Wildcraft: An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure game is a cooperative board game that teaches edible and medicinal plants. For ages 4 to 104.

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Now, everyone can share their passion for plants with their kids and grandkids in a way that brings everyone together.

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Our Full Moon Rituals

Full moons have forever been a mystical time of connecting with our spiritual, sacred feminine selves. Many Goddess and earth-based traditions honored all phases of the moon, while Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism still celebrate special holidays according to the lunar calendar.

While new moons are associated with new beginnings, full Moons represent the culmination of energy: fruition, completion, and celebration, as well as releasing and shedding of the old to pave way for a whole new cycle.

Because the full moon increases psychic and emotional sensitivity, many of us feel its effects very palpably—often starting the days leading up to the full moon. While it can feel overwhelming to deal with the intense energies it brings up, learning to harness the gifts of this special time can help us not only better manage everything that comes up, but create powerful shifts in our psyches and our lives.

Here are five magical full moon rituals to embrace the many gifts of this blessed time every month. You can do them all (I recommend progressively), try one or two, or experiment with whatever you feel guided to. It’s a full moon, after all, so trust your intuition!

1. Shed Light on Darkness: Journal Ritual

One of the reasons we can feel so emotional during a full moon is because it’s a time of making the unknown known, the unconscious conscious, the hidden seen. Naturally, this includes relationships and patterns that are not in alignment with our truth and highest good.

If we don’t allow ourselves to face and process these insights, we may feel hypersensitive, confused and overwhelmed.

The best thing we can do for ourselves during such a time is actually take some time to express everything we are feeling in a safe and healthy way.

A simple ritual to bring light to any darkness you are facing is to take a sheet of paper and write out everything you are feeling—uncensored. Notice any surprises or insights you gain about issues that are important to you. Have you been ignoring or suppressing your feelings in a certain area? Have you been settling, compromising, or disowning your truth and boundaries? Are you ready to release what’s no longer serving you?

You don’t need to know the answers, but it’s important to ask the questions. In the next steps, you will learn how to awaken your intuition, which will guide you on any action to take and changes to make as you move forward.

For now, once you feel you gave released all that you need to on this sheet of paper, (very safely, perhaps in a pot) burn it.

You can write an intention at the end, such as, “I now release all that no longer serves me for total healing, purification, and transmutation, for my best and highest good.”

As the paper burns, wash away any ashes or surrender them to Mother Earth, and feel the lightness of releasing what lurked in the dark before.

2. Clear Your Energy with Sage: Smudging Ritual

If you choose to do the above ritual, smudging is wonderful to perform after, although it can be done independently and anytime as well.

Of course, for this, you will need to have a sage wand/bundle handy, which can be bought from most spiritual/new age shops as well as online.

Smudging is a powerful energy clearing ritual used in Native and earth-based traditions during ceremonies. It is said to help release negative, toxic, stagnant energies, and even get rid of earth-bound spirits and attachments.

A full moon night is an especially potent time for a smudging ritual, as after facing and releasing what needs to, you can ceremoniously clear it away with the smoke of sacred sage.

To perform the ritual, simply burn the dried sage bundle, keeping a ceramic/fire-safe dish underneath to catch the ashes, and simply waft it around your entire body (at about a two-feet long distance).

As you do so, you can again set an intention such as, “I release all that no longer serves me for my highest good.”

After smudging yourself, you can smudge your home by waving the wand in the corners and centers of each room of your home—or anywhere you feel guided. Trust your intuition, as you may feel the need to smudge some unexpected places or linger somewhere a little longer.

Be sure to perform this very safely, keeping distant from fabrics, pets, children and always a dish underneath. You just need to wave the wand once or twice in each area to get the smoke flowing there as you keep moving along. Keep an eye out for any fallen ashes and put them out immediately.

After the ritual, open all your windows to air out the smoke and let new, fresh energy, and ideally moonlight, into your home.

Bonus step: Since your space is now clear, you can go around the center of each home and “re-program” the energy by setting intentions for what you want to bring into your space and life instead. You can clap three times at the end of each intention to seal it in, or if you have a bell or singing bowl, ring it three times for extra blessings.

Finally, you can also clear your spiritual objects like crystals, oracle decks, and malas by waving the sage bundle around each one three times.

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3. Charge Your Spiritual Tools: Magical Infusion Ritual

The light of the full moon is amplifies everything with magic, so it’s a great time to infuse this energy into our spiritual tools, like crystals, essential oils, malas and incense, etc.

