Stone of the Day
July 21st, 2012
Anyolite
Anyolite is Zoisite with Ruby inclusions.  Anyolite possesses the following characteristics in addition to those of Zoisite and Ruby.
Anyolite stimulates growth of spirituality, at the same time as increasing awareness of individuality.  All psychic abilities are enhanced by this stone.  Spiritual communications and diagnostic healing are also features of Anyolite.  All abilities and talents of the mind may be reached using this stone.
All energies, including all psychic energies, are enhanced by this magical combination.
In healing, Anyolite may be used to improve heart disorders.

Stone of the Day

July 21st, 2012

Anyolite

  • Anyolite is Zoisite with Ruby inclusions.  Anyolite possesses the following characteristics in addition to those of Zoisite and Ruby.
  • Anyolite stimulates growth of spirituality, at the same time as increasing awareness of individuality.  All psychic abilities are enhanced by this stone.  Spiritual communications and diagnostic healing are also features of Anyolite.  All abilities and talents of the mind may be reached using this stone.
  • All energies, including all psychic energies, are enhanced by this magical combination.
  • In healing, Anyolite may be used to improve heart disorders.
Herb of the Day
July 21st, 2012
Aloe Vera

ABOUT:  Aloe vera is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.
MEDICINAL: The gel of the inner part of an aloe leaf is used to treat burns, skin rashes, and insect bites, as well as chafed nipples from breastfeeding, when applied to the affected area externally. Internally it can be used to keep the bowels functioning smoothly, or when there is an impaction, although it can cause intestinal cramping when taken internally, and there are other herbs that do this job better. It aids in healing wounds by drawing out infection, and preventing infection from starting. The fresh gel is best to,use, rather than “stabilized” gels found in the stores. The fresh gel was used by Cleopatra to keep her skin soft and young.
MAGICAL: Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen will help prevent burns and mishaps while cooking. It will also prevent household accidents, and guard against evil.
GROWING: Best grown indoors in pots. Those living in the deep South, as in southern Texas or Southern Florida, can grow aloe outdoors. Remember that Aloe is a succulent, not a cactus, so it needs water to keep the leaves fleshy and juicy.

Herb of the Day

July 21st, 2012

Aloe Vera


  • ABOUT:  Aloe vera is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.
  • MEDICINAL: The gel of the inner part of an aloe leaf is used to treat burns, skin rashes, and insect bites, as well as chafed nipples from breastfeeding, when applied to the affected area externally. Internally it can be used to keep the bowels functioning smoothly, or when there is an impaction, although it can cause intestinal cramping when taken internally, and there are other herbs that do this job better. It aids in healing wounds by drawing out infection, and preventing infection from starting. The fresh gel is best to,use, rather than “stabilized” gels found in the stores. The fresh gel was used by Cleopatra to keep her skin soft and young.
  • MAGICAL: Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen will help prevent burns and mishaps while cooking. It will also prevent household accidents, and guard against evil.
  • GROWING: Best grown indoors in pots. Those living in the deep South, as in southern Texas or Southern Florida, can grow aloe outdoors. Remember that Aloe is a succulent, not a cactus, so it needs water to keep the leaves fleshy and juicy.
Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)
July 18th, 2012
Mint
I’m going to combine both spearmint and peppermint here.
Gender: MasculineAlignment: Mercury &/or VenusElement: Air

Magical attributes: Money, healing, strength, augment power, luck, travel.

Uses:
As a tea aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups. 
Inhalations of the leaves in boiling water is recommended for head colds and asthma. 
Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches. Nervous headaches can be relieved if you lie in a dark room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead.
 Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. 
An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. 
Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.

Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)

July 18th, 2012

Mint

I’m going to combine both spearmint and peppermint here.

Gender: Masculine
Alignment: Mercury &/or Venus
Element: Air

Magical attributes: Money, healing, strength, augment power, luck, travel.

