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: 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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ritual to harness sunlight (and a tea recipe, of course!)

Also known as it’s been raining and grey for nearly a week straight and I really wanted some brightening tea. All the herbs I used in this recipe evoke at least one property of the sun’s life-giving magic. Continue reading

From the Lady Virgo Luna

 

A full moon in Virgo during Pisces seasons asks as to release our fear, and as the year rolls on to firm up our sense of place in this solar cycle. Lovely Virgo Luna reminds us that for that to be so, we must ensure our internal foundation is built on firm ground- an understanding of self, a love of who we are, and a clear vision of what we seek for ourselves this year. Take the time to be self-indulgent today. It’s not about being selfish (banish that word) it is about making sure you’re cup is full- love the best you can manage for your spirit, your body, and your mind.

Loving yourself best can look like: clearing out your bedroom just so you can make it a better sanctuary; drinking more water so you have more energy; take time out for yourself so you can better hear the wisdom of your guides tonight.

Drink some tea. 

An indulgence for which I have a suggestion:

– Thyme
– Jasmine
– Calendula
– Holy Basil
– Fennel

Meditation.

I love myself deeply and release fear that keeps me still.