A Witch’s Book of Potions : House and Home

And…at long last, here is part three of my witch’s book of potions (Part 1 was on beauty, Part 2 was on health). This time, I present you with some of my favourite articles from around the web on how to clean your home and ensure the comfort of yourself and your guests.

Homemade Cleaning Products

Using Cola as a Cleaner

Homemade Cleaners to Green your Cleaning Routine

White Vinegar (Cleaning, Laundry, and So Much More)

DIY Natural Cleaner made with Citrus Peels and Vinegar

Non-toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

Air Fresheners

Baking Soda Closet “Poppers”

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener

PS_20160215131543

Laundry

How to Make Natural Dryer Sheets

Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals

Other

5 Natural Pest Control Options that Work

Reusable Hand warmers from Baby socks

 

Happy Dreaming,

Signature

A Witch’s Book of Potions : Health and Wellness

Part 2 of my Witch’s Book of Potions (Part 1 was on beauty) features some of my favourite articles from around the web (mostly from the same blogs I featured last time), this time on how to stay healthy, cure yourself from common ailments, and protect yourself from such common curses as irritating insects and excess sunshine.

 

Thyme and Again

Not you Mother’s Neosporin: Healing Salve for Minor Scrapes and Burns

Make your Brain Quick and Clever with these 5 Essential Oils

Elderberry-Echinacea Syrup Recipe

Quick Homemade Vapor Rub

Vinegar of the Four Thieves Health Tonic

PS_20160215131820

How to Make a Herbal Liniment

How to Make Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Bug Spray Recipes that Work

How to Make Solar-Infused Herbal Oils

7 Simple Natural Remedies you Probably Have at Home

12 Natural Toothpaste Alternatives that will Surprise you

21 Homemade Remedies for Migraines and Headaches.

Happy Dreaming,

Signature

My Favourite Witches : Maidens, Mothers and Crones

The witches of my childhood were my Disney princesses. They were the people I admired and wanted to be like.  I had many favourites, mostly from books (I read a lot as a child), and these are only some of them.  As the Maiden, Mother, Crone triad is one of the cornerstones of witch stories, I’ve divided my favourite witches into these three categories.

Maidens

Hermione Granger

Slide1

Obviously. I was a nerdy, clever bookworm who cared deeply about her grades and derived great satisfaction from always knowing the answer. Hermione felt like my soulmate. By the time I reached high school, my obsession with being the smartest and my enthusiasm for learning had faded somewhat, with both positive and negative results. On the one hand I was much less stressed about my grades and was less of an annoying know-it-all, but on the other hand…I lost something that once meant a great deal to me. I had learnt from my classmates and from society that enthusiasm was not cool, that school was something to be tolerated, not enjoyed. I rarely spoke out in class, even though I usually knew the answer. I hid my cleverness, because I didn’t want to stand out.  Hermione never hides. She’s proud of her intelligence, and she doesn’t let other people bring her down about it. For this, she has always inspired me.

Morwen

Slide2

If Hermione was the witch I was most like as a child, Morwen of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede was the witch I most wanted to be like. She was sensible, down-to-earth, capable and extremely independent. She lived alone in a little cottage in a magical forest with a lot of cats, which sounded like paradise to me. She was petite and red-haired, which I desperately wanted to be, rather than tall, chubby, and dark-haired, as I was. No one ever questioned that she could take care of herself, and I absolutely loved her.

Mildred Hubble

Slide1

Mildred Hubble, the main character of The Worst Witch TV series based on the books by Jill Murphy, was not someone I particularly wanted to be like. I did, however, want to be her friend. I wanted to go to Miss Cackles Academy for Witches and cast spells, brew potions, and get into trouble with Mildred and the other young witches. It was a good, silly, fun show that I adored, and hearing the school theme of “Onward, ever striving onward, proudly on our brooms we fly…” instantly takes me back to my childhood.

Mothers

Nanny Ogg

Slide3

Nanny Ogg, the Mother in the Maiden, Mother, Crone triad of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, is hilarious. Always cheerful, always comfortable, Nanny Ogg can make herself at home anywhere and get along with anyone. She doesn’t seem to understand even the concept of being embarrassed. While I may not want to be exactly like her, I sure enjoy reading about her.

Sophie Hatter

Slide4

Sophie Hatter, from Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways, could really fit into any of the three categories : She is a maiden at the beginning of the first book, who is then turned into a crone by another witch, and in the second and third books she is a mother.  I’ve chosen to place her in the mother category because in all her incarnations she’s always taking care of people – mainly her husband, the wizard Howl. Ever practical, Sophie is always ready to make the best of a bad situation.  She’s clever. kind, and determined. Plus, she’s another red-head.

Crones

Granny Weatherwax

Slide5

If Morwen was the witch I most admired as a child, Granny Weatherwax is probably the one I most admire as an adult, even though she can be a little scary. The crone from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, Granny Weatherwax is one of my favourite characters in all of fiction. She is not to be trifled with. She is always in control of the situation and has unshakable faith in her abilities. She knows she could be evil – and that she’d be very good at it – but she chooses to be good.  And I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned at some point that she had red hair in her youth.

Professor Minerva McGonagall

Slide7

I feel quite guilty calling Professor McGonagall a crone. I don’t think she’d be amused. In fact, I think she’d definitely give me detention. I notice I’ve been describing a lot of my favourite witches as “sensible”, “down-to-earth” and “capable”. These are obviously qualities I admire, perhaps because I tend to be more of a wishy-washy, daydreamer type myself. Professor McGonagall certainly has all these qualities, and she can turn into a cat.

Happy Dreaming,

Signature