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.

Rose

Roses have long been known for love and harmony, but many don’t realize all of the wonderful benefits that lay beneath the sweet scent of the flower. The flowers vary in color; Rose oil is extracted by steam distillation and is said to be good for the skin and soul.

Rose water has been used for centuries to aid in clarifying and toning skin; Essential oil can be used to lift your mood; Teas made from the petals also help in calming you when tense, and can help with high cholesterol.

Parts Used: Flowers, Essential Oil, Hydrosol

Main Constituents: Geraniol, nerol, citronellol, geranic acid

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Mild Sedative, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol levels, astringent.

Dosage: For Tincture; take 1 dose twice per day for nervous disorders, poor digestion, or to help lower cholesterol; For Essential Oil, add a few drops of rose oil to any lotion you use to help with dry or inflamed skin conditions, or add a few drops of Rose oil to a bath to ease depression, sorrows, or insomnia; Brew a tea, let it cool, and spray onto your face for a light skin toner; Drink the tea to help lower cholesterol when you can’t take the tincture, the tea also helps clarify your skin and aids in digestion.

Magickal Properties: Love, Clairvoyance, Fertility

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Folk Tales & Mythology

According to myth, the first roses did not have thorns. While Venus’ son Cupid smelled a rose, a bee came out and stung him on the lip. Venus then strung his bow with bees. She removed their stingers and placed them on the stems of the roses.

Myth also says that every rose was white until Venus punctured her foot on a thorny briar and some of the white petals were dyed red with her blood. Roses are also said to attract fairies to the garden.

In ancient Greece, the Rose was affiliated with the goddess Aphrodite. It is said that Rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her dead lover, Adonis.

Meditation Ritual for a Sad Heart

This Meditation Ritual is something to do when your heart is aching. I did this one while I was grieving for my mother, and have used it often when I have lost a loved one; can be done when simply missing someone you haven’t seen in a while. I noticed when I did this, I saw my mother in dreams more often.

This meditation is best in a bath with rose petals and essential oil added; if you do not have a bath (like me) you can place in front of you, fresh rose petals in a bowl of water with a few drops of essential oil.

Light Rose incense; or, in a fire-proof bowl, burn a dried rose flower or petals.

Close your eyes and envision yourself sitting in a field of roses. Breathe in and out steadily, each time taking in the scent.

Imagine your loved one sitting in front of you. Their entire body glowing with a bright pink light. With each deep breath imagine that you are inhaling their light and as you exhale, you are returning it to them. Picture them smiling at you as you complete your breaths. They are happy, and here for you in every breath you take.

Be here with your loved one, as long as you deem necessary.

Slowly start to bring your awareness back and open your eyes.

You can collect any Rose petals you used, and bury them as an offering to your lost loved one.

Milk Thistle

Also known as Mary Thistle, Milk Thistle is native to the Mediterranean. It is mostly known for its liver-protecting qualities. It can be eaten as a vegetable for weight loss due to its high fiber content. Although safe for humans to eat, it is toxic to livestock, and might affect small pets.

As a garden plant, it can be aggressively invasive (as most medicinal plats are). Plant in pots and keep on concrete to avoid a Milk Thistle garden takeover! Check with your state laws to see if Milk Thistle is safe and legal to grow in your area.

Milk thistle contains Silymarin, a chemical known to improve liver health, crowning this plant with the ‘Liver Tonic’ title.

Parts Used: Seeds, Laves, Flower Heads

Main Constituents: Flavolignans, Silymarin, Bitters, Polyacetylenes

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Bitter tonic, cholagogue, antiviral, choleretic, antidepressant, antioxidant, galactagogue, liver protector

Dosage: For tinctures, take full dropper 3 times daily for liver and gall bladder problems or to stimulate digestion; For Infusions/teas, Drink 1-2 Cups Daily to stimulate milk production while breastfeeding (unless your doctor advises against it), or to help stimulate sluggish digestion.

Magickal Properties: Meditation, Healing, Purification, Cleansing, Happiness, Protection, Vitality, Used to Fight Negative Energies, Blessings, Calling Spirits, Dispel Evil Influences.

