Red Clover

Naturalized in America and Australia, this plant was native to Europe. The plant was known as “honey stalk” for it’s sweet sap that children like to chew on. In the 1930s, red clover became popular for treating breast cancer. Today, it’s been used for coughs, skin problems and menopausal symptoms. Red clover is best harvested while dry – with no dew or droplets, as it tends to hold onto moisture even after harvest, and can become moldy while drying.

Parts Used: Flower Heads

Main Constituents: Flavanoids, salicytes, coumarins, phenolic glycosides, cyanogenic glycosides, volatile oile, sitosterol

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, demulcent, estrogenic, expectorant, nutritive, secretory

Dosage: For tinctures, take 3 times daily for skin conditions and sores or minor skin wounds that are slow to heal. For infusions/tea, take 1 cup 3 times daily for coughs, menopausal problems or skin issues. As a gargle/mouthwash, use 1 cup of infusion for coughs, mouth ulcers, or sore throats. For fresh flowers, crush and place directly on insect bites and stings.

Magickal Properties: Abundance, Grounding, Luck, Success, Protection

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Red Clover is an alterative, meaning it improves chronic conditions throughout the body over time by helping the body to assimilate nutrients to remove metabolic waste products. it’s often referred to as a blood cleanser due to its affinity for the lymphatic system and liver. As a diuretic, red clover keeps fluids moving through the lymphatic system and supports elimination of wastes via the urinary system. It also stimulates and nourishes the liver to keep blood well-filtered. Red clover is indicated for conditions that the result from buildup of metabolic waste in the body, such as cystic lumps, lymphatic swelling, infections, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Because of red clover ‘s gentle alterative nature, it is a premier herb for many skin conditions as well as chronic inflammatory conditions and degenerative diseases, including as a support in cancer, alongside conventional treatment.

Red clover is rich in phytoestrogen isoflavones, which may be helpful for normalizing hormone levels during the fertile years and in menopause. Some clinical trial shave shown positive effects on hot flashes, bone density, mood, and cardiovascular health in menopausal women.

Grounding Ritual

Burn fresh or dried Red Clover, or light Red Clover incense. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, your arms held loosely at your ides and your gaze focused gently forward.

Imagine a sting lifting you from the top of your head and two more pulling your feet toward the center of the Earth. This is yoga’s Mountain Pose, which teaches you the vitality of stillness.

Now, add breath, inhaling all the way down to your belly and exhaling fully. This is flow.

Finally, picture Red Clover, calling into your heart as you expand your energy

Abundance Water Meditation

This mediation can be done in the shower or in a bath. The point is to use water to help the body relax.

For a Bath, add red clover flowers into the water to float on the surface.

For a Shower, create a ‘tea bag’ of red clover flowers fresh or dry in a cloth bag that can be hung by a string directly under the shower head so that this ‘tea’ falls directly on your body.

Alternatively, light red clover incense or burn the herb in your bathroom while you bathe.

Relax the body, and close your eyes. Scan your body for any tension and release as you scan up and down your body.

Imagine a red glowing ball of light hovering just above your head. This light represents abundance. It gently lowers itself into your body and begins to enter your core and moves into your heart. This light, is now growing and shrinking in your chest to match your heartbeat.

Imagine that the light grows larger as you inhale, and shrinks as you exhale. Complete this breathing exercise until full relaxation is reached or until you feel ready to end meditation.

To end meditation, slowly bring your presence back to the calmness of the water. Normalize your breath and bring your attention back to the present. Remember that the light of abundance is always within you. You have the power to reach all of your goals and everything you need is within reach.

Catnip

Also knows as Catmint, this herb got its name due to the love and affection received by cats! Why do cats love this so much? When the leaves/flowers are bruised, it gives off a scent that is very similar to the pheromones exuded by a cat in heat. So, if you’re growing this at home, make sure to protect it from any cats that may …umm… attack it and ruin the leaves. Native to Mediterranean and European regions, it is now naturalized in many parts of the world.

Catnip is used for Digestive Disorders or feverish chills.

Parts Used: Aerial parts; Flowers, leaves

Main Constituents: Volatile Oils, Glycosides; Warming energetics

Dosage: For Infusions or teas, drink one cup three times per day for colds, flu, stomach issues/indigestion; For Tinctures, take up to 1tsp. three times daily with infusion/teas for headaches associated with digestive disturbance; alternatively, use 1-2 tsp. of tincture externally as a rub for arthritis

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Analgesic, anticatarrhal, antispasmodic, aperient, bitter, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative.

Catnip relaxes muscle spasms, especially in the smooth muscles of the intestines. It opens the pores of the skin, promoting peripheral circulation, and stimulates sweating, which can be helpful in managing a fever.

Catnip also helps dissolve mucous, soothes inflammation of the mucous membranes, and it can be helpful in sinus or respiratory infections, and is especially helpful with the cold and flu.

