Magic In The Hat

Theres a little witch in every woman… ~ Practical Magic


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Sagebrush… Tons of Sagebrush!

Prairie Sage is a pretty important staple for spellcrafting and smudging, and I am super lucky that very near my house is a vast coulee filled with sagebrush!  My daughter and I have been out twice now this season to harvest and will probably go once more again before the end of the summer.  We should have plenty until next year! Incidentally, my daughter sings the plants “thank you sage plant songs” lol.  Now I am sure you are imagining that she is around 5 or 6, but in fact – she is turning 20 next week lol.  It was very entertaining, and I am sure the plants enjoyed it too.

About Sagebrush…

Sagebrush, an aromatic shrub -native to the North American west,  is the common name of several woody and herbaceous species of plants in the genus Artemisia. There are a ton of them, and honestly, I am not sure which variety exactly I have near me as some of them look very similar.  It’s leaves are a silvery greenish blue – velvety and aromatic.

Garden Sage Is Not Sagebrush!

Don’t be confused by garden sage.  Sagebrush or prairie sage is not even related to garden sage. Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) is in the mint family and Sagebrush (Artemisia) is part of the Daisy and Ragweed family.  These are two very different herbs, despite their similar name.

Get You Some Sagebrush:

  1.  Make sure you have found the correct plant!
  2. Cut one or two pieces from each plant – never pull by the roots!
  3. Leave an offering if you can.
  4. Thank the plants for their gift.

Note:  Try to collect sage that is not too seedy.  Near the end of July it tends to get seedier.  It will still smudge fine – but it’s better without all the seeds!

What to do with it after you have harvested?

I am sure there are a gazillion natural uses for sagebrush, however as I am not very familiar with it’s internal safety use or how safe it is on skin in salves and such so I personally only use it for smudging, in spell bottles, or incense.

  • Use it for spellwork
  • Cleanse the air, yourself or your tools via smudging


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Holy Henbane

In my last blog entry regarding spells requiring Henbane and the note that I hadn’t seen any locally I got to thinking that I should find out what it is that I am missing out on, so I did a little investigating and learned that Henbane is nothing to mess with and in fact can be very dangerous!

It is found here in Medicine Hat apparently, but is known as a dangerous noxious weed that is not only capable of causing illness and death when ingested by animals or humans, but is also a contact irritant so you don’t want to be handling it without gloves either.

It makes a name for itself alright

Henbane is known by several names but it’s three most commonly used names are:

  1. Black Henbane
  2. Devil’s-eye
  3. Stinking Nightshade

Seriously… with names like that, one should know to take heed!

You don’t have to take it from me…

The video below by Shaw TV explains its dangers, and gives a really nice visual example of what to look for (and avoid!!) in your garden.

 

This video is a big reminder to be very careful when working with herbs and plants you are unfamiliar with.


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My Very First Blog Post

Well Hello

Greetings to anyone that happens to have stumbled upon my magical little corner!  As stated in my “About Me Page“, my beautiful latched, gold lined Book of Shadows is being neglected in the shelf with only a few pages complete for the simple reason that I just prefer to type rather than to handwrite.

I plan to use this blog to work out my thoughts and learn more on magical topics, record spells, store recipes and keep my witchy contacts organized such as:

  • Blogs I like to visit
  • YouTube Channels I frequent
  • Supply Shops
  • Whatever else I find to be super important 🙂

Why “Magic In The Hat”?

One might assume that I am making reference to a witches hat, but actually it is a hint to my location.  I live in sunny Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada which is a small-ish sized city with a population of just over 63,000 residents.  We do have a very cool and gigantic teepee, however I have yet to hear of a local coven.  Of course just because I haven’t heard of one, doesn’t mean it’s not there!

Photo by Ken Eckert