Uses:

  • As a tea aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups. 
  • Inhalations of the leaves in boiling water is recommended for head colds and asthma. 
  • Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches. Nervous headaches can be relieved if you lie in a dark room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead.
  •  Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. 
  • An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. 
  • Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.
Stone of the Day
July 18th, 2012
Andalusite
Andalusite appears in white, pink, red, red/brown, grey, and green forms.
Andalusite promotes analysis of ones own physical, emotional, and intellectual ‘self’, while remaining grounded.  It conveys the message that full attention must be placed on ‘intent’ in order to progress spiritually, and that self-sacrifice is never needed, even if it is chosen as an option.  Moderation in all things is another message carried by this stone.
Andalusite is useful in channeling, bringing clarity and understanding to the meaning of any received messages.

Stone of the Day

July 18th, 2012

Andalusite

  • Andalusite appears in white, pink, red, red/brown, grey, and green forms.
  • Andalusite promotes analysis of ones own physical, emotional, and intellectual ‘self’, while remaining grounded.  It conveys the message that full attention must be placed on ‘intent’ in order to progress spiritually, and that self-sacrifice is never needed, even if it is chosen as an option.  Moderation in all things is another message carried by this stone.
  • Andalusite is useful in channeling, bringing clarity and understanding to the meaning of any received messages.
Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)
July 17th, 2012
LEMON
I’m pretty sure we all know what lemons are and that they come from trees. Atleast I really hope we all know this, so skipping description.

Gender: Feminine
Alignment: Moon &/or Neptune
Element: Water
Magical attributes: Purification, love, blessings
**I have also adapted lemons for use in both curses, binds, and protection spells**
 A mixture of lemon juice and water may be used to wash second-hand amulets, jewellery and other magickal objects, as this ensures that all negative vibrations are cleansed from them.
The dried peel and flowers may be added to love sachets and mixtures, and the leaves can be used in lust teas.
 Serve lemon pie to your spouse to ensure fidelity. (find skeptical unless you know hwo to cook)
A slice of lemon placed beneath a visitor’s chair will ensure the friendship will last. (I find this skeptical)
Add lemon juice to the full moon ritual bath for its cleansing properties. 
 Wear diluted lemon oil during the Full Moon to attune with its energies. 
Use in purification and healing oils.
 Lemons may also be used to make poppets.
An appropriate gift for your loved one is to grow a lemon tree from the seed of a lemon that you have eaten.
To make a ‘lemon and pin’ charm for good luck and blessings, pick a green lemon not larger than 1 ½” in diameter. Next, using colored pins (except black), stick them one at a time into the lemon until it is fairly covered. Attach a ribbon and hang in the home.

Uses: 
 Sweetens breath. 
Antiseptic, antibacterial and hypotensive.
 For chills and sore throat, the juice of a lemon mixed in a glass of honey and warm water, taken 3 times daily should help. 
For nose bleeds, apply a small piece of cotton, soaked in lemon juice. 
 In oil form it is used for treating warts, insect bites, tension headaches, eliminates cellulite, and is an anti-wrinkle tonic.
Stimulates the digestive system. 
 A good skin cleanser, 
Hair rinse for blondes
Cleaning agent for brass and silver.
Lemon rinds have cancer fighting agents and boost the liver - consider adding to diet.

Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)

July 17th, 2012

LEMON

I’m pretty sure we all know what lemons are and that they come from trees. Atleast I really hope we all know this, so skipping description.

Gender: Feminine

Alignment: Moon &/or Neptune

Element: Water

Magical attributes: Purification, love, blessings

**I have also adapted lemons for use in both curses, binds, and protection spells**

 A mixture of lemon juice and water may be used to wash second-hand amulets, jewellery and other magickal objects, as this ensures that all negative vibrations are cleansed from them.

The dried peel and flowers may be added to love sachets and mixtures, and the leaves can be used in lust teas.

 Serve lemon pie to your spouse to ensure fidelity. (find skeptical unless you know hwo to cook)

A slice of lemon placed beneath a visitor’s chair will ensure the friendship will last. (I find this skeptical)

Add lemon juice to the full moon ritual bath for its cleansing properties. 

