Its nearly here! The Full Snow Moon.
I took this photograph while impatiently awaiting the full phase of the Snow Moon. This is the second of this years supermoons and will take place on the 19th February 2019. I saw the first one on the 21st January which was the Wolf Red Blood Moon;
Looking at the different phases of the moon over the last few days has been wonderful because the moon is particularly bright and beautiful. Reading that the Snow Moon will be the closest moon to the earth this year explains why.
The Snow Moon is also known as the Hunger moon. Native American tribes historically called it this because snow fell heavier in February and made hunting harder.
Here in the UK the Snow Moon is due to rise at sunset approximately 3.53 pm on the 19th February. Therefore I will sit outside ready and waiting. I’ll be wrapping up warm and keeping my insides warm with a toasty cup of herbal tea.
I’m planning to gaze at the full moon whilst drinking my favourite cinnamon and cherry tea.
During the evening of the Wolf Blood Red Moon I put my crystals outside, along with a necklace I am going to use for dowsing, to re-energise them. Under the Snow Moon I am going to put out a crystal pendant for my husband to have a go at dowsing too.
The pendant is a beautiful turquoise crystal which I bought him. Crystals are often used for dowsing.
We are looking forward to learning together. We will be asking questions while holding our pendants because the pendulum swings a certain way for a yes or no answer. I can’t wait to see what ours do and I will be sharing our first experience on a future blog.
We are visiting stone circles in the Lake District at the end of the month and this is a perfect opportunity for our first go at dowsing. It is said that standing stones mark powerful earth energies and visiting a place like this can help to enhance dowsing skills.
Cherry and Cinnamon Tea
It still amazes me that I drink tea because I only started to over a year ago when I began my spiritual and herbal journey. Now I love herbal teas because I find them both comforting and supporting of my health.
Cherry and Cinnamon tea became my favourite mainly because I have always loved the taste of cherries. I treat myself to Twinings for this one but its not available in every supermarket. I buy mine from Sainsburys or Morrisons.
Twinings are made from all natural ingredients which draws me to drink them. Also so many of the ingredients in the Cherry and Cinnamon tea means that it is perfect for me.
The ingredients are;
I keep cinnamon in the house because it is one of those spices that may be helpful in many ways.
Suggested uses are to support the immune system, ease fevers, support digestion, and ease diarrhoea.
As a result I put a pinch of cinnamon in my smoothie every morning. I struggle with a poor immune system and diarrhoea on a daily basis. Therefore I use the cinnamon hoping for balance and support. My body struggles to digest vitamins and minerals causing lots of physical and mental problems to deal with.
Cherries contain vitamin C and E and the antioxidant quercetin. Antioxidants help to protect healthy cells from damage and quercetin may also help to reduce the risk of cancer and strokes.
I find these good enough reasons to keep eating and drinking one of my favourite fruits.
The last time I ate cherries I kept and dried the stalks. I laid and separated the stalks on kitchen roll and left them to dry for a few days. Then I placed them into a sealed brown paper bag for storage.
I’m keeping them with my herbal preparations in case they are useful. Cherry stalks may ease oedema (swelling caused by fluid) and cystitis (urinary tract infection) by drinking a cherry stem tea.
Making cherry stem tea
- Place 2 teaspoons of cherry stalks into a cup of boiling water.
- Cover and brew for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain and remove the stalks.
- Drink up to 3 times a day.
I forage for blackberry leaves because bramble leaf tea is a suggested use for diarrhoea. Therefore it can’t harm that this is in my favourite tea too.
Another herb that I like to forage for are rose hips;
I love using my rose hip vinegar for sore throats by gargling and swallowing. Works for me!
There are many suggested uses for liquorice root. I buy Pontefract cakes for my husband which he eats because he has a chronic cough and they may help as an expectorant.
However liquorice must only be taken in moderation and for that reason my husband only eats the Pontefract cakes 2 or 3 times a week.
- Should not be taken in pregnancy, or if there is cirrhosis or digitalis.
- Over-consuming may result in low potassium levels or high blood pressure.
- Must not be take long term with depression because it may cause water retention and loss of potassium from the blood.
- May cause fluid retention in the face and ankles.
A Bitter Orange, also known as a Seville Orange, leaves have herbal suggestions. The leaves are said to be antispasmodic (suppressing muscle spasms) and digestive. Again I’m very attracted to the digestive support.
I finish by wishing you all a beautiful experience watching the Full Snow Moon.
Till next time.
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