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. (more…)

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.
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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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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!
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