Herb Spotlight: Marjoram

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It still isn’t clear exactly where this thought came from but as I was organizing my cooking herbs and spices something sprung into my head, “Get marjoram”. The thought was odd because I’ve never really cooked with marjoram before. As I sat here trying to decide what herb I wanted to research today it became quite clear that it was time to more about mystical marjoram.

Ancient Greek mythology states that the Goddess Aphrodite used to grow marjoram which inspired many kitchen witches to use the common cooking herb in love potions.

Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare [aka: wintersweet, sweet marjoram, marjolaine, joy of the mountains]

Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by Venus and Mars

Parts Used: leaf, essential oil, flower

marjoramImproves Function Of:

  • Digestive System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Immune System
  • Neurological System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of: 

  • Mumps, Measles, Malaria, Common Cold, Typhoid, Tetanus Infection in Wounds
  • Stomach ache & Cramp, nausea & vomiting, flatulence & diarrhea
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation
  • Sore muscles & joints, toothache, pain, back ache
  • Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, & minimizing emotional outbursts
  • PMS & imbalanced sexual desire

Assists Spiritually With: 

  • Offertory to Goddess Aphrodite
  • Bringing strength to marriage
  • Protect a home

What Do I Do With It?

Marjoram tea is made in various strengths for digestion aide, immune system boost, and to calm the nerves and relieve anxiety. Applying marjoram topically helps to relieve aching joints and cramping muscles, this can be done by adding the herb or oil to a topical cream or by just applying the essential oil directly to the painful spot. Essential oil of marjoram can be diffused to help with the same ailments as tea, because of this I recommend inhaling the tea as it cools off.

To bless a house, dried marjoram can be sprinkled around the perimeter of a home as a representation of familial love. It can also be offered to the Goddess Aphrodite to entice strength in a marriage. Similarly, marjoram is often one of the main components in love potions.



Herb Spotlight: Greater Celandine


Before we even launch in, be sure you’re working with greater celandine and not lesser celandine, not because of the nomenclature but mostly because all of this information is pertaining to greater celandine. This flower is a member of the poppy family and the whole thing emits a thick orange juice that can be applied topically for a number of ailments. The flowering plants are best picked when the sun is in Leo and the moon is in Aries.

Scientific Name: Chelidonium majus [aka: kenningwort, swallowwort]

Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by the Sun

Parts Used: entire flower, plucked when in flower and dried

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  • Liver & Gallbladder
  • Digestive tract

Aides In Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Ringworm, worts & corns
  • Upset stomach & loss of appetite
  • Toothache
  • Eczema & itchy skin diseases

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Deflect entrapment & unwrongful imprisonment
  • Helps with visionary work

How Does It Work?

Results show that celandine inspires bile production which is why it can clear the liver and gallbladder of blockages as well as help with digestive issues. Some studies even show that celandine can kill cancer cells.

What Do I Do With It?

The juice of the flower can remove warts, corns and ringworm and help sore eyes and when mixed with sulfur can cure itch. Boil lard and the roots together to create an ointment to relieve all of these issues. Also simply mix the juice with vinegar for warts and corns. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers for issues of the stomach.  Use in a bath or a meditation pillow to aide in visionary work. Add to an amulet, incense or as a bath herb to deflect unfair imprisonment.


Herb Spotlight: Angelica Root for Cough & Cold


WARNING: Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before ingesting angelica is it can induce a miscarriage.

I have a couple of older jars of dry herbs on my shelf that I deemed noteworthy before later forgetting what exactly they were good for. In herbal magic Angelica root is the herb of Archangel Michael and is used to expel demons and bad energy. The herb itself, in my case I use the dried root.

Scientific Name: Angelica archangelica [aka archangel, master root]

Magickal Stats: Elementally fire, ruled by the sun

Parts Used: dried root, fruit, shoots

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  • Digestive System
  • Lungs
  • Sex drive

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Gout
  • Nerve pain
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Cough, Cold & Breathing issues
  • Flatulence
  • Menstrual Cramps & inducing period
  • Arthritis & Inflammatory issues

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Having visions of a guardian or karmic path
  • Cleaning the atmosphere
  • Expelling evil & exorcism

How Does It Work? 

Angelica contains aromatic digestive bitters that can help with so many gut derived issues like flatulence, loss of appetite and menstrual cramps. It is also a great choice for colds because it can help expel phlegm while also clearing up breathing issues, coughs and colds. Applied topically, Angelica can cut back on nerve pain and premature ejaculation with it’s numbing effects.

What Do I Do With It?

When I work with this herb I make a tea with it, it is a bit thicker with a sweet flavor but it can also be put into a topical balm or lotion to help with nerve and joint pains. Burn the flowers, roots and/or stems to inspire ourselves to see our karmic path, it will also inspire healing and the exorcism of evil in any space or person.

Herb Spotlight: Hops for Insomnia

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The most common use of hops is in beer but it also has healing properties due to it’s relationship to cannabis and the terpenes it gives off. Hops are valuable and that is probably how beer became so coveted in modern society. Like cannabis we use the flower for healing.

