Episode 11: Frankincense, Myrrh, and other resins for your sacred smoke practice with Amy Blackthorn

Episode 11: Interview with Amy Blackthorn

Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel interviews Amy Blackthorn of Blackthorn’s Botanicals and they talk about how to respectfully and thoughtfully develop your own smoke cleansing practice, as well as information about the history of two resins that have important significance to the ancient word and modern witchcraft: frankincense and myrrh. Amy also talks about her upcoming new book project and shares some wisdom and insight in working with these plant allies in a myriad of ways beyond just smoke cleansing.

At the end of the episode Anjel shares a remembrance of their friend, Richard Stratton, who passed away early in December, and reads a brief poem that he had written.

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Show Notes

Sacred Smoke: Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing

Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews: Herbal Potions, Magical Teas, and Spirited Libations

Fred Soll Incense

It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.

Episode 10: Mycorrhizal Magick

Episode 10: Mycorrhizal Magick

Welcome to the tenth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel does a deep dive into a topic near and dear to their heart: mushrooms! Anjel has a masters degree in biology, with an emphasis on mycology, and their graduate research was on ectomycorrhizal fungi.

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Show Notes

The Social Dilemma

Science Witch Podcast on Patreon

There are ascomycetes that are ectomycorrhizal too, including the fungus that produces Truffles, Rhizopogon and Glomus.

Posion.org
1-800-222-1222

Foraging Fungi in National Forest

There are dichotomous keys for animals and minerals too.

Mushroom Demystified – David Arora

Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden by Lupa

It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.

Episode 9: Essential Oils

Episode 9: Essential Oils

Episode 9: Essential Oils

Welcome to the ninth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel and Iris explore essential oils, inspired by an episode of the Netflix docuseries Unwell, which takes an unflinching look at current wellness trends. Learn about how witchcraft intersects with the scientific validation of aromatherapy, and how not to get caught up in a multilevel marketing company, also referred to as a pyramid scheme.

We also talk a bit about what’s happening in Portland and the world more broadly. See full show notes below!

If you have any question, thoughts, or feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Send questions to questions@sciencewitchpodcast.com and we’ll follow up and, with your permission, share it on an upcoming episode.

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Show Notes

Unwell on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81044208

Breitenbush Hot springs
https://breitenbush.com/

Opal Creek Wilderness
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4211

Shellburg Falls
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/shellburg-falls-trail

Organizations to Donate to Oregon Wildfire relief
https://oregoncf.org/oregon-wildfire-relief-recovery/

Clackamas County deputy placed on leave after sharing antifa wildfire rumors in online video
https://www.opb.org/article/2020/09/12/clackamas-county-antifa-rumor-sheriff-deputy-leave/

Resources about Ancient Egyptians and essential oil use: https://deathscent.com/2016/09/08/the-fragrance-of-the-soul-olfaction-death-in-ancient-egypt-religion-egypt-part-iii

Validation of Aromatherapy
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/aromatherapy-do-essential-oils-really-work

Study with Lavender: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/

Essential Oils can cause allergic reactions:
https://www.livescience.com/52080-essential-oils-science-health-effects.html

Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals, and Beyond by Paige Vanderbeck
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/green-witchcraft-paige-vanderbeck/1135782358

Essential Oil Vendors

The Raven’s Wing Magickal Company
https://theravenswing.com/

Essential Trading Post
https://www.essentialtradingpost.com/

SensibleRemedies
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SensibleRemedies?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=725493830

Windy Farms Lavender Essential Oil
https://windyhillslavender.com/

The Lavender Shop
https://www.thelavendershop.org/


It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.

Episode 8: Composting Magic with Worms + Portland Update

Episode 8: Composting Magic with Worms + Portland Update
Episode 8: Composting Magic with Worms + Portland Update

Welcome to the eighth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel and Iris share all kinds of goodness on the magic of composting with worms, how you can take more control of both your food and waste stream—and how microorganisms may just be the magical entities that will save us all.

We also talk a bit about what’s happening in Portland and the world more broadly in terms of both the Movement for Black Lives, including Black Lives Matter. See full show notes below!

If you have any question, thoughts, or feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Send questions to questions@sciencewitchpodcast.com and we’ll follow up and, with your permission, share it on an upcoming episode.

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Show Notes

That Witch Life Podcast, Episode 48: Mushroom Magick With Anjel
https://thatwitchlife.com/2020/08/31/episode-48-mushroom-magick-with-anjel/

Psilocybin Therapy, Oregon Ballot Measure 109
https://voteyeson109.org/

How to Change your Mind by Michael Pollan
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/529343/how-to-change-your-mind-by-michael-pollan/

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51660.Food_of_the_Gods

Family members of Oregonians killed by police discuss grief, community and next steps
https://www.opb.org/article/2020/09/01/family-members-of-oregonians-killed-by-police-on-grief-community-and-next-steps/

PDX Witches
https://twitter.com/TheWitchesPDX

Racist Past and Present of Portland, and Oregon More Broadly

Nested Design for Worm Bins
https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-create-and-maintain-indoor-worm-composting-bin

Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting by David the Good
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25527183-compost-everything

E. coli outbreak in AZ linked to farm in Yuma
https://www.businessinsider.com/romaine-e-coli-outbreak-ending-2018-5

Pacific Trash Vortex
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

These Tiny Microbes are Munching Away at Plastic Waste in the Ocean
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/these-tiny-microbes-are-munching-away-plastic-waste-ocean

“From that point of view, taking responsibility for our own shit, on every level, is a spiritual necessity. There is no myth more fascinating, no realm of spirit or faerie more strange, exotic and entrancing, than the amazing creatures of the microbial world whose birth, growth, death and decay makes compost out of waste. For gardeners, soil builders and earth healers, there is no greater treasure than compost, with its recycled nutrients and complex colonies of microbial life.”
– Starhawk (https://starhawk.org/permaculture/my-personal-journey/)

Continued from above: Racist Past and Present of Portland, and Oregon More Broadly

It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.

