Blessed Midsummer!!!

Listening now to music on the longest day of the year.  Praise the Greenman. Praise the Goddess of the Earth.  Welcome the dark!

I always found it amazing that on the longest day of the year we begin to see the dark again.  As soon as this day is past the days grow shorter. We don’t usually notice for a while in the Northern Hemisphere until Fall.  It is Winter Solstice today below the Equator. The shortest day.

I had a short conversation today with one of my neighbors.  I take it as the voice of the Goddess coming through a common woman, very not pagan! She stopped to watch me pick off dead leaves and flowers from my lovely stoop garden here in Brooklyn.  She said that it so lovely to see such growth this year and how it’s so close to the end of summer even though it’s all just begun! She went to say before we know it we will be getting ready for Christmas again. She didn’t realize that she’s actually seeing the world between the dark and light sides of the year just like our ancestors did. Of course, this woman is a gardener so she’s right on track in understanding growth, death and rebirth.

I was quite happy to have heard the Goddess’ voice in my ears…through her voice today.

I had almost forgotten that today is Summer Solstice or Litha.  How could I have? Silly me!

I have been in a very rapid growth phase, just the same as my plants are.  Now I know its time to prepare for harvest coming up. August 1st Lughnasadh is right around the corner…and my work is too. An end to a very rapid period of work ending as I settle in to look over what I have done since Winter Solstice.

My sweet Goddess has blessed me in so many ways.

Today I pause to say thank you to her and to her wonderful consort the Greenman. To nature itself. To this amazing Earth, we live upon. To my loves…my sweet husband, a wonderful son and my kitties as well as all of those I have taught, shared with and worked with this year.  I am very blessed to have all these amazing souls in my life.

You too dear reader.  May your growth be abundant. May the Goddess surround you with growth and power.

Hail Cernunnos! Hail.

GREEN MAN INFO BELOW:

http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/unraveling-nature-and-identity-green-man-002620

Magical Shampoo and Conditioner Bars Coming after Midsummer!

and even more new products as well!

Midsummer is coming up on June 21st. We enter the dark side of the year which for me is always about what to do with new knowledge and ideas gained in the light side (Dec 21 – June 21). I am hot on the idea of turning shampoo and conditioner bars which save the environment so much stress. So many LESS bottles get thrown into dumps polluting our Mother Earth! I m wanting to make bars for chakra opening and opening the mind to success and creative visualization. IF YOU are interested in pre-ordering these they will be available this summer. I will use all natural ingredients, essential oils and herbs as well as the highest quality care in creating. Not too many are aware but I am a licencee of NYS as Cosmetologist now for almost 20 years with much experience in health and healing through herbalism, aromatherapy, Reiki and pure Goddess magic. As always all my products are Harm NONE including animals and other humans as well as the earth. Get in touch if you are interested. themagicalapothecary@gmail.com
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BLESSED BELTANE 2018

One of my favorite…sexy holidays! I love this day. Full of flowers and love and sex.

So much to be grateful as well…even though the winter wanted to keep destroying us it did not make it to this day! We are in Spring. The God has returned in his green and the Goddess is apparentbeltane everywhere.  Many blessings to you as well. May you be fruitful.

Day 12 Herb of the Day (or the week) CBD or Cannabidiol Magic and Medicinals. What our Ancestors Knew, by The Magic Apothecary, Mary Elizabeth Micari

 

Day 12 Herb of the Day (or the week) CBD or Cannabidiol
Magic and Medicinals. What our Ancestors Knew, by The Magic Apothecary, Mary Elizabeth Micari

Disclaimer: The following information is of an educational and general nature and should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult appropriate written and professional sources to answer questions related to your individual situation. Exercising one’s rights often entails some element of risk, and you should verify all information relevant to your situation before acting; the author and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for any loss incurred because of the use of any information herein

Mary? You mean you are saying we should vape weed?

Nope.

Read on.

