I don’t know about you, but I would love to have that dream Witch Aesthetic™. I’m talking apothecary jars, ancient tomes, wooden carved everything, foraged and home grown food. But unless you have an abundance of time, energy and money, that isn’t the reality for most witches. However in recent months I’ve definitely got closer to the goal and there’s a couple of ways around whole time, energy and money issue.
- Recycle :
Glass jars from sauces are ideal for herbs. To sterilize them and get rid of any smells give them a wash then add bicarbonate of soda and boiling water. Leave them to cool down, give them a shake and rinse out before putting them in the oven at about 100 degrees C until they are completely dry.
My altar is an upcycled make-up box. Again, this can take a bit of time but it’s pretty cheap and easy to do – it can be as complicated or simple as your artistic skills and time allows. Just sand it down and paint it with whatever you like.
When your candles have burned down too low to use, melting down the stumps and pouring them into molds with wicks will make you even more. They’re really easy to spruce up with glitter as well!
This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. Even in an urban environment, herbs like plantain and pineapple weed grow just about everywhere. You don’t need a lot of expertise to start – obviously double check that what you’re foraging is safe, but this is fairly easy to do with access to the internet.
I’ve found the best place for drying herbs is by the boiler – warm and dry, it’s the perfect environment to dry herbs quickly and it keeps them out of the way.
Failing this, a great shop to buy spices is Tiger. I’ve got full bags of cinnamon sticks, juniper berries, thyme, rosemary, lavender, even Himalayan salt for £2, and they last a long time.
- Cheap sourcing:
Shopping online for basic materials and books has saved me so much money. I got a huge roll of muslin cloth for a few pounds that has last me all year and is looking like it’ll last another year! I use it to strain herbs when I’m making syrups, cordials, and extracts, and I’ve made bath teas with it. Don’t be worried to be a cheapskate when it comes to the basics.
For more elaborate things like altar tools, second hand shops are your best friend. My athame is second hand, my Goddess incense burner is second hand, my chalice is second hand… and they are all beautiful. With second-hand things I like to cleanse them in salt water to get rid of any old energies lingering, and they’ve served me very well. My local Moot also does a swap at many meetings which is ideal if your craft is evolving as it means your old stuff isn’t clogging up your space.
This is all pretty basic advice, but often the issue is where to start. Hopefully this has given any newbie witches a helping hand!
Blessed Be )O(