tea

Linden

There is no better herbal tea to relax and calm you!  Yes, there are the two common go-to herbs, St. John’s Wort and Valerian.  I do not want to detract from these two wonderful herbal remedies at all. However, at the end of a long, stress filled day, my number one choice to relax and help me let go of the yuck is Linden.  I have some tea bags already prepared so it is just a matter of heating the water and I am on my way to a beautiful night’s sleep.

Linden is a tree herb. It is made from the dried leaves and flowers.  It is also called Lime tree, which has nothing to do with the lime fruit.  Mainly, they are found in the British Isles and Asia.  However, they do grow in North America and are commonly referred to as basswood.

This beautiful tea tastes very much like jasmine tea.  It is a mild, sweet flavor.  There are many benefits to enjoying a cup of linden tea at the end of the day.  I stress end of the day because linden has such a relaxing effect on me, that I normally go right to sleep a half hour after drinking a cup.  So, the appropriate disclaimer here would be ‘do not drive or operate heavy machinery after drinking linden tea.’

Originally, I began using linden tea because it eased my nighttime leg cramps and restless legs.  Other benefits and uses for linden tea are:

  • calms anxiety
  • lowers blood pressure
  • helps break fever
  • relieves respiratory ailments
  • reduces the pain of tension headaches.

 

 

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope that you have high hopes for the coming year.  Welcome to my new and improved blog.  It is my intention to keep on improving and bringing you the very latest information in the world of herbs.

The Enchanted Leaf blog is now broken down into categories so it will be easier for you to find the articles and information that you need quickly and efficiently.

  • Cooking With Intention – covers the benefits of the herbs and spices we use every day in preparing dishes. There will also be some delicious recipes from time to time.
  • Herb Garden – planting, caring for, harvesting, and preserving all sorts of beautiful herbs
  • Magickal Herbs – exploring the folklore and metaphysical energies of plants, along with a few spells and potions
  • Natural Beauty – tips and skin care recipes, product reviews for natural beauty products
  • Natural Life – information on the natural health and healing modalities, meditation, food and exercise
  • The Tea Room – the bare bones of the herbal life.  We will explore simple herbal teas and infusions along with their health benefits.

I look forward to interacting with you during the coming year.  I hope you enjoy the information and blog posts that I send your way.

Bright Blessings and Happy New Year!

 

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Calendula (Marigolds)

I love marigolds!  Everyone appreciates these sunny summertime annuals that repel garden pests.  Who knew they had so much of Mother Nature’s healing powers, also?  Well, probably ancient sages and hedge witches and herbalists down through the ages!

Marigolds, known as calendula to herbalists, can be used to make an excellent skin healing cream.  Calendula infused oil is a main ingredient in my skin healing salve. This is my ‘go to’ for insect bites, stings, rashes, and burns.  Not only does calendula heal, it relieves pain and reduces the risk of scarring.

When using the herb itself, an infusion or tea can be used to heal painful gums, mouth sores and ulcers.  This same infusion can be used as a facial rinse for those with acne.  Again, it reduces scarring…this is good news for teens looking for a less chemically induced healing of acne.

Drink calendula tea for breaking up mucus in upper respiratory infections.

Use calendula tincture, made with alcohol, not glycerin, as ear drops for ear infection.  It will help relieve pain and heal the infection.

This lovely summer flower makes a great addition to any herbal medicine chest!

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Dream Work

November is nature’s time of contemplation. Colorful leaves drop to the Earth leaving once lush green trees bare and skeletal. Green grass fades to brown. It seems as if all of nature is preparing for a long winter sleep. As the air cools to a chill, humans are driven inside. This is a wonderful time for said humans to indulge in some contemplation.

For me, and I suspect a few others, November is the perfect time to take stock of life. Maybe there is a need to slow down in some areas, take action in others. Get rid of the things that no longer serve, and look to the future. It is during this contemplative time that I like to do some personal dream work.

If you are not familiar with dream work, let me give you a few basics. Now, first of all, let me say that dream work can show you things about your true self that you never dreamed (pun intended) of. This is a great way to get into your own inner workings and allow your spirit guides to advise you.

In dream work, you learn to pay attention to symbols, colors, words, and your feelings within the dream. It is important to use a journal when you are doing dream work. Write down everything you can remember about the dream. Whether it seems to be a jumble of nonsense or a movie playing out in sequence, write it all down including how you felt. Throughout the day, you may remember more details, make sure you add that to your journal also. Every little thing counts.

I you want, you could use some online or digital dream interpretation books. I do use one from time to time when I am just not sure what an item or situation in my dream might mean. However, do not go by one of those guides exclusively. For your dream work, think about what an item means to you,, what does it symbolize in mind? You are the best interpreter of your dreams. After journaling your dreams for a while, you will begin to notice patterns and recognize the symbols more quickly.

After writing your dream down, you may want to spend a few minutes in meditation asking your preferred Deity for revelation and guidance.

I also like to use my herbal vision tea from time to time while doing dream-work. The combination of herbs help to relax and calm, so that you can fall asleep, and they make your dreams vivid and memorable. My vision tea formula includes: rose petals, mugwort, chamomile, mint, and cinnamon. It is a very aromatic and tasty blend. Should you want to try vision tea but do not have all of the ingredients, you can find the blend in The Enchanted Leaf store on Etsy. Just click here.

It must be noted that if you are pregnant or nursing you should not use Vision Tea. Also, this particular blend of herbs should not be used long term, use it sparingly.

Whether you use the tea or not, give dream work a try. It is an entertaining and educational endeavor. You won’t regret the time spent.

Bright Blessings and very pleasant dreams!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Store Opening on Etsy!

I must say that I am very excited to announce that I have opened an herbal shop on Etsy.  Well, really, it is a re-opening.  I do hope that you will all stop by and see what is offered there. And remember, new items will be added regularly. The Grand Opening is planned for November 21 with discounts and product giveaways at that time.  See you there!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEnchantedLeaf

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