A Recipe for Spring Dreaming
Every season awakens within us a certain sort of magick. With the coming of spring we have a chance to fill our lungs with the growing light, fall in love again with our favorite flowers, and shake off the last few notes of winter song. One of the ways that I like to connect with the season is through gathering wild and abundant weeds springing up in my backyard. Many spring greens are cleansing in nature many that they help our bodies wake up after the slower season of winter and release any stagnation that may be impeding our self-healing ability. Spring is also a time of growing those little dream seeds that have been slumbering within us since Yule.
With these thoughts of waking up the body, connecting to the joy of the season, and nurturing our visions of what might be, I created the following Spring Dream recipe. It’s an alcohol-extract which I don’t do many of but I had tinctured some Califia Mugwort (Artemisia californica) before I left Southern CA that was calling out to be used in a special way. Combined with the abundance of Cleavers (Galium aparine) growing in my Sacramento backyard and a bit of loving Lavender (Lavandula spp.) extract that I had left over from my Stank Face brew.
So what do these three herbs combined create? It’s a nervine blend with a lymph toning focus and just the right amount of dream tonic. Whenever we’re trying to dream big (or better or wiser) and create change in our lives, I was taught that nervines are essential so that the nervous system can adapt appropriately. I take a few drops in the morning and evening during the season of Ostara (from about the New Moon before the Spring Equinox to Beltane) and find it to be wonderfully spring-aligning to my being. Spring Dream is a great foundation tonic to add your favorite flower and gem essences in it, too - something that I highly recommend.
Either brew together or combine the following individual extracts:
- 2 parts Cleavers (Galium aparine)
- 1 part Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
- 1/2 part Mugwort (A. californica, A. vulgaris, or your own local variety are all great options)
Recommended dosage is 1 - 3 drops up to 3 times daily. Enjoy!
If you're looking for more spring-inspired recipe and magick, be sure to check out my Witchcraft + Weeds Spring Edition post, a look at what herbs I turn to during the Spring Equinox, as well as some Spring Equinox inspired recipes.