Symbolism of The Horse Spirit Animal.

The Horse

Very few animals convey such majesty, power, pride, and nobility of spirit as the horse spirit animal.

With the horse spirit animal, you can see the true essence of freedom in your life, and you can live vicariously through it with each mile it runs and each obstacle it overcomes.

If you have this powerful animal working for you, you will truly experience the energy of a genuinely free spirit.

When you have the horse totem, this most commonly represents power and stamina.

The horse is known for being one of the most hardworking animals on earth, with the ability to carry on even on the roughest roads and the toughest climbs.

The horse meaning signifies overcoming obstacles, and how you should carry yourself in the face of adversity.

The horse spirit animal works hard to remind you to take care of your emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The horse symbolism also speaks about freedom. It possesses an unbridled desire for freedom because of its naturally wild and powerful spirit, and it always wants to break free.

Another horse meaning is journey. The horse is usually seen carrying a rider on its back, embarking on all kinds of journeys.

This signifies the time to set your soul free. It’s time to go on your journey and jump over the hurdles of your life with strength and courage.

The meaning of the horse seeks to remind you that you have the power and the motivation to carry through anything. You are full of vitality, and you have the freedom to do whatever you want!

When the horse spirit animal comes galloping into your life, it carries a very important message.

You need to take stock of your life and see where you have been spending your energies on, and whether you have been giving your personal freedom or power away.

It signals a time to evaluate which aspects of your life allow people to treat you harshly or domineeringly.

You should think about whether you are putting the needs and demands of others before yours.

The horse symbolism in your life is simply telling you that no one can take away your power from you. You will only become powerless and weak if you allow it.

Harness the meaning of the horse in your life to get you out of your stupor you only need to have faith!

Facts About Horse Symbolism.

The horse is going to bring forth a number of different ideas and theories surrounding the symbolism that is associated with this animal.

However, you do need to pay close attention to the animal and the way in which it is viewed in real life as this is something that is seen as being quite majestic and almost regal in its approach.

The same symbolism is then going to be applied to the spirit animal and what it represents.

It represents power and stamina.

Horse symbolism is closely associated with the idea of both power and stamina, and this is directly linked to the way in which the horse can seemingly run for miles before it gets tired.

It has the determination to get to the end point and will push itself to extremes, and this is certainly something that you need to be doing in order to really get anywhere in life.

It is symbolic of getting over obstacles.

A horse is capable of getting over fences in its way, and you can also benefit from linking in with the symbolism associated with this animal.

It is directly linked to the idea of having the faith and confidence that you can get over any obstacle that is placed in your path as you know the rewards when you get to the other side.

You believe that you are going to be able to get over it without any problems and you have the strength and desire to go ahead and achieve this.

It is symbolic of going on a journey.

As the horse was originally used for being able to travel around, it should be no surprise to then discover that it is directly linked to the concept of going on a journey.

However, this is going to be something that you are going to be in control of every step of the way. You are going to effectively have itchy feet and a willingness to see what else is out there.

You should not be afraid of encountering new things as exciting times are ahead, but only if you allow that to be the case.

It seeks to keep your emotions and spiritual self healthy.

Horse symbolism is also closely linked to the idea of keeping your emotions and spirituality in check.

You need to constantly remind yourself of the need to not break your own emotional bonds as that in itself is going to cause some serious damage.

Maintaining this healthy balance will prove to be an advantage for you in life.

Horse symbolism is all about strength and the ability to carry on even when others may have fallen by the wayside or you would have previously felt as if you were struggling with energy levels.

This is showing you that there is a very real need to go ahead and keep carrying on as the rewards of getting over those obstacles are going to be far more important than you could have ever imagined.

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Mercury retrograde takes place in Leo & Cancer & a lunar eclipse is happening in Capricorn.

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Mercury retrograde is quite common and takes place about 3 or 4 times. It stays for a couple of weeks and during this retrograde, we go through a storm and shadow period.

The shadow period begins when the planet turns direct and ends when it hits the point of the Zodiac on which the retrograde happens.

