Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Healing Allspice

When you have symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, chest congestion, clogged sinuses, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, joint pain, chills, etc, choose botanicals to stimulate the circulation.

Simple Allspice (Hot and Dry in the fourth degree, Under the dominion of Mars ) Infusion
One part dried allspice powder; 3 parts allspice berries ground.
Eight parts menstruum.
Let steep 5-10 minutes

  • Add one to two ounces of beer, juice, oil, vinegar, wine, etc.
  • Optional: Add honey, salt, lemon, etc., to taste.

Internal Use Drink or Sip this tea during the day.
External Use -- Add 1 tablespoon of powdered allspice to your bath, (this includes foot and hand baths). Use the tea externally as a spray, compress, etc. Make an oil of allspice to rub on the body to relieve joint pain and muscle aches.

You can substitute other warming botanicals for the Allspice -  For instance, these botanicals have a long history of antibiotic and warming action: Cinnamon, Garlic, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Mustard, Onions, Oregano, Turmeric. 

Energetic Body Circulation

In the Western Medicinal system, there is the concept of the body as an elevator or a weather system in constant motion. The Four Humors of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air, interact with the active temperaments of Hot and Cold, and the passive temperaments of Dry and Moist. The goal is to align the body into the fifth state of temperate health.

The two core principles which apply to the movement of the energy within the body
  • As Within So Without
  • As Above so Below

Many remedies for health take advantage of the body circulatory energetics.
For instance therapy for headaches will consist of applying a cooling solution to the feet. The principle - pain is perceived as hot. Cold is the opposite of hot. In this case, the pain(hot) becomes tempered as circulation occurs from the head into the lower extremities.
Another recommendation using body circulation:
Sprinkle powdered ginger or other warming botanicals into your socks to warm your body. Try this first at home to check that you do not suffer any painful results. If pain results, wash your feet to dilute and remove the powdered ginger.

The author writes this from experience, having suffered a burn using thyme on the skin. Everyone is an individual and reacts to botanicals differently.
Some books blithely recommend using hot peppers on feet to warm the body. Have they even tried this dangerous practice, or is this recommendation an example of copy and paste? Why burn your feet to heat your body?

Simple Fortified Ginger Tea

  • Hot and Dry in the Third Degree
  • Under the Dominion of Mars

Add one teaspoon of dried or powdered ginger or one tablespoon of fresh sliced ginger in a cup.
Pour 8 ounces of hot water into the cup.
Cover with a lid on top of the container.
Let steep approximately ten minutes.

Add one to two ounces of beer, juice, oil, vinegar, wine, etc.
Optional: Add honey, salt, etc., to taste.