Echinacea – The Great Herbal Diplomat

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Beautiful, Medicinal, Magick echinacea has 9 different species, in this article we are discussing E. purpurea, the purple cone flower. Echinacea is an amazing herb and was once esteemed in the medical industry until man made antibiotics were introduced circa 1950. Of course, man is not able to make anything that can out do or compete with God’s medicine. Echinacea is making a strong comeback as more and more people rediscover the power and low chance of side effects and risks that come with this plant medicine. Echinacea was the most used herb of the Plains Indians and is very popular among herbalists, homeopaths and natural healers.

Today, the most commonly use of echinacea is to build the immune system and is one of the top, most important immune-building herb used by herbalists. We put echinacea in our immune boosting tea, it’s very powerful and works well with other immune-boosting herbs. It’s also able to relieve certain types of pain. Most of the solid studies are done in German and other European countries where it’s still used in the medical system.

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Echinacea, which is cooling and drying, is best used before illness hits such as before cold and flu season or at first signs of illness as well to help the immune system fight off illness and control pain. Taken before illness echinacea can raise the body’s natural resistance to infection by stimulation and aiding immune function. Echinacea strengthens the body’s defense system by increasing macrophages and T-cell activity. It has other amazing actions as well, it’s anti-fungal, antibacterial, Rich in polysaccharides which protect cells from invasion from viruses and bacteria. It’s an alterative, antiseptic, antivenomous, immune stimulating, anti-inflammatory and aids the lymphatic system.

Echinacea has been historically used to treat sore throat, respiratory and bronchial infections. In Germany it’s medically approved for UTI’s, respiratory tract infections, colds, slow healing wounds and other ailments. It can decrease the chances of catching the common cold by 58% and shorten the duration by 1.5 days. That’s one hell of an immune stimulant! It’s even been shown to stop viral colds. Echinacea is a mild laxative, great for mild constipation. Being anti-inflammatory, it helps with rheumatoid arthritis and Uveitis. Echinacea is hydrating and can improve skin problems and lessen wrinkles.

Amazing, beautiful echinacea has other uses as well. I feel like a game show host saying “But wait, there’s more!!!” There is always so much more to herbs than anyone can put in one article. Other issues it’s been used for are: genital herpes, snake bites, gum disease, malaria, vaginal yeast infection, tonsillitis, gonorrhea, headaches, Blood stream, tuberculosis, whooping cough, asthma, all flus, sinusitis, diphtheria, strep throat, made in to a poultice for external use, etc. I can go on for a while. Anyone can benefit from this amazing plant medicine. It’s worth taking the time to research and learn a bit more about how this beautiful flower from Gaia helps us.

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When you harvest which parts of the plant makes a difference. When wild harvesting, never take more than 1/4 of the plant, only harvest from healthy plants that can regenerate or reseed themselves. Always give thanks and an offering. It’s important we wild craft with respect and responsibility to ensure all have the medicine they need. Above the soil is where the polysaccharides are that trigger immune function. The top of the plant is harvested in the 3rd season of the plant’s life. The roots have a high concentration of volatile oils and should be harvested in the 4th year. Tinctures are typically made from the leaves, although they can be made from the roots. Be sure to read the labels.

Echinacea is also used in Magick. It’s ruled by Mars, it’s astrological sign is Scorpio and it’s Tarrot card is the Temperance. Carrying it with you in a talisman or charm helps with inner strength and confidence. To protect your home from hard financial times and increase prosperity, grow echinacea around your home or put it in a vase inside. It can increase the effectiveness of spells and is a great offering to deities.

Echinacea is safe for most people including the elderly and children and is considered generally safe. It should be avoided by anyone on immune suppressing drugs because their actions contradict. Too much can cause allergy-like reactions. Avoid if you’re allergic to echinacea or if you start to have an allergic reaction. Consult your herbal specialist if you’re unsure if echinacea is right for you.

Echinacea has earned it’s way in human wellness care and is here to stay. It has a long history or helping humans stay strong and healthy as well as some hefty science behind it. As and herbalist, it’s one of my favorite herbs, I drink echinacea tea often. The leaves have a nice flavor that blends well with lemon balm, holy basil or green tea. We carry this tea on our website and in our Etsy shop, it’s a very popular and affordable item. Share what you know and your resources. What are you experiences with Echinacea?

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Resources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – A Beginner’s Guide – Rosemary Gladstar p. 129-131, The Modern Herbal Dispensatory – A medicine-Making Guide – Thomas Easley, Steven Horne p. 225- 226, witchipedia.com/book-of-shadows/herblore/echinacea/, https://draxe.com/nutrition/echinacea-benefits/

I’m an herbalist, I specialize in God’s medicine. I’m not a medical doctor. I am not giving medical advice. Please contact your wellness, herbal specialist with any questions or concerns or if you don’t know if echinacea is right for you. This article is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment.

