Monday, March 21, 2016

Full Moon Tea: Emotional Well-being



With the full moon just a couple of days away, I thought I'd share with you a recipe for full moon tea.

Making moon tea is a lot like making sun tea, only it imbues different properties. With the moon being a feminine energy, this is a method to use if you're looking to balance feminine hormones, inspire self-love, or to harness the Goddess's nurturing attributes. Today I decided to focus on emotional well-being, because who couldn't use a boost?

Between everyday stress and random junk life throws at us, it's not uncommon for us to need a little pick-me-up now and then in the emotional realm. And who else better to make us feel safe and loved than the Moon Goddess herself?

Here's what to do:

1. Gather your herbs
2. Place them in a clear glass jar
3. Fill jar with gently warmed (NOT boiling or steaming) water 
4. Loosely cover with lid or cheesecloth 
5. Leave outside in the moonlight
6. In the morning, strain herbs from tea (perfect for composting!)
7. Enjoy a glass while reflecting on how awesome you are.

Easy peasey, right? Below are the herbs I selected. I like to use what I have on hand and encourage you to do the same. No need to make life more complicated, especially if you're making a tea to help you relax! If you're looking for a great, comprehensive reference for magickal herb properties and meanings, I recommend Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs



Michaela's Get Your S#!@ Together Tea 
(AKA Emotional Well-being Tea)

A hefty pinch of each:

Catnip
Magickal properties: Love and happiness
Medicinal properties: analgesic, sedative, moves chi (energy), calms nerves

Chamomile
Magickal properties: love and self-love
Medicinal properties: calms nerves, eases digestion, soothes anxiety, stress, nightmares

Self-Heal
Magickal properties: Promotes self-care
Medicinal properties: Encourages convalescence, clears heat, cleanses heavy metal toxicity

Because herbs are so beautifully versatile and comprehensive, I only listed a few applicable medicinal properties of each. Herbal medicine is invaluable and wonderfully vast. Even after years of study, I'm still in awe of how all of our needs can be met through herbs, even modern and unnatural needs, like herbs to combat the side effects of chemotherapy. The more I explore nature, the more I come to realize we truly are taken care of by this beautiful planet. It's humbling and breathtaking and truly miraculous. 

...I'm just going to enjoy that thought for a moment.

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Okay, back to tea! If you don't have the herbs above, see what speaks to you from your pantry. Once you've selected three or four, look them up and see what your intuition is telling you. Kind of fun, hm?! Happy Full Moon, everyone!


Enjoy this spell? Why not stock up with a whole YEAR of full moon spells?! Check out By the Light of the Moon: 13 Simple & Affordable Pagan Spells & Rituals for a Year of Full Moon Celebrations!

Have you ever made Moon Tea? What's your favorite blend? 

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9 comments:

  1. Hi thanks for your recipe I recently lost my son and trying not to lean too much into medicine but moreherbal do you have any suggestion on which herb I can use for grief and anxiety thank you

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    1. First, let me say I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. No parent should have to suffer the horrific tragedy of losing a child. I give you my sincerest condolences.

      I’m actually finishing up some posts on coping with grief using herbs and/or magick. But since those won’t be available for a few weeks, let me give you some other suggestions. For immediately addressing anxiety/ stress, I recommend a blend of catnip, lemon balm, and chamomile tea. Combine in equal amounts and steep for 15 minutes before draining and drinking. Chamomile is generally safe, but do take caution if you have severe ragweed allergies. Lemon balm should be avoided if you have a low-functioning thyroid, though occasional use is okay. A mug or two of this a day can be very helpful and calming.

      I personally use a product called Rescue Remedy for grief. It’s not something that’s going to give you instant ease like an anti-anxiety prescription, but over time it helps you cope with those painful emotions of grief. A homeopathic remedy called Ignatia Amara is also good for gently handling grief. This allows us to process our emotions better during those times when we feel overcome and suffocated by strong emotions. I like the Boiron brand, if you’re new to homeopathic. Both of these can be taken long-term.

      If you’re struggling with insomnia, I’ve used a product called Deep Sleep by Herbs, Etc after the loss of a family member, and it helped me get to sleep. This has lemon balm in it as well, so take separately from the tea and monitor how you’re feeling if you have a thyroid problem.

      Hopefully this information helps. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask. And again, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I wish you peace and comfort in this dark time.

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    2. Do some research on 'Kava Tea'
      I bought some through Nambawan, you can Google them too. It's a little pricey, not too bad, but it's been incredible for my anxiety, and it's worth looking into.

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  2. I dont want to step on your toes but I always recommend Lisa Blair Hathaway she puts the loss of a child into such beautiful perspective...

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    1. No offense taken! =D I appreciate you stopping by and sharing this information! Blessed Be.

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  3. Hello! I am just beginning to explore herbs and magickal tea, so I will be reading through your blog posts for inspiration now I have found you. Blessed Be :)

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    1. Merry Meet! I'm so glad I could be of assistance. Thanks for poking around the blog! =D Blessed Be!

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  4. Thank you for such a great article. I am just starting out with this path and am trying to learn all that I can. This is something I am looking forward to trying. Currently I am in school for Aromatherapy, however we have studied some herbs. What is self-heal exactly? Is this a blend? Could you get it at a health food store? Thank you so much. Blessed be!

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    1. Hello there!

      Self-heal is a gorgeous plant with purple flowers that's actually a member of the mint family (lamiaceae). Medicinally, it's useful for many applications, including tissue repair, inflammation reduction, clearing heating, relieving congestion, and aiding the liver. It's a pretty wonderful herb that treats ailments such as chemotherapy/radiation side effects, heavy metal toxicity, hypothyroidisim, even vertigo! Personally, I order self-heal online as I find it's not as widely available as other herbs.

      If you're looking for a good place to start as far as herbal medicine goes, I HIGHLY recommend a book by Brigitte Mars called The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine. It's the first book I reach for when looking for herbal recommendations. I've had it for years, and the curled pages show just how much I love and reference it. I have yet to find a book that's been more reliable. She's a fantastic herbalist, and this book is both comprehensive and informative. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/go2pwvl

      Good luck with your aromatherapy studies! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! =D Blessed Be, my friend!

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