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Been really enjoying a simple tea of damiana, mugwort, and honey lately. The herbs have beautiful flavor, and the drink has helped me deal with my sleeping troubles. Using a lot of dill, rosemary, and white clover as well.

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I live in a second story apartment, so my space is limited and currently housing pots of mint, basil, sage, dill, rosemary, and a tea camellia. 

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Medicinally: yarrow, cottonwood balm, chickweed, dandelion, mullein, comfrey, nettle, linden, oatstraw, red raspberry & red clover.

Other: mandrake, damiana, wormwood, mugwort.

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I'm busy growing chamomile from seedlings can't wait for them to grow all the way and flower!!! Not only will they be super pretty but then i can also use them for teas. Even though it's winter over here right now they are still going strong!

 

I love using my herbs mostly for teas since i don't have much space to dry them out.

I have 3 kinds of mint, Sage, royal lavender, rosemary, purple cone flowers, 2 hibiscus, 3 kinds of basil, lemon verbina (divine), marigolds, wild lavender, lots of green clover, jasmine and a strawberry plant.

 

There are many more i still want to try out as well :D!

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I always have cinnamon, lavender, mint, and sage. Ginger and turmeric have become staples in the last few years. I use turmeric in face masks and in teas to sooth inflammation. It's amazing. I've also been using fennel and basil a lot for spells. Also, since discovering just how much my skin loves rosewater and rose oil, I haven't been without it. 

 

It doesn't qualify as an herb, exactly, but my aloe plant is very important. When I spilled boiling water on my hand the other day, my husband grabbed one of the leaves and got me some pure aloe vera immediately. It also helps for general skin irritations - not just burns. 

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Aloe Vera so easy to grow (virtually care-free), Merianna, if you even have a sunny windowsill you could grow a small pot inside and gift the keiki to friends to start new plants when it starts getting overgrown....

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I can't pick one favorite!

Spiritually (right now anyway)

mugwort, dittany of crete, wormwood, mandrake, datura

All the Things that go in Florida Water

 

Aromatherapy

lavender, jasmine, cedarwood, oakmoss, cypress, frankincense, rose, Solomon's seal root (burn some it smells like popcorn love love)

 

Healthwise (too many things)

raspberry leaves, hibiscus, chamomile, valerian, mint & lavender oils for headaches, aloe vera for burns, plantain for bug bites and sores, camphor for congestion, passionflower for its sedative effect (the fruit makes for good eating and can I just say: passion fruit pina colada, anyone?), citronella to run off the damn mosquitoes, lemongrass oil for bugspray and killing them damn piss ants: If the dogs go licking around it I don't have to worry about them being poisoned, unlike insecticide

 

Incense

almost everything I whip up has a base made from frankincense and myrrh, I love the smell of copal and benzoin, too

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I've had a long and close relationship with lavender, both magically and therapeutically, although I haven't been using it as much lately (maybe I need to do so). I also work a lot with mugwort, consumed as tea for dreams, burnt for smudging, or at times smoked in a pipe. In ancestor work I use a lot of myrrh, and have lately begun to use a lot of yew branches/needles. I also use willow in working with ancestors. Tobacco is kind of my go-to offering to nature spirits, and I also smoke it daily. In the past I had a close relationship with cannabis, both smoked and used magically, but I don't work with it anymore. I burn a lot of white sage, and also drink it in tea with mint as a tonic of sorts; I also like to drink douglas fir tip tea to the same effect. I've lately been forming a close magical relationship with western red cedar. I've always felt a strong draw to amanita muscaria mushrooms, but it's only been this fall that I've found some to start working with them, which just felt very right, and had some profound effects (although I failed miserably at drying the caps to use as amulets). I've also eaten amanitas in the past, but don't feel especially inclined to persue that path further. And then of course there are psilocybin mushrooms, et al, for visionary work, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of worms, and one that I visit increasingly rarely. 