Burdock, The Inspiration for Velcro

Anyone whose spent any significant time in nature has come across burdock. The seed pods, often called “burrs” get stuck on everything, our clothes, hair, pets, shoe laces, everything!! Farmers often see this magickal and medicinal plant as a weed. Herbalists, the Native Americans and others who work and heal with plants, know the true power of this amazing Biennial. It’s part of the thistle or Asteraceae family which includes mugwort, yarrow, goldenrod and many other medicinal plants. The Swiss inventor George de Mestral, was inspired to invent Velcro after the fruit stuck to his dog’s fur. In the United Kingdom, it’s made into a soft drink with dandelion that tastes similar to American root beer. Burdock was a bittering agent for beer before hops because widely used.

Burdock has a long history of medicinal uses in Chinese and Native American Medicine and is still commonly used today. It’s a cooling herb. The Native American anti-cancer formula Essiac is still used today, one of the herbs used in this formula is Burdock. Burdock is effective in treating swollen lymph nodes, eczema, psoriasis and other skin imbalances, restoring yin energy to the body, cleanse and purify the blood, cleansing the liver and as a wash when recovering from illness. Burdock is a common and favorite medicinal herb among those who work with plant medicines. It’s safe to use internally and externally. It’s made into teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, and oils. It benefits the immune system, lymph nodes, hot, agitated conditions and anger

Burdock has feminine energy as it’s ruled by Venus. It’s used in general healing spells as well as spells for protection, sexual potency, health and power. Being a natural diuretic, it’s used magically to also cleanse and purify the urine, blood and energy. It’s made into protective charms and amulets for protection when traveling, charms of prosperity, vitality and home protection when hung or buried at a south entrance. Burdock is a great counter-magick herb as it prevents curses from being put on the person using it.

Burdock is edible, the leaves, stems, seeds and roots are all used in culinary dishes. It has a pleasant taste that is earthy and just a little bitter, it tastes similar to a turnip or wild carrot, that goes well in soups and stews. Burdock makes a very nutritious and delicious tea. The flower stalks are edible when harvested before the flower opens. The roots are best harvested from a 2 year old plant in early spring and a one year old plant in mid-autumn.

Anyone allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family or on medication to increase urine flow or lower blood sugar should avoid Burdock as it’s heals both these conditions and can interact with another medicine for the same purpose in a negative way. Pregnant ladies should avoid burdock. Always consult an herbal professional when in doubt. This a great herb to research, there’s so much to know and learn about this ancient Chinese medicine. It’s easy to find, easy to use and easy to grow.

Resources: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients – Lexa Rosean p. 50; Grimoire for the Green Witch – Ann Moura p. 298; witchipedia.com/book-of-shadows/herblore/burdock/; groveandrottecom/blogs/articles/magickal-properties-of-burdock/

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Plantain, Mother of Herbs

Plantain, the weed, not the small banana-type fruit, came from the settlers who first came to America. This small, medicinal, nutritive, magickal plant grew in the paths of the settlers, following them to their colonies. The Native Americans noticed this and nicknamed the weed “White Man’s Foot” The American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “Whereso’er the tread beneath them springs a flower unknown among us; Springs the white-man’s foot in blossom” The Native Americans discovered the healing and magickal powers of this plant and named it “Life Medicine”. Even earlier in time, the Ancient Saxons called it “Mother of Herbs” and considered it one of their 9 sacred herbs. The plant that many try to kill with toxins can actually benefit them in so many ways.

As a medicine Plantain is cooling, moistening, constricting and tightening. It has a earthy taste with just a little bitterness. It’s in the Plantaginaceae Family. Its herbal actions are many; anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, antibiotic, antiseptic, antivenomous, decongestant, demulcent, drawing, just to name a few.

Due to plantain bio-film disrupting abilities, it’s great for antibiotic resistant infections, when combined with other antimicrobial herbs, it’s a super power not to be messed with. It’s a vulnerary which means it promotes cell growth which promote and speeds up wound healing, great for the skin and digestive tract. When used as a gargle, plantain treats gingivitis and dental abscesses due to it’s powerful ability to draw out. If you have a splinter too deep to remove, Plantain can help bring the splinter to the surface. It removes toxins from the body and has been used as an alternative blood purifier and remedy for blood poisoning. Plantain can help hangover recovery by stimulating and cleaning the liver. Other issues it helps are poor digestion and assimilation, hepatitis, jaundice, skin eruptions and explosive, easily agitated personalities (too much heat in the body).

