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The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit

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“From Wiccan author Arin Murphy-Hiscock comes this fantastic guide to spiritual self-care with a witchy bent. The Witch’s Guide to Self-Care contains recipes for products and spells for self-restoration.” —Bustle

Self-care and magic work together in this guide to help you become the best version of yourself. You’ll learn how to nourish your body and spirit with herbal remedies, spells, and rituals inspired by witchcraft in this unique, enchanted guide to self-care.

Self-care is a necessity for any modern woman. The goals of self-care are simple: healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit. This book helps you prioritize yourself with a little help from the magic of witchcraft. The Witch’s Book of Self-Care has advice for pampering your mind, body, and spirit with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength. This book features such magical self-care remedies:

-A Ritual to Release Guilt: Learn to burn whatever causes you pain and process painful memories or work through heavy emotions in this therapeutic ritual.

-Green Space Meditation: Learn how to reconnect with the healing energies of nature, even in the middle of a bustling city, as part of a series of meditations based on the elements and your senses.

-DIY Body Butter: Create your own custom soothing and smoothing body butter, powered by crystal and essential oils suited to your intention, and sanctified by a ritual.

And much more! The Witch’s Book of Self-Care shows you how easy it is to connect to the earth, harness your personal power, and add a little magic to your everyday life for a better you!

224 pages, Hardcover

First published December 1, 2018

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About the author

Arin Murphy-Hiscock

46 books665 followers
Currently a resident of Montreal, Canada, Arin works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change (2005), Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own (2005), The Way of the Green Witch (2006), The Way of the Hedge Witch (2009), and Pagan Pregnancy: The Journey From Maiden to Mother (TBA). She is also the editor of the anthology Out of the Broom Closet (2009).

Arin is a third-degree Wiccan High Priestess in the Black Forest Clan, a tradition linked both by lineage and practice to several other branches of Wiccan thought and philosophy including the Caledonii Tradition, Druidism, Gardnerian practice, Seax-Wicca, general Celtic Wicca, and German witchcraft. She works as a priestess in her community performing rites of passage and giving occasional workshops, and leads a private coven.

Her hobbies include playing the cello, handspinning, and weaving.

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648 reviews2,916 followers
August 29, 2019
Probably one of the best books I have read all year!
I bought this book only months before my hospitalization. I had a mental breakdown and was hospitalized for 6 days and placed on different medication. It was an extremely difficult time for me. I won't take up too much of this review explaining to you how much of a hard time I had in and out of the hospital once I was released but I will tell you that once I was finally released from the hospital I could not read. Like at all. It wasn't because I couldn't focus or think straight I simply just could not read. It broke my heart and for a time I thought that I would never be able to read again.
But then I picked up this book. This book is the book that helped me through it all. This book's easy-to-read format and easy-to-follow practices, not to mention the light-hearted nature of the author's writing, made this absolutely perfect for someone who was healing from a horrible ordeal.
This book is amazingly helpful and will put together and especially well-organized. It is sweet and lighthearted in nature. The exercises and recipes are practical and laid out and described in a way that makes them easy to follow for any layman.
I absolutely love the way this author writes. She writes like she's reaching out a helping hand for you to take. So sweet. I wish I could reach into the book and give her a great big hug.
And let's talk about the first thing you see when you look at this book... the cover... gorgeous 😍 Like many other covers, this is the first thing that initially drew me into the book. I remember seeing an ad for it on Facebook and for some reason the cover just spoke to me as if it was written just for me. I could never know at that point in time how much I would need it only months later.
I love this book so much that I used post-it notes to bookmark tons of pages throughout the Book of things that I want to (or could need to) come back to. There is a LOT of bookmarks in this book!!!
I just cannot talk this book up enough. If you are hurt internally or externally and you need something to help you heal, READ THIS BOOK!
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321 reviews68 followers
December 27, 2019
Disappointing, really. Very very basic info with very few original tips. Eat well, sleep well, exercise or at least stand up from time to time, and here's a sprinkling of recipes for you.
What did I expect? :)
Well, why is this a book for witches? I don't quite get it. I expected the author to address the questions of magical/spiritual energy more and on a more in-depth level. The chapter 'Household self-care' is not that bad, but it's 26 pages out of 216. Everything else is mostly basic self-care, not witch-specific - and I mean basic, here are some random quotes for you (I'm just opening the book at different places):
'Say no when someone asks you to help with something if you don't have the time.'
'Managing stress can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health...'
'Journaling is a therapeutic practice.'
And so on and so on, the book is jam-packed with such revelations. I mean, I agree, this is all good, but to be reading 200+ pages of this for 15 euros? Not the best buy of the year, obviously.
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189 reviews15 followers
September 8, 2020
0.5 out of 5 stars