I recommend clearing them with sage as mentioned above first so that they are pure and clear before absorbing the energy of the moon.

To “charge” them set your intention with each object and place it somewhere it can get the maximum amount of moonlight throughout the night.

For example, if you are using a crystal for a specific purpose, you can state your intention for that crystal and then add, “I welcome the light and magic of this full moon to bless and empower this crystal, and open me to all its gifts for my highest good.”

Be sure to take all your objects back in the morning, as some crystals and spiritual tools can react to and alter with sunlight.

As you place each object back in your space, thank each one, along with the moon, for their potent new energy, and notice the shift as you work with them.

4. Soak Up the Moonlight: Moon Bathing Ritual

This step may be a little risque, but since the full moon can bring out the primal animal in each of us, I had to include it! If you can do this safely and privately, it’s a beautiful idea to moon bathe in the nude or with minimal clothing. You don’t have to go outdoors. If you can see the moon from your bedroom, it’s actually advisable to do this there with a locked door!

Simply lie down and let the rays of the moon infuse you with their healing energy. Especially if you have done the clearing rituals above, think of this as a way to replenish, because whenever we release, we create space, and when we create space, we want to fill it consciously.

What better way to replace the darkness that you released than by filling up with magical moonlight?

As the light shines on and over you, imagine your mind, body, heart, and energy field soak up all luminescent silvery rays. While sunlight energizes and uplifts us, moonlight awakens our intuitive, receptive, softer, spiritual side. Absorbing full moonlight is especially healing for us women as it nourishes our sacral chakras—our wombs and menstrual—or moon—cycles.

You by no means need to lay under the moon all night—about 20 to 30 minutes depending on what’s feasible and comfortable for you will work wonders. I also love to play the Kundalini mantra, “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hum” -which invokes the healing blessings of all physical and heavenly bodies—when moon bathing.

It’s also super fun and a sacred bonding experience to do this with a trusted partner or friend. So find a safe spot, peel away those clothes and let Mother Moon shower you with her love!

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5. Connect with the Moon Goddesses: Goddess Meditation Ritual

Because of our monthly cycles, women have always had a very intimate and special connection with the moon. The waxing, full and waning moon are associated with the triple goddess archetypes of Maiden, Mother and Crone, a new menstrual cycle, ovulation and bleeding/shedding, and the universal cycle of birth, life and death/transformation.

Because the full moon corresponds to the Mother (at its fullest) and Crone (just after full/starting to wane), the goddesses associated with it are intuitive Egyptian goddess Isis and Celtic Morrigan, Mayan healing goddess Ixchel, maternal Greek goddesses Demeter and Selene, and Norse Frigg/Freya—to name a few.

As each of these goddesses awaken different sacred feminine aspects within us, you can ask for all their gifts of specific ones, depending on what you want to open to in your life.

To connect with them, simply sit in meditation (you can also do this before lying down in the above moon bathing ritual), and state the name of the goddess you wish to invite and any specific area you wish to work on with her. For example, you can invite Demeter to nourish yourself and be more receptive, Ixchel to heal your menstrual cycle, Frigg for fertility, and Isis and Morrigan for increased intuition.

Remember, these goddesses ultimately represent your own sacred feminine qualities, so when meditating, connect with them in whatever way resonates with you—as goddesses in and of themselves, or as divine feminine aspects within yourself.

There’s nothing more to it than inviting them and just sitting in meditation. Pay attention to your intuitive senses, which are clairaudience (clear healing), clairsentience (clear feeling), claircognizance (clear knowing) and clairvoyance (clear seeing). Depending on which sense is stronger for you, you may hear, feel, know or see their guidance, presence, and love.

No matter what, trust that by simply asking for the support of these goddesses, you are opening to connect with your own divine feminine gifts, which reveal themselves subtly and mysteriously within yourself and your life.

As you play with these rituals, know that you are harnessing the incredible energies and gifts of a time that can otherwise feel overwhelming and out of control.

All cycles in nature bestow us with their own gifts and learning how to embrace the magical phases of the moon helps elevate our human existence into a sacred experience. So let’s open our arms to Mother Moon, and allow her to take us in hers.

DIY Yarrow Tincture (And 5 Ways To Use It)

This past spring, I was excited to see a couple of yarrow plants growing next to my driveway. I’ve watched them as they’ve grown, budded, and unfurled their creamy white flowers, and now that they’re full grown, they’re ready to be put to good use.