That’s the time when you feel its effect. After all, Mercury is fast and when it has to slow down, it doesn’t like it. Generally, Mercury retrogrades have two storm periods and then, it goes direct again.

Mercury retrograde takes place in Leo, first. Some drama is going to come your way during this time. Leos love to make mountains out of molehills. Plus, Leos love their fair share of attention, and they would take it somehow.

Leo rules over love, hence, affection and love are something that will be part of your life during this period. But like Leo, you will try to gain control over it.

Since Leo loves to play around, we do not quite know what and who we will fall in love with. Maybe it could be an activity we love to do, maybe we can just go out for a vacation. Leo is creative so, don’t let that creativity die out.

This Mercury retrograde commences on 7th July at 7:14 PM ET and concludes on 31st July at 11:58 PM ET. The shadow period is 23rd June – 15th August. The first storm period is 29th June – 19th July, and the second storm period is 23rd July – 7th August.

The retrograde commences at 4 degrees Leo, so the Leos born between 25th – 30th July will have its most impact. The retrograde concludes at 23 degrees Cancer, so Cancerians born between 13th to 19th July will feel the most impact of this energy.

Mercury also goes into retrograde in Cancer, on 19th July. Cancer is emotional so get ready for a huge emotional ride coming your way. Find support and comfort in your family, and don’t let the outside world influence you too much.

There is a chance that you feel a bit insecure inside. Its fine your emotions are acting out, just don’t lash out at this moment, be a bit flexible and adapt to the situation. Your family will help you out.

While the retrograde is happening, there will be a lunar eclipse as well, happening in Capricorn, on 16th July.

Mercury is going to be opposite it and emotions will be really high during this period so, it is necessary for Capricorn and Cancer to find a balance during this period.

Three aspects will be coming your way when Mercury turns retrograde. There will be a conjunction with Mars in transit on 8th July. It will bring in huge energy which is both reckless and impatient. Plus, the retrograde will make a hard aspect with the transit of Uranus in Taurus. It is an alignment which wants us to be careful and cautious.

On 21st July, Mercury will be making a conjunction with the Sun. It is an inferior one, but you get the chance to concentrate on something new for about six weeks. Mercury retrograde will also conjunct with Venus in Cancer on 24th July, so it may bring up pleasant energy for some, with a chance of accidents too. So, this time, Mercury retograde is going to be a bit crazy, so get prepared!

The original blog was posted by conscious reminder, some aspects I have changed to suit. (consciousreminder.com)

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The Death Card & Transition

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In all my 12 month tarot readings there is always a transition period this is shown when the death card appears, many people get worried or confused when this shows up in their reading, it’s a positive thing unless of course you really don’t like change, one thing for certain is nothing can never stay the same, we all need to progress on our journey or learn new things and experience new circumstances to grow.

When the universe begins the process of re moving what no longer serves our best purpose there tends to be an emotional reaction. It is best at this time to try and go with the flow and let go of your expectations so that the universe has room to deliver, not all changes will be major sometimes little adjustments are needed to put us on the right track.

It’s during the bad times when we are often tested the most, but this is when most of us we grow spiritually and emotionally. If you have been struggling with some of the symptoms listed below, just know that there is an ending and you will soon be ready for your new beginning. Whether we’re moving, changing jobs or ending relationships, transitions can bring up feelings that can be hard to deal with at times.

Here are the most common reasons we go through change.

  • Spiritual growth
  • Career change
  • Love & relationship changes
  • Home moves
  • Becoming a parent

Here are symptoms one may experience at the beginning of a transitional phase.

  • Confusion about which choice to make or direction to take in life
  • Feeling unusually down, overly tired or sluggish
  • Not having good time management skills, when you’re normally on top of things
  • Freaking out over a situation you thought was no longer an issue
  • Moodiness
  • Knowing that something is missing in life, but you can’t put your finger on it
  • Feelings of lethargy or boredom
  • Constantly dwelling about something in a negative manner

There are ways to know when you are coping with changes well.

