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/

Legal nonsense: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, treat or cure any dis ease.

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

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, prevent cure or treat any dis ease.

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

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

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