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Boundary-marker, boundary-breaker: Hawthorn

Hawthorn from botanical.com

Hawthorn Craetagus monogyna gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon word “haw” meaning hedge or enclosure and is used as such in parts of the world like the UK to mark the boundaries of fields.  Known simply at times as “thorn,” Hawthorn is one of the sacred trees of Celtic folklore that along with Oak and  Ash, help mortals to see the Good Folk.  Hawthorn is both a charm of fertility and chastity (quite a permeable boundary there) – place it in a bouquet for a fertile union and beneath the bed to make it less so. The Hawthorn hedge is a sacred plant of May, used to decorate May Poles, though is must be carefully harvested so as not to anger the Gods to whom it is so sacred.  Witches were sometimes called “hedgeriders” invoking their ability to ride the hedge from the fields of humankind to the fields of faery.

For times when someone feels misplaced and disconnected because their heart has squeezed shut, aching from the pain of disappointment, grief and change.  For those who have lost touch with the desire of the heart when life challenges us with unexpected outcomes. They fidget, are anxious, have trouble sleeping, and may even experience heart palpitations as they close off from the pain rather than engage in the process of transformation.  It's as if they’ve been thrown up in the air and can’t seem to find their way back down, left only to fall, feeling disoriented and so they close up to try and protect themselves from the impact.  Hawthorn might be the green ally to help them fall in love, not fear.

Hawthorn is used extensively in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hawthorn is primarily used as a digestive tonic, whereas in the Western tradition of herbalism it is generally used as a heart tonic.  As a heart tonic, Hawthorn tonifies the heart through normalizing blood pressure, dilating blood vessels, improving the heart’s muscle contractions, promotes circulation, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens the endothelial lining of the heart, blood and lymphatic vessels.  Hawthorn also helps to prevent future heart complications, including atherosclerosis.

Hawthorn flowers from wikipedia.org

Herbalist David Winston uses Hawthorn with clients with ADHD for its centering abilities that address disturbed and unsettled energy.  Hawthorn restores calm and is also very nutritive, full of vitamins and minerals such as C, B1, B2, and calcium.  Topically the leaves and flowers can be used as a gargle for sore throats and the berries can be eaten raw or as a jelly.  In Germany, the leaves are even used as an alternative to black and green tea.

Since Hawthorn is a slow-acting adaptogenic herb, it is important to take it for at least three months for its medicinal qualities to truly take hold.  Hawthorn is not only a tonic for the physical manifestation of our heart, but our emotional and spiritual heartache, too.  Just as Hawthorn acted as the enchanted boundary between the worlds of humans and faeries, so will Hawthorn help those who are struggling with change, usually stemming from a source of deep grief, open their hearts to compassion and acceptance.  It not only strengthens a person’s connection with their own heart, but the heart and beat of the earth who many of us call Mother.

Add Hawthorn berries into your diet, either in tea, tincture or raw, as a good source of vitamin C.  I add Hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers into iced tea blends for its naturally cooling qualities, especially when I'm feeling irritated in the hot heat.  I especially incorporate Hawthorn into my daily Fall practice as part of my cold preventative routine.

Our First Sale!

We are having our first sale in our S H O P in celebration of All Hallow's Eve!  Our Witch's Delight Tea Blend is 10% off and will be until November 1st.  Witch's Delight is an excellent brew for the cold season with Elder Berry & Flower, Hawthorn Berry & Flower, and local Maine apples included in the blend.  With your tiny vial of green magic powder (Spirulina) included in every order, you'll be able to practice your own potion making powers.

Witch’s Delight is made of:

HAWTHORN LEAF & BERRY Craetagus monongyna: Used as a living plant barrier, Hawthorn marks the permeable barrier between the mundane and the magical. A charm of resiliency, Hawthorn protects against lightening and storm damage, which is particularly useful for night flying! Medicinally, Hawthorn is a heart tonic and good for sore throats, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, hypertension, and much more.

CARDAMOM Eletarria cardamomum: Strengthening to the heart and lungs, Cardamom improves circulation, increases energy, and induces states of joy and clarity.

FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare: A charm against accidents, Fennel is well known for sweetening the breath and improving digestion. Fennel increases energy in the body because it regulates digestion and assimilation of nutrients thereby stabilizing blood sugar levels.

ELDER BERRY & FLOWER Sambucus nigra: Revered in Celtic cultures as a sacred tree, Elder brings health and happiness to the household it resides in. Elder is an excellent tonic against colds, coughs, and the ‘flu, fighting infection and inflammation.

VERVAIN Verbena officinalis: Known as the herb of enchantment, Vervain, brings visions and the tears shed by Isis for her lost love Osiris were said to be the parts of the Vervain plant. Calms the nervous system, aids in assimilation of nutrients, and an excellent remedy for all sorts of grumpiness.

