Herb of the Week: Cinnamon

The medicinal use of cinnamon is clouded in ancient intrigue. The Ayurveda, which is an ancient form of medicine that is based of the observation of the mind, body and spirit uses cinnamon in several ways to unblock energy from the body to bring forth the affliction and cast it out.

Cinnamon is known as a fire herb. If you are ever praying and you feel you need an extra kick of protection or something to represent fire then you can use cinnamon.

This herb/spice is thought to warm the body and thus stimulates you from the inside out. Many Chinese practitioners use cinnamon to treat energy disorders, or anything that causes an internal suffering.

You can use Cinnamon to treat:

– Digestive issues

– Respiratory problems

– Flatulence

– Diabetes

– Bladder issues

– Anti-parasitic

– Blood purification

– Immunostimulation

Cinnamon is mostly used for internal ailments, although you can make cinnamon oil for charging candles and placing on the foreheads of people in an anointing fashion if you wish to protect their vessel.

To use this herb you have to do a few things, eating it straight is a little intense, and honestly it won’t bear much result.

If you have cinnamon sticks then you can simply make your favorite hot tea and place a cinnamon stick in it for about five minutes to get the properties into the brew. Hot apple cider is wonderful this way also. (Who said herbs had to taste bad?)

Another way is to make a Chai tea, cinnamon is a common ingredient in this tea and it is very tasty.

Similar herbs include: Cloves, peppercorn, cardamom, and ginger.

And now it is time for the recipe. I think that the best recipe for you today would be Chai Tea.

 

To a pot add:

1 Tbsp fennel or anise seed
6 green cardamom pods
12 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/4″ ginger root, sliced thin
1/4 tsp black pepper corns
2 bay leaves
7 Cups water

Add, bring to a boil, and simmer 5 minutes:

Then add:

2 Tbsp Darjeeling tea

And finally add:

6 Tbsp honey or brown sugar
1 Cup milk

And that’s it! Very simple!

(Recipe provided by http://www.chai-tea.org)

Have a great day!

Blessed Be!

Herb of the Week: Camphor

This week the herb is a little more intense than the previous herbs. Camphor is derived from the bark of the Camphor tree. This is most popularly made into an oil that can be spread topically on the body to suppress bodily pain and other physical ailments.

Some topical uses of Camphor include:

The treatment of fungal infections

Warts

Cold sores

Hemorrhoids

Osteoarthritis

How does it work?

Well, when you apply the Camphor oil it increases blood flow, which causes a anti-irritant affect. This means it stimulates nerve endings and makes the irritation subside while the body heals itself naturally.

The oil can also be applied to points of pain on the body. You can use it for back pain, shoulder pain, actually any muscle related pain that you may encounter. It is great for a massage oil if you are natural massage therapist.

This should NOT be taken orally. There are some accounts of people taking it this way, but it is very dangerous if not administered by a health care professional.

To make the oil: Take the leaves and bark of the Camphor tree and add them to cottonseed oil. Place mixture over low heat for 3-6 hours. Then strain the oil and bottle it. This mixture is now ready to be applied to the irritated area.

There are no recipes this week because this is not an ingestible herb.

Herb of the Week: Thyme

I apologize, this is a little late.

This weeks herb of the week is Thyme. This herb is very versatile in its uses. Thyme most likely got its name from the Greek work Thymus which means “Courage,” but there is some debate in the meaning because it could also mean to “fumigate,” I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Use Thyme to treat:

  • Upper Respitory problems: Coughing, Bronchitis, Whooping cough, Congestion.
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Gastrointestinal Ailments: Ulcers, Stomach Aches, Diarrhea
  • Laryngitis
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Depression
  • Anticeptic
  • Antifungal Agent

 

How to use Thyme:

For any internal sickness, i.e. Upper Respitory problems, Worms, Gastrointestinal issues etc. Make a tea.

Bring about 2 cups of water to a rolling boil then remove from heat, add about 1/2 cup of fresh Thyme to the water for about 10 minutes. Remove the herb and add honey and a bit of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

For really bad symptoms here is a way to make a homemade cough Syrup/Decongestant.

Place 3 Tablespoons of dried thyme in a quart jar. Add 1 pint of boiling water to the jar, then 1 cup raw unpaturized honey. Mix well. Cover with lid and place in refrigerator for up to 3 months. To administer: 1 Tablespoon of the misxture every hour until symptoms subside.

For External uses, i.e. Anticeptic and Antifungal agent:

Add 4 Ounces of Thyme to a pint of Alchohol. Let it settle for about 2 hours. Then apply conservatively to the affected area every hour until symptoms subside.

A Recipe:

Lemon Thyme Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and stir in the rice. Cook rice, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix chicken broth, lemon juice and thyme into the rice. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.

(Recipe from www.allrecipes.com)

Well, that’s about it everyone!

Have a great day!

Blessed Be!

The Herb of the Week: Sage

This is a new thing to The Pagan’s Pathway!

The Herb of the week. I will post a new herb each week. I will give a picture of what it looks like, some scientific information, and some medicinal uses. I will also be posting a recipe that has the herb in it. What better way to use a medicinal herb than to eat it! (If applicable)

Alright, this week we will feature Sage.

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Interestingly enough, Sage actually means “To heal.” How appropriate for the cure-all herb.

This is an herb found in any supermarket and can easily be grown on your windowsill. It is planted mostly through plant cuttings, instead of the usual seed-based planting that we are used to.

Sage can be put into skin lotions, creams, and even aftershaves. There have been some claims that Sage can be used to color-treat graying hairs.

Use sage to treat a variety of ailments such as over-productive sweat glands, and to relieve menstrual cramping.

Making a tea from the sage leaves and adding a bit of natural honey will alleviate cramping, smelly feet, diarrhea, and even give the drinker a calming sensation.

Warning: Sage has dehydrating properties. So, if you are breast feeding keep in mind that it will reduce milk production.

A Sage Recipe: Sage Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt

Directions

  1. In a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish, layer the potatoes and onion. Combine the water, oil, sage, salt and pepper; pour over potato mixture. Cover and bake at 450 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring twice. Transfer to a mixing bowl; add yogurt and mash.

Recipe from “allrecipes.com”

Well that’s about it everyone!

Blessed Be!