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Magic with Oregano

I remember when I first started working with oregano to infuse our family dinners with those powerful little leaves. Crushing the leaves released that strong aroma most associated with spaghetti sauce. Little did my family know that I was weaving some magic over our meal.

When I’m cooking our spaghetti dinner I begin with a sauce pan and some olive oil. Heating it up just enough to send the aroma of the fresh crushed leaves into the kitchen air. I had to add some garlic too, of course. That pungent little bulb that seems to sweeten when its cooked. While I’m adding these powerful ingredients to the pan, I speak words of blessing over the simmering blend. Whatever words inspire family togetherness and laughter. While it simmers on the stove I prepare another yummy potion in a small dipping dish. We each take turns adding to the olive oil… garlic, herbs, and a dash of pepper. Creating the dipping oil together is an important part of this magical meal time. The final ingredient was the balsamic vinegar.

Then came the bread, slightly warmed in the oven and sliced for dipping. We talk together while enjoying our pre-dinner snack and as the simmering pot becomes ready the sauce goes in.

Oregano is a powerful herb for protection, as is garlic. But it’s more than just the protection I wish to cover my family with. It’s the ancestry of our family that brings us together. Family means everything. Nurturing a family of togetherness takes hard work and self discipline.

When you can bring the family together under a memory making meal with fragrant aromas and delicious tastes, you build new memories for them to hang onto when times get tough. These dinner time rituals hold more power than you think. Each time you set this ritual in motion their minds are reminded of the happy nights you spent together dipping bread together, in unity as a family.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Herbs to Support Your Zodiac Sign

All of us, no matter where on the Zodiac chart we find ourselves, have herbs that can support who we are in the cosmos. There are a few herbs for each Zodiac, but in this chart I focus in on one main herb to support you. **When you get to the bottom of this post you can find the master list of herbs for the zodiac to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Aries- For Aries you’re going to be supported by Geranium. Geraniums begin to bloom during your birth month and offer such vibrant beauty to the world around them. Their flowers range in color from white to red. The color red represents the element of fire, of which your sign is corresponded to. Add geranium flower petals to your next batch of moon water or use its essential oil to support your complexion’s health.

Taurus- Catnip is beneficial for the Taurean because it can be steeped in tea to create a soothing nighttime potion to help you rest well. It helps boost mood, relaxation, and eases anxiety. While a Taurus typically takes a while to get angry, catnip can help during those times when you’re seeing red all around.

Gemini- Lavender is a fragrant herb that can be used to support feeling relaxed and to inspire an overall feeling of well-being. A Gemini can become distracted from tasks and lavender can help calm anxiousness when you feel like moving on to the next project too quickly. Anoint your pillow with lavender essential oil for a good night’s rest.

Cancer- One of my personal favorites (even though I’m not a Cancer) is white sage. Cancer tends to be the sign that struggles the most with anxiety, emotional upheaval, and picks up on all sorts of vibes so white sage is the best herb to support you. Smudging with white sage can help bring you back to Mother Earth and settle those turbulent emotions.

Leo- Sunflower is the herb for our fiery Leos and they’re quite the show off among the herbal community. Their bright yellow petals symbolize the sun, which is the ruling planet of Leo. Dry the petals and use them in your next bonfire offering.

Virgo- The herb I chose for the holy woman of the Zodiac is marjoram. Virgo holds the power of healing with her intentions of making the world a better place. Marjoram is a medicinal herb that is antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties. You can steep marjoram in hot water for a steamy respiratory aid.

Libra- Thyme is an herb that symbolizes balance and since Libra is all about the scales of justice we find thyme to be the best herb for a Libra to partner with. Thyme is known for offering support for balanced skin health. Many Libras struggle with self-confidence so reach for an aromatic solution made with thyme to bring out your radiant self.

Scorpio- Some folklore claims that scorpions would breed in the presence of basil and this sign of the Zodiac is represented by the reproductive organs. The sting of a scorpion can leave quite a scar, but working with basil can bring healing (even when you’ve been stung by your own stinger).

Sagittarius- Saffron is quite the vibrant spice with its fiery hues. It’s the most expensive in the herbal/spice community which makes it ideal for a Sagittarius (who loves the finer things in life). Like the Sag, Saffron is corresponded to the element of fire. A pinch of saffron in warm milk at night is said to boost your libido, not that a Sag would need help in that area. 😉

Capricorn- A Capricorn has an active mind and rosemary is known to support brain stimulation. Its herbal power offers the Capricorn the magic of its essence. Simply steep fresh crushed rosemary in hot water to feel the brain benefit in its steam as you inhale with deep breaths.

Aquarius- Aquarius pairs best with fennel because Aquarians tend to have a developed cosmic affinity to know what makes people tick. Their mind is always searching for sound philosophy and understanding to the human psyche. Fennel is believed to support focus and to help the mind retain information. It’s fragrance strengthens the mind and the memory, making this the most ideal herb to work with.

