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

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

a moment to inhale

I’m trying to move out of a funk, so I’m doing a quick simmer pot spell to clear out murky energy from my space. I added lemon, sage, rosemary, seasalt, lavender, star anise, and cinnamon.

As usual, let it simmer as long as you need to, adding water as necessary. Switch out herbs as you feel called to, add crystals and other woo as you need to.

As you add to your pot, speak your intentions.

Let it permeate your space and meditate on your intentions.

Magic of Herbs: Star Anise

Not to be confused with Aniseed, Star Anise is a beautiful and sweet smelling spice. If you’ve used it, you’ve probably added it to a soup or stew for that subtle sweet flavor it’s known for. If you haven’t already, I urge you to drop a star or two in your herbal tea for some extra sweetness.

Add some powdered Star Anise to your desert baking to add some sweet complexity to your treats. Chinese Medicine uses Star Anise as an expectorant and as a bloating and gas reliever. Interestingly, Star Anise is often used by pharmaceutical companies for its flu-fighting capabilities, and is a common ingredient in flu medicines.

For metaphysical purposes, Star Anise is often used to bring in sweetness and good fortune, and a star is often is added to medicine and mojo bags for that purpose. As it is very much a “bringing” spice, Star Anise also works well to draw love and passion, which can be useful even out of romantic settings. I threw some Star Anise in another simmer pot I used today to sweeten the energy of my space, just for me! Ground Star Anise is also burned as incense for aforementioned intentions.

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A note, always make sure your Star Anise is actually Star Anise. This sounds ridiculous, but there have been situations where a poisonous faux Star Anise made it into the market and caused serious illness and death. Google “Japanese Star Anise” for more info.