Sunday, November 11, 2012

Teas for the three aspects of a woman, Maiden, Mother and Crone



Ancient cultures including the Celtic peoples viewed the goddess as having three manifestations -- Maiden, Mother and Crone -- which symbolized the three phases of a woman's life. Below are herbs and teas that honor each of these phases. Be careful in their preparation to avoid using copper or aluminum untensils as they are highly reactive to the volatile oils contained in the herbs.

Mother Sun Power Tea

Mother Herbs
For general health, menstrual problems, fertility and childbirth try
angelica, black cohosh, chaste berry, comfrey, dong quai, motherwort,
mugwort (powerful -- use sparingly), pau d'arco, raspberry,
sassafrass bark or yarrow.

3 tablespoons sassafrass bark
2 tablespoons dandelion root
1 tablespoon ginger root
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon licorice root
1/4 tablespoon orange peel
1 tablespoon pau d'arco
1/4 tablespoon dong quai root
1 tablespoon chaste berry
1 tablespoon wild yam

Mother Sun Tea attracts the dynamic, vital energy embodied in solar
forces. Mix the herbs together. Place four to six tablespoons of the
mixture into a glass jar and fill with one quart of cold water. Cover
with a tight-fitting lid and set the jar out of doors in strong
sunlight for several hours. Strain. Drink three cups daily.

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Menstrual cramp tea

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried raspberry
leaves.

Cover and allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten.
Drink warm several times during the day.

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Black Saffron Tea

Saffron - Among its varied uses were to reduce fever, to regulate the menstrual cycle, to combat epilepsy and convulsions and to treat digestive disorders. Modern research is confirming the effectiveness of saffron as an antidepressant and an anticonvulsant. In some studies, it has proved as effective as fluozepan in treating depression.

cardamons - Carminative, stimulant, aromatic, but rarely used alone; chiefly useful as an adjuvant or corrective.

The seeds are helpful in indigestion and flatulence, giving a grateful but not fiery warmth. When chewed singly in the mouth the flavour is not unpleasant, and they are said to be good for colic and disorders of the head.

4 bags Golden Green tea

6 Green cardamons

4 tsp Sugar

1/2 tsp Saffron threads

4 cups Water

4 bags Golden Green Tea Black

Add the cardamon, sugar and saffron to the water and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half. Bring to a boil again, add tea bags and steep for 8 minutes. Strain out tea and spices. Serve hot.

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Reed Moon Tea

Willow for Love, Oak for Strength
Many mystical and magickal uses have been found for the thirteen trees which symbolize the months of the Celtic lunar year, and it is likely, considering the popularity of Celtic Paganism, that many more will be discovered. However you choose to observe the lunar months, it can be helpful to first imbibe a magickal brew designed to attune your body and spirit to the occasion.
Following are the recipes for thirteen teas which will accomplish just that. The measurements given are approximate, and for making one eight ounce mug
full you should use no more than a single heaping teaspoon of dry herbs placed inside a tea ball or cheesecloth strainer. All liquid measurements should
be added to taste. Allow the tea to steep at least two minutes, longer if you prefer a stronger flavour. As always, when ingesting untried substances, be sure to test for any allergic reactions first, and remember that no herbal preparation should ever be taken over the long term without consulting an expert pharmacologist or botanist.
Though very few of the recipes actually contain any part of the trees to which they are attributed, they work quite well because their ingredients rely on using herbs and juices which share magickal affinities with the properties of the tree. These properties are listed after the name of each tree so that, if you choose to, you can make substitutions based upon this knowledge. Depending upon the particular Celtic tradition you follow, the
lunar year starts with either the first New Moon closest to Samhain or the one just before Yule.


For matters of Fertility, love, protection.

1 part red clover
1 part hyssop
1 part boneset
pinch of slippery elm

Steep for 6 minutes in a ball or in a cup if reading the leaves.

Boneset is toxic in large doses or if taken over long period of time.
 
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Birch Moon Tea
For Matters of beginnings and children; purification.

3 parts ginger
1 part lemongrass
pinch of dill
splash of lemon juice

Steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes.

If your reading this tea just pour into cup to steep.

