bergamot

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a guide for witches who need a more herbal garden for healing, tea crafting, and growing plants in their practice.

Originally posted by sashabloodsoup

anise : helps find happiness, and is good for psychic abilities.

basil : anything pertaining to love, wealth, protection. dispels fears and weaknesses, drives off evil spirits, and confusion.

cat nip : brings forth beauty, happiness, good luck, good spirits, and a great high for a kitten.

borage : courage and psychic powers.

bergamot : corresponds with money, provides protection from evil and illness, and promotes a restful sleep.

chamomile : love, healing, and sleep. also known to reduce stress.

dill : corresponds with money, protection, lust and luck.

coriander : corresponds with love, health, and protection.

thyme : attracts loyalty, and good opinions from others.

sage : used for self purification and promotes dealing with grief.

rosemary : protects, cleanses, and aids in memory.

oregano : corresponds with joy, strength, and vitality. 

mint : promotes energy and communication.

lemon balm : corresponds with love, success, healing, and psychic/spiritual development. 

Horoscopes and Tarot Overview for January 20, 2017 

                       from manylighthands.com

 The Moon stays in emotional Scorpio, keeping passion and creativity on the front burner. We may tend to be drawn to drama, envy or overexcitement that can lead to agitation if we are not careful. We are graced with a sextile to Mercury this morning, that enhances our ability to speak our minds and be clear about our desires. Use this energy to hash out issues that have plagued a relationship and repair it.

Venus sextiles Pluto this afternoon, bringing us the chance to take a second look at how we spend our money and how we care for those who are closest to us. It’s possible to initiate powerful healing in a very personal and instinctive way. Allow your true feelings to rise and be known in meaningful words.

The Moon trines Neptune this afternoon bringing our dreams to light in an expansive way. We have the power to intuit our next steps, make a serious plan and channel our passions into something that feeds our hearts and souls.

Tarot Cards of the Day: the 6 of Cups, The Tower and the Queen of Wands- childhood memories and old acquaintances may pop up and remind us of pure love and caring, this could shake up your day, in a good way. Take control of business, work and or career matters, you have the power, control and imagination necessary to make some bold moves.

We need to stay centered and grounded today with attention to our sacral and root chakras. Carry orange calcite and a garnet, plus make a bergamot-patchouli- basil essential oil blend. In your yoga practice, add seated forward folds and twist, plus take a walking meditation.

Aries- after a week of backpedaling you are ready to move forward with guts and intense determination. Your intuition is sharp and your creative energy is powerful. Connect with someone you love for inspiration in love, money and future endeavors.

Taurus-you will most likely command attention throughout the day as you power through any obstacles that have dared impede your progress. Stay faithful to a budget, keep your plans organized and speak clearly. You are ready to move mountains

Gemini-you cannot help but feel light, bright and full of positive energy today as you move your pet project closer to reality. Creativity shines as you instinctively know which direction to take your latest dream. Pay close attention to loved ones who feel slighted.

Cancer- it’s time to reconnect, and use meaningful communication to improve your relationships. Show the people you are close to how important they are to you. Keep mindfully connected to your emotional and intellectual sensibilities.

Leo-passion heats up your love life today, but first you need to talk about some matters that need a little attention. Straighten out your financial picture, heal old wounds and set your sights on a new and improved future. Your dreams are important today, nurture them.

Virgo- lend a balanced, insightful ear to a friend or loved one today, they need your sensibility and healing presence to move on and flourish. You can read others’ moods well, know when it’s time to reveal your desires for a special someone. Be passionate.

Libra- you will notice how very psychic you are today as you tune into the needs of the people closest to you. The truth will reveal itself in many different aspects of your life, insisting you make good choices and enhance your capabilities, in love and finances.

Scorpio- the Moon in your sign increases your possessive nature and your green-eyed monster. Lose the drama and put your faith in who you love, it will prove to be the best move you can make. Channel your passion into creative projects and spreading love.

Sagittarius-you have the power to express your emotions eloquently today, take care to make sure the one you love knows how you feel. Use inspiration and innovation to get the point across in business, love and financial matters. Healing is available, take advantage.

