Quality Herbals for Holistic Living


Beltane Fire Incense!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a fiery Beltane Incense!

2 parts Mugwort
1 Part Elder Flowers
1 Part Basil
1 Part Hawthorn Berries
1 Part Patchouli
1 Part Cinnamon
1/2 Part Dragon’s Blood Resin

Blend well! You can burn this blend on a piece of charcoal or toss it into your Beltane Fire!!


Soul Mate Sachet Spell

A wonderfully fun sachet spell to help you find your soul mate!!


1 Sachet bag.
1 Pink Candle
Love Spell Mix
Love Oil
Paper or parchment paper (bendable – you will need to roll it)
Pink thread or ribbon
2 Pieces of Rose Quartz

1. Anoint and charge your candle. Light your candle.
2. In the parchment, write all of the qualities you are looking for in your soul mate. Write at least 3 qualities and there is no upper limit.
3. Fold up the parchment so that it will fit in the bag. Tie the parchment up with the ribbon or thread. Tie three knots.
4. Add the spell mix, and the parchment to the bag.
5. Take both pieces of Rose Quartz – one in each hand.
6. Take one stone in your right hand and say the following:

This is my heart, looking for you, yearning to be

7. Take the other stone in the other hand and say the following

This is your heart, looking for its mate, yearning
for one to hold.

8. Put the stones together in your hands, make sure they touch each other. Cup your other hand over it and say:

These are our heart together, finding each other again,
Two halves now completing a whole

9. Put both stones inside the bag together. Add three drops of candle wax to the inside of the bag.
10. Tie the bag shut with three knots, anoint the knots with the oil. Let the candle burn down. Keep the sachet with you until you meet your soul mate!
11. You can re-charge this bag twice more. To do so, light another pink candle and charge it, hold the bag over the flame, as you once again think of the person you want to meet and then anoint the knots with the oil. Let the candle burn down.

Black Friday 2014!!

This year we have decided to offer our Black Friday prices both on Black Friday (11/28) and on Small Business Saturday (11/29)!  That is two whole days for you take advantage of these great savings!!  We are also extending these discounts for our online customers on Cyber Monday!!

* Red Tag Sale! All Close-out items in the store will be 50% off!

* Special Black Friday and Small Business Saturday discounts – 20% your entire purchase! This includes Class registrations, stones, teas – well – everything in the store!!!

* On Saturday (11/29) get $10 back from AMEX when you make a purchase of $10 or more and pay with your AMEX card!

* On Cyber Monday only, use code CYBER14 on any of our Etsy shops to get 20% off your entire order! (applies to Online Orders only!)

So this year, support us and other local small businesses here and we will in turn support you! I hope to see everyone during this great shopping weekend!Black Friday blackBK

Cleansing and Charging your Crystals!

Below are the basics on how to charge and cleanse any stones – whether you purchased them from us or not!


Pick the method that works best for you!

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* Bury the stone in the earth for a period of 24-72 hours. Feel the vibrations when you take it out – if it needs more time, bury it again.
* Let the stone sit outside exposed to sunlight for one full day (sun up to sun down). Or if you prefer, let it sit in the full moonlight for one night (sundown to sun up).
* Use a sage smudge stick and pass the stones through the smoke.
* Let the stone soak in salt-water overnight (do not use this method for any soft stones,  natural stones or calcites!).


Pick the method that works best for you!

* The Sun/Moon – place crystal in the sunlight or moonlight anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours to activate it (this also cleanses it).
* The Soil – bury the crystal near a healthy crop overnight – it charges the crystal and cleanses it!
* Ocean – if you live by the beach, dip the stone in the ocean and then let it sit in the sun on the sand for about 10mins to an hour.
* Crystal Charging – place the crystal in a bowl of Clear Quartz crystal or in a Clear Quartz Cluster.
* Thunderstorm – place the crystal outside in a thunderstorm for a real power charge!

Enjoy your stones!!

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Mabon Incense Recipe

Just in time for the season, you can make your mabon special by either purchasing one of our blends or making your own! For those of you that have never made one, here is an idea!

You will need:

2 parts sandalwood Powder
2 parts White Oak Bark
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon chips
1 part Apple Chips
1 part Frankincense

Grind them well in your mortar and pestle (or you can use a coffee grinder) and voilà! Your incense is ready to be burned on Charcoal!

Here is how you can burn loose incense on charcoal


Cinnamon – more than just a spice!

Cinnamon is an ancient spice. It is referenced in the Bible, listed as an ingredient in embalming formulas in ancient Egyptian writings and is described in a 5,000-year old herbal reputedly penned by Shennong, an emperor of Chinese mythology also known as The Divine Farmer and considered the father of Chinese herbal medicine (not to mention the guy who gave us tea). Roman nobles guarded their cinnamon stash as closely as they did other valuables, while their emperor, Nero, sought absolution for allegedly causing the premature death of his young wife, Poppaea, by ordering all of the city’s reserves of the spice to be burned upon her funeral pyre.

scarabAlthough cinnamon was a symbol of social status and mobility in the ancient world for thousands of years, it would not become a commodity of high demand in the world beyond the Mediterranean until the 16th century. In the 1,500-plus years that would span between the time that a mad emperor sacrificed a year’s worth of cinnamon to invoke forgiveness for murder and the day anyone anywhere could casually sprinkle the ground spice on their morning bowl of oatmeal, many capital and cardinal sins would be committed in the name of cinnamon.


powder*Cassia may have been one of the spices mixed into a formula used to wash the body for mummification or used inside as a sort of “stuffing” for the body to retain its shape*



sticksUp until the Middle Ages, the Arabs held a monopoly on the cinnamon trade, the market price of which was driven by deliberately restricted supplies delivered via challenging land routes and wild stories of how the spice was obtained to discourage competition. These tales ranged from great stores of the spice being protected by venomous snakes to giant birds using cinnamon quills to build their nests atop mountains impossible for any mortal human to ascend.

