Insomnia Herb Pillow
To cure insomnia, stuff a pillow with catnip, passion-flower, and hops just before bed time.
Lie down with the back of your head touching the pillow and recite the following chant three times aloud:
“Catnip, Passionflowers, Hopes in this pillow beneath my head,
Bring peaceful rest to me, an stop the restfulness that plagues my bed!”
Close your eyes and think of something pleasant. Soon you will sleep and dream.
Gemstone of the Day
Color: White to tan with a milky sheen Magical Properties: The energy is balancing, introspective and lunar. It is a stone for hoping and wishing. Alleviates emotional tension and enhances positive attributes of creativity and self expression. Stimulates confidence and composure. Brings calmness and awareness. Eliminates insomnia. Eases PMS and the change-of-life. Helps with dieting.
Valeriana officinalis MEDICINAL:Valerian is a relaxer, and is very effective for insomnia. It is often used as a tranquilizer, but it leaves no sluggish effects on the user. It is used for nervous tension, pain relieving, strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, IBS, diverticulosis, menstrual cramps, and for muscle spasms. It should not be taken over a long period of time, as it can cause mental depression in some people after long-term steady use. It is not habit forming.
RELIGIOUS:Valerian is used to get fighting couples back together, in spells of love, and in purification baths.
GROWING: Valerian is a perennial plant that grows to 3 feet tall. It prefers full sun, and average to rich well-drained soil. Root cuttings are best for propogation, and once the plants are established, they self-sow and spread by root runners. Valerian has a similar effect on cats as catnip, so you may need to protect your patch with chicken wire. Harvest roots for medicinal use in the fall of their second year.
Good Monday Morning, my dear friends! I wish you a very happy and blessed week to come. I hope your day is off to a great start. Well, mine, oh, brother! My son is still here keeping me company. He informed me the other day that he will probably be here for a while. Oh, boy! Don’t get me wrong, I love him to death. There is nothing in this world I wouldn’t do for him and he knows it. But it is just so different after having the kids all grown and moved away. Then they move back home. Last night, I started once to just sit down and write about how different and strange it is to have one move back home. Then I went outside and looked at the stars and cleared my mind. I have no privacy. I just looked out of the corner of my eye and my son is up. He will be in here in a minute wanting to know what I am doing. He use to know I did my group daily. I thought I told him I now did a blog? My mind must be going. He is on his phone continuously, texting. He will come in here, lay down on the bed, talk and text the whole time. I am use to talking to a person by looking them in the eye. Not him! He has started going out. I told him, he is grown, go do what you want to, you don’t answer to me anymore. He comes in anywhere from 2 to 4 in the morning. The first thing he does is come to the door and holler, “You awake?” Why hell yes I am! I always stay up to all hours of the night :S. Once I go to sleep then get woke up, I can never go back to sleep. Then I take my medicine, I pass out and I sleep late. This runs me late doing the blog. Then last week, he hated his wife, now this week, they might be getting back together. It is enough to make your head swim. I keep thinking have patience. Patience is a virtue. One which I haven’t acquired yet!
Now on to a much lighter note…..
Prayer for Monday – One for Compassion
Dearest parents, please grant me the gift
of compassion. For the green earth; your
woods, forest, waters, air, animals, and
all people. Help me to become an example
of compassion, so I may plant the seed of
compassion for the betterment of all
So Mote It Be.
The Herban Corner – For Your Health
Insomnia – Chamomile is a very soothing tea to put you to sleep if you’re having trouble in that area. And a magickal remedy is to take garden violet, put it in a silver bag under your pillow, and then lay back and wait for the desired effect: sleep. Dill and dandelion also work on insomnia. Orange and passion flower are other plants that take away the sleeplessness you experience. Primrose and rosemary also may be used in a tea to take away your insomnia but I prefer that you put shavings from a white birch into a white muslin bag and wear it around your neck, or place it under your pilow. You should doze off almost immediately. Wild morjoram and sweet marjoram may be made into teas, too, and you may wish to make a poultice of lettuce and hops and mother of thyme to cover your eyes. Sleep should be induced soon after applying it.
Relieving Facial Tension – Every night before you go to sleep, sit in your bed and start making faces — just as small children enjoy doing, make all kinds of faces, good, bad, ugly, beautiful, so the whole face and the musculature start moving. Make sounds — nonsense sounds will do — and sway, just for ten to fifteen minutes and then go to sleep.
In the morning, before you take your bath, again stand before the mirror and for ten minutes make faces. Standing before the mirror will help: you will be able to see and you will be able to respond
Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.
Sorry I have just been up about an hour or so. I couldn’t sleep last night so I took a couple of sleeping pills. And look the last time I looked at the clock it was 3:30 a.m., now it is 1:34 p.m. I won’t sleep again for the next week, lol! I hope the rest of you have been enjoying the day for me.
I have to throw this in real quick. I am sure you all have heard me talk about my little Kiki. She is the mouthiest, little fart you have ever heard until I am sleeping. After this last back surgery, the lower part of my back is fused. It feels like a ton of concrete I am carrying around. When I lay down in a soft bed, it feels like that concrete is about to crack. So I have this gorgeous antique bed that I can’t sleep in. Kiki has the biggest doggie bed in the country. She lays at the end of it and looks down on me while I sleep in the floor. She sits perfectly still and doesn’t make a peep. If she thinks I am asleep she doesn’t bark. But the minute I wake up all hell breaks loose. There is a standing joke, as long as the burglars time it right and tip-toe around, they could carry the house off. Which probably isn’t a joke 😦 .
After I have woke up a little bit, I was reading the comments in the back. I would like to thank the individual that sent my horoscope for the day to me. It was very sweet and thoughtful of you. Not to mention, you couldn’t have picked a better day to do it. Most of the time I draw a Rune or a Tarot card everyday to see what kind of day I am going to have. Considering I haven’t drawed that card today, I will go with yours. Thank you, again!
Anyway the longer I talk, the longer it takes you to get the dailies. So I will hush for now and drag out the books. Enjoy and have a great day!