Moss, Menthol & Magic


A spell jar & sachet recipe for soothing sickness


It’s that time of year again—the leaves are falling, pumpkins are pleasantly plopped on neighbours’ doorsteps, and gross colds are spreading more terror than the latest Netflix horror series. (Midnight Mass is pretty good, you should check it out.)

For college and university students, October is usually a chaotic month full of midterms and assignments stacked up like a game of Jenga (one wrong move and the delicate balance of that college student’s brain will come crashing down hard).

Not only am I a college student swamped with assignments and stress, I also now have the latest not-COVID chest cold that’s going around.

So to manage, I naturally I turned to witchcraft (and Tylenol Cold Daytime).

I quickly came up with a spell jar & sachet for soothing sickness—specifically the type of energy-draining, death-breath sickness that makes you want to cocoon yourself in your bedsheets and sleep for the rest of eternity.

Spell jars and sachets are some of my favourite spells to craft because you can fill them with any ingredients you like! They’re versatile and long-lasting—you can re-activate/re-charge them whenever you need.

I created this spell around one key ingredient: menthol.

Menthol (mint) is the god of cold remedy herbs. I crave menthol whenever I have a headache, cold, or flu.

Check out this post on drying your own mint leaves!

I also had some moss I gathered from my backyard a few weeks ago that I hadn’t used in a spell yet. I figured this was a good a time as any. What’s the magical property of moss, you ask?

I don’t know. I couldn’t find a resource that said what uses moss had. I love moss though. It reminds me of lush woodsy areas and fresh air. So, my backyard moss is in this spell to help me stay grounded and bring me a piece of that peaceful, fresh, green, nurturing feeling.

My special moss

Sometimes ingredients are powerful because of your personal associations and intentions.

With moss and menthol taking the lead in this spell, I popped a cough drop in my mouth, poured a mug of peppermint tea and began crafting.

A spooky mug of peppermint tea

Sooth The Sickness Spell Jar & Sachet

— For Colds & Flu —

Ingredients

Herbs:

  • Mint – healing
  • Moss – grounding, rejuvenation
  • Lavender – soothing
  • Yarrow – healing
  • Witch hazel – healing
  • Chrysanthemum – strength

Crystal:

  • Smokey quartz – detoxifying, relieves headaches, calming (I used chips but if you have a larger crystal piece you can charge your spell with it afterwards)

Other:

  • White candle – purification
  • Rose incense – relieves headaches
  • Small jar or bottle
  • A cloth pouch, bag, or sachet
I get a lot of my magical ingredients from Etsy and a few local metaphysical shops

You don’t have to make both a spell jar and sachet for this spell, but I did so I can have double the magic help. I made the sachet to keep in my pocket during the day, and under my pillow at night.

Step 1: Light your candle and incense. You can use the smoke form either one of these to cleanse your jar or sachet if you need.

Step 2: Fill your jar and/or sachet while concentrating on the intention/purpose of each ingredient.

Step 3: Close your sachet and tie it tight. Seal your jar with candle wax.

Fin.

If you want to try making this spell but don’t have some of these ingredients, fear not! Just use whatever you have access to. Cinnamon and rosemary are also good healing herbs and popular ones from the kitchen pantry. You can substitute these into your spell.

Hopefully, you don’t catch the latest cold or flu, but if you do, witchcraft is here to help you! (But also have some tea and medicine.)

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