Can I really be disappointed when my expectations were next to non-existent? Debatable.
Let's start with the self-care part of the book. There's nothing revolutionary about the things the author suggests we do as self-care pactices: naps, baths, journaling, meditation, teas, scents and the like. Trite, all of it. You can cover all that with a quick google search. You don't actually need this book to tell you how to look after yourself. It is common knowledge at this point that the aforementioned practices are soothing and helpful.
Now that that's out of the way, let us discuss why this book is c o n f u s e d . While reading it, I distinctly felt that a big chunk of it was just jumble of spiritual undistilled ideas. The "worshipping" portion of this book (prayers, spells, incantations) comes off as self-indulgent in the sense that I found it to be rather shallow and not attached to the Craft. "Witch" is a word heavily associated with neopaganism, but other than some vague animistic notions -that at times were appropriating Native culture-, I don't think I learnt anything of value about modern day witches. Moreover, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of using a belief system and one's faith solely for aesthetic purposes, which was exactly what I think happened here. What makes me think that? Why, the mental calculation of all the MONEY one would need to apply some of the crafts and ideas presented in this book in their every day life . I wasn't aware that witchcraft practices were so vastly commercialised. The self-promo doesn't help to convince me otherwise.
However, it wouldn't be fair to say all that without aknowledging my own bias. As an atheist and a firm believer in healthy scepticism, I found the pagan/wiccan/call-it-what-you-want portion of this book unecessary, especially considering the points made in the previous paragraph. As a student in the STEM field, I couldn't have suspended my disbelief enough to accommodate for all the unscientific waffle in this book. All that being said, I have a great and active interest in religions and belief systems and the symbolism behind their dogmas and practices, that has been passed down to me through my religious upbringing. So I think it is fair to say that "The Witch's Book of Self-Care" failed to satisfy my curiosity in that regard.
To sum up, I would NOT reccommend the "Witch's Book of Self-Care". If you're looking for a Self-Help book, maybe look into a regular one, but definitely not this.

Happy reading!

P.S. Trigger warning: Discussion of depression
In my opinion, the way this book discusses mental health is rather problematic, so you might want to stay away from that. There is a spell on how to accept/embrace your depression for crying out loud (!), that could be understandably triggering to people. Oh, and one last thing: Essential oils can't heal your mental health troubles.
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66 reviews5 followers
December 25, 2022
I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be rereading in the future! I bookmarked a ton of things to go back to. Its full of spells, rituals and practical info and advice. I've already done one of the rituals and plan on going back to do more. Really looking forward to "banishing fear of success" which is a topic I have never seen another book bring up before. Also some of the things surrounding guilt were helpful.

The part that made the biggest impression and that I am trying to implement daily is being kind to your future self. Meaning don't leave more problems for your future self than they can handle. Balancing your needs now with those in the future. She words and explains it much better than I do of course
10 reviews
May 30, 2020
A classic trashy 'aesthetic witchcraft' book. Why do you have a spell for 'embracing your depression'? This author needs to really sit down and think about whether she really wants to cash in on the mental health of naive young girls who just want to look pretty and 'witchy'.
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55 reviews6 followers
January 13, 2019
I was about to give this book two stars because I was not really enjoying it all the way through. I was liking what the author was talking about when it came to self care but the rituals were a but repetitive and not something that I would see myself doing - and that was what took up a majority of the book. I wasn’t feeling it but I told myself to push through and finish it on the flight - and I am so glad I did. It vastly improved towards the latter half of the book.

