect for you. While the author comes from a Wiccan perspective the book is geared towards any and all philosophies or religious views. The goal of the book is to provide simple tools to allow a person to have optimum health in the mind, the body, and the spirit.

Right now my biggest complaint is that the book seemed to be too short and was missing a conclusion. I felt like the final chapter just left us hanging for more. I wasn’t thinking another chapter, even though another chapter would have been useful but maybe a final word or two to tie everything we had read about in the book together. It just ended with no real tie to put it all together.

The rest of the book is great. There is excellent material in here. Several of the tips in one chapter have already made a huge difference in the way I approach my day to day tasks and my day job at the local CVS. It may be small but there is alot of information packed into this one book.

The book begins with an introduction. Here the author covers both her reasons for writing the book and how she connected her spiritual path with health, healing, and wellness. It is also here that we learn that the author wrote this book not just focusing on Wiccans but having it be open to any one open to holistic natural healing and natural spirituality.

The first chapter really sets the tone for the book. This is where the real concept of holistic person is. Right of the bat the book hits you with the biggest concept of all: Thou Art God and Thou Art Goddess. This is part of the concept core to the book. The belief that we have an inner divine spark and we can control how we heal and live. This is also how we learn we can serve the Gods we work with through our daily lives by honoring that divine spark within you.

The author gives us a few questions to think about right off the bat like how we react to stress and what sorts of foods are we eating in our diet. She asks us to take a look at how we stand and what our relationship with our body and the world really is at this point in our lives. After this the author discusses the Wiccan Rede and how it can be a part of healing the world around you and yourself. The chapter ends with a definition of what the path to health really entails.

The second chapter is one that you don’t find in a lot of health books. This is a chapter on using writing or more specifically journaling as a healing tool for the mind, body, and spirit. I’ll be honest. I originally laughed at the chapter concept having done some health journals before I wasn’t convinced that it deserved to be in a book on wellness and healing.

After reading through the exercises I can see how it works in this context. This journal is more than a healing journal. It is a connection to your mind, your body, and your spirit. I found the spirit letter to be the most useful of the exercises in that section of the book. It is something I am going to start including in my practice. There are other exercises in this section that may be useful to others. Some I have tried and some I have not. I do advise at least trying the daily journal exercise if nothing else.

The exercise chapter is the third chapter in this book. The author gives us right off the bat an exercise to do in order to deal with the excuses people seem to come up with for not exercising. This was something I found useful as I know I am guilty of coming up with excuses not to do exercise.

The second part of the chapter goes over several types of exercises that can be done. Some at home with DVD’s and minimal or no tools and others with joining classes or going to the gym. Two of the exercises she mentions I have to support which are the martial arts and yoga both of which have spiritual traditions behind them in many cases, which means you can exercise your body, your mind through awareness, and your spirit all together.

Chapter four is the one that I got the most about. This is a chapter about healthy surroundings. This chapter covers a technique/style that is often used called Feng Shui. That was something I expected. What I didn’t expect was a detailed section on bringing joy, happiness and well being into a day job like working for CVS.

The section on bringing well-being into my day to day job was wonderful. The author mentioned two things that I took to heart and am now trying to do in work. Each of these items was a simple task that doesn’t take much time. Together they provide a powerful spiritual and emotional exercise for day to day life.

The first is dedicate one single task during the work day to service of the Gods. The other is find one thing positive about your job (not thinking about paychecks, but other aspects like something you enjoy about your job). For me when I realized why I enjoyed my job at CVS was because I get to help people I was able to find much more enjoyment out of my shifts and it feels much more productive while I work. I have not done a task with the Gods in mind yet but I am going to try to do that during my next shift.

The fifth chapter is one that I found very useful. This was the section on versions of natural healthcare and health alternatives. Here the author covers several methods of health services some that we can practice ourselves with little or no formal training and others that require certifications and or licenses. The best part of this chapter was that is covers some traditional methods like acupuncture and herbalism but also covered Reiki and Polarity therapy. With each section of type of natural health care the author provides a resource so that you can find a practitioner in your area!

My favorite sections of the book though are the last two chapters. Chapter six is all about finding an herbal spirit partner to do healing work with. For me this gave me several ideas on ways I can connect to herbs I use in healing oils, incense, and tinctures better. For anyone interested in working with plants as magical and spiritual aids this chapter is really for you.

The final chapter is a chapter on several different healing rituals. This is where the religious/and spiritual connection really fits into the book. Most of these rituals have a Wiccan flair to them as the author is Wiccan herself. However if you don’t follow Wicca but work with other Gods or No Gods you can still work many of these rituals with minor alterations.

In the end the best thing I can say about this book is not only does the author have an extensive bibliography she also added a book or two at the end of each chapter for the material in that chapter. This is where I am most impressed as there were minimal Wicca/Witchcraft books referenced and many healing and health or spiritual journals and books listed showing that author really did take a wide approach to spirituality, healing, and the connections that exist there.