 Wear diluted lemon oil during the Full Moon to attune with its energies. 

Use in purification and healing oils.

 Lemons may also be used to make poppets.

An appropriate gift for your loved one is to grow a lemon tree from the seed of a lemon that you have eaten.

To make a ‘lemon and pin’ charm for good luck and blessings, pick a green lemon not larger than 1 ½” in diameter. Next, using colored pins (except black), stick them one at a time into the lemon until it is fairly covered. Attach a ribbon and hang in the home.

Uses: 

 Sweetens breath. 

Antiseptic, antibacterial and hypotensive.

 For chills and sore throat, the juice of a lemon mixed in a glass of honey and warm water, taken 3 times daily should help. 

For nose bleeds, apply a small piece of cotton, soaked in lemon juice. 

 In oil form it is used for treating warts, insect bites, tension headaches, eliminates cellulite, and is an anti-wrinkle tonic.

Stimulates the digestive system. 

 A good skin cleanser, 

Hair rinse for blondes

Cleaning agent for brass and silver.

Lemon rinds have cancer fighting agents and boost the liver - consider adding to diet.

Stone of the Day
July 17th, 2012
Amethyst
Amethyst is a form of quartz which is found globally.  The color comes from manganese impurities in clear quartz.   Amethyst, therefore, possesses all or the characteristics of clear quartz, together with the additional ones described here.
Amethyst is the ‘stone of spirituality’ (the color being associated with ‘spirituality’ also) and transforms low vibration energies to those of higher levels.
Good for aura-clearing, it also enhances stability, strength, vigor, and peace.   Peace is the characteristic which most people associate with this stone.
Amethyst is also a strong protective stone, warding off psychic attacks, and transforming the energy of the attack into positive, loving energy, before returning it to the ‘Universal Energy Pool’…
An elixir of Amethyst can be used to treat disorders of hearing, skeletal problems, posture, central nervous system, heart, stomach/digestive tract, and teeth
Another of the stones of protection, power and majesty used in the past by high-priests.

Stone of the Day

July 17th, 2012

Amethyst

  • Amethyst is a form of quartz which is found globally.  The color comes from manganese impurities in clear quartz.   Amethyst, therefore, possesses all or the characteristics of clear quartz, together with the additional ones described here.
  • Amethyst is the ‘stone of spirituality’ (the color being associated with ‘spirituality’ also) and transforms low vibration energies to those of higher levels.
  • Good for aura-clearing, it also enhances stability, strength, vigor, and peace.   Peace is the characteristic which most people associate with this stone.
  • Amethyst is also a strong protective stone, warding off psychic attacks, and transforming the energy of the attack into positive, loving energy, before returning it to the ‘Universal Energy Pool’…
  • An elixir of Amethyst can be used to treat disorders of hearing, skeletal problems, posture, central nervous system, heart, stomach/digestive tract, and teeth
  • Another of the stones of protection, power and majesty used in the past by high-priests.
Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)
July 16th, 2012
Angelica:
Angelica is a tall, stout, very ornamental and aromatic plant with large white flowers, growing to a height of 4 to 6 feet or more. It is a biennial or short lived perennial herb.It has a smooth, dark purple, hollow stem 1 to 2 inches round. The leaves are dark green, divided into three parts, each of which is again divided into three serrated leaflets, sometimes lobed. The lower leaves are larger sometimes 2 feet wide. Angelica leaves have flattened, inward curved, stalks with clasping bases or sheathing to form an elongated bowl which holds water. The root is branched, from 3 to 6 inches long, thick and fleshy with several small rootlets. Flowers are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish-white and grouped into large, compound umbels. The flowers bloom in July and are succeeded by pale yellow, oblong fruits, 1/6 to a 1/4 inch in length when ripe produced in somewhat rounds heads, which sometimes are 8 to 10 inches in diameter.

