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Medinical Monday – Echinacea

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Echinacea

(Echinacea Augustifolia)

Echinacea is a Perennial plant from the the daisy family, Asteraceae. Native to North America, it grows to a height of 2-3 feet.

It was widely used by the Plains Indians for its medicinal qualities as a treatment for symptoms caused by the common cold. In the 1930s it became popular in both Europe and America as a herbal medicine.


Photo by BarefootGardener

Echinacea is produced in a variety of forms:

  • Pills, liquid, chewable tablets and instant tea.
  • Echinacea may be combined with other plant extracts to increase their effectiveness.
  • A combination of Echinacea, wild indigo, water hemp and arnica have been proven to be especially effective for boosting immunity.

Therapeutic Effect:

  • Echinacea contains several ingredients that exert an overall stimulating effect on the immune system.
  • It activates the liver, lymph nodes and mucous membranes, that enhances the body’s overall ability to fight infections.
  • Echinacea also contains substances that have wound healing and germicidal properties.

Components: (2 main ingredients)
Store-bought preparations are usually made from the flower, leaves and root.

  • echinacosides (in the flower and root)
  • polysaccharide heteroxylan (in the leaves)

Echinacea compresses
Echinacea possesses germ killing and wound healing properties.

  • Soak a damp cotton cloth in a solution containing 1 part Echinacea to 2 parts water and apply gently to the affected area.
  • A compresses can help to relieve swollen glands, inflammations of the veins (phlebitis), infected cuts, skin abrasions, burns and inflamed insect bites.

Side effects:
There have been no reports of side effects. However, take caution when taking Echinacea. Many preparations contain alcohol to increase shelf life, children should be given pure pressed juice, lozenges or chewable tablets.

Latest research findings:
Extreme physical exertion can weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections. Many sports physicians recommend that anyone undergoing endurance training take Echinacea for a day or so after extreme physical exertion to strengthen the immune system.

It can also be used for the treatment of coughs, sneezing, hoarseness, sore throat, tonsillitis, sinus infections, skin inflammations, minor wounds, bladder or kidney infections, gynaecologic infections and general immune deficiency.

Duration of use:
Continuous use is not advised. Some studies suggest that it is only effective up to 10 days.

Tip: As soon as fever blisters begin, treat with Echinacea. Place a few drops of pressed Echinacea juice on a cotton ball or swab and gently apply  to the infected area. This remedy can halt the progression of the lesions or prevent them all together.

References:

  • The Complete Guide To Natural Healing

Note: Consult with a Physician if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the information listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all and have a great day!

Lisa

Friday’s Food For Thought – Chunky Potato & Ham Soup

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Happy Friday!

Chunky Potato & Ham Soup

This soup is excellent served in individual bread bowls. Buy small, round loaves. (I like Italian bread) Slice off the top piece, remove the inside of loaf. Leave 1 1/2  inch shell, and fill with soup.


Photo by Aminimanda

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 medium red potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cubed cooked ham

Preparation:

  • Peel potatoes, (if desired) cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Bring water to a boil in large saucepan, add potatoes & cook until tender. Drain and reserve liquid. Set potatoes aside. Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, add water, if necessary. (set aside)
  • Peel & finely chop onion. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & cook, stirring frequently. Onion should be translucent & tender, but not brown.
  • Add flour, season with pepper flakes & black pepper to taste. (cook 3 to 4 minutes)
  • Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk and sugar to onion mixture & stir well. Add cheese and ham. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Enjoy! Have a Great Weekend!

Lisa

Hump Day Herbs – Mace

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Mace

Botanical Name: Myristica Fragrans

Folk Names: Jatiphala, Jatiphalam, Jatikosha, Jatipatri, Jatipatra, Jaiphal, Jayapatri, Javitri, Bicuiba Acu, Qoust, Sadhika, Wohpala


Photo by yumievriwan

Mace is the the bright, red aril which surrounds the nutmeg seed. Nutmeg is known for it’s abuse as a popular recreational psychoactive drug. Based on human study, mace extract, when used as part of a chewing gum, is said to decrease plaque and gingivitis. Not well studied in humans, mace extract may also have antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects. It is also popular in India, for treating measles. Not only is it used for medicine, but also in the kitchen and magic.

