You must be Healthy!
It should be noted immediately
that the spell ingredients mentioned on this page probably have
no cosmetic or medicinal qualities of their own. However, throughout the
ages, witches have believed that these substances, combined with the
appropriate rituals, have magical powers, to bring beauty and/or health.
In practicing these spells, remember to apply the proper amount of
concentration. Who knows? Tomorrow you may wake up gorgeous and blooming
To make your skin radiate with
natural beauty, gather together one ounce each of anise, fennel, caraway
and celery seeds and another ounce each of parsley and sassafras roots.
The night before a full moon, mash the seeds to a pulp and cut the roots
into small pieces. Put seeds and roots into a jar along with a cup of
white wine. Let the mixture stand, uncovered, overnight. In the morning,
transfer it to a pot and boil away one third of the liquid. Strain out and
discard the herbs and pour the remaining juice into a glass. When the full
moon rises, drink it. (It tastes terrible, but generations of satin
skinned gypsy girls swear by it.)
To banish a blemish, such as a
pimple, wart or corn, rub a pea bean (the kind used in baked beans) on the
blemish; then bury the bean. As it decays, your blemish will dry up and
disappear. (Use a different bean for each blemish.)
To prevent wrinkles, put a bunch
of dried primrose petals in a jar and place a pale blue candle in front of
it. Burn the candle down to its socket. Each time you wash your face,
throw a handful of the petals into the basin. Fill it with warm water and
use as the next-to-last-rinse.
To remove freckles, go out early
in the morning and gather a teaspoon of the dew that's settled on the
grass and bushes. Mix this with a teaspoon of rosewater and a few drops of
olive oil; then dab it on the freckled area. Do this every day for a week;
even stubborn freckles should disappear.
To keep hair generally healthy,
make certain that all your haircuts (and your husband's) are scheduled
during a new moon. Hair that's cut during a full or waning moon loses its
luster and may thin or turn gray prematurely. If your hair is already dull
or lifeless, try this ancient ritual to enrich its color. Steal a few
strands of hair from someone who's blessed with a thick, shiny mane. (Make
certain that the hair is a natural shade; if it's dyed, it won't do.) Put
the strands in a pot with two cups of water and a drop of your blood.
Bring to a boil. When the liquid cools, pour it over your own head, and
spread through your hair.
For thinning hair, try this old,
and not hard-to-take remedy. Each night before bedtime, put a pinch of red
pepper into a half cup of vodka and drink it. Continue until the condition
Often, spells combine their
magic with a little simple psychology. This popular formula for losing
weight is just such a combination. Outline the figure you want to have on
a full length photograph or drawing of yourself. Place the picture in a
spot where you'll see it often for instance, on your stove or
refrigerator. On the first night of the full moon, snip a fragment of your
excess weight from the picture and say:
the moon wanes,
so may I decrease."
Repeat the procedure each night
until the new moon appears. (Of course, in the meantime you're doing your
best to curb your appetite.) If you still have weight to lose at the end
of the allotted time, start the spell again, with a new picture, at the
next full moon.
Simply reverse the above process
if you want to add pounds. Draw an outline of the fuller figure you'd like
around a picture of yourself. At the new moon, start to color in the
outline while saying:
the moon grows,
so may I increase."
RESTFUL SLEEP |
If a problem-ridden day has left
you too nervous to sleep one night, brew a tea from thyme and basil
leaves. (One teaspoon each of the leaves, steeped in a cup of boiling
water.) Drink it, piping hot, before going to bed. This tea relieves the
cares of a troubled mind.
For a full-blown case of
insomnia, put a head of lettuce into a blender and reduce it to a liquid.
Gently rub this on your forehead and temples for a few minutes before
going to bed. If you still can't sleep, liquefy another head of lettuce
the next night, but drink it this time.
If you have nightmares, take the
stockings you've worn during the day and cross the legs to form an X. At
the point where the stockings cross, thread in a silver (or silver
colored) pin, and hang the stockings at the foot of your bed before you go
to sleep. If your nightmares are persistent, try this very strong, but
rather inconvenient, ritual. Put a black blanket, sheets and pillowcases
on your bed. Turn out the lights before you undress; change into a black
nightgown and quietly slip into bed. In theory, the night demons that
plague you won't be able to find you in all that blackness.
Like modern science, witchcraft
has no cure for common colds but it does have ways to prevent them.
According to one ancient method, you should go to an oak tree on a chilly
autumn day, and catch a leaf as it falls off the tree; put your catch into
a bureau drawer at home and say:
leaf, let me feel not winter's storm.
Through chill and wind keep me safe and warm."
Or, peel a small, raw potato by
the light of a pale blue candle all the while concentrating on your wish
to stay free of colds. Carry the potato in your pocket or purse. (This
method has one drawback; no matter how shriveled the potato becomes, You
must carry the same one all winter.)
|TO BREAK A
Our ancestors believed, with
some logic, that fevers were caused by a "fire" in the body. How
to put out a fire? With water, naturally. Thus, this old spell. Make seven
knots in a piece of string; cast the string over your left shoulder into a
running stream (or river) and say:
take this fever from me.
Carry it from here far out to the sea."
|TO CURE A
When your head is throbbing, try
- Braid together four red and three yellow ribbons.
- Tie the braid
loosely around your head and go on with your usual work.
- Within an hour or
so your headache should go away.
Another headache remedy can also be used
for any minor pain, such as a toothache, stiff joint, etc.
- Simply take a
small piece of iron or a magnet and rub it over the painful area.
- As you
rub, tell the ache to be drawn from you to the metal.
- Then take it off
your land and bury it (not too close to someone else's home unless you
want to give him your ache).