Pisces- The herb I believe to be the most supportive for a Pisces is lemon balm. Pisces tend to need support to avoid addictions brought on by anxiety. They can be restless at times and seek to self medicate. Whether it’s through traditional medicines or by relieving that itch for sugar with a massive ice cream sundae, lemon balm can ease that tension. Try creating a lemon balm honey to be used in your next cup of chamomile tea.

Below is the master list of herbs for the Zodiac. Feel free to share with everyone! The social media icons are below the list.

Magical blessings to you,

Sisterlisa

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Magic with Bay Leaves

Most of us know about Bay leaves from our grandmother’s soup recipes, but they have magnificent health benefits too. Culinary uses aren’t the only way to use these green gifts from Mother Earth. Sure, their flavor is to be desired, as with the health benefits, but don’t forget to work your magic with Bay leaves too.

The benefits of using a Bay leaves in a medicinal tea far outweigh their culinary uses. These beautiful green gifts are packed with nutrients such as, vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Also, since they’re anti fungal and antibacterial they make  great poultice for wounds. Did you know you can also make a tea with them to support freer breathing during the cold season? With all these benefits, they make for a lovely ‘get well’ gift for a sick friend. Create a sweet little tea bag gift and add a Green Aventurine crystal to the bag for added crystal therapy.

Get Well Tea Bag Sachet:

  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tsp Thyme leaves
  • 1 tumbled Green Aventurine
  • 1 Cotton Muslin tea bag

Directions:

Light an anointed white or green candle with a drop or two of essential oil (sweet marjoram is lovely). Light your candle and set your intentions for healing your loved one.

Crush cinnamon stick in your mortar into small pieces.

Add the Bay leaves and crush into pieces small enough so they will fit into the tea bag.

Add Thyme leaves and continue to crush until they’re all blended well (but not into powder). Carefully smell (don’t inhale) the aroma. Close your eyes and imagine the health benefits manifesting support for your loved one.

Add the mix into the tea bag then add the Green Aventurine.

Bless the tea mix with your magic words then close the blessing with “And so it is”.

Blow out your candle and watch the smoke carry your magic into the air.

Now the tea is ready for it’s work! Simply add to a cup of hot water and steep for 5 minutes. You can also use honey to sweeten, if desired.

**You can also use this as a bath sachet instead of drinking it as a tea.

You can learn more about using herbs in your magical practice in my class Earth as Medicine.

Many magical wellness blessings to you,

Sisterlisa

*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult your physician before working with herbs for wellness, as some herbs can interrupt some existing medications.

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Magic with Chamomile

When I’m working with Chamomile I can’t help but to think happy thoughts. The dainty little flowers with a tiny button of sunshine right in the center seem to dance in the cool Spring breeze. Witnessing their playful whirling in the wind takes me back to my daughter’s childhood as we walked through a field of Chamomile to take photos. They were the perfect backdrop for her deep blue eyes and golden blond hair.

Kneeling down to my daughter’s level, as she pinched a blossom from its stem, we examined its delicate white petals with delight. When you’re little you appreciate all other things that are tiny too. Those tiny petals, her tiny fingers, her cute little button nose as she lifted the chamomile to investigate its scent.

The very memory of that day works the kind of magic you would naturally suspect from the chamomile field. It brings calm, rest, joy, and fond memories of mother and daughter exploring the outdoor wonders of Mother Nature.

I don’t wish to bore you with encyclopedia-like facts about chamomile, I’m certain there are millions of websites and books to tell you the medicinal benefits of this soothing herb. My desire is to introduce you to the magic of chamomile. I’m not simply talking about sipping honey infused chamomile tea or creating a tincture to take each day, though you most certainly can use these methods in your magical practice.

The notion of magical chamomile need not be a mystery to anyone who is willing to learn. Mother Nature freely gives and we show gratitude in the thanks giving we offer.

The meaning of the Chamomile name comes as no surprise, as it is known to have a sweet apple flavor. From the Greek we learn Chamomile’s origin is khamaimēlon, meaning “earth apple”.

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The Saxons held Chamomile as one of nine sacred herbs and the Egyptians associated it with their sun god, Ra. The gentle herb also corresponds with Leo, Fire, the Sun, and can be used as an offering during your Lughnasadh ritual. These are some of the most common magical connections to Chamomile, but I like to walk through the fire a little more. Magic should not be kept in the old halls of our ancestors. Magic is evolutionary and we should be exploring more attributes with the guidance of our higher counselors and intuition.

As I sit in sacred space with Chamomile I am reminded of the perfect balance between the sun and the moon. The sun is represented by the bright yellow disk in the center of the flower and the moon in the white petals that surround it, like the halo we often see around a full moon on a misty evening. When I read sources that attribute fire and the sun to chamomile, I feel they’ve been too shy to point out the correspondence to the moon.

Chamomile is the herb for tea medicine to help soothe tension and as we know tension is part of our emotional journey and emotions are associated with the water and moon. Various magical books and websites can be a good starting point, but living and breathing magic encompasses so much more. Don’t be timid in searching in other planes to connect your magic with Chamomile. Just because you haven’t read about it in a book doesn’t mean it’s not true for you.

Many magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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