Agrimony – Herb of Protection

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Agrimony is masculine in nature and according to Nicholas Culpeper is associated with the planet Jupiter, the sign Cancer and is also associated with the element of air.

Agrimony is one of the all-around BEST herbs for general uncrossing work, either used alone or in combination with other herbs.

The plant is also used in protection spells, to help build a psychic shield, to reduce the influence of another’s negativity and to banish negative energies and spirits. It is said to reverse harmful spells cast on you, causing them to rebound on the sender. Use in all protective sachets, spells and medicine bags. It can also be burned in banishing rituals or as a wash to cleanse the aura.

It is especially useful in healing magic as it enhances the strength of all healing spells, especially at a distance. You could use it in a ritual bath before beginning, as a wash for your tools, burn it as an offering or smudge or simply decorate your altar with it.

Agrimony can be added to pillows, or placed under the pillow to ensure a deep, dreamless sleep. This is especially useful for those who are too troubled to sleep properly.

Protection pouch:

Agrimony, Sandalwood, Anise, Horehound and Jet. Add all ingredients to a cotton pouch and carry with you throughout the day. In the evening place under your pillow.

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Yerba Mate – The Drink of the Gods

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Common Name: Yerba Mate

Botanical Name: Ilex Paraguariensis

Yerba mate is a traditional South American brew that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. It was called “the drink of the gods” by many indigenous South Americans and later “the green gold of the Indios” by European settlers.

It is said that Yerba Mate increases energy, enhances focus, mental clarity, alertness and concentration. Yerba Mate is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.

Natives believed Yerba Mate was a gift given to them to sustain life, increase vitality and heal the sick. As a spiritual herb, it was used for worship and often used for religious and other important tribal ceremonies.

Yerba mate is prepared most traditionally in a gourd, or “mate”. While the original gourds were small bowls or cups made from hollow, dried-out squash, modern day gourds may be made out of metal, ceramic or wood. The yerba, or “herb”, is placed in the gourd and shaken, crushed or ground. Cold water is then poured into the gourd a little at a time so it has time to absorb into the herbs and prepare them for the infusion. Hot water (or sometimes cold, but never boiling) is then poured over the herbs to fill the gourd. The herbs infuse into the water to produce a tea-like beverage.

The infused yerba mate herbs are not strained out from the water as with tea or coffee. Instead, the beverage is sipped through a “bombilla”, a metal straw made of silver, copper or stainless steel with small holes at the bottom. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a sieve, so the liquid can be sipped while the herb bits are left in the gourd.

Traditionally, yerba mate is prepared in one gourd that is shared; this is part of the social and cultural experience of drinking yerba mate. In a mate ceremony, the “cebador”, or mate preparer, prepares a gourd of mate, sips it down to make sure the mate is smooth, and then prepares another mate in the same gourd to pass from guest to guest. Each guest sips down a gourd of mate and returns it to the cebador to prepare another for the next guest in the circle. This is a traditional ritual of friendship and hospitality.

Today you can find Yerba Mate in pre-packaged tea bags or as a loose leaf, which can be placed in a muslin pouch and steeped.

Spiritual ~

It is said that drinking Yerba Mate increases creativity, insight, clarity, heightened consciousness and so much more… this drink is absolute magick. It works on the entire mind/body/spirit as a single unit and each time you drink Yerba Mate, you will find your relationship with the plant deepens and becomes stronger.

If you have not tried Yerba Mate yet, it just may be time.

 

Blessings,

Laura

Hello Spring!

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Hello Spring! The days are getting longer and we are moving out of the darkness of winter and toward the light of summer.

Spring is a time full of energy. This is the energy of rebirth and creation. This is fire energy and it is full of passion and vitality. Harness it and use it to make those changes in your life that you’ve wanted to make. Now is the time!

The first step is to literally Spring Clean your home. Donate, recycle or throw out anything and everything that you have not touched in the last year. When your Sacred Space if full of “stuff”, it traps the flow of energy in that space. You want to remove these physical blocks, so the energy can flow freely. Next it’s time to wash the cabinets, walls, floors, doors and windows. We always add a touch of essential oil when we are wiping down items. Our favorite is orange for this time of year (it is tied to the Sun and is high energy, which is what we are trying to bring in right now!).