Deities: Ochun, Oya

Element: Air (Mental Powers, Physic Powers, Visions, Wisdom)

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mercury (Divination, Mental Powers, Physic Powers, Wisdom)

Powers: Mental & Psychic Powers

Medicinal Uses: Mace has been used in many Chinese and Indian traditional medicines to treat the nervous and digestive system. The compounds in this spice, myristicin and elemicin have stimulant properties on the brain.  The oil contains eugenol, and in dentistry, has been used to relieve toothaches and bad breath. It is also used to reduce muscular and rheumatic pain in joints. A fresh decoction with honey has been used to relieve nausea, gastritis, indigestion ailments.

Magical Uses: Carry Mace blade’s in a charm/sachet for luck, or to improve the intellect. Burn in incense to increase psychic power, or for creative work.

Other Uses: Mace has a delectable flavor, and will give a saffron-like orange-red color to the food items.

Warning: Mace is safe to take in small doses. In large amounts, it may result in hallucinations and can even cause cancer.

References:

Note: Consult with a Physician or a certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all, have a great day!

Lisa

Tarot Journal – The Major Arcana As A Journey

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The Major Arcana As A Journey

Lesson 3: Intuitive Tarot Certification Course

Welcome to the third installment of my Tarot Journal. I realize there are a few cards missing in the Fool’s journey, but look to the end for a brief overview of the cards in the Major Arcana. (This post is based on homework given)

The Fool is starting a journey, it may be new to him, perhaps a road he has been down before. He first meets The Magician, he learns about power, potential and not to be afraid of what is to come, and how to stay grounded. The Magician shows him how to carry out plans, but be sure that he knows what he wants and stay committed. He also learns to be creative and how to use his talents.

The next stop in the Fools journey is that of The High Priestess, she is opposite of the Magician. She balances what he has learned so far. The fool is learning to look beyond the obvious and delve into his subconscious. He is also learning patience, how to step back and look into things a bit deeper, follow his intuition.

His next stop is with The Empress, she is a vision, she is mothering, she is the earth mother. She teaches him to embrace life and all that it has to offer. It can be anything from human beings, material possessions, as well as taking care of emotional needs. It’s now time to balance what has learned so far.

The Fool comes across The Emperor, he’s not necessarily as appealing as the others. He is a father type, he teaches him about structure and authority. Now there are rules, he must learn discipline. There are some things he can and cannot control. At this stage in his journey he must tie up loose ends before he can move forward.

He now comes across the Hierophant. He reinforces the teachings of the the Emperor, but throws in religion, education and society. Now we have conformity, fitting in at school, in groups, clubs and being loyal to others. The fool needs to learn how to grow and develop in society.

I’ve seen all of these cards play out in my life. As for following them, well that’s a different story. I can relate to the Magician, I’m not afraid of what’s to come. I’m constantly searching and using my creativity, but I tend to put too much on my plate at once. I can relate more to the the High Priestess, I love to use my imagination and intuition. But looking deeper into things, tends to get me in trouble. The Empress, in my case, is something I love, mother nature in all her glory. I love to just follow the natural course of things. Then there’s the Emperor, I’m not a big fan of authority and have a hard time with order, although I do find myself to be disciplined when it comes to any of my crafts. With the Hierophant, I definitely have a problem with conformity. I’m a free spirit and tend to do my own thing. I follow rules, but I also break them, as long as no harm is done. Never been much into groups, obviously, I’m a solitary witch and follow my own path.

I see these cards being the foundation of the great quest. They are the beginning and will be revisited many times again. There are many cycles in our life, and it always comes back to the beginning.

I would have to say the High Priestess is the one card that sticks out to me the most. She’s mysterious. I like to look beyond the obvious, sometimes a little patience is needed to see what is not there, especially when it comes to my art work. When I’m starting a new project, jumping right in is never the answer. I like to find my creativity in a dream world. That place between sleep and awake is where I find the answers.

The Lovers: The Fool has come across an equal, another person to take with on his journey. He’s now establishing  a bond, the relationship may or may not be sexual. There is a feeling of love and/or physical attraction. The Fool has come to a crossroad, he has to look at his morals or ethics.  He is struggling with temptation, trying to figure out right and wrong. At this point he has to figure out where he stands, before making decisions. He’s starting to question the lessons learned thus far, and starts to look into his own personal philosophy. He needs to find out where he stands and stay true to himself.

