Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose

Here at Love of Lotus we are very mindful and respectful of our Mother Earth, Gaia, our home. Although we aren’t perfect, we make every effort we can to recycle, reuse and re-purpose. All our natural ingredients in our products are either organic, substantially wild crafted or organically grown by me, Rainie. Of course, we avoid GMOs like the plague, they have no place in our products.

We recycle everything we can that we don’t find a use for. What can’t be recycled we try to give to others who may have a use for it. We reuse and re-purpose when we can. You might see this when your Love of Lotus order arrives. With the exception of our subscription boxes, our products are often shipped in recycled boxes. We order a lot of items online so we end up with quite a few boxes. We also use them for storage and donate them to who ever may need them for moving, organizing, letting their toddler play with, whatever need a box can meet. Our items are carefully wrapped and packaged when we ship them out. We hate to throw packing peanuts into a land fill so we reuse them. We don’t purchase these, ever. It’s our hope that you reuse them as well for crafts, your own shipping needs or storing breakables. We treat bubble wrap the same way.

Glass jars are easy to come by and way too many of them end up in a landfill. This isn’t kind to Gaia. We’re starting a line of candles made from recycled glass jars. These are jelly jars, pickle jars, small jars, big jars. In the summer we will have a line of bug repelling candles made with recycled tin cans. I love the look of these!! I’m looking forward to this summer so we can have these available 🙂

In the spirit of loving and protecting Gaia, we have become stewards of the land. We not only inherit this planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Anything we do has the potential to either harm or grow Gaia. We take personal responsibility for this wonderful planet we’re blessed with. Every action, thought and word can be for the benefit of Gaia and our fellow humans or used for harm. The choice is ours.

Share your ideas below!! What do you do to recycle, reuse, re-purpose? What ideas do you have but haven’t tried yet? Let’s all share our ideas, it’s a great way to keep each other informed and trying new things 🙂

Melissa officinalis aka LemonBalm

Lemon Balm is an amazing medicinal, culinary, magick, aromatic and garden herb. It’s native to the Mediterranean, N. Africa, Asia and Europe. It’s now gown in many countries. It’s genus name Melissa is from the Greeks and means “Honey Bee” or “Bee Leaf”. In ancient Turkey, it was planted near bee hives to encourage the bees to return season after season. It’s a great plant for any bee garden as it attracts them, the bees love it! It was planted near the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus on the Western Coast of Ancient Turkey to keep the sacred honey bees happy and content. Lemon Balm is an important and very much loved member of the mint family.

Lemon Balm is a hardy plant that’s fairly easy to grow. It can thrive in sun, shade, dryness, moisture and large range of PH. Being a member of the mint family, it can grow quickly and take up a good amount of space in a garden. It grows well in zones 4 through 9 and can be grown an annual in colder areas. It’s gives us a lesson in growing, thriving and adaptation It can be harvested through out the growing season. You’ll notice a beautiful lemony aroma and if you eat it, it’s delicious.

Lemon Balm has been revered by humans through out our existence on this planet, often called the “official herb of apothecaries”. In the 17th Century, famed writer and gardener John Evelyn said it is “sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy.” In southern Europe, Lemon balm was named “Heart’s Delight” due to it’s ability to calm and relax the mind. St. Hildergard of Bingen, a herbalist and nun born in 109 BC said “Lemon Balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants” Lemon Balm has been loved for a very, very, very long time.

Lemon Balm has a long list of medicinal uses. In Ayurveda and Ancient Chinese Medicine it’s considered cooling and drying as well as relaxing. It’s antidepressant, antiseptic, antithyrotropic, antiviral, aromatic, carminative, anti-tumor, diaphoretic, nervine, antispasmodic, this is not a complete list. There are 4 main active compounds: citronellal, geranial, germacrene and Neral.

Due to Lemon Balm’s ability to calm and relax the nervous system, it’s been used to treat anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, depression, and general nervous disorders. It lifts mood and leaves a warm, relaxed feeling. It’s great during times of high emotions and stress. It’s full of poly-phenols which gives Lemon Balm it’s antiviral properties which makes it effective against herpes, colds and shingles. It’s also great for calming and healing colds and flu, digestive upset, memory and concentration, nervous exhaustion, heartache, depression, emotional balance, skin health, PMS, prevent infections, reduce high blood pressure, encourages hormone balance, respiratory conditions, prevent dementia, eczema, acne, improve hypoglycemia, improve glucose metabolism in the liver and vertigo, just to name a few. Anyone with thyroid issues, pregnant, nursing or a is child should consult an herbal expert before taking lemon balm. Lemon Balm is generally safe however, your individual constitution should be considered by a professional.

Lemon Balm is delicious in salads and soups. It’s been used to sweeten jams and jellies. It’s been common in perfumes and cosmetics. Ointments made of Lemon Balm give great results, it make a great topical antibacterial agent. Of course, it makes a delicious, healthy, healing tea. It’s even found in furniture polish manufacturing and liqueurs.