Gender: MasculineAlignment: VenusElement: Fire
Magical Attributes: Protection, Exorcism.
Grow it in the garden to protect the home.  
Make necklaces of the leaves, or carrythe root in your pocket for protection.  
The dried leaves are burned in exorcism rituals.
To ward off evil spirits inside the home, sprinkle in all four corners of the house.  This, and the burning of the leaves within the home,  is also said to give a joyful outlook to the residents of the home.
Uses: PLEASE DO NOT EAT THE ROOT UNLESS IT HAS BEEN DRIED AND PRESERVED CORRECTLY THEY ARE POISONOUS UNTIL AFTER DRYING. CONSULT DOCTOR BEFORE CONSUMING IF PREGNANT.
Not to be taken internally by pregnant women, or people suffering from diabetes or heart problems.

Exposure to sunlight while taking medicinal doses of angelica may cause a rash, due to increased photosensitivity. Using the root essential oil may also cause photo toxicity when exposed to sunlight directly after application.

Conflicting reports have been received regarding an ingredient of Angelica called psoralens.

"Science" journal published an article, which advised against the internal use of angelica, as psoralens may promote the growth of tumors, while on the other hand, animal studies have shown that alpha-angelica lactone (found in angelica) has an anticancer effect.

It is therefore advised that people with a history of cancer not take the herb until these questions have been resolved.



Internal use:Angelica is mostly used for:
stimulating gastric juices
flatulence
stomach cramps
antispasmodic properties
cholagogue effect
reducing menopausal symptoms
premenstrual syndrome
allergies
reducing muscle spasms
Some studies of the Chinese species have found that it helps to relieve menopausal discomforts. It is used as a phytoestrogen and is used to balance estrogen levels in the body by reducing high estrogen levels, as well as increasing low estrogen levels.
Due to the estrogen balancing effect it has on the body it is particularly helpful in fighting menopausal problems, specifically hot flushes.
It also has uterine tonic qualities and is used to relieve uterine cramps.
Asian researchers report that Chinese angelica helps blood to clot (contra indicating the use of the herb for people with heart conditions), 
and improves liver function in people with chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Preliminary research in China has found that the herb may help increase the production of red blood cells, making the herb a possible remedy for anemia.
It helps to dilate coronary vessels and relieve vasospasm, thereby having a blood pressure-lowering effect, which is thought to be due to calcium channel antagonism.
Chinese angelica as well as A. acutiloba (Japanese angelica) have nearly double the analgesic and pain relieving effect than that of aspirin, making it a natural to use for headaches, arthritis, trauma and cramps.
The European species of Angelica is used internally to combat bronchitis, mucus, and influenza, as it soothes the bronchial smooth muscle.
The herb is also used to combat digestive problems, gastric ulcers, anorexia, and migraines.
It is a traditional medicine to be used against allergies and allergic symptoms to a variety of substances; including pollen, dust, animal dander, foods etc. as it has the ability to inhibit the production of allergy-related antibodies.
The coumarins contained in angelica have shown some good immune stimulating action by stimulating the production of white blood cells, to fight off foreign particles, as well as cancerous cells, which in turn fights tumors or tumor forming cells. It is also used to stimulate the production of interferon in the body.
Angelica leaves and stems are crystallized to be used as sweets and to decorate cakes.
Steamed stems can be eaten with butter, and chopped stems add flavor to roast pork.
External use:
The external uses of the European herb include Poultices for:
rheumatic pain
neuralgia
pleurisy
Aromatherapy and essential oil use:The essential oil made from angelica root is used as an all-over tonic, purifying the blood, “grounding” the person and for digestive problems.It is a boost for the lymphatic system, and a valuable oil to use after illness, to help clear the body of toxins. It has  some excellent anti-fungal properties, yet is lacking in antimicrobial activity.
There ya go Jenna, hope it helps.

