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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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Take Along Safe Travels Spell Bottle

On The Road Again…

My family and I are headed out for a summer R&R trip to BC soon, so I have put together a spell for safe travel that I can take along with me.   I have included sea salt, orange peel, lavender petals, sage powder and white rose petals – all pretty common, readily available witches cupboard herbs.

Forgetting The Ginger

Sage was included to banish negativity, sea salt for protection to and fro, lavender for a relaxing and harmonious trip and orange peel for happiness.  Now I almost used ginger in this spell to add a little adventure, but then had second thoughts about what I was wishing for…  Our family vacation adventures can be adventurous in unwelcome ways, such as vehicle breakdowns, having our watercraft stolen or reservation mishaps, so on this trip I thought a nice predictable happy and relaxing trip was what we were really intending!  The added white rose petals at the top will represent each of the journey participants.

What You’ll Need:

  • A jar or bottle with a lid
  • Blue candle
  • Sea Salt
  • Orange Peel
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • White Rose Petals
  • (optional) paper and pen to write, ribbon or string

Safe Travel Spell Instructions:

  1. Collect all of your ingredients.
  2. Light a blue candle.
  3. Cleanse your jar over the flame.
  4. As you pour each layer, recite a line.
  5. Add the rose petals to the top.
  6. Seal with blue wax from your candle.
  7. Keep with you as you travel and enjoy your trip.
  8. (optional) Write out the incantation and attach it to the jar with a ribbon or string or put it in the jar before your ingredients (that’s what I do).

Jar Ingredients Layered:

  • Sea Salt – protection
  • Orange Peel – happiness
  • Lavender – harmony & relaxation
  • Sage – to banish negativity
  • White Rose Petal for each traveller

Incantation:

By the shining light of lady moon

I reach my destination soon

The trip shall safe and merry be

For all concerned as well as me

SMIB

ETA:  Put it in a baggie if you are going to a hot location because the wax seal will melt…  everywhere.