  • You start getting rid of things or people that doesn’t match your vibe
  • Your intuition suddenly becomes stronger
  • Your little psychic predictions start happening
  • You begin to add new and exciting things to your daily routine
  • Having faith in your future
  • Self-confidence increases and you believe in yourself more
  • You want to stop unhealthy habits
  • You start going out more or accept invites to events you would normally avoid
  • Your motivation returns
  • You find yourself smiling more

I often get asked the question, why am I having so much trouble letting go even though I know it’s done!

During a breakup, for example, we can be aware of missing our ex partner, by asking ourselves why this is the case when the relationship wasn’t that great, can often reveal under lining anxieties or fears of being alone, of maybe its financial instability, or feeling less brave about going it alone than we first thought.  By acknowledging what it is will then help you to come to terms with it.

Once we know why, we can figure out a plan of action, at least then you’re not just moping about. The challenge is to acknowledge when something no longer serves us. It is a journey of healing in which we have to accept the past is now in the past and begin the process of figuring out what’s next to move forward.

When we struggle with change, it’s often because we can’t see past the problem. Once you have a plan of action you will be surprised at your inner strength and your ability once focused to make the changes. You may also be surprised at who wants to support you with good advice, a job, or give you the space to find yourself again.

By spending a bit of time being kind to ourselves can lift our spirits, heal us and give us new perspective. Having good friends who are there to support you when things get difficult.

Once you figure out where you want to go, and what can you do to get there. You are never helpless to change your situation just try altering your approach to it.

Remember that every end is a new beginning, one that we should embrace with an open mind and heart.

Maybe you would like a Tarot reading to help you through a difficult time or transition, it’s often a small price to pay for some clarity or peace or mind.

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Full Moon in Libra Tarot Readings

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This coming Full Moon on 20th March also fall’s on the same day as the Spring Equinox, for many of us during this time we may feel the need to have more balance and harmony in certain areas of our personal life.

There may be a shift regarding our relationships either finding a new love or sorting out anything that’s been smouldering under the surface in an existing relationship that you probably haven’t wanted to deal with.

Librans are ruled by Venus the planet of love and because it’s also the Spring Equinox this is a great a time for new beginnings, birth and re birth and planting the seeds for a happier future.

March Full Moon has that little bit extra energy, it will be one of the most illuminating Moons this year. Take advantage of it and make time to sit down and really think about the people that are in your life.

Think about those that are doing you harm or making you un happy maybe now is a good time to cut those cords,  this can also be anything that surfaces from the past and un healthy attachments to old relationships.

Clear the way to let in the new, so you can truly blossom into the fabulous person you are meant to be.

For a few days during this Full Moon I will be offering my Moon Readings, they were very popular on the last New Moon and I received some great feedback.

Available until Friday 22ns March.

If you would like to book your £20 Moon Reading, drop me a message.

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Ostara – Spring Equinox

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March 20th brings with it new beginnings as we enter the cycle of rebirth, the days will get lighter as spring approaches. It’s a good time to have a spring clean and clear out the clutter not only in your home but in your life.

You can call upon the goddess Eostre she will help you to develop your intuition and move forward and get rid of all the things that no longer serve your highest purpose.

It’s a good time to move away from people that you no longer want in your life, those that you have just been putting up with the ones that drain your energy, you can call this if you like your own re birth!

You can also set up your altar with spring flowers, burn sandalwood oil or incense whatever you prefer, and take time to reflect on what you want to change.

Now is the time to sow the seeds of your new ventures and start planning, write them down and make a conscious effort to spend the time making it happen and then continue with steady progress throughout the rest of the year.

If your setting up your altar you can also use the following,

Incense: Jasmine or Rose
Decorations: Yellow Disk or Wheel, Coloured Egg’s, Hare Decorations, Spring  Flowers.
Candles : Yellow, Light Green, Lemon Yellow & Pale Pink.

Frankincense is good oil to burn during Ostara to welcome spring and to refresh your life, it smells lovely too.

