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Magical Apothecary

The Magic of Egg Shells

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The Magic of Egg Shells

So if you’re like most people, you crack an egg and toss the shell in the garbage. (If you had a grandma like mine, you wash your hands right away.)

Maybe you throw those shells in the compost bin instead of the garbage and I applaud you! In the

In the compost, the crumbled shells act to keep the heap from getting too compacted as they very slowly break down releasing their calcium into the earth.  The calcium is necessary for helping plants grow strong roots.

Perhaps you already know that and as an avid and thrifty gardener you help Mother Nature out by grinding down your spend egg shells into a powder and adding it to the garden soil. Or maybe you just use the crumbled egg shells to keep slugs and snails away from your precious vegetables.

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Is this stuff still good? Determining the Quality of you Magical Ingredients

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Is this stuff still good? Determining the Quality of you Magical Ingredients

  Oh! Isn’t that a fun rhyme? Doesn’t it just make your little heart beat with Joy? ..........No? okay maybe it’s just me…. When I first started dabbling in spell work and charms, I just loved the idea of dusty little jars filled with herbs and roots and labeled with creepy old English names. I imagined myself working spells by candlelight; grinding seeds with a mortar and pestle while chanting Latin words. I saw myself stirring a cauldron, adding ingredients, spouting rhymes, feeling the tingle of magic in my bones, divining the outcome through the wafting steam. Yeah, it doesn’t happen...

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Yarrow - The Magical and Practical Uses

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Yarrow - The Magical and Practical Uses

  Last year I bought a yarrow plant to add to my garden. It was one of those intuitive moments. I knew Yarrow was good for something, I just wasn’t sure what it was but I had to have it and The Renaissance Man looked skeptical.   So I popped it in the garden next to the salvia officinalis (garden sage) with the gorgeous purple flowers and promised him it would be pretty and hardy. *hardy is important with the minions and the dog* This year it came back in full force. The new flower buds were a pretty peachy-pink...

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Plantain – Natures First Aid

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Plantain – Natures First Aid

  Well this week I've been picking plantain leaves. My neighbors must think I'm nuts. Every time I step outside I'm squatting down picking leaves out of my lawn.   Plantain is AWESOME! *who would've thought!* I know you've seen this weed before. It grows really well on foot paths and the side of the road and in the cracks of the sidewalk. Pretty much anywhere that the earth has been packed down hard and nothing else will grow. I remember running a muck as a little barefoot freckle-faced kid and being incredibly grateful for these babies popping up on...

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The Magic Of Cowrie Shells

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The Magic Of Cowrie Shells

All shells, including Cowrie shells, being from the ocean, are associated with water and subsequently, the moon, which pulls the ocean Protection: A shells first function is to protect the sea creature that lives in it, that energy stays with it long after its inhabitant moves on so shells have often been used in protection spells and amulets. Cowrie Shells have been used as talisman, representing protection of the Goddess Prosperity: Cowrie shells were the first symbol of money used by mankind throughout Africa and into China. They are still used to symbolize the power of destiny and prosperity Place...

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