Saturday, February 17, 2007

Bright, Sunny Calendula

Calendula flowers (Calendula Officinalis), otherwise known as yellow Marigolds, are among my favorite blossoms! These bright denizens of the garden always make me smile! It's hard NOT to notice Calendula flowers blooming in the landscape, even on the dreariest of days.

I love to use Calendula flower petals in many of my formulas, both for medicine and magickal uses. As medicine, the petals are a very effective wound and skin healer. It's soothing, yet antiseptic properties are wonderful in lotions and ointments, or in your bathtub. Calendula is also a strong anti-fungal for foot and yeast conditions, such as Athlete's foot or Candida. It can be used both externally and internally. I like to include it in health formulas to help soothe gastric problems, and tone the stomach. Calendula flowers can also help to regulate delayed menstrual periods. For this reason, you shouldn't take alot of it during pregnancy! the flowers can be used whole, infused into oils, or ground into powder for use in external formulas. I have added Calendula flowers to a couple of my favorite tea blends, Blossom Mint and Daily Support Organic Herbal Teas.

Magickally, Calendula is aligned with the element of Fire, due to it's sunny color and it's anti-septic properties. Among other things, Calendula is used in workings for protection, and also for legal issues. It's helpful to put some petals in your pocket, or on your altar, if you're headed to court. I have put petals into homemade candles burned for protection spells. You can add the flowers to a pouch for protection or court. I use Calendula flowers in my Flower Power Smokeless Smudge formula.
Whenever I get done mixing up a batch of this blend, I always toss a handful on the front steps of my house for blessing and protection. As with most kinds of magick, having the actual herb is better, but you can also use an image of the flowers.

What do think of when you see Calendula?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

New Stones Listed today!

I just wanted to let you know about two new stones I just listed in my Etsy shop!

The first one is a beautiful piece of Labradorite, cut to show the brilliant blue flash of iridescence! Labradorite is a feldspar, it's flashy patches of blue color, when held in the light, is known as "Labradorescence". This was sooooo hard to photograph, I can't tell you! I needed about four hands to get it right. My photos really don't do it justice.

The other stone I listed today is a Rose Quartz Egg! It's got a nice and gentle feeling about it! Of course, Rose Quartz is used in all kinds of healing applications where the heart is concerned. Particularly, for healing the emotional heart issues, such as anything having to do with loving or being loved. The egg shape also symbolizes fertility and growth.

For further information on either of these stones, please check out my full listings in the shop.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

With Love, From Me To You!

I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.

~Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999

Happy Valentine's Day
to you, my family and friends!

Monday, February 12, 2007

New items!!!

Wow! It's Monday already? How did that happen?

Well, I've been busy getting my new tea ready for sale. The formulation and testing always take longer than I think, but being a bit of perfectionist when it comes to my products, I guess I shouldn't be surprised!

Drifting Away 100% Organic Herbal Loose Tea Blend is a relaxing blend of herbs to help you relax at the end of your busy day! If you're like me, once you lay your head on the pillow, you start thinking about your day: what happened, what you should/could/must do about EVERYTHING! Well, this gentle tea blend can help quiet that inner chatter! The key word here is Gentle! This won't zonk you out, just help you relax. It's also a good choice if you are taking a homeopathic sleep aid, as I formulated this blend without mint so it won't antidote your remedy. You might also like this tea when you get home from work, in the event of a very stressful day!

The other item I listed yesterday is this lovely Calcite Geode! It's unusual in it's formation due to a calcite crystal growing on the edge. This formation is referred to as a "diamond".It's a pretty little stone and I hope you like it!

Yesterday, I spent most of the day working. I took a bunch more photos of the crystals I have yet to list in my shop! Have you ever tried to photograph Labradorite? You know that beautiful blue flash you can see in it when you turn the stone to the light? Well, just try to capture that with a camera! Sheesh! I just about drove myself nuts with that! Anyway, once I get those photos edited to size and correct the color, I'll let you know.

I hope you have a wonderful day!