Herb of the Day (Courtesy of my friend, Grayson Steele Kelly)

July 16th, 2012

Angelica:

Angelica is a tall, stout, very ornamental and aromatic plant with large white flowers, growing to a height of 4 to 6 feet or more. It is a biennial or short lived perennial herb.It has a smooth, dark purple, hollow stem 1 to 2 inches round. The leaves are dark green, divided into three parts, each of which is again divided into three serrated leaflets, sometimes lobed. The lower leaves are larger sometimes 2 feet wide. Angelica leaves have flattened, inward curved, stalks with clasping bases or sheathing to form an elongated bowl which holds water. The root is branched, from 3 to 6 inches long, thick and fleshy with several small rootlets. Flowers are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish-white and grouped into large, compound umbels. The flowers bloom in July and are succeeded by pale yellow, oblong fruits, 1/6 to a 1/4 inch in length when ripe produced in somewhat rounds heads, which sometimes are 8 to 10 inches in diameter.

Gender: Masculine
Alignment: Venus
Element: Fire

Magical Attributes: Protection, Exorcism.

  • Grow it in the garden to protect the home.  
  • Make necklaces of the leaves, or carrythe root in your pocket for protection.  
  • The dried leaves are burned in exorcism rituals.
  • To ward off evil spirits inside the home, sprinkle in all four corners of the house.  This, and the burning of the leaves within the home,  is also said to give a joyful outlook to the residents of the home.

Uses: PLEASE DO NOT EAT THE ROOT UNLESS IT HAS BEEN DRIED AND PRESERVED CORRECTLY THEY ARE POISONOUS UNTIL AFTER DRYING. CONSULT DOCTOR BEFORE CONSUMING IF PREGNANT.

Not to be taken internally by pregnant women, or people suffering from diabetes or heart problems.

Exposure to sunlight while taking medicinal doses of angelica may cause a rash, due to increased photosensitivity. Using the root essential oil may also cause photo toxicity when exposed to sunlight directly after application.

Conflicting reports have been received regarding an ingredient of Angelica called psoralens.

"Science" journal published an article, which advised against the internal use of angelica, as psoralens may promote the growth of tumors, while on the other hand, animal studies have shown that alpha-angelica lactone (found in angelica) has an anticancer effect.

It is therefore advised that people with a history of cancer not take the herb until these questions have been resolved.

Internal use:
Angelica is mostly used for:

  • stimulating gastric juices
  • flatulence
  • stomach cramps
  • antispasmodic properties
  • cholagogue effect
  • reducing menopausal symptoms
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • allergies
  • reducing muscle spasms
  • Some studies of the Chinese species have found that it helps to relieve menopausal discomforts. It is used as a phytoestrogen and is used to balance estrogen levels in the body by reducing high estrogen levels, as well as increasing low estrogen levels.
  • Due to the estrogen balancing effect it has on the body it is particularly helpful in fighting menopausal problems, specifically hot flushes.
  • It also has uterine tonic qualities and is used to relieve uterine cramps.
  • Asian researchers report that Chinese angelica helps blood to clot (contra indicating the use of the herb for people with heart conditions), 
  • and improves liver function in people with chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
  • Preliminary research in China has found that the herb may help increase the production of red blood cells, making the herb a possible remedy for anemia.
  • It helps to dilate coronary vessels and relieve vasospasm, thereby having a blood pressure-lowering effect, which is thought to be due to calcium channel antagonism.
  • Chinese angelica as well as A. acutiloba (Japanese angelica) have nearly double the analgesic and pain relieving effect than that of aspirin, making it a natural to use for headaches, arthritis, trauma and cramps.
  • The European species of Angelica is used internally to combat bronchitis, mucus, and influenza, as it soothes the bronchial smooth muscle.
  • The herb is also used to combat digestive problems, gastric ulcers, anorexia, and migraines.
  • It is a traditional medicine to be used against allergies and allergic symptoms to a variety of substances; including pollen, dust, animal dander, foods etc. as it has the ability to inhibit the production of allergy-related antibodies.
  • The coumarins contained in angelica have shown some good immune stimulating action by stimulating the production of white blood cells, to fight off foreign particles, as well as cancerous cells, which in turn fights tumors or tumor forming cells. It is also used to stimulate the production of interferon in the body.
  • Angelica leaves and stems are crystallized to be used as sweets and to decorate cakes.
  • Steamed stems can be eaten with butter, and chopped stems add flavor to roast pork.

