Lavender Milk

Lavender has been prized for centuries for its gentle, calming properties. This Lavender milk is the perfect drink to have just before bed. It is aromatic and so very comforting. You will find that after drinking this lovely concoction, you are able to fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer and awaken feeling refreshed.

And the best part? It’s all natural and good for you!

You can find dried Lavender flowers here.

Lavender Milk

 

 

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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.

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

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.

 

Astragalas Root

Astragalus Root
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

Blue Vervain
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.

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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Solomon’s Seal Root

Solomon’s Seal Root is also known as Lady’s Seals, St. Mary’s Seal, Sigillum Sanctae Mariae, Scean de Solomon and Polygonatum biflorum.

 

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Physical benefits ~

Solomon’s Seal Root is best known for “sealing” wounds and when this root is used as a poultice, it helps open wounds, cuts, burns and bruises heal very quickly. For issues related to tissues, it addresses sprains, strains, inflamed tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.

Solomon’s Seal Root used as a tea can clear up lungs, lower blood pressure and  increase mental clarity and concentration. It soothes nervousness, distress, excitement, and irritation. It can also ease pain or discomfort associated with joint, muscle and connective tissue injuries, bursae, menstrual cramps, bruises, etc.).

Consuming a moderate amount of Solomon’s seal tea regularly is believed to help aid in digestion, improve overall health, increase one’s libido and detoxify the liver. Solomon’s Seal is a perfect general tonic for those that suffer from minor cardiac problems, as it has a long-standing reputation in both Western and Eastern alternative medicine as being among the best cardiac tonics available.

* Recipe for tea – To 1 tsp. dried herb add 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 min. sweeten to taste

Magical benefits ~

Solomon’s Seal Root is used in magick for  protection and cleansing.  It is often used in offertory incense. It is commonly used to bind magickal workings and keep sacred oaths & promises forever binding.  Carry Solomon’s Seal Root in an amulet or sachet for all-purpose protection.  Use it in protection magick to exorcise spirits and ward off negative influences and demons. Keep some on the altar to promote success in all rituals.  Sprinkle an infusion of the root to drive away evil. This magickal root has also been used as a means of calling the Elementals and is associated with the planet Saturn and the element Water.

This is one incredible plant and we have it available here.

Solomon's Seal Root
Solomon’s Seal Root

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle
Blessed Thistle cut and sifted

Blessed Thistle is also know as Holy Thistle or by its scientific name, Cnicus Benedictus. This wonderful plant is a member of the asteraceae family and is related to artichokes and Milk Thistle.

Blessed Thistle offers excellent support for digestive health and can help treat a wide range of common stomach complaints. Many people drink it in the form of a tea before eating a meal to help prevent indigestion, gas and bloating. It has been used since ancient times to trigger the appetite, which is very useful for people who may have just had surgery or have had an illness.

This bitter herb has cholagogue properies meaning that it can help stimulate the body’s production of bile, making food digestion easier and more effective.

Blessed Thistle is wonderful for cleansing the liver and is found in many herbal liver cleanses on the market.

Spiritually, Blessed Thistle is associated with purification and is used in purification baths and rituals. It is also believed that wearing a bit of it would protect one from evil. It is associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aries and the element fire. It works very well with Rosemary, Angelica, Basil or Yerba Santa.

Blessed Thistle is also known as Holy Thistle or St. Benedict’s Thistle and was grown in the gardens of monks. The monks would harvest the Holy Thistle and use it to make bitter tonics and liqueurs.

Blessed Thistle is also a part of the secret recipe used to make the Benedictine liqueur. As the story goes, in 1510, a Benedictine monk, Don Bernardo Vincelli, created the recipe for this liqueur that contained 27 different herbs, including Blessed Thistle, Angelica, Hyssop, and Lemon Balm. It is said that only three people on earth (at a time) know the complete recipe for making it.

If you would like to add this beautiful herb to your healthy lifestyle, you can find it here.

 

*As with all herbs, we suggest consulting a doctor before using. Some herbs may no work well prescription medications, may be harmful to pregnant or nursing women and may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions.