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Herb of the Week

Herbs Of The Week

Hello all, we will be posting three different herbs every week and list their property’s.

IMG_5554Agrimony: Also  known as Liverwort, cockleburr, sticklewort.

Medicinal Uses: * Bed Wetting/incontinence * Bladder Infection (UTI) * Children* Cuts & Wounds * Diarrhea * Herbal Teas * Liver * Longevity Tonics * Menorrhagia * Parasites/worms * Sore Throat

Properties: * * Astringent * Cholagogue * Coagulant/Hemostatic * Cordial * Depurative * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Hepatic * Styptic * Vulnerary

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Constituents: catechin,palmitic-acid, quercitrin, silicic-acid, tannin, thiamin , ursolic-acid

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Approved by the German Commission E internal use for mild, nonspecific, acute diarrhea and inflammation of oral and sore throat. The dried, above-ground parts of Agrimony can be used as a skin wash to treat skin inflammation and irritations.

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Agrimony’s astringency is effective against diarrhea, especially in small children, and because of its low toxicity, the herb is particularly suitable for children’s illnesses. Agrimony stops irritation of the urinary tract that may increase a child’s urge to urinate and, therefore, may be useful in the treatment of bladder leakage (cannot hold urine), bed-wetting and may help to control incontinence in adults as well. Sip a cup of Agrimony tea slowly before retiring to bed.

Agrimony is perhaps best known as a wound herb used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding. This same property helps to slow heavy menstrual bleeding as well. Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc.

The tannins it contains tone the mucus membranes making it is useful for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and sore throats. Agrimony has had a great reputation for curing jaundice and other liver complaints..It was at one time included in the London Materia Medica as a vulnerary herb…Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. The herbal tea can be used as a skin wash; it is thought to improve minor injuries and chronic skin conditions. ( 

The combination of being a bitter tonic as well as an astringent herb make agrimony a valuable tonic for the digestive system and a useful remedy for healing peptic ulcers. The bitter principles in the plant support the function of the liver and gallbladder.    

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Standard brew using 1 teaspoon of dried herb to each cup hot water. The longer you let it steep, the more tannins are extracted. Make a stronger decoction for external use in baths and skin washes Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Used in ointment form for skin rashes, and as a gargle for sore throat.

 

Magical Properties of Agrimony:

Agrimony is useful for spellwork for those who who need to explore their true feelings and to help balance the emotions applied to a situation. The plant is also used in protection spells, to help build a psychic shield, to reduce the influence of another’s negativity and to banish negative energies and spirits.

 

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Alfalfa:

Medicinal Uses: * Cancer Prevention * Candida/yeast * Cholesterol * Culinary/Kitchen * Female Hormones * Herbal Teas * Longevity Tonics * Menopause * Nutrition * Osteoporosis * Pet * Spring Tonics

Properties: * * Anodyne * Anti-inflammatory * Antioxidant * Antirheumatic * Depurative* Diuretic * Emmenagogue * estrogenic * Galactagogue

Parts Used: dried leaves, stems, unopened flowers, sprouts

Constituents: beta-carotene and vitamins c, e, and k

Alfalfa leaf contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, including considerable quantities of protein, trace mineral and vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, which serves as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. The deep root system absorbs minerals from the soil resulting in a plant rich in vitamins and minerals and a great source of fiber and protein. Alfalfa leaf is rich in protein and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Alfalfa extract is a good source of chlorophyll and carotene. It is important to insist on certified organic alfalfa, since the plant concentrates cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc when it is grown in contaminated soils. The leaves contain eight essential amino acids. Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential.

Alfalfa is not recommended as primary treatment for any condition, alfalfa is a tonic herb, one that supports health by nourishing the body. Alfalfa is of special interest to women because of its estrogenic activity. Chemicals in alfalfa called saponins can help lower blood cholesterol (by impeding intestinal absorption) without affecting heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.

Magical Properties of Alfalfa:

Alfalfa is a feminine herb of the earth element. It is ruled by Venus. Alfalfa is a bringer of prosperity. Carry it with you when you go to the bank to ask for a loan. To protect your home and all who dwell within from hunger, poverty and unhappiness, keep a small jar of alfalfa in your kitchen cabinet or pantry.

 

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Anise:

Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy * Colds * Congestion * Cramps/abdominal * Culinary/Kitchen * Digestion * Herbal Steam * Herbal Teas * IBS * Lice * Pet * Scabies

Properties: * * Abortifacient * Anodyne * Antibacterial * Aphrodisiac * Aromatic * Carminative * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Diuretic * Expectorant * Galactagogue * Nervine * Stimulant * Stomachic * Tonic

Parts Used: Seeds, essential oil

Constituents: choline, sugar, mucilage. the essential oil contains up to 90 percent anethole

Anise has been a popular remedy here in North America for hundreds of years as carminative, a herb that relieves gas pains and bloating. Other traditional uses include colic, rheumatism, and the familiar licorice-flavor in cough drops.