The Chariot represents the Fools transition into adulthood, no more teachers. He is now determined to reach his goals and be successful, his attitude has become dominant. The fool is self confident and has found faith in himself, he is  disciplined and has much more self control. He has his own identity, his own interests and knows who he is at this stage.

Now that he has become self confident, he needs to learn strength. Strength is not necessarily physical, it can also be emotional. At this point the Fool needs to find patience and compassion. With all that he has accomplished, there maybe setbacks, he needs to be patient and find inner strength. He will have to be strong enough to accept help from others, and maintain his composure. There’s a lot of patience to be had when dealing with downfalls, but he must refuse to get angry and find the strength within himself.

At this stage in my life I can relate to The Hermit in many ways. Lately I’ve been looking for answers that can only come from within. I have found my life going in a new direction and It’s confusing and scary. I need some stillness and alone time to find the answers I’m looking for. Things seem to be coming at me a hundred miles an hour and I need the world to slow down so I can stop and think for a minute.

Even before picking up a Tarot deck, The Death card never bothered me. It’s one of two cards I’ve always been drawn to, Strength being the second one. There are so many misconceptions with this card, most people fear it, thinking it’s the eternal end. I don’t look at it that way, everything in life has an end and a beginning. There are so many stages we go through in a lifetime, whether it be a job, a friendship, a bad TV show and so forth. In the end, there is always something new around the corner. It’s a time of transition, closing one chapter in your life so you can start the next.

Temperance, The Devil & The Tower: (2 Examples of how the three successive cards apply in movies)

In Chasing Amy: Holden meets Amy and is immediately attracted to her. They hit it off immediately and she invites him out to a club. He get’s excited, but there is something he is in the dark about. When he arrives at the club, he gets a big slap in the face. “Turns out, this girl is gay.”

In Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Buffy meets Angel, they fall in love. The relationship goes on for a while. He’s a mystery to her, she knows something is different, but now sure what. The wake up call is, he’s a Vampire.

The Star, The Moon, The Sun: (How the designs reinforce the message on the celestial cards)

The Star (Rider-Waite Deck): The Star card represents hope, inspiration, serenity and generosity. The woman pouring into the stream represents generosity, the ripples show that when we give, we create. The large gold star, (that dominates the scene) shows there is hope, light at the end of the tunnel. It shows that you are on the right path and promises of a better and brighter future. The woman will see the world in a different light, she is inspired to create a new path. It is not necessarily the answer, but it gives her a peace of mind and she is able to relax.

The Moon (Rider-Waite Deck): The Moon card represents fear, bewilderment, Imagination, and illusion. The moon in this scene can represents two possibilities, it holds promise that all you imagine can be yours. It guides you into the unknown, allowing the unusual into your life. At the same time,  it can bring about hidden fears and anxiety, not everything is as what it seems. The dog and wolf could be our animal instinct, just beginning the journey to a higher path. While the towers are the starting point to limitless possibilities, good and evil. This card can inspire insight, as well as bring out fears and confusion.

The Sun (Rider-Waite Deck): The Sun card represents enlightenment, greatness, assurance and vitality.
It follows the Moon card, and in Tarot Readings is a very positive omen. The Sun essentially is a confirmation of what you may already be feeling, all the energy and determination you need to overcome obstacles. It shows that you are on the right path to success and happiness. The baby is rebirth, being taken by a horse on a new phase/cycle in life. It is a feeling of freedom  and honoring oneself, there is a new level of insight. The sun is dominating the scene, shining forth and showing unlimited energy. The light that gives you power, confidence and realizing all that has been accomplished. It’s now time to trust in your abilities and forgive yourself.

Reaching the end of a journey:

The Fool is nearing an end. The journey is almost over, but first he must reach Judgement, as it is necessary. Before moving forward he must look back, be proud of his accomplishments, face his failures, learn from them and put it in the past. It’s a time of cleansing and releasing guilt, he must forgive himself as well as others.