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Hazel Moon Tea

For matters of Manifestations, protection, healing, fertility

1 part ginseng
1/2 part mugwort
pinch of savory
splash of any non-citrus juice

Steep in ball for 6 minutes or in cup if using to read tea leaves

Note: Mugwort is a hallucinogen and toxic in large amounts. Use with caution, and as always, have a healthy respect for what the Goddess gives.

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Oak Moon Tea

Used for Lust, strength, energy, endurance, fertility, fire magick, male mysteries.

1 1/2 parts white oak bark
1/2 part mint
1/2 part orange peel
pinch of cinnamon/nutmeg

Steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes. Steep in cup if using to read tea leaves.

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Vine Moon Tea

For matters of Earth, sex magick, overcoming difficulties.

1 part blackberry
1 part dandelion
splash of grape juice
pinch of hibiscus

Steep for 6 minutes in a ball or in a cup if reading the leaves.

Do not take blackberry during first or second trimester of pregnancy.

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UTI Tea

Dill Tea helps an upset stomach, indigestion, coughs, colds, and bronchitis, fever, sore throat, and tendency to infection, urinary tract infections and sleep disorders. It stimulates the appetite, acts as a nerve sedative, and is a blood and liver tonic. Dill seeds have been proven the most effective.

Crush the seeds or use a grinder. To 1 teaspoonful of crushed seeds
add 1 cup of boiling water.

Steep to taste.

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Willow Moon Tea

Matters of the Otherworld; healing, love, water magick, feminine mysteries.

2 parts willow bark
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1/2 part dried apples
pinch of rosemary

Steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes. Steep in cup if your using it for tea reading

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Rowan Moon Tea

For matters of Empowerment, clairvoyance, air magick, exorcism.

1 part valerian root
3 parts peppermint
pinch of eyebright
pinch of ginger

Steep 6 minutes in a ball or in a cup to read tea leaves

Editors note: Valerian is a powerful sedative that affects each person differently. You may wish to use a very small amount of this herb at first to determine how it affects your body chemistry
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Elder Moon Tea

For matters of Exorcism, prosperity, astral travel, finding faeries.

1 part ginko
1 part mugwort
1 part valerian
1 part spearment
pinch of anise/anise extract
pinch of allspice

Steep for 6 minutes in in a ball or in a cup if you are reading the leaves after.

Valerian is a sedative, and shouldn't be taken in large amounts. Also attracts cats like catnip, so keep it in a safe container if you don't
want it to get chewed up.
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Crone Root Tea

For menopause and beginning a new cycle of life, try blue cohosh,
borage, chamomile, false unicorn root, gingko leaf, ginseng, gotu
kola leaf, horsetail, oat straw, peppermint, sage or sarsparilla.

2 tablespoons wild yam
2 tablespoons licorice
3 tablepoons sarsparilla
1 tablespoon chaste berry
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon false unicorn root
2 tablespoons sage
1 tablesppon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon black cohosh

This tea is believed to help with the challenges of menopause.
Empower with either the sun or moon as described above or place six
tablespoons of the herb mix into one quart of water and simmer for
twenty minutes. Strain. Drink two cups daily.

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Hawthorn Moon Tea

For matters of Peace, sleep, dreams, prosperity, happiness.

1 part hawthorn
1 part catnip
1/2 part rue
1/2 part champagne

steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes.

(Do not use rue during pregnancy, as it can cause miscarriage.) It can cause sensitivity to the sun and is toxic in moderate to large amounts.

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Ivy Moon Tea

Used for matters of Healing, cooperation, binding.

1 part mullein
1/4 part wintermint
1/2 part barberry

Steep for 6 minutes in a ball, or in a cup if your going to read it's leaves.


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Ash Moon Tea

Matters of the intellect; magick, healing.

2 parts angelica
1/2 part sage
1/2 part black cohosh
pinch of rosemary

Steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes. If your going to use for tea reading steep in cup.

(Do not use black cohosh during pregnancy, as it can cause miscarriage.)
Black cohosh is a sedative and not to be taken in large amounts.

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Holly moon tea

For Matters of prophecy, animals; magick.

1 part kelp
1/2 part rose petals
1/2 part raspberry
pinch of yarrow

Steep teas in a ball for 6 minutes.

Do not use kelp during pregnancy, as it can cause miscarriage. DO NOT use kelp if you have a thyroid problem.
Do not take raspberry during first or second trimester of pregnancy

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