the red herb

Spring is coming soon and I know all of you will begin seeing red clover around… So here are some of its benefits!

Red clover treats menopause and period symptoms.
Red clover minimises the risk of osteoporosis and maintains strong and healthy bones, especially in women at risk for fragile, frail, and breaking bones. After menopause, lower levels of oestrogen reduce bone density.
Red clover reduced high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is very helpful for maintaining a healthy heart.
Isoflavones in red clover minimise the risk of certain cancers, especially ones related to hormone balance and changes like prostate cancer.
Isolavones also reduce skin inflammation, treat eczema, psoriasis, and other rashes.
Red clover helps protect against and heal respiratory infections.

Use as a tea or tincture.

The Wiccan’s Glossary

Garlic Shrimp

ingredients

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined 
6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 tbsp Spanish olive oil
crushed red pepper flakes
pinch paprika
salt
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley
Lime wedges for serving
instructions

in a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until golden, about 2 minutes being careful not to burn. Add shrimp and season with salt and paprika. Cook 2-3 minutes until shrimp is cooked through. Do not overcook or it will become tough and chewy. Add chopped fresh herbs and divide equally in 3 plates

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Went on an unsuccessful chocolate mint plant hunt today, but didn’t return home empty handed. Got two new herbs (see top photo). The one on the left is Moroccan mint and the other is lemon thyme (which smelt so good I couldn’t not buy it).

The seeds are some lil white sage seedies and some seeds from last years flowers - was just about to pull the dead flowers from last year out of their awesome purple hanging baskets, because they were looking a bit sad and I thought I could plant something else in the baskets, but then I found that all the dead flower heads each contained a lil seed pod! So I’ve planted them again, they were purple flowers that hung over the sides.

Also planted some red onions on my allotment, I much prefer them to white because I think that they are sweeter and nicer. Then picked calendula petals, maybe gonna make an oil infusion, and picked some more calendula seeds. Already planted a bunch of calendula seeds today in little pots to give as presents to friends when they are established.

I bloody love spring and sunny weather. 😎🌱🌞

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🌛 :: 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

Herbs to Avoid while on Birth Control or Hormone Replacement

Disclaimer: I am not a professional herbalist or physician. Always consult with your private physician when considering herbal supplements.  If your doctor recommends you take any of these herbs, do not discontinue use.  If you are concerned, speak with your doctor about the possible side effects and use additional birth control measures. Once again, this is not professional advice.  I am simply sharing what I have learned in my own research.

I have seen a lot of excellent posts out there with people recommending natural herbal remedies for a whole host of maladies.  While I am a firm believer in holistic medicine, herbal supplements can have some serious side effects.  One that I think is incredibly important to learn is the interaction of some herbs with hormonal therapies such as birth control and hormone replacement. 

Here is a short and incomplete list of popular herbal supplements that can interact negatively with hormonal prescriptions (Feel free to add more):

  • St. John’s Wort recorded cases of unintended pregnancies when taken with birth control
  • Fenugreek blocks the absorption of medications, including birth control
  • Black Cohosh creates hormonal interaction with birth control and hormone replacement therapy
  • Blue Cohosh while I didn’t find anything specifically about interactions with birth control, it appears to cause uterine contractions and was used to induce labor, or abort early pregnancies.  Because of it’s effects on the reproductive system, it may be unwise to take concurrently with any hormonal prescription.
  • Fennel may decrease effectiveness of hormonal birth control and estrogen therapies
  • Hops may interact negatively with hormonal birth control 
  • Licorice taken medicinally, affects reproductive hormones, steer clear if on birth control or hormone replacement therapy
  • Soy while not an herb, can imitate estrogen, thus interfering with hormonal medications 
  • Red Clover may decrease effectiveness of birth control and hormone replacement therapy