The witch bottle is an old spell of protection. The bottle when created, becomes a trap for any forces that may come ones way wishing them harm. From spirits, to thought forms, to simply negative energies. It can be a powerful tool in shielding yourself from the unseen. There are many forms of the witch bottle. These variations range from protection, to blessings, to curses. However in today's use, most times we see the witch bottle as a form of protection for the maker of the bottle.
I remember my first witch bottle. Not knowing much I stumbled over various recipes and versions of execution. Like any magic, a personalization can bring more power and energy than any other ingredient. I came to the conclusion that a combination personally created would serve the best purpose. It has served me well over the years.
A small jar is needed. This can be an elaborate bottle to a simple cleaned out jelly jar. The ingredients are the energy which lends the strength to the magic. Items that are of yourself such as your hair, clipping from your nails, urine (esp. at the time of a woman's menstrual cycle) and semen are all part of who you are and will represent yourself.
Next, items such as small rusty nails, pins and/or needles, broken glass, razor blades, rose thorns, red wine, sea salt, rosemary, sage, basil, mistletoe, garlic, yarrow, and rue can be gathered to be included in the ingredients. Do not feel that all these items are needed. Use what you feel led to use, including others not listed if so inspired. Keeping in mind that the items included will represent a shield that is to ward off any negativity that may come your way.
Combine all the ingredients chosen into the jar. Tightly secure the lid, wrapping with red thread or string. Seal the lid and string then with black wax. The bottle is then to be buried in the far corner of your property. There are several chants that can be said during this rite. I penned my own as I wished to make it as personal as possible.
The Witch bottle is said to destroy negativity and evil. The pins,needles, razor blades, etc are said to impale evil, the urine and or red wine drown evil, and the rosemary and other herbs send it away from your property.
I prepared and buried my witches bottle approximately 5 years ago under a small oak that I was nursing into growth. The oak has grown since then, yet still it watches over the spot. Lavender and Rosemary also accompany the area. It has become a special area for me.