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Product Review: Crystal Essences Charissa’s Cauldron

Crystal Essence Healing:

A review of four Crystal Essences

Today I am going to to continue to review the crystal essences that I have been working with.  Today we have a new set of four.  This set includes Smoky Quartz, Tigers Eye, Hematite, and Unakite.  Out of the four crystals the only one I had never worked with before is Unakite so it was interesting to start working with the crystals in this way.  I’ve been working with these four essences for two weeks now and I have to say they are remarkably effective.

Second set of Crystal Essences

I take four drops first thing in the morning and before bed.  The other two dosages are spread out throughout the day.  I added them to my water bottles so I am slowly adding the energetic forces of the crystal essences to my body all day.  If you have a hard time with the taste of vodka I suggest mixing the dosages into a drink for a more pleasant experience.

As a set these four harmonize really well and provide a great balance. They provide healing, balance, emotional security, and focus all at once. These four make a great set and I would highly advise people to think about working with these four essences together.

The first Crystal essence is Hematite.
Hematite Crystal Essence Crystal Essence Bottle Hematite_PhotoHematite stones

Hematite is a stone that I have worked with for a long time when it comes to grounding and dealing with anxiety.  Over the last two weeks I have had a few personal issues come up that were slightly anxiety inducing.  Due to working with this crystal essence though I was able to stay grounded and focused at those moments.  I was also able to find focus and purpose in my work this week. The paper Charissa’s Cauldron sent with the essences gives the following as the associations with the crystal: Grounding, Balancing Mood Swings, adding focus and purpose, and protecting/deflecting unwanted energy from other sources.

It has been my experience that the crystal essence does a great job of working with those properties. There were a few stressful days where the energy of others may have otherwise effected my mood. With the aid of this crystal essence I felt I was able to keep my emotional shields in place and have them be a bit stronger than they were before. I have felt more focus and purpose when working this week and I have also felt grounded. This crystal essence really works.

You can but the Crystal essence Here

The next crystal up is Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz EssenceCrystal Essence Smoky_Quartz_Photo Smoky Quartz Crystal

Smoky Quartz is a crystal that while I was familiar with it I have not done much work with. I’ve been drawn much more to Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Citrine, and Clear Quartz. For some reason it just never really appealed to me as a crystal or stone. After working with the crystal essence for the last two weeks that attitude has changed now. Now I see it as a very useful crystal like its brothers in the quartz family.

If you deal with PTSD and even in therapy have a hard time letting go of emotions and events this stone will really help. It has been the ability for smoky quartz to help us remove that which does not serve our highest good and that no longer helps me I have found most helpful. The anxiety events I mentioned earlier were somewhat connected to my PTSD. So again this crystal essence has proven to be useful.

Other uses and associations with Smoky Quartz are focusing on the positive, dissolving negative energy, releasing stress, relieving anger and depression, and lifting fatigue. This stone is definitely a good healers stone. I’d recommend it for anyone who has issues with depression, anxiety, and stress. I am actually going to start looking for some to add to my crystal collection and start my own journey with this crystal.

You can buy the crystal essence Smoky Quartz Crystal Essence

The third essence up is actually the one I had no experience with whatsoever Unakite.
Unakite Crystal EssenceUnakite Crystal Essence
Unakite_PhotoUnakite Crystals

I started to work with this crystal essence completly out of curiosity. I had not seen or heard of that crystal before. Since I was working with crystals both familiar and new in a different way, I thought that Unakite would be a wonderful addition. Now I want to try and find this crystal and start working with it hands on as a healer.

This is the one crystal I think has been the most helpful for me over the past two weeks. This is a crystal for slow and steady healing. The type of healing I do for myself because of my past needs to be slow and steady. If I release too much at once or move to fast I can actually end up doing myself harm. The primary healing property of this crystal I relied on these past two weeks has been its source of slow, steady, healing and renewal.

This crystal it seems is one of release. Charissa lists the other properties as being able to bring repressed feelings like anger to the surface but deal with them and release them and behaviors related with them so we can heal. I believe that this and smoky quartz together would make a powerful crystal essence therapy for treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

You can buy the Unakite Crystal Essence Here

The final crystal essence is one of my favorite crystals. That crystal is Tigers Eye

Tigers Eye Crystal Essence Crystal Essence
Tiger_s_Eye_PhotoTigers Eye Crystals

For me Tigers eye crystals have always been a crystal of strength and power. I feel reminded of the powerful felines that the stone was named after. I may have been connecting to an aspect of this crystal that I didn’t realize before. I felt that working with it in a crystal essence would help me understand it more and it has.

