Thankful Magick

Here is a simple spell to use when you have been blessed with many things and want to show gratitude. Maybe its just one of those moments when you want to express your many thanks or just use this spell as a reminder of why your life is a grateful one. 

Supplies needed: 4 strips of paper-one green, one yellow, one red, and one blue. One white candle. A fireproof dish (cauldron recommended) 

Take the four strips of paper and write one things on them you are thankful for. Light the white candle. Make sure to anoint the candle before using it with the proper anointing oil of your choosing. Using the fireproof dish/cauldron, burn each strip of paper from the candles flame, drop it into the dish/cauldron and chant each time:

“Thankful I am of this day/night, grateful for all that I do and say. Blessings of love divine, let my luck and true love shine”

Allow the candle to burn out. Make sure it is in a safe place. We don’t need the element of fire consuming the area 🙂 Blessed Be!

 

 

 

5 Ways To Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a word that should give you a new start and be grateful. Could your life use a little more love and gratitude?

Here are five ways to be thankful: 

  1. Notice the little things in life. You might find that the little things you might have missed turn out to be the most important things.
  2. See things from another’s perspective. What’s it like to walk in their shoes?
  3. Realize that time is precious. Re-align your priorities and remember that time is free but its priceless. Its the one thing we all run out of and its up to you to be the navigator of your life. Set aside time regularly to be quiet and reflect.
  4. Send a thank you from the heart. That’s right! Take a moment to tell someone thank you. Show how much you appreciate them and all they do. Write a thank you letter, send a text, or create an e-mail. Be creative. Studies show that people feel 100% happier after doing so and people who delivered their thanks in person, found a greater level of optimism and fewer negative thoughts.
  5. Give Back. Volunteer some of your time at a local charity. Help out a friend/loved one in need. See if you can work at a food bank or local shelter. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more than you. 

 

Be kind, Be loving, Be thankful!! 

Covet Soaps: Product Review

Today I had the pleasure of sampling a product from a Texas business called “Covet Soaps”. I received a message stating that I won free samples and it would be shipped to me.  I, of course was ecstatic and it would be a nice change of pace from my daily routine of running my own business. The first thing that I love is their description on their Instagram page which says  “COVET your skin & have a FLING with your bath! Creating natural bath treats from our Texas farm house, follow our journey”. The second thing is the word ‘natural’. As all of you know, I am a big believer in natural products and this business had my attention. Hence, I had to do a review to let all of you know about it. A cute little box arrived in the mail and as soon as I opened it, the aroma from the bath flings burst out. Inside, wrapped nice and neat in colored tissue paper, were the samples. The smaller fling was labeled bubble gumrose which smelled fantastic and the larger fling had no label but it did have the company logo on it . The final sample was labeled Sprig Soap. Finally, there was a little card with their social media sites stamped on it.

I used the samples and I loved them!  My favorite, which I am still using in my bathroom, is the sprig soap, I love the texture and it has a lemon clean smell to it which I absolutely love, love, love. Also, it did not dry out my skin after using it.  The large bath fling was great and my favorite part is that it didn’t leave a stain in my bath tub. There was a little after-residue like all bath products but I just ran water over it and it washed down the drain easily.  The best part about the large fling was how it sizzled in the water and I got to squeeze it like a stress ball…lol When you squeeze it, it releases more of their formula into the water making the bath water even more luxurious as it colors the water into an orange hue. Bottom line, I would recommend this business if you would like to try some great products that are natural and great on the skin. Supporting small businesses like this one, helps support the Earth itself! The links to some of their sites are shown below as well as some sample pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/Covetsoap/

https://www.instagram.com/covetsoaps

https://www.twitter.com

 Perfect Halloween Costume 

The day to find the perfect Halloween costume is right around the corner! Perfect Halloween Costume: What does that really mean? Should you dress up as something scary or maybe something cute? For me, I love the thrill of reinventing myself for at least one night of the year. The possibilities of creating an alter ego or bringing back that lost childhood memory. Like Peter Pan from Neverland, you never want to grow up. 

So here are a few tips on choosing that perfect costume: First, make sure that you choose a theme that is unique to your personality. Second, you should feel proud to wear it out in public and wouldn’t mind your grandparents seeing it. Third, most importantly, HAVE FUN! 

There are soo many different places to get a costume. Some people will even make their own from raw materials and fabric. Here in Charleston, SC one of the popular stores to find a great costume at is ‘Spirit Halloween’. I had the pleasure of visiting this place a few days ago and found it stocked with great stuff with a cheerful cashier girl greeting you as soon as you enter. Seeing all the different Halloween decorations put me in such great spirits that I couldn’t help but try on things and touch everything on the shelves. I would highly recommend anyone looking for the perfect costume or just an idea, to visit this place. Regardless, its a celebration to remember with candy, laughter, and great memories being made. Happy Hunting!  