The therapeutic powers of anise’s phytochemicals, including creosol and alpapinene, are commonly used in herbal remedies to break up congestion, and ease coughing. Anise is an expectorant that is also antiseptic to the mucous membranes. This means that anise does double duty: it kill germs while clearing the lungs of congestion.1

Anise and the closely related fennel both contain anethol which has estrogenic properties. Both of these herbs have a folklore reputation as tonics for women who are nursing and want to increase milk production , or have menstrual problems like delayed or skimpy periods.

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Sweet and very aromatic, anise can be used in tea, or in baking and cooking, the taste compliments cookies, cakes, and pasta dishes. Aniseed gives the Greek liqueur ouzo it’s distinctive licorice taste.

Magical Properties of Anise:

Magical Attributes. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine. Hang an anise seed head from your bedpost to restore lost youth. Use anise in dream pillows to keep away nightmares and ensure a good nights rest.

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7 Chakra Points and the herbs & crystals to help balance and recharge them. Chakra 7 Crown

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7 Chakra Points and the herbs & crystals to help balance and recharge them.

Week 7 Chakra 7 (Crown Chakra)

Crown Chakra:  (I Understand)

Herbs: Lavender, Lotus. Teas, smudges, and bath soaks with these herbs will help balance and recharge the Crown Chakra

Crystal: Amethyst

 

The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the “chakra ladder” which starts from the root chakra that grounds us on the Earth and progresses upward to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation.

Sahasrara is located at the crown of the head. The gift of this chakra is experiencing unity and the selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level.

The energy of this chakra allows us to experience mystical oneness with everyone and everything in nature.

There is no intellectual knowing at the level of seventh chakra, but there is serenity, joy, and deep peace about life.

You have a sense of knowing that there is a deeper meaning of life and that there is an order that underlies all of existence.

The “way of the crown chakra” is the way of going beyond the limits of your own ego. It is the way of transcending the ego and knowing that all of creation is interconnected at a fundamental level.

A level that some call the “Akasha” or “Zero Point Field”, or just “the Field”. This is the fundamental level of connection.

According to Tantric philosophy, the seventh chakra is both a receiver and giver of energy and consciousness. It receives energy to sustain life and it gives back the personal energy to unite with the collective pool of consciousness.

It is the meeting point between finite (the body and the ego) and infinite (the universe and soul).

It is the place where time and timelessness intersect and where death and eternal life meet.

The thousand petal chakra embraces an attitude of gratitude for one’s life.

When we realize that everything is interconnected and that we are part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to live with gratitude, faith and trust, rather than filled with fear and anxiety.

We are guided by the higher power and we feel divinity from within and from without.

The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the spirit – open to the divine – and at the same time stay firmly rooted deep in the ground.

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Just some information: (Bearberry Moon)

LLWELLYN’S Witches’ Datebook 2018

“What herb could be more appropriate for a winter Moon than bearberry? High overhead, the Great Bear constellation, Ursa Major, stalks the night sky, even as her kin lie sleeping in their dens. Those that do stir, if only briefly, might be seen enjoying the last of the bright red berries of Arctostaphylos uva-uris that come on in late fall, though to humans they really don’t have much flavor”.

“Like many plants that have fibrous, spreading root systems that crawl just below the ground level before erupting in leaves, bearberry is useful for kidney ailments and urinary tract disorders. Because it helps as a diuretic to remove excess uric acid, bearberry may be used to treat gout. In Native American traditions, dried bearberry leaves were burned to carry prayers to the heavens”.

“The plant itself is evergreen and is said to be circumpolar, meaning it tends to prefer colder climates. Its rich green leaves are another reminder that, though winter storms may howl, all is not lost. There is hope for the future in the grey, barren landscape”.

—JD Hortwort

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7 Chakra Points and the herbs & crystals to help balance and recharge them. Week 1

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Week 1 Chakra 1 (Root Chakra)

Root Chakra:  (I am)

Herbs: Elder Flower, Ginger Root, Sage, Dandelion. Teas, smudges, and bath soaks with these herbs will help balance and recharge the Root Chakra

Crystal: Bloodstone

The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine.

It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.

Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.

Since base chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara.

War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra.

These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns.

It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra.

It is important though to balance the root chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth.

We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

 

Herb of the Week: PennyRoyal

PennyRoyal

 

 

Common Names: PennyRoyal , Penny-Royal, poleo

Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium

Family: LAMIACEAE

Pennyroyal is an important member of the family of mints, used historically since the time of Pliny to stimulate suppressed menstruation, alleviate cramps and tension during a woman’s monthly cycle and facilitate childbirth.

Preparation Methods & Dosage: whole herb teas, use essential oil in topical applications only.

Pennyroyal oil is an excellent insect repellent, and is used in many commercial preparations. Just remember that a few drops will go a long way. The oil is extremely potent, and extremely toxic if taken internally.