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whats in store for you in 2019

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This 12 month card reading gives you unique insight and guidance about the entire year, month by month.

A tarot card reading can help give clarity to your clouded thoughts and will definitely help you to give a new perspective towards life. Everyone can use a little help during those distressing times or when we are not sure about which path to take.

So if you’re wondering what the cards hold for you in the upcoming year why not book your tarot reading for 2019 so that you know what the future has in store for you.

We all wonder if the New Year will be better than the year gone by, will our relationships be successful, or will I find the partner and could marriage be a possibility, will my financial situation get better this year, or maybe you’re looking for an exciting job opportunity.

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It’s a marvellous night for a moon dance.

 

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On 21st January, there will not only be a Super Moon, there is also going to be a Blood Moon.

A Blood Moon is the one that happens at a time of a total lunar eclipse, while a Super Moon is actually a new or full moon which occurs when it is in the nearest point to the planet Earth.

At a time of a total lunar eclipse, the moon appears almost red coloured. The reason for this is the way in which the shadows of the planet Earth appear while the moon is passing through it.

A lunar eclipse will only happen on full moon and only when the Moon, Sun, and Earth are perfectly lined up.

This one is also going to be a Super Moon, where the moon is going to appear a bit bigger. When it’s closer to the planet, it looks even bigger than usual. A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is on the other end of the planet from Sun, and the one which is noted at its nearest point.

During this phase, you can prepare for the total lunar eclipse, which is going to start on the 21st of January. Our Moon is going to be in a total eclipse for less than an hour, and it will turn an orange-red in colour.

This January’s Super Moon could have an effect on some of you, it can mean that unexpected events or news are more likely to cause anxiety and uncertainty about the future. Your life may seem more hectic and fast paced than before.

Emotions and instincts may grow stronger during a lunar eclipse, meaning it’s a good time to examine your close relationships. This is because you will be more closely in tune with your needs and desires as the eclipse takes hold, enabling you to see disharmony in your life.

However, you may also feel jumpy as the Moon squares in Uranus causing rapid mood swings and impulse reactions. Your patience and focus may slip, and you may feel inclined to rebel.

For some that tend to be more sensitive and relaxing may become difficult during this period, as unsettling feelings creeps in and you anticipate something new over the horizon.

On a more positive note, this eclipse will grant you the chance to see things from a different perspective.

By remaining flexible, calm and open-minded is the key to dealing with any unexpected events, from your car breaking down to delayed travel plans, it might be a good idea to have a backup plan.

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Establishing Contact With Spirit

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One of the goals of anyone walking a spiritual path is the ability to receive messages from the spirit world and communicating with spirits. We all come onto this path at different levels and it can be very frustrating for some. Others are already aligned with their natural skills and they have a good foundation for spirit communication.

Like any sense, even trackers can see more in their environment than I ever will be able to because they have sharpened their senses and they know what to look for. This is a very complex topic and one that I have been working on developing over the years. Where you are now is not where you are ultimately going to be. The amazing thing about the third eye is that it is like a muscle; the more you work it the stronger it will become and the more it will grow. It is a very powerful part of our composition and the more we interact with it and train it, the stronger it will get.

Stages of Spiritual Contact

Stage One – No Sensation – This is usually caused by a disconnection between the third eye and the nervous system. Numbness, the skin is unable to pick up spiritual sensations including a lot of the physical sensations in our world. A lot of these sensations we think are physical, actually can have a spiritual component to them. The best way to start training your nervous system is through shocking it. Go stand in a cold breeze, shiver, get the chills, get goose bumps and when you do focus on the sensation that your skin is experiencing. Many find they are pretty numb in this world. Children, they embrace everything with enthusiasm and wonder, so they experience a lot, adults tend to be less aroused with the world around them, in turn tend to miss things. These subtle cues are how the spirits connect to us in the beginning stages.