 

There are probably others that I'm forgetting. Also, forgive me for my liberal interpretation of "herbs". :P

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Oh, one more: I also love love love garlic for protection. For a while I went through a phase of eating large quantities of it raw throughout the day and before bed, but my wife was, uh, not very fond of this (she said the smell of garlic emanating fro me would wake her up at night). 

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I freaking love Mugwort.  It affects me in just the right way to assist me in meditation when burned in such a way that I am inhaling the smoke.  I also have used the essential oil on my forehead or anywhere else really that I can smell it strongly to assist me to dream.  It also helps me to relax and get to sleep when used this way.  I always turn to my husband and say "k, Im getting ready to put my stinky shit on."  :)

 

BY THE WAY- I have one particular vial of mugwort essential oil, that for some reason is far more effective than any other I have tried- yet I can't find that brand anywhere.  If anyone knows of a really good supplier of mugwort essential oil please share.

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BY THE WAY- I have one particular vial of mugwort essential oil, that for some reason is far more effective than any other I have tried- yet I can't find that brand anywhere.  If anyone knows of a really good supplier of mugwort essential oil please share.

Do you know what the species are of the different brands you have? Because several different species are referred to as "mugwort" and perhaps some suppliers are using different ones that are less efficacious for you and labeling them with the common name mugwort (kind of like cinnamon oils).

 

Or they could just be distilling them in a cheap way - there's a HUGE variety of quality (and lack thereof) in essential oils but unfortunately the company I like the best doesn't have common mugwort (A. vulgaris), only Artemisia pallens...

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I used to work in health food stores, so honestly I'm tempted to answer, "all of them"!  But for personal use, my very favorites are nettle, hawthorn berry, and ginko.  I've had great results with kava-kava and St. Johnswort.  Garlic, ginger, cayenne and tumeric (with black pepper, for the piperine to aid absorption) are also favorites.  Recently the line between healthful herbs taken as supplements, and wholesome, healing foods has begun to blur for me.  I've discovered so-called "superfoods" like maca, and some of the healthful algea, like spirulina and chorella, as well as grass juices like wheat and barley.  I have a manual juicer (hey it was free!) and I can't wait for "real" Spring to get here so I can try juicing some of my favorite wild plants, like purslane.  (Purslane is so, so wonderful!)  I also really appreciate the health benefit of elder flower and berry, rose hips, red clover, hibiscus and of course, where would we be in a NY winter without echinacea?  Oh, I could go on and on about this.  I really want to lead some local herb walks and teach classes, but I have o get settled before I start writing proposals and searching for a venue.

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I recently did a "plant-sit" with a friend, that consisted of doing some trancework after consuming two different plants, respectfully. The plants we worked with were mugwort, in the form of a cold infusion; and dandelion, in the form of a hot tea made from the roots. These are both plants that I've worked with a lot over the years, but I wanted to try to make contact with the spirits of the respective plants, to deepen my relationship with them. I had really good results with both, and they seemed to compliment each other well in the plant sit. I won't go into the details of my trances, but I got a lot of really dreamlike, lunar, feminine imagery from Mugwort; and really bright, masculine, Solar/Jupiterian imagery from Dandelion. I got some instructions (explicit in the case of Dandelion, and implied through imagery with Mugwort) to make wine-infusions with each plant, so I'm looking forward to doing that. 

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I recently did a "plant-sit" with a friend, that consisted of doing some trancework after consuming two different plants, respectfully. The plants we worked with were mugwort, in the form of a cold infusion; and dandelion, in the form of a hot tea made from the roots. These are both plants that I've worked with a lot over the years, but I wanted to try to make contact with the spirits of the respective plants, to deepen my relationship with them. I had really good results with both, and they seemed to compliment each other well in the plant sit. I won't go into the details of my trances, but I got a lot of really dreamlike, lunar, feminine imagery from Mugwort; and really bright, masculine, Solar/Jupiterian imagery from Dandelion. I got some instructions (explicit in the case of Dandelion, and implied through imagery with Mugwort) to make wine-infusions with each plant, so I'm looking forward to doing that. 