This book splits itself into 5 chapters, the first is Self Care and Magic. Where it gives self care tips and the different sources of magic they will be using in the books such as herbal magic, candle magic, meditation, etc. I thought this was a great overview and is good for readers who are unfamiliar with this field. This chapter also had a lot of good things to say about self care and my favorite one was when it says “don’t let yourself be driven by a need to be approved or liked by others.”This quote is under the section that talks about living authentically and it is so important for people to incorporate in their life. If you live for others’ approval you aren’t going to be happy. They people who are meant to be in your life won’t be looking for you to please them or seek their approval. Live to make yourself happy and you then in turn you will find the right people. It also talks about how self care is acknowledging all the parts of yourself, even the “bad” ones. We aren’t perfect and we all have flaws. Instead of denying them we should acknowledge it and by doing so we can work on bettering ourselves.

The next chapter talks about Mental and Emotional Self Care. My favorite part of this chapter is the Daily 5 Minute Self Care Routine to start the day. For me, when I wake up the first thing I check are my phone and my messages and I really want to get away from that. I want to be able to commit the first few minutes of my day to myself. It talks about stretching, drinking a glass of water, and even doing meditation. This honestly may take more than 5 minutes but the longer I am away from my phone in the morning, the better. My favorite self care concept that this chapter talks about is the idea of Affirmations. Over the past year I have learned how much positive affirmations can affect how you go about your goals and whether or not you will succeed in them. For example, I used to hate running. When I got tired I would immediately stop and berate myself for being so out of shape. That happened for years and I couldn’t get out of it. During one running session as I was starting to get tired I decided to try out a positive affirmation. I told myself that “I could do it” that I “was strong” and that “I could make it through” and you know what happened? I did. I made it through the tiredness phase during my run and was able to finish all 3 miles. I am not exaggerating when I saw that positive affirmations has changed my life and i am glad this book talks about it. It also gives you affirmations that you can start saying to yourself!

Chapter 3 is probably my least favorite chapter and why I was considering giving this book 2 stars. It is all about physical self care and doesn’t really have much in teaching you about self care and the majority of the chapter are recipes for different meals, teas, and skincare. Normally I love stuff like that but the recipes listed here are meant as comfort food and don’t necessarily deal with health. It even says in the book that eating healthy and well is a vital key to caring for yourself. The author even states that when it comes to calories, these foods may not be the best. A lot of the recipes didn’t seem healthy and I believe that comfort food can be if you think hard enough. There are amazing dishes that have a lot fruits and vegetables that the author could have incorporated in here. My favorite is a simple dish of Baked Salmon, Broccoli, and Sweet Potatoes and tasted good and also leaves you feeling good.

The book started to pick up after chapter 3 and the next chapter talks about Spiritual Self Care. What I liked most about this chapter was that it talked about how you can honor the gods and deities you believe in. I don’t know if I believe in a god with a name. I believe that there is a force in the world but I don’t want to give that force a name. However, whenever I look to strength I do call on to the Greek gods. I don’t know how to explain it but believing that honoring a specific god or goddess and them giving me strength in their specific domain is strangely empowering. I also liked the part when it talks about how we can form connections with certain animals and the animal we are drawn to says something about what we value. There is a list of animals in the book and the values that they are associated with. The owl I have felt most connected to is the owl and it is associated with wisdom, insight and honesty with yourself. I loved when I read this because these are three concepts that I value greatly and try to incorporate in my daily life, especially the part of being honest with yourself. That can be one of the hardest things you can do but once you achieve it you will feel exceptionally free. This chapter also talks about Focused Meditation which is all about focusing on one thing at a time. It seems simple but in a world where we have so many options and things to do we sort of developed a habit of multi-tasking. When we eat we watch a tv show. When we only listen to music as background noise for other activities. What focused meditation asks you to do is to spend an hour or two on just one activity so that you can fully appreciate it.