Capricorn- the deeper you examine where you stand the more your layers will unfold. Let yourself feel a bit vulnerable, it will be endearing to family and friends, you cannot be a rock all the time. Take a second look at your spending, you may need to change your habits.

Aquarius- re-examine where you leak energy, on an emotional, and physical plane. It will help you lighten your load and channel your creative energy where you need it most. Express love and caring to those who care about you, it will empower you.

Pisces- your mind is busy pushing you to make your dreams come true, consider mystical solutions to concrete problems, trust you innate sense of knowing to follow the path that suits you best. Use love and caring along the way and bring healing to light.

Medicinal Herbs & Uses: Bee Balm - Bergamot

Bee Balm is edible and medicinal, the entire plant above ground is edible used as a pot herb, and it is also used as a flavoring in cooked foods. The flowers make an attractive edible garnish in salads. The plant is noted for its fragrance, and is a source of oil of thyme. The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into a refreshing aromatic and medicinal tea. An infusion of young Bee Balm leaves used to form a common beverage in many parts of the United States.

Monarda didyma, (red)  (purple)  Monarda fistulosa,  (pink)

Other Names:  Eastern Beebalm, Bergamot, Wild Oswego Tea, Horsemint, Monarda

Uses:

Bee Balm leaves and flowers and stems are used in alternative medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. An infusion is medicinal used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, and gastric disorders, to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, to relieve flatulence, nausea, menstrual pain, and insomnia. Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus). Externally, it is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections. Bergamot’s distinctive aroma, found in both the leaf and flower is wonderful for use in potpourri. While a fragrant herb in its own right, Wild Bergamot is not the source of the commonly used Bergamot Essential oil.

Habitat and Description

Bee Balm is a perennial herb native to Eastern North America. It grows in dry thickets, clearings and woodland edges from Ontario and British Columbia to Georgia and Mexico. Bee Balm has showy, red, pink, or lilac flowers in large heads or whorls of about 20-50 flowers at the top of the branching stem, supported by leafy bracts, the leaflets are a pale-green color. The stem of Bee Balm is square, grooved and hard; and about 3 feet high. The leaves occur in opposite pairs, are rough on both surfaces, are distinctly toothed, and lance-shaped. Fine dense hairs cover much of the stem and leaves. Bee Balm roots are short, slender, creeping rhizomes.

How to Grow Bee Balm

Bee Balm is easily grown in ordinary garden soil. It also grows well in heavy clay soils, requires a part shade to sunny place to grow. This species thrives when grown in a dry soil and prefers alkaline soil conditions. Bee Balm is best started from plants which spread like crazy, but will grow from seed as well. Unfortunately, it often gets spotted with a mold like affliction.

How to Harvest and Use Bee Balm

Wild Bergamot flowers bloom from June to July. Gather edible leaves and flowers in bloom, dry on small bundles in paper bags in a dry, well ventilated area. Bee Balm can be used as tea, or as an aromatic suitable for sachets and potpourri.

Herbal Tea Recipe

“Medicinal” tea: To 1 tsp. dried herb, add 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 min. sweeten to taste, take at bedtime.

Folklore and History

The red variety is commonly known as Oswego Tea. It was used by colonists in place of English Tea after the Boston Tea Party, when they threw the English tea in the harbor to protest the high taxes imposed on it by the British. Read More about Oswego Tea

Bee Balm was used as a medicinal plant extensively by Native Americans who recognized four varieties that had different odors. Wild Bergamot was used also as an active diaphoretic (sweat inducer) for ceremonial sweat lodges. A decoction of the herb was made into hair pomade. 

BERGAMOT (CITRUS BERGAMIA)

Uplifting, refreshing and relaxing. Encourages cheerful emotions and ideal for depression. Its delicate, sweet aroma can also be used to freshen and uplift a room. Citrus Bergamia is a small tree about 4.5m high with smooth oval leaves. It belongs to the same family as the orange tree. The essential oil comes from the small round fruits which ripen from green to yellow, similar to oranges in appearance.
Distribution

Native to Morocco and tropical Asia it is grown commercially in the Ivory Coast and is extensively cultivated in Southern Italy. It was first cultivated around Bergamo, from where it takes its name.