This week, I decided to take some time to quickly tincture the yarrow tops before it was too late and the flowers dried up. Below, I’m sharing the steps with you in case you too have some fresh yarrow growing nearby that you’d like to preserve and use in the future.

Disclaimer: Yarrow is an herb that has several look-a-likes, some of which are poisonous and even deadly (poison hemlock and water hemlock). Before harvesting and using what you think is yarrow, be sure you’ve positively identified it first!

So the directions below are for tincturing fresh yarrow using the folk method. You can certainly tincture dried yarrow if you want. Just follow the directions for that here.

How To Make A Fresh Yarrow Tincture

1. Clip the flowering tops of your yarrow plant (some stem and leaves are fine too), and lay these out on a white towel for an hour or two so any bugs can crawl off.
2. Chop your wilted yarrow into small pieces using a sharp kitchen knife, and pack it into a glass jar, filling it up, 1-inch from the top of the jar.
3. Cover the plant material with a 190-proof alcohol (Everclear) making sure you completely cover the plant material. (Feel free to substitute this with filling your jar 1/4 full of boiled water and 3/4 full of glycerine if you want to make an alcohol-free tincture.)
4. Put a cap on and let this sit in a cool, dark place for 6-weeks (shaking daily if you can remember) before straining the plant material from the liquid. Compost the plant material, filter the liquid through a coffee filter, and bottle in a clean dropper bottle.
5. Be sure to label your bottle with the name of your tincture, the date it finished, and what it’s tinctured in (alcohol or glycerine).

5 Ways To Use Yarrow Tincture

Yarrow is one of those plants that can be used in a lot of different ways so today I’m gonna share 5 simple ways you can use this tincture if you decide to make (or buy) it. You can learn more about dosing herbs here.

1. As an herbal bitter

Yarrow has bitter properties and is stimulating to the gallbladder and other digestive organs. Not only will taking it before meals help prepare your body to digest your food properly, but if you have a tendency to have sluggish digestion (putting you at risk for gallstones), regular use of yarrow tincture in a small amount of room temperature water before meals along with a high fiber diet can decrease the chance of gallstones forming.

Disclaimer: Do not take yarrow tincture if you currently have gallstones as it can bring on an attack.

2. To reduce a fever

Yarrow is a diaphoretic herb which means it stimulates the body’s pores to open allowing heat to escape via sweating. The next time you have a high fever and you want to safely reduce it to a more comfortable level without taking it completely away, try taking a little yarrow tincture in some hot water every 30 minutes or so.

(You can learn even more about managing fevers naturally here.)

3. To strengthen the vascular system

Yarrow has a great overall effect on strengthening and toning the entire vascular system… arteries, veins, and capillaries. If you bruise easily, have varicose veins, or get burst blood vessels in your eyes or hands often, regularly taking yarrow tincture can help to tone the walls of your blood vessels, giving them more support in the work they do.

4. To cleanse wounds

Yarrow is a well-known herb for wounds thanks to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and analgesic actions. The next time you have a cut, scrape, bite, or puncture, dilute some yarrow tincture in some water and use it to wash the wound well before applying other herbal remedies that promote wound healing.

5. To aid in urinary tract infections

When it comes to herbs, did you know Yarrow is one of the several herbs that are specifically indicated for urinary tract infections? It is thanks to its antimicrobial and diuretic properties. When yarrow tincture is drunk in cool water, it acts as a diuretic… basically making you pee more. And, because of its antibacterial properties, it can decrease the chance of you getting a full-blown UTI as well as aid the body in healing itself if you already have one.

Disclaimer: Some individuals may be sensitive to Yarrow as it’s one of many plants in the Asteraceae family that can cause mild allergic reactions in certain individuals. Be sure to test yourself or your child for an herbal sensitivity before taking large amounts of yarrow. Yarrow is also not recommended for pregnant or nursing mamas!

How To Make An Incredible Sore Muscle Ointment For Pain Relief – Growing Up Herbal

Learn to make an incredible sore muscle ointment that will help relieve the pain of sore muscles whether you’re hiking, running, playing, or working hard!

Source: How To Make An Incredible Sore Muscle Ointment For Pain Relief – Growing Up Herbal

3 Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipes Your Kids Will Love – Growing Up Herbal

Try these three homemade electrolyte drink recipes the next time you need to rehydrate your child. They’re healthy, delicious, and your kids will love them!

Source: 3 Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipes Your Kids Will Love – Growing Up Herbal