The last chapter deals with how to make your home safe for you. It starts off the chapter bys aying “your home is your spiritual retreat… the space should reflect the protection, nurturing, and support you need from it.” I completely agree with this. You home should be a place that gives you energy and you should curate it in a way that does just that. You need to be able to create comfort, declutter, and cleanse your home and this chapter lists a bunch of rituals and activities that can help you do just that. The activity that I liked the most was where it teaches you to create an altar to yourself. It has you collect things that make you happy and put them on a towel or a tray. You will look at these things as you chant affirmations that validate you have done a great job and you will continue to succeed in life. It is important for you to honor yourself and it’s nice to see that the author tries to help her readers do that in a creative way.

Overall, this was a really good book! I loved all the things it had to say about self-care and agreed with most of them. If you are looking to better yourself and for fun activities to help you do that - this is a great book to check out!

TL;DR - This is a really good book that has great things to say about self care and a bunch of fun activities and rituals for you to start loving yourself. My only negative is that the recipes in this book aren’t necessarily healthy and that is important to me and my self-care journey.
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1,432 reviews24 followers
January 8, 2022
I own this book.

My friend purchased me this book as a gift for Christmas knowing that spirituality and witchcraft really interest me. I sometimes get worried with books about witchcraft that they'll be overly technical however this one provided a lot of beginner based knowledge. The author doesn't make the reader feel stupid or unknowledgeable in any way and presents this book in a really friendly and approachable way. It has tips for those who don't practice as well but throughout it has lots of handy spells, rituals and techniques to promote self care in a non consumerist and guilt free way, which I also really liked.
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124 reviews30 followers
December 22, 2018
Today I'm reviewing The Witch's Book of Self Care - Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit.

Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an atheist witch. I look for the connection between magic and science without the need for a deity. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 15 years honing my craft. I offer personal readings by request and have a strong online history that boasts nearly 400,000 views.

As usual I'll be starting with a physical review of this book. Over all I love the size of this book. Generally speaking books are beginning to become over-sized. I'm glad to see one that I can easily toss into my purse or backpack to have something to read on the go. While access to internet is becoming more widely available, I like to have something on hand to pass the time while I'm waiting. This little book fits the bill. The cover is nice and smooth without being velvety and offers pages that are a slightly beige color. There are not a lot of photos in the book but there is a great deal of information. The type face is a good size and the printing is done in a nice red color which isn't distracting to the eye.

Around page 82 the author begins to talk about nutrition as self care. That isn't to say that the real information begins this page. There is a great deal of wonderful information included in the previous pages, but for me nutrition is a huge part of my daily concerns. I have kicked off a nutritional healing through holistic and plant based alternatives to a traditional diet. If you're interested in learning more you can find Real Rations on the web and on various social media locations. While I was pleased to see a book refer to nutrition as being a self care necessity, some of the recipes were lacking. There were a couple that were plant based but most had meat or colonial ingredients that we now know are the leading cause of heart disease and type 2 diabetes in America. I would love to see the author talk about the energy that we consume from a spiritual perspective and include what happens to our bodies we we are around negative people. If we experience negativity and pain from people we are simply sitting next to, what happens when we ingest the flesh of animals who are suffering. I simply cannot believe that the energy transferred would at the very least, have the same negative impact on our health. This chapter goes on to talk about the benefits of herbal teas and provides several recipes for creating your own.

Chapter four takes us on a spiritual journey to discover what we need to practice self care in the spiritual realm. It includes many sections on relaxation techniques including meditation, breathing and being mindful. The author provides numerous recipes for teas, incense and even instructions on creating your own set of prayer beads.

To me the most important chapter (if there could be just one) would be the section on household self care. If we have clutter all around us, our mind and energy is cluttered. To be more present you'll need to adjust your surroundings to be present. The author provides several examples of energy cleansing and centering tasks such as rituals, room sprays and powders as well as just saying, clean your space. Super simple but yet easy for us to forget in a busy day.