When you are at this stage of the game you really want to experiment. Unblock your third eye, stimulate it, help it to grow and awaken. Using your imagination can go a long way in helping to crack the shell of the third eye and open up your natural skills and abilities. Start by playing with your imagination and letting it grow. A lot of people experience closing of their third eye because they are told it is all fantasy. The third eye is directly connected to your imagination. Start by getting back in touch with your imagination and use it to help you when doing spiritual communication exercises and simulations.

Stage Two -Slight sensations – At this stage, the third eye and the nervous system have connected and you can sense things going on around you. You might not be able to make sense of much but you are noticing that strange things are indeed occurring. Your third eye has started working in alignment with your body and your chakras, through exercises and spiritual practises it will now steadily grow stronger. It would be a good idea at this time to figure out what area you are strong in and work with exercises specifically designed for developing that ability. At this stage pay close attention to what goes on around you and what you feel and see. Be open to the idea that it might be your spirits/entities trying to interact with you. At this stage…

~ You might hear the same song over and over again
~ You might notice things in your environment move
~ You might see shadows and orbs
~ You might have tingles and slight vibrations on your skin
~ You may experience strange smells
~ You might develop strange tastes
~ You might hear a ringing or a buzzing sound
~ You might get images and visions you can’t make full sense of
~ You might have dreams where you recognize symbols or energies that are familiar
~ You might hear things; words, sentences, expressions, laughter.

Practising and working with your third eye will make it stronger and help you awaken your natural abilities. Imperative you believe in yourself too. Believing you can do it is paramount. This is a concept that is true of many areas, believing you can do it will drive you and take you there. It all starts with your beliefs and ends with your desire to push yourself to achieve.

Stage Three –Awakening/ Moderate Sensations – At this stage your senses are really starting to awaken, they are starting to emerge, and you are really starting to experience things. You might not know where things are being derived from but you are starting to get very strong sporadic bursts when it comes to sensing and working with your third eye. At this stage you are having success with your daily exercises and starting to really experience powerful psychic moments. They might not last and you might not know how to control them but they are there and you are having them. At this stage you will begin to get a handle on your abilities and know what you need to do to continue growing and developing them. You will begin to know yourself, your senses and know what areas you are strong in and what areas need working on. You are really beginning to understand yourself. You will….

~Have a moment of powerful psychic intuition that is uncontrolled
~You might see shadows and shapes around you
~You might hear words or phrases
~You might have moments of strong communication with your companions.
~You might have moments were you feel them
~You will have dreams of your companions
~You will have lucid experiences with them
~You will develop a basic communication system to interact with them
~Your senses will begin to stabilize
~You will have routines with your companions and know how they work
~Have moments where you see them very clearly
~Have moments where you can hear them very clearly
~Have moments where you can sense them very clearly

At this stage of the game you have a good handle on yourself and you should experiment. Try new exercises, try new things and experiment with your skills and abilities. See if you can expand and awaken new abilities in yourself. The exercises that you are performing push them deeper. This means that you should recreate the exercises daily and see where they take you. If you practise and push yourself your third eye will grow and you will awaken new layers of skills and abilities. The more you practise the better you become, the more committed you are to your exercises the stronger your skills will become. Find one or two exercises or a consistent routine that works for you and really push it. Try new things but stay true to your routine.

Stage Three -Strong Sensations – At this stage your third eye is beginning to be comfortable with its abilities and how it connects to and works with your physical body. You have a stronger sense of the energies going on around you and your chakras are in a higher state of arousal. They work together to interpret the energies that are coming in through the third eye. At this stage of the game you have a pretty good handle on what you can do, but you will want to develop an exercise plan to strengthen your skills and also work with your third eye to embrace and open new skills. At this stage…

~ You may notice things in your environment, music changing, things moving, things happening, coincidences, symbols.
~ You can see the shadows of your companions and you can begin to make sense of what they are doing
~ You are able to get strong smells that would otherwise go unnoticed
~ You can see your companions in your mind’s eye and get visuals and images
~ You can hear them and have ways of communicating with them
~ You are able to feel and sense their energy
~ You can have dreams with them and uncontrolled Astral projection or OBE with them.
~ You will experience their energies on your skin and have sensations from your companions touching you.
~ Have fun with your companions and know them and their personalities
~ Able to tell them apart and get a sense on how they sound and talk
~ Feel them and touch them

At this stage you can have a lot of fun! Stay on track with your routine but really experiment. Have fun with your gifts and skills and see how far you can go. Set goals for yourself and push those goals. There is a lot of fun that you can have with them and a lot that you can grow and develop. The more you push things the stronger your skills will be and the more fun you can have with them.