History / Traditions

The fruit has been used for hundreds of years in Italian folk medicine. However the fruit was unknown outside Italy and wasn’t exported until recent times. The oil was primarily used for the treatment of fever and intestinal worms.

Extraction

The essential oil is produced by cold expression of the peel of the nearly ripe fruit. Although many oils are produced by mechanical processes, the best quality oil is produced by hand.

General Description

The oil is a light greenish yellow liquid with an uplifting citrus aroma and balsamic overtones. On aging the oil turns to a brownish olive color. The oil is known to have about 300 components the main being linalyl acetate 30-60%; linalol 11-22% and other alcohols, sesquiterpenes, terpenes, alkanes, and furocoumarins 0.3-0.39%

Uses:

Bergamot oil has a strong affinity for the urinary tract and is valuable in the treatment of cystitis and urethritis. It should be used in the bath or as a local wash at a 1% dilution. In helping with mental and psychological states, Bergamot is most valuable for its uplifting effects. For tension anxiety or depression, bergamot should be used in a massage oil or in a dally bath. The fragrance blends well with lavender, neroli, jasmine, geranium, chamomile, lemon, cypress and juniper. bergamot can be used in the treatment of tensions causing dietary problems such as over and under eating. The antiseptic qualities of Bergamot make it ideal for the treatment of skin complaints such as acne, oily skin and all infections of the skin. Bergamot is cooling in feverish conditions and has effective insect repellent properties. Bergamot has an inhibiting effect on certain viruses, in particular Herpes simplex 1 which causes cold sores. Bergamot will also reduce the pain of shingles and ease chicken pox in small children. Bergamot is used extensively as a fragrance and is also found in toiletries and cologne.

Safety data

Certain furocumarins (including bergapten found in Bergamot) are photo toxic on human skin. This causes sensitivity and skin pigmentation when exposed to sunlight. Therefore exercise caution when using Bergamot in sunny weather. Bergamot should never be used undiluted on the skin. Severe burning may result.

Magical Properties: 

Money, prosperity, protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep. Carry in a sachet while gambling to draw luck and money. Very powerful for attracting success. Burn at any ritual to increase its power.

Also Called: Orange Mint

DOUBLE BERGAMOT EARL GREY

I’VE GOTTEN A FEW INQUIRING MINDS ON WHAT “DOUBLE EARL GREY” IS.

IT’S SHORT FOR DOUBLE BERGAMOT EARL GREY.

IT MEANS THEY AMP UP THE BERGAMOT TO TWICE THE AWESOME. 

THIS MAKES IT MORE “CITRUSY” (AKA BADASS) AND ALSO TAKES THE SMELL FROM INTOXICATINGLY-GOOD TO APHRODISIAC-DANGEROUS. 

A FEW BRANDS MAKE IT, BUT GENERALLY YOU WILL FIND IT IN LOCAL TEA HOUSES AS A CUSTOM BLEND. 

HOW TO ACQUIRE DOUBLE BERGAMOT EARL GREY:

1) ENTER THE TEA HOUSE

2) FLIP A TABLE

3) GRAB THE HOST(ESS) BY THE COAT TAILS AND DEMAND DOUBLE FUCKING BERGAMOT EARL GREY

4) ENJOY.

-L

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theme thursday: super soap

grey soap options by viceandvelvet

this striking grey soap duo would make a really pretty gift set — i’d pair these two with viceandvelvet’s rockpool jewel soap to round it out as a a trio. super pretty.

New Fragrance: See by Chloé

Luxury brand Chloé’s diffusion line “See” has been going strong since 2001 but the past few weeks have seen the launch of their very first fragrance. Created to represent the cool, unique style of the See by Chloé customer, the scent is a fruity/floral mix with elements of bergamot, apple blossom accord, jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla.

Try it if you like: DKNY Be Delicious, BCBG Max Azaria Within and Love Chloe. 

Chloe fragrances are available in Brown Thomas, Debenhams and selected department stores.