I cannot take THC at all.  It brings on panic attacks.  I do have a serious auto immune disease which attacks my joints (RA) and anxiety as well as general needs to relax and be able to sleep, which I have not been able to do well since I got sick. Guess what? I am in less pain, sleeping well, calm and focused (ah yes…adult ADHD is a very real thing) and very productive.  I have been vaping CBD over a month now and I have less pain, the swelling in my body is reduced and I have less inflammation in general. My skin looks healthy and I am happier than I have been in a long while. CBD? Yep.

CBD

Cannabidiol oil is used for health purposes in humans and animals.  It is controversial currently. There is also some confusion about what it is and the effect it has on the human body.

Cannabidiol (CBD) may have some health benefits, but there may also be some risks. It is also not legal in every state. Please check your local laws and read about side effects and problems before using.

What is CBD oil?

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD.

Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration and uses of different oils vary.

Is CBD marijuana?

CBD oil is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Marijuana also comes from the cannabis plant but not the same one.

This article is easy to understand and can help clarify:

https://greenrushdaily.com/thc-cbd-differences/

The most well-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the most active ingredient in marijuana.

Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects.

THC is known for the mind-altering “high” it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not alter the mind of the person who uses it. CBD does appear to produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have medical benefits.

Most of the CBD used medicinally is found in the least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp.

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, but they are very different as I said above.

Marijuana farmers have bred their plants to be very high in THC and other compounds that interested them, either for a smell or an effect in humans or that they had on the plant’s flowers.

Hemp farmers have not tended to modify the plant. It is these hemp plants that are used to create CBD oil.

How CBD works

All cannabinoids, including CBD, attach themselves to receptors in the body in order to produce their effects.

The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It has two receptors for cannabinoids, called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are found all around the body, but many of them are in the brain.

The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among others. THC attaches to these receptors.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain, this is why I feel so much better.

It used to be thought that CBD acts on these CB2 receptors, but it appears now that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids!! So the body increases its cannabinoids and heals itself!

Benefits

Because of the way that CBD acts in the body, it has many benefits.

Natural pain relief or anti-inflammatory properties

People commonly use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve pain and stiffness, including chronic pain….like me.

Some people feel that CBD offers a more natural way to lower pain. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats.

The researchers suggest that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could be a new treatment for chronic pain.

Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals

There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people to quit smoking.  A pilot study on addictive behaviors found that smokers who used an inhaler containing the compound CBD smoked fewer cigarettes but did not have any additional craving for nicotine.

Another similar study posted to Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising substance for people who abuse opioids.

Researchers noted that some symptoms experienced by patients with substance use disorders might be reduced by CBD. These include anxiety, mood swings, pain and insomnia!

Epilepsy and other mental health disorders

CBD is being studied for its possible role in treating epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders.

A review posted to Epilepsia noted that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy.

Studies into CBD’s effect on neurological disorders suggest that it may help to treat many of the disorders that are linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases.

Another study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design found that CBD may have similar effects to certain antipsychotic drugs and that it may be safe and effective in treating patients with schizophrenia.

Helps fight cancer

CBD has been studied for its use as an anti-cancer agent.

A review posted to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology states that CBD appears to block cancer cells from spreading around the body and invading an area.

The review says that this compound tends to” suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote the death of these cells.”

Researchers note that CBD may help in cancer treatment because of its low toxicity levels.

Anxiety disorders

Patients with chronic anxiety are often advised to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify anxiety and paranoia in some people.

However, an article in Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD may help to reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety disorders.

The researchers point to studies showing that CBD may reduce anxiety behaviors in disorders such as: PSTD, General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The review stages that current medications for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects and that people may stop taking the drugs because of these unwanted effects.

CBD has not shown any adverse effects in these cases to date, and the researchers call for CBD to be studied as a potential treatment method.

Type 1 diabetes

Is caused by inflammation when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas.

Recent research posted to Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease the inflammation in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Acne

Acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. If CBD helps inflammation it should help here too.

CBD could be a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.

Alzheimer’s disease

Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficit in subjects.

This means that CBD could potentially prevent people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s from losing their ability to recognize the faces of people that they know. This is the first evidence that CBD has potential to prevent some Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.

Legality

Cannabis is legal for either medicinal or recreational use in some but not all states. Other states approve CBD oil as a hemp product without approving the general use of medical marijuana.

