peppermint herb

🌛 :: Moon Time :: 🌜

So, it’s no secret that being on your moon is an unpleasant part of womanhood. However, there are things we can do to sooth the aches that come with this “blessing”.

History time: In Native American culture, especially the Sioux Indians, getting your first Moon was celebrated through out the entire tribe. It was very much believed that women on their moons, especially their first moon, were extremely powerful during that time. During a girl’s first Moon, she was taken to a special hut where her time there was shared with the Shaman and was considered very sacred. Her power would be so feared in the tribe, other members and especially men, would not dare look her in the eyes to avoid having their energy drained. She was coached by the shaman and focused on her energy and healing abilities during this stay. When her Moon cycle passed, she emerged from the hut and was greeted by the tribe and then she was celebrated.

So my fellow Goddess… during your moon should be a time you take care of yourself and focus on you. It is also a great amplifier for meditation and magic. Practice your divination! Meditate with Argonite, Malachite, Unakite, and Moonstone to focus your goddess energy, learn to channel it. Place the crystals on your sacral chakra and take deep calming breaths. Connect to nature and feel the all the good loving energy the Earth is waiting to provide to you!

🌿 ::Tea to soothe Moon aches:: 🌿

💦Per cup of boiling water-

🍃Raspberry Leaves: 1 Tsp
🍂Red Clover leaves: 1 Tsp
🌾Peppermint: 1 Tsp
🌱Ginger root: Optional

Raspberry and Clover leaves have been used to reduce period symptoms for as long as there have been women, pretty much. Both herbs reduce cramping and shorten the length of your moon time by strengthening your uterus. They are also bursting with nutrition which your beautiful body desperately needs during your moon when blood is lost. They are high in magnesium, potassium, iron, and B-Vitamins, perfect for countering what you lose during your period. Peppermint is my period cramp secret weapon- it’s delicious and soothes tummy aches like no bodies business! Ginger also has the same affect and is perfect for ladies who get nauseous during their moon time.

🛀 I would also take a bath mixed with Epsom salts- they relax muscles and make your skin beautiful and soft. Meditate with the crystals recommended earlier in the tub with you. Relax. Put on a face mask. This time is /all/ about you.

And if anyone annoys you during this time of self love and spiritual reflection…
Destroy them! 💃

🌀💚

SpiritFox

Which one is your favorite color?

Peppermint

Usually available in tea bags not only is it delicious it also has a whole bunch of healing abilities!!

TEA (DRINK): excellent for digestive issues such as sickness, wind and diarrhea

BATH: making a strong tea can be used as a bath, especially good for a foot bath which can relieve tired swollen feet. (and they’ll smell amazing)

FRESH LEAF: Great for concentration.You can carry them around and pinch one and smell it to give your mind a boost. You can also rub it onto your wrists before rituals or magick work to increase your energies.

Peppermint is one of my favorite herbs

Mint in general is absolutely amazing for healing, and I have yet to meet a mint I didn’t think was tasty. 

Peppermint specifically is my favorite though, because it can be used to help with nearly every ailment, and is a wonderful addition to a variety of food and drink recipes. 
It, like most mints, is wonderful when applied topically to the forehead to relieve headaches, and when ingested helps with relieving stomach pain and nausea (best diluted or in a tea when you’re nauseous). I personally think it’s the best mint to use for healing, and not just headaches or nausea. It has often been worn on the wrist to prevent illness in the first place. 
Peppermint can help with mental focus and psychic powers, is used in purification, aids with sleep, is often an ingredient in love spells, and, of course, it heals. So if you have a headache, rub it on your forehead. Need help sleeping? Smell that beautiful minty goodness, either just by rubbing a leaf or two around your hands, putting dried mint in a satchel and crunching it around, or using essential oils in some kind of vaporizer. Chew on a leaf when you need help focusing! The uses never end!

The best part is that it can be used in place of most common mints because it is so close in relation to them. Peppermint is perfect for the witch, herbalist, or even bartender in a pinch.

(Did I mention that peppermint makes for a damned good mojito?)

