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Of the past 20 posts, 19 are from me.

I used to pop in here frequently, just to see what's going on, but I check less and less frequently now.

It's really the same as the other communities I used to be involved with. No participation.

When I was young, just a new witch, this community would have me so excited, just to be involved with other pagans. Now it just makes me sad. It's like talking to myself. Nothing new, no exchange of ideas, not even a few crappy memes.

Is it that pagans just don't care? Does anyone read this? Am I still just talking to myself?
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Mustard
Binomial nomenclature
Brassica nigra, alba, juncea
(Black, white, oriental)

Good old mustard, I love the stuff, and it's spicy leaves and seeds are full of vitamins and minerals. If you like horseradish, or wasabi, you'll really enjoy mustard greens, especially the black or oriental species. Of course, it loses all of its heat when cooked, leaving a green, spinach like vegetable.

And the seeds! Each plant makes hundreds of pods, with dozens of seeds in each pod, and these are what we make the common condiment of the same name. It's just crushed mustard seeds, really, with some vinegar.

Mustard are named for the color of their seeds. The white species, Brassica alba, is by far the mildest of the plants, with the black a great deal spicier, as is the oriental. White mustard is what regular yellow mustard is made of, while specialty mustards, like dijon or spicy brown, are made from the black seeds.

Encyclopædia Britannica states that mustard was grown by the Indus Civilization of 2500-1700 BCE.

Medical uses from Mosby's Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements

Traditionally used as a diuretic, emetic and antiflatulent, it's also been used for joint pain and inflammation. It's well known for its use in "mustard plaster," used topically to treat respiratory congestion, much like Vapo-Rub is used today.

It's pretty spicy, and it can cause irritation of the skin at the application site.

From www.astrostar.com

Mustard seeds contain many healing properties and have been used for centuries by Chinese herbalists to treat abscesses, bronchitis, colds, rheumatism, toothache, ulcers, and stomach disorders.

They are an excellent source of mono-unsaturated fats, phosphorous, and a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and manganese.

Mustard seeds have been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer.

Mustard greens are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. They also contain vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, niacin, vitamin A, and are an excellent source of phytochemicals thought to prevent cancer.

In Chinese herbal medicine, mustard greens are used to treat bladder inflammations and to stop hemorrhage. Eating mustard greens is thought to offer great benefit to individuals suffering from conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease to menopausal symptoms.

Magickal uses from around the net:

Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Magickal uses: fertility, health, love, passion, protection, commanding, cursing, exorcism, gain, good luck, sensuality, spell-breaking, strength, success, virility.

From www.themagickalcat.com

Magickal uses of mustard seed include courage, faith, and endurance.  It is frequently used in voodoo charms.  Carry a few grains in a small bag to guard against injury.  Use yellow mustard seed in an amulet to bring faith followed by success -- this is one of the oldest known good luck amulets.  

Summary

Take one bite of a fresh mustard leaf, and you'll immediately feel the medicine working, as your sinuses clear, cranial pressure reduces immensely, and your lungs open wide. Even just the smell of fresh ground mustard seed will open the airways. That's why it's put on the chest to relieve congestion, the oils really expand the alveoli, the little chambers in your lungs where oxygen is exchanged. It increases the fluid content of mucus, helping you cough out all that congestion, and helping you breathe better.

And it's delicious. I always grow both the white and oriental varieties for their seeds, to make different kinds of mustard.

Here's a recipe for regular, mild yellow mustard:

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cold water
3/4 cup yellow dry mustard, finely powdered
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon garlic purée,
or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the water, dry mustard, salt, turmeric, garlic, and paprika in a small nonreactive saucepan and whisk until smooth. Cook the mixture over medium-low to low heat, stirring often, until it bubbles down to a thick paste, 30 to 45 minutes.

2. Whisk the vinegar into the mustard mixture and continue to cook until it’s thickened to the desired consistency—you know, the usual prepared mustard consistency—which ought to take anywhere from 7 to 15 minutes.