 

 

I love this idea. Can you tell me how you went about making the mugwort cold infusion? Also, is there a safety limit on consuming mugwort? I've just recently got some mugwort and am wanting to carefully and respectfully experiment with it.

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I do like to work with herbs in my work and have a lot of favorites. Lavender and rose are probably my top choices though. I've found them to be extremely versatile, for me.

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Nim, I can't speak about the mugwort cold infusion, but mugwort contains thujone and as such can be toxic in large amounts.

As you say you will be treating it respectfully and carefully you should be fine. Try just a bit to start just to be sure as every one reacts differently. Liver toxicity is increased when combined with alcohol, so keep that in mind. Thujone can also build up in your system, so it is not recommended that you use it frequently. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding then do not use it at all.

As with any plant of this sort, there is no guaranteed safe dose so use common sense.

If you would like to work with the plant without consuming it first you could try burning it or sleeping with a sprig or two under your pillow.

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I love this idea. Can you tell me how you went about making the mugwort cold infusion? Also, is there a safety limit on consuming mugwort? I've just recently got some mugwort and am wanting to carefully and respectfully experiment with it.

To paraphrase a post of mine somewhere else:

 

LD50 of thujone is 45mg/kg of bodyweight (in mice).

 

Wormwood typically contains .5-1.5mg per gram of total thujone (there are two related types) by weight depending on plant material.

Particularly potent A. absinthium has been recorded with up to 4.8mg per gram.

(Gimpel M, Hönersch Y, Altmann HJ, et al. "Absinth: Abschätzung des Thujongehaltes von Absinthgetränken nach historischen Rezepten". Deutsche Lebensmittel-Rundschau. 102(10):457-63.) Via Erowid.

 

Based on this even if you had super potent 5mg/gm wormwood (and mugwort tends to have lower thujone), using 8gms would have a theoretical maximum of 40mg of thujone, which is under the LD50 if you weighed only 1kg!

Personally (YMMV) I'm comfortable taking 5-10 gms of dried plant material per day for no more than 3 days at a stretch. I would always give at least a couple of weeks, and preferably a month between consuming mugwort or wormwood.

 

It is important to know that several verities of sage also contain appreciable, and in some cases, comparable levels of thujone, as does tarragon. This should be taken into consideration when avoiding over-consumption of thujone.

 

The big NEVER-EVER is: DO NOT ingest the EO - most thujone deaths recorded are a result of this - kids trying to get high :angry:

 

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Diatribe aside, my list's top magical contenders include:

- Bay laurel

- Artemisia vulgaris - grand wormwood.

- White horehound

- Ska maria pastoria

- Catnip

- Rosemary

 

I do my darnedest to use only what I can grow where possible.

 

I love herbs for medicinal purposes as decoctions, salves and tinctures and I'm REALLY hoping that my elecampane and mullein grow well this year as I have perennial lung problems and the horehound needs help!

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I use a lot of chamomile. It's good for so many things: anxious stress, tummy trouble, indigestion, headache, insomnia. It is so calming and gentle-spirited...just inhaling the steam from a cup of chamomile tea seems to melt away stress and discomfort.

 

I also use lavender essential oil a lot. I put it in bathwater, and mix it with carrier oils like jojoba or light olive for insect repellent or tension headache. Elderberry, echinacea, and yarrow are some others that tend to come out of the cabinet lot this time of year too. I use them to fend off colds and sniffles, sore throats, etc.

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I would prefer to grow mine like I used to and I know that for my purposes, it is better to grow and nuture them myself .  As a matter of fact I planted over 75 different varieties this past Spring but my garden failed this year.  I will be able to plant more again but in the meantime, does anyone have suggestions for buying dried herbs and spices?  Thanks for your input. 

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I would prefer to grow mine like I used to and I know that for my purposes, it is better to grow and nuture them myself .  As a matter of fact I planted over 75 different varieties this past Spring but my garden failed this year.  I will be able to plant more again but in the meantime, does anyone have suggestions for buying dried herbs and spices?  Thanks for your input.

 

I love Mountain Rose Herbs. I have always gotten great product from them and their prices are more than reasonable.

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