You may have heard that this year’s flu season has caused a run on elderberry syrup. This traditional folk medicine has gained a reputation for boosting the immune system to help you ward off sickness. While traditional medicine is on the fence about the efficacy of elderberries, herbalists have long sung the praises of this gorgeous purple potion. Hyppocrates even called elderberry “nature’s medicine chest.”
I’ve recently started to experiment with crystal meditations and I’ve found it so helpful for my focus and clarity. Whenever I sit down to meditate, my thoughts start to race at a million miles a minute. When I try to focus on my breath, my mind immediately starts to wander. Crystals help slow down my brain and bring my attention back to the moment.
As I’ve gotten more comfortable with my meditation practice, I’ve come to realize how much power I give my thoughts. I used to regard them as the wisdom of my subconscious. If my thoughts were stewing over something then I’d better pay attention because it could be important!
When Conrad and I started planning our DIY budget wedding, we vowed to reuse and upcycle as many elements as we could. We wanted to avoid accumulating a bunch of stuff we would never use again so we got pretty creative. One of my very favorite DIY wedding projects we embarked on was making our own liquor bottle centerpieces. Since I rarely keep fresh flowers around, I hated the idea of spending a bunch of money on vases. So we figured we’d make them instead! At the time, Conrad worked at a bar which had a constant supply of beautiful liquor bottles. So we took some of the prettiest ones home, cut off the tops, and use them for our wedding centerpieces. Here’s how we did it.
Crystal scrying has never exactly been on my spiritual radar. I’m an intuitive person, but I’ve never really used any tools to tap into this intuition. My only reference point were Hollywood images of witches gazing into crystal balls to predict the future.
Herbal infusions are one of my favorite ways to experiment with new plants. You can steep your herbs in hot water or cold, using one herb or a combination, using herbs from your garden or an apothecary or your local grocery store. There is no right or wrong way to experiment with plant magic!