Winter Goddess speaks..

“I come to you upon winters breath….

Mysteries of magic and creation I hold

As time, wisdom and space unfold

Upon this land that we abide.

Through the snow storms cold and wild,

Let us bring forth the Yule Sun child.

That we may rejoice upon our voice

From this night, we bring forth the light”.

(c) Freya Witch / ALS . 2020 (written for London Woodland Witches online Yule Rite)

Essential Oils & Felines

Yule Tides everyone,
I write this as I am aware many of us are “cat parents” and as magical people revel in different herbs and oils especially at the turning of the wheel.

Certain oils are highly toxic when in direct skin contact, eaten/swallowed or inhaled. This can cause lathargy, depression, dullness, runny eyes, skaking, tremors, excessive dribbling, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty in breathing or breathing with their mouth open, collapse and seizures and in some cases organ failure and even death.

Here is a list of herbs and oils you must avoid around your beloved feline.

  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus oils
  • Lavender
  • Wintergreen
  • Sweet birch
  • Pine
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove

Plants and herbs can also be toxic to cats some are listed below:

  • Amaryllis
  • Aphelandra
  • Azalea
  • Buttercup
  • Buck thorn
  • Clamantis
  • Cherry laurel
  • Christmas cherry
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Corn flower
  • Daffodils
  • Dendranthema
  • Codiaeum
  • Croton
  • Devils Ivy
  • Dumb cane
  • Alocasia Caladium (Elephants Ear)
  • Ferns
  • Flax
  • Fox gloves
  • Galanthus
  • Giant Hog Weed
  • Iris
  • Lilly
  • Lilly of the Valley
  • Horse chestnut
  • Holly and Ilex
  • Hypoestes phyllostachya
  • Hyacinthus
  • Ivy and Hedera
  • Kalanchoe
  • Mistletoe also Viscum
  • Madagascar Periwrinkle
  • Marigolds
  • Nightshade, woody and deadly varieties
  • Nerium oleander
  • Ornithogalum
  • Oak
  • Onion
  • Peach
  • Peony
  • Privet
  • Rhododendron
  • Robinia
  • Rubber Plant
  • Sambucus
  • Senecio
  • Snow drops
  • Sweet pea
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Tobacco
  • Tomato
  • Umbellatum
  • umbrella plant
  • Wisteria
  • Yew

These are but a few and I have by no means included everything.
I merely wish to open our eyes to the dangers.
If unsure about an oil or plant please do research before bringing it into your home.

Lots of love and Brightest Blessings everyone. Freya Witch xxx