tea and health

Teas for Witches: the Basics

I can talk about tea literally all day (and I have because I’ve worked in a spice and tea shop for years), and there is SO much to talk about with both health and magical benefits. Teas are made from tea leaves called camellia sinensis, with the exception of herbal teas/infusions. For this, I’m going to list magical and health benefits by type of tea.

Black Tea

Feminine * Earth * Winter * Strength * Stability * Death * Expelling Negativity * Alertness * Energy

Black tea is the most fermented and oxidized of all teas. Its tea leaves look shriveled and black. It combats heart ailments, digestive problems, high cholesterol, asthma, and breast/menstrual problems. Black tea also has a lot of caffeine (47 mg, still less than coffee) and too much of it can cause acidity issues in the stomach.  

Examples: English/Irish Breakfast Tea, Assam, Darjeeling, Lapsung Souchang, Ceylon, Earl Grey

**There is a subset of black tea called Pu-erh, a post-fermented black tea. Some consider this to be the “purest” of all teas and connect it to the aether, as it is rare and valuable.

Green Tea

Masculine * Fire * Summer * Passion * Healing * Conscious Mind * Sexual Health * Love * Energy * Progress * Magic

Green tea is slightly steamed but not fermented, which maintains its green color. It has many health benefits, such as detoxifying, reducing cholesterol and weight, boosting immunity and stamina, and reducing blood glucose. It has less caffeine than black, but still some. 

Examples: Jasmine, Sencha, Matcha, Gyokurocha, Genmaicha, Hojicha, Gunpowder, Dragonwell

Oolong Tea

Feminine * Water * Autumn * Reflection * Meditation * Wisdom * Serenity * Concentration * Romance * Friendship

I always describe Oolong as being between Green and Blacks, since it is half fermented. It can help manage weight and stress, balance blog sugar levels, remove free radicals, and promote healthy skin and bones. HOWEVER, too much can actually speed up bone degradation because it sweeps away excess calcium. And beware of its high caffeine content (I used to drink Raspberry Wulong to pull all-nighters).

Examples: Milk Oolong, Formosa, Wulongs

White Tea

Masculine * Air * Spring * Happiness * Wisdom * Moon * Purification * Protection * Clarity * Cleansing * Beginnings

White tea is a little harder to find. Either the tea leaves are plucked as immature leaves and steamed, or the leaves have not been processed (there seems to be little consensus across cultures). Some have a small amount of caffeine. It’s a great antibacterial and antioxidant, and it improves the heart, oral health, and skin. Drinking a couple cups works better than one, and you can reuse the tea leaves, granted that the second cup will brew longer.

Examples: White teas come in many flavors and are usually labeled as white tea. You may need to seek out a tea shop to find some.

Herbal Tea

Magical properties depend on which herbs are used

This tea seems to be the most popular for witches on tumblr, because it is composed of dry, unprocessed herbs, seeds, fruits, or roots, and has no caffeine (as long as the herb doesn’t!). There are many recipes online as herbals are easy to make. In general, herbal tea promotes calm, reduces cholesterol and risk of heart conditions, cancers, and diabetes. Due to its lack of actual tea leaves it has less antioxidants than other teas. Some don’t even call it a tea, but dub it Herbal Infusion.

Examples: Rooibos, most Chais, Ginseng, Chamomile, Peppermint, Spearmint, Hibiscus

**Yerba Mate is an herbal tea that is notorious for its high caffeine levels (you’ve probably seen the energy drink). It also zaps one’s appetite and can become addictive, so be careful around this tea!

As always, feel free to add/message me of any corrections, and I hope you find your cup of tea!

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Pain Relieving Tea

For centuries, herbs have been used in many ways. Two being medicinally and spiritually. Depending on the healing properties of herbs, they can be smoked, steeped as a tea or even used to make a poultice or tincture.  This combination of natural herbs can assist in relieving multiple pain illnesses and promote relaxation when drunk as a tea.

Relieves: 

General Aches & Pains, Migraines & Headaches, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, PMS, and Stress. 

Herbs & Properties

  • Blue Dream - I sprinkled a little Blue Dream in my blend because of it’s well known properties in healing pain, depression, nausea, stress, headaches, and fatigue. Adding this overall added a perfect balance because of it’s Sativa properties. This is great to add if you don’t want to feel extremely relaxed.
  • Chamomile - This herb has many therapeutic uses, in this case, it’s helpful uses are to calm the nervous system, promote general relaxation, and because of it’s muscle-relaxing effects, it can help sooth the muscles will relieving stress-related flatulences.
  • Feverfew - Used for the prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, fevers, muscle tension and pain, Feverfew is also used to lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus and menstrual problems. Precaution: Not for use in pregnancy
  • Lavender - These flowers are full of medicinally active compounds. It can assist in healing depression, insomnia, stress, and headaches. When used as an essential oil for aromatherapy or used topically, Lavender has the same healing properties for these ailments and they do when steeped as a tea.
  • Licorice Root - Licorice root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide. Apart from this herbs common use as a natural sweetener, Licorice Root is known to treat PMS, menstrual cramps, boost immune system, relieve pain & stress, and prevent heart disease.
  • Valerian Root - Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. With over 120 chemical components found in valerian, it is indicated for anxiety, confusion, cramp, depression, insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, irregular menstruation, migraines, PMS, stress, tension and many more!
  • Willow Bark - Willow bark is the herbal analogue for aspirin. It is approved by the German Commission E in supporting joint health, as well as for alleviating occasional headaches in healthy individuals. It is traditionally used as an all-purpose pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.

Happy Healing,

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~Kokiri’s Potion for Rheumatism~

ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp of tumeric
  • a pinch of mugwort
  • a sprig of catnip
  • a squirt of lemon
  • honey(optional)
  • a tea bag

purpose of this spell:
decrease aches in joints caused by chronic pain or illness

gather ingredients together in the kitchen
add the ginger, mugwort, tumeric, and catnip to the tea bag
focus intent while cutting the ginger and clipping the catnip
boil water
((this is when I draw sigils in the cup with honey for health))
pour
add tea bag to cup
sprinkle another pinch of tumeric in while steeping in a clockwise movement
let steep for 3-5 minutes, add lemon squirt

this is my simple go-to tea for my arthritis and chronic pain, as well as a good tea for when someone is sick as catnip helps break fevers

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Quick fact. Ready?
Green tea is amazing. Not only does it contain many polyphenols and antioxidants, but it aids in weight loss by boosting metabolism. By a compound known as EGCG, it also may help to reduce high cholesterol and by lowering LDL levels in the blood, thus reducing risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

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Recipes: Sinus Reliever and Sore Throat Tea!

Sinus Reliever

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon raw local honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Enjoy!  

Sore Throat Tea

  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • add to your favorite tea, I like to add it to “Traditional Medicinal” sore throat tea, or echinacea tea.