As we are having ourselves a wet and chilly spring, it would behoove us all to find the appropriate alexiteric.

Alexiteric is defined as a preservative against contagious and infectious diseases, and the effects of poison in general. It is from the Greek word meaning ‘protection’ and was often used in reference to an amulet.

While there are many natural substances that work against contagious and infectious diseases, I have not yet discovered an alexiteric that works for unwanted family members. Even my hedge of wolfsbane can’t prevent their random and unwanted appearances.

Long walks in the rain can keep certain individuals at bay, but I’ve found that the most toxic relatives are the hardest to shake.

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