Plantain is commonly wildcrafted as it’s easily found everywhere. Wildcrafting only takes place in nature spaces that are unspoiled by humans, not near neighborhoods, roads, factories, where the is chemical run off, cities or anywhere humans gather and spoil the natural state of a space. Avoiding chemicals and poisons is of high importance and is done without exception. No one wants that stuff in their medicine or their food. Herbalists use this amazing plant medicine in salves, poultices, oils, teas, tinctures, lotions and in food. The seeds, root and leafs are all medicinal and edible. The seeds grow on top of the stalk are called psyllium seeds and are the active ingredient in Metamucil because of their laxative effect. Plantain is also used as a remedy for poison ivy, snake bites and mad dog bites. It’s soothing to the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract and can treat a wide variety of gut problems.

Plantain is a magickal herb of protection. When hung from the windows or doors of your home or in you car, it protects against evil spirits which makes it great for mojo bags, talismans and sachets. When put in shoes on a long walk, it can increase your physical stamina. Those who do spells of protection often use this magickal herb.

Plantain is a Perennial with elongated, oval leaves that have ribs. If left to mature, they grow a long, narrow spike that has tiny white or yellow flowers. They are extremely easily grown from their seeds which are harvested from the narrow spike. Once planted, it’s easy to grow and will come back every year. It’s common among gardens, lawns and almost anywhere humans live. It’s Scientific name is Plantago major.

The most obvious medicinal and magickal herbs are just under our noses, our shoes, our car tires and cut down when we mow. Medicine doesn’t have to be expensive and neither do magickal herbs. I’ve only begun a discussion about Plantain here. There’s so much to know. Do some research, you’ll love what you find. Do you have any great resources or some info to share? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Resources: The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes – Abby Artemisa p109; The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients – Lexa Rosean p. 221; Herbal Medicine for Beginners – Katja Swift and Ryn Midura p106-107, themagickkitchen.com/5-common-weeds-and-their-magickal/, Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies – Anne Kennedy p.210; The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, A Medicine Making Guide – Thomas Wasley, Steven Horne p. 285 – 286, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medidinal Herva A Beginner’s Guide – Rosemary Gladstar p. 188-190

Violet, a Sweet Little Weed

Violets are happy little flower with heart shaped leaves with smooth, rounded teeth that are considered invasive weeds. They are found where humans are, lawns, gardens, side walk cracks and along trail sides. They are generally perannuals or annual weeds and a few are small shrubs that bloom in early spring and early summer and can be found in mostly temperate climates. They grow 4 to 8 inches in height and have purple, blue, white and yellow flowers. The roots of violets have little flowers that grow underground that never see the sun but still produce seed. The flowers and leaves are all edible except for the yellow flowers. The roots should never be eaten, they cause vomiting and nausea. The viola genus has around 550 species. ViolaceaeI is the largest Genus in the Viola family.

Violets are happy little flower with heart shaped leaves with smooth, rounded teeth that are considered invasive weeds. They are found where humans are, lawns, gardens, side walk cracks and along trail sides. They are generally perannuals or annual weeds and a few are small shrubs that bloom in early spring and early summer and can be found in mostly temperate climates. They grow 4 to 8 inches in height and have purple, blue, white and yellow flowers. The roots of violets have little flowers that grow underground that never see the sun but still produce seed. The flowers and leaves are all edible except for the yellow flowers. The roots should never be eaten, they cause vomiting and nausea. The viola genus has around 550 species. ViolaceaeI is the largest Genus in the Viola family.

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Violets are used in romance magick, love, lust and protection spells. Their believed to protect someone from being tricked by a faerie. Violets are ruled by Venus and are the sacred flower of archangel Sachiel who is the archangel of Jupiter. His energies bring riches and a clear mind. The heart shaped leaf is considered an amulet that protects from evil. Wild violets increase happiness and potted violets prevents accidents and calmes nerves.

Violets are cooling and moistening and have been used to lower cholesterol, restore intestinal flora, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, blood thinning, hemorrhoids. varicose veins, cleanse the blood, stimulate lymphatic system, dry cough, bronchitis, swollen lymph nodes and cancer. For such a cute little flower, they do a lot! When made into a poultice, compress, infused oil or salve, violets heal dry, chafed skin, abrasions, insect bites, eczema, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Violets have a long history of being used for food and garnishes. The leaves are good in salads, pesto, salads and wraps. They are a natural way to thicken soup and stews. They can be candied or frozen into ice for a decorative drink. Their also sauteed and steamed. Herbalists make them into infusions, tinctures, cider vinegar tincture, syrup, elixir, ointments, salve, cream, foot soak, bath herb, infused oil, liniment and infused honey. There’s a lot of uses for these little weeds!!