Laws may differ between federal and state level, and current marijuana and CBD legislation in the United States can be confusing, even in states where marijuana is legal. As I said above please be sure to check laws where you are.

There is an ever-changing number of states that do not necessarily consider marijuana to be legal but have laws directly related to CBD oil. This information is up to date as of July 24, 2017, but the laws frequently change.

The laws vary, but they generally approve CBD oil as legal for treating a range of epileptic conditions at various concentrations. A full list of states that have CBD-specific laws is available here.

If you are considering CBD oil as a treatment for a condition, talk to your local healthcare provider. They will understand safe CBD sources and local laws surrounding usage. Research the laws for your own state. In most cases, a prescription will be required.

Side effects

Many small-scale studies have investigated the safety of CBD in adults and found that it is well tolerated across a wide range of doses.

There have been no significant side effects in the central nervous system or effects on vital signs and mood among people who use it either slightly or heavily.

The most common side effect noted is being more tired. Some people have noticed diarrhea and changes in appetite or weight.

Risks

There are still very little long-term safety data available, and, to date, tests have not been carried out on children.

As with any new or alternative treatment option, a patient should discuss CBD with a qualified healthcare practitioner before use.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD for the treatment of any condition. It can be difficult to know whether a product contains a safe or effective level of CBD or whether the product has the properties and contents stated on its packaging and marketing.

How to use

CBD oil is used in different ways to relieve the symptoms of different conditions.

Some CBD oil products can be mixed into different foods or drinks, taken from a pipette or dropper, or are available as a thick paste to be massaged into the skin. CBD can also be purchased in capsule form. DO NOT VAPE OR SMOKE THE OIL…EVER EVER EVER.  As I said above I have been Vaping the E liquid I purchased and taking the oil by mouth only.  You can find great organic e liquid and oils on line and locally. Please research all products carefully there are no restrictions and there are many fakes or dangerous products out there.  Vaping was my chosen way because I wanted to be able to use the CBD when I needed it for pain. I also use the oil as I said before sleep.  I have seen a huge difference in my body in general.

All dosages relate to taking CBD oil by mouth.

Chronic pain: Take between 2.5 and 20 milligrams (mg) by mouth for no more than 25 days.

Epilepsy: Consume between 200 and 300 mg of CBD by mouth daily for up to 4.5 months.

Movement problems associated with Huntington’s disease: Taking 10 mg every day for six weeks can help ease movements.

Sleep disorders: Take between 40 and 160 mg.

Schizophrenia: Consume between 40 and 1,280 mg CBD by mouth daily for up to 4 weeks.

Glaucoma: One dose of between 20 and 40 mg applied under the tongue can help to relieve pressure in the eye. However, caution is advised – doses greater than 40 mg might increase pressure.

As regulation in the U.S. increases, more exact doses and prescriptions will start to emerge.

Magical Uses of Cannabis

Of course, we are all aware of the use of the marijuana plant in ritual for centuries.

Many recognize the power of cannabis to open one’s mind to seeing the world from an entirely different perspective. Historically, cannabis was taken in religious and spiritual practices to help open the doors to the soul. By opening to the inner world with the help of cannabis, practitioners were able to connect with the Divine and carry back understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Cannabis was one of the plants in the holy oil Jesus used to anoint his apostles and later to perform miracle healings. This is the same oil the early Gnostic Christians described as being the true means by which one is baptized or anointed. The recipe for Holy oil, according to Exodus, included cinnamon, cassia, myrrh, and cannabis. This is news to me but I love the idea and will of course be adding my lovely CBD oil into my holy anointing oil from now on. Want some? Get in touch as I make my NEW batch! themagicalapothecary@gmail.com

Shamans and Magicians have used cannabis among other spiritual plants to alter consciousness as they enter trance and meditation. Rituals around cannabis have been recorded as long ago as 5000 years ago. It’s been used in initiation ceremonies and various rites throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The Kurgans, a Proto-Indo-European people who lived five thousand years ago in the region today known as Romania, used cannabis in their religious rites. Early Chinese necromancers, too, used cannabis to move through time and see future events. As a Spiritual ally, cannabis has helped Shamans and others delve into the mysteries of what it means to be human, how we fit into this earthly realm, and to heal deep wounds for the people.