Lemon balm has been just as loved by magickal practitioners, in ancient times up to today. It’s ruled by Jupiter, Venus and Diana. It’s planets are the Moon and Neptune. It corresponds to the element of water. It’s commonly used in love potions, aphrodisiacs, animal healing, prosperity, release, success, love, peace, gardening, psychic awareness, spirituality, family, compassion, love, psychic and healing spells, just to name a few. In ancient times, it was planted by the front entrance of a home to keep evil spirits away. If made into a charm or talisman, it can be worn to bring love in to one’s life. The folklore behind Lemon Balm is just as rich as the medical uses.

I’m just scratching the surface here, there’s so much more to this amazing plant. Got some info or maybe a link?? Share it below!!

Awesome Sources: Modern Herbal Dispensatory, Thomas Easley and Steven Horne, p.259-260. Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar, p. 156-160. Essential Oils, Ancient Medicine by Dr. Josh Axe, TY Bollinger, Jordan Rubin p. 194-196. Grimoire for the Green Witch by Ann Moura, p. 224 and 298. http://www.shirleytwofeathers.com, http://www.thepraticalherbalist.com

Ginger – Zingiber officinale

Since we’re going into the cold and flu season, I though it would be appropriate to blog about an amazing herb that helps with colds and flue along with a plethora of other ailments. Before we get started, I want to make sure we’re all on the same page. The Ginger being discussed here is Zingiber Officinale. Wild Ginger or Asarum canadense, is an entirely different genera. It still has it’s own medicinal properties and uses. It’s toxic in large doses. We need to make sure we’re not confusing the two.

We’re very fortunate to have ginger readily available to us today. It’s just click away online or easily found at your local grocery or health food stores. Some metaphysical stores also carry it. In the 14th century, ginger was as expensive as live stock so it wasn’t accessible to the majority of the population. It was a luxury only a few had.

Ginger was one of the first spices exported from Asia. Alexander the Great introduce Ginger to the west. He believed it to be a cure for the plague. It’s still considered a potent cure for many ailments in some cultures today. During the Spice Trade Age, ginger came from Ancient Greece to Europe. Ginger was common in the Greek and Roman Empires. We get ginger ale from England where they added ginger to their ale and stirred it with a hot poker, this was the original ginger ale. Ginger bread was often among the rations the troops ate during the revolutionary war. The origin of the word ginger comes from the 14th century English word gingifer which is rooted in Sanskrit. Srngaveram is the Sanskrit word meaning ‘hored body’, this is where the word gingifer is derived from. This is because of the look of the ginger rhizome, the part of the plant we use. Although India and China are the first and second highest producers of ginger, the best quality comes from Jamaica.

Ginger has a spicy, pungent taste and a unique, easily recognizable aroma which believed to invoke the fire element. It’s also used in scent magic, tonic and potions and can be an antidote to some poisons. It’s used in essential oil diffuses, breads, candies, drinks, spell work, perfume, rituals, herbal medicines, teas, salves, tinctures, pills, the list goes on and on. Ginger has very colorful history.

The medicinal properties of ginger are many and the science and ancient wisdom behind it is pretty solid. There are 14 active compounds in Ginger however, the most well know and active compounds are Alpha-Zingiberene and Gingerol. It’s considered warming and drying as well as relaxing. Ginger is an analgesic, anti emetic, aromatic, carminative, antimicrobial, counter-irritant, diaphoretic, digestive tonic, circulatory stimulant, decongestant, antibacterial, anti-nausea, antiseptic, antinociceptive, anodyne, diffusive, emmenagogue, rubefacient, relaxant, stimulant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotection and anti-parasitic. Ginger is one hell of a super medicine!!!

All the above means is ginger can do a lot medically to help you heal. It’s anti-inflammatory properties give Ibuprofen a run for it’s money when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation. Ginger contains proteolytic enzyme which reduces inflammation and helps to repair damaged joints and cartilage. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are extremely potent and are found in fresh ginger. Dry ginger loses much of these properties. Ginger also helps with pain.

It’s great for nausea, vomiting, motion sickness and pregnant women have used it for morning sickness. It can be more effective than OTC drugs for nausea from chemo therapy. Check with your local herbalist or other health professional that works with herbs to be sure it’s OK for you to take while pregnant. There are not reported problems however, many herbalists do recommend getting professional advice before taking ginger or most herbs while pregnant. Ginger also has emmenagogue properties that stimulate menstrual flow by improving blood circulation to the pelvis. Ginger can thin your blood. If you’re on blood thinners, check with your herbal specialist before taking Ginger. It’s great for PMS however, if you already have a heavy menstrual flow, taking ginger can make it even heavier.

Ginger is a staple for any herbalist during cold and flu season. It induces sweating to help the body reach the right temperature for healthy recovery. It aids the immune system. It’s a decongestant and soothes sore throats as well as enhances the immune system, improves blood circulation and takes care of any aches and pains you may have. It’s been used for headaches and sore muscles. It also heals salmonella and parasites.