What are you experiences with violets? Have you eaten them? Used them as a garnish? Used them in your magickal practice? Comment below, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Resources: Garden Witch’s Herbal – Ellen Dugan p. 196-197, The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients, a Wiccan Guide to Spell Casting – Lexa Rosean p. 285, Homegrown Herbs – Tammi Hartung p.236, chestnutherbs.com//violets-edible-and-medicinal-uses/

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Violets are used in romance magick, love, lust and protection spells. Their believed to protect someone from being tricked by a faerie. Violets are ruled by Venus and are the sacred flower of archangel Sachiel who is the archangel of Jupiter. His energies bring riches and a clear mind. The heart shaped leaf is considered an amulet that protects from evil. Wild violets increase happiness and potted violets prevents accidents and calmes nerves.

Violets are cooling and moistening and have been used to lower cholesterol, restore intestinal flora, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, blood thinning, hemorrhoids. varicose veins, cleanse the blood, stimulate lymphatic system, dry cough, bronchitis, swollen lymph nodes and cancer. For such a cute little flower, they do a lot! When made into a poultice, compress, infused oil or salve, violets heal dry, chafed skin, abrasions, insect bites, eczema, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Violets have a long history of being used for food and garnishes. The leaves are good in salads, pesto, salads and wraps. They are a natural way to thicken soup and stews. They can be candied or frozen into ice for a decorative drink. Their also sauteed and steamed. Herbalists make them into infusions, tinctures, cider vinegar tincture, syrup, elixir, ointments, salve, cream, foot soak, bath herb, infused oil, liniment and infused honey. There’s a lot of uses for these little weeds!!

What are you experiences with violets? Have you eaten them? Used them as a garnish? Used them in your magickal practice? Comment below, I’d love to h

Resources: Garden Witch’s Herbal – Ellen Dugan p. 196-197, The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients, a Wiccan Guide to Spell Casting – Lexa Rosean p. 285, Homegrown Herbs – Tammi Hartung p.236, chestnutherbs.com//violets-edible-and-medicinal-uses/

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Chickweed – Small and Mighty

Chickweed is an small, invasive annual, very common, wild and powerful little “weed” that can annoy gardeners and delight herbalists when wildcrafted in safe areas. It’s scientific name, Stellaria media means “star” due to it’s 5 petals. The 5 points on a pentagram represent the 5 elements of the earth, water, fire, air, earth and spirit. It’s been harvested as a medicine and a vegetable. Chickweed grows in every country on this planet and has a long history of uses. It’s shallow roots makes it a good much for garden plants. Chickweed grows year ’round and will die off during a freeze and be one for the first plants to come back after the frost. Don’t let the small size and delicate little flowers fool you. This is one tough little herb!!

Chickweed has beautiful 5 petal flower that looks like 10 petals and grows in clusters and blossoms in late morning. All the areal parts are edible and medicinal as well as very high in nutrients. When rain is coming and when the sun goes down, the leaves fold up. It’s pretty easy to identify, low growing, short stems, shallow roots. There is one line of hairs on each stem. The older leaves have stalks, the younger ones do not. It prefers moist soil in sunny or shady areas. Chickweed has no milky sap like many other medicinal weeds. It’s anti-inflammatory and speeds healing of internal and external flare-ups. The saponins in this little plant increase the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It also dissolves and breaks down unwanted matter such as disease-causing bacteria, cysts, benign tumors, thickened mucous and excess fat cells.

Chickweed weed is very nutrient dense, just some of the nutrients it contains are absorbic acid, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamine, zinc, copper and Gamma-linolenic acid. It has a higher level of natural nitrates than most other edible weeds. Those allergic to daises should avoid chickweed. Large amounts can cause a mild laxative effect. It’s used in soups, stews, teas and even bread and is safe to eat raw. When eaten raw, it tastes similar to corn silk, mild and sweet. When cooked, it has the texture of cooked spinach but with a different flavor.

Chickweed has a long medicinal history as it’s cooling and balancing, gentle and soothing. When made into a poultice, it’s an emollient which helps to treat skin conditions and the eyes. It’s been used for itching, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, diaper rash, mild burns and bacteria infections. It’s a traditional cure for pink eye and other eye irritations. It’s also a demulcent which is great for swollen mucous membranes such as in sinus infections and the flu. Chickweed is also used for kidney and liver disorders.

I don’t like to focus on weight loss, I believe it’s better to focus on the health and wellness of your divine trinity, the mind, body and soul. There is no magick pill for anything and that includes weight loss or healing. Chickweed can be a great addition to someone who is changing their lifestyle, beliefs and actions for a healthier life and trimmer body. It’s found in many weight loss formulas. Chickweed stimulates the metabolism through the endocrine system and has mild diuretic properties. The saponins in chickweed regulates water and breaks down excess fat. It’s a diuretic which helps to reduce water weight and inhibits the kidney’s ability to reabsorb sodium so it leaves the body.