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

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Folk Tales & Mythology

Milk Thistle, also known as Saint Mary’s Thistle or Our Lady’s thistle.  This herb is a plant of legend. Stories from long ago suggest that the leaves of the milk thistle plant came to have white veins running through them when the milk from the breast of Mary, The Virgin Mother splashed onto the plant. To some, these white veins symbolize breast milk, and it’s believed that when a breastfeeding mother uses this herb, it will lead to an increase in her breast milk supply.

Rituals

Milk Thistle can be burned with sage for purification and cleansing your home, yourself, and any items.

Burning milk thistle also helps improve concentration while meditation.

Rid yourself of bad thoughts with Milk Thistle: Write down all the words you can think of that trigger you negatively on a piece of paper. Take and place a small pinch of milk thistle seeds on the paper. Fold the paper in half and write: I no longer attract these hurtful feelings into my life. Fold the paper in half one last time and write: I see only love, I attract only love, I am only love.

Whenever the bad or negative thought arise again, look at the messages you wrote to yourself and meditate on it. This is a form of visual manifestation to help you bring about positive thoughts in a time of self hate or low self esteem.

Dandelion

Known to many as a pesky unwanted weed, the Dandelion actually has so many benefits, you’ll wish your yard was full of them! Nature has an amazing way of providing for us. This little plant is so vigorous, it can often be found in the crack of concrete, near busy roads… it’ll get stepped on and still, it will thrive and seem almost un-killable. Rather than an unwanted weed, it really should be seen as a superfood! In fact, many fine dining restaurants will include dandelion leaves in their salads. You may have already eaten some without realizing it!

Parts Used:  Leaf, Flower; Root

Main Constituents: Sesquiterpene lactones, Vitamins A, B, C, D; choline, minerals including potassium.

Leaf/Flowers: Coumarins , carotenoids, Potassium

Root: taraxocoside, phenolic acids, iron

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Root: Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, aperient, bitter, cholagogue, hepatic, hypoglycemic, prebiotic. Leaf: Astringent, bitter, diuretic, nutritive

Dosage: For a decoction, put 3tps of Dandelion Root into 1 Cup of water and boil, simmer for 15 minutes; Drink 1 Cup 3 times daily for any condition where liver stimulation and detoxification may help, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatism, acne, and psoriasis. * For infusion, make a tea with 2tsps dry leaves over 1 cup boiling water. Drink 1 cup 3 times per day to encourage urination in conditions such as cystitis, fluid retention, or high blood pressure. * For Tinctures, take 1 tsp. of combined root and leaf tincture 3 times daily to stimulate bile flow, act as a very mild laxative, or help dissolve small gallstones.

Magickal Properties: Divination, Wishes, Calling spirits, Sending Messages, Enhancing psychic energies, Dandelions are associated with Aphrodite because of her connection with bees

Planet: Jupiter

Element:  Air

Dandelion Through History

Dandelion has been used for thousands of years, by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The root and leaves were used as a tonic to remove toxins from the bloodstream, acting as a gentle diuretic to improve the function of the digestive system. Ancient physicians realized dandelion helped with a host of health issues including kidney, stomach, and liver disorders, skin irritations gall bladder problems, heartburn, fevers, toothaches, constipation, anemia, arthritis, diabetes, and even helps with dandruff!

Botanists say that some species of dandelion are native to North America, but historians believe early European settlers introduced it to natives. However it got here, it spread quickly and was known early on as one of the most powerful plant medicines.

Dandelion Meditation Ritual

Here’s a little something you can try at home! Many children make wishes as they blow seeds off of a dandelion head. This has been associated with dandelions for centuries, making wishes and hoping for positive things to come your way.

This is a tea meditation. I always say, you must make teas with intention. Set time aside and really focus on your tea and charge it with your love, intention, and gratitude. A cup of tea must never be rushed. It must be enjoyed, bringing all of your attention to it. It must slowly be charged with your energy.

For this ritual, we will need dried dandelion root, leaves and flowers. Bring water to a boil on the stove and then lower it to a simmer for 15 minutes. Standing over the simmering tea, breathe in the steam and visualize something positive you need in your life. Not anything material, rather think of courage, strength, becoming more vocal, love, prosperity. Take the time to think about what you could do to achieve those passions and feelings and make a mental note of it as you breathe in the aroma of the tea. Keep these intentions in your mind as you pour yourself a cup of tea; imagine that the tea has the power to make your wish a reality. Enjoy and sip your tea.