Herbal Tea and Essential Oil Blends for Soothing and Calming Worry and Anxiety

Everyone to some extent suffers from worry and anxiety.  Sometimes it is perfectly natural, like when you are waiting to see if you got into college or if you are going to ask someone to marry you.  But for a lot of people, chronic worrying and anxiety is a chaotic and destabilizing part of everyday life.  I want to stress that anxiety and panic attacks are a real, honest to Goddess medical condition and that you are not alone.  40 million adults age 18 or older in the United States suffer from anxiety, including yours truly.  If you suspect that you suffer from this condition, please see a doctor or medical practitioner and implement a rigorous self care routine.

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As part of my awesome anti-anxiety routine, I developed a tea to drink in the evenings and at times of high stress as well as an essential oil blend to carry with me and to wear as a perfume during times of high stress. Continue reading

Essential Oil Blend for When You Are Sick

Colds are the worst.  You’re congested and grumpy and feel like you just want to sleep all the time.  But you also need to go to work and take your kids to school and buy groceries.  For when you are down and out, using this recipe will help soothe and heal.

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You can apply this recipe in one of two ways. You can diffuse it in a oil burner or you can add the essential oils to coconut oil and use it the same way you use Vicks. Continue reading

Essential Oil Sprays

As you my lovely reader may have noticed, I love essential oils.  I was first exposed to them as a kid.  Lavender oil was my great-grandmother’s remedy for everything from bruises to stinky sinks.  I rediscovered them as an adult and have been experimenting ever since.
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Dried lavender herb and essential aromatherapy . Source: http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html
One way I use them is combined with water and crystals in an atomizer spray bottle.  I love how this diffusion method envelopes the user in a cloud of scent.  Also I’m asthmatic, so incense isn’t tolerable in my home.  And when my practice began in college, I couldn’t have candles for ritual so I used sprays to scent my dorm room.  Eventually I began making them myself.

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Magical Herbs for Fall and Winter

At least in New England, it is boots and overcoats weather as the last of the leaves fall on the sidewalk.  Peppermint mochas have taken over pumpkin spice lattes.  The nights are lengthening, and the daylight is becoming more precious.  It’s the time of year to begin working with some seasonal plants and herbs in your magical practice.  Some of these can be found in your backyard or in the local park.  And the rest are easily obtained at the grocery store, at Mountain Rose Herbs, or local nursery.

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There are a few themes that are powerfully reflected in the correspondences of these herbs Continue reading

Simple Herbal Tea Blend for Good Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health

So a few months ago, I bulk ordered herbal tea bags from Traditional Medicinal.  And by bulk I mean it was a buy-a-box-get-a-box sale, so I ended up with like 36 boxes of tea bags. I bought a wide variety, but after I got sick of drinking simple nettle and peppermint teas.  So I borrowed a teapot from my mother and started making large pots of herbal tea.  This one has become my favorite for its health benefits and magical correspondences. Continue reading