Herb Spotlight: Saffron for Depression

Herb Spotlight

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

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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.

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Cannabis and Your Period, Happy Women's Day!

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Happy National Women’s Day! In honor of Women I thought it would be a good day to post something about the benefits of cannabis in relieving aspects of “women’s troubles.” Also in a completely selfish way I woke up with absolutely the most painful cramps in my life and it wasn’t until I sat down with Mr. Bong and some Holy Grail Kush that I felt like a normal human being again. It seems that every month my woman time takes a different demonic form. This month is “Holy Deathcramps Batman!” and last month was bloat city, party of 1. Sometimes other people even breathing in oxygen makes me want to punch them in their well meaning faces. Hormones are weird. The beautiful thing about this horrible monthly ailment (aside from making baby children) is that cannabis can strip away almost all of the side effects of menstruation if used properly.

CRAMPS OF DOOM

In my attempt at explaining the pain of my own monthly cramps to cowboyfriend I settled on the perfect analogy. It is like wearing a weight belt of agony. As if my uterus was now made of rusty gears grinding against each other. Smoking can greatly relieve the pain of cramps in both the pelvic area and the lower back.

Sometimes smoking isn’t always available, perhaps you’re at work or your kids are around for the day. In these situations I recommend micro dosing edibles, it works for me every time. I just completely forget about the pain and when it comes back I count and it’s always been about 4-5 hours… that is how long an edible lasts. I do warn however, NEVER over do it. When I say micro dosing I mean anywhere from 5-10mg of medical cannabis Indica or Indica dominant hybrid. Another way to relieve cramps on the sly is to vaporize wax, it has intense effects and very little to no smell when vaped. Just remember that this doesn’t work for a lower tolerance patient.

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HORMONE DEATH SPIRAL OF MEANNESS

Aside from the weight belt of agony, my period also delivers a nice dose of wanting to punch people in the face every way that I turn. Am I right? This is when I love Sativa strains, specifically Moby Dick. A Sativa dominant hybrid strain or wax will relieve all of these tense feelings. I prefer a strain that isn’t full Sativa because sometimes those strains will put me on pins and needles, only worsening the symptoms that I’m battling. Everyone is different, so have some Indica around to mellow the effects and balance you’re mind if you try a full Sativa and have the same problem. I generally turn to Sativa gummy candy micro-dosing in these situations. I guess I’m just a big fan of micro dosing edibles… so sue me. This also works really well for anyone battling depression, it lifts my spirits in the worst of times.

WARNING: Please take time to test all doses of edibles in a safe, comfortable space before attempting to dose while going about your daily life. It is important to understand how the cannabis interacts with your body before taking my word for it, we’re all different!

 

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.