Chickweed gently moves lymph fluid, which is detoxifying and can prevent or heal dis ease. When used with other UTI herbs, it can lessen the discomfort and pain while healing. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammation throughout the body. When made into a poultice and put on a wound, it aids in healing.

Chickweed is also a magickal herb. It’s used in spells to strengthen relationships, encourage fidelity, maintain relationships and attract love. As the folklore goes, carrying a sprig of chickweed can attract love. Adding it to your partner’s food can encourage fidelity and a strong marriage. It is correlated with a woman’s moon cycle and medicinally used for menstrual discomforts.

Although it can be bought dry, chickweed doesn’t dry or store well, using it fresh is the best way to go. Love of Lotus Apothecary only uses what we wild harvest while it’s still fresh. It’s best in a salve or tincture as it doesn’t store well. When buying any products made with chickweed, you should always check to be sure the product was made with fresh chickweed and not dry.

What experiences do you have with chickweed? Share your knowledge, resources and thoughts. Let’s keep each other informed so we can all be healthier, happier and live longer, more fulfilling lives.

Resources: Herbal Medicine, Natural Remedies, Ann Kennedy p. 191; Modern Herbal Dispensatory, A Medicine Making Guide, Thomas Easley p. 210; Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar p. 121-122; http://www.ediblewildfood.com/blog/2018/04/medicinal-uses-of-chickwee;d/; http://www.eluneblue.com/chickweed-magical-properties/; eattheweeds.com/chickweed-connoisseurs-2/

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Magickal, Medicinal Blueberries

Who doesn’t love fresh picked, sweet, healthy blueberries? They make great smoothies, muffins, cakes, juice, syrup, plant medicine, offer protection and much, much more!!! Blueberries (vaccinium corymbosum) have a long history of medicinal, magickal and culinary uses and have traveled the world!! There are about 450 species of blueberries, including bilberry, huckleberry and cranberry. They are found all over the world as small bushes up to larger, taller plants.

Although blueberries have been used as a medicine since before humans have been keeping records, we have records of them through out time being used medicinally. Early American Medical books tell us blueberry tea was used by the American Colonies to relax the body to ease child birth. Before the existence of our medical books and us, the Native Americans were using blueberries for this same purpose as well as many others. Blueberries have historically been used for digestive disorders, circulation eye healt, inflammation, cancer prevention, support immune system, dementia, UTI, heart, cholesterol, insulin resistance, arthritis, water retention, varicose veins, bruising, hemorrhoids,sore throat and many, many other things.

This medicinal food is one that deserves a lot of research. I’m hardly able to scratch the surface of what this amazing little berry can do. Some of the healing properties are vitamins, phytochemicals anthocyanins (also give pigment), fiber, manganese, iron,antioxidants, viatmin C and other vitamins and many, many more properties. They also contain resveratrol, I’ve heard many herbalists call this amazing antioxidant “reverse-it-all”. That’s not to say it call reverse ALL things. It can heal enough to earn that name!! All the things blueberries can heal are just too many to list in one blog post. I encourage you to do research not only on this herb but on all of them I (or anyone) blogs about.

Blueberries not only protect us from physical dis ease and ailments as well as heals many of them, they are protective magickally. They are used in spells for tranquility,peace,protection and prosperity. The Native Americans noticed the blossom end of the blue berry forms a pentagram which represents the 5 elements. They believed the Great Spirit sent blue berries to feed children during famine. Other magickal uses are to put under doormat or around property to keep keep evil spirits away. When eaten on the night of the full moon, they can strengthen aura and protect the body. Witches have a history of eating blueberry tarts for protection. Blueberries have esoteric principles of calm acceptance,peace and protection. In addition to protection spells, blueberries are also used in sachets, bath salts, tailsmans, oils, incense and teas.

I hope to have piqued your interest enough to make you want to know more than the limited overview I’ve presented here. I’d love to hear what you have to say!! What did you find in your research?? Share below!!

Resources: salesmsmoon.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/blueberry-magic, sacredwicca.com/herbs-correspondences, superfoodly.com/resveratrol-foods-supplements/, The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book – Skye Alexander pg 244

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Heart Healthy Hawthorn

Hawthorn is a beautiful plant often used to add beauty to a yard or garden. It’s a beautiful and hardy, slow growing plant that has been known to live up to 200 years. There are around 300 species of this plant, some are short, small and shrub-like. Others are large, beautiful trees. All have berries, flowers and leaves that have medicinal properties. In the fall, Hawthorn produces beautiful, delicious berries that birds love. Human love them too and make them into tinctures, teas, jellies, jams, wine, syrups, candies and cordials. In the spring this amazing plant produces clusters of white flowers that are medicinal and add to it’s already radiant beauty. Most of the Hawthorn in the United States today are decedents from Europe.