Stage Four – Full Sensations – At this stage you have acquired a third eye that is working flawlessly with the rest of your senses and you are tuned in to the spiritual world. Your third eye, nervous system, chakras, body are all working together to translate the spiritual energies that are around you. You have control of your abilities and you know yourself pretty well. You know your companions and know who is who and what they are doing. You have a really good grasp of what is going on in the spiritual world. At this stage it is all about going deep. You want to have a solid exercise routine and continue to work your skills pushing them, experimenting with them and trying new things with them. At this stage…

~ You know who is who and can tell whose energy signature belongs to which companion
~ You can tell when you are being touched, stroked, you can feel them and focus on feeling the sensations.
~ You can hear them and hold full conversations with your companions even a group of them at a time and you can tell who is talking to you.
~ You can taste them and you know how each of your companions tastes
~ You can smell them, if you have a spiritual olfactory sense you will know the aromas that your companions have
~ You will be able to have Lucid Dreams whilst interacting with them, have controlled astral experiences
~ You can tell who is shifting the environment around you and why they are doing this
~ You can tell the difference in your companions energies.
~ You can see them walking about, interacting with each other and know what they are doing
~ You can joke around with your companions and understand their difference language patterns and humour.
~ You can tell the difference between them
~ You can have physical stimulations from them
~ You can receive messages and inspirations from them and hear their stories

Beyond this the sky’s the limit, you can develop your skills and it is an infinite well of possibilities. They say the ancient Egyptians had 365 senses… we have 5 known to us and about 20 psychic ones that can be categorized, though there are much more. Be patient with yourself and be open to every possibility. There is a hell of a lot lying dormant and asleep in us, just waiting for the right time to be awakened.

Written by Parick Gaffiero

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Are you a Moon Child?

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Do you have a strong connection to the moon and its energy? Did you know that you can use the Moon energy to your advantage, you may be like me and feel energised and wide awake, often not sleeping much or not at all for around 3 days, a day or so leading up or during the Full or New Moon cycle, so during this time, I plan any new projects or work on my ideas, I finish stuff that I have been putting off or sometimes just put out my intentions wishing and focusing on the moon energy to help send it out to the universe, occasionally  I also do a little spell work.

If you’re on my face book you will see the posts going up I often tell you when it’s the New Moon or Full Moon and what star sign it’s in to help those that might be more effected by the energy during that time.

During the Waning moon I don’t generally start anything new I have found if I do it doesn’t tend to work out to well, it’s better to rest up a little until it moves into the Waxing position. We have a New Moon coming in the next few days this is a good time to start planning or working on what you would like to send out to the universe.

I have now started doing Moon energy readings for myself, just to explain it simply, during each New Moon or Full Moon it falls in one of the signs of the Zodiac its brings in certain energies that we can use to our advantage.

If you would like a reading then message me or take a look at the options on my website.

You can either have a monthly moon reading, 3 months or a yearly moon reading to help you live more consciously or like me you can use the Moon energy as a tool to help create the life you want by manifesting or cosmic ordering, you will also learn how to make the most of each New and Full Moon depending on which sign of the zodiac they are in, I will also include mini psychic prediction if you already have card readings with me then you know that these are very accurate.

I will need your date, time of birth and location (UK or Overseas) these will be sent to your email ready for you to refer too or print off.

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Herbal tinctures to relieve anxiety, help with pain & improve sleep.

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Perhaps you have heard the word tincture but are not exactly sure what it is.  A tincture is a very concentrated liquid of an herb that preserves the therapeutic properties of the herb to make it more effective. Tinctures are taken by mouth by the dropper full which usually equals 30 drops.