What I used to feel as strength I believe is the property of a strong sense of self coming through. According to Charissa the crystal is great for strengthening the boundaries between our true selves and the emotions we feel strongly (like anger, fear and jealousy). This is essential as it is easy to loose ourselves in those emotions and forget who we really are.

I’d recommend this crystal to anyone who has issues with strong emotions. This essence will help keep you in check and in balance.

You can buy this Crystal essence Here

Once again the products of Charissa’s Cauldron have proven to be highly effective and very useful. I will continue to work with these crystal essences for a while.

Product Review: Crystal Essences from Charissa’s Cauldron

Set of 4 Crystal Essences

Today I am talking to you about the first set of Crystal Essences I am reviewing for Charissa’s Cauldron. This is one of the first trades I have done with The Pagan Business Network I was sent a set of twelve Crystal Essences. Since I do work with crystal magic I though that these essences might be another way for me to work with crystals and I was right. This review is going to focus on a set of 4 Crystal Essences. Since there were so many in the trade I have decided to try and work with them in sets of 4. This will give me time to really experience the essences.

So to start with I’m going to post an excerpt about what essences are from her website: Lady Charissa: About Essences

Essences are infusions that carry the energetic properties of plants or crystals. They address the emotional and mental aspects of health and well being. The most well known essences are Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. He discovered the first 38 remedies in the 1930’s. There are many more available now.

These essences interact with our life energy on an emotional and mental level. They work best on the deeper emotional issues we have rather than the resulting feelings. In choosing essences look for the deep causes or roots of these emotions. These issues keep you from reaching a state of mental and emotional well being. This can cause you to put up roadblocks and keep you from reaching dreams and goals in life.

Essences do not create euphoria or banish conflict or pain. They actually will help you bring buried feelings to the surface and deal with them so you can move towards a state of health and wellness.

Essences can be taken orally or used in a mist sprayer, a cream base or in a bath. The standard dosage is 4 drops 4 times daily. Essences do not contain toxic substances and only contain such minute traces of the physical substances of the plants that there is no concern for an allergic reaction. They work on an energetic vibrational level. The main ingredients of essence bottles are water and the alcohol that is used as a preservative. You would have to drink large quantities of essences to be affected by the alcohol content.

Crystal Essences are crystals that have their energetic properties charges into the alcohol (in this case Vodka). The 4 Crystal essences I am working with and reviewing right now are: Carnelian. Blue Onyx, Citrine, and Jade. Alone I’m sure they are each very effective. Together I have found a powerful get me to be myself set.

I started working with the essences by mixing 4 drops of them in my water. After a day or two I did the first two doses right on the tongue and the other two in the water. Before each drop was added to the drink or to my tongue I said a prayer and an affirmation about the crystal essences in order to strengthen their work and my work with them.

I use all four at a time as I felt that the balance of the energetic forces with these four would help me start making some changes in my life, and let me tell you they have. These essences are powerful and effective. I have been using them only as directed and found this internal magic to be very effective. For me the first changes we make should be internal magic and these essences allow for that practice.

The first essence up is Carnelian.

Carnellian Essence Carnelian Crystal Essence

There are aspects of my life that I have had difficulty expressing in any way. Over the last four days as I have been playing with the essences and working with them that has changed. I’ve been ale to express my needs and just go after them. I’ve also been highly motivated and found a renewed sense of passion. These are all aspects that the Carnelian essence can help you with. Carnelian Crystal essence

The next essence is Blue Onyx

Blue Onyx Essence Blue Onyx

I’ve been using the Blue Onyx Crystal to be an enhancement for the spiritual work I am doing within the Feri tradition. The work in the Feri tradition is about claiming our spiritual selves and our spiritual strengths. What stood out for me with this crystal is its spiritual strength attribute.

When you combine that with the stress relief and the increase of self control you get an essence that helps us find balance within ourselves and can claim our own power. It also grounds us which allows us to find that power and strength. This essence is all about inner strength and peace.I’ve had a lot of stress the last week because of the short notice for the event this Saturday. This crystal essence has been a huge help in grounding me and using my spiritual strengths to find ways to deal with the stress. Blue Onyx Crystal Essence

The third Crystal Essence is Jade:

Jade Essence Jade

The Jade essences effects were the first that I really noticed. While I have always had dreams I had not always remembered them. With the Jade essence I was able to start remembering aspects of my dreams. I’ve also started to feel more connected as a person. This is another essence that has been an effective addition in the Feri tradition alignment work I do as its also about uniting the mind and body and mind and spirit as one. To me this has been happening through the dreams which is why I have been able to remember them more clearly and why they have had more of an impact on me.Jade Crystal Essence

Finally and last but not least is the Citrine Essence

Citrine essence Citrine

Citrine has has been keeping me very optimistic about the event and a few other things happening in my life. I have also been using it to break through my blocks and to bring me success and abundance. I had a sale since I started to use this essence which for me is a sign that the success and abundance is coming. I’m feeling good despite the various stresses in my life and I feel that everything will be fine which also shows that one of my blocks to success and abundance is being overcome (over worrying). Citrine Crystal Essence

The best thing about these essences is that everyone ordered has a paper that comes with it explaining the different attributes of the crystals that the essence works towards. This will allow you as an individual to be able to pick out which essences you feel will work best for your health and your situation.

