Living under a hex is rough. It can seem like an unending streak of bad luck, like nothing you do ever goes right, or that bad news just finds its way to your door. Even if you have not been hexed, simply believing you have been is often enough to make you experience the effects of one. Fortunately, if you have been struggling with the effects of a hex -- either from someone else, or self-imposed -- you can reverse it with one of these three simple ingredients:
To clear negative energy from a space, burn bloodroot and fume the area with the smoke. It is also a good idea to place sachets or jars containing bloodroot around your home, for protection against evil. Be sure to keep these up high, well out of reach of any pets or children, since the sap of the plant is toxic.
If you know who has cursed you and where they live, wait until midnight during a waning moon. Take a whole bloodroot, and throw it onto their doorstep. This will return the hex to the sender.
Agrimony is a favorite for un-hexing baths. Add some to a cup of boiling water, allow it to steep, strain out the herbs, and add the liquid to bathwater before stepping in. Allow yourself to soak thoroughly, covering every inch of your skin with the agrimony-infused water. Step out of the bath, let yourself air-dry, and discard the bathwater by throwing it over your left shoulder toward the sunrise.
You can make a curse-breaking candle by rubbing the fresh or dry herb on a white candle. Burn one inch each day for a week, preferably during a waning moon. By the end of seven days, the hex will be removed.
Agrimony is also a useful addition to hex-breaking bath bombs. You need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (vitamin C) powder
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts or sea salt
- A few tablespoons of agrimony
Combine the dry ingredients. Add 2 teaspoons of moisturizing oil (jojoba, grapeseed, or olive), any essential oils you like for fragrance, and enough water to help everything hold together. Be careful not to add too much water -- too much, and the ingredients will begin to foam.
Form the ingredients into balls, or press them into a muffin tin and allow them to dry completely. When you are ready for a hex-breaking spiritual bath, add one bath bomb to clean bathwater before stepping in.
Galangal Root -- Chewing John
Galangal root is very helpful as a protective herb. When worn, it helps keep evil at bay. To break a hex, powder the herb and burn it on charcoal. To reverse a curse and send it back where it came from, chew on a piece while picturing the curse returning to the sender. Then, spit it out.
You can create a powder to help confuse anyone trying to do you harm through magical means. Grind together dried galangal, vetiver, fennel, and the ashes from a burnt, knotted black string. Galangal breaks hexes, vetiver breaks hexes and lends extra power, fennel is an unpredictable herb that breaks hexes by twisting the situation around, and the string helps the hexer get "tangled up" in their own wrongdoing. Burn this powder as an incense, sprinkle it around your property, or use it to dress candles.
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