Flower and Stone Infused Salt Tutorial

Hi all!

My Beloved Watson is attending Passover services so I have to actually write my own blog today <shudder>

 

As a giddy rootwoman, I love working with all kinds of plants but my first magickal love has always been flowers.  There’s just something special about their appearance, scent, and energy that helps reconnect and ground me when I can’t seem to focus or find myself experiencing a massive anxiety attack.  I am all about flower power!!!

I love exploring all of the wonderful methods of keeping plant spirits close to me throughout the year which is how I came upon my gleeful obsession with flower essences, flower pressing, and finding cookbooks that feature entrees bursting with flower magick!  The winter months when most plant life is lying dormant and getting some much deserved rest is the time when I seem to need the companionship offered by my floral allies the most.   Making flower and stone infused salt during the growing season is a surefire way for me to always have a way to infuse floral magick into whatever spells I’m casting no matter what season it is!

 

Here is my version of flower and stone infused salt 🙂

You will need:

-Sea Salt (not dead sea salt which retains moisture and will harden into clumps that are very difficult to break up)

-Several handfuls of your favorite fresh flowers.  You can use only one kind or a combination thereof! (note: make sure that they’re not wet)

-A clean large ceramic or glass container that includes a lid

-Whatever stone/crystal that aligns with the magickal intention that you want to imbue into the salt

-Clear mind and focused magickal intentions (if you have anxiety and/or ptsd issues like me and aren’t hearing impaired,  playing relaxing music in the background that helps keep you in a focused state can be very helpful )

 

STEP ONE

FIRST LAYER OF SALT:

Cover the entire bottom of your container with sea salt.   You are creating your initial layer of magickal intention and protection which is why I consider it very important that no part of the bottom of the surface is left uncovered by the salt 🙂

(the above photo is actually the third layer but I wanted to give you an idea of how the bottom should be completely covered)

STEP TWO

SECOND LAYER (FIRST LAYER OF FLOWERS)

Lay a single layer of your flowers over the top of the salt.  Cram as many flowers as your heart desires being very mindful to not overlap them.

STEP THREE

SECOND LAYER OF SALT

Add another layer of sea salt on top of  your flowers making sure to completely cover them with at least 1/2-1 inch of salt.

REPEAT UNTIL YOU REACH THE UPPERMOST SALT LAYER

TOP SALT LAYER

With the last of your flower companions create a magickal pattern formation and lay your gemstone/crystal in the dead center.  Cover and store in a dark cool place.  Let it charge for a least one month.

(you see those photogenic water droplets on the petals?  Those droplets meant that I had to break up a lot of clumps one month later…lol!)

STEP FOUR

STRAINING AND STORAGE

You will know that your flower and stone infused salt is ready when the flowers that are completely dry and brittle.

Sometimes parts of the salt will have dried in clumps but it should be relatively easy to break the salt back up into the desired consistency again.

I like leaving the dried flowers in the salt but you can strain them out and save them for other uses later.

When you’re done admiring the beautiful magick you’ve created place your infused salt in a moisure proof container until you’re ready to use!

 

Some Things to Consider:

-I found that if I planned to use an odd number of layers it would guarantee that the top layer would be the salt layer.  For example, if I used 3 or 5 layers than I was guaranteed to have a top salt layer without it being complicated 🙂

-Make sure that the stone/crystal that you will is compatible with salt.  I had to learn the hard way that there are some crystals (turquiose, malachite, moonstones, and opal to name a few)  that actually have a very adverse reaction when paired with salt.

-If you will be including the salt in spells and potions that will come in contact with skin and/or will be ingested, choose flowers that are safe for those corresponding uses.

-On the first night of it’s creation, consider giving your salt creation a sun or moonbath.  If indoors and in a place away from pets, simply take the lid off  and let your salt soak in all the magick.  If outdoors, remove the lid but cover it with a sheer mesh cloth to keep the night creatures from adding their magickal 2 cents to your creation (unless that’s what you want of course!)  Keep in mind that there are some stones/crystals that are sunlight sensitive so do a little research 🙂

Moonlight however is always welcome!

-Incorporating moon phases into when you make your salt is a wonderful way to add a complex lunar layer to your spell!

-You don’t have only use flowers!  You also can incorporate your favorite roots, just be cognizant of how the salt will be used.  For example, if you will be incorporating mandrake (Mandragora officinarum ) into your infused salt formula, then it isn’t safe to use in food and medicine based spellwork.  Roots pack quite a magickal punch (and are pretty expensive if you have to buy them) so you don’t need to use much 🙂

 

Troubleshooting

What if a month later the flowers still aren’t dry?

This has happened to me when I got punch drunk with the flower layering..lol!  Simply remove the crystal from the top layer and stir the salt and flowers up thoroughly making sure that .  I know that it will completely mess up the beautiful layers that you’ve created but we want to ensure that all of the flowers are completely dry before using.  Be sure to break up the clumps and add more salt if you feel the mixture is too moist.

 

What if there’s mold?

