Witch's Protection Bottle
Just a few days ago, I made my own Witch's Protection Bottle using Cascarilla Powder and Graveyard Dirt. I'd come across this adorable vial and I knew this would be the perfect use for it.
I gathered my Graveyard Dirt from the foot of Isaac Hayes' grave- for those who may not know, Isaac Lee Hayes was a soul singer and actor from Covington, Tennessee. I combined this with a bit of graveyard dirt from some powerful movers and shakers involved in Civil Rights, and even with a little dirt from the grave of a musician who played with Johnny Cash! Yassssssss! ;)
So let's get started! The first thing I did was grind my Cascarilla powder. This was done using dried white eggshells I'd been saving for a while.
What is Cascarilla Powder?
Cascarilla can be traced back to the native traditions of West Africa. Among other beliefs, the people of this region brought to the New World the concept of sacred white earth they called efun. They believed this substance could provide an individual with protection against evil. Cut off from their ancestral lands, they sought an alternative that could achieve the same effects. This came in the form of an herbal powder called cascarilla. The finely ground outer bark of this large, tropical shrub was already known among the Caribbean natives for its medicinal properties that included reducing fevers, operating as an expectorant, and even clearing flatulence. In fact, the word cascarilla refers to any kind of outer skin or husk. Cascarilla also happened to possess a nearly white color. Over time, Santeria practitioners transitioned from using this herbal powder to using crushed egg shells. These were easier to come by, and the symbolism of the life-giving egg also made it very attractive.
Cascarilla has two primary abilities. First, it has the power to expel negative energy in all its forms. Second, it creates a barrier between the natural and supernatural realms. With these capabilities, cascarilla can be applied to any number of situations. Since it’s usually in pressed chalk form, it has some flexibility in how it can be used. It’s even possible to use it in the form of a loose powder or incorporate it into candles or incense for even greater coverage.
Cascarilla wards off negative energy regardless of its source. This can include negativity you accumulate through your own trials and tribulations that life throws at you.
Once I'd made a nice powder, I then added in my Graveyard Dirt.
I hope you enjoyed, and I hope this gives you some inspiration for your very own Witch's Protection Bottle!
Stay dope and mystical!