Herbs for the Road: Traveler Blend

It is always a holiday somewhere and so to say the holiday season is coming up is both a bit misleading and redundant.  We are terribly dedicated to leading no one astray – unless misdirection is part of the remedy.  A good remedy for when the wind fills your sails and you’re off on another adventure whether to a far off land filled with relatives or a forest full of gnomes, we’ve an herbal powder to help clear the way.  We like herbal powders for traveling because they don’t require a source of hot water to make tea, they are relatively compact, and are easy to take on the go!

Our Traveler Blend strengthens the body against fatigue, colds, and getting overwhelmed while also helping address common travel troubles of indigestion, insomnia, motion sickness, and allergies.  Clear roads and fair winds ahead!

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: A classic herb for stomach upset, nausea, and indigestion, chamomile also supports a sense of peace and cheerfulness in the body through its nervine qualities.

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: For indigestion, inflammation, nausea, allergies, fatigue, fever, Licorice is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and an overall tonifying blend that supports the immune system.

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis: Antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating, Calendula helps clear the body of infection and toxins.

REISHI Ganoderma lucidum: Antiviral and immunostimulating, Reishi is an herb of longevity and spiritual receptivity, calming spirit and mind. Great for treating insomnia, altitude sickness, and relieving fatigue.

ASTRAGALUS Astragalus membranaceus: An adaptogenic herb that is immunostimulating, Astragalus is also an adrenal tonic, antiviral, and helps the body resist invasive pathogens.

Available in convenient 1 ounce and 3 ounce sizes in our S H O P.

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.

 

Eye of Newt: Mustard Seed

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The Mustard Seed Brassica nigra is a potent ingredient in the spells of Witches.  Eye of Newt is said to aid in traveling through the air as well as protect against the cold (and colds of the sniffling type, too!).  Sprinkle Mustard Seed across your door for protection and bury it beneath the doorstep to keep the house free of hauntings.
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At the Farmer’s Market

This past Wednesday I went to the Farmer’s Market at Monument Square in downtown Portland and set up a small, open air shop.  I got up nice and early – the morning was chilly, but the sun warm.
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Herb of Protection, Herb of Dreams: Mugwort

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The Latin binomial of our friend, Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, reveals its link to the Goddess Artemis, Divine Hunter, Queen of the Wild, Lover of Nymphs, Protector of small children, and guardian of women in childbirth. The plant is said to protect against the evil eye and promote a long-life. An oil of Mugwort is used to anoint crystal balls and scrying mirrors, a tea of the herb is drunk to promote visions, and prophetic dreams come to those who keep a small pouch of it beneath their pillow. Mugwort is also an ingredient in blends meant to help the spirit leave the body and journey to lands beyond our own realm.
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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.
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Tea for Two: Herbs Through Your Pregnancy

Have a cup of tea – or two or three! During your pregnancy tea can be a wonderful ritual of mindfulness helping us remember to nourish our bodies, spirit, and mind. Herbs such as Red Raspberry leaf(Rubus idaeus), Nettles (Urtica dioica), and Oats (Avena sativa) are particularly suited for nourishing, supporting, and preparing the body for birth as well as supporting you postpartum. So why these three herbs? Glad you asked!

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A Magical History of Herbs: Enchanted Names

“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble…”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I

Names of herbs shift and change through time, culture, and circumstance.  While many modern herbalists use Latin binomials to organize and distinguish herbs regardless of how they are known in separate cultures, common and folk names for herbs are valuable, informative, and often quite inventive.
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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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