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Essential Oils, Organic Herbs, Candles, Teas, Salt Lamps, Altar Items, Stones, Crystals, Tarot and Psychic Medium Readings, Reiki Healing, Multi-modality Healing, Salt Cave Sauna and Metaphysical/Spiritual Workshops

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!

Reminder: Spring Tea Party, Henna Artist, Raffles and more… this Saturday. Festivities begin at 12 pm (Noon).

 

Spring Tea Party

Saturday, April 15, 2017

12 pm (Noon) to 4 pm

~ Sample various specialty teas hand crafted by Lisa Soucy and enjoy home-made snacks with the tea as well.

~ Professional Henna Artist, Maureen Ahrens will be there from 12 noon to 5 pm.  To see samples of her work, visit www.instagram.com/hennavana

~ Raffles! Enter to win some great items!

Also, the shop will be Closed on Sunday, Easter, April 16th. 

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Spring Tea Party: Saturday, 15 April, 12 pm (Noon) until 4 pm.

 

Spring Tea Party

Saturday, April 15, 2017

12 pm (Noon) to 4 pm

Sample various specialty herbal teas hand crafted by Lisa Soucy and enjoy snacks with the tea as well.

 

 

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Reminder: Healing Share Circle on Sunday, 4-5 pm.

Healing Circle

 

Healing Share Circle

Sundays: April 9 & 30, 2017

4 -5 pm

Must be a Certified Healing Practitioner (Please bring a copy of your healing certification)

Cost: Donation

Please RSVP

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The Pathway of the Tarot: Tarot Card of the Week.

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.

Mullein plant

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

Crystal Visions, New Age Shop, 57A Main Street, Jewett City, CT.

http://www.crystalvisions.biz

Upcoming Events: Monthly Meditation & Healing Share Circles

Chakra-meditation

 

Meditation Circle

Sundays: April 2 & 23, 2017

4 -5 pm

Cost: Donation

Please RSVP

Healing Circle

Healing Share Circle

Sundays: April 9 & 30, 2017

4 -5 pm

Must be a Certified Healing Practitioner

Cost: Donation

Please RSVP

 

 

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Herb of the Week: Cleavers

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Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The lymph system is the body’s mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood.

Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. In cats, these actions make cleavers a safe long-term aid in the treatment of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), and the herb may also be useful for chronic low-grade kidney inflammation.2 In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects.

Cleavers is a coffee relative, and the roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute. The young leaves can be eaten like spinach.

Preparation Methods & Dosage : Herbal tea or 1/2 teaspoon of a liquid extract three times a day.

Cleavers Side Effects: Cleavers is considered a safe herb.

 

Galium aparine
Plant Description:
The bristle-covered fruit will latch onto (cleave)animals who brush by, hence one of its names, catchweed. Geese love it, so the name goosegrass. Native to North America and found in all the lower 48 states and Alaska.

History and Traditions & Folklore:

It is under the dominion of the Moon. The juice of the herb and the seed together taken in wine, helpeth those bitten with an adder, by preserving the heart from the venom. It is familiarly taken in broth, to keep them lean and lank that are apt to grow fat.
Nicholas Culpeper, 1653

 

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

Crystal Visions, New Age Shop, 57A Main Street, Jewett City, CT.

http://www.crystalvisions.biz

Grand Re-Opening Celebration of Crystal Visions starts Tomorrow!

Celebrate 4 years in business and the Grand Re-Opening 

 

~ New merchandise arrives weekly, so be sure to stop in and check out the new items! 

~ Draw to see if you get 5-20% your purchase! (excludes Services)

~ Get a free sample of a 2 minute Healing Session.

~ De-stress from winter by having a Session in the Himalayan Salt Cave Sauna. 

~ Join in on the Festivities! 

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