The deceitful strategy worked well for several hundred years, until the Venetians took control of the trade in the 14th century, followed by an enterprising Portuguese explorer named Dom Vasco da Gama, who found an ocean passage route directly to India by sailing around the Cape of Good Hope. The quest for cinnamon was about to be taken to a new level with a focus on a remote island off the southeast coast of India, a place previously speculated about but remained elusive to Spanish explorers — pais de la canela, or “the country of cinnamon.”

With European demand for cinnamon now at its peak, Portuguese traders ruthlessly secured their control of shipping routes and a significant source of the spice by conquering the Kingdom of Kotte, the center of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). For the next 100 years, island residents would serve as slaves, wandering Venetian merchants would mysteriously disappear and a fair number of the 200-plus sunken ships residing around the coast of the island today would meet their watery fates during this time period.

By the mid-17th century, and with the aid of the neighboring Kingdom of Kandy, the Dutch seized control of the Galle harbor at Ceylon, eventually displacing the Portuguese and securing the entire Malabar Coast to push the former out even further. In compensation for this eviction, the Dutch continued to occupy the kingdom and dominate the cinnamon trade. As a result, the already established Dutch East India Company became the largest company known to the world at that time and the first to finance its operations by offering shares with dividends equaling a 40% return on investment. It was a very successful and profitable commercial enterprise, to say the least. That is, until the British showed up.

When the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War between Great Britain and the Dutch Republic ended in 1784, the former took hold of Ceylon, where the production and export of cinnamon by the British East India Company climbed to a thousand metric tons by the mid-19th century. While the war over cinnamon was ultimately won by the British, the victory was bittersweet since cultivation of the spice in other parts of the world made its novelty and price decline. The popularity of cinnamon also found competition from another newly discovered and possibly even more sinful commodity: chocolate.

By 1800, there was also an increased demand for Cassia cinnamon, a variety produced in Indonesia that has a stronger aroma and flavor than the “true” Ceylon cinnamon. Historically, cassia is the less expensive of the two and is the type most often found in supermarkets today. In contrast, the milder and slightly sweeter Ceylon cinnamon is the variety preferred for baking and topping off hot chocolate or coffee.


Forms of Cinnamon!

Cinnamon Uses!

cinnamon sachet
Fill a large muslin bag with eight 1-inch cinnamon sticks, ½ cup whole black peppercorns and ½ cup whole cloves. Hang in the closet to keep clothes smelling fresh and to deter moths.

natural facial foundation
Mix ground cinnamon with arrowroot powder to create a natural bronzer or foundation.

swizzler stick
Use cinnamon sticks to sweeten and stir your favorite hot beverage at the same time.

aromatic garland
String bay leaves, cranberries and cinnamon sticks together to create a rustic garland.

floral crafts rejuvenator
Freshen floral displays and wreaths with a few drops of cinnamon essential oil.

room spray
Combine a few drops of cinnamon essential oil with 2 ounces of witch hazel extract or vodka and use as a room spray or a personal “skeeter” repellent.

Cinnamon Information Poster!
Courtesy of Monterrey Bay Spice Company


All of the information on this post was gathered for you from Monterrey Bay Spice Co.  Thank you!


New Hours!

Just a quick note that we are changing our Hours hours effective Monday, March 24th.  We will be open from 11AM to 7PM Monday Through Friday and 12PM to 6PM on Saturday & Sunday!

Thank you!


Business Hours

Homemade Seasonings and Spice Mixes!

We found this wonderful article we wanted to share with you about making your own seasoning mixes! This awesome article explains why homemade seasonings are better for you and gives you recipes on how to make them!  Remember! We carry everything you need to make your own seasoning blends!

Click on the picture below to read the article!


Nineteen Amazing New Teas are here!!

Stop in to try them or you can see them all in our Etsy Store!

– Lavender Iced Tea
– Caffeine-free Chai
– Mocha Surprise
– Spice Delight Blend, Organic
– Chun Mee Green Tea (China)
– Gunpowder Green Tea (China), Organic
– Moroccan Mint Tea
– Sencha Green Tea (Japan)
– Young Hysson Green Tea (China)
– White Silver Needle (China), Organic
– Rooibos Africana
– Apricot Tea Bags
– Blackberry Tea Bags
– Chai Tea Bags
– Mango Tea Bags
– Senna Tea Bags
– Polari-Tea Blend
– Razzlemint Tea, Organic
– Root 66 tea

Herbal 9 Sampler


Come visit us in Rock Hill!

Come check out our Rock Hill, SC store! And if you can’t – you can take a virtual tour below! We are offering classes, readings, events and so much more!  We hope to see you here with us – and if you are not local, I hope you drop in if you ever pass by our area!

Our Rock Hill Store, Raven Moon Emporium!