Plant Profile: Red Clover {Trifolium pratense}

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Family: Fabaceae

This all-around wellness herb and blood purifier is a key ingredient in herbal blends popularized during the early 1900’s and used in cancer treatment, including Essiac, Dr. Christopher’s Red Clover Combination, and the Hoxsey formula. Red clover has been an Old World symbol for luck and abundance since ancient times. And when it arrived in America with the colonists, its use quickly spread among American Indian tribes.

Description:

This stout clover has deep pink – not red – plump, round flower heads that contain numerous, small, pea-type flowers above a three-leaved bract. The leaves are marked with a single pale chevron. The lax stems trail up to 2 feet, creating a soft green mass.

Preparations Infusion:

red-clover-tea-760x428Make a strong infusion or tincture of red clover tops, and drink 1/2 to 1 cup two or three times daily. Commercially available red clover preparations include tinctures and concentrated and often…

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Pisces New Moon Crystals

By Krista Mitchell

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We entered the Pisces new moon phase this morning at 9:12am ET, and I’ve been feeling the energy all day: dreamy, contemplative, quiet

This moon is said to be one of deep healing, guiding us to face our inner darkness, acknowledge our truth, and what we’re willing to let go so that we can move forward in a positive way

This is a time when new projects started will be blessed with beneficence, provided the intentions and goals you set are done so with mindfulness and consciousness about what you’re seeking to (co-) create.

At this time, you may be feeling moody, blue, insightful, drawn inward, or guided to make some healing decisions in your life. It’s best to honor those feelings.

Take time to journal, dream, or deep-dive into issues you’ve been afraid or unwilling to face.

Shadow self healing, acknowledging and addressing your wounded self and psyche, can seem like a daunting task, but it offers the ultimate reward: FREEDOM. Freedom from the same old patterns and mistakes, the negative opinion of yourself, the fear that holds you back, the resentment that keeps you tied down, and the thing that blocks your happiness.

It’s worth it, and the energy of this new moon in Pisces is supporting you in doing that work so that you’re prepared for a massive new change and fresh start coming your way.

THE QUALITY OF PISCES + CURRENT PLANETARY INFLUENCES:

  • Pisces: intuition + psychic abilities, liberty, artistic + creative pursuits, sensitivity, empathy, healing, introversion.
  • Chiron: the wounded healer, the gift
  • Mars: initiation, action
  • Jupiter: beneficence, auspiciousness, abundance

PISCES NEW MOON THEMES:

  • setting new intentions that feel more in alignment with your true self
  • auspicious timing for new projects
  • becoming more conscious about what you’re cultivating or creating in your life
  • deciding on what you’re ready to let go, so that you can start or receive something better
  • putting firm boundaries in place with yourself and others
  • recognizing what needs to be healed within on a deep level
  • cultivating a greater sense of compassion for yourself and others
  • surrendering the choices or behaviors that are holding you back
  • having the courage to face things that are difficult for you
  • acknowledging your own truth or owning your inner darkness
  • completion
  • taking time out for silence and introspection

PISCES NEW MOON CRYSTALS:

Hold and meditate, sleep with, or wear one or more of the following crystals for emotional support, inner guidance, to increase your intuition, deepen your insight, or to generate even more auspicious energy for a new project:

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Plant Profile: White Clover {Trifolium repens}

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Also, Known As:

  • Dutch Clover
  • White Clover

White clover (botanical name Trifolium repens) is a clover species that is indigenous to Europe, West Asia and Northern regions of Africa. Extensively introduced across the globe, this species is cultivated in the form of a pasture crop and is currently even common in the grassland regions of North America as well as New Zealand. White clover is also known as Dutch clover, as this species was cultivated in Holland for the first time.