Up next: Why tea is basically the best beverage

9 Common herbs for The Witch’s Cabinet


Sage-Sage is the staple of any witch stockpile. Most notable for its cleansing abilities, a bundle of dried sage produces a smell that is abhorrent to most spirits or nasty little critters that like to dwell about. Burn a little, and it will drive them out of your area. For these reasons, sage is used to cleanse and purify sacred spaces before a ritual. Sage is also believed to increase wisdom and gain guidance from a spirit.
Lavender-A wonderful herb for healing, it can be used in teas for ridding oneself of headaches. Magically speaking, it is excellent for helping to calm anxiety and stressful situations. It has often been used for aiding sleep and helping to promote prophetic dreaming. If you like to purify yourself before a ritual, sprinkle some in the bathtub and have a nice soak.
Peppermint-Perfect for settling an upset stomach, mint in most forms is a great addition to the stores. It is a good herb for protection and for gaining or attracting wealth to you. Not to mention the fairies tend to flock about when it’s grown in abundance. It’s been known to attract casual lovers.
Horehound-Excellent for a sore throat, horehound is said to be especially useful in warding against being ensorcelled. That is to say, to protect against other witches or someone casting spells against you. It may even be productive if you’ve got a particularly nasty entity that needs exorcising.
Ginger-Being a spicy herb, ginger is known for adding a punch to spells and enchantments, especially those involving sexual magic. This can mean either strengthening the spell, quickening it to fruition, or just making sure it has the desired effect.
Clove-Nobody likes malicious gossip, least of all a witch. Cloves are useful for the sake of preventing drama and diverting people from enveloping you in their lies or slander. It is especially good at protecting children from harmful teasing or bullying and can be helpful in bringing your friends closer to you.
Olive-Don’t underestimate these little things. They’ve been used in a wide variety of magic and are just as potent today as they were thousands of years ago. Olives are signs of fertility for both men and women and are thought to increase the chances of pregnancy. It is a substantial offering, especially for any workings involving a Cthonic deity and can be used for a quick topical potion mix.
Anise-A vivid strengthener in divination and omens, anise is a most wonderful addition to the cabinet. It is thought to assist in trances and meditation, as well as bringing entities to your aid in a working. Anise takes the shape of a star, an important symbol it witchcraft.
Red Clover-Often seen as a symbol of good luck, red clover is a good charm to ward off unwanted romantic advances or to ensure to loyalty of someone you love. It’s sometimes viewed as a shamanic plant, able to help one in their interactions with the Otherworld and used as a protection when traveling between. It is thought to calm the capricious nature of some entities if given as an offering.

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Zen’s Botanical (zensbotanical.com)

I love this business! I met them at the Denver Black Arts Festival and had to buy everything! They have all kinds of products that you can buy, mostly soaps, essential oils, shea butter (karité) and the like, all handmade and at amazing prices. Plus the woman there (the owner) was so sweet and helpful, and when I told her how excited I was about her business she literally teared up and gave me a hug!

The pictures above are from my most recent order. Included are several bars of soap (including a traditional handmade shea butter Black Soap) and pound of raw shea butter.

Some descriptions from the order and prices
1lb Raw Shea Butter - $10
Activated Charcoal Soap - made with bentonite clay, activated charcoal, vitamin E oil, black seed and essential oils.
Nubian Musk Soap - made with cinnamon stick powder, myrrh resin, essential oils and raw shea butter
Peppermint Oat Soap - essential oils, raw shea butter, peppermint herbs and whole oats
African Black Soap - plantain leaf ash, cocoa pod ash and raw shea butter.

All soaps but African Black Soap are 3/$10.

African Black Soap is $6 per bar, and the bars are HUGE and smell amazing.

They also sell essential oil perfumes for men and women, woven tote bags, hair oils and sea sponges.

Aromatic Herb Cleanse

Remove Unwanted Negative Energy In All Its Forms—- No harsh words, negative thoughts, anxious emotions, troubling senses. Just complete silence, your hands, some herbs from the pantry, garden, or kitchen, a mortar and pestle, a cauldron or burning bowl, and a feather of choice.

Take 3 Tablespoons each of lavender flower buds, ground sage, optional mint leaves (up to your scent of choice), and basil. Grind and pound these things together into a powder as best as you can and store in a glass mason jar or any plastic container.

Drop 2 drops Patchouli, 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, and 3 drops Rose Geranium into the jar/container and shake loosely for a few minutes. You may imbue affirmations and incantations into this mixture for protection, defense, purity, wellness, health, and harmony.

Add some of this powder into a cauldron or fireproof bowl and light with a match. It will burn all by itself in your room of choice as a natural incense or you may walk the grounds and halls to cleanse with a feather. I like to play “Om Mani Padme Hum” from my phone in my back pocket as I move about for entities or super nasty vibes and such. :) Namasté