3. Let the mustard cool to room temperature. Transfer the mustard to an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 months. The mustard will be quite pungent the first few days or even weeks, but will mellow with time.

The cooking takes a whole lot of the heat out of it, and causes that mildly tangy, mellowed plain mustard flavor.

I personally like a really spicy, hot brown mustard, with a course texture, and lots of natural heat. Here's my recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup black mustards seeds, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 cup white vinegar, and a bit more
3/4 cup water

Mix the powders thoroughly with a whisk. Add half of the water and vinegar, stir until it all soaks in, then add the rest, stirring all the while. Put it in the fridge over night, it will soak up the fluid and thicken a lot. Then add vinegar and water until it reaches the desired consistency, jar it up in the fridge, wait a few days, and eat it. It will be hot. Real hot.

So that's the common mustard seeds, a little known medicinal powerhouse for congestion, and an excellent condiment.

Brightest Blessings
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Herbal Bug Repellent

This is an extremely effective all purpose repellent for bugs, especially mosquitoes. It has three ingredients, all of which are safe for children and pets, great to use in the garden, and non toxic.

Yarrow is the active ingredient, plain old Achilleum millefolium, which grows wild everywhere. They sell it live at Lowe's, and it's pretty common at stores that carry herbs.

You've got to have fresh yarrow, though, not dried. All the essential oils evaporate when it's dried. The dried roots retain the oils, so dried root could be used, but leaves and flowers must be used fresh, or they have no potency.

You'll need a solvent to pull out the oils, which could be ethanol (clear liquor, like vodka), isopropyl alcohol, or just white vinegar.

Chop the fresh leaves and stems, and cover them with the solvent, being sure that all of the material is covered. Put in a sealed jar, in the dark, for a few days. It will soak up the juice, and turn yellow-green. Top it off with water. Shake well, let sit for a few days, then strain out the fluid, being sure to squeeze all of the fluid out of the plant material.

Put this juice in a spray bottle, and just hose everyone down with it.

The U.S. Army researched yarrow as a mosquito repellent, and found it to be more effective than DEET, but that it doesn't last as long. Therefore, this tincture should be applied every hour, as the active oils evaporate rapidly.
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I would very much like to organize a gathering of SW Oklahoma and North Texas Pagans, somewhere in the Wichita Mountains, but I'm having difficulty getting any enthusiasm from the idea.

It's really hard finding any people in the area who are open about their religion, even though at least three families of pagans live in my tiny neighborhood. They just don't talk to anyone, or go out.

But we could easily make a place for ourselves, once or twice a year, to be totally free and open, and surrounded by our people. If I can help it, the event would be free to visitors, with a very small fee for vendors, and we could get hundreds of us jammed into the mountains, which are beautiful.

I've been told I need to get vendors on board to draw people, but vendors want to see people coming before they commit.

So what I need is some of my witchy craftspeople friends to come be vendors, and spread the word, and help me plan and launch this thing. We need all kinds of people, from services like palm reading, tarot and classes, to crafts folk, food and drink, vendors of all kinds.

And mostly, right now, people to get on board with the idea, help me plan it, publicise it, get it off the ground.

Brightest Blessings
EyeHarvester

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Hops
Binomial nomenclature
Humulus lupulus

Hops is an old plant, probably used as a preservative for beer since 1000 CE, and likely as wild medicine long before that.

A pretty good sedative, and a source of phytoestrogens, possibly, it treats nervous disorders like sleeplessness, anxiety, ADHD and general unease.

It also increases urine flow, eases menstrual problems, and promotes the flow of breast milk, though it really shouldn't be taken while breastfeeding, because the acids and terpenoids in it may pass through into breast milk.

Don't take hops if you have depression, it can make it worse.

Oddly, alcohol is contraindicated in combination with hops, primarily because it increases the sedative effects, even though this is it's main purpose, to add in brewing beer.

From the Wikipedia.

Hops are the flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus.

They are used primarily as a flavouring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart bitter, zesty, or citric flavours; though they are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine.