His journey is over, at least this one. The Fool has reached The World, he has a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. He’s experiencing balance and enjoying a peace of mind. The task is complete and a conclusion is reached. It’s time to savor the present, for the journey is a circular one and now he’s back at the beginning. He can now go into the next phase with confidence and a new perspective.

A Brief Overview of the Major Arcana:

The Fool:

  • Is beginning a new journey, nothing is certain, he has unlimited potential.
  • Nothing is familiar, not grounded.
  • Keep faith and  must trust in oneself.
  • Living in the moment, acts on impulses and feelings. Carefree.
  • Tends to take the foolish path.
  • Needs to stay true to himself and recapture innocence.

The Magician:

  • Grounded, Not afraid to act.
  • Realizing potential and what needs to be done.
  • Set things aside in order to get the job done.
  • Committed, make what’s possible real.

The High Priestess:

  • She balances out the masculine of the magician, by showing the mysterious.
  • Looks into the subconscious, beyond the obvious.
  • Follow intuition, dreams and imagination.
  • It’s time to look deeper and in the unseen, and finding a will to create.
  • Carrying out plans, being committed.

The Empress:

  • The Empress and High Priestess are the two halves of the female archetypes.
  • The earth mother, nurturing and caring.
  • Care for others as well as yourself.
  • She nurtures the mind of the Fool.
  • There are lavish rewards and material possessions, embrace life.

The Emperor:

  • He is fathering, shows the Fool structure and authority.
  • It’s time to learn leadership skills and discipline.
  • Loose ends should be tied up, there is a need for organization.
  • Make order out of chaos, there are rules.

The Hierophant:

  • Conformity, education, religion and society.
  • Coexist with others, not just in churches, but teams and groups.
  • A belief system, cultural heritage, knowing ones faith and an increase in understanding.
  • Growing and developing in society.
  • Following rules.

The Lovers:

  • Encounter a partner along the journey. Sexuality, bond, love and union.
  • Open up to another, mentally and physically.
  • Decision making, struggling with temptation.
  • Permanent unions, family ties.

The Chariot:

  • Entering adulthood and free of teachers.
  • Strength through discipline and self determination.
  • Dominance is a factor, beat the competition and reach for goals.
  • Rise above temptation, and have faith in oneself.
  • Learning to Curb impulses and master emotions.
  • Holding in anger, but getting your way.

Strength:

  • Finding inner strength. Being able to go forward, despite set backs.
  • Patience and compassion, getting angry will only make things worse.
  • Achieving self control.
  • Learn to accept others, be forgiving and kind.
  • Finding perspective and learn to compromise.
  • If pushing too hard, learn to withdraw for a moment.

The Hermit:

  • Focus on inner self.
  • A solitary quest, and a need for time alone.
  • There’s a deeper understanding/truth.
  • Think things over, look within.
  • A desire for a new direction.

The Wheel of Fortune:

  • Unexpected encounters, nothing is set in stone.
  • If you’ve been struggling, you may find the answer you’ve been looking for.
  • Fate, something good may come from an accident.
  • Moving forward in a different direction.
  • A change may show you how everything connects.
  • A greater perspective, discovering a new role or purpose.

Justice:

  • Ultimately, life is fair and just.
  • An impact from the past will come back, be it good or bad.
  • Accept responsibilities, settle past debts.
  • Make decisions for the future, balance all factors.
  • Karma!

The Hanged Man:

  • Pausing to reflect, letting go and giving up control.
  • Live for the moment.
  • Maybe a set back is in order to move forward.
  • A sacrifice is needed in order to get our own way.
  • Truths are hidden in the opposite.
  • Release, when wanting to be forceful.

Death:

  • Not a permanent death, but a time of transition.
  • Might be an important ending, that could trigger great change.
  • Closing one door, to open another.
  • Leave the past behind, start a new chapter.
  • Accepting the inevitable.

Temperance:

  • A need for moderation and balance.
  • Showing moderation, by finding a middle ground.
  • A sense of harmony, bringing opposing parts together.
  • Finding just the right mix.
  • Good health, physically and emotionally.

The Devil:

  • The journey is on hold.
  • Stuck in an unhealthy or unproductive situation.
  • Being in the dark, maybe working from something false.
  • Being negative, lacking faith.
  • A reflection that could make one doubt.