Scientific Name: Humulus lupulus [aka: beer bud]

Magickal Stats: Elementally air, ruled by the moon

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Improves Function Of:

  • Appetite & Digestion

Aides In Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Nervous agitation, restlessness, anxiety & hysteria
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervous stomach & irritable bladder
  • Wet Dreams, premature ejaculation
  • Decreases abnormally high male libido, priapism

Assists Spiritually With:

  • prophetic dreaming
  • ease the ill into tranquil sleep

How Does It Work?

One of the four oils found in hops is myrcene, a terpene that can help calm nervous anxiety and also relieve sleepless nights. It also has antibacterial properties that can be very effective when used topically.

What Do I Do With It?

The first thing that we can do is drink a beer. If you’re allergic to alcohol like I am you might prefer cannabis or a tincture. Find or make a topical balm or lotion for antibacterial healing. Put in an the sickroom  under a pillow to deliver ease in sleep for the ill. Also put in a satchet under the pillow to induce prophetic dreaming.

Herb Spotlight: Tea Tree for Everything

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Almost every home made disinfectant that I make includes tea tree oil, probably because it is a natural antiseptic and anti bacterial. The plant derives from Australia where Aboriginals were seen making tea out of the leaves and sailors followed suit to prevent scurvy. I like to burn it in my diffuser when we’ve been sick or whenever things just don’t feel clean in my home. I really became acquainted with tea tree after our last little kitten rescue brought ringworm into our house. None of the store bought creams were working and I was so frustrated. Tea tree took it out in 2 days, amazing. This is a great oil for anyone with pets or kids to have around the house, and it can do even more than get rid of ringworm. It is only applied topically and used in aromatherapy.

Scientific Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Magickal Stats: Ruled by Mercury & the Moon

Parts Used: essential oil made from the bark and leaves

Improves Function of:

  • Immume System; skin’s response to heal

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Acne, athlete’s foot
  • Lice & Scabies
  • Cuts, abrasion, boils, herpes & vaginal abrasions
  • Infections of the mouth & nose; sore throat, toothache
  • Cough, bronchial congestion, pulmonary inflammation

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Warding off evil; cleansing & protection
  • Healing Rituals
  • Clear energy blockages
  • Encourage strength

How Does It Work?

Chemicals found in the oils pressed from the leaves of a tea tree plant are found to be anti fungal and kill bacteria. Applied topically it will help to rid the body of abrasions and other skin ailments.

What Do I Do With It?

Dab directly into the skin after applying to a cotton ball for help with bacterial infections and other skin ailments. When mixed with herbs that calm tea tree’s super antiseptic qualities it is perfect in acne cleansing beauty products. When put into a diffuser it can pull bacteria out of the air and help relieve the air in sickrooms. It will clear energy blockages in the upper chakras and wards off demons in the wake of cleansing and protection. Add it to a talisman or amulet and encourage strength in the wearer.



What’s In My Cup? Digest & Detox Tea

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Since adding lemongrass to my home made face wash I’ve been really loving experimenting with the bright, vibrant flavor it offers. This tea is great for the afternoon to get everything moving through the system while also mellowing out the mind into the evening time. Lemongrass and lavender help with digestion and both chamomile and lavender are relaxing. Enjoy feeling detoxed and loosey goosey after enjoying this cup.DetoxDigestion

Simply Mix Together:

  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender buds
  • 1 tsp dried chamomile buds
  • 1/2 tsp dried lemon grass

Pour boiling water over all of the herbs in a tea ball into a big mug. Let steep for about 15 minutes, the lavender can begin to get pungently floral so be aware not to steep too long. While holding the mug let all the events of the day wash over you, if they stick, honor those thoughts and then let them go. Focus on detoxing the body and mind as the cup steeps and the linalool and limonene being to take hold of the mind.

Focus on the mantra: live and let live.

Herb Spotlight: Green Tea for All the Antioxidants

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Modern society has been well aware of the benefits of green tea for many years and asian cultures have long enjoyed the plant’s medicinal benefits through tea ceremonies. Green Tea is an alternative caffeine source to coffee for those trying to kick the habit. It’s also a great afternoon beverage for those that aren’t too susceptible to caffeine. Many studies have shown green tea to help stimulate weight loss as well as boost the immune system. Aside from this, green tea is absolutely delicious whether it’s hot or cold and the flavor mixes quite well with other herbs.

Scientific Name: Camellia sinesis

Magickal Stats: Elementally Fire, Ruled by the Sun

Parts Used: Leaf, bud, stem, liquid extract of the dried leaf

Improves Function Of:

  • Urinary System
  • Immune System & Defense of Free Radicals
  • Cancer prevention

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Inflammation & Metabolic Stress
  • Dental cavities & mild gum disease

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Bring about balance
  • Highlight courage & strength

How Does It Work?