The hop plant is a vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field called a hopfield, hop garden (nomenclature in the South of England), or hop yard (in the West Country and U.S.) when grown commercially. Many different varieties of hops are grown by farmers around the world, with different types used for particular styles of beer.

According to Thomas Tusser's 1557 Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry:

"The hop for his profit I thus do exalt,
It strengtheneth drink and it flavoureth malt;
And being well-brewed long kept it will last,
And drawing abide, if ye draw not too fast."

Basic chemistry (also from Wikipedia)

Probably the most important chemical compound within hops are the alpha acids or humulones. During wort boiling, the humulones are thermally isomerized into iso-alpha acids or isohumulones, which are responsible for the bitter taste of beer.

Hops contain beta acids or lupulones sensitive to oxidative decomposition which may be detrimental to the taste of beer. For this reason, beta acids are considered a negative factor in brewing and many brewers usually choose hops with a low beta acid content.

The main components of hops essential oils are terpene hydrocarbons consisting of myrcene, humulene and caryophyllene.

Myrcene is responsible for the pungent smell of fresh hops. Humulene and its oxidative reaction products may give beer its prominent hop aroma. Together, myrcene, humulene, and caryophyllene represent 80 to 90% of the total hops essential oil.

Xanthohumol is the principal flavonoid in hops. The other well-studied prenylflavonoids are
8-prenylnaringenin and isoxanthohumol. Xanthohumol is under basic research for its potential properties, while 8-prenylnaringenin is a potent phytoestrogen.

From WebMD

Hops is used for anxiety, inability to sleep (insomnia) and other sleep disorders, restlessness, tension, excitability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness, and irritability.

It is also used to improve appetite, increase urine flow, start the flow of breast milk, as a bitter tonic, and for indigestion.

Other uses include prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, high cholesterol, tuberculosis, bladder infections, intestinal cramps, an intestinal disorder called mucous colitis, nerve pain, and prolonged painful erection of the penis (priapism).

Hops is sometimes applied to the skin for leg ulcers and as an antibacterial agent.

In foods and beverages, the extracts and oil are used as flavor components. Hops are also used in brewing beer.

In manufacturing, the extract is used in skin creams and lotions.

How does it work?

The chemicals in hops seem to have weak estrogen effects.

Side Effects & Safety

Hops are considered LIKELY SAFE when consumed in amounts commonly found in foods. Hops are POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for medicinal uses.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking hops if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Depression:

Hops may make depression worse. Avoid use.

Hormone sensitive cancers and conditions:

Some chemicals in hops act like estrogen. People who have conditions that are sensitive to hormones should avoid hops. Some of these conditions including breast cancer and endometriosis.

Surgery:

Hops might cause too much sleepiness when combined with anesthesia and other medications during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking hops at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Magickal uses from HerbMagic .com

Magically speaking, HOPS have been used by many people for the purpose of bringing Easy Sleep and Pleasant Dreams.

According to custom, a sachet filled with HOPS FLOWERS is kept in the pillow to Prevent Nightmares. Some folks say that if you combine HOPS with Calendula Flowers and place them in the pillow, it will encourage Lucky Number Dreams.

Mothers may boil HOPS FLOWERS in water and add the liquid to floor wash to clean the nursery room and bring Peaceful Sleep to children who often awaken during the night.

From Alchemy-works. com

Despite its associations with sleep, hops is often considered a Sun herb, perhaps because of its tendency to climb anything to reach sunlight, or Mars, on account of its "claws."

The part typically used, however, is the female part of the plant, so consider that when incorporating it into your spellwork.

Some associate it with wolf magic, since it climbs by means of hooks and since its Latin name (lupulus), means wolf.

A sedating herb, hops is good component in various dream formulations, whether they are dream pillows, tinctures, or teas.

Summary

A great herb for sleeping and dreams, make a tea of hops, chamomile and passion flower, it'll knock you right out. Add it to a nightly regimine of valerian root, but don't put valerian in the tea, it tastes like cat poop.