PennyRoyal Side Effects: Pennyroyal used as the whole herb in tea is one that can be used safely for its intended purposes, when coupled with common sense, respect, knowledge and caution. A woman would have to drink enormous quantities of whole herb tea to cause a miscarrage, so there is little chance of an accidental overdose. Still best avoid use while pregnant, unless under guidance to facilitate labor .

Pennyroyal oil, however is extremely toxic, doses a small 1 teaspoon can cause convulsions, and ingestion has even resulted in death. Never, ever, never take pennyroyal oil internally for any reason.

You can purchase pennyroyal herb at Crystal Visions, along with many other natural herbs and herbal blends.

Herb of the Week: Osha Root

Osha Root

 

Osha root is also known as loveageloveroot or bear medicine because bears, after chewing it for health reasons, are side-affected by its “lovage” properties and take to nuzzling each other. This perennial herb — Ligusticum porteri, known as osha or osha (<- cut) — is found in parts of the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico.

While immediately effective for many wellness-promoting purposes, Osha root’s said side effects (quite benign and even cause alone to consume it) are a result of its containing oxytocin, a powerful hormone. “When we we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up,” explains Psychology Today. “It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. The hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. This hormone is greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding—the list goes on.” 

Primarily though, osha root is used to support the respiratory system.

member of the parsley family, Osha’s seeds and leaves were food to indigenous Americans. It also served as a symbol for different beliefs: some communities burned Osha as a sacrifice for protection against dangerous spirits and omens; others washed it in waterways near vegetation during rituals for producing rain.

Osha’s roots were often chewed to increase endurance – which has since been attributed its respiratory system supportiveness. Native American Indian parents even used to wrap Osha roots with leaves and strings and placed them near newly born babies to cleanse the air they breathed. 

Additionally, Osha root contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and therefore supports health or healing for respiratory conditions (coughs, colds, tonsillitis, flu, and other types of viral infections). Its antiviral properties are well recognized today, and as an alternative medicine, it’s often prescribed at the first signals of the common cold or flu. Osha can also be taken when traveling to higher altitudes or for long-distance hiking to promote easy breathing.

Herbal supplements (capsules, syrups or tinctures, most commonly) are easily available from natural medicine sources, however Osha root itself is also accessible and preparing one’s own “prescription” is simple and affordable.

To purchase Osha Root in it’s natural form, visit Crystal Visions for all your Herbal needs. 

Herb of the Week: Passion Flower

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Passiflora incarnata
  • Common Names
  • Passion Flower
  • Botanical Name
  • Passiflora incarnata
  • Family
  • Passifloraceae

 

Herbalists have a high regard for the soothing properties of passionflower and recommend it as a general nerve tonic to treat nervous stress. The Commission E approved its use for anxiety. Passionflower is used to gently relax the mind/body to prepare for a more restful nights sleep. Other uses include neuralgia including post herpes nerve pain and shingles. Together in an extract, the alkaloids and flavonoids of passionflower are stronger sedatives and relaxants that one isolated chemical, reminding us of the wisdom of using the whole herb, instead of isolated extracts. Passionflower is often used in conjunction with other mildly sedative herbs like lemon balm and valerian.

Preparation Methods & Dosage: Passionflower can be brewed into teas, made into tinctures, or encapsulated. Makes a great addition to bath blends. Passionflower is combined with hawthorn as a cardiotonic, and with lemon balm, Valerian, and St. Johns wort for sedative teas.

Passion Flower Side Effects: Passionflower may aggravate conditions caused by excessive testosterone (baldness and prostate problems in men, unusual aggression, hair growth, and skin problems in men and women) so this should be evaluated before consuming too much Passionflower. Not for use in pregnancy, can cause uterine contractions.

 

Passion Flower and many other Herbs are Available at Crystal Visions!

Herb of the Week: Mullein

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The ancient reputation that mullein enjoyed in both in Europe and Asia of having the power to exorcise evil spirits may be attributed to the magic mullein oil can perform on an ear ache.  A combination of garlic and mullein flower oil is the traditional oil used for ear infections which is both antibacterial and analgesic.  A combination oil of garlic and mullein is good for our animal companions as well, it works on ear mites and helps control fleas and itching.  Mullein flowers are also used in teas to coat sore throats and calm coughing. Mullein tones and soothes irritated lungs and speeds healing of damaged tissues, which could help lungs damaged by smoking recover. Mullein is one of the traditional smoking herbs as well, which could be used as a tobacco substitute to help smokers quit as well. Mullein flowers infused in olive oil are also used to ease the pain of swollen rheumatic joints.

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage : Fresh mullein flowers can be made into extracts, infused in oil, or taken as a tea. Often combined with garlic in oil and with other herbs in teas for coughs: anise, coltsfoot, marshmallow, and comfrey. A fresh poultice of the mashed leaves make an excellent antimicrobial, astringent first aid remedy for minor burns and insect bites. Mullein combines well with black cohosh and Lobelia inflata in liniments.

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Mullein is sold at Crystal Visions! Come on by and check out our selection of Herbs and Custom Made Herbal Teas.

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