This book is a great housewarming or birthday gift. We spend entirely too much time not taking care of ourselves and anything that takes you out of the rat race and brings you back to your center is a good thing. I found this book to be simple to read, informative and full of information that I can see myself going back to. Overall a great addition to your healing library.
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59 reviews6 followers
January 5, 2021
I received this book for Christmas and it couldn't have come at a better time.
This year my priority is healing and self-care is a form of healing for me. 'The Witch's Book of Self-Care' agrees with me here.
I was pleasently surprised that the book did not focus to much on Wicca / Pagan paths and magick.
It's actually a really good guide book to the topic of self-care. It focuses on different forms of self-care in each chapter and goes into detail within them. I really liked the explanations on how people can benefit from different practices and rituals in their daily lives. Arin Murphy-Hiscock takes into account that people have different resources available. She also gives good advice and disclaimers on when it would be more beneficial to seek professional medical advice and what to consider when consuming herbs and teas while being pregnant or on medication, which is really important to me: to not lose sight of science and professional medical advice while also trying to taking your (mental) health into your own hands.
What I liked the most was the pracitical advice and examples. Most of them seem more like rituals which is exactly the way I practice magick, as a ritual to support my ambitions, mind and mental health. There's a lot of practices which are also nice and calming if you're not into witchcraft.
I will definitely come back to this book throughout the year to try some of the rituals and implement practices into my daily routines.
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969 reviews95 followers
May 1, 2020
I liked some parts and flipped through others that didn't apply to me. I liked how the book looked visually, but would’ve appreciated a spell/ingredient glossary. This isn’t that “witchy” but it has practical advice for healthy living including how to create vision boards, how to make bath bombs, and meditation tips.
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138 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2019
Such a sweet little self-care book! I really love the spells and little crafty things. This book is right up my alley. One I'll have to buy and keep at home!
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35 reviews4 followers
September 17, 2020
Pretty basic book. Not a lot, if not even nothing, new in there, apart from the magickal parts of the book. I really did not like how weirdly this book jumped back and forth. Mainly forth. A lot of vital things mentioned earlier in the book weren’t even discussed until many chapters later - at that point I already forgot what I was supposed to use it for!

The DIY sections are sweet, but sometimes lacks visuals so badly. They describe how to weave something (along those lines) and honestly, I’d have to reread that part a few times to get what I’m supposed to do. Some pictures would’ve helped haha.

Other than that there have been passages that serve as really great reminders and the book also had some sweet ideas on how to introduce some magick into your self-care.
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90 reviews14 followers
April 17, 2020
What a lovely book! I listened to the audio version of it, the speaker had a very calming and relaxing voice which added to the content.

I would definitely recommend this book be purchased as a hard copy, there are a lot of instructions and recipes in the book which is better to see in front of you rather than read out to you.

I love how present you have to be in each self care activity, a lot of intention, positive focus and gratitude towards the world, yourself and the items being used for the spell.