I would err on the side on caution and throw the batch away.  Make sure to take copious notes on what went wrong.  Was it stored someplace that was humid?  Did the lid get knocked off and water find a way in?  Mistakes are a part of the learning process so be gentle on yourself!

 

It doesn’t have enough or any of the flower scent I was hoping for!

This can sometimes happen depending on the type of flower being used but rest assured the flower’s magick is in there!  You can always add a little essential or fragrance oil if you’d like.

 

Can I use flowers from the store or the side of the road?

Unless it’s specifically labelled as organic, I would not use store bought flowers due to the high amount of pesticides and artificial colorants that are used.  I would recommend against using flowers found alongside busy roads due to the high level of toxins (both chemical and emotional) they can absorb from the high flow of traffic they are exposed to.

However, I do consider isolated country roads with little to no sign of vehicular travel to be a quaint exception 🙂

 

What about graveyard/cemetary flowers?

While they are indeed a very powerful addition, only use flowers that are found growing naturally NOT ones that have been planted at the gravestones by bereaved family members.  Be very certain you are absolutely positive about the identification of the flowers you’re harvesting.  Don’t forget to leave payment to spirits for the flowers and to clean up a least a little of the trash that tends to accumulate in cemeteries and graveyards.  A little gratitude and courtesy towards the dead goes a long way 🙂

 

 

HAVE FUN AND HAPPY HOODOO-ING!

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Vending Phase ONE

Hello ALL!

 

So  what you amazing soapers know,  and what us as people that love our soapers need to  get used to,  are what I call  the three phases of vending. 

This is phase one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your entire residence explodes in color,  flavor , and aroma. 

Every room  is  packed to  the gills  with  making sure that the right stock  is at hand for the event to  come.

For you soaper lovers out there-   understand that there are going to  be things that are normal  during this time of preparation:

 

Your soaper  will  be mumbling to themselves- a lot.

Just remember it makes sense to  them,  even  if it does not to  you.

 

Your soaper will  talk  in  their sleep- usually saying things like:  SLSA, FDA guidelines, and  on  sale

If they start doing hand gestures in their sleep,  that is also normal.

Cuddle them  extra close.

 

They may walk  around in  circles multiple times. 

Just watch  them  carefully,  and  make sure that they eat and drink.

 

They may fall  asleep  in  various places-  the computer,  the couch,  standing still in  the kitchen.

This is perfectly normal,  as the hours that your beloved soaper will be putting  in  before an  event. 

 

So  just recognize that  the time,  effort and emotional fortitude that it takes to prepare for vending is intense. 

Soapers are deeply emotionally attached to  what they do,  and the day to  day of running a website is completely different then  the intensity of standing up  before a crowd and saying “this is me”.

 

So  love your soaper,  put them  in  bubble wrap,  and  suppport them  through  what they are about to  do .

 

Next week:  VENDING PHASE TWO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Next week, vending at Spring Pan

Sherlock  is vending Friday and  Saturday next week. All  week she has been  prepping for her space. There are bags of weird things coming into  the house. Lots of colors,  glitter,  things that smell good,  large heavy bags,  and boxes of supplies.

It was definitely a learning curve on  how to  prepare for an  event.

This week,  Sherlock  found a site about all  things  vending, she was enthralled!

This women’s advise about protocol,  how to  vend,  and how to  prep your space was invaluable.

Find her here:  http://www.thecraftbooth.com/

So Sherlock  is still  refining her look,  her tables, how things need to  be set out, labeled,  and organized.

She has a castle for her oils, and they organize them  beautifully,  but it can  be overwhelming having so many oils to  go  through.

So  she picked up  another castle and has spent the last week decorating and painting it.  It has been  a rest from  pumping up her product line for the vending event.

And I thought you would like to see the pictures of a work  in  progress.

 

 

 

These are pictures of her  using stencils to  burn  pics into  the wood. She painted sigil’s throughout, and then  painted the entire castle blue and gold.

 

 

These aren’t the finished product.  She has some burnings that are optical  allusions.  Really in depth  stuff.

But as we are  prepping for  next week  I am  already in  her way.

So  more pictures after she goes to  sleep!!!!

 

 

 

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the message

Sherlock  has a lot of talent in  many areas.  Gardening,  dancing,  public speaking,  root work.

One of the things that I find fascinating is that she is always in  the process of creating something new. 

Everything that she creates is a part of her.  It is all  unique,  meticulously done, and infused with  her intention and energy.

So  one day I left in  the morning and took  pictures   of these:

 

(please excuse the blurriness)

 

 

Looks like dirt, smells  like fruit and wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smells  like apple  cider

 

 

 

 

 

And when I returned home, they were these:

 

 

     Blood Queen  bath  Bombs,  hand painted

 

 

 

 

                                                                      BASTET Midnight Cider Bath bomb,  also  hand painted.  

 

 

 

 

And the babies:

 

 

 

 

How cool  is that?