Medicinally Hawthorn is best known for it’s ability to treat heart dis ease and ailments. From ancient times up to today, it’s used to strengthen, tone and improve the condition of the heart. By dilating the arteries and veins, blood flow is moving more freely, releasing cardiovascular constrictions and blockages. By dilating the blood vessels of the extremities it reduces strain on the heart. By regulating blood pressure, hawthorn can heal high or low blood pressure and keep it in balance. It’s great for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. By improving oxygen uptake and circulation it energizes the cells. It’s commonly used for edema, angina, heart arrhythmia. Because of it’s ability to strengthen and tone the heart, it’s a great plant medicine for anyone who is recovering from a heart attack or other heart issues. Because it does not accumulate in the body. When used as a heart tonic, hawthorn need to be taken regularly and consistently over time to see the effects.

Besides the heart and blood pressure, hawthorn has other amazing medicinal benefits. It’s ability to stabilize collagen in the body supports the health and repair of ligaments, tendons and muscles. By strengthening the capillaries, it is beneficial for people who bruise easily or have a hard time getting a bruise to heal. Hawthorn is good for a broken heart and grief as well. It heals us emotionally. It’s great for improving digestion and is safe for long term use. It’s an amazing anti-arrhythmic, antiseptic, cardiac, hypertensive and hyportensive plant medicine. The energetics of this plant are cooling and drying. Although the leave, flowers and berries are powerful plant medicines, the bark is also a antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative and a blood pressure regulator.

Hawthorn is a magickal plant as well. The Blossoms are used in Pagan spring celebrations; they call the blossoms “may flowers”. A Maypole is a pole made of hawthorn, decorated with hawthorn flowers, hence the name. When placed around doors and windows it keeps those who are astral traveling from entering your home. Planting around your home keeps out negative spirits, wearing it will protect you from spirits and harmful magick. The wood is used to make magick wands. Hawthorn is one of the Fairy trees, the other 2 are Oak and Ash. It’s also used in magick spells concerning love, marriage, fertility, protection, health, chastity creativity, fairies, otherworld and death. It’s energy is masculine, associated with mars and fire.

Hawthorn is such an amazing plant with many uses. The Ancient Druids called it “Sacred Tree Medicine”. It’s been used since the Middle Ages and is traced to first century Greek Herbalist Dioscorides who used it medicinally. 1493-1541, the Swiss physician Paracelsus used it medicinally as well. Hawthorn has many amazing uses and the history and science behind it to back it up. Do some research on this plant, you’ll be happy you did!!

The Powerful Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, or dandelion, is part of the Asteraceae family which also includes the daisy and sunflower. Originally native to Eurosia and North America, these sunny little plants have followed humans for centuries and still grow where humans live today. This plant is a wonderful medicinal, nutritional and magickal gift from the Universe. Dandelions not only directly support humans by helping heal from a variety of ailments, they also benefit us and our food production by being a vital early spring nectar source for pollinators. Their names is said to come from the french word ‘dents de lion’ which means “tooth of the lion”. The leaves of the plant are said to resemble a lion’s teeth, particularly the canines.

Gaia has given us this plant medicine, nutritious food and magickal herb to us in abundance, as nature does. It can be used as an alternative to other plant medicines that may be becoming extinct or hard to find substantially sourced. Circa 1800s, grass was removed from yards to make room for dandelions and other medicinal weeds such as chickweed and chamomile. It’s a very valuable medicinal plant.

Being the only flower to represent the 3 celestial bodies, dandelion is a valuable magickal tool. The yellow correlates to the sun, the ball of seeds the moon and the seeds blowing int he wind, the stars. The Goddesses Aphrodite and Hecate are represented by the dandelion. Having many magickal and spiritual uses, dandelions represent the bitter herbs at the Last Supper as well as the Passion of Christ. In magick their used in spells for creativity and inspiration. It’s also used in magickal workings for psychic abilities, divination an prophetic dreams. They have even been used to predict the weather; if they are open, you can expect fair weather. If they are closed, expect rain.

When it comes to healing and staying healthy, dandelions have served humanity since humanity began. It an immune system supporting herb. I can’t possibly list all the nutritional properties here, just a few are: Vitamins A, B, C, D, K,\and a variety of minerals including being high in potassium. The phytonutrients are plenty. It’s great for adults and kids to enjoy, the nutritional benefits are amazing. I urge you to research this nutritional powerhouse.

Considering the magickal and nutritional properties of Dandelions, it’s no wonder they have greatly benefited humanity medicinally as well. They have been used to heal more aliments than I can list here. Dandelions are a great blood cleanser which makes it great for clearing up skin ailments. This, like so many other herbs, naturally supports your immune system. It’s also helped heal arthritis, UTI, viral and bacterial infections, heart failure, gall stones, tonsillitis, cancer, constipation, kidney problems, warts, stimulate lactation and heal abscesses. I wish I can list them all here, this little plant is so powerful and healing.

