Itchy Throat Easing Tea

Beloved readers, you and I are going to get through this cold together. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

I’m starting to suspect something a little stronger than a common cold- a sinus infection perhaps with the way my eyes, cheekbones, and teeth ache. I also woke up with an itchy throat which is usually a heads up that a cough is coming at me soon.

I hate coughs. More than the incessant runny nose, I absolutely hate coughs. I had respiratory issues as a child so non-stop coughing is far too familiar and I do my best to avoid it when possible. The painful sore throat and aching ribs are my cold & flu nightmare. So of course, I reached for my herb cabinet and so far so good, this little infusion recipe is keeping the cough at bay. Continue reading

Immune Boost Tea to Get Through Cold & Flu Season

Educators of the world unite! And drink lots of tea and other vitamin c rich drinks. Whether you’re a teacher, tutor, instructional aide, professor, teaching assistant, principal, or counselor you are familiar with how much of a petri dish educational institutions can be. I’ve caught a cold twice now- of different varieties each time and I’m sick of it. Sick of being sick, I’ve decided to make an infusion that should at least help keep me protected (along with other dietary additions and changes) and help me along with my current illness.

First things first, if you have the flu (and you’ll know when you have it, trust me) go get help. I’m all about natural medicine and I’m also aware that flus can quickly become dangerous, especially for the young and old.

If you have a cold, you’ve got a bit more leeway as the remedies for that are generally lots of rest, water, and vitamins. Oh and here’s a tea recipe to help move that along! Continue reading

Magic of Herbs: Sunflower Power

If you’ve ever received a social media message from me, chances are you’re familiar with how much I enjoy the sunflower emoji. It’s my favorite flower, and it’s filled with the kind of energy I am dedicated to evoking in my healing work.

Look straight into the face of a fully bloomed Sunflower and try not to smile. Go ahead, I dare you. I double dare you. Are you smiling yet? Admit it, you cracked a small grin at least.

The sunflowers I used for my Yemaya and Oshun (to whom sunflowers are beloved) altar really hung in there, and brought a smile to my face for days every time I’d wake up to the sight. It absolutely helped for those days where depression was just that much easier to fall prey to.

If you’re looking to figure out how else sunflowers can work with you, just think of the sun- and the sun’s incredible energy. Sunflowers are pure sun magic.

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new in the shop: THE FOOL {Meditative Tarot Tea}

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Deep breath, then take the leap forward. After all, what awaits you is the rest of your journey. The Fool’s blend takes that jump with you as you leap towards your next adventure and begin your cycle anew.

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Magic of Herbs: Igniting Your Magic with Chili

Continuing with my Magic of Herbs series, Chili (capsicum annuum).

Chili is naturally associated with fire which makes complete and total sense when you put a chili on your tongue. Associated with war and passion deities like Mars and Shango. I’m moved to seek fire due to recent events, and turn to my herbs as always for guidance and support. Chili is one of the most medicinal herbs out there and packs just as great a wallop in spiritual work.

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Ceridwen’s Spread

I ran into the Ceridwen’s Cauldron spread from my Druid Oracles tarot app. I fell in love with its construction, based on the goddess’ Ceridwen’s brew, a mixture she prepared to imbue her son with inspiration. The Daughters of the Moon tarot book calls her Keeper of the Cauldron, calling us to be “wise in the use of [our] energy and [our] fire” mastered as she is in the energies of transformation.

(c) The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Ceridwen by Christopher Williams (1910)

I love the weight of intention behind the spread, as the Druid Plant Oracle guidebook shares: “we can imagine her gathering the berries, roots, and leaves for this brew in accordance with the old moon and star lore, linking the movements of vast bodies in the heavens with the flow of sap in the roots of some of the smallest of plants on Earth.”

The spread itself is based on the ingredients in the brew- sea foam, rowan berries, lesser celandine, vervain, and wort- gathered in the shape of a cauldron. I tried it out here for some guidance in my healing work.

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Cerridwen’s Spread with Daughters of The Moon Tarot

1. PLACE OF SEA FOAM – TWO OF BLADES offers insight to the surrounding energy
2. PLACE OF VERVAIN – SIX OF CUPS (COMPASSION) – challenge or blockage
3. PLACE OF ROWAN BERRIES – MAATprotection available to invoke
4. PLACE OF LESSER CELANDINE – NINE OF FLAMESinherent joy or pleasure to be found
5. PLACE OF WORT – STRENGTH‘potential for transformation’ or evolution

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Magic of Herbs: Mamawort

Part of my self-assigned Lunar Apothecary homework is to write up go-to herbal profiles from my growing experience with my beloved herbs. The medicinal properties are always easy to gather up, but I needed to do better for the spiritual work I do with the herbs. So here goes with my Magic of Herbs series!

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Mamawort aka Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca)

A favorite of mine, the ever dear Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca), for a comfort that imbues you with the courageous and strengthened heart she is named Leonora for.

Mamawort, as I call her after being introduced to her by this name at The Sage Honey, offers us peace as we sit with heartache. Mamawort is a bitter shadow herb and she uses that insight to bring on light. She helps us release stagnant energy that weighs us down and keeps us from seeking light. She works with the realms beyond life as we see it keeping us connected but protected.

I associate her with the mothers in my tradition, particularly the Iyami and Yemaya, mothers who have known bitterness and are fiercely protective of those they protect as their children. For those who’ve had to mother ourselves, and for the mother spirits we found in queer and trans spaces, I cast Mamawort in my love spell for our grieving hearts.

Mamawort also works with folks who bleed with the moon, helping to regulate our cycles physically and spiritually. She can bring on blocked menses as well as alleviate pain during cramping. Beyond the physical, I’ve been thankful for Mamawort when on the bleeding stage of my cycle as I’m usually in a state of heightened stress and anxiety.

Mamawort is very bitter; I recommend tinctures or if used in tea, blended with supportive herbs and honey. Lots of honey!

A blend that I’ve especially enjoyed is a tea of Mamawort, Chamomile, and Lemon Balm + Honey for a soothing mix.

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