I can’t wait to try the other 8

Book Review: Ancient Spellcraft

Ancient Spellcraft

 

Review: Ancient Spellcraft by Laura Perry

There are many books on spells and rituals on the market.  There are some books that deal with magic without deities and some that deal with deities and spirits.  Most of the spells you will find in those books that deal with the ancient deities are modern in origin.  This book is a unique treasure among spell books.  This book actually goes to the source for information on the spells and magical rituals of our ancient fore bearers.

There are nine sections in this book.  There is the introduction and 8 chapters in the book itself.  This book is well organized, though there is one chapter I may have placed in a different location because of a quote mentioned in that chapter.  The rest of the book I feel is in perfect order.  The first chapter is about spell casting the hows and whys and includes a little information about the deities involved.  The second chapter covers the context of the cultures in the book. The next six chapters are full of spells and rituals that are simple, practical, and easy to perform.

The first chapter is one that should not be skipped.  I know its easy when you are researching spells and rituals to jump right to the spells and rituals, which is fine once you know a bit about how magic work and the deities and spirits that are involved.  If you are a beginner or just curious about spell crafting you really need to read this chapter.  It covers the meaning of the word spell, the methods. getting into a magical mindset, and setting up your workspace.  All of those items are important for effective spell casting techniques.

The second chapter like the first one should not be skipped.  This section is all about the region and the cultures that the spells in this book come from.  When you are working with deities and spirits it is important to understand them.  This section talks to you about the different cultures, where they were, when they were in power, and a bit about their history.  This information gives you a basic idea about the types of people that worked with the deities and forces mentioned in the book.  This allows you to approach the powers within as respectfully as you can.

The third Chapter is where we finally start get into the meat of the book.  This is where we start getting into spells and rituals for different needs.  For me this is where the chapter on protection spells should be.  The author states at the beginning of the chapter of protection: “There are more spells in this section of the book than in any other section of this book because protection is of paramount importance.  If we are not protected, we will have no chance to enjoy prosperity, fertility, and all the rest” (Ancient Spell Craft pg 136 by Laura Perry)  Instead the author start out with spells for prosperity.

At the start of each of the chapters on spells there is information on the different types of spells.  There is prosperity of the fields, the business, and other aspects.  The first few pages in the chapter on prosperity and money magic covers the different types.  The author then provides several different spells on field prosperity and on money spells.

The fourth chapter is about Romance spells.  Here the author discusses how while the concept of romantic marriages is new the practice of performing love magic has always been around.  In the past they have been more about lovers outside of marriage or in the form of sacred lovers at the temples.  There are several different spells in this portion, none of them based on targetting someone already in a relationship but in your own words one who will be right for you.

The fifth chapter is about spells for Fertility.  Here the spells are as much about getting pregnant and having children as it is about the fertility of the land.  Without fertile farmlands crops etc we can not have food to live on.  In the ancient world crops were the way of life.  Today those spells and rituals are still effective for personal home gardens and for larger farmers.  The pregnancy spells also provide several different ways of asking for aid in that area of your life.

The sixth chapter is all about protection.  The spells in this section cover protection of the home, your business, from theft, and several other things.  As I said earlier because of the emphasis the author places on protection (in the beginning and at the end of the chapter) I feel that this should have been the first chapter on practical magic.  The chapter ends with a discussion about spiritual protection which is necessary when one begins to work magic and perform rituals. It is for this reason I believe the chapter should be the first one.  Other than that it has every sort of protection that you could ever need to use based on day to day life.

The seventh chapter in the book is my favorite section.  I am a fond of healing spells and healing based magic.  That is the focus of this chapter.  This spell has a road opener spell (for those unable to move forward based on illnesses or issues) and spells about removing your illnesses.  There are spells for emotional healing as well as physical healing.  This chapter covers everything you would ever need to know for any sort of healing.

The last chapter is on divination.  Reading oracles and divining the future has always been a part of religious and magical workings.  There are many different traditions of divination from tarot cards to I-ching coins, to reading stones tossed in a blanket.  This chapter provides several different spells and divination rituals of sorts.  These simple to perform spells often allow for easy to read signs and omens to see if your works are going to come through and to see what needs to be done in a situation.

I want to compliment the author on their diligent research on the topic of ancient magic and the cultures.  They have a substantial bibliography for such a small and informative book.  The only other suggestion I would have to make this book better would be to have an appendix in new editions listing the deities mentioned and their associations so people have references for the deities when they decide to start making their own spells.

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