Dandelions are generally safe for adults and kids. They are restorative and rejuvenating to the whole body. Native Americans, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Ayurveda Practitioners all have successfully used dandelion since ancient times. Traditional European doctors used dandelion on a regular basis for diabetes, vision problems, fever, diarrhea and boils.

With all the benefits of dandelions listed here and the many that aren’t, this plant is hardly a weed. Check out the resources below, there’s a lot to learn there!! Check back next week for another post. We now post weekly 🙂

moodymoons.com//2017/13/10-ways-to-use-dandelions-in-witchcraft, wikipedia.org/wiki/taraxacum, ourherbgarden.com/herb-history/dandelion-history.html, dandeliondelight.com, thehomesteadgarden.com/medicial-uses-of-dandelion/, nootriment.com/dandelion-uses/

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to replace information from your health/herb professional.

Sage, Wonderful Sage!!!

Sage is an amazing herb originating from the Mediterranean that has served humanity from ancient times up through modern history. Sage has been there for us in so many wonderful and surprising ways. Common Sage or Salvia officinalis, is a aromatic perennial, evergreen, woody shrub with an earthy, woody, sweet scent in the mint family. It has shiny, fuzzy leaves. Other herbs in the mint family are oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme and, of course, various mint plants. The word Salvis is Latin and means to redeem, preserve, cure or save. It’s known as the “Salvation Plant” and is required to be planted at Christian monasteries still today. Sage was one of 100 plants in the garden of Charles the Great’s medical school in Salerno as it was one he appreciated most himself for it’s strong medicinal properties. The Romans used Sage to help digest fatty foods.

Not much sage is required to make a delicious meal. It’s commonly used in savory dishes such as dressing, stuffed mushrooms, sausage, butters, soups, roasts, tomato sauce, eggs teas and rubs for meats. The vitamin K supports bone health and it also has small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper as well as vitamins A, C and E. It’s a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual herb.

Sage has a very long and successful history in medicine. It’s been used to lower cholesterol, rebuild strength and balance after an illness, support liver health, ulcers, sore throats, wounds, brain function, mood, alertness, improve cognitive abilities, diarrhea, slow aging, memory, I can go on and on!! Sage protects against cancer by suppressing cancer cell growth and stimulating apoptosis. Sage has over 160 polyphenols which make make it a great antioxidant. It’s antimicrobial properties neutralize microbes which make it great for dental health. Estrogen-like properties bind to estrogen receptors during menopause giving relieve of symptoms stemming from loss of estrogen. Sage can treat diabetes by clearing excess free fatty acids in the blood and improving insulin sensitivity. Antioxidant compounds protect the brain’s defense system. This wonderful herb also stops the breakdown of ACH which effect memory and encourages Alzheimers. The list of medical uses is almost endless!!!

Sage does the same things as certain Pharmaceuticals without the added toxins, damage to the body and uncomfortable side effects. It controls blood sugar as well as Metformin, a diabetes drug used to control blood sugar. Rosiglitazone is another diabetes drug that lowers blood sugar in which Sage rivals as well.

As we should still do today, Sage has been respected and revered through out history. Dioscorides – the father of pharmacology, military physician and pharamacognosist (studies the medicines from plants) considered sage one of the most important and appreciated herbs. He used it on woulds, to stop bleeding and sore throats. Egyptians used sage for fertility, the Greeks and Romans used it to preserve food and enhance memory. Sage was a key in medicines in the Middle Ages. The Italians have a proverb that says “Why should a man die when he has sage in his garden?” They obviously realized the power of this herb!!

Sage has has it’s place in Magick dating way back just as prominent as it does in culinary and medicinal history. Just as today, theRomans, Greeks and Native Americans used dried white sage for cleansing. The revered the plant as sacred. White sage (Silva apiana) is very similar and shares many of the same properties. It’s also been used as a perfume, air freshener and to clear negative energy. It’s a hard working antimicrobial.

Rubbed Sage available at Love of Lotus Apothecary

Sage corresponds with Jupiter and is a moon herb which brings energies of abundance and protects the home from negativity. It’s used in spells for healing, preservation, redemption, knowledge, loss and grief, guidance, banishing, release, to preserve memory, banish and clear energies. It can be used to find answers or solutions.

A little more lore… In the Middle Ages, sage was eaten with rancid meat for strong ability to purify which kept people from getting sick from the rancid meat. Middle Ages as well as others also believed that if sage grows well in a garden the business of the house hold will flourish. It’s unlucky to plant a sage seed yourself. It’s best to either get a seedling or have someone else plant the seed in your garden.

