Teatime With the Witch: “The Motherpeace Round Tarot Deck”

 
 

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Tarot Card of the Day:
Shaman of Swords 

I’m using a deck today that I’ve only used for myself so far,
“The Motherpeace round Tarot Deck” by Karen Vogel & Vicki Noble

I find this deck fascinating for several reasons.  First, the round shape, this just goes against any deck of cards I’ve ever owned.  It’s somewhat odd to handle at first, and it does alleviate the conundrum of ‘upright or reversed’.  I find the artwork fascinating, and even though the card I chose today compares to the King of Swords in more conventional decks, there is still something decidedly feminine about it.  

For today, the Shaman of Swords is telling me…Don’t stick your foot in your mouth, rise above the fray, get to the root of the problem; because the circumstances which have arisen are actually rooted in much older and deeper issues. 
Yesterday  I was having quite a time with a headache.  It’s not an issue that I have to deal with very often, and I muddled through the day until the afternoon, when I finally decided to do something about it.  I have to admit, I took an Ibuprofen, but along with this I got out my book of herbal remedies and scoured it for something that would alleviate headaches.  I chose mint, mostly because I like the flavor in my cup of tea– this is how I was going to take it, and I have an over-abundance of this herb, all harvested from my own herb garden.
  
Below you’ll find a list of herbs that will help with headaches:
 

Herb for headache #1: Feverfew

Feverfew is a very popular migraine herbal remedy, and because so many people are interested in it, we’ve given it a page of it’s own! Check out our article on feverfew here.

Herb for headache #2: Peppermint (mentha piperita)

For hundreds of years peppermint has been used as a headache remedy. From tea to extract, there are lots of ways to enjoy peppermint. Be warned that peppermint is not the thing to take if you have heartburn or similar stomach acid problems.

Peppermint is just as useful for it’s aroma and cooling properties as an essential oil. Read more about this herb for headache on our home remedies page.

Herb for headache #3: Passionflower (Passiflora alata)

Passionflower is a calming herb. Taken as a tea before bed, it can help you sleep. At least one clinic trial has found it to lower anxiety. It is also believed to have anti-inflammitory and pain killing properties. Great for migraine!

Herb for headache #4: Ginko (ginko biloba)

The leaf of the ginko tree is an extremely popular herb for headache, but the medical evidence is still hotly disputed. Ginko is said to improve the flow of blood and get more oxygen to the brain, hence not only relieving headache but improving memory and alertness as well. There are some nice teas sold with ginko and peppermint, so why not give it a try?

Note that Ginko is one of those herbs that can cause side effects when taken with headache medications, including aspirin and lithium.

Herb for headache #5: Cayenne (capsaicin)

Yes, that’s right – the pepper. Many peppers have an ingredient called capsaicin, which among other things seems to raise the pain threshold. It’s gained attention in the medical world in recent years especially for its treatment of cluster headaches, and it’s often given in the form of a nasal spray.

Cayenne pepper is an excellent spice to have on hand (well, don’t put too much ON your hand or you may burn it!), and may lessen your migraine.

Herb for headache #6: Willow (salix . . .)

White willow bark is an especially popular herb for headache because it works much like an aspirin, relieving your headache pain and causing the inflammation to go down. Like any painkiller, it should not be taken long term. Once again, be very careful about taking willow with other painkillers and medications – check with your doctor!

Other herbs for headache:

Meadowsweet, valerian (excellent if you can’t sleep), skullcap, chamomile (also common for relaxation).

Recent studies point to butterbur extract (petasites hybridus root) as a migraine treatment. Butterbur has been recommended for migraine before, but now the scientific evidence is starting to catch up. The dosages in recent studies for both children and adults range between 50mg and 150mg. It is recommended that you use a reliable standardized and safe form of butterbur. In a recent German study, Petadolex was used, which is a butterbur extract.

Below you can pay a little visit to our house.  Included is a video of Mistress Pixie Paws and her very odd eating habits– she doesn’t like to get her face dirty and very rarely lowers her face into a bowl; you’ll find Miss Cletus on her favorite perch; the kitchen makes the perfect place to dry my herbs; and my pretty boy, Salem, is caught keeping watch over my Big Black Book.

Click to play this Smilebox collage

 

 

 

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Tea Time with the Witch: Mother Willow

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Most people might head off to the pool during a warm sunny day like today, but me and my girls took off to spend a peaceful morning in the local cemetery.  I wasn’t gathering any dirt this time, since I collected plenty during Beltaine, when the Ladies of Bristolwicks gathered.
Graveyard dirt– bottled and labeled all neat and tidy– was one of the items that I offered at our new-age yardsale, and it’s one of the items I sell at my online shop.  During our yardsale, one lady showed up and worked her way down the tables, chatting with us as she did so.  She came to the bottled dirt and stopped dead in her tracks– “Why would anyone want to buy graveyard dirt?”, she asked to no one in particular, in a very loud and brassy voice.  “I’ve been getting that for years!  What’s the big deal– take a pail and shovel to the cemetery.”

I chose to ignore her bad manners.  I could have, but didn’t, tell her that not everyone may be comfortable in cemeterys, and there are people who may not be comfortable disturbing the ground.

The girls and I were going to the cemetery this morning to visit Mother Willow:

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She’s a majestic old willow tree complacently growing in a wide green swatch of ‘no man’s land’, between the protestant section of the cemetery and the catholic section.  She seems to love where she is, and the birds and other wild things love her just as much.

At Beltaine, after gathering our cemetery dirt, the Ladies and I left four silver coins with Mother Willow as an offering for the soil.  The willow has a hollow spot in the center of all those large limbs, a spot large enough for me to step into.  We buried our silver coins there back in May:

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The silver coins of Beltaine were gone, of course.  But my youngest daughter buried another coin as a token for some willow wands we gathered from the those lying on the ground.  My daughters and I spent some time then, with Mother Willow, enjoying her beauty and wondering at the secrets she keeps.
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As the sun rose high overhead, and the heat of the afternoon descended, we reluctantly left the peace of this place and the comfort of this tree.

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