Lee Prosser is a dear friend of mine who was born and raised in Southwest Missouri, where the old ways of the hill people and the mysteries of that area left positive impressions on his life.
According to Lee, "There is no heaven, no hell, only continuity. And what is done prior to that is always helped along with a good cup of herbal tea." An interesting statement, and one that I (being the tea lover that I am) am inclined to agree with.
In the following paragraphs, Lee discusses four of his favorite herbal teas and some of their unusual properties:
"Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), also known as Aaron's rod, foxglove, velvet plant, shepherd's club, candlewick plant, flannel flower, lungwort, and feltwort, grows wild in the United States. To herbalists, it acts as an astringent, emollient, pectoral, and demulcent. For the lungs, it has an invigorating effect, and can be used for sore throats. To make mullein tea, gently bruise one mullein leaf, pick into small pieces, and drop into one cup of cold water. Bring to a boil, and then allow it to cool before drinking. Use a strainer to remove the leaf pieces as the tea is poured into a cup. (Note: A nice two-inch square leaf will make one cup of tea.) In India, mullein is thought to possess great properties of protection against evil when carried in a small pouch on the person, or hung in the home. Kept under the pillow, it safeguards the sleeper from nightmares. Some say a leaf of mullein can be carried on the person to attract love from the opposite sex! Personally, I like the taste of mullein tea on a cool winter night in front of a glowing, warm fireplace. My cat Roz likes to sip the tea also.
"Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), also known as St. John's plant, grows wild in the United States. Mugwort is well known as a tonic, but it is also a stimulant, a nervine, an emmenag-ogue, and a diaphoretic. To make mugwort tea, take a leaf of the plant and follow the same instructions as given above for mullein tea. Drink before beginning divinations and seeking prophetic dreams. Old beliefs suggest that it has the power to protect from evil if carried on the person, safeguarding one from many forms of harm. Perhaps its greatest gift is that it aids in astral projection. For this, some suggest drinking a cup of mugwort tea prior to bedtime, placing some mugwort under you pillow, and rubbing a leaf around your nose area. Mugwort is an unusual herb. I call it the opener of the gate to other worlds.
"Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), also known as lion's tooth, puffball, blowball, and white endive, grows wild in the United States. It is best known for its role as a stimulant and a tonic. Its leaves are used as greens in salads, and its roasted roots (ground-up and prepared in the same way as coffee) have a stimulating effect on the body. Served hot or cold, dandelion tea has a remarkable taste. Some of its properties include the calling of spirits, developing psychic abilities, and foreseeing the future.
"Peppermint (Menthapiperita), also known as balm mint, grows wild in the United States. It is best known for its role as a stimulant, antispasmodic, and carminative. It is believed to aid in helping the heart and aiding indigestion. Take a leaf and prepare in the same manner as explained in making mullein tea. I have always liked all of the mint teas, but prefer peppermint best of all. Its properties include purification spells, healing spells, and happiness spells. If leaves are rubbed upon household items and corners of home walls, protection from evil forces is achieved, which has been an old belief concerning the power of the peppermint leaf! Many sources say it can be a direct aid in astral travel. Perhaps combining it with mugwort would give an added boost to astral travels! Some claim that peppermint increases psychic powers. Peppermint leaf is also picked fresh and chewed raw.
"Herbal tea seeks out the person it needs to be with at a given time and place, and it will fulfill that person's needs. Listen to what the tea says to you. Let your intuition blend with the vision of the tea you are drinking, and experience the herbal healing that is yours for the asking."
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