I'll be purchasing this book and putting the recommendations into practice!
Profile Image for Verónica Fleitas Solich.
Author 27 books78 followers
April 1, 2022
Very accessible.
With practical activities that can be part of everyday life without any problem.
Reading it ended up being clear to me that big changes are not imperative to decelerate from the routine and daily madness to a space of appreciation of the small details and pleasures that can and should be repaired to live a little more in harmony.
I think the author makes it clear with her life that magic is feasible to find without having to dig too hard.
Profile Image for Acetorfina .
84 reviews
April 16, 2022
Jeśli oczekujecie od tej książki magii to zupełnie jej tutaj nie znajdziecie.
Liczyłam, że wyniosę z niej jakiekolwiek ciekawe rytułały, zaklęcia bądź po prostu nauki czy rady. Niestety się zawiodłam. "Krótka przerwa dla siebie" to przykładowy rytułał, który oferuje nam autorka - nie ma to nic wspólnego z magicznymi sposobami dbania o siebie, co jest nam obiecane na okładce. I niestety tak wygląda większość książki. Liczyłam na poszerzenie swojej wiedzy z tematu glamour magick, niestety po przeczytaniu nic nowego się nie dowiedziałam. Rozumiem, że przypominamie o nawodnieniu jest ważne, jednak cała książka opiera się na takich drobiazgach, a nie czymkolwiek konkretnym.
Niektóre strony jednak były dla mnie wręcz oburzające. Zaklęcie na zaakceptowanie depresji? Naprawdę?
Nie potrafię zrozumieć co miało to na celu. Wątpię, że ktokolwiek potrzebuje odprawiać rytułał, żeby zaakceptować chorobę. Oczywiście mogę się mylić, co nie zmienia faktu, że jest to napisane w oburzający sposób. Jedyne co mi się w tej książce podobało to przepisy kucharskie...
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301 reviews
May 2, 2019
I was really impressed with this book, and I think I might even buy a copy to keep at home! I'm usually a bit wary about self care books because self care has become commercialized at an alarming rate in the last 5 years, and loses its meaning as a way to genuinely take care of every aspect of yourself. Arin Murphy-Hiscock does an incredible job keeping this in mind, and her suggestions for self care range from spiritual care to mental, physical, emotional care, even housekeeping advice and organization. The recipes that she includes are also very budget friendly, which is another thing that I respect when it comes to self care. This book was so calming to read and I instantly recommended it to a few friends.
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407 reviews14 followers
November 4, 2019
This was a very simple and relaxing read, the book is very straightforward and well organized. It has several information and tips for Self-care and ways to relax and take care of ourselves. For me, this book came at the right time since I was needing to apply more dedication to taking care of myself and my health. The book is a good resource and a helpful companion to having a more balanced and mindful routine and practices to help ourselves improve, relax and take care of ourselves.
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Author 7 books78 followers
March 4, 2021
Brede informatievlakken, veel DIY dingen! Hierdoor niet zo diepgaand soms.
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142 reviews7 followers
March 30, 2020
Great book for ideas on how to care for yourself and your home. Some info is pretty basic, but I feel like that’s a given (tips for meditating, casting a circle, journaling, vision boards, etc.). I do like the routine to start your day, transformation spell, the planning and organization charm bag, spell to be willing to risk failure, and accepting limits spell. Embracing depression was new to me and I feel like this should get more appreciation. It should be said, however, that if you deal with chronic depression, you should talk a physician. The spell here was more for people that don’t suffer a severe illness but have occasional bouts.

The recipes sound tasty, but I haven’t tried them. Soups, a couple breads, and some basic entrees like pot roast and mac and cheese.

What I’m most excited to try are the recipes for scrubs, and bath bombs and oils. Also, the recipes for meditation teas, incenses, prayer and rose beads.

There is a chapter about spiritual self-care which, again, is refreshing to see included. This is open so that one can work with their own deities.

The idea of crafting for self-care isn’t new but has instructions for weaving, making seasonal crafts, an offering bowl, etc.

I also really enjoyed the household self-care chapter. There’s a purifying mist recipe + cleansing powder for floors. Some basics about altars and shrines, but the idea of an altar to honor yourself is cool. In this chapter there’s some aromatherapy recipes + more incense blends.

Overall, 4.5 stars!
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16 reviews26 followers
May 14, 2020
I simply LOVE this book. If you'd like to take (what is now considered to be) an unconventional approach to self-care, then this give this work a gander.

It is quirky and creative, and I also appreciate the "back-to-basics" foundation throughout the whole book. The author has drawn inspiration from old practices by "medicine women" of their time and how these practices can still apply in today's day-and-age.

If I can sum this up in one word, it's "heartwarming". It feels like you're sitting in an old, wise woman's kitchen while she's sharing her pearls of wisdom she's gathered in her lifetime. It feels like a story shared to help you take better care of yourself.
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19 reviews
November 23, 2019
This book offered a few new self-care techniques that I had not thought of before. To me, it read more like a cookbook/self-help book for witchy wellness, complete with recipes. :)
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48 reviews2 followers
January 24, 2019
The Witch's Book of Self-Care is a wonderful, helpful read by a thoughtful and honest author. I very much enjoyed Murphy-Hiscock's voice and style and will look for more of her works.

She approaches self-care from a refreshingly frank viewpoint, and cuts down negative misconceptions right from the beginning. It's not about "eating chocolates on the couch", it's about balancing your concrete, practical responsibilities with your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. She makes a wonderful point about how taking care of your responsibilities is in itself a form of self-care. Anything that is good for you in some way, is self-care. And it's not a dirty word!

I want to add that while the book does contain recipes (for foods/teas as well as bath products) and spells, of course, that you need not be into the world of magic to enjoy and gain from this book. I would recommend this book to anyone whose mind is even the slightest bit open!