White clover is a herbaceous (herb-like) perennially growing small plant. It grows close to the ground and produces small whitish flower heads, which usually have a pink or creamy tinge, which may occur as the plant matures. Usually, the flower heads measure anything between 1.5 cm and 2.0 cm (0.6 inches and 0.8 inches) wide and appear at the end of the flower stalks or peduncles measuring about 7…

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Endangered Species: False Unicorn Profile

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Chamaelirium lutetium

Also, Known As:

  • Blazing Star
  • Devil’s Bit
  • False Unicorn
  • Helonias Root

During the colonial period in North America, people used false unicorn, also known as Liatris (botanical name Chamaelirium lutetium) as a medicinal herb. However, its current use is strictly limited to being an ornamental plant. In fact, false unicorn is preferred by florists while arranging cut flowers for any customer owing to the exquisite lavender spikes of the plant’s fluffy flowers. Dissimilar to the majority of the different spike blooms, false unicorn flowers are an omission from the rule. The flowers of this herb develop at the apex of the spikes in a descending pattern. The flowering spikes of the false unicorn may be about two feet or even longer and have either purple or lavender hue.

The false unicorn is a perennially growing plant that is indigenous to the United States and is found growing in…

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The Forager’s: Life Root Profile

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Senecio aureus

Also, Known As:

  • Cocashweed
  • Coughweed
  • False Valerian
  • Golden Ragwort
  • Golden Senecio
  • Liferoot

The herb known as the life root is a perennial wildflower species of the daisy family of plants – Asteraceae; it reaches about half to two m in height. A small rosette of basal leaves approximately six to eight inches across is found at the base of each plant. The basal leaves have blades that are normally two inches in length and two inches wide. The leaves are cordate orbicular in shape, possessing crenate, dentate edges without any hair on the surface. The length of the blades is matched by the length of the slender petioles of the basal leaves. Each rosette develops a flowering stalk from its center which grows up. Usually, two to three alternate leaves are borne along this flowering stalk. The size of the alternate leaves is smaller compared to the size…

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Plant Profile: Black Haw

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Viburnum prunifolium

Also, Known As:

  • American Sloe
  • Black Haw
  • King’s Crown
  • Sheepberry
  • Snowball Tree
  • Stagbush

The American plant known as the black haw is native to the American continent, and it is believed to have been in traditional use for the preparation of many types of herbal remedies as well as a source of food by the original Native Americans – though documentation is scarce. The black haw is a shrub or more correctly a small deciduous tree which can reach a height of five to fifteen feet when fully mature. The plant is characterized by its red-brown bark and the grooved branches. The black haw plant also bears a number of characteristic flat-topped white flowers and in the season many shiny and blue-black berries, the black haw berries are very juicy and used in many Native American food preparations.

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Plant Profile: Wild Indigo {Baptisia tinctoria}

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Also, Known As:

  • Baptisia
  • Clover Broom
  • Horsefly Weed
  • Indigo Broom
  • Rattlebush
  • Shoofly
  • Wild Indigo
  • Yellow Indigo

The very term ‘indigo’ associated with a plant’s name brings to the mind that it must be yielding a rich blue pigment. But, unfortunately, wild indigo is a plant that is an inferior alternative to the original indigo dye that has provided people across the globe with a deep blue color for over 4000 years now. Indigenous to North America, the wild indigo is a shaggy plant that has bluish green leaves and yellow colored flowers that are akin to the ones found on the pea plant. According to history, the Mohegans of south New England precipitated the root of wild indigo to acquire a medicine with which they washed cuts and gaping wounds and this practice is followed even now. In fact, wild indigo has antiseptic properties and is immensely beneficial in treating…

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The 13th Moon & The First New Moon of Spring

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Blessings beautiful Moon People, Artful Dreamers, Creative Artists, Soulful Dancers, Witches, Wild Women and Men and everyone inbetween. We begin our 13th Moon & the First New Moon of Spring on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and the Spring Equinox, Tuesday, March 20th! Its the season of endings and new beginnings as ‘endings’ and ‘new beginnings’ are equal in the 13th moon cycle. There are three parts in this writing today: 1. The 13th moon writing & the Black Canoe Mythology; 2. Marzanna’s final Spring Equinox Ritual; and 3. Examples of Intentions for this month.

Clear your distractions away today, take a deep yawn and stretch and shake off last years moons, like a wolf who shakes the water off her wintery coat. Accept that its time to embody the next layer of our Moon-Spirit as the 13th moon cycle releases old…

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