External use:

The external uses of the European herb include Poultices for:

  • rheumatic pain
  • neuralgia
  • pleurisy

Aromatherapy and essential oil use:
The essential oil made from angelica root is used as an all-over tonic, purifying the blood, “grounding” the person and for digestive problems.It is a boost for the lymphatic system, and a valuable oil to use after illness, to help clear the body of toxins. It has  some excellent anti-fungal properties, yet is lacking in antimicrobial activity.

There ya go Jenna, hope it helps.

Stone of the Day
July 16th, 2012
Obsidian
Apache-Tear Obsidian is usually found as black, black/clear, black/mahogany, black/violet, and black/green.  The name ‘Apache Tear’ is traditionally associated with tears shed by Native American women for warriors driven over cliffs in battle by the US Cavalry.
It promotes forgiveness and release from grievances held against others, while stimulating analitical capabilities.
In healing, it is said to neutralize venom from snake-bites, and also eliminates toxins and alleviates muscle spasms.

Stone of the Day

July 16th, 2012

Obsidian

  • Apache-Tear Obsidian is usually found as black, black/clear, black/mahogany, black/violet, and black/green.  The name ‘Apache Tear’ is traditionally associated with tears shed by Native American women for warriors driven over cliffs in battle by the US Cavalry.
  • It promotes forgiveness and release from grievances held against others, while stimulating analitical capabilities.
  • In healing, it is said to neutralize venom from snake-bites, and also eliminates toxins and alleviates muscle spasms.
Herb of the Day (Courtesy of Grayson Steele Kelly)
July 15th, 2012
Dandelion
Pretty sure everyone knows what a Dandelion is so going to skip the description and go on to uses - there’s actually an ungodly number of things this “weed” can be used for.
Gender: Masculine
Alignment: Jupiter &/or Sun
Element: Air
Magical Attributes: Divination, welcoming, messages.
When your dreams contain dandelions it is often a sign of change ahead, and you should prepare accordingly so as to induce a positive outcome.
If you see the fluff of the matured plant fly from the stem without feeling any wind, it is often a sign of coming rain
Dandelion is an herb deemed most helpful in divination, and a cup of dandelion root tea can be helpful before one sits down with their chosen method of divination.
Uses: Aperient, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stomachic, Tonic
Use the whole plant before it flowers, the leaves during flowering, and the roots alone in the fall. All methods below are useful for the above mentioned problems, choose that which is convenient for you.
Infusion: Steep 2 teaspoons plant or root in 1 cup boiling water. Take ½ to 1 cup a day lukewarm or cold.
Decoction: Use 4 ounces fresh plant and 2 pints water; boil down gently to 1 pint and strain. Take 3 tablespoons 6 times a day.
Cold Extract: Use 2 teaspoons plant with 1 cup water; let stand for 8 hours.
Juice: For a spring tonic take 1 teaspoon juice pressed from the leaves in milk 1-3 times a day. An electric juicer is helpful for this.
Dandelion Cure: Use 2 teaspoons fresh root and leaves with ½ cup water; boil briefly and then steep for 15 minutes. Take ½ cup, morning and evening. In addition, take daily 1-2 glasses of water with 3 tablespoons juice (pressed from the root and leaves) per glass. Use dandelion leaves in salad. This method is the most helpful for those suffering from chronic rheumatism, gout, and joint pain.
Contraindications: Caution is to be used during pregnancy, and careful regulation of electrolytes should be employed due to increased urination from the diuretic properties of the dandelion.
Cosmetic: When bloated, it can help relive the body of excess fluids, and the “milk” is said to help treat warts, and other skin blemishes.
Information Pulled From:The Herb Book by John LustCunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott CunninghamThe Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Herb of the Day (Courtesy of Grayson Steele Kelly)