You can find ginger in herbal medicines for libido as it’s a powerful aphrodisiac, as it’s correspondence with fire would indicate in both medicinal and metaphysical uses. Other metaphysical uses is to to speed things up, in the same way cinnamon does in spell work. It’s associated with the forces of fire and the sun. Perfume made from ginger is said to be used to summons entities from other realms. Ingesting it before any magical practice is believed to strengthen your magical energy. It’s also used as an offering to various sun and fire deities.

Ginger can be a great addition to any cancer treatment regimen. According to a study by the American Cancer Society, ginger stops tumors from developing. This makes it a great treatment and a great preventative medicine for anyone who may have a high risk for cancer. Ginger is also hepatoprotection which means it protects the liver from damage. It’s relieves pain after surgery pretty quickly and if inhaled it can reduce post-surgery nausea.

Due to Ginger’s calming, warming, relaxing effects, it has been used to treat Anxiety and depression. It’s a sleep aid and improves mood.

Some of the folklore is interesting. Ginger is used to increase energy, personal power and healing. It corresponds to the deities Mars and Ares. It’s used to help increase magical powers and psychic gifts. Ginger is a common ingredient in libido and reproductive herbal medicines. If the rhizome is in the shape of a person, it’s said to have stronger powers. Putting a little ginger powder in your wallet or purse is said to attract wealth. Sacred tools are consecrated with the smoke of burning ginger. Keeping it in the house is said to attract prosperity. It’s known to aid in protection, exorcism, deflection, return to sender spells and drawing to you spells. Historically ginger essential oil has been called an “oil of empowerment” Due to it bringing self confidence,self assurance, courage and confidence.

Due to it’s ability to stimulate circulation, Ginger has been shown to aid in treating heart disease and diabetes by lowering triglycerides. It also treats cardio issues from systemic inflammation.

Ginger root is easy to acquire these days as well as herbal products. How do you like to take your medicine? Do you like it in your food? Tea? Oil? Tincture? Gummy Bears? Capsules? Salve? Poultice? There’s lots of choices!!

Like many herbs, ginger has so many uses and a rich history. I only scratched the surface here. What do you know about ginger? Have you used it yourself? Got a link to an informative website? How about a book suggestion? Comment below, let’s all share information.

Awesome Sources: The Modern Herbal Dispensatory 2016, Thomas Easley, Steve Horne. Medicinal Herbs 2012, Rosemary Gladstar. Essential Oils Ancient Medicine 2016, Dr.Josh Axe, TY Bollinger, Jordan Rubin. Herbal Medicine for Beginners 2018, Katja Swift, Ryn Midura. Grimoire For the Green Witch, 1st edition 2003, Ann Moura. http://www.themagickkitchen.com magicalrecipesonline.com

Welcome to Love of Lotus Apothecary Blog!

Welcome to my new blog!! I’m Rainie Dae, herbalist, humanist, healer, avid researcher, spiritual alchemist, free thinker, science nerd and practitioner of natural magick. I’m the founder and owner of Love of Lotus Apothecary. I’ve spent years studying, getting healthy, healing and curing myself and now I’m helping others do the same. I’ve been guided into this amazing career, I truly believe it’s what I’m put on this plant to do, my divine purpose.

Being an avid researcher and science nerd, I spend a huge amount of time researching. I don’t just want to know that a herb can heal an ailment, I want to know HOW it works. I want to know the science behind it. I want to know the chemical properties, how they heal the body, the side effects, the history, the folklore, the magickal properties, who shouldn’t take them, the plant spirits, other herbs and pharma drugs they react with, I want to know EVERYTHING!! Knowledge applied is wisdom. Knowledge is a personal responsibility. You never know everything about anything which is one thing that makes learning fun and exciting for me. I also love to share knowledge which is the reason for this blog.

When I write a post, I want to give you a well rounded perspective. I’ll touch on the science, ancient wisdom, medical uses, folklore, spiritual and magickal uses and will cite my sources. Take the information that resonates with you and leave the rest. Just like there’s no one pant size, food, vitamin requirement or career that fits every human, information is the same way. Take what makes sense to you. We’re all walking different path so different information will resonate with different people.

This is a place or respect for all humans no matter who they are or where they are in life. If someone made it to this blog, they are seeking and growing. We don’t do separation here, we do unity. Any comments that are disrespectful to myself or anyone else who has commented will be ignored. Time and energy are precious and are not to be wasted on haters. No one has to respond to anyone else, it’s all a choice. I am open to new or different info, ideas, thoughts, etc. Sharing in a respectful way and having an open mind is how we all grow wiser. It makes no sense to be mean to someone because their different or don’t fit in your box. Agree to disagree and move on. It’s not important who agrees, what YOU can do with the information that resonates with you is what makes a difference in your life and the planet.

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