Brew beer with it, make a sleepy time tea, or take it for nervousness and anxiety.

Magickally, use it in dream magic, female energy, and as a nice offering to sun gods, harvest dieties, or any spirit that likes beer.

Brightest Blessings
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Bundleflower
Binomial nomenclature
Desmanthus, illinoensis and leptolobus

I love this plant.

Oh, do magick people in the know ever get mad if you mention needing a desmanthus? Yes. Yes they do. For me, not so much, they know what I do. For some newbie, looking for this or Canary Grass or Mimosa hostilis, yeah, they're gonna shut you down.

It's a common legume, found anywhere pastures are let go, but the good stuff will be in full sun, in ungrazed pasture, among rocks, and in shitty, hard to grow locations.

It's past has been buried, erased, and ignored. But this (In my research) is what Apaches drank before going into the wild to become warriors.

This is the stuff. This is one of the teachers that hold the door for you, if you want to cross over. It's the Tree Teacher of the Plains.

So do you want to see faeries, meet your ancestors, and visit alien worlds? This is a key, with some work, and some extreme lack of fear.

A bit from Wikipedia

Desmanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the mimosoid clade of the subfamily Caesalpinioideae of the pea family, Fabaceae.

The name is derived from the Greek words δεσμός (desmos), meaning "bundle", and ἄνθος (anthos), meaning "flower".It contains about 24 species of herbs and shrubs that are sometimes described as being suffruiticose and have bipinnate leaves.

Desmanthus is closely related to Leucaena and in appearance is similar to Neptunia. Like Mimosa and Neptunia, Desmanthus species fold their leaves in the evening. They are native to Mexico and North, Central and South America. Members of the genus are commonly known as bundleflowers.

Donkey beans is another common name and originated in Central America, where Desmanthus species are highly regarded as fodder for these domestic draft animals.

Chemistry from Wikipedia

The root-bark of D. illinoensis, which accounts for half of the total weight of the root system, is reported to contain anywhere from 0 to 0.34% DMT and 0.11% N-Methyltryptamine.

Alkaloid content is highly variable in this species.

Likewise, root bark of Desmanthus leptolobus has been found to contain N,N-DMT and related tryptamines.

While its only reported quantitative analysis was 0.14%, all instances of co-occurrence with D. illinoensis showed it to be noticeably stronger than D. illinoensis, according to co-thin layer chromatography of the root bark.

Chemistry from Me

Leptolobus has a lot more tryptamine in it than illinoensis. Where illinoensis, in fertile soils, in part shade, will have none, leptolobus has at least .07 by weight, from dried root bark, about 1/2 of total root volume.

From WebMD and Mosby's Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements

Nothing.

It's not that kind of medicine. Mosby's recommended just never take it.

Summary

Make some Prariehuasca. That's all it's good for, either getting really high (scary, introspective nightmares, followed by extreme love and openess) or to travel (wide open door, just step through), but either way, it's going to take some work.

Easiest way to do it, just smoke it. But it won't last long, just rushes several seconds long, DMT is rapidly digested by the liver. So add some good, long lasting, MAOI, like harmaline, from passion flower or mapacho or Banisteriopsis caapi. Passion flower is cheapest, and fits in a smoke, or a tea.

The best way to get it in you is in tea. Take about a kilogram of root bark per dose, with a couple ounces of passion flower leaves, and boil the crap out of it. Don't worry about heat, the good stuff doesn't evaporate.

Boil it down, strain the stuff out of it, then reduce the fluid to a drinkable amount.

Drink it. You have 45 minutes to say your prayers, cast your circle, and Go In. You're going to puke, don't worry. It happens, called purging. Drink a bit more. Then, GO. Just GO, don't fight it, or you'll get stuck here, feeling like you just ate a bunch of MDMA, after you puke, which is good, too. Probably end up having sex, if you're not careful.

Should you do This? Yes. With a babysitter.

Alone? No. Unless you've been traveling the multiverse for a while now, you'll likely just get sucked into a nightmare.