Sherlock  picks themes and colors that speak  to her spiritually.  The women  of size on  her side,  the power of taking “space”.  The black cats that  create  a surreal  experience of black  water that surrounds you in  peace.  These aren’t just soaps, they are  messages. You  have  the right to  take space.  You have the right to experience color with  all of your joy. Take it.   

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A Cautionary Tale

This is for everyone who  lives with  a soaper,  is married to  a soaper, or is dating a soaper-

Soaper supporters BEWARE.

 

I come home from my work  day of much  less interesting things, an I SEE it.  The big bowl  of whipped pink heaven,  with  the spoon in  it, daring me to  consume its  contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I reach  for the spoon, I see its sister!

Another bowl,  calling my name it says in  the lilting voice  “me first  Watson, I left the spoon  right here for you!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mouth  waters,  my hand shakes.  What has she created in  my absence? Will  I dream  about this desert as I have dreamed about so  many others? What layers of fruit and flavor await my palate?

Suddenly,  the alarm goes off in  the back of my head.  I ignore it.

It persists. I ignore it again  and lift the spoon to my mouth.

As my eyes are about to  roll back  into  my head I see it.

I stop.  The spoon to  my lips.

There is was:

 

 

 

 

 

The proof that if I had indeed eaten the bowl  of whipped wonder in  front of me.

Well,  we would have run  out of  toilet paper.

Foiled again .

You win  Sherlock.

 

 

 

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Every Sherlock needs a Watson

Without a doubt between the two of us My Love is the “Sherlock”. I delight in sitting back and listening to her “soaper mind” as she takes apart an item, or builds on in her head. Like Sherlock, she can look into the item so deeply that she can rattle off the ingredients without blinking an eye.  While I get to sit back and simply appreciate my commonness by comparison. So I have decided that I will be the John Watson to her Sherlock. I will get to write about all of her adventures as she is off and running with her new project or re stocking the supplies on her site. Making stuff that looks, smells, and feels like I can eat it, when I really can’t, and as she challenges herself to do something new.

 

To start, I am taking a page for the Sherlock show done by BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. If you watch the show, there is one where John looks in the fridge for breakfast and there was a head in the fridge. Anyone who is married to a soaper knows exactly what that feels like.

 

This is a normal people fridge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a soaper fridge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is John Watson saying “stay tuned soaper fans! The soaper game is a foot!”

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Mistakes

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Hi All!  Well it looks like I’ve put off writing my first post long enough and it’s time that I get to finally writing something.  At first, I was going to write a pithy introduction where I gave a brief history about myself and my inter-connected journey into witchcraft and fat activism but that didn’t seem to fit how I was feeling at the time.   I then realized that the subject that is near and dear to my heart right now is the transformative power of mistakes.

As I’m typing this, there are 3 pounds of  hand made bubble wands and bubble bath drops lovingly nestled in  my garbage can because of an formula experimentation session gone wrong.  Angrily scribbled in my Formula Book of Shadows are the words, “DO NOT USE COCONUT OIL IN BUBBLE DOUGH FORMULAS…IT’S EVEEEEEEEEEL!!!!!!!!!!!”.   I’m exaggerating of course.  I only used 4 exclamation marks and I spelled evil correctly.   I made a very expensive (slsa is not cheap!) mistake and it taught me a couple of very important lessons’ such as: only experiment using small batches, don’t experiment using ingredients’ that I’m almost out of, be patient with myself, and using all caps in Books of Shadows makes me feel all important and wizardy.

 

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!!!!

(sorry, I had to get that out of my system)

 

Making mistakes and honestly chronicling them is a very important tool in every magickal practitioner’s arsenal no matter what their area of expertise.  I also feel that as we pass on our knowledge  and share our experiences’ with each other, being candid about the mistakes’ that we make along the way helps foster a more compassionate and well rounded communities.  Whenever I start to feel like a cocky rootworkin’ know-it-all, nothing bops’ me off my high broomstick faster than me reminding myself that I can’t make it through a 3 month period without making some massive magickal faux-pas or other.

  Being a part of very diverse array of artisanal communities such as soapers, lotion crafters’, rootworkers’, and healers’ has given me a profound appreciation of how much more I am able to truly savor my learning process when I allow myself room to breathe and learn (not panic) from my mistakes and the mistakes of others’.

My first batch of bear claw bath melts’ didn’t even dissolve in the bathtub right. They just floated on top of the water and made an occasional angry “bloop!” noise at me!

Like everyone else, it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the ogling all of the gorgeous photographs’ that my fellow witches have on their own social media and e-commerce outlets, and I sometimes come away feeling very insecure about where I am and what my handmade goodies look like to the outside world.  At times like these, it can be very hard for me to remember that everyone’s path is fraught with mistakes that eventually lead to triumphs just like mine.  Without mistakes, missteps, and the classic “wtf was I thinking when I did that?” colossal level blunders, we wouldn’t savor our hard won accomplishments’ nearly half as much.

You’re not amazing in spite of your mistakes, you’re amazing because of them!

It took me two years’ to get what I wanted out of whipped body butter formulas’ and I’m still learning and making mistakes!

 

 

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