11 posts tagged herbalism
IMMUNE BOOSTING - COLD THWARTING
This combination never lets me down, it’s my own personal recipe that thwarts off the colds going around. It works for me and I hope it will work for you and yours.
Add 30-40 drops of each in a small amount of water each morning to boost your immune system, especially if you are around someone who is sick. If you feel something coming on, take it straight away 2x a day!
DARK MOON WILD ROSE LOVE ELIXIR
Wild Rose Love Elixir is a wonderful aphrodisiac that can be used in many ways. A few drops added to wine or used directly on the body can induce sexual pleasure. Experiment!
In addition to its sensual benefits, it can be used to ease itching & swelling of insect bites or taken internally under the tongue (60 drops) to ease stress and heal the emotional heart. It is also a wonderful sweetener in herbal teas.
- 1 Mason jar filled with Wild Rose petals
- Vodka or Brandy or Vegetable Glycerin
- Raw local honey
- 1 small ethically harvested rose quartz
HARVESTING WILD ROSES
Harvest your Wild Rose petals away from high traffic areas, obvious toxins, pesticides, and other unfavorable substances. If you can harvest during a morning dew, most excellent! Bring your Mason jar and harvest only what you need, stop when the jar is full of petals. Harvest with good intention and tell the roses how beautiful they are. ALWAYS leave an offering, such as wild birdseed.
MAKING THE ELIXIR
Allow your Wild Rose petals to dry overnight by laying them on a screen or towel. Fill the jar with your Wild Rose petals. Pour ¼ cup of raw honey over the petals, and fill ½ way with vodka or brandy. I prefer the lower proof alcohol on this elixir. If someone cannot have alcohol, glycerin is a lovely choice.
Holding the Rose Quartz in your left hand, visualize peace, love, and warmth flowing from your Heart Chakra and drop the Rose Quartz in with the Wild Rose Petals.
Remove air gaps by stirring with a butter knife. Continue filling the rest of the jar with vodka or brandy until it reaches the top. Be careful not to have any petals sticking above the alcohol.
Place in a cool dark place or in your refrigerator for 4 weeks. Shake at least once a day, repeating positive affirmations.
When ready, strain liquid from petals and place in dark dropper bottles or jar of choice.
Kris @ darkmoontarot.com
STOP POISONING YOUR FAMILY, PETS & SELF!
DIY Household Cleaners that are safe & effective
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap - Made with water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E, and some are scented with essential oils.
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
Magickal Uses of Bittersweet Nightshade
Bittersweet nightshade is a variety of nightshade that’s less poisonous than deadly nightshade. You can find bittersweet nightshade growing on the side of the road, near trees and along fences. Caution should be used when handling or harvesting this variety because it is poisonous. There are herbal remedies that use bittersweet nightshade but unless you are a trained herbalist, you should NOT consume this plant, burn this plant or apply it to your skin in any way. Make sure to store bittersweet nightshade far away from children and your beloved familiars.
Magickal uses for bittersweet nightshade are similar to those of deadly nightshade and any plant in the nightshade family can be used interchangeably for most magickal workings.
Bittersweet nightshade adds power to any magick done on the Dark Moon. It is great for spells involving beauty or faerie glamour and it is very protective. You can hang bittersweet nightshade upside down by the entrances of your home to protect your home & yourself from harmful energies, magick, spirits & people. Any variety of nightshade can be used to honor the dead or in rituals involving death and the spirit realm. Traditionally this plant should be gathered/harvested on Samhain when the berries have all turned red.
Peace, Love & Magick
HOW TO MAKE RED CLOVER TINCTURE & THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Red Clover is a sweet smelling herb that is an excellent source of phytoestrogen. It has many health benefits for women, such as treating PMS, Menopause, and Osteoporosis. It has also been shown to aid in cardiovascular health as well as preventing cancer cells from growing. Red clover contains valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.
RED CLOVER TINCTURE RECIPE
- Harvest the fragrant flowers from areas away from busy roads or any type of possible pollution. Wear gloves and use scissors to clip the tops
- Only harvest what you need to fill a small mason jar and always leave an offering. I usually leave unsalted sunflower seeds
- DO NOT WASH THE FLOWER
- Place enough Red Clover flowers in your mason jar until they reach the top
- Pour 80 proof or higher vodka into the mason jar only half-way. Use a spoon to stir the Red Clovers and make sure there are no air pockets. Continue to fill the mason jar with vodka until it reaches the top. Be careful not to leave any air gaps
- Place the lid on the mason jar and shake
- Label your jar with date, time, and contents
- Store in a cool, dry place and make sure to shake at least once a day for the next 2-3 weeks
- When ready, strain the tincture through a very fine filter. You may have to do this a couple of times to ensure there are no particles in your tincture
- Pour in dark dropper bottles and ouila!!
60 - 100 drops, 3 times per day under the tongue or added to tea. Always consult your doctor when treating any condition or before using.
The pictures above are from my Red Clover harvest today and tincture that is now in my herb cupboard waiting to be enjoyed
Kris @ Dark Moon Tarot
THE MAGICK OF THE LADY SLIPPER (Cypripedium acaule Ait.)
Whenever I would go mushroom harvesting with my grandmother, she’d point out the Lady Slippers, tell me they were magickal, and that I should NEVER pick them. I believed the faeries lived in the beautiful pink bulbs and still do.
The root of lady’s slipper was used as a remedy for nervousness, tooth pain, and muscle spasms. In the 1800s and 1900s it was widely used as a substitute to valerian root for sedative properties.
However, it takes many years for this magickal plant to mature and therefore it is illegal in many states to harvest wild Lady Slippers. If you spot one in the wild, take a moment to be present with the plant, feel the energy, or take a picture, but NEVER uproot or pick the flower.
If you must have the energetic essence of a wild Lady Slipper, with great caution and care, place the bulb in a glass of spring water just before dawn. Allow the Lady Slipper to infuse overnight under the Moon. Upon waking, drink the water.
Also known as Moccasin Flower or in the language of the Ojibway, ma-ki-sin-waa-big-waan, there are many Native American legends surrounding this beautiful flower.
Lady Slippers are usually found in the eastern part of the United States near forests of pine and hemlock, near mossy slopes, and under the watchful eye of a birch tree.
I took this picture today on my first mushroom walk of the season. It took my breath away to be given this magickal sign my grandmother was with me.
Kris @ Dark Moon Tarot
MAGICKAL USES OF PINE SAP
Pine sap has been used in natural remedies and it’s been burned to fuel fires for thousands of years. Pine sap has many practical and magickal uses which makes it an excellent collection to your magickal supply closet!
Harvesting Pine Sap
Pine sap oozes out of pine trees when the tree is injured. The sap is the way the pine tree heals itself. When harvesting the sap, make sure not to harvest too much. Only harvest from pine trees where there is a lot of sap build-up and leave enough so that the tree’s wound is left well covered by sap. Always thank the tree after harvesting your sap. I’ll usually leave an offering behind as well.
Pine sap is excellent to use in purification, protection and healing spells & rituals. When burned as an incense, pine will remove any negative/incorrect energy from a space. The aroma of pine sap incense also helps to relieve stress and to put a worried mind at ease. Carry some pine sap in a mojo bag to psychically protect yourself.
You can use pine sap as a natural glue to hold together magickal crafts for offerings or ritual. If your candles won’t stop tilting in their holder, placing pine sap under them will hold the candle in it’s place! Pine sap is waterproof so it can also be used to mend small cracks in terra-cotta planters or offering bowls.
Next time you are out on your nature walk, harvest some pine sap! The pine sap in the photo above is some that I’ve recently harvested.
Peace, Love & Magick