Now that your physical space is clean, it’s time to clear out the rest of the energy in your home. We suggest using White Sage to begin with. This works extremely well at removing negative and/or stagnant energy. It is very important after using White Sage to use another herb to fill in the “vacuum” that you’ve just created. Think about what energy you would like your space to feel like… if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere use dried Lavender, if you want your space to feel loving use dried Rosebuds. If you are looking for prosperity, use Bay Leaves, There are so many options and you can customize what you need by blending dried herbs. The easiest way we have found to do this is to use White Sage and the specific herbs we have chosen together in an abalone shell (or whatever fire proof vessel you prefer) and burn them all together at the same time. Easy peasy!

Lastly we suggest adding a crystal or two to each room. Again, depending on what you would like your space to feel like, will depend on the crystal you choose. If you are unsure of which crystal, Clear Quartz is always a good option. This crystal works in nearly every room (Except the bedroom!! It can keep light sleepers awake at night) and is programmable to a certain degree. This means that you can set your intention into the crystal and it will vibrate at that frequency. For example, if you are looking for an abundance of prosperity you can sit with a Clear Quartz and imagine yourself wealthy. Feel what that feeling feels like and push it into the crystal. You have now programmed it. Place it in your home office or just on top of your checkbook and let it work its magic!

Now is the time to seize this fresh, new energy and put it into action!

As always, if you have any questions on anything we’ve written, please contact us! We are always happy to help.

Laura

Cardamom – The Queen of Spices

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Native to certain parts of India, the spice has been popular for 5000 years and is referred to as the “Queen of Spices”. The use of this spice is mentioned in the Vedic texts and the ancient Ayurveda inscriptions of India. Even the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs had used this spice for its aphrodisiac qualities and other health benefits.

5 Health Benefits of Cardamom

-Improves Digestion – Cardamom has carminative properties that help in the digestion process. It reduces flatulence and bloating and helps treat colic and stomach cramping. Plus, it increases bile flow, which in turn improves digestion of fats as well as other nutrients.

-Beats Bad Breath – Packed with antibacterial properties, cardamom can easily fight the germs that cause bad breath. Plus, it has a strong flavor and a pleasant smell that can beat bad breath.

-Body Detox – Being rich in antioxidants, cardamom also aids detoxification by removing toxins from the body. It is a great source of manganese, which helps produce enzymes that scavenge for and destroy free radicals. A detoxified body paves the way for more energy and better immunity and metabolism. A cup of cardamom tea daily will go a long way in keeping your body healthy and clean.

-Helps with Asthma and Lung Issues – Famous for its expectorant action, Cardamom is also used to address various types of cough, conditions involving respiratory allergies, phlegmatic conditions, and sore throats.

-Improves Sex Life – The ancient healing art of Ayurveda recommends Cardamom for low libido. This spice contains high levels of cineole, which increases blood flow to the male and female sexual regions.

This delicious spice can be added to food dishes in so many ways such as added to ice cream, whip cream, breads, veggies, meat dishes and so much more!

Cardamom makes wonderful tea and tastes amazing when added to black or green tea bags, honey, cinnamon and a touch of honey.

Metaphysically, Cardamom is associated with the planet Venus and has been used as an aphrodisiac as well as in love charms and potions.

If you are ready to try this amazing spice we have ground Cardamom available here.

 

Charoite – A Stone for the Healers

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Charoite is a crystal for those of you that have high frequency energies flowing through you quite often. I am speaking of Reiki practitioners, Shamans, Healers, Light Workers and Psychics… anyone that lays their hands on another in order to be a conduit for Source Energy to flow through or opens themselves to Source to receive messages.

This energy may be hard for some of you to assimilate to and it can cause migraines, headaches, muscle aches, dizziness  and/or breathing difficulties. If this is occurring when you are working on another, this means that you are unable to process this energy on your own. This is where having a crystal like Charoite comes in handy. By having this amazing crystal in your pocket or nearby, it clears out your Root Chakra, which enables you to better ground to Mother Earth. This will enable you to do the healing work that you love so much, without being physically affected and drained after a session.

Charoite is a Stone of Transformation and is the crystal to use for deep meditation practice. Placed on the 3rd eye, it helps you to reach to state of “no mind” (this is the goal during meditation for some).

Place a piece of Charoite along with a piece of Amethyst under your pillow for a restful sleep.

This beautiful stone is a must have for anyone on a spiritual journey. It brings energy down from your higher chakras into your physical ones, which allows for a connection to your Higher Self. It is through this new connection that you will be able to take the next step on your journey.

 

Blessings,

Laura

Astragalas Root

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Astragalus Root

 

Astragalas Root has many incredible health benefits and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a very long time.

Today though, we are going to be talking about the magickal workings of this root.

Astragalus assists in increasing the energy needed to bring about the manifestations desired. It will help bridge any gap there might be between the thought and the creation of the reality. This makes it extremely important when you are working on Law of Attraction practices.

This herb is a powerful of protector and can be used to create a stronger aura around oneself, which is very beneficial and necessary when doing any type of casting (spellwork). Always, always, always protect yourself!

Astragalus is often used to help balance the body’s natural energy flows and to provide strength and courage and is often carried or burnt as incense for these purposes.

 

The best and most powerful way I’ve found to use this root is to add it to White Sage and burn it as a smudge. This is best done just before meditations dedicated to manifesting your wishes or before doing any type of spellwork. This combination of Sage and Astragalus will cleanse and clear you and the area you are working in, it will begin pulling in energy from the Universe (this is the extra energy boost that you will get from the root), direct your focus like a laser beam and give you the strength to complete your task.

If you tend to be the spacey type, leave your body often and without warning (this can be mistaken for daydreaming) and/or have a very hard time focusing, this is the herb for you. Add 1 -2 Tbsp to a tea strainer or re-usable cotton teabag add hot water and allow to steep for a few minutes. Add honey if desired and enjoy!

 

Disclaimer:
The information presented on this website is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease, illness or distressing conditions. Individual results may vary. It is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider and/or to fully educate yourself as to the benefits and possible complications of any alternative form of treatment.

Blue Vervain

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Blue Vervain – cut/sifted

Blue Vervain is also known as Enchanters Herb, Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort. This is an absolute must-have herb in any magickal toolbox. It is incredibly powerful and its effects can be felt (or seen when spell casting) almost immediately.

Vervain was one of THE most sacred plants to the Druids and it was used for divination, consecration and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces. Vervain has a long history of use in purification. King Solomon cleansed the Temple with it and Christians believe it was used to stop the blood from flowing from Jesus’ wounds on the cross.

Vervain is used in magick for balance, anointing, centering, banishing, releasing, clearing, prosperity, peace, visions and prophecy.

Vervain combined with any other herbs in magical work is believed by some to enhance the action of these herbs.

Wearing or bathing in Vervain places one under the influence and favor of Diana.

After washing your hands in the infusion, it will be possible to engender love in the one you touch. To dispel fears, light a candle daily and surround it with Vervain. Speak aloud a prayer to the Gods and Goddesses asking for release from your fear. When burned, Vervain is powerful for warding off psychic attacks, but it is also used in spells for love, purification and attracting wealth. It is a powerful attractant to the opposite sex.

This is one of the most important herbs to have on your altar at all times as it is used for anointing tools, as an offering and to purify the area.

You can find this wonderful herb here.

Orpiment with Realgar

The vibration of this incredible stone is ancient and full of wisdom. This is a stone of Alchemy, of purification and of Spiritual Truth. This is a crystal that comes to you when you are ready for it, not before. When you are truly ready for a life changing experience, for true spiritual growth and for the Sacred Fire of purification to help you on your path… then this is the stone for you.

Orpiment works with your mind helping you to reason from a more aware perspective. It is useful in clearing and balancing your Solar Plexus Chakra, helping you to take action and is also a great mineral for use while studying as it brings in the energy of analysis.

Realgar is a stone that is especially potent at drawing energy into the body on all levels. This energy can be used in many ways. As a root chakra stone, it tends to bring energy, related most likely to kundalini, up through the chakras to enable its use on all levels. Realgar is used to go into the subconscious and unlock things we have hidden from ourselves. It can bring them to light where we can use and work with them.

*Caution MUST be taken when handling this mineral, it contains Arsenic. Always wash your hands after holding. DO NOT use in a gem elixer!!

If you are ready for this amazing crystal, you can find it here.

 

Orpiment with Realgar
Orpiment (orange) with Realgar (red)

Make your own Rose Water

Rose water is an essential in our home. We spray it on our linens and add it to our energetic cleansing mop water to bring Love into our home. We add it to our food dishes (it’s amazing in kefir!) and I spray it on my face every morning. It keeps my skin glowing, youthful and looking young. I also spray it in my hair and and on my body instead of using perfumes that are full of chemicals.

We have rose buds available here so you can make your own beautiful Rose Water.

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