Do I do This? Yes. In season. I like DMT, and Harmaline. I'm a shaman.

Brightest Blessings
Your cousin from the next planet over
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It's always been a dream of mine, and one of my life's pursuits, to bring pagans together in groups. It's why I promote my two favorite covens all the time.

As such, I've been dreaming of putting together a pagan meet up for all of southwest Oklahoma and north central Texas, on public land, which rents for cheap, at one of the lakes or the Wichita Mountains.

Imagine, just tons of witches in tents among the trees, drumming and talking and reading runes or cards, just being together.

At night, circles form, rites are accomplished, I pass around big jugs of wormwood tea, or yohimbe espresso, we do our dance.

Then you just go home, and work and whatnot, and pretend to be regular people.

But you'll remember. And look forward to the next one.

What do you think?
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Sanity is Relative

I've been pursuing truth for around 22 years now, since I read the Greek myths, in the fourth grade, and through them, I saw past the world, into larger realities beyond what the common being perceives.

Since, I've been through a large variety of paths and their requisite viewpoints, from Wicca and Druidry, eventually to Hedge Wizardry, and Shamanism, and each step has revealed deeper meaning in what would otherwise be an existential prison, each new path has cracked further Huxley's "doors of perception," and over time I began to perceive things, unreal things, unknowable things, from other places.

First, auras, without attached meanings, raw feelings associated with creatures, objects, people. Then, fleeting at first, the faeries come to know you, eventually to gather around, for those of us with a foot in the otherworlds pick up a residue, we smell familiar, and magick leaves a mark, too. We shine like a beacon to the fey.

Looking in, walking about in alien lands, and meeting the elemental forces there, and spirits, ancestors and even Gods, these things add to the psyche, opening perceptions previously ubdreamed of, which follow us into our waking lives.

You'll start talking to plants, rocks and the moon, making arcane hand signs at passing cats, referring to some tree or creek as "your good friend," and other behaviors, which viewed from afar, are obviously OCD, if not schizophrenic.

For me, this is compounded by the fact that I am also actually crazy, so I seem even weirder than I usually would, when you get to know me.

But what can you do? I just accept it, and embrace it, and shine my madness out for the world to see. That way, the Witch in you can clearly see the Witch in me.

That's not for everyone, though. Sometimes, somebody has to keep it together, stay rooted it the physical world, for safety.

So if you're ready, and you've started seeing odd things, feeling compulsions, and knowing of great forces that writhe in realms far beyond our own narrow view, maybe you're crazy, totally sideways, and about to lose it any time.

Or maybe you're just a Witch.

Brightest Blessings
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Passion flower
Binomial nomenclature
Passiflora, many species

These plants almost all have good medicine in them, harman alkaloids, among others. I use it alone or in combination with other herbs for mental health and internal medicine.

Various species of passion flower can be grown all over the world, in pots or along fences. Many make showy flowers, edible fruit, and strong medicine.

From Wikipedia

Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers, or passion vines, is a genus of about 550 species of flowering plants, the type genus of the family Passifloraceae.

They are mostly tendril-bearing vines, with some being shrubs or trees. They can be woody or herbaceous.

Passion flowers produce regular and usually showy flowers with a distinctive corona. The flower is pentamerous and ripens into an indehiscent fruit with numerous seeds.

Chemistry

Many species of Passiflora have been found to contain beta-carboline harmala alkaloids, some of which are MAO inhibitors. The flower and fruit have only traces of these chemicals, but the leaves and the roots often contain more. The most common of these alkaloids is harman, but harmaline, harmalol, harmine, and harmol are also present.

Other compounds found in passion flowers are coumarins (e.g. scopoletin and umbelliferone), maltol, phytosterols (e.g. lutenin) and cyanogenic glycosides (e.g. gynocardin) which render some species, i.e. P. adenopoda, somewhat poisonous.