The Witch's Book of Self-Care stresses the importance of journalling, and I could not agree more. I'd already begun a Magic Journal but now I've got a self-care one, too, and it's been a positive experience so far.

Something I really appreciated as well is almost all of her suggested materials (for rituals) you might need are all things you'd likely have around the house anyway! No (or very minimal) shopping necessary.

And if the author ever reads this--thank you for teaching me about Hygge. I am from a land of "cold-dark winters" myself so I am grateful for this new practice/way of thinking.

My favourite chapter was chapter 4: Seasonal Energies. If you deal with SAD like I do (who doesn't??) then you might like this one.

Just an overall positive, beautiful read. It was actually gifted to me from a dear friend when I was in a low point and it really helped me snap back into myself, so to speak. If you know someone who is down I highly recommend this bit of soul food. It helped me to reinvest in the practice of being in the moment, which isn't always as easy as it sounds. It's also the type of book you'll end up keeping someplace handy to go back and check or try new recipes/rituals!
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15 reviews2 followers
May 6, 2021
If you’re a DIY Witch, this book is for you. While there is some mention of closed practices like the use of “sage smudge,” and calling a standing bowl/bell a “Tibetan singing bowl,” it is extremely beginner friendly; not overly religious in content, and is easy to read. However, this book contains about 100 varying DIY’s. She states in the first chapter, “This book proposes a variety of magical techniques to use in your practice of self-care. Most of them are easy and accessible, and others ask for minor purchases of herbs or stones,” however, her first DIY’s are buying a new journal and making a vision board (you can choose not to do a DIY, or modify it, but she doesn’t provide information on substitutions).
To her credit, she does acknowledge the financial struggle that can come with trying to practice self-care. Her writing is very sympathetic and does a fair job of defining why she suggests what she suggests. For example, she informs the reader that soy and beeswax candles burn cleaner than the cheapest option, and that stones and crystals are reusable.
I would have appreciated the inclusion of online resources to find ethically sourced crystals (somebody hmu please!), herbs, and essential oils. A criticism I have is that it's all very “love and light.” It’s my personal view that a big part of self-care is acknowledging what you need to work on to better yourself, and moving forward and healing from there. You’ll probably hear a lot of witches talk about “shadow work,” and while I agree with the consensus that it’s not usually best for beginners, I stand by my opinion that introspective analysis is an important part of self-care for anyone.
Overall, I would have appreciated hearing more of her voice. She really does have a way of writing that is conversational and explanatory but not condescending. I would recommend this to beginner witches (or the witchcraft curious). As always, I recommend shopping local. This book does retail for $16.99 USD, so if that’s on the higher end for you and/or don’t think you’ll be making body scrubs and bath bombs, I recommend buying second-hand.
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645 reviews111 followers
November 25, 2019

Dearest readers, if there was ever a book I needed to find it’s way into my hands right now, it was The Witch’s Book of Self-Care. I have been severely lacking in the self-care department as of late and mental, emotional, and physical state have been suffering very harshly. I’m glad I picked this book up when I did because if I ever needed something or someone to say, “hey, are you okay?” this was the time for it. I’m truly grateful for this book and for allowing it to take myself into consideration.

So The Witch’s Book of Self-Care is basically a self help book with a witch twist on things. Broken down into five chapters that tackle very specific types of self-care. I’m going to do a quick spoiler free breakdown of the chapters and brief description of the chapters.

🍁 Chapter One – Self Care and Magic
This section gives you self care tips and talks about the different sources of magic they’ll be using in the book such as herbal magic, candle magic, meditation, and various others. It was a nice little overview of what to expect and it’s also a great introduction for readers who unfamiliar in this field.

🍁 Chapter Two – Mental and Emotional Self Care
This chapters talks a lot of affirmations and also introduces a daily five minute self care routine. There’s a lot of talk of getting into the habit of stretching, meditating, or simply drinking a glass of water. This was probably my favorite chapter throughout the rest of the book.

🍁 Chapter Three – Physical Self Care
This chapter focuses a lot on how stress has an affect on the body. There’s a lot of mentions of making sure you’re giving your body proper rest, staying hydrated, and there’s even a small handful of recipes in this section of the book. This was probably my least favorite section, but I really appreciated the recipes and the reminder to stay hydrated.

