Period having people know how painful cramps can be, especially at the beginning of the cycle. This tea is designed to ease cramping by relaxing the muscles of the uterus and aiding in relaxing cycle-related nausea. The herbs used in this blend are traditional remedies for menstrual pain, used for centuries all over the globe.
¼ tsp mugwort - helps stimulate smooth menstrual flow, normalizes and calms the nervous system, regulates menstrual flow
½ tsp red raspberry leaf - cleans the blood of excessive hormones, soothes breast tenderness, supplies the body with many of the nutrients lost during a cycle
½ tsp mint - eases discomfort from cramping, helps ease nausea, regulates bleeding, adds flavor, soothes and comforts
½ tsp parsley - has
strong analgesic and antinociceptive properties, acts as an anticeptic
2 cups of water - purified water works best but tap water is also suitable
Quart sized mason jar with lid - for storing the mixture
Optional - sweetener, lemon, cinnamon sticks
Add the herbal mixture together in a tea strainer. Place strainer in a quart sized mason jar.
Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil and pour into the jar over the tea.
Screw on the lid and let the tea steep for 15 minutes.
Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the strainer. You can divide the tea up into 3 parts in separate jars, or measure it out each time so that each dose is exactly 2/3 cup. It must be stored in the fridge.
Drink the dose in the morning when you wake up, at midday, and before bed on the first day of your cycle to ensure best results.
This tea is has a very earthy, bitter flavor. Those who are not fond of teas to begin with will most likely not enjoy this brew. Copious amounts of sugar is recommended to improve the taste, but you may just have to hold your nose and gulp it down…
I realize there is some concern with ingesting mugwort. The FDA recommended safe dose is 1 teaspoon per 8 fluid ounces of liquid, and this tea calls for ¼th of that amount because of the dangers associated with overdosing on mugwort. However, If you do not feel comfortable taking this ingredient, you can simply exclude it from the tea or turn this tea into a spell jar instead.
You can add some magickal components to this tea as well. Here is a sigil for relieving menstrual cramps that you can draw on your abdomen or on the jar used for storing your tea. You can also turn this into part of a tea ritual. I have instructions for one here for healing and relaxation. I recommend researching the magickal properties and energy of each herb used in this tea before use so that you have a grasp on the energy given to you through these plants. Really, your magickal creativity is the limit for this tea!
WARNING: Do not take this tea if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or at risk of becoming pregnant. If you are taking any other medications, check with your doctor first before taking this tea to ensure it will not interact poorly. Please ensure that you are not allergic to any of these ingredients before taking this tea, even in small doses. Do not take more than the recommended dose. Do not take this tea more than once per week.
Bay leaves are a mysterious ingredient for soups and stews (you can’t eat them, it’s like swallowing razor blades!). But before you toss a leaf or two into your cooking pot (or cauldron, for all you kitchen witches out there), think about its other uses!
Put bay leaves in each corner of the house to protect its inhabitants, or carry it with you to protect you against black magic. Keep a Bay leaf under your pillow to encourage prophetic dreams, or write wishes on a leaf and burn it to make them come true.
You can also use Bay leaves in spellwork (both in and out of the kitchen) for protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers.
For one of my Mabon rituals I found a giant fallen leaf and painted all of my bad habits/things I want to be rid of on it in copper paint. It was a fresh leaf so when it dries I will burn it and send the ashes into the wind, ridding myself of the habits I wish to be rid of.
this is a very simple spell that can aide you in a wish you have!
what you need:
• dried bay leaf
• white candle
• fire-resistant dish
1. write your intention out on the bay leaf (ex. Love)
2. hold it between your palms, meditating on it putting all your wishful energy into it.
3. put it in the fire so it catches, then quickly drop it into the dish. (in my experience it only burns about a quarter, probably because i didn’t hold in in the fire for long enough, but if this does happen flick off the burn part and continue. you can grind it smaller with a mortar and pestle.)
4. once it is cool to touch, collect all the ashes and place them in a small sack or bottle and carry it around until you feel the spell has worked.
5. once your wish has happened, you can dispose of the ashes by burring them, letting them off in the wind, place in water, ect.