Many flavonoids and their glycosides have been found in Passiflora, including apigenin, benzoflavone, homoorientin, 7-isoorientin, isoshaftoside, isovitexin (or saponaretin), kaempferol, lucenin, luteolin, n-orientin, passiflorine (named after the genus), quercetin, rutin, saponarin, shaftoside, viceninand vitexin.

Maypop, blue passion flower (P. caerulea), and perhaps others contain the flavone chrysin.

Also documented to occur at least in some Passiflora in quantity are the hydrocarbon nonacosane and the anthocyanidin pelargonidin-3-diglycoside.

From WebMD

Passionflower is used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

Passionflower is also used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

Some people apply passionflower to the skin for hemorrhoids, burns, and pain and swelling (inflammation).

In foods and beverages, passionflower extract is used as a flavoring.

In 1569, Spanish explorers discovered passionflower in Peru. They believed the flowers symbolized Christ’s passion and indicated his approval for their exploration.

Passionflower is found in combination herbal products used as a sedative for promoting calmness and relaxation. Other herbs contained in these products include German chamomile, hops, kava, skullcap, and valerian.

Passionflower was formerly approved as an over-the-counter sedative and sleep aid in the U.S., but it was taken off the market in 1978 because safety and effectiveness had not been proven. However, passionflower may still be available alone or in combination with other herbal products.

How does it work?

The chemicals in passionflower have calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving effects.

Possibly Effective for

Anxiety.

There is some evidence that passionflower can reduce symptoms of anxiety, sometimes as effectively as some prescription medications.

Relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal, when used in combination with a medication called clonidine.

This combination seems to be effective in reducing symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, sleep problems (insomnia), and agitation. However, passionflower plus clonidine is no better than clonidine alone for physical symptoms such as tremor and nausea.

Relieving symptoms of a psychiatric disorder known as “adjustment disorder with anxious mood” when used in a multi-ingredient product (Euphytose, EUP).

Other herbs in the product are crataegus, ballota, and valerian, which have mild sedative effects, and cola and paullinia, which have stimulant effects. It’s not clear, though, which ingredient or ingredients in the mix are responsible for decreasing anxiety.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

Don’t take passionflower if you are pregnant. It is UNSAFE. There are some chemicals in passionflower that might cause the uterus to contract.

Not enough is known about the safety of taking passionflower during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don’t use it.

Surgery:

Passionflower can affect the central nervous system. It might increase the effects of anesthesia and other medications on the brain during and after surgery. Stop taking passionflower at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Magickal uses

From Star Child Herbs

Passionflower plays a role in Christian plant symbolism as a representation of the Passion of Christ.

Natives of the Amazon however, saw a helpful plant ally that is at times mixed into Ayahuasca brews to intensify the visions.

Passionflower can be used for meditation, to help calm an overactive mind and finding inner peace. It may also be used for dream work.

From Mountain Rose Herbs

Passiflora sp. has a rich history of traditional use dating back to pre-historic times. Seeds that were thousands of years old were found around Virginia, where the Algonkian Indians thrived.

Early European settlers have records of the Algonkian Indians eating the passionflower fruit. The Cherokee used P. incarnata root extensively for a variety of purposes. Additionally, various parts of the plants, including the fruits, were made into a beverage, and the leaves and young tendrils were boiled or fried and eaten.

Various indigenous groups were known to use the plant as a topical poultice. P. incarnata has had documented uses in Europe going back to 1787.

In the spirit world, passionflower has been used as a magical charm to attract friendships and to bring peace, and the leaves can be placed in a house to illicit harmony and lessens discord.

Summary

Good strong medicine, and generally safe for most people.

I like mixing it in my brain medicines, for depression, anxiety and general stress. It's great in combination with other alkaloids, like those in kratom and yohimbe, so I add a pinch to brews and smoking mixtures.

It also potentiates certain oils, so I add some to wormwood or mugwort brews, or Damiana or salvia.

Even by itself it's really good for depression and stress related problems, as a sleep aid, and general sedative. Not bad for minor muscle pain, either.

And it's super common, so get some of this great medicine, it's really a cure all for mental health and wellness.
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