Tinctures are not difficult to make and are a highly valuable addition to your natural home medicine kit.

History of Herbal Tinctures.

There was a point in history where much, if not all medicine was grown in the garden. Tinctures were common and used for a wide variety of ailments and have their ancient roots in cultures all over the world. However, after the process of alcohol distillation was discovered in Europe, they became widely popular. During the Victorian period, tinctures were readily available at the corner pharmacy and were the preferred method of delivering herbal medicine.

The use of tinctures in alternative health care practices is quite common today all over the world. Also, as more and more people discover the ease with which tinctures can be prepared at home, these are becoming a popular home DIY home remedy.

Basics of Tincture Making.

No matter what type of tincture you are making, the process is relatively the same. Here is a list of the supplies you will need:

  • Clean glass jar, pint size
  • Consumable alcohol such as vodka must be 80 proof – can also use apple cider vinegar
  • Clean spoon
  • Cheesecloth
  • Small glass with a dropper
  • Herbs

Method.

  1. Fill the clean glass jar about ½ full with dried herbs (be sure not to pack the herbs down)
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs just to get them wet (this will draw out beneficial properties of the herbs).
  3. Fill the remaining part of the jar with alcohol or apple cider vinegar and stir with a clean spoon.
  4. Place the lid on the jar and store the jar in a cool and dry place.
  5. Shake the jar daily for at least three weeks but up to six months.
  6. Strain the liquid through a  clean cheesecloth.
  7. Label your jar, so you know what is in it.
  8. Store the tincture in a clean glass jar in a cool location. If you use apple cider vinegar, store the tincture in the fridge and use within six months.

To take a tincture, it is best to put the drops directly under your tongue and avoid any liquid for fifteen minutes. This will get the herb directly into your bloodstream. You can also dilute a tincture with a little lemon or honey (this also helps to disguise the taste). You can also place a dropperful of a tincture in a cup of boiling water. This will give you an instant cup of herbal tea. Be sure to heat the water first before you add the tincture.

There are also some tinctures that are only recommended for external use. It is important that you pay attention to the best and safest method of application for tinctures.

Types of Tinctures & Their Medicinal Benefits.

Here are a few tinctures that you can make at home and the conditions that they will help.

For Anxiety.

We live in a rush-rush culture where everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere or get something done. This type of environment often creates a state of chronic stress or anxiety. Anxiety can take a toll on both physical and mental health. Here are three effective tinctures that you can make at home to help relieve anxiety and promote calmness.

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): If you experience anxiety with restlessness, muscle tension or even jaw clenching, skullcap may be an option for you.

This perennial mint is helpful for people who feel like they can’t relax unless they are walking or moving around, toss and turn in bed and feel like they are ”climbing the walls.” Skullcap is especially effective as a tea or a tincture to reduce muscular tension and restlessness Take 20-40 drops of the tincture a few times a day – especially before retiring.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): This herbaceous and woody vine produces a beautiful and intricate flower.  Although used historically as a sleep aid, passionflower is also an effective stress buster. For people who are exhausted all the time and in a constant state of stress, this tincture can help restore balance and energy.

The usual dosage is 20-40 drops for a 145-pound person. Add ten drops at a time if you don’t find some relief after twenty minutes.

Kava kava (Piper methysticum): This ancient herb from the Pacific Islands is well-known for its anti-anxiety properties. It does have a much more hypnotic effect than either passionflower or skullcap. The taste is very interesting and creates a numb like sensation in the mouth.

It should be noted that if you have liver issues you should not use kava kava. That being said, it is a highly effective anti-anxiety when used a few times a week.

To Relieve Pain.

Although there are hundreds of plants that contain inflammation reducing and pain fighting properties, a few really stand out. Many tinctures are just as good or better at easing pain as over-the-counter or even prescription drugs.

Here are two herbs that are particularly effective at fighting pain and reducing inflammation when taken in tincture form.