**Address to the Spirit Halloween that I visited: 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston SC 29407

 

 

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

  Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is almost here, so plan your eclipse party and get ready for darkness! Yep…this is a rare celestial phenomenon that you don’t want to miss since the last one of these events happened in 1979. Total solar eclipse of 2017 is when the moon will be blocking out the sun with a temperature drop of about 10 degrees, and it can be seen from the west coast of America to the east coast. The event will only happen in America on August 21st 2017 and no one from outside the country will be able to witness it first-hand. 

  The phenomenon will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in each spot. As it journeys across the country, it will complete its path in about 1 1/2 hours. However, the total solar eclipse will only be visible in a few states, starting in Oregon. A partial eclipse, which is the darkening of the sky, will be seen by all of America which will last about 2-3 hours. Here are the following states by order that will give you the best views of the event and will have a total solar eclipse: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and ending in South Carolina.

 The Total solar eclipse will begin at 10:15am in Oregon and at 2:36pm in South Carolina. Please make sure to ONLY use approved solar eclipse glasses since viewing the event with the naked eye or unapproved glasses can cause irreparable eye damage. If you miss this August event, don’t worry, you still have a chance to see it in Argentina and Chile on July 2019. Have a safe and happy viewing!

 

  

Soy Wax Candles vs Paraffin Candles

Okay, so you have decided to finally purchase that wonderful candle. Maybe the candle is for yourself or maybe its a gift for a loved one. In the end, you are stuck in the middle of the great debate and must ask yourself: Which candle is a better choice? Soy Wax Candles Vs Paraffin Candles

Before you make a purchase, consider this, what type of wax is being used in the creation of the candle you are purchasing. I personally believe that soy wax is the better option for candles. Here are some of the reasons why: 

Soy Wax is made from natural vegetables and is biodegradable. Yep! that means you can literally wash it away with soap and water which makes spills a breeze to clean up. Paraffin will be a lot more difficult, if not impossible to clean up should a spill occur due to the fact that it is not biodegradable. Generally, soy wax burns longer than paraffin candles and fragrances are usually stronger as well.  You will also be supporting farmers and stimulating the economy by purchasing soy candles; that’s always a plus in my book. Keep in mind, soy candles will not produce petro-carbon soot, that in turn means less soot and healthier air in the household. Paraffin is a  refined gasoline by-product so there will definitely be a lot more soot in the air causing problems associated with soot-deposits. 

Candles help create a beautiful ambience and in some cases, will even set the mood of the environment or person. Hopefully, this blog entry will help make choosing a candle a lot easier and help promote a healthier living for yourself and your loved ones. If you have trouble finding good soy candles to purchase, I have a lot of great choices available in my store. Blessed be! 

 

 

 

Divination

Divination is defined as the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.  It has been practiced for over a millennia.  Divination has many different forms. Children of the old ways use many different techniques such as: crystal gazing, reading tea leaves, palmistry, tarot cards, or just gazing into the flame of a candle. Regardless of which technique is used, a person can gain knowledge and even enlightenment if practiced.  I myself use tarot cards and can sometimes just candle gaze. It starts with a simple thought of focus and letting your mind open to information; a calming effect happens and when I look at the cards it’s as if a story is being told to me.  Depending on the question or knowledge I am seeking, the story unravels to show me things.  As a child, I noticed that I knew things before they happened and into my adulthood it has increased.  Its like having an intense case of De ja vu. 

Whether a person believes in this art or not, it has been around for ages and in many places through history. The Greeks had oracles and soothsayers to speak for their gods; the Chinese used I Ching and feng-shui to obtain knowledge; in the middle ages, a common practice of throwing bones, grain, peas, or sand onto the ground to read the patterns for insight was used; even Vikings relied on the consultation of the throwing of rune stones. Across the ages and to every end of the Earth, you can find traces of divination. It makes no difference if its Indian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, or African; divination is found to be part of that culture. It is a fascinating art and continues to grow as people learn about the techniques of the past with the growth of today.

**A divination chant to clear the mind and increase awareness: “By the power of my might, give me now the second sight. I chant this spell so it is done, hear me now oh ancient ones.” 

 

 

Beneficial Ingredients

I want to spend a few moments and go over a few of the beneficial ingredients that Earths Curious Goods, LLC uses in the production of its products and the reasoning behind it.  I created the company with the goal of using sustainable practices and using natural materials as much as possible.  Creating products that future generations will come to appreciate. Hope this blog will enlighten you and help you make a few choices in the future.  So lets begin!

 Shea Butter:  A favorite of mine and in my opinion, the best! The natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter adds moisture and helps the skin naturally produce collagen which improves skin elasticity; giving it a smooth youthful look.  Since it helps reduce inflammation, its great using after a day at the beach or prolonged sun exposure. (Our bath bombs and few of our soaps contain shea butter)

Coconut Oil:  An excellent moisturizer and often overlooked, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. The antioxidant vitamin E is found in coconut oil which helps soothe eczema, sunburn, and psoriasis. Also, the antioxidant vitamin E could help delay the occurrence of wrinkles because its known to protect skin cells from damage over time. Helping to strengthen the skin tissue and eliminate dead skin cells, coconut oil absorbs quickly into the skin. Studies have found that coconut oil reduces water loss in very dry skin and aids in hydration.

