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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 reme “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!


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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 reme “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!

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨Sumi's Books✨

    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 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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Plateresca

    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-car 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Escapist Reader

    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 t 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    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 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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tami Nguyen

    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 int 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Rei

    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'. 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'.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Freeman

    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! 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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    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 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    PhatLass Reading Corner

    Very good but im also going to get the physical copy for the recipes

  11. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    DNF-ing this because I Really Did Not Like This. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as to say I absolutely hated it but... 👀 I stopped properly reading this at about page 30 and ended up flipping through the next 40 or so pages to see if I wanted to power through it and if it was even worth a bit of my time. Turns out that it wasn't. It reminded me a lot of seeing a therapist which, mind you, turned out to be useless and an absolute waste of both my time and my therapist's. Just flipping through an DNF-ing this because I Really Did Not Like This. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as to say I absolutely hated it but... 👀 I stopped properly reading this at about page 30 and ended up flipping through the next 40 or so pages to see if I wanted to power through it and if it was even worth a bit of my time. Turns out that it wasn't. It reminded me a lot of seeing a therapist which, mind you, turned out to be useless and an absolute waste of both my time and my therapist's. Just flipping through and skimming the pages of the book that I did thoroughly annoyed me because it was a lot like your typical "meditation and journalling and positive thoughts will cure your depression!" narrative. The author even includes a "spell" to "embrace your depression" as she puts it and like..........ok...... that isn't how depression/being depressed actually works but.......ok........ Sorry to break it to you, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, but reminding yourself "that you are worthy of love" is not that simple when you are struggling with depression, especially as I have for over 13 years now. I don't know who or what even led you to believe that absolute nonsense but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ That was on page 69 of the book and I promptly stopped flipping through from there because Yikes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maggi Harris

    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 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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    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 ha 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    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 orga 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexia Moon

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    WillowRaven

    4/5 ⭐s I really enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy, quick read, with an abundance of wonderful rituals and recipes one can use for various aspects of self care. This was a library borrow for me however, at some point, I'd like to get a print version of it. 4/5 ⭐s I really enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy, quick read, with an abundance of wonderful rituals and recipes one can use for various aspects of self care. This was a library borrow for me however, at some point, I'd like to get a print version of it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sosanna Olson

    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 reques 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    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 considera 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. |Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Serica

    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 i 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!

  21. 4 out of 5

    SweetheartSeerBooks

    Read for Sbooktober readathon. Unfortunately not all books during a readathon can be gems. Even though I have adored everything else I have read by this author, this one was lacking something for me. 😑 Meh. This was okay. 😐 There wasn't anything in here that was super interesting to me. I did like chapter 5 on house maintenance, but everything seemed too surface and superficial to me...not enough meat and potatoes here, do you know what I mean? 🤔 The recipes were a highlight; I liked them being inclu Read for Sbooktober readathon. Unfortunately not all books during a readathon can be gems. Even though I have adored everything else I have read by this author, this one was lacking something for me. 😑 Meh. This was okay. 😐 There wasn't anything in here that was super interesting to me. I did like chapter 5 on house maintenance, but everything seemed too surface and superficial to me...not enough meat and potatoes here, do you know what I mean? 🤔 The recipes were a highlight; I liked them being included. There were food recipes, ones for mixing your own oils, making your own teas, etc. I found myself disengaging as I read quite often, which is a problem when the book=224 pages. 🤨 So far though this is the only book by this author I haven't cared for, so that's something!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jerica

    I picked this up in the library because I was drawn to the cover; when I read the title, I knew I had to check it out! This is a book that I will be purchasing for my personal collection. The tips within really expand on the general self-care lectures we often hear (go outside, get some sleep, drink more water, etc.) and there are rituals, spells, crafts, recipes and more which will actually assist the reader in achieving his or her goals. It seems to me that there is something here for everyone I picked this up in the library because I was drawn to the cover; when I read the title, I knew I had to check it out! This is a book that I will be purchasing for my personal collection. The tips within really expand on the general self-care lectures we often hear (go outside, get some sleep, drink more water, etc.) and there are rituals, spells, crafts, recipes and more which will actually assist the reader in achieving his or her goals. It seems to me that there is something here for everyone. Do spells scare you? Try a recipe for comfort food instead. Not really into rituals? Maybe crafting a bath oil is more your speed. I can't wait to try some of these suggestions and reap the benefits!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    A nice little book. Would make a great gift for the stressed witch in your life! A lot of it is common sense, but there are many recipes for aromatherapy blends, ideas for meditations, and even cooking recipes. And I really enjoyed the little spells aimed at wellness. All in all a cozy, enjoyable read

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zara Ess

    I absolutely loved this book! I did many of the writing exercises, made several recipes, and was inspired by every bit of it! It was the perfect balance of magic and self care. This book literally changed me for the better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rev. Ravyn

    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. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Merel

    This is an okay book for a beginner but there is really nothing new or fresh for a long time practitioner.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Proviance

    I really like that she covers all the different types of self-care as well as the myths. And, I also like how she includes simple magical ways to tend to all parts of the self. A good read even if you aren't pagan/wicca/or a witch. I really like that she covers all the different types of self-care as well as the myths. And, I also like how she includes simple magical ways to tend to all parts of the self. A good read even if you aren't pagan/wicca/or a witch.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy Phin

    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 s 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!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joy Van ee

    A book to live by

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This was a nice little book for self care, with lots of mindful tips, ideas and nice recipes. The rituals within the book would be good for anyone who needs to slow down and be mindful, and really focus on their needs and intentions. I don't personally believe in wicca or paganism, so some of the spells weren't 'for me', but it was still a nice book. This was a nice little book for self care, with lots of mindful tips, ideas and nice recipes. The rituals within the book would be good for anyone who needs to slow down and be mindful, and really focus on their needs and intentions. I don't personally believe in wicca or paganism, so some of the spells weren't 'for me', but it was still a nice book.

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