🍁 Chapter Four – Spiritual Self Care
This is the chapter that talks about our relationships, exploring one’s creativity, the celebration of the Divine, and the connections you make with the elements around you. This is the chapter is mostly meditation.

🍁 Chapter Five – Household Self Care
This last and final section focuses on maintaining your home environment and creating a positive and safe space for oneself. There’s a lot of talk of creating comfort, de-cluttering, and aromatherapy.

“I release this guilt to the universe. I invite peace and serenity to take its place.”

I loved how this book had a lot of wisdom to offer and had really solid advice. I’ll admit that not all of this book really caught my interest, but there was a lot this book had to offer that will be helpful to anyone who needs this book. The one thing I didn’t like was the repetition within this book. It might have just been my reading experience, but there were moments within this book that would feel similar to another section. It just had a looming presence of repetition. That was the only downside to this book. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read.

Overall, I think this is a good read for anyone who needs it and I know I certainly needed this. I’m grateful to have read this book when I truly needed it the most. If you’re thinking about picking this book then I say go for it. There’s a lot of helpful advice in this book and some of it is the simple little things that can slip through the cracks of life.

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364 reviews36 followers
January 15, 2021
"Magiczne sposoby na dbanie o ciało i duszę"
Jest to bardzo specyficzny poradnik. Autorka dzieli nam wiedzę na: Magiczne wsparcie kondycji, Umysł, Ciało, Dusza, Dom. Spodziewałam się trochę większej ilości "zaklęć" albo bawienia się z ziołami, a okazuje się, że jest to połączenie przepiśnika, poradnika i kultu natury. Mamy tu bardzo dużo przepisów na kosmetyki, fajny obiad oraz kilka wskazówek jak dobrze zacząć zaklęcia tak by nie mieć żadnych niepożądanych efektów ubocznych. Jest to bardzo duży miszmasz wiedzy z różnych kategorii. Na logikę jeśli coś jest do wszystkiego to jest do niczego... ale nie tym razem. Bez problemu znalazłam coś dla siebie, więc nie jest to tak bardzo bezużyteczny twór jak mogłoby się wydawać. Ogólnie mogę powiedzieć że nawet jestem zadowolona. Niektóre rzeczy będę testować i na pewno jestem ciekawa innych książek tej autorki. Podsumowując, jest to fajny tytuł dla gospodyń domowych, które nie muszą wierzyć w magię, wystarczy że będą chciały zdobyć trochę wiedzy, którą praktykowały np. nasze prababki. (6/10⭐)
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187 reviews1 follower
July 5, 2022
My friend gave me this book for Christmas and I have been slowly making my way through books on my nightstand this summer, finally.

There was nothing out-of-the-ordinary about this self-help/self-care book. It said the same things we know: drink water, meditate, spend time outside, sleep, unplug, etc. But I really enjoyed it! I thought some of the meditation/creative projects/recipes included seemed really fun and I dog eared a ton of pages to try later!

I want to make the bath bombs and bread and weave the little loom included!

I liked the emphasis on creativity and connecting with a personal spirituality as self-care. I also liked the emphasis on making good choices for your future self as self-care.

Really cute and easy to read!
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15 reviews55 followers
February 27, 2020
This is a great place to start with the concept of self-care whether you're a witch or not. It covers all areas that self-care benefits: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. I was really surprised how much information was packed into this little book. It's filled with tips, advice, methods, exercises, recipes, rituals, spells, ideas, and affirmations. I can def see myself referring back to it whenever I need a little inspiration on how to readjust my self-care routines or if I want to focus on one specific area. Basically, if you're new to self-care or want to up your self-care game I def recommend this book!
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80 reviews
April 5, 2021
Personally I loved this book. This is the first book on self-care I have read and some of the suggestions are common sense, but sometimes, I think, that is what’s needed. This book really spoke to me and is full of ideas that I’m going to try, including meditation incense blends, tea blends, ideas for self-care at work, affirmations and a self-care journal. Even just reading this book has helped me to feel more optimistic and hopeful.
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