Obviously, I try my best to avoid giving out wrong information. However, just because I do my best to make sure what I am saying is true which would require reliable sources does not mean that everyone is the same. This is especially the case for spells, potions, herbs, and oils. Now I already told you why I am not fond of the disclaimer that a spell has been tested, but lets look at it in a more dark light. Lets say I do not want to do my research, and certain ingredients simply sounded cool, especially together. So I tell you that you should make a tea using only boiled rain water, orange peels, mugwart, roses, and lavender, and that this tea will open you to self love. Sounds nice, but I quite literally pulled almost every single ingredient out of thin air. See how easy that was? I did not have to check a single thing and now I got a recipe which would probably get many notes if I choose a cute stolen GIF to go with it.
Now, I hear this all the time- people would rather ask five people the same question and get five different answers rather than researching themselves. “But this is research!” Yes, but there is a difference between primary and secondary sources. A primary source is when you get the information directly from the source- researchers who are directly involved, photographs, speeches, case studies, any raw data. Secondary sources are interpretations. These are different types of sources!
Know that one source is not better than another, but when you want to learn certain things you should know which source to look into. Is a certain herb safe to have with a type of medication you’re on? Primary Source is your friend. You want to know how some people interpret a certain object in their craft or practice? Secondary source. However, you do not look at one source and call it done. You back up your research. You look at multiple article or blog posts.
In this case it makes sense to ask five bloggers the same question. However- make it clear that you did your research, but you wish to see how the information is applied in real life situations. Humanity and life is not a science, we do not always go by the textbook. An example would be you are devoted to a certain deity. You have read that to this deity, they adore this one offering so you do your best to give them that offering. However, you get a sick feeling whenever you give said offering. Now would be a good time to reach out to other devotees and ask them for their opinion on the situation. Be sure to mention you did your research but would like to know how they personally take the said situation. Now, this is the biggest part, then you fact check what they say. You fact-check because, malicious or not, you do not want to be given false information.
This is why you shouldn’t care about what I have to say, my word is not gospel. Question me about why I say certain things, especially with personal correspondences. Use what I say to urge you to do your research. I would never say or do anything which would purposefully put you in harms way, but I do not know you personally. I do not know your past, your medication history, allergies, none of that. And no, this does not mean you must disclose all your medical information to me when you ask me questions.
I am human, not a search engine. I am human, I make errors. It is your responsibility to check. Me recommending a herb, I did half the work for you. If I name you lavender for divination, now you don’t even have to bother trying to find a herb for divination- now you got to focus on lavender and find out how they can be used safely- if they are toxic for you or your pets, if you can ingest or just use ointments, and so on. The point is, your research does not end when you get your response from one or five bloggers. Look more into it.