APPLE FRUIT: A charm of love, long life, and clever thinking. The fruit is cleansing, lowers cholesterol, and contains vitamin A, B, and C.

Vial of SPIRULINA Arthrospira platensis: Add a dash to your brewed cup of tea to turn your potion a glowing green! Spirulina is packed full of nutrients and if you’re interested in getting your daily dose check out our Super!Rainbows!Love!Go! Herbal Powder.

 

A Tea for Each Trimester: Herbal Tea Blends for Pregnancy

Consistency is good - and consistent variety even better!  When I began to create a blend to support the needs of a growing pregnant body, I created birthed three.  Triplets!  While each tea can be enjoyed at any time during your pregnancy, I crafted them to build upon each other and to address specific issues that tend to happen during different parts of pregnancy.  Budding pays special attention to building up nutrients in the body and relieving morning sickness.  Blooming brings in herbs that are especially strengthening and tonifying to the uterus, as well as calming herbs like Chamomile, to regulate and sustain energy levels.  Blossoming continues to tonify the uterus and also includes herbs to help bring milk and the development of colostrum.

Budding: First Trimester Tea Blend

Nettles Urtica dioica: Abundantly nutritive, Nettles also strengthen the body against environmental pollutants which is important during early pregnancy. Nettles contain vitamin B, C, E, K, beta-carotene, calcium, silica, and more, providing energy to support you throughout your pregnancy. They also improve circulation and tone muscles, tissues, arteries, and skin.

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna: A gentle adaptogen. Strengthens the heart through its circulatory powers and also benefits the joint lining, collagen, and discs in the back – needed to support extra weight..

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria: In an herbal from 1597 the scent of Meadowsweet was said to “mak[e] the heart merry and joyful and delighteth the senses.” Along with joy and delight, Meadowsweet also contains vitamin C, iron, and silica, easing the body of inflammation, heartburn, nausea, and general aches and pains.

Peppermint Mentha piperita: Clears the head, soothes muscle spasms, and relieves morning sickness. Also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B-complex vitamins.

Ginger Zingiber officinale: A classic remedy for morning sickness and tasty, too! Ginger is warming, uplifting, and protects against colds and the 'flu.

Strawberry leaf Fragraria vesca: A pregnancy tonic, Strawberry leaf is cooling to the system, helps protect against miscarriage, and adds sweetness to the blend.

Blooming: Second Trimester Tea Blend

Raspberry leaf Rubus idaeus: Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for pregnancy because it strengthens and tonifies the uterus. With a high mineral content, Raspberry leaf is very nourishing and can help prevent false labor, miscarriage, labor pain, placental delivery, and the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf also increases colostrum in the milk.

Oat Avena sativa: Nourishes hair, skin, and nails with its high silica content. Calming and nutritive, Oats also help to relieve insomnia.

Rose hips Rosa canina: Rich in flavonoids, Rose hips relieve night sweats, prevent UTIs, hypertension, hemorrhoids, and exhaustion. Also effective in treating and preventing stretch marks from inside out.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa: Aids in the body's assimilation of nutrients. Contains vitamins C and K, folic acid, iron, manganese, zinc, digestive enzymes, and is very rich in chlorophyll.

Chamomile Matricaria recutita: Calming and sweet, Chamomile relaxes the nerves while restoring energy. Excellent digestive tonic, Chamomile also helps with morning sickness, insomnia, and headaches.

Blossoming: Third Trimester Tea Blend

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis: An herb that helps the mind, body, and spirit adapt to change. Lemon Balm relieves nervousness, improves concentration, and lightens the mood.

Fennel Foeniculum vulgare: Valuable herb in aiding milk production. Also improves digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Partridgeberry Mitchella repens: An ingredient of the famous “Mother's Cordial,” Partridgeberry tones and nourishes the uterus.

Raspberry leaf Rubus idaeus: Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for pregnancy because it strengthens and tonifies the uterus. With a high mineral content, Raspberry leaf is very nourishing and can help prevent false labor, miscarriage, labor pain, placental delivery, and the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf also increases colostrum in the milk.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa: Aids in the body's assimilation of nutrients. Contains vitamins C and K, folic acid, iron, manganese, zinc, digestive enzymes, and is very rich in chlorophyll.

Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum: Rich in antioxidants, Blueberries are also high in vitamin C, potassium, and pectin. They are antibacterial and antiviral, too.

To purchase our trio of daily pregnancy tea blends visit our S H O P.  Order all three together and receive 15% off!

