Herb Spotlight: Dong Quai

Herb Spotlight

Dong Quai is a very powerful plant for women and can help with fatigue, low vitality, pelvic pain and irregular menstrual cycles. It has been used in Chinese medicine for over 200 years. It is often referred to as female ginseng.  Dong Quai belongs to the same scientific family as carrots, parsley, dill and celery. It is believed to help nourish the blood and balance energy.

Scientific Name: Angelica sinensis [aka: Chinese angelica, tang kuei]

Parts Used: liquid extract of smoke-dried root

Magickal Stats: Earth element, ruled by Venus

Improves Function of: 

  • Blood circulation
  • Digestive system
  • Uterus

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • PMS: pain, scant or clotted flow
  • Chronic pelvic infections
  • Skin maladies: ulcers, boils, eczema and psoriasis
  • Varicose veins, thrombosis, phlebitis, hemorrhoids, bruises and anemia.
  • Constipation related to dry intestines

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Sacred to women providing strength and protection

How Does It Work?

First off, the coolest thing that I learned while researching dong quai is that it increases DNA synthesis of uterus tissue tissue and helps progress the regeneration of the uterus. That is just downright neat! It also helps lube up the intestinal walls to relieve constipation and is specifically useful in helping the elderly stay ‘regular’. Traditional Chinese medicine dictates that Dong Quai or Tang Kuei, harmonizes the Chi (vital energy) which nourishes the blood. It is often referred to as a woman’s ginseng. Regularly taking the herb can help to balance estrogen and progesterone in they system, making is a fantastic choice for anyone undergoing menopause.

What Do I Do With It?

Liquid extract has been traditionally taken from the smoke-dried root of the Dong Quai plant. If you’re looking to ingest Dong Quai the Therapeutic Herb Manual says when taking the liquid extract start with 30-40 drops, 2 to 5 times per day. It is also found in tablets, powders and capsules.

WARNING Do not use Dong Quai if you have breast cancer, are pregnant or nursing, have endometriosis, uterine fibroids or ovarian, uterine or prostrate cancer.

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What’s In My Cup? Nerve Calming Tea Blend

What's In My Cup?

There are times when I literally just can not be a calm, cool and collected individual. I get irritable and being around me just sucks. From within my body I know that I shouldn’t be acting the way that I am but outside of myself I feel like wrath is my only option.

I use cannabis for this but when I don’t have access to the perfect strain it can sometimes make it worse. This is when I turn to tea. This blend is ideal for anyone suffering from PMS  or anyone who has just felt super ornery and prickly these last couple of days in Capricorn. Lavender and Chamomile make for an extremely delicious mixture and when combined with St. Johns Wort and Kava it should be the perfect brew to relax even the most tightly wound herbies.

Simply Mix Together:

1/2 tsp Lavender

1/2 tsp Kava Kava

1/2 tsp St. John’s Wort

1 tsp Chamomile

Pour 6-8 ounces of boiling water over the tea ball filled with herbs in your favorite mug. Let it steep for 15 minutes and then remove tea ball. Best results come with a few dunks of the tea ball every 5 minutes or so. As you’re waiting for it to steep fully hold the mug and let the aromas wash over you.

While wafting in the combined scents ponder on the mantra: All is well 

Herb Spotlight: Hibiscus

Herb Spotlight

Hibiscus creates the most perfect tart flavoring for iced teas and even sorbets, and it also does some other wonderful things aside from tickle the senses. The flower, root and seed can all be used in decoctions, tinctures and even cleansers for your skin. The Hibiscus flower comes in thousands of species that thrive in warm or warm-temperate climates. It is often found in Asian countries.

Breakdown of Hibiscus 

Scientific Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ; Hibisceaetribe of the family Malvaceae [aka: rose mallow shoeblackplant, Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus]

Parts Used: flower, stem and sap

Magical Stats: Water Element, Ruled by Venus

Improves Function of the:

  • bowels
  • cardiovascular system
  • intestines
  • antioxidants

Aides in relieving symptoms of:

  • high cholesterol
  • uterine cramps
  • high blood pressure
  • menopause
  • diabetes

Assists spiritually with:

  • Connecting to the divine feminine
  • Worshipping Kali or Devi
  • Petition for mercy
  • Add beauty to and uplift your life

How Does It Work?

Hibiscus is believed to be an astringent. Mucilage found in the roots soothe the mucous membranes that line our respiratory and digestive tracts.  Anthocyanocides are astringent and anti-inflammatory. Lastly, I-hydroxy-acids work on the horny layer of the skin when applied topically, creating a more cohesive layer which results in  more elastic and moisturized skin and richer hair.

What Do I Do With It?

Hibiscus Flower

A decoction can be created from the flower of the rosa-sinensis. Hibiscus has a tart, delicious taste that is truly unique to it; home brewed tea is delicious when cold or hot. The tea will help to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars. The tea holds a large quantity of antioxidants and can help regulate your system. With regulated blood pressure you may experience a balanced body temperature. You can experience help with muscle spasm and relieve other pain as well. Tea will also function as a mild laxative and diuretic.

Hibiscus flower is also used topically to shine shoes. It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to skin care issues, helping acne and other skin problems. It is also used in shampoo to fortify locks and make them more thick, and lustrous. Boil the flower in oil with other chosen spices to make a medicated hair oil. Or grind the flowers and leaves in the fine paste with some water until it is a lathery paste. That will create a shampoo plus conditioner.

Hibiscus Roots

In Ayurvedic medicine the root of the Hibiscus plant can be used to stop hair loss, dandruff or greying. Ayurveda even recommends it to cure coughs. Creating a tincture out of the roots can help to spark up your digestive and respiratory tracts.

Hibiscus Seeds

Ancient Asian medicine recommends using the seeds of the flower to curb menstrual cramps and spasms. Create a decoction from the seed and drink it.

Hibiscus in Magic

The flower is used in incense to add beauty ultimately helping the practitioner by uplifting them. The flower is also used to petition for mercy. Essential oil is perfect for infusions that will connect you to the divine feminine. It is sacred to the goddess Kali in all of her guises.

WARNING: As always, if you are currently under the care of a doctor do not follow these instructions without consulting your physician.