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens): This tiny evergreen shrub is also known as teaberry, checkerberry, deerberry and boxberry and is in the heath family and closely related to cranberries, blueberries and huckleberries.  The berries of this plant are edible and the leaves and used in teas, extracts, and cordials. Pure oil of wintergreen is methyl salicylate which has the same anti-inflammatory and anti-fever properties as acetyl salicylate (or aspirin).  Native Americans used this herb for things such as rheumatoid and joint pain, headaches as well as general aches and pain.  Its antiseptic properties are also useful to battle toothaches, muscle pain, sore throats and sore mouths.

Take 6-12 drops of wintergreen tincture in water or juice, under the tongue. Take three times daily as needed and store in a cool, dark place.

Note: People who are sensitive to aspirin should not use wintergreen nor should people who are on blood thinning medication or those who suffer from acid reflux.

Arnica (Arnica Montana) – External Use Only

Arnica is a perennial plant that is found mostly in the mountainous regions of Canada, the northern United States, and Europe. Blooming in July and August, this flower produces a pretty bright yellow flower that resembles a daisy. For hundreds of years, the bloom of this plant has been used in a variety of alternative medicine applications. In Germany, it is very popular and used in over 100 drug preparations.

Some sports creams and rubs contain this flower and it is a popular natural pain killer amongst athletes and yogis. Although it is unclear how this herb is so effective, it clearly works to reduce the pain and inflammation of swelling of minor bruises, strains, and sprains.

Arnica tincture should be used externally only, and you must be very cautious not to get it in your nose, mouth or eyes. If you do, rinse out immediately with cold water.

Dilute arnica well before using on affected area.  Use several times a day to reduce pain and swelling.

To Help Beat Insomnia.

Do you suffer from insomnia? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from both acute and chronic sleep problems.  If you have problems falling asleep or wake up frequently during the night, you might want to try either of these herbal tinctures.

Sleep Mixture: This tincture is a combination of various herbs that work together to provide a sound night’s sleep.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons dried yarrow flowers
  • Two tablespoons dried catnip
  • Two tablespoons chamomile flowers
  • One tablespoon dried mint leaves
  • One tablespoon dried hops flowers
  • One tablespoon stevia leaf
  • Boiling water
  • 2 cups 80 proof vodka
  • Glass quart jar with lid

Instructions.

  1. Combine all of the herbs in the glass jar.
  2. Pour the boiling water to cover them and mix well.
  3. Fill the rest of the way with vodka.
  4. Cap with an airtight lid and leave in a cool place for at least 2 and up to 8 weeks. Shake daily.
  5. Strain and put into small tincture bottles.

A usual dose is 2-3 dropper full’s for adults and 1 dropper full for kids over two. Add to some juice or water and take an hour before bedtime.

Fruity Sleep Blend: This blend is light and fruity but packs a potent punch.  Note, this tincture uses food grade glycerine instead of vodka or vinegar.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons hibiscus flowers
  • One tablespoon lavender blossoms
  • Three tablespoons catnip
  • Three tablespoons chamomile
  • Two tablespoons passion flower
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup food grade glycerine
  • Pint jar with lid
  • Slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions:

  • Add the herbs to the pint size jar
  • Pour boiling water over the herbs to cover them ( push them down slightly with a spoon)
  • Add the glycerine.
  • Put the lid on the jar and place it in a slow cooker ( line the bottom with a dish towel)
  • Pour water in until half of the jar is covered and turn the slow cooker on warm and cover
  • Let the jar sit for about 24 hours
  • Shake the jar a few times during the setting period.
  • Remove the jar and strain liquid using cheesecloth.
  • Put liquid in a tincture jar and store in the fridge.

For adults, mix three dropper full’s in water or juice and drink before bedtime. For toddlers, use half a dropper full and for older kids 1 to 2 dropper full’s.

Caution – As with any herbal therapy, check with a medical professional if you’re unsure about anything before using.

Taken from the internet this article has been adjusted slightly it was originally written by Susan Patterson.

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