Epsom Salts:  Getting its name after a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom salts absorb easily in the skin and helps cleanse your body. Also, it soothes muscle pain, decreasing swelling and aches  Stress has been known to drain the body of magnesium and increases the levels of adrenaline.  The use of Epsom salts help replenish magnesium in the body and the magnesium helps to produce serotonin, which is a mood elevator in the brain that helps create a feeling of calm and relaxation. 

Sodium Bicarbonate:  A salt also known as baking soda, it balances the pH level of the skin and is a natural deodorant.  Sodium Bicarbonate relieves itching and minor skin irritation by neutralizing toxins on the skin’s surface.  It has also been known to improve the skins complexion over time.  (All of our bath bombs contain sodium bicarbonate)

Kaolin Clay:  Found naturally in the Earth, kaolin clay nourishes the skin and makes it smoother.  Effective in the care of oily skin, and helps purify the skin .    

Olive Oil:  A wonderful moisturizer and doesn’t clog the skins pores.  It may help protect the skin from premature aging by preventing free radical damage to the skin.

Citric Acid: Great for acne prone skin! Citric acid is an antioxidant that cleanses the skin and can help reduce the process of aging.

Cocoa Butter: Naturally heals dry and sensitive skin.  Cocoa butter absorbs in the skin and remains for hours and could help in diminishing the signs of aging.  Improves skin elasticity and skin tone, plus soothes skin suffering from rashes or dermatitis.

Soy wax: Invented in the 1990’s by Michael Richards, soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oils of the soy bean.  Completely renewable and sustainable, soy wax burns clean, burns longer, and is eco-friendly. 

Hope you enjoyed reading a few things and hope that you will look at using a few products with natural ingredients, whether it’s from my company or someone else. A favorite of mine that I personally use and find beneficial for my skin is St. Ives lotion. In particular the ‘Pear Nectar & Soy Body Lotion’, I find that the smell is pleasant and stays on my skin through the day. I like how they use natural moisturizers and does not contain animal ingredients.  I love the stuff and use it daily! If you have sensitive skin, try this stuff out. See pictures below.

 

We do have plans to make our own lotions in the near future so keep a look out! 🙂

Blessed Be!

 

 

Magickal Mixology

 

Notions and potions, and things to brew!  Below you will find a few of the different types:

 

Poultice/Cataplasm: often heated and medicated. It can consist of chopped plant material and infused with other potions.  Usually to treat aching, inflamed or painful parts of the body. Also, great for cuts and bruises.

Tincture: Only good for about a year and would need to be refreshed/re-made. Alcohol based and highly concentrated. Can be volatile in the fact of alcohol being used. Plant or animal material can be used and preparation does take some time.  Dilution is recommended.  Store away from direct heat and sunlight.

Elixir: Alcohol based in nature but very pure and usually taken orally.  A true elixir will have at least one ingredient in it to take orally. Needs to be stored in a tightly closed container away from direct heat and sunlight. 

Infusion: Usually oil or water based with material being allowed to steep for extended time.  Materials typically are botanical in nature such as herbs, berries, and flowers. Unless the infusion is consumed immediately, it will need to be bottled and refrigerated for later use.

Tisane:  Another name for herbal tea.  Herbs and spices are typically used in a hot water base.  Great to warm the body or help internally. Some teas are said to induce visions, cure colds, or alleviate headaches.

Philtre: Typically water based and meant to secure another’s affection or  someone’s favor. Magick is usually used to infuse or empower the potion/ingredients

Decoction: use of boiling to extract from herbs or plant material. Results are achieved best if material is mashed before boiling and potion is best, if consumed immediately

 

Blessed Be!

Home For the holidays recipe

Home for the holidays is a recipe that will captivate and tantalize the senses of all who smell it.  Its a great addition to the household holiday spirit for family, friends, or just yourself. Don’t take my word for it, try it out:

First, fill a saucepan/pot full with water. Next, add 3 bay leaves, 3-4 apple peels , and 2-3 orange peels. Stir 3 times. Let mixture sit for one minute, now add 2 lemon peels, 1 tsp of nutmeg, 2 tbs whole cloves. Stir 3 times. Let mixture sit for 1 minute. Now, add 1 cinnamon stick (broken and crushed into pieces) or 2 tbs of cinnamon, 1 tsp of vanilla or vanilla extract. Finally, Stir another 3 times and let simmer. (Optional: 5 star anise, 3 tbs rosemary, and 1 tbs peppermint or spearmint.) The scent from the simmering mix will travel through the home.  Set timer for yourself and add water as needed. Don’t let the pot burn dry and do not leave the house with this heating on the stove. You can refrigerate this concoction and reuse daily for up to 1 week.

Blessed Be!