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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Queen of Magic, Witches and Ghosts,

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Call upon Hecate when you find yourselves standing at a crossroads for she is known as the Queen of Magic, Witches and Ghosts, she is a guardian of the spirit world and can see deep into the unseen with her dark intuitive magic. She is connected with the dark aspect of the Moon and the magic that is found in the shadows often accompanied on her travels by an owl, a symbol of wisdom.

She is a protector of travellers as well and those who find themselves in very dark, lonely places, she is a Goddess of seeing deeply into the future, into the threads of the different paths that lay before us and into the darkness. She can see right through into the Underworld she holds great power there, she works with us in times of deep change and release.

She helps us to let go of what is not longer working for us and stunting our ability to grow, she brings us the message that it is time to step away from the familiar and venture deep down into our own depths so we can really see into the truth that lies there.

She calls to us into the darkness to see the truth that lies beyond the veils we hide behind, change is never easy.

But the Goddess Hecate is there to walk alongside us, she imparts her sight, her wisdom and her deep knowing to us and tells us to trust in our intuition and that sometimes there is need for a leap of faith on our path when moving forward.

She calls to us to follow the wild path of the ancient witch within our being and too heed the messages that are calling to us and to trust our inner sight, she tells us not to fear the power that is in our veins but to embrace it.

Her message is for us to know that there is no such thing as a right or wrong choice when we are standing at the crossroads, she tells us that in times when we feel that we are not ready to move, we must nourish and honour all that we are to the fullest in the here and now, just give yourself space to allow the answers to come.

When we honour ourselves, even if we are in a place where we do not want to remain, the answers flow and come when we let go of needing to guide them in a certain direction or outcome. Hecate tells us to trust in our inner knowing and guidance that when the time is right for us we will make the right choice.

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Witches Keys

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Keys are very old tools used in magic, they can be used for both divination and ritual purposes, they symbolise the power to change reality and open the doors of the other realms. Usually an old key is used by a Witch to travel through realms and seek the guidance of higher and wiser entities.

Skeleton Keys hold quite a lot of mystique.  They are connected with gateways and portals, doorways to the unknown, knowledge, mysteries, powers, initiations, new ways, forbidden things and answers to curious questions.  They are often associated with specific deities or spiritual figures, and are often used as part of charms or other magical tools.

Keys represent knowledge and access, and it’s important to note that they can both open and lock doors. Possessing a key is both about gaining access and setting boundaries.

Hecate, a goddess often described as the Queen of the Witches, is a deity associated with gate keeping and keys, she holds the keys that allow passage into the spiritual realm, she is also a great protector among other things.

Keys are often made into talismans or charms with many various functions. They will always be of great desire and use to those that practice the craft. They can be used as protection charms for doorways that included keys and protection blessings so that homes can be shielded from the spirits of the place passing through doorways.

You can also use them on your altar:

  • For divination, the passageway ‘in’.
  • The holder of the key is allowed access to all that is unseen
  • A symbol for sealed or locked away secrets
  • An initiatory tool held by the one that has gained access into specific spaces on the other side
  • A talisman in a protection spell
  • The amulet of the Traveller
  • Can be hung at doorways of your home for protection
  • Removing blocks
  • Opening roads
  • Calling spirits

Invocation to charge your key.

Sacred Key, Sacred Key,
I charge you with the task
of unlocking the path of mystery.
Grant me pass, let me in
Make available the secrets
that exist within.

I like to repeat on the power of 3×3, but do it as often as feels right for you the more you rely on your intuition, the more affective you will become.

All information was taken from various places on the internet, if you’re interested in finding out more about keys and there magical uses, try reading a few witchy / spell books.

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Shadow Self

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Most of us start our spiritual journey because at some point the burdens of our pain becomes too much to bear. We look for a way out or a way to move forward in our life. If I live a certain way then we won’t have to deal with it. Being good will make it alright make it go away. The shadow side of ourselves this is the part of ourselves which destroys our relationships, kills our spirit, and keeps us from fulfilling our dreams.

It contains all the parts of ourselves that we have tried to hide or deny. It contains those dark aspects that we believe are not acceptable to our family, friends, and most important, ourselves. The dark side is hidden deeply within our consciousness, from ourselves and others. There is only one type message we get from this hidden place and that is there is something wrong with me. I’m not okay. I’m not that lovable. I’m not that deserving and I’m not worthy.

Many of us believe these messages. We believe that if we look closely enough at what lies deep down, we will find something we just don’t like. We resist looking long and hard for fear of discovering something that we can’t live with. We fear ourselves. We fear every thought and feeling we have repressed. Many of us are so disconnected from this fear we can only see it by reflection, what we project onto the world, onto our families and friends, and onto strangers. Our fear is so deep that the only way we can deal with it is either to hide or deny it. We become so good at this we actually forget that we are wearing masks to hide this side of ourselves. We believe we are the person we see in the mirror. So after years of failed relationships, careers, diets and dreams, we continue to suppress these disturbing internal messages. We tell ourselves that we will be okay and that things will get better.

Instead of trying to suppress our shadows, we need to own and embrace the very things we are most afraid of facing. By acknowledge that quality that belongs to you. It is the shadow that holds the clues, our shadows hold the essence of who we are. They hold our most treasured gifts. By facing these aspects of ourselves, we become free to experience the good and the bad, the dark and the light. It is by embracing all of who we are that we earn the freedom to choose what we do in this world. As long as we keep hiding, and projecting what is inside us, we have no freedom to be and no freedom to choose. However it is only when we discover that by embracing our worst fears, we can step into and be our greatest self.

Our shadows exist to teach us, guide us. They are for us to expose and explore. The feelings that we have suppressed are desperate to be integrated into ourselves. They are only harmful when they are repressed, because they can pop up at the worst times. Their sneak in and cause effect in the areas of your life that mean the most.  Like your relationships, your jobs, your children, maybe drinking too much, eating too much, even hating too much. Jealousy and envy are a aspect of your shadow self, when you are happy with who you are, who your with, what you do, you have no time to worry about what others are doing.

Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone or something you’re not. You will no longer have to prove you’re good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to live in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.

I have only touched on this subject, you can find books that will help you understand and deal with your shadow self.

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