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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Source: http://theodysseyonline.com/csu-long-beach/poems-read-anxiety/207832

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

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.

Source: http://stillblog.net/pine-cone-galaxy/
Source: http://stillblog.net/pine-cone-galaxy/

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

An Herbal Blend for Work, Study, and Intellectual Pursuits

This is a formula I put together for blog writing and homework.  You can use it for anything from doing your taxes to working in your home office to writing a screenplay.   I also find this is a good scent to burn while writing rituals.  While I usually combine these scents as essential oils and diffuse them, it can certainly be blended as a loose incense.

Ingredients

  • 1 part sage, loose herb or essential oil
  • 1 part rosemary, loose herb or essential oil
  • 1 part ceder, loose herb or essential oil
  • 5 or more drops of bergamot essential oil

If using loose herbs, combine the herbs and the bergamot oil together in a container and burn on charcoal tablets.  If using essential oils, combine about five drops of each scent into the diffuser bowl filled with water, then diffuse.

Rosemary has been used for centuries as a memory aid.  Sage and ceder help clear the mind and keep the worker on track.  Bergamot stimulates the brain and helps good ideas flow.

© Ariadne Woods