The Tower:

  • A wake up call, something is wrong.
  • A slap in the face.
  • A new direction is forced that causes disruption.
  • Accept the surprise and learn from it.
  • A truth must be realized to get an answer.
  • A downturn of fortune, having things shaken up.

The Star:

  • inspiration, but not the final solution.
  • Being on the right path towards goals and aspirations.
  • Having faith in the future, thinking in a positive light.
  • Finding motivation, realizing inner strength.
  • Finding a peace of mind, holding nothing back.

The Moon:

  • A disconnected feeling, easy to lose your way.
  • Can’t think clearly and losing direction.
  • A guide to the unknown that can allow the unusual into ones life.
  • Chasing after a fantasy, seeing false pictures.
  • Possibly having vivid dreams or visions.
  • Unusual thoughts or fantasies.

The Sun:

  • Seeing clearly finally and being confident.
  • Being sure of yourself, without being cocky.
  • Seeing yourself being successful in all you take on.
  • Experiencing freedom and joy.
  • Forgiving yourself and trusting in your abilities.
  • A new level of insight.

Judgement:

  • Being proud of accomplishments and learning from failures.
  • Leave the past behind and move forward.
  • Looking back and making an honest appraisal.
  • Be open to new possibilities and transforming, making a fresh start.
  • Being able to see everything in a new light.
  • Feeling cleansed and unburdened.
  • Forgiving yourself and others.

The World:

  • The end of a journey.
  • Wholeness and balance, savoring the moment.
  • Realizing goals and seeing dreams come true.
  • One journey is over, but now at a new beginning, with more confidence and a new perspective.

My studies at Sacred Mists have been a great experience, It’s been a positive and challenging change. I have a great teacher that is always there to help and guide me, inside and out of class. I love the new path that I am on, learning the Tarot has helped me open my eyes and find answers in my own life. I’m still searching, and have more questions, but I know with all that I’m learning I’m on my way to finding what I’m looking for.

Feel free to post your thoughts, opinions and comments.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Lisa

Hump Day Herbs – Lady’s Mantle

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Lady’s Mantle

Botanical Name: Alchemilla Vulgaris

Folk Names: Bear’s Foot, Leontopodium, Lion’s Hook, Nine Hooks, Stellaria


Photo by amortize

Folklore: The dew gathered from the leaves, (which is said to be a key ingredient in several alchemical formulas) was used as a beauty lotion. Lady’s Mantle’s first association with the worship is that of the Earth Mother, but as Christianity spread, (like many pagan symbols) it was absorbed and eventually became associated with the Virgin Mary.

Deities: Kanaloa, Kane, Lono

Element: Water (Fidelity, Friendship, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, sleep)

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendship, Love, Youth)

Powers: Love

Medicinal Uses: Lady’s mantle is used for treating stomach ailments, diarrhea, excess water retention, muscle contractions and diabetes. It is also used as a gargle to relieve inflammation of the mouth and throat. Other uses include relieving painful menstruation and symptoms of menopause. Lady’s mantle is also used on the skin for treating wounds, ulcers and rashes, as well as to stop superficial bleeding. Some use lady’s mantle in bath water for alleviating lower abdominal problems.

Magical Uses: Lady’s mantle is used in love spells, potions and amulets.

Ritual Uses: Place a single flower in your hair or weave in a crown to find love. (Visualize the flowery connection to the Goddess of love.)

Other Uses – Lady’s mantle is most famous today as a garden plant. It is also used in homeopathy.

References:

  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs

Note: Consult with a Physician or a certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all, have a great day!

Lisa

Medicinal Monday – Belladonna

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Belladonna

Botanical Name: Atropa Belladonna or Atropa Bella-Donna

Belladonna (also called Deadly Nightshade or Devil’s Berries) is a perennial herbaceous plant in the Solanaceae family. Native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, the foliage and berries are extremely toxic. The toxins are tropane alkaloids, containing scopolamine and hyoscyamine, which cause delirium and hallucinations.

Belladonna has a history of use in medicine, cosmetics, and poison. It was used as an anesthetic before the Middle Ages. The ancient Romans used it as a poison on arrow tips. Both the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius used it to murder contemporaries. The name “Bella-Don means “beautiful woman” in Italian, and the genus name “atropa” comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology.