High amounts of catching, flavonoids and other phenolic compounds make green tea six times more antioxidants than black tea. When the fresh leaves are steamed the release polyphenols which have shown to be anti-inflammatory as they lessen joint degradation and protect bones & cartilage. Regular ingestion can also hinder HPV and the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix. The other benefits are from the caffeine increasing the release of neurotransmitters.

What Do I Do With It?

Most people make either hot or cold tea out of the leaves but green tea can also be put into beauty recipes for the antioxidants and liquid extract can be taken orally for the medicinal effects. Put into a satchets and burned to ensure future riches and put into talisman for encouragement in strength and courage. Lastly it’s a great base ingredient for “lust beverages”.


What’s In My Cup? Invigorating Detox Blend

What's In My Cup?

There are a lot of underutilized herbs out there in the world. After doing some research on cardamom I realized that it should really be put into an amazing golden milk recipe. If this flavor is too much for you then add a tinge of locally sourced honey to sweeten. Cinnamon lifts spirits along with cardamom which also helps the digestive system. Turmeric cleanses the liver and detoxifies the entire system helping clear skin and organs equally. Black pepper is thrown in to help make the transport for the other herbs more seamless.

Simply Mix Together:

6 ounces almond or coconut milk (whichever milk you prefer)

1/4 tsp cinnamon (less if you’re not into cinnamon)

1 cardamom pod

1/2 tsp turmeric

dash of black pepper

Heat everything together in a sauce pan whisking pretty regularly as not to burn the milk substitute. If you’re adding honey add it right now so that it dissipates into the milk mixture. Warm the mixture until steaming and all of the turmeric and cinnamon are thoroughly dissolved. Sit and take in the aromas that lift from the cup, stay with whatever thoughts wash over you. Don’t cast them away if they’re bothersome stay with them and let them soak back into the universe. Drink up and do some twist heavy yoga or meditate.

Herb Spotlight: Cardamom for a Happy Belly

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Cardomom seeds add such a vibrant, deeply wooded flavor to stews and other dishes. It’s always a surprise when I’m struck with a big seed in my spoonful of kitchari but the flavor is kind of refreshing. Which is why I’m not surprised that in some Asian cultures chewing a cardamom seed is a remedy for bad breath. It also helps the gassy people get it all out, which is beneficial for everyone!

Scientific Name: Elettaria cardamomum Cardamom Illustration[aka: brown cardamom, Java cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Kravan, white cardamom, Siamese cardamom, and red cardamom]

Magickal Stats: Elementally air, ruled by Mars, Mercury & Uranus

Parts Used: Seeds, essential oil

Improves Function of:

  • Liver & Gallbladder
  • Digestive System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Flatulence & Colic
  • Nausea & Stomach Issues
  • Bad breath, tooth & mouth issues

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Promoting the combination of love, attraction and a union of equals
  • Enhance inspiration in a project

How Does It Work? 

Cardamom has a lot of antioxidants which makes it great for healing skin and bulking up the immune system. It also contains a volatile oil that aides in digestion and treats intestinal spasms and other stomach issues. This oil also helps to move blocked food through the intestines and digestive tract. I commonly use these seeds in kitchari, an Ayurvedic and Indian stew that helps regulate the digestive system.

What Do I Do With It? The seeds can be cooked or made into a tea just as long as the oil is extracted from them before taking orally. Essential oils can also be put into a bath for stress and depression relieving aromatherapy. Also simply chewing the seeds can remove bad odors from the mouth.

Herb Spotlight: Saffron for Depression

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I haven’t ever had the flush grocery budget to get saffron, and it’s expensive for a reason. It takes 75,000 flowers to make 1 lb. of saffron. It has been around for ages as it’s been referenced in the Bible, was used as a royal dye and salve in Grecian society and often adorned those in Roman baths. With it’s red color and vibrant flavor I don’t think it’s surprising that this is a fire herb ruled by the Sun. That also explains why I’m so interested in it and all of the medicinal things it can do. I already know that it goes into some Indian and other Asian dishes to give them that very specific flavor set.

Scientific Name: Crocus sativus

Magickal Stats:  Elementally Fire, Ruled by the Sun

Saffron Illustration
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Parts Used: the whole plant

Improves Function Of: 

  • Urinary system
  • Nervous System as related to pain

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Women’s Menstrual Issues
  • Depression
  • Gassiness & Flatulence
  • Nerve Pain
  • Asthma, Cough & Whooping Cough
  • Premature Ejaculation and infertility in men

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Cleansing, healing, purification & consecration
  • Clairvoyance & Divination
  • Psychic Development
  • Spell Breaking
  • Raising Wind

How Does It Work? The is insufficient evidence to support exactly how saffron is working. To get the benefits and stay safe always check with a doctor before adding saffron as a treatment in any way.

What Do I Do With It? The best way to use saffron is to cook with it. Saffron can also be added to teas and warm milks for help as a diuretic, carminative and for setting the stage for spell craft.