Witches and pumpkin candles are everywhere this time of year. For Heather Marsicano, that’s just everyday life.
The Sugarloaf Twp. resident owns Country Witch Candles, where she creates soy wax candles with natural oils (and love!), including seasonal favorites such as Autumn Spice and Pumpkin. Marsicano, 30, also is a practicing witch and herbalist who makes spell candles made with particular intentions for magickal workings and oil blends and tinctures for everything from aromatherapy to upset stomach relief. This falls in line with her all-natural beauty routine, as well, in which she uses handmade products or those with plant-based ingredients.
When she’s not running her business or spending time with boyfriend of five years, Zechariah Jusinski, and their (adorable, sweet, perfect, amazing) calico cat, Pandora, she’s tearing down the stigma of witches and what it means to practice witchcraft.
She spoke with Hey, Beautiful about her work, natural beauty and how to incorporate magick into everyday life.
Tell me about Country Witch. How did you get started and what are some of your favorite scents?
Country Witch started without intention actually. I just felt the urge to try to make a candle. The first one was like so many first attempts, a failure, but I didn’t want to give up. I decided to make candles for myself, both for my spiritual practice and to scent the house. And here we are, three years later, kind of kicking butt! Living and growing up in the country made choosing a name easy. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but the country. For me, Country Witch became a way to share my spiritual practice with like-minded individuals. During this time of year, my favorite products are my autumn-scented candles. Pumpkin and spice are my favorite fall-y scent and they seem to be my most popular, as well.
You’re an herbalist. Explain what that means.
An herbalist is a person who learns and uses the medicinal properties of herbs, either in teas, tinctures, salves or on their own. It means that you see a dandelion as a weed but I see something that can fight bacteria and cleanse the gallbladder and kidneys.
You create tinctures and different oil blends. Tell me a little about what some those are used for.
My tinctures are used to help aid in minor ailments such as stomach issues, headaches, sore throat, etc. A popular tincture of mine that I have available is my Tummy Tincture — it can help settle an upset stomach if used once. However, if it’s taken regularly, it can help cleanse the kidneys, gallbladder, liver and urinary tract. My oils are for something different. I create perfume oils that can just be worn purely for scent, but I also create anointing and blessing oils that are used on candles or other tools for different spiritual and religious practices.
What are some ways you wind down or some of your favorite self-care rituals? Do you incorporate magick into any of them?
I feel like everyone incorporates a little magick into their daily life and doesn’t even realize it. For me, to wind down, I like to light dried lavender petals. The smell is incredible and lavender is known for its calming and relaxing properties. I have a small cauldron on my altar filled with fresh lavender which I burn before bed every night or on stressful and busy days. I also enjoy hot baths and I light some of my own candles that I make that are intended to help calm the mind, body and soul.
Tell me about your beauty routine. What are some of your favorite products?
My beauty routine is made up of all natural items because our bodies deserve only the best. Some of my favorite beauty products are actually local. Bomd Bath and Body has my favorite line of bathbombs, made with all natural ingredients and are great for those of us with sensitive skin. They make amazing body and lip scrubs as well. My favorite is the Black Salt Sage Body Scrub that I use before any of my magickal workings. And lip balm! Oh, their peppermint lip balm is so yummy, and for someone like me who wears lipstick all the time, Bomd’s lip balm prevents my lips from getting chapped and irritated.
Do you incorporate magick into your beauty routine?
A few of the beauty products I use are made by other witches and so their products are naturally magickal. Different soaps and scrubs I own are infused with herbs. And any witch knows that plants are inherently magickal.
You’re a practicing witch. How long have you practiced and what are some things you want people to know about those who practice?
I’ve been a practicing witch for 21 years now. I consider myself an Eclectic Witch with some Wiccan influences, which simply means I pick and choose from many different ancient and modern traditions, I don’t follow one particular path or religion. I want people to know that there are so many different ways to practice witchcraft and I want to get rid of the whole “devil worshipers” stigma. Though I personally have no issues with anyone who does worship the devil, I support whoever you wish to worship, but most witches don’t even acknowledge the existence of the “devil.” A witch does not need to be religious to practice witchcraft because witchcraft is just that, a craft. You don’t need to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft. And for those “new witches” out there, remember that witchcraft can be anything you want it to be. No one person can tell you how to practice your craft. It’s yours.
Where can someone find you and your products?
I sell most of my products on my Etsy shop Country Witch Candles. My Instagram account, @Country.Witch, is how you can learn about new, upcoming items, giveaways and random bits of witchy knowledge. You also can find some of my candles where I work at The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor, Kingston, as well as The Tree of Life Shoppe, Ringtown, or Pandora’s Box, Norwich, Connecticut. And if there’s an item online that’s sold out or that you don’t see, send me a message. I’m happy to help anyway I can.