Hold a bay leaf in your hand and think about what you want to happen within a certain situation you’re in. Put your intent into this leaf and keep in your pocket throughout the rest of your day or night🍃
when you’re feeling down and grey, this soup will help you any day!
veggie broth (~3-4 cups)
1 celery stalk
½ red onion
3-4 kale leaves
2 big cauliflower florettes
lil bit of fennel, lil bit of potato (these are optional, I had some lying around)
1 can white beans
1 bay leaf
1 small sprig rosemary
sprinkle of thyme
Chop everything into soupy bite sized pieces (except spices of course!)
In a pot, heat up lots of yummy oil (I used avocado oil, Costco sells it in big beautiful bottles) and sautee the onions, carrots, and celery. Don’t be afraid to use lots of oil, seriously! Oil is so good for you when you use good happy oil.
Add your bay leaf and rosemary sprig and thyme so those flavours start coming out right away while you fry
Add kale and cauliflower and cook for as long as your patience allows you. You’ll have a lot in the pot at this point so just stir it up and let it fry all nice and sweetly.
Drain and rinse your white beans and add them to the pot. Stir it up! Yum I love white beans!!
Ok now you can add your veg broth. I added just enough to submerge all the vegetables, hence the approximate measurement.
Here’s where I added my optional bits. I added them late because they were already cooked and I didn’t want mush.
Leave it until it starts to bubble, then turn it down. let it simmer
Here’s where the Magick happens
Bay Leaf: Healing and wishes
Rosemary: attracts happy feelings, alleviates depression, increases mental clarity, and eliminates negatie energy
Thyme: Vigor, good health, and recuperative sleep
Hold your hands above the soup and state your intentions aloud. Speak them from your gut, you know what you need. I said something like, “This is a healing soup. This soup will energize me. This soup will give me drive and determination. This is an optimistic soup. This is a happy, positive soup. This soup is full of love and good energy” Ask your Deity for aid in blessing the soup, if you are religious. Be grateful for the soup. Thank Mother Nature for the beautiful vegetables and the nourishment they will provide you.
When you are done that, sprinkle some salt in the soup and speak aloud what the salt will ward. My salt wards apathy and negativity. Then give it a stir, say your preferred conclusion, put on the lid and let it simmer, stirring occasionally.
Eating the soup
Once the soup has cooled, pour yourself a bowl. Eat mindfully, eat with gratitude. Give thanks with every bite. Think of all the benefits the soup will bring you.
When you’re done, close your eyes and feel the warmth of the soup spread throughout your entire body. Feel the energy fill your legs, your arms, your chest, your throat, your head, your mind, your soul, let it nourish you. Give thanks.
After the soup
Store it in a jar in the fridge and eat it every day until it’s gone! The effects of the soup won’t show up until after your first sleep, so it’s best to have it for dinner the night you make it.
This isn’t a fancy soup. There are no gimmicks or tricks in this soup. It’s just plain, earthy, vegetable soup. Just pure, simple, earthy energy. Back to basics!
Courtesy of “Cottage Witchery - Natural Magick For Hearth And Home” by Ellen Dugan.
Bell: good news
Crescent Moon: Goddess and moon magick
Cup: emotions and psychic ability
Flower: happiness and admiration
Hand: help is on the way
Key: opportunity and knowledge
Ladder: promotion at work
Leaf: Green Man and earth magick
Question Mark: uncertainty
Snake: gossip and hurt feelings
Tree: good luck and success
If you know me then you’ll know that over the past few years I’ve had a series of not-so-ideal living situations. I’ve had the room next to the kitchen, I’ve had incredibly messy roommates, and just all around bad situations that have left me with a lot of bad feelings. That’s where this little guy comes in.
I created this little spell bottle to dispel any bad feelings that I may be holding on to and to help create a happy environment, for not only myself but my housemates to live in. As I added each herb, I said aloud the purpose and job that herb had in creating a peaceful living space.
This bottle (starting from the bottom) contains:
- Rosemary: for cleansing and creating a clean slate
- Bay leaves: purification and removing my negative feelings
- Cloves: protection from negative energy
- Salt: protection and safety
- Cinnamon: energy for myself and my housemates
- Thyme: happiness for anyone who enters our home
- Basil: harmony and pathways of communication
- Coriander: love and friendship
- Sealed with the wax of a lavender scented candle made by and given to me by one of my current housemates
Using the beauty leaves of fall for magick is fun and easy. Going outside and gathering a few leaves off the ground is quick, it’s free and it doesn’t harm the trees! It’s perfect for any autumn magick or spells you may have.