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I have been using homemade rose water as a facial toner & hair rinse for some time now and love it. You can always go and buy some, but I’m always afraid of the additives and don’t want to risk getting a pesky rash since I have overly-sensitive skin! 

You can also use rose water for glamory spells, love spells, self-care spells, etc. You don’t have to stop at just rose water; you can basically use any flowers & herbs you would like – lavender, thyme, orange peels – just make sure if you’re going to ingest them or use them on your skin that they are safe and pesticide-free. 

What you need:

  • A handfuls of fresh (prefferably) or dried herbs or flowers
  • Distilled water
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • Vodka (optional)

You can use regular tap water to make herbal waters, but then you have to keep it in the fridge and use it within a few days, or freeze it (I like freezing them into ice cube trays, that way you can just take one out each time you need it). For longer lasting rose water, use distilled water. You can find distilled water in the pharmacy, but a much cheaper way is to go to your nearest gas station and buy some car battery water – which in essence is pure distilled water as well! You can add a tablespoon of vodka to the mix to prolong the shelf life, if you like.

If you use fresh flowers, rinse them well before using.
Take a glass jar and fill add a couple of handfuls of dried or fresh herbs or flowers of your own choice. I chose to use rose petals, lavender bud and orange blossom. You could also try thyme, jasmin, chamomile, peppermint, yarrow or a mixture of several different herbs.Bring water to a boil and fill the jar up to three quaters. Put a lid on the jar and let stand for a couple of hours up to overnight. Strain and add the tablespoon of vodka if you like.

I would suggest testing out a bit on your skin if you plan on using it on your body. You can swab a bit on the inside of your wrist, arm, or ankle and leave on overnight to be sure no reaction occur. 

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Is there any way to tell if you’re born a witch if your family doesn’t know?




cartoonistleaf I personally do not believe anyone can be “born” a witch. Yes, certain people have a higher aptitude for witchcraft than others, but as I’ve said to others who have asked this question: witchcraft it a lot like art – some are naturally better at it than others, but the more you practice the better you’ll get at it. 

You will find that quite a few people in the witchcraft ‘community’ share this perspective:

cunningcelt said:

“Witchcraft is a craft, something to be studied and practiced. Some people may have more of a knack for it than others, but it still takes study and practice to be a witch. In the same way that medicine must be studied to call yourself a doctor, or law studied to call yourself a lawyer. Some people may be more suited to medicine and law, but you are not born a doctor or a lawyer.”

thesigilwitch said:

“I wouldn’t say people are “born” witches, but people are definitely born with higher levels of energy / power and would make great witches. Whether someone becomes a witch is completely up to them; it is not bestowed upon you, or a gift from gods, or fate; it is a practice and a choice, and anyone can take up the mantle. Some people are more apt at being witches than others, because of the energy level thing I was talking about, and sometimes the life isn’t suited for everyone. There can be rough bumps on the road as well – practicing magic tends to draw spirits to a person (good and bad), and it’s not always happiness and smooth sailing.”

Terry Pratchett said in his book

I Shall Wear Midnight:

“You weren’t born with a talent for witchcraft: it didn’t come easily; you worked hard at it because you wanted it. You forced the world to give it to you, no matter the price, and the price is and always will be high… People say you don’t find witchcraft; witchcraft finds you. But you’ve found it, even if at the time you didn’t know what it was you were finding, and you grabbed it by its scrawny neck and made it work for you”

And many more… Plus, even if I did believe that people could be ‘born’ witches, there would be no way for someone to be a ‘born witch’ if  their “family doesn’t know”. That’s sort of the point after all… 

I know this probably wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but this is the answer you got.

– Marci

I totally agree that people aren’t “born as a witch”, although I know that some have a natural affinity. However witches tend to run in the family, not necessarily passed on from parent to child, but perhaps a great grandparent passing the affinity for the craft through the family tree.

Some live a perfectly normal life, and discover witchcraft at a later time in their life, whether that’s mid 20’s or mid 60’s. If the natural affinity is there, it’s not to say they’re more powerful, it just means they find things easier and might be able to grasp things quicker.

I am a natural witch, it doesn’t mean I was born a witch, but I’ve had a natural affinity for the craft since a young age. But even though I have a natural affinity, I still study and practice just as much as those without the natural affinity. I still get things wrong, I still forget things and make mistakes.

Witchcraft is a secular practice, so anybody can be a witch. But I believe some are natural witches, and because of this they will find it somewhat easier in some aspects.

Although I think it’s ignorant to assume that some don’t receive help in the form of blessings of the gods. I agree that gifts and talents aren’t bestowed, but they can be awakened and assisted in power by the gods.

Hey, this is a really cool thought, and explains the concept of ‘natural witch’ really well! I dig that
Plus, the ‘natural witch’ theory might explain why I feel so strongly towards spirituality and witchcraft.
Ive always felt a certain affinity with spirituality and magic, and I might have even had a little spirit friend as a kid, but thats up for debate. My father and his blood family arent very healthy, but have had experiences with psychic tendencies (‘knowing’ and ‘feeling’ things like the death of a family member) so that seems promising, but i tend to question the legitimacy of that side of my family. Additionally, people on my mums side have known to have incredible foresight in relation to marriage and careers.
I think that all this combined made me more likely to be prone to witchcraft, or have a clear idea of my spiritual path- either way, natural witch sounds like a cool title, and i admire those who are confident enough to label themselves as such

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do you know how to keep a magic journal? i think i saw a post about how to make one on your blog but i cant seem to find it on your blog…


do you mean like a Book of Shadows or a grimoire?

here’s my most recent post about keeping such a book: natural-magics.tumblr.com/post/120429913343 (this is just a general outline, you can do it your own way – my new one is rather disorganized).

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…a part of my herbal stash, all the plants pictured are ones we collected this summer . it was always a dream of mine that my all my goods would be made with local planties…

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Outlander_Starz: Getting resourceful with a variety of potions and medicines. #OutlanderSeries #Herbalist #STARZ (this blog no longer exists)

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Health Care At Home The Natural Way Featuring The Home Apothecary

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