Magickal Properties: Healing , Sleep, Tranquility, dreams, psychic ability, Love, Luck, Friendship, Happiness.

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Catnip is used to represent love and friendship. Grow near your home or hang over a door to attract good spirits and luck.

Historically known to give soldiers courage when chewed prior to battle.

Catnip can be burned with incense to help get rid of bad habits.

Catnip in History

It is said that the Egyptians grew this and gave it to their cats as a form of affection. (cat-birthday gift?)

The Romans regarded catnip highly and used it as a culinary herb and for medicines.

Catnip was introduced to America in the 18th century. Settlers took plant cuttings with them for food and medicinal purposes when they traveled to the New World and there is a recipe from Massachusetts 1712 that includes catnip in the list of ingredients. Native Americans also began to use catnip in their medicines and recipes when they came accross it.

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Lady’s Mantle

As the name entails, this herb is for the ladies; it helps with menstrual cramps, calms the uterine walls, and helps restore fullness to breasts after breastfeeding.

Its scientific name, Alchemilla vulgaris expresses how much this herb was revered by alchemists at the time of its discovery. Many alchemists and priests would collect juices from the leaves for healing properties.

Parts Used: Aerial; flowers, leaves

Main Constituents: Tannins, salicylic acid, saponins, phytosterols, volatile oil, bitter principle.

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Stringent, Menstrual regulator, digestive tonic, wound herb, anti-inflammatory.

Dosage:

Create an infusion by adding dried leaves to boiling water and straining. Drink 1 cup of tea up to 5 times per day for acute diarrhea or gastroenteritis, or to ease heavy menstrual bleeding period pains. This infusion could also be gargled to ease sore throats, laryngitis or as a mouthwash

Take 1-2ml of Tincture 3 times daily to regulate menstrual cycle, or take with St. John’s Wort to ease period pains.

Lady’s Mantle Through History

Lady’s Mantle is a perennial herb found in Europe, North America, and Asia that has been used medicinally since the Middle Ages. The word Alchemilla is a derivative of the Arab word Alkemelych, which means alchemy, and was named for the plant’s magical healing powers. An astringent that affects the production rate of enzymes in the pancreas, lady’s mantle is commonly recommended for treating diarrhea and stomach ailments. In folk medicine, lady’s mantle was also used to soothe infections of the mucous membranes of mouth and throat. The tea and extracts were also used as a bath additive to treat skin irritations and wounds. The leaf tea and dewdrops from the leaves of the living plant are most commonly employed to help female conditions such as menorrhagia, menopause, and painful periods.

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle is an invasive plant known for it’s painful sting; you should always wear gloves while harvesting this one!

Parts Used: Aerial parts, Leaves

Main Constituents: Amines, flavanoids, formic acid; glucoquinones, minerals ( Silica & Iron), Vitamins A, B, C; tannins

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Astringent, diuretic, tonic, nutritive, hemostatic, circulatory stimulant, galactogogue, hypnotensive, antiscorbutic, anti-allergenic, alterative, rubefacient.

Dosage: Tinctures should be taken three per day for allergic reactions; Drink 1 cup of infusions/teas daily for arthritis and rheumatism, gout, and eczema. Infusion can also be used as hair rinse for dandruff.

Stinging Nettle Through History

Though cursed by hikers, gardeners, and homeowners alike, stinging nettle is a nutritional powerhouse, a potent medicine and endlessly useful. Its praises have been sung across the globe and nettle appears in many fables and myths, as well as European, Asian, and American history. 

Records indicating the use of nettle are plentiful throughout European and Asian history. Widespread use is recorded as far back as the Late Bronze Age, or between 1570 and 1200 BCE, and continues today.

Roman soldiers in damp Britain found that rheumatic joints responded to a beating with nettles. Tyroleans threw nettles on the fire to avert thunderstorms, and gathered nettle before sunrise to protect their cattle from evil spirits.”

Folk Stories/Poems

old folk lore tells us we should cite this rhyme during the rubbing process.

Nettle in, Dock
Dock in, Nettle out
Dock rub, Nettle out

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Magical properties

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Properties: Protection against negative energies

Stuff a small cloth doll with nettles to remove a curse, or negative energies; Sprinkle the herb around the room to protect or add protection to sachets. Burn during rituals to banish negative energies.

Create a dream protector by filling a small cloth drawstring bag with dried nettle and hang over your pillow to protection against nightmares and negative energy while sleeping.

Make Nettle Moon Tea

Infuse water with moon energy by setting it outdoors to absorb moonlight during waxing phases; or place it near a windowsill indoors, where it can be touched by moonlight. Do this for one to three nights in a row. After infusion, bring moon water to a boil, and pour this over dried nettle leaves. let it infuse for up to 30 minutes; strain and soak up all that lovely moon energy with every sip!