Anise - Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum - Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Gray/brown feather-like leaves. Yellow/white flowers. - Tea description: Sweet, spicy, licorice flavor from leaves. Good for coughs. Seeds in milk as sleeping aid.
Balm or Lemon Balm - Botanical name: Melissa officinalis - Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Heart-shaped, yellowish green leaves 1-3 inches long. Bluish white or yellow flowers. - Tea description: Lemon-citrus flavor. Excellent mixed with other teas. Helps to reduce fevers.
Bee Balm/Bergamot/Oswego Tea - Botanical name: Monarda didyma - Plant description: grows to 30 inches. Dark green leaves 4-6 inches long. Fuzzy red flowers. - Tea description: Aromatic, minty taste.
Borage - Botanical name: Borago officialis - Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Leaves with white hairs. Blue star-shaped flowers. - Tea description: Mild cucumber flavor. Once used as complexion aid. Soothes sore throats.
Catnip - Botanical name: Nepeta cataria - Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Jagged, heart-shaped, gray/green leaves on square stems. - Tea description: Very strong flavor from flower tops and leaves. Old-fashioned cough remedy.
Chamomile/German Camomile - Botanical name: Matricaria chamomilla - Plant description: Feathery green foliage. Daisy-life blossoms. - Tea description: Mild, apple-like flavor from flower heads, enhanced by drying.
Dill - Botanical name: Anethum graveolens - Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Light green, feathery branches. Yellow flower clusters. - Tea description: Pungent, anise-flavored tea from seeds (boiled).
Fennel - Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare - Plant description: grows to 5 ft. Heavy flower heads, droop unless supported. - Tea description: Licorice-like flavor from leaves or seeds.
Goldenrod/Blue Mountain Tea - Botanical name: Solidago odora - Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Leaves covered with small dots. Showy clusters of yellow flowers. - Tea description: Anise flavor from leaves and flowers.
Horehound - Botanical name: Marrubium vulgare - Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Wrinkled, hair-covered leaves. Whitish flowers. - Tea description: Musky flavor from leaves and flower tops. Soothes sore throats.
Hyssop - Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis - Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Blue, pink, or white flowers. - Tea description: Strong flavor. Sometimes combined with cranberry juice.
Lavender - Botanical name: Lavandula officinalis - Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Narrow gray-green leaves 2 inches long. - Tea description: Delicate, fragrant flavor from flowers and leaves.
Marjoram - Botanical name: Origanum majorana; Origanum vulgare - Plant description: grows to 1 ft. White or pink flowers. - Tea description: Sweet, spicy taste.
Mint/Peppermint/Spearmint - Botanical name: Mentha viridis; Mentha piperita; Mentha spicata - Plant description: grows to 1 to 2 ft. White to purple flowers. - Tea description: Distinctive, clear, fresh flavors. Combine will with other herbs. Digestive aid.
Nasturtium - Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus - Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Saucerlike leaves. Red, orange, or yellow flowers. - Tea description: Spicy, delicate taste from flowers, seeds, and leaves.
Rose Hips - Botanical name: Rosa rugosa - Plant description: grows to 15 ft. Hips red, green, and orange. - Tea description: Fruity, spicy taste. High in vitamin C.
Rosemary - Botanical name: Rosemarinus officinalis - Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Evergreen bush. Glossy green leaves. Tiny, light blue flowers. - Tea description: Spicy flavor from leaves and flowers.
Rose Petals - Botanical name: Rosa species - Plant description: wide range of colors and fragrances - Tea description: exotic fragrances. Good blended with other teas.
Sage - Botanical name: Salvia officinalis - Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Hairy leaves. Blue, purple, or white flowers. - Tea description: Very oromatic. Soothes sore throats.
Sassafras - Botanical name: Sassafras albidum - Plant description: Tree (more shrublike northward). Some leaves mitten-shaped. Pale yellow flowers. Blue fruit. - Tea description: Flavorful tonic from root bark.
Spicebush - Botanical name: Lindera benzoin - Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Yellow flowers. Red berries. - Tea description: Fragrant, spicy tea from leaves, twigs, and bark.
Strawberry - Botanical name: Fragaria species - Plant description: Short, hardy plants. White blossoms. Red fruit. - Tea description: Fragrant tea from leaves and mashed fruits.
Tansy/Bachelor’s Buttons/Bitter Buttons/Stinking Willie - Botanical name: Tanacetum vulgare - Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Dark green fern-like foliage. Small yellow disk flowers. - Tea description: Very strong, slightly bitter taste.
Wintergreen/Teaberry/Checkerberry - Botanical name: Gaultheria procumbens - Plant description: grows to 4 inches. Tiny pink or white flowers. Red Berries - Tea description: Clean, clear-tasting tea from leaves and berries. Combines well with other herbs.
Woodruff - Botanical name: Asperula odorata - Plant description: grows to 8 inches. Shiny yellow/green leaves in groups of 6-8 around stem. - Tea description: Sweet vanilla flavor from dried leaves.
I want a directory of the tumblr witchcraft community, so that when someone is looking for a particular branch of witchcraft there’s an easy list of the blogs all in one place :)
Feel free to Add your blog to the list, and include a link, you can add your name under any applicable fields
If you have a category you fall under that isn’t on the list, go ahead an add it, you can also message me with a list of the things you practice if you’d like me to add you to the list :) I’m hoping this make it’s easier to find resources in the community, that are relevant to what someone is looking for at the time, and that we can also use it to discover similar blogs, or new interests
1) Make it a formal practice. You will only get to the next level in meditation by setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still.
2) Start with the breath. Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.
3) Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.
4) Meditate with Purpose. Beginners must understand that meditation is an ACTIVE process. The art of focusing your attention to a single point is hard work, and you have to be purposefully engaged!
5) Notice frustration creep up on you. This is very common for beginners as we think “hey, what am I doing here” or “why can’t I just quiet my damn mind already”. When this happens, really focus in on your breath and let the frustrated feelings go.
6) Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.
7) Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.
8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.
9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. Preferably an instructional guide AND one that describes the benefits of deep meditative states. This will get you motivated. John Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are is terrific for beginners.
10) Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!
11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs.
12) Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.
13) Make sure you will not be disturbed. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not insuring peaceful practice conditions. If you have it in the back of your mind that the phone might ring, your kids might wake, or your coffee pot might whistle than you will not be able to attain a state of deep relaxation.
14) Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.
15) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.
16) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just do the best you can at the time.
17) Do it together. Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!
18) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.
19) Be Grateful at the end. Once your practice is through, spend 2-3 minutes feeling appreciative of the opportunity to practice and your mind’s ability to focus.
20) Notice when your interest in meditation begins to wane. Meditation is
hard work, and you will inevitably come to a point where it seemingly does not fit into the picture anymore. THIS is when you need your practice the most and I recommend you go back to the book(s) or the CD’s you listened to and become re-invigorated with the practice. Chances are that losing the ability to focus on meditation is parallel with your inability to focus in other areas of your life!
If you have a spell that lasts for more than one ceremony, such as one where you need a 7-day-candle or have to re-light any other candle over a course of several days, it is nice to be able to keep that energy up.
I do this by creating a relevant play list.
For example, right now, I need someone to get the fuck out my face.
So, I’m playing break-up, I’m-so-over-you songs. I’ve pulled several playlists from 8-tracks and I’m just letting them play. It keeps the energy up and flowing and it keeps my subconscious focused, so I can consciously do other things. It’s currently background noise. It’s like putting a thing in the microwave to come back to later.
I hope that makes sense.
Bonus points if you get one of the songs stuck in your head.