Category Archives: KITCHEN WITCHERY

What’s Apple Cider Vinegar good for?

Now that you’ve bought that Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for that 1 recipe that called for a tablespoon of it, what are you going to do with the rest of it?  (See the difference between organic & non-organic at the bottom, and why one is better than the other)

Betcha didn’t know this about Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (but neither did I until I did some research and found this info):

Face: Apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin. Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water in a plastic bottle and apply with a cotton ball morning and night in lieu of a toner, astringent, or age spot remover.

Feet and Hands: Rubbing apple cider vinegar on to swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing to have during pregnancy!

After-Sun Exposure: Diluting 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar in a warm bath after excessive sun exposure – that may have yielded a sun burn – relieves symptoms and lessens the duration of a burn.

Hair: Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo/conditioner replacement. Combine 4-5 Tbsp. baking soda with 1 part apple
cider vinegar and 1 part water for a clarifying and chemical-free shampoo. Rinse and then apply 1 cup apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. If you have a difficult time with the smell in the shower, add essential oils to your mixes.

Weight Loss: Have an extra 10-15 stubborn pounds you need to shed? Try adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to every 8 oz. glass of water you drink throughout the day. If you maintain the daily intake of 64oz. of water, you may start to see the pounds shed fast!

Detoxification: If you are looking for a healthy detox, look no further than apple cider vinegar. Combine 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar with one gallon of water and drink throughout the course of a day for an overall body and kidney detoxification. You can repeat this process for up to three days, but one to two days is generally sufficient.

Organic vs. Non-Organic 

Apple cider vinegar is produced from aged, crushed apples. The fruit sugar in the apple is converted into alcohol through a process called yeast fermentation.  Then the alcohol is converted into acetic acid, and this substance is what has all the health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar.  Organic apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized, therefore the enzymes associated with health benefits is still intact. Non-Organic  has undergone pasteurization, meaning that it has under gone extreme heating during the process, which kills the enzymes. There are many things to consider when purchasing either organic or non, organic may contain bacteria because of the lack of pasteurization, and non may no longer have any health benefits.  Then there is the taste, either have the strong taste that some can’t stomach or stand.  Try them both and make your own decision.

Why a Witch and not a Nun?

 

I’ll get you my pretty…and your little dog Toto too

 

 


 

So there has really only been 1 little dog that I would have liked to have “gotten”, but that’s a whole other story.  This though, is about being a Pagan and a Witch.

The two are not exclusive, there are Pagans that aren’t Witches, and there are Witches that don’t call themselves Pagans.  There are many different paths inside every religion or faith, just as there are many different paths to follow for a Pagan.

I try to work with nature, and not against it.  I use what is within myself to bring about change, for myself and my surroundings.  I have learned to trust myself, listen to what is around me, what is within me, and trust that what I am feeling will help to change me into what I can become.

Witchcraft is about putting something into action, and believing that it will manifest itself in the future, (be that this minute, the next hour, next week, next month, next year, etc.), and bring forth the change that I was originally working a spell for; that is the magic of witchcraft, and that is all that magic really is.

The fear of Witchcraft comes from fairy tales, and myths of devil worshiping.  Devil Worshiping is something totally different from Witchcraft, as the devil is not part of the Pagan faith, more than likely the Devil was interjected by people wanting to show that polytheistic religions were evil, and their practice was ruled by evil.

There is no heaven or hell in the Pagan belief system; only good and bad.  The intent is what makes Witchcraft what it is, black, white, or gray; it’s the vibe that you put out there and the intended results that make it good or bad.  If you strive to harm, and exploit others, this can be considered black magic.  If you intend to bring joy, happiness, health, and love into yours and others lives, then this could be considered white magic.  Again, white, black, or gray, it is all about your intent.  Although Pagans do not believe in the Devil, most believe in “what you put out comes back to you”, or in other words Karma. This goes along with intent, if your intent is good then you will receive good in your life, if you intent is bad then you will receive bad in your life, you reap what you sow.

Why a Witch and not a Nun?  Come on they both wear black, so what’s the difference you might ask.  When I was a child I thought I wanted to be a Nun, but that was mostly for the non-sexual part of the job, because of things that had happened in my very young childhood.  But yes, Nuns wear black, but have you seen Nuns lately?  They also wear colors when not in their habit.  As do witches, some wear black, some wear white, some wear pink; I myself like purple so I tend to wear it a lot.  There is no habit, or costume for a witch.  There is nothing written down in a book that states, “A witch must always wear black so other witches will know him/her,” nope in fact there is no great big magical book that gives us any rules to follow.

So you ask again, Why a Witch?  Well once I saw Harry Potter I just knew I had to buy a wand and a cloak of invisibility.

Seriously though, think of what a classic witch actually is, generally they were the village healers because they understood the use of herbs, or plants in healing others.  Today they have been replaced with the Nurse, or the Doctor, and even the Pharmacist.  The women in my family have traditionally been in the medical field, in some form or fashion, so witchery is something that came naturally to me.

I’ve always felt at ease in nature, and have been fascinated by the properties of various plants, herbs, and the like.  As some would say, the Goddess called to me and I answered by taking the first step down the path I am now embarked on.

Whatever your beliefs, let your faith guide you down the right path.

The Pentagram ~ Good, Bad, and the Not so Evil

The Pentagram has widely been considered a sign of the Devil, but I’m sorry that’s not even close, although it is used in many different forms to mean many different things here are a few that many people didn’t know, or don’t remember.

  •  Christian’s used the pentagram to symbolize the five senses, and the five wounds of Christ.
  • In Chinese tradition it represents the five phases, or five elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
  • In the Bahá’í Faith it is known to represent the Haykal (temple).
  • The national flags of Morocco and Ethiopia feature a pentagram, the reference is to the Seal of Solomon.
  • The US Navy’s “Command at Sea” insignia is a pentagram. Navy Command at Sea Insignia
  • And the encircled pentagram was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in 2007.  It is also available to Veteran’s who receive their headstones from the VA.