I’ve been making lots of witches bells lately. Some are available on this website, but most are on my Etsy page: HarvestMoonUK
Witches bells are used for protection and can be hung on the door (usually door handle) to keep your home full of happy vibes as the bells will drive away any negativity. They can of course be used as home decor and for no other reason! They are pretty, you can choose your own colour theme (I make to order if required) and they can be put in the bedroom, windows or just as a decoration on the wall. See a few below.
Relaxing Ritual Bath
You don’t have to be a witch to love a pampering bath. If you think about it, so many people light candles when they have a bath, or put essential oils in the water, because we all love to indulge. We do these things to de-stress ourselves, to clear our heads and relax after a hard day.
If you are a bit witchy, a ritual bath is taken to another level. They help to clear the mind and purify the body.
Why would a witch need a ritual bath? She may have had a long day, she could also be a tarot card reader and her mind may be full of other people’s problems and issues. Maybe she wants to do some work at her alter and before doing so, she wants to feel fully cleansed. A ritual bath will help to cleanse her mind and body.
So what items can you add to the water? For a simple, ritual bath that feels truly magical, you can add all of the ingredients below or just a few of them. Exchange some of them for your own ideas. Maybe there’s a smell you adore. If so, use that instead. This is YOUR relaxing bath and anything that helps you feel cleansed and relaxed can only be for the good!
Some people like to add crystals or stones to the water. If the stones do not absorb water, this is fine, but use the polished stones.. otherwise not only can the raw type scratch the bath, they can scratch you!
Add lavender, dried preferably, but if you haven’t got any then use about 10 drops of lavender essential oil instead. Grow your own lavender. You will always have dried lavender if you do!
Epsom salts are great, Himalayan pink salt is even better. Either of these salts cleanse the skin and purify the water. If you are not a fan of salts, use half a pint of milk instead.
Add rose petals. These can be purchased in bags, dried, but if roses are in bloom in your garden then use your own rose petals and even put a few full rose heads in the water. Remember that if it is summer your roses may be full of insects happily going about their business and we don’t want to upset them or worse kill them, so cut the roses and leave them outside for half an hour so that any creatures can escape before bringing the roses indoors to use. I tend to use the dried rose petals because I really wouldn’t want to kill even the smallest of living things. Plus the little petals look really cute!
Light candles around the bath. White tea lights will do the job just fine. Put crystals in between the candles making everywhere look pretty and welcoming. You want to feel relaxed and fully rejuvenated. Play music if you want to. Soak in the bath, breathe in the aromas slowly and then exhale slowly. Clear your mind and try to just think of the bath you are having and the smells around you. Watch the candles flickering and making shapes on the wall. Close your eyes when you are ready and feel the days stresses draining from you.
Not wishing to break the spell of a beautiful bath, remember if you have rose petals in the bath they will go down the drain. You do not want them to clog anything so when you have finished your ritual bath, before pulling the plug out, use a strainer and clear out the rose petals first. You’ll thank me for it!
Witches Yule Brew (Mulled wine)
I make this witches yule brew every year at the beginning of December and leave it warming on the back of the AGA so that if anyone pops in throughout the month, they can help themselves to a glass of warm goodness. I top it up when needed with extra wine, herbs, spices and fruit.
It’s SO simple to make.
1 1/2 bottles of good red wine. Don’t use cheap wine because it won’t taste good. Buy something mid range.
200 grams of sugar
200 ml of water
Orange or satsuma
2 sticks of cinnamon (plus some to add to the glasses when serving)
2 Star Anise
5 Cloves (I am not keen on cloves, they remind me of having toothache so I don’t use many. You may want to use more).
Cardamon Pods – slightly crushed
2 Bay Leaves
That’s the basic recipe. I often add pomegranate too and as the month goes on and I top up the brew, I might add different things such as lime or apple. I have also done this using cider and that is extremely yummy!
Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and warm through gently. Do not boil or the alcohol content will disappear.
It’s as simple as that. He is mine sitting on the back of the AGA waiting for visitors to help themselves.
If you are new to all things witchy, then these simple little spell jars are a great way to start making your own potions. They have been around since the 16th century. Basically, the spell is cast in a sealed jar. The best jar to use is a small one, the larger ones look great but take a lot of ingredients so it’s worth trying a few different jars to find out what suits you. You can use mason jars, jam jars and any other type of jar that takes your fancy. The most popular to use for a spell tend to be the little jars with a cork lid. The small ones are more portable and easier to pop unto a handbag, desk or leave in the car.
There are all kinds of spells for all sorts of reasons. Before casting a spell, you will need to know the ‘intention’ of that spell. Maybe someone has asked for a spell jar for Success. This is then the intention of the spell you will cast. Personally I would not cast bad spells. In Wiccan they have a rule that says ‘harm none’. Whether you are Wiccan or not (I’m not) it’s good rule to be guided by.
Love spells, spells for positivity, wealth or healing are just a few of the common spells requested. They are used by many different people for many different reasons and added to everything else, Harry Potter has made spells cool! Children like to have them in their school bag for instance.
For the smaller spell jars, there are loads of spells to choose from but start simply and practice with maybe a love spell. These can contain items such as a small chip of rose quartz, sugar, rosebuds, lavender, rosemary, a strand of hair (it’s good to have something personal from the person you are making the spell for – or her/his love interest!) You can make these spell jars your own. Once the jar is filled with your chosen goodies, put the cork stopper back in and then it should be sealed with candle wax. The wax colour used relates to the type of spell cast. For instance, a pink or red candle would be used for love. I would personally choose a pack of mixed candles as buying an individual pack of every colour you need can work out expensive. Unless you are making the spell jars to sell, keep it all simple, and cheap for now.
Spell jars contain a lot of herbs, many of which you will already have in your own store cupboards at home such as sage, thyme, cinnamon and nutmeg. You will also have items in the garden that you have grown yourself that will be useful such as lavender, herbs, rose buds or petals, bay leaves and mint. Gather things up and dry them , then keep in jars ready for use. It’s actually lovely to know you have grown a lot of the things you will be using. Have a look around your garden, you have probably got more items than you think. Grow more too!
As so many types of herbs are used, if you are looking to make and sell your spell jars, I would recommend buying a starter kit. They contain everything you need and will make quite a few jars. There are much larger ones available too so have a look around. Until you know exactly what types of herbs you will use regularly, I really think a starter kit is the most useful thing to have. I tend to buy these for my own use because it is easier to buy 50 small bags of different herbs and know you have them in ready for use. Below are some packets of herbs that were purchased online.
For the spell jar below, which has a love intention I have used the following items.
Small jar with cork lid
Rose Quartz Crystal
Cinnamon stick (small piece)
Ribbon/string/raffia or chain for tying around the neck of the jar.
Spell jars should contain a fluid but there are no right and wrong ways. If you Do use fluid, it’s best not to use water. When you are adding the ingredients to the jar, think of the intention and of the person the jar is for. Treat it well!
The jar can be decorated however you like. The image below shows a simply jar I made using jude string and a silver heart. I also used acrylic paint around the bottom of the jar. You can paint anything on you like. Lace glued to the bottom of the jar looks lovely too as does diamante. The choices are endless to make your spell jar look either rustic or beautiful. I call my love spell ‘Love Potion Number 9’.. my husband said ‘why? Didn’t the other 8 work’! Thinks he’s hilarious.