July 15th, 2012

Dandelion

  • Pretty sure everyone knows what a Dandelion is so going to skip the description and go on to uses - there’s actually an ungodly number of things this “weed” can be used for.
  • Gender: Masculine
  • Alignment: Jupiter &/or Sun
  • Element: Air
  • Magical Attributes: Divination, welcoming, messages.
  • When your dreams contain dandelions it is often a sign of change ahead, and you should prepare accordingly so as to induce a positive outcome.
  • If you see the fluff of the matured plant fly from the stem without feeling any wind, it is often a sign of coming rain
  • Dandelion is an herb deemed most helpful in divination, and a cup of dandelion root tea can be helpful before one sits down with their chosen method of divination.
  • Uses: Aperient, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stomachic, Tonic
  • Use the whole plant before it flowers, the leaves during flowering, and the roots alone in the fall. All methods below are useful for the above mentioned problems, choose that which is convenient for you.
  • Infusion: Steep 2 teaspoons plant or root in 1 cup boiling water. Take ½ to 1 cup a day lukewarm or cold.
  • Decoction: Use 4 ounces fresh plant and 2 pints water; boil down gently to 1 pint and strain. Take 3 tablespoons 6 times a day.
  • Cold Extract: Use 2 teaspoons plant with 1 cup water; let stand for 8 hours.
  • Juice: For a spring tonic take 1 teaspoon juice pressed from the leaves in milk 1-3 times a day. An electric juicer is helpful for this.
  • Dandelion Cure: Use 2 teaspoons fresh root and leaves with ½ cup water; boil briefly and then steep for 15 minutes. Take ½ cup, morning and evening. In addition, take daily 1-2 glasses of water with 3 tablespoons juice (pressed from the root and leaves) per glass. Use dandelion leaves in salad. This method is the most helpful for those suffering from chronic rheumatism, gout, and joint pain.
  • Contraindications: Caution is to be used during pregnancy, and careful regulation of electrolytes should be employed due to increased urination from the diuretic properties of the dandelion.
  • Cosmetic: When bloated, it can help relive the body of excess fluids, and the “milk” is said to help treat warts, and other skin blemishes.

Information Pulled From:The Herb Book by John Lust
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Stone of the Day
July 15th, 2012
Amazonite
Amazonite is a type of Feldspar, usually found in turquoise shades, with grey, white, and sometimes yellow portions.
This stone is very soothing for the emotional processes, dispelling irritations and negativity, and enhancing communications concerning love.
Amazonite brings clarity, clear spirit, and a balancing of male/female energies.
This stone is excellent for making elixirs, or to carry or wear, mainly due to its balancing/preventative characteristics.
In elixir form, taken three times daily, it can assist with calcium assimilation to address osteoporosis or tooth decay, or to assist with healing following broken bones.
Amazonite is also useful for correcting the blockages which result in incorrect neural action.
Another of the stones of protection, power and majesty used in the past by high-priests.

Stone of the Day

July 15th, 2012

Amazonite

  • Amazonite is a type of Feldspar, usually found in turquoise shades, with grey, white, and sometimes yellow portions.
  • This stone is very soothing for the emotional processes, dispelling irritations and negativity, and enhancing communications concerning love.
  • Amazonite brings clarity, clear spirit, and a balancing of male/female energies.
  • This stone is excellent for making elixirs, or to carry or wear, mainly due to its balancing/preventative characteristics.
  • In elixir form, taken three times daily, it can assist with calcium assimilation to address osteoporosis or tooth decay, or to assist with healing following broken bones.
  • Amazonite is also useful for correcting the blockages which result in incorrect neural action.
  • Another of the stones of protection, power and majesty used in the past by high-priests.