Nature Magic Ointments
I’ve been busy in the forest and the witch’s kitchen harvesting ingredients and cooking up magic salves. I crafted a new recipe to see and commune with wild forest and plant spirits called Forest Spirit Ointment. Genius loci means “spirit of place” and refers to the essence of an area of land and the spirits who dwell within it. First I made an infusion of dried Siberian amanita muscaria mushroom caps in olive oil and let it sit for a few weeks. Then I added plants I wildcrafted from the forest – leaves of Oak, Ash, Hawthorn, & Rowan, Cedar tips, Moss, Fern spores, and Herb-Robert.
The mushrooms, Oak, Ash, Hawthorn, and Fern all have old folkloric associations with the good folk – for seeing them and interacting with them. Rowan is traditionally used to enhance psychic ability and also to protect from spirits as you talk to them or travel through their territory. This is essentially a “fairy ointment” – not for the sweet tiny tinkling fairies of English gardens – but the more real and scary ones who dwell in the wild wood where human feet may never travel. It’s hard to gain their trust, but well worth it as they have many secrets to share about the wilds and the art of magic.
I also made more of my recipe for Toadman’s Ointment which has a habit of selling out. More wildcrafting and digging up roots ensued. The large dandelion root pictured above just too perfectly ressembled a woman that I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up, so I carved it and buried it again to turn it into an alraun. I hope it works! The other root went into the oil infusion for the salve along with more amanita muscaria skin and bits of a dried toad.
I let the oils sit and infuse with all the herbs for days to weeks and let them soak up at least one day of sunlight and a night of moonlight. These ones sat under the full moon. Then I place the glass jars in the oven on its lowest setting (not hot enough to cook the herbs) to better infuse the properties and natural oils of the plants into the carrier oil. Then I strain the heated oils and then add preserving essential oils and shaved pure beeswax and pour the mixture into jars to cool.