Photo by ilovepics11

Belladonna’s most powerful effect is on the heart, lungs and blood vessels, as well as on the brain and nervous system.

It is an extremely poisonous plant, eating its cherry like fruit can lead to severe illness and in the worst cases, death. In modern pharmacology, the chemical atropine plays an important role. Small doses are incorporated into many heart medications. In homeopathic remedies, Belladonna is also dispensed in diluted, non toxic doses. Homeopaths can safely prescribe it for a broad range of purposes. (i.e. quick relief for fever, coughs, headaches and the flu) It is best given to those with particular character traits. (see below)

Belladonna Type:

Those most likely to benefit are extremely hot-headed and intelligent. Disease normally strikes unexpectedly, like a bolt of lightening. Symptoms can be relieved fairly quick, if treated correctly. Signs are a very flushed face and shiny skin.

Are you a Belladonna type? Check all that apply.

  • You are prone to anxiety and have feelings of distress, agitation and uneasiness.
  • Your face is strongly flushed by heat.
  • Throbbing sensations in your head.
  • You are nervous and easily excited.
  • Restless sleep and nightmares.
  • Arms and legs are cold, when your head is warm.

If you checked more than three, see information below on how Belladonna can benefit you.

Therapeutic Effects:
Belladonna has a calming effect on the central nervous system, the linings of the brain and spinal cord, the upper respiratory passages and the digestive tract, when used in its homeopathic form. It alleviates restlessness, anxiety and insomnia, and may also help to diminish painful sensitivity to light, touch or pressure.

Principle homeopathic uses:
Belladonna is commonly used to relieve facial flushing, fevers, chills and profuse sweating. It is also beneficial when used for tonsillitis, sore throats, fever induced hallucinations, severe headaches and PMS.

Preparation for the remedy:
The leaves, roots and fruit of the belladonna plant are ground up and mixed with alcohol to form the basic tincture, which is then diluted. It is recommended in a potency of 30 C.

Relief from nerve pain:
Belladonna may help alleviate nerve pain that comes on suddenly, and migrates to different areas of the body. It can subside just as fast as it comes on. Pain may be sharp or stabbing and can sometimes be temporarily relieved by moving the afflicted area. There may also be redness and swelling of the joints.

Prescribed for: Fever, gastritis, gout, headaches, hallucinations and insomnia, inflammations of the brain or spinal cord, stomach and digestive upset, menstrual cramps, manic depression and poisoning,

Indications:

Mood:

  • Intense anxiety
  • Sensitive to noise and light
  • Insomnia and daytime sleepiness
  • Not wanting to be touched

Head:

  • Dry mouth and lack of taste
  • Inflamed mucous membranes
  • Loss of voice, dry throat
  • Bloody secretions from the nose
  • Hypersensitive scalp
  • Hot, throbbing sensations in the head

Eyes:

  • Glassy eyes with dilated pupils
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Extreme sensitivity to sunlight or glare
  • Pulsing pains in the eyes

Skin:

  • Burning sensations in the skin
  • Bright and shiny skin, with some redness
  • Painful abscesses and inflammations; warts
  • Dry skin; inflamed areas may be sweaty

Extremities:

  • Cold hands or feet (though the rest of the body, particularly the face, feels hot
  • Inflammation in the upper arms or legs
  • Acute pains in the arms; swollen joints
  • Muscle spasms; twitching and jerking

Before a homeopath can prescribe Belladonna, he/she must know if your symptoms are affected by the conditions listed below.

Symptom Gauge:

Better:

  • Bending forward
  • Dark Places
  • Rest
  • Sweating & heat

Worse:

  • Cold
  • Drafts
  • Light
  • Motion or touch
  • Noise

References:

  • The Complete Guide To Natural Healing

Note: Consult with a Physician if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the information listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all and have a great day!

Lisa

Hump Day Herbs – Kava-Kava

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Kava-Kava

Botanical Name: Piper Methysticum

Folk Names: Intoxicating Pepper, Ava, Ava Pepper, Ava Root, Awa Root


Photo by wallyg

Piper methysticum, means “intoxicating pepper.” It is a mild hypnotic, used traditionally in Polynesia for ceremonial purposes. Young people with strong teeth would chew the tough roots, it was then strained and added to water or coconut oil.