Magically, cannabis has been used for healing, love, visions, and meditation. It’s been used in the form of fiber, seed, tops, and buds for divination. For instance, the buds, tops, and seeds were added to incense for divination and scrying. The seeds have been used in love spells and for divining one’s true love.

Having taken in my share of THC in my youth I can attest as can so many others that this plant truly opens the mind to ideas, creativity and seeing.  I am never more psychic than when using this plant.  I know for sure that THC in cannabis is the culprit, but I am also very sure that CBD can be used as a curative and a calmative in ritual and out. It most certainly belongs in spells to increase focus, awareness, centeredness and power. I would add it to money spells to bring solidity and healing spells to open new avenues to the body’s natural healing work.  I would give it to those needing relaxation, perhaps make and oil to use on my hands for Reiki sessions or add to a soothing lavender and ylang-ylang bath.  One could certainly add it to foods as an oil to relax and open the mind…both cousins CBD and THC can be used in this way.

This plant is one of power…Cannabis.

 

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Day 11 Herb of the Milk Thistle! Magic and Medicinals. What our Ancestors Knew, by The Magic Apothecary, Mary Elizabeth Micari

milkthistle

Day 11 Herb of the Milk Thistle!
Magic and Medicinals. What our Ancestors Knew, by The Magic Apothecary, Mary Elizabeth Micari

Disclaimer: The following information is of an educational and general nature and should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult appropriate written and professional sources to answer questions related to your individual situation. Exercising one’s rights often entails some element of risk, and you should verify all information relevant to your situation before acting; the author and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for any loss incurred as a consequence of the use of any information herein

 

This herb has been a curiosity for me for a long time.  I have a cat with end stage IBD and Pancreatitis.  His liver is shutting down, but we fight that with Milk Thistle.  Seems to have worked some.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

has been known to Detox the Liver and Boost Glutathione! Much more below and the magical properties of this herb.

Milk thistle has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it is used to detoxify the body, especially the liver. Milk thistle mostly in California in the USA and throughout the world in warm climates. It can be found easily as a dried herb, supplement or tincture or extract.

It is considered a hepatic (works on the liver), galactogogue (promotes lactation),  demulcent (relieves inflammation) and cholagogue (promotes removal of bile from the system).

Milk thistle can promote healthy digestive function by helping with enzyme formation, increasing bile production, decreasing inflammation and soothing the mucous membranes throughout the body.

Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which also includes other plants like sunflowers and daisies. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties in the year 40 A.D.

Milk thistle helps to draw toxins out of the body that can cause a range of symptoms and diseases including cancer development, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney stones, gall bladder disorders, negative effects of chemotherapy, alcohol use, skin damage and many more.

It is also an antioxidant!  Milk thistle is as powerful as other important nutrients such as vitamin E or C.  These helps fight free radical damage and slow the aging process.

While it has many different benefits, milk thistle is most well-known for being a natural liver supporter and detoxifier. The liver constantly works hard to help defend us from toxins that are common in our everyday life, acting like a filter and removing harmful substances from the body.

Milk thistle is shown to decrease, or even reverse, damage to the liver that’s been caused by prescription medications, antibiotics, pollution, heavy metals and more.

There are a variety of milk thistle products available. The seeds and leaves of the milk thistle plant can be taken either in pill, powder, tincture, extract or tea form. The seeds can be eaten completely raw, too, but usually people prefer to take a milk thistle extract or supplement to consume a higher dose and see bigger results.

Milk thistle gets its name from the milky-white liquid that runs off the plant’s leaves when they’re crushed. The actual leaves of the plant also have a spotted white pattern that makes them look as if they’ve been dunked in milk. Thus, the name!

As a liver support and aid, milk thistle is a powerful detoxifier. It helps rebuild liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed through the liver.

The liver is our largest internal organ and is responsible for performing many essential detoxifying functions. The condition of our blood relies on the health of our liver. As a “blood purifier,” the liver needs to actively clean the blood each day to support nearly every system within our body.