Episode 7: Resilience Witchcraft with Fermentation

Episode 7: Resilience Witchcraft with Fermentation
Episode 7: Resilience Witchcraft through Fermentation

Welcome to the seventh episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Iris rejoins Anjel to talk about resilience witchcraft through fermentation and taking greater control of our food supplies. We also talk a bit about what’s happening in Portland and the world more broadly in terms of both the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Movement for Black Lives, including Black Lives Matter. See full show notes below!

If you have any question, thoughts, or feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Send questions to questions@sciencewitchpodcast.com and we’ll follow up and, with your permission, share it on an upcoming episode.

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Show Notes

Episode 6: Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Episode 6: Appreciation vs. Appropriation
Episode 6: Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Welcome to the sixth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel talks with Solomon on the topic of cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation, specifically in the realms of witchcraft, Paganism and the furry fandom. See show notes below!

If you have any question, thoughts, or feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Send questions to questions@sciencewitchpodcast.com and we’ll follow up and, with your permission, share it on an upcoming episode.

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Episode 5: The Magick of Mead

Episode 5: The Magick of Mead with Lilly Weichberger of Oran Mor Artisan Mead
Episode 5: The Magick of Mead with Lilly Weichberger of Oran Mor Artisan Mead

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel talks with Lilly Weichberger of Oran Mor Artisan Mead—a family and friends run business in Roseburg, Oregon with a deep dedication to community.

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Episode 4: Kombucha Alchemy

Episode 4: Kombucha Alchemy
Episode 4: Kombucha Alchemy – Better Quarantine Living through Science Magick

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!

In this episode, Anjel shares information and insights on how brewing this amazing fermented tea has helped to manage their stress levels and bring magick into their life during a global pandemic.

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Episode 3: Interview with Lupa

Episode 3: Interview with Lupa
Episode 3 of the Science Witch Podcast: Interview with Lupa

Welcome to the third episode of the Science Witch Podcast! Anjel enjoys a great conversation with Lupa about the joy and importance of citizen science and how to stay connected to—or even deepen our relationship with—nature, even during the current global pandemic. Tune in for inspiration, insights and cozy conversation—and then please get in touch to tell us what you loved and what you’d like to learn more about. Also… please follow us, share this episode out, give us a fabulous rating and let others know about what we’re up to so we can keep growing this sweet little community of ours!

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Show Notes

thegreenwolf.com

thetarotofbones.com

iNaturalist – app
https://www.inaturalist.org/

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/idea/citizen-science-projects/

Phenology – https://www.usanpn.org/

https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook

Episode 2: Local Food in a Global Pandemic

Episode 2: Local Food in a Global Pandemic
Episode 2 of the Science Witch Podcast!

Welcome to the second episode of the Science Witch Podcast! Anjel and Iris have a guest this time and we talk about the dramatically increasing interest in gardening, urban foraging and local food systems more generally with Cricket, a fellow queer witch and plant enthusiast. Tune in for inspiration, insights and cozy conversation—and then please get in touch to tell us what you loved and what you’d like to learn more about. Also… please let others know about what we’re up to so we can grow this sweet little community of ours!

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Global Supply Chain Breaking down
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2020/04/02/how-covid-19-exposed-weaknesses-in-the-global-supply-chain/#387e1942305f

Dandelions – Taraxacum officinale
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dandelion-benefits#section1

Dead Nettle -Lamium purpureum
https://www.ediblewildfood.com/purple-deadnettle.aspx

Chickweed – Stellaria media
https://practicalselfreliance.com/chickweed/

Bittercrest- Cardamine hirsuta
https://www.wildedible.com/bittercress

Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
https://www.healthline.com/health/what-lavender-can-do-for-you

Magnolia grandifolia or virginiana) –
http://www.eattheweeds.com/edible-flowers-part-six/

Purslane- Portulaca oleracea
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/purslane#section1

Mullein- Verbascum thapsus
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mullein-tea

Lemon Balm- Melissa officinalis
https://www.healthline.com/health/lemon-balm-uses#side-effects-and-risks

Grimoire of the thorn blooded witch by Raven Grimossi
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18654411-grimoire-of-the-thorn-blooded-witch

Roses –
https://www.tyrantfarms.com/stop-and-eat-the-roses-edible-roses-garden/

The Wild Medicine Solution
Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants
By Guido Masé
https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/products/wild-medicine-solution

Citizen Science –
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/idea/citizen-science-projects/

Phenology – https://www.usanpn.org/

WeMoon- https://wemoon.ws/

Plants to Grow-
Comfrey -Symphytum
-https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-comfrey
Lemon Balm-
https://harvesttotable.com/how_to_grow_lemon_balm/
Rosemary-
https://www.almanac.com/plant/rosemary
Mint-
https://www.almanac.com/plant/mint
Tulsi- Ocimum tenuiflorum
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits
Oregano-
https://www.almanac.com/plant/oregano
Thyme –
https://www.thekitchn.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-growing-thyme-221268

Other plants mentioned

Licorice – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211383515000799