The tonic was drunk at peace ceremonies and other ritual occasions to welcome visiting dignitaries. It was not only used for ceremonial consumption, but also to relax social barriers and enhance social cohesion. Kava-Kava was used as an Offering to deities, it was taken to enhance visions or to increase the power when a priest wished to identify the spiritual cause of an illness.

Deities: Kanaloa, Kane, Lono

Element: Water (Fidelity, Friendship, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, sleep)

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Saturn (Endings, Exorcisms, Longevity, Visions)

Powers: Endings, Exorcisms, Longevity, Visions

Medicinal Uses: Kava has been used for anxiety and stress. It is sometimes chewed to relieve throat pain, as Kava produces a “numbing” effect on the tongue and throat. Kava is first chewed in the back of the mouth, (for 5 to 10 minutes) while swallowing the saliva and kavalactones released from the process. It produces an effect similar to that of an over the counter chloraseptic spray to alleviate sore throat by numbing it. It has been banned in Germany, Switzerland, and Canada because of liver injury.  A public safety alert about Kava has been issued by the US FDA  due to liver problems.

Magical Uses: Kava is used to protect you and your home, and invite in good luck.

Ritual Uses: A small amount (chopped root) sprinkled around the house will keep out unwanted visitors. Hang a small piece on your door or put in an amulet to invite in good luck. To induce visions, soak a 1/2 gallon of water mixed with roots and leaves overnight in the refrigerator. Strain and drink a cup before you meditate.

Warning: to much infusion can damage kidneys and liver.

References:

  • The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg
  • Medicinenet.com
  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs

Note: Consult with a Physician or a certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all, have a great day!

Lisa

Medicinal Monday – Clematis

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Clematis (Vitalba)

Clematis (also called Traveler’s joy or Old man’s beard) is a flowering vine of the Ranunculaceae family. The vines can grow up to 100 feet long and can completely blanket trees and other plants. Each  blossom is made up of 4 greenish-white fluffy sepals and feathery filaments that turn silvery and thread-like in the fall.


Photo By Shotaku

Clematis can be a great remedy for someone who tends to live in a dream world, and takes little interest in day-to-day events. It also helps with people that may be frustrated with life and have unrealistic ideals. It can stimulate creative potential and encourage a person to envision their dreams and become focused.

Taking the remedy

  • Add a few drops of clematis-flower essence to a glass of non-sparkling spring water, sip throughout the day.
  • Pour a few drops of the clematis water into a small dropper bottle. (preferably glass) Put a few drops under your tongue several times a day.

Wildflower medley
For those who live in the past, a flower-essence mixture of clematis and honeysuckle is helpful.

  • Add 2 drops of each to a bottle filled with 1oz. of non-sparkling spring water. Put a few drops under your tongue 4 or more times a day.

The clematis temperament

  • In a daze all the time
  • Avoids activities
  • Becoming addictive to reading or watching TV
  • Daydreaming about the perfect future, but not taking action
  • Feeling you are artistic and creative, but wont take action because you are more concerned with home and family
  • Uninterested in practical matters
  • When you are ill, you don’t try to regain your health

Children who need Clematis
Clematis increases a child’s attention span and promotes endurance and focus.

  • Sleeps too much
  • Absentminded
  • Falls a lot
  • Can get stuck and tear clothing

Supportive measures

  • A fertile imagination is a special one, but illusions can leave you feeling empty
  • Set a reasonable goal, find a way to achieve it
  • Have down to earth hobbies (i.e. cooking, gardening)
  • Have creative activities (i.e. painting, drawing, knitting)

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world! – Joel Barker

Sign of clematis state

  • Daydreaming & Lethargic
  • Neglectful & Absentminded
  • Lack of Sleep & Tired
  • Always in a Fantasy World
  • Poor Memory
  • Poor Vision and Hearing
  • Lack of Creativity

Signs of transformation

  • Renewed Creativity
  • Grounded
  • Energy
  • Concentration & Focus
  • Spirited & Enthusiastic
  • Realistic Thinking & Attitude
  • Clear Minded
  • Able to Find Solutions to Problems

Tip: Clematis helps relieve postpartum depression. It can also help bring you back to reality when you feel as if you are outside of yourself.

