Mercury Goes Direct

Mercury Retrograde is finally on its way out and not a moment too soon. It’s been rough for so many people this time around. Computers have crashed, videos have been lost, internet connections have gone down and all of that is just for me! Think about all of the other small business owners who have struggled with this energy.

We are currently in a Full Moon as well as the shadow period of Retrograde. Take time to do some self-care such as salt baths, aura cleansings, rest, meditation… anything that allows you to rest and release the crud which as come through. We want all of it out of our energy and aura so when the new moon comes we are ready for new things to come to us.

What is Mercury Retrograde exactly you ask? I don’t know all of the scientific “stuff” behind it. Here’s what I know… Mercury appears to be moving backwards during retrograde. What happens when things move backwards? You don’t make any progress, right? Right. You need for things to moving forward in order to do well. Mercury is most known for controlling energies of communication and travel. Did your plane get delayed sitting and waiting to be de-iced and you had to run your overweight body through a large airport to catch your connection? No? Ok maybe that was just me… but perhaps your car didn’t start or you got a flat tire but didn’t find anything wrong with the tire. Did you have a huge disagreement with your spouse over something you thought was silly but the big “D” word was thrown around? (I mean divorce not dick LOL)

That. That’s all the lovely Mercury energy you’re experiencing. There’s a period of one to two weeks prior to retrograde, about 3 weeks of retrograde and then another one to two weeks of shadow period when retrograde comes. If Mercury had a menstrual cycle, this would be it! However, we need to keep in mind it only has power over us if we allow it. Can women be cranky during menses? Absolutely, but not all of them. Some are just fine because they refuse to allow their body to determine their mood. And this is where we need to go with it. Be determined to accept responsibility for your own actions. I mean really… Mercury doesn’t need to get all of the blame because you said some things you regret (like the D word).

According to the Farmer’s Almanac the other periods this year are listed below and remember pre- and post energy!

  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3

We now have about a week or two of post-shadow energy depending on what you believe. Me? I’m just ready to move forward except wait… what was that? It’s a full moon. This is releasing energy, no major manifestation just yet. Take this time to release the sh*t that just happened and breathe. Breathe deep and long. Then sigh. As you sigh, release it all..

Namaste!

Photograph by Troy W. Smith – my friend whom I adore.

It’s that time of year – Elderberry Syrup Time!

It’s time for tea!

It’s that time of year where it’s starting to get cold in certain parts of the world, or perhaps you’re coming out of the cold and just love tea anyway. Using natural herbs from your local health food store gives you the option to be creative and make whatever kind of tea you like without having to purchase pre-made tea. My favorite tea during cold/flu season is an Elderberry tea made from the same herbs I use to make Elderberry syrup. (Just as lots more water and you have tea instead of syrup!)

Do you have a French press sitting around but you’re not interested in coffee anymore? (Shocking right?) Or do you just love making big batches of tea?

USE THAT FRENCH PRESS! Or buy one from your local thrifstore.

I bought this one for around $20 and it’s been worth it. The only drawback is that it doesn’t stay hot long enough sometimes but that’s ok! I can just reheat it.

Elderberry is the talk of the town

With so many people experiencing the flu right now the entire US is finally finding out about more natural methods to prevent the flu and help deal with the symptoms.

Elderberry is making it’s way into the limelight due to its natural anti-viral properties. Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. (2) When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. (3) During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu. (Source: https://draxe.com/elderberry/)

The two most common types of elderberries available are the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and the American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). The American elderberry is the wild species often found growing in old fields and meadows. The raw fruit contains a component sambungin which may cause vomiting and severe diarrhea if ingested. The dried fruits are less bitter than fresh.

Here is an easy to make recipe. This is the not same mix as the one I sell, but it will work just as well (For mine, go here: www.lavenderpotions.com/store )

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

INGREDIENTS:

3.5 cups cold water
2 cups organic dried elderberries
1 tablespoon fresh or dried organic ginger root
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick
1 cup raw honey
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour water into saucepan and add elderberries, ginger and cinnamon.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 40–45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  4. Remove from heat and mash the berries.
  5. Pour through a strainer or cheesecloth into a glass bowl. If you use a cheesecloth, make sure to squeeze out the juice.
  6. Add honey and stir until well-combined.
  7. Bottle final product in a sterilized glass container.

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