It’s that time of year when we all start considering the more horrible, ghastly side of this multiverse. The one where the ghost of your Aunt Mildred is still rattling around in the kitchen, looking for her golden syrup tin and your neighbour’s poltergeist keeps asking you out by writing it in raisins on your kitchen table. It’s quite literally, a nightmare. Well, at least we can eat, unlike those pesky rattleboned skeletons, so Leni and I perused the internet for Halloween food ideas and there we found quite a few spooky things one could do with a hotdog. And I genned up on how to keep those demons away, using the herb.

Halloween mummy hotdogs
6 Hot dogs
1 packet Ready to roll dough

1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Cut ready to roll dough into thin strips and wrap the dough around each hotdog to make them look like little mummies.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
4. Use little drops of mustard for eyes
At first I was afraid, I was petrified, now I only have herbs, by my side.

Basil Apparently basil is one of the weakest protective herbs for keeping demons away but if sprinkled on the floor it can keep “minor demons away”. Always beware of the quiet ones though folks. I can imagine quite a few of you have accidentally dispersed some fresh basil on your lino, when you are garnishing your al dente spaghettiini (for you that don’t know, that is little spaghetti, for your little demons).

Burdock Root “When collected under a waning moon, it will protect against evil intentions while travelling. Wear a sprig around your neck.”  A waning moon is the moon that decreases after a full moon. If you have autumnal travelling plans, we don’t want to see your smug travelling face returning without a tan and a handful of random friends.

Cumin They say that cumin mixed with salt can create a protective barrier to keep bad spirits away from your home. The directions are to sprinkle it on window sills and doorways to stop evil from entering. It may also keep others away, like people who don’t like curry, they should be kept away.

Dandelion If you bathe in dandelion root it can be very protective and “clear out any negative energy”. You could use it to keep an unfavourable in-law away, that and some bad decor decisions.

Holly “You can make a wand to banish evil entities. Burn its leaves to break hexes, curses and protect against bad spirits.” At this point I want to advise against burning in general, do it outside. If you do enter into burning things, I’d like to have some feedback, not a blame with a claim. If you make a wand, I’d also like feedback on that, any kind of wand-making in adult life, I view as interminably optimistic and a general outlook that needs embracing.

Vinegar “Vinegar is pretty powerful stuff. It can disrupt magic, stop ghosts and spirits from manifesting, and keep demons away. It’s also very simple to use. Just pour wine vinegar or apple vinegar in a dish and let it evaporate overnight. It will disrupt the magic/ghost/demon for a few days. You can also put other protective herbs in it to amplify its purifying power.” And it can clean your windows well, is healthy for your gut bacteria, and can be a keen component to homemade cleaning and beauty products. In short, vinegar is a magic substance, whether used in witchcraft or my form of apothecary, being skin and hair care. Get rid of those demons and then let’s start on the personal ones…..(grabs the basil, then wrestles with inner intrenched penchant for rosemary).

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