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Our first post is about…well tea

January 11, 2012

So today I have a very simple recipe for tea that taste absolutely delicious.

 

Sweet Summer Tea

½ cup lavender dried

½ cup catnip dried

Palmetto honey

½ cup sugar

 

First, brew a pot of lavender tea, steep for twenty minutes, strain out herb, and set aside or pour into a pitcher. Next, brew a pot of catnip tea, steep for twenty minutes, strain out herb, and combine with lavender tea in a pitcher. Next add sugar and honey, stir, and refrigerate until cool.

 Now I don’t know what possessed me to brew the two herb teas separately instead of together but that’s how I did it. You’re welcome to combine the herbs if you like, or try both ways and see if the different processes affect the flavor. Mine turned out a lovely shade of amber and taste of light summer days. I’m curious how others will turn out.

So I’m sure some of you are wondering about the properties of these herbs. Well you are all in luck because I’m going to give you both magickal and medicinal properties. *dance dance*

Ok so first, we will start with catnip. Catnip is feminine, ruled by Venus, and is associated with the element of water. Magickally, it is used for contract law, legal confrontations, money, and winning arguments (though this was not what I had in mind when I chose the herb…well maybe the winning arguments bit). Medicinally, this herb is soothing (which is what I did have in mind), purifies the blood, calming, is a light sedative, relieves colic, is a digestive aid, and is mild enough for small children.

Our next herb is lavender. Now lavender is masculine, ruled by Mercury, and is associated with the element of air. Magickally, it can be used in spells for contentment, balance, love, and good health. Medicinally, lavender packs quite a punch.  It has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant properties. Lavender benefits stress, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, colds, digestion, flatulence, upset stomach, liver and gallbladder problems, nervousness, and loss of appetite.

And lastly, we will discuss honey. Now, I’m sure you weren’t expecting that, but honey has both magickal and medicinal properties. Magickally, honey is associated with youth, fertility, health, and prosperity. Medicinally, it can be used for a wide variety of things. Honey can help shed water weight, clear lymph nodes and balance lymph fluid, dry out sinuses, increase circulation, aid in the healing of ulcers, sooth sore throats and coughs, and help reduce allergies (if using for this purpose, make sure you use local honey. Anything else won’t do much good since it’s not from where you live and does not contain the allergens from your area).

 This isn’t even all that these herbs can do. This is just a glimpse in the mirror. When I was making my tea, I was visualizing lazy summer days and relaxing in the sun. If you wish to use the tea for different purposes, you most certainly can. Simply visualize your intent while making it and viola, you have charged your tea with your purpose. Now, with most herbal teas, it is advised to drink no more than one pot a day but because this tea is so mild, you can drink as much as you want.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 12, 2012 2:48 pm

    Sounds divine looking forward to trying it!

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