Come In and Sit a Spell: Witch's Delight Tea Time

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October has arrived carrying on her back a cloak of fallen leaves, steadying herself with the ever cooling dark of approaching winer.  To work in the tradition of Western Herbalism is to acknowledge the history of magic associated with our green friends and the bearers of their magical names and inclinations, Witches and their kin. Bringers of healing, gatherers of storms, and potion charmers, Witches, their ancient myths and modern manifestation, continue to walk the edges of society, trembling the web of change wherever they tread.

Though, really, I'm sure they've already taken to the sky.

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One of the earliest images of a witch flying on a broom is from 1451 in  Le champion des dames by Martin Le France and by the sixteenth century the image was widespread in popular culture.  While there are many old recipes for the infamous flying ointment of these night-flying ladies, I thought I would avoid the henbane and create a tea to bring delight, not necessarily flight.

Witch's Delight is a full-flavored tea made of a blend of herbs associated with Witches and their charm, as well as dried apple which gives the blend its sweet flavor.

Every order will include a small vial of Spirulina to turn your brew a glowing green!  After you have brewed your tea and removed the loose herbs from your cup, add a dash of spirulina, stir, and POOF!  The magic is done!

Witch's Delight is made of:

HAWTHORN LEAF & BERRY Craetagus monongyna: Used as a living plant barrier, Hawthorn marks the permeable barrier between the mundane and the magical.  A charm of resiliency, Hawthorn protects against lightening and storm damage, which is particularly useful for night flying!  Medicinally, Hawthorn is a heart tonic and good for sore throats, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, hypertension, and much more.

CARDAMOM Eletarria cardamomum: Strengthening to the heart and lungs, Cardamom improves circulation, increases energy, and induces states of joy and clarity.

FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare: A charm against accidents, Fennel is well known for sweetening the breath and improving digestion.  Fennel increases energy in the body because it regulates digestion and assimilation of nutrients thereby stabilizing blood sugar levels.

ELDER BERRY & FLOWER Sambucus nigra: Revered in Celtic cultures as a sacred tree, Elder brings health and happiness to the household it resides in.  Elder is an excellent tonic against colds, coughs, and the 'flu, fighting infection and inflammation.

VERVAIN Verbena officinalis: Known as the herb of enchantment, Vervain, brings visions and the tears shed by Isis for her lost love Osiris were said to be the parts of the Vervain plant.  Calms the nervous system, aids in assimilation of nutrients, and an excellent remedy for all sorts of grumpiness.

APPLE FRUIT: A charm of love, long life, and clever thinking.  The fruit is cleansing, lowers cholesterol, and contains vitamin A, B, and C.

Vial of SPIRULINA Arthrospira platensis: Add a dash to your brewed cup of tea to turn your potion a glowing green!  Spirulina is packed full of nutrients and if you're interested in getting your daily dose check out our Super!Rainbows!Love!Go! Herbal Powder post and it in our shop.

Find Witch's Delight in our S H O P.

Herbs for Sassiness

The first of a series of teas for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, Sassy Mama, was made with the postpartum in mind, whether it has been a few weeks since the birth of your bundle of baby or a few years.  Or let's be honest, a decade plus.  With the entrance of a new member of the family into your life it is important to feed body and spirit because so much change has occurred and sometimes it can seem hard to keep up with it all.  That's why we keep it sassy!

Sassiness needs to be nurtured in order to be maintained and our Sassy Mama tea blend gives your body the respect it needs, saying “That's right!  You’re awesome!”  Full of nutritive herbs, Sassy Mama helps restore vitality and lift the spirit and keep you cool under the stresses of daily life with kids.  Most importantly it just might help give you the peace you need to really appreciate the family you're creating.  Or at least give you the clarity to call up some help from your community of friends and family  (who wants to spend some quality time at your Aunties' house?).

Sassy Mama is best steeped overnight to bring out the full flavor of the following herbs:

HAWTHORN BERRIES Crataegus monogyna: Hawthorne Berries are like a love letter to the heart.  Their adaptogenic, nervine, and nutritive rich properties are very strengthening, promoting circulation and calm.

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: A very attentive and cheerful herb, Chamomile helps soothe the irritation in both body and mind.  Helpful when sleep is difficult because of stressed nerves and indigestion caused by stress and maybe less-than-ideal eating habits from grabbing what we can.

ALFALFA Medicago sativa: Nutritious, delicious, Alfalfa helps the body better assimilate nutrients – which means more energy for being sassy!

ROSE Rosa damascena: Enhances positive emotions and reminds us to love who we are, what we got, and how we show up in the world.

LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis: Cooling, calming, and refreshing, Lavender improves mental clarity and accuracy.

SACRED BASIL Ocimum sanctum: An especially holy herb, as the name implies, Sacred Basil helps grow our bodies into vibrant health, helping the body adapt to stress both internal and environmental.

Find Sassy Mama in our S H O P!

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