References:

  • The Complete Guide To Natural Healing

Note: Consult with a Physician or certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all and have a great day!

Lisa

Friday’s Food For Thought – Garden Style Pizza

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Garden Style Pizza


Photo by sbassi

Prep Time: 14 minutes
Baking Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza dough (See below for homemade dough recipe)
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a baking sheet or pizza stone
  • Unroll pizza dough on prepared baking sheet and shape. (I like shape in a to 14 × 10-inch rectangle
  • Evenly spread pizza sauce on the dough.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan on top of the pizza sauce.
  • Arrange toppings on top of the cheese. Bake until the crust is golden, about 15 minutes.

Homemade Pizza dough:

Total Time: 1 hr 45 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Baking Time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating bowl
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if necessary
  • Cornmeal, as necessary, for dusting pizza peel

Preparation:

  • In a large bowl combine yeast with water and sugar, stir well. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add salt, olive oil and half of the flour, mix well.
  • Add all remaining flour, except 1/2 cup, mix with your hands. working to incorporate flour little by little. Dough should be slightly sticky.
  • Transfer dough to  a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 up 7 minutes, adding enough additional flour as necessary to form a smooth , elastic dough, not sticky.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 2 or 3 quart bowl, turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp towel and let rise (in a warm place) until doubled in size. About an hour.
  • Preheat over to 500 degrees F, Place on baking sheet or pizza stone on the bottom rack.
  • Divide dough into 2 portions (For 2 (12 to 14-inch thickness) pizzas and shape into balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape as desired and roll out. (1/8-inch thickness)
  • Transfer dough to a pizza peel (Sprinkle with cornmeal to help facilitate moving dough) and top with toppings.
  • Transfer to a preheated stone and bake until golden brown, about 12 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Tip: Cooking time on broccoli can be hard to determine. To make sure it is cooked properly, chop into small pieces. Cook in water for 2 to 3 minutes before hand. Drain and dry before topping pizza.

Enjoy! Have a Great Weekend!

Lisa

Hump Day Herbs – Indian Paint Brush

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Indian Paint Brush

Botanical Name: Castilleja

Folk Names: Snake’s Maiden, Snakes Matches


Photo by kloppster

Native to North America, Indian Paintbrush is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants.

According to Native American legend, a young brave became frustrated in his attempts to paint a sunset with his war-paints. He then asked for guidance from the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit gave him paintbrushes laden with sunset colors. With these gifts, he painted his masterpiece. He then left the spent brushes in fields across the landscape. The brushes sprouted into the vibrant reds, scarlets, yellows and purples of the Indian paintbrush.

Deities: Venus, Isis, Luna, Aphrodite, Manito

Element: Water (Fidelity, Friendships, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, Sleep)

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendship, Love, Youth)

Powers: Love

Medicinal Uses: Indian Paintbrush is known to treat skin diseases, kidney disorders and leprosy. It is also effective in treatment of excessive menstrual discharge, and also to prevent conception. During pregnancy, a decoction of the plant is used to keep the baby small, which leads to an easier labor. It is also used as a blood purifier. Taken over a long period of time, it is said to be an effective treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. It is also used to treat stomach aches.

Magical Uses: To attract love, Wear a few petals in an amulet or carry it in a sachet. It is excellent if you want to connect with your spirit, repel fear, and release negative thinking.

Ritual Uses: The flowers can be used as a symbolic broom, “sweep” your house clean to remove negativity and fill your home with both happiness and love.  A flower on your altar will help remind you of the loving nature of the universe, as well as connecting you with your divine nature.

Other Uses: The Ojibwe made a hair-wash from Indian Paintbrush to make their hair shiny and full. It is also used as a treatment for rheumatism. Nevada Indians would use the plant to treat sexually-transmitted diseases and to strengthen the immune system.

References:

  • The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants
  • Scenic USA
  • Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs

Note: Consult with a Physician or a certified herbologist if you are seeking medical remedies. The information is not intended as medical advice. PagansWorld.org is not liable for the misuse of the herb listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all, have a great day!

Lisa