The liver helps remove harmful substances from our blood, aids in hormone production, detoxifies the body, releases glucose into the bloodstream to give our body steady energy and releases bile into our small intestine so fat can be absorbed from foods

Milk thistle has been approved as a therapeutic treatment for various liver diseases, including:

fatty liver syndrome, damage from alcoholism called Cirrhosis, jaundice, psoriasis and hepatitis.

Cancer?

Milk thistle seeds are a high source of the antioxidant flavonoid called silymarin, which is composed of several other active compounds known as flavolignans. Silymarin is associated with decreasing the risk for cancer development by boosting the immune system, fighting DNA damage and reversing cancerous tumor growth.

In 2007, after reviewing numerous studies involving milk thistle therapeutic treatments, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that:

There is strong preclinical evidence for silymarin’s hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic effects, including inhibition of cancer cell growth in human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells.

About 50 percent to 70 percent of the silymarin molecules present within milk thistle are the type called silybin, also known as silibinin. This antioxidant stimulates protein synthesis and changes the outside layer of healthy cells, keeping them protected from damage and mutation. It inhibits toxins from dwelling in the body; helps with cell renewal; and counteracts the harmful effects of pollutants, chemicals and heavy metals that can cause “free radical damage.”

Silymarin acts as a cancer protector because it’s “a toxin blockade agent” and inhibits binding of toxins to the cell membrane receptors, according to researchers at the University Magna Graecia Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine.

These and more studies can be found on line easily.

 

Cholesterol

Since milk thistle is a powerful anti-inflammatory it makes sense that there is research being done and the on its benefits to heart health.  It cleans the blood, lowers the  inflammation and help prevent stress damage within the arteries.

Although more formal research is still needed, preliminary studies show that when silymarin (milk thistle extract) is used in combination with other traditional treatment methods, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides levels all improve compared to levels before taking milk thistle.

Something important to keep in mind, however, is that existing studies on possible heart benefits of milk thistle have only been done involving people with diabetes, who tend to have high cholesterol levels. So, at this time it’s unclear if milk thistle has the same effects in other people and if it will be used to naturally lower cholesterol levels in the future.

Control or Prevent Diabetes

According to National Institute of Health, there’s research showing that taking silymarin, the main chemical found in milk thistle, along with conventional treatments, can help to control many symptoms of diabetes and help with controlling sugar.  It has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels in insulin-resistant patients.

This is likely true because the liver is partly responsible for regulating hormones, including the release of insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin is responsible for managing blood glucose (sugar) levels in the blood, which is especially important for those with diabetes.

Prevent Gallstones

The liver is a major organ which helps process nutrients and toxins that are in our bodies through food, water and air.  Other digestive organs like the gallbladder, pancreas, intestines and kidneys work closely together to help the liver.  Milk thistle can help prevent gall and kidney stones too! It does this by supporting the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems and by aiding in the production of bile and healthy enzymes.  Add that to cleaning the blood it can help purify the body of waste and regulate the function of the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen.

Anti-Aging Effects

Because milk thistle’s antioxidants help to prevent free radical damage and remove pollutants and waste it can help slow the aging process.  The skin, being our largest organ will benefit as well

Milk thistle benefits may also reduce your risk for some of the most common and serious disorders that develop in adults as they age, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver damage, and vision-related problems.

Milk thistle’s protective qualities of the skin may make it work well and help in reducing lines and winkles as well as dark spots and discoloration. It is useful for maintaining health of eyes, joints and muscles!

 

Glutathione

Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle, is an antioxidant that can protect against depletion of glutathione, which is a “master antioxidant” that’s extremely useful at helping prevent disease formation. Glutathione is found naturally in the human body, as well as in some plants, such as mushrooms, fungi and algae.

Glutathione’s biggest role is to help fight oxidative stress that leads to such diseases as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.  It can help prevent damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species, such as free radicals.

One of the biggest milk thistle benefits is that it preserves glutathione. The modern American diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all work to deplete liver capabilities and glutathione in the body. Milk thistle helps increase glutathione levels by improving liver functions. Milk thistle strengthens the liver cell walls, buffering them from invading toxins, and supports liver regeneration and glutathione formation.

