Long ago I read Sibyl Leek's book "The Complete Art of Witchcraft". I think that was the book that started my daily herbal brews. She drank red clover tea every day as a body/mind/spirit energy strengthener. I tried a plain infusion of red clover blossoms, but later switched to instant ginseng tea for convenience and as a daily ritual.
This recipe is the most recent development, and a tea my friends can't seem to get enough of. Although I've sold and traded it occasionally, I find it is acceptable in taste, but more magically effective than it is flavorful. I do enjoy it iced on hot days!
The proportions are rather intuitive and dependent on what's on hand, but basically mix all of the following and use about a teaspoon of the mixture in 6-8 ounces of very hot water, let steep for 5 minutes. If you don't have all the ingredients, no problem, make it without them! This makes some of my friends very sleepy, so use at night if that happens to you too. Personally I feel relaxed, but energized from it. Following the recipe is an analysis of each ingredient and its purpose.
- 1 handful Lemon Verbena or Lemon Grass or Dried Lemon Peel
- 1 handful Lemon Catnip or regular Catnip
- 1 handful Red Raspberry leaves
- 1 handful Red Cover blossoms
- 1 handful Spearmint leaves
- 1/2 handful Peppermint leaves
- 1 large handful Chamomile flowers (also spelled Camomile)
- 1/2 handful Chickweed
- 1/2 handful dried Nettles
- 1 handful Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla-Lippia citriodora): This ingredient is added to the mixture for strength and purification, but is also a primarily a flavor component.
Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) can be substituted as it will also add a lemon flavor and is helpful for developing psychic abilities. Dried lemon peel (Citrus limon) can also be substituted for flavor too, and adds an element of friendship, gaining favors & success and attraction to the brew.
Lemon Catnip (Nepeta cataria ssp. citriodora) is added as a flavoring, but regular Catnip (Nepeta cataria) can be used. Both are calming, relaxing, and have wonderful magical attributes: promote beauty and mirth, draw positive energy toward you. Medicinally, they are both calming, relaxing, aid digestion, and are said to be very mild stimulants of menses.
Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is very protective and strengthening, especially for strengthening intuitive powers. It is also used medicinally to treat diarrhea and there is evidence to support its use in treating dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and painful childbirth.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) has a unique ability to be grounding without causing you to 'come down' psychically or emotionally. It is a powerful strengthener for magic and for psychic skills and has extremely powerful protection qualities, particularly protection against baneful spells being used against you. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is another flavor ingredient, but also adds the properties of enhancing mental powers, healing and protection. Spearmint can relieve gas pains and aids digestion.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is another flavor ingredient, but also adds the properties of enhancing memory and psychic powers, healing and protection. Peppermint can aid digestion and ease gas pains.
Chamomile or Camomile (Matricaria recutita, M.chamomilla) is a flavoring ingredient which adds the magical attributes of purification, attraction, and protection. Chamomile is medicinally relaxing and calming (sedative) and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It is used to treat mild arthritis, aches & pains, swelling, and cramps.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) strengthens magical energy and promote attraction and balances the magickal properties of nettles. Chickweed may be a mild anti-inflammatory and cough suppressant. Chickweed is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Nettles (Urtica dioica) strengthens magickal energy, are extremely protective, aid in healing, and balance out the magickal properties of chickweed. Nettles are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, proteins, and iron. Nettles are a good source of many other vitamins and minerals. Nettles may reduce body odor and bad breath as they are high in chlorophyll.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is another flavoring herb which is also added for its magickal abilities to heal, promote attraction and to help gain favors & success. It is used medicinally to relieve menstrual cramps, calm nervousness, and aid digestion.