As you can tell, Sage is a wonderful culinary, medicinal and magickal herb with more uses than we can count. Do some research, what else can you find out about sage?

The info within the blog are not a substituent for advice of your chosen health professional. This is article is written to be used as a catalyst to your own research. I do NOT give medical advice.

Resources – healthline.com, theherbalacademy.com, healthyandnaturalworld.com, wiccanspells.com, groveandgrotto.com

Love of Lotus’s Flu Shot Tea

This is one of my favorite times of year, the trees are turning beautiful shades of orange and red, the air is cooler and bon fires are easy to come by. Gaia has blessed us so much with the seasons. This is the time of death, where everything dies back and goes into hibernation until the spring. This is a time for family, home, hearth, new beginnings, relationships, world peace, personal growth and magick. It’s an amazing time of year. It’s also the time of year we need to build our immune systems to ward off colds, flu and other ailments.

Love of Lotus offers a Flu Shot Tea that is formulated with herbs that build your immune system and restore balance. Like with all our products, we use only herbs that are either organic, wild crafted or organically grown by me. We only buy from suppliers that are kind to Gaia and use only sustainable practices.

Herbs are our original medicine, they have worked since ancient times and it’s what cured and healed us up to just 100 years ago, before Big Pharma came along. Even today, herbs can do what man made medicine can’t and the effects that are healing to you mind, body and soul aren’t possible for man to duplicate. This is why they have scarce to no negative effects. The body works as one, you can’t treat one part without treating the others with herbs. Everything is connected. It’s not scientifically possible to treat or harm one part of the body without treating or harming another. The body heal as a whole organism. This is balance, only available through Gaia.

Here I’m going to tell you the herbs in our Flu Shot Tea and a little about each herb. I will only give a general overview, I’m not trying to write a book here 🙂 The tea is geared toward building immune and healing from colds and flu so I’ll stick to those benefits here. I strongly urge you to do your own research to expand your knowledge. What I’m posting here is harldy scratching the surface of what these herbs can do. Every one of these herb could have an entire book written on their benefits, their amazing.

Hibiscus Flowers – These flowers not only add flavor and color to the tea, they really benefit your health. This National flower of Haiti was used by the Egyptians and Africans. These flowers are high in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. Their anti-inflammatory, lower fevers due to their cooling effects, stimulate blood production and are known to cure a cough.

Elderberries – Relieves flu symptoms up to 4 days early while requiring less over the counter and prescription medication. Reduces the severity of illness, including the flu. They have no side effects. The phytonutrients in these berries bind to viruses, preventing the flu and other illnesses. Elderberries inhibit the spread of the flu. They are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antimicrobial, Boosts immune due to their high leaves of vitamin C and antioxidants and even prevent cancer. These little berries bring big benefits!!

Olive Leaf – This is another herb that’s great for viruses. Olive Leaf interacts with viruses to halt infections by stopping viral replication. This powerful immune booster is effective against parasites as well as viruses and bacteria. Their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial

Lemon Grass – This is another anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb. This one boosts the immune system due to high levels of vitamin C. It’s also anti-inflammatory and helps cleanse and detoxify the kidneys, pancreas, bladder and liver. It’s always good to remove toxins!!

Chamomile – This herb is a staple in any herbalist’s apothecary. Chamomile is antioxidant, antibacterial, fights free radical damage, reduces pain and swelling and clears congested sinuses. Chamomile increases the production of white blood cells, macrophages and B-lymphocytes which work to destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi The high levels of hippurate and glycine alleviate a sore throat. This one does a heck of a lot more than relax you and help you sleep.

Orange Peel – This is another one that boosts the immune system due to the high levels of vitamin C. Orange Peel clears the lungs by braking up and expelling phlegm. This is commonly known to fight colds and flu.

Echinacea Root and Echinacea Leaf – These two have very similar properties since their from the same plant. Echinacea is antibacterial, immunity enhancing, antiviral and reduces the risk of catching a cold by 58%. Echinacea also supports the lymphatic system and shortens duration of colds by 1.4 days. It’s also a sialagogue (increases the flow of saliva) This is one of my favorites.

That’s a brief overview of Love of Lotus’s Flu Shot Tea. It has a sweet flavor and goes great with honey, agave nectar or just plain by itself.

What do you know about the above herbs? What other herbs have you used for colds and flu. Share them below!! Share resources if you have them too. Knowledge applied is wisdom and that brings a lot of power. Let’s all share what we know, do our own research and increase our knowledge and power!!

Here are some great resources: livealittlelonger.com, theplantway.com, naturalnews.com, newhealthadvisor.org, draxe.com, simplyhealth.today, organicfacts.net, globalhealingcenter.com, mountainroseherbs.com

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