Dosage of Milk Thistle

Because milk thistle is categorized as a supplement, rather than a drug, it’s not subject to the same oversight and quality control from the FDA that standard drugs are. The amount of active ingredients can vary widely depending on the different preparation methods used and the brand. Currently, there are several different milk thistle products available on the market, all recommending different doses.

There is no nationally standardized milk thistle dosing yet currently, but most people do best consuming between 20–300 milligrams daily.

Supplement Form

To detoxify the body temporarily, the recommended daily intake of milk thistle is 150 milligrams, taken one to three times daily. This is a somewhat high dose that can act as a natural liver “detox.”

For ongoing use and liver support, take 50 to 150 milligrams daily.

Tea Form

You can also try benefiting from milk thistle by consuming it in tea form. Many companies make milk thistle tea by steeping the leaves and seeds from the plant.

You can also grow your own milk thistle and make homemade tea if you’re up for harvesting the plants. Each small plant head contains about 190 seeds that can be used in various ways. If you purchase or grow a milk thistle plant, cut off the entire head and hang the plant upside down for about one week to draw out the seeds.

You can then crush the seeds and steep them, along with the leaves, to make tea; eat them raw; or dry them into powder form. Keep the seeds and leaves in the freezer to make them last longer and retain their powerful nutrients.

Milk Thistle Side Effects

Milk thistle is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, with very few cases of side effects ever reported. The most common side effects aren’t serious and include gastrointestinal upset, such as a mild laxative effect. When taken within the recommended dose range, milk thistle is thought to be effective and mostly free of allergic reactions.

Milk thistle may interact with some medications, including allergy medicines, anti-anxiety drugs, and blood thinners, among others. If you are taking any medications, speak with your health care provider before taking milk thistle.

Also note that antioxidants like those found in milk thistle have been shown to possibly interfere with the efficacy of some cancer chemotherapy drugs by protecting cancer cells from cell death.

MAGICAL USES OF MILK THISTLE

Now, you’d imagine there are lots to do with this herb magically as well. You would be correct!

Milk thistle is considered Masculine in nature, its ruling planet is Mars, sacred to Thor and Minera.

It is used for Protection, Healing, Exorcism and Hex Breaking…. of course.  It cleanses internal organs, causes them to function better.  In our ancestor’s time illness was considered the work of the devil or an evil person giving the evil eye!

The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).

In ancient times the thistles were used as a vegetable and are still.  The artichoke is the most famous member of the thistle family, but milk thistle can also be eaten as a vegetable.

To Use Magically.

You can carry this herb with you or leave it in a bowl in a room.  It will renew vitality.  It is used as a protective amulet in mojo bags along with other anti-hexing and cleansing herbs.

If you throw milk thistles into fire it will keep lightning away from your home.  If you wear a garment made from the thistle it will break any spell.  Poppets can be stuffed with it to break spells or aid in protection.

Use in healing spells and for depression. It is said that when a man carries one he becomes a better lover. A method of calling spirits is to boil some thistle. After removing it from the heat, be seated next to the bowl and begin meditating. As the steam rises, so will your questions and their answers will be heard.

A bowl of thistle in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitalizes within. Carry it for strength and energy. Grown in a garden it wards off thieves. Grow in a pot by your doorstep to protect against evil. Keep in your pocket it guards you. Throw it in the fire to ward off lighting.

Thistles are used in healing spells, and when men wear it they become better lovers. Thistles also drive out melancholy when worn or carried.

In England it is said they used the tallest thistle as a magical wand or walking stick walking with magic and protection.

You may use it to call on spirits. Just place some thistle in boiling water. Remove from heat and lie or sit beside it. As the steam rises call the spirits and listen carefully; they may answer your question.

Milk-thistle can be used for protection and to rid yourself or your home of negative demons. It attracts good spirits and helps to clear all evil.

Creating baths, incense, oils, perfumes and more with this herb can give you multiple ways to use it as a protective fighter against ill health, ill will thrown at you, jealousy, evil eye and negative energy of all kinds.

 

Forget the cat I am taking some right now!!!!