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Alstonia Bark

Botanical: Alstonia constricta (F. MUELL.)
Family: N.O. Apocynaceae
—Synonyms—Fever Bark. Australian Quinine.
—Part Used—The dried bark.
—Habitat—New South Wales and Australia.


—Description—The name is derived from Alston, a professor of botany in Edinburgh. In commerce the bark is usually in curved pieces or quills 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/2, inch thick. Periderm 1/10 to 1/4 of an inch; rusty brown, rugose, deeply fissured recticulations; internally the bark is cinnamon brown with strong coarse longitudinal stripes. Transverse section shows dark brown periderm covering the inner orange-brown tissues. Fracture short granular in outer layers and fibrous inner ones, slight aromatic odour, very bitter taste.
—Constituents—Contains three alkaloids Alstonine, Porphrine and Astonidine, and traces of others.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Used for chronic diarrhoea, dysentery and in intermittent fever; also as an anthelmintic. Scientific investigation has failed to show why it is of such service in malaria, but herbalists consider it superior to quinine and of great use in convalescence, also much used by homoeopaths.

—Preparations and Dosages—Powdered bark 2 to 8 grains. Fluid extract, 4 to 40 minims.


Themes: Fertility, beauty, blessing, summer, weather, time & cycles
Symbols: Apples, apple seeds, apple blossoms & rainwater

About Estsanatlehi: This Native American goddess inspires the Earth’s
blossoming, and that of our spirits, with Her productive
energies. Having the power of self-rejuvenation, She warms the Earth
with wind in the Spring, then brings soft Summer rains to keep the
fields growing. As the seasons change, so does Her appearance,
reminding us of time’s movement and the Earth’s cycles.

To Do Today: The Apple Blossom Festival is the oldest flower fair in
the United States and actually takes its conceptualization from a New
Zealand custom of celebrating the apple orchards in bloom — a place
filled with Estsanatlehi is fertilizing the Earth. Gather a little of
this rainwater and use it in a ritual for cleansing and blessing the
sacred space, or as a libation.

If you can get outside to appreciate the Spring flowers, it pleases
Estsanatlehi and initiates Her renewal in your spirit. At some point in
the day, have a tall glass of apple juice ( apples plus water ) to quaff
a bit of Estsanatlehi’s resourcefulness. Or, enjoy a fruit salad that
includes apples and a garnish of fresh flowers ( many of which are
edible ) so Her beauty will grow within you.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

Summer! Summer! The cow’s mild milk
and the Goddess with Summer within Her, and the yellow Summer, and the
white daisies, and the Goddess with Summer within Her.
~ Irish May Day Song

With the coming of May, the ancient Irish year celebrated the coming of
Summer. In our calendar, it is still Spring. For us, Summer does not
officially start until the Solstice, when the Sun’s light is at its
peak. But intuitively we recognize the wisdom of welcoming a new season
at this time, when we gather armfuls of flowers and open our doors to
the fresh new breezes, bearing the fragrances of newly cut grass and
blossoming trees.

The season of changeable weather is passing, and the season of growth is
upon us. Summer is coming, and with it, the year’s Goddess enters a new
phase of Her life. No longer the maiden, She is now the blooming young
mother, giving birth to Her innumerable children. As we welcome Her, we
also make room for new growth within our own lives

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Earth Healing Meditation

1. Become peaceful and loving. Feel the energy of your essense and just relax all of your body. Think of the Earth and all that she give us, her beauty and abundance and the experience she affords us and know that we are truly one and connected. 

2. Ask the Father/Mother/Universe, the Masters and Teachers and Great Light Beings of creation and our planet, The Angelic Beings, Earth, our guides, our higher selves and our entire soul stream energies to come and assist us in this personal and earth healing/communication work. Ask that this be done outside the realm of space and time so that all can join together and call in all of the higher selves of others participating in the group meditation.


3. Imagine yourself reaching out and joining hands with others in the group until we are all connected as one in this work.


4. Ask the Father/Mother/Universe to send the right high light to create a channel from the central sun and beyond to you so as to bring forth a pure energy of Divine Intent and light to the you, for healing and so that love will abound.


5. Feel this light come into your head to your heart filling it and when you are filled send it forth into creation and into the central sun and beyond to the place beyond individualization and into the heart of All There Is so that there is a cord of light from your heart to the All There Is presence, and feel it anchor itself there. Take that cord and open it up to be a channel and ask that this light flow freely through it as needed and for the good of all. Feel it become an actual channel of this light flowing through you, healing you with its love (the first pyramid corner).


6. Next ask for the right high light to create a channel of light from your own I Am presence ( I think some people call it the Monad…not sure on this), where you are first individualized from the Father/Mother/Universe so that this channel can aid you in remembering and integrating more of this energy and all that you came to do and are. Once again feel the light come into your head and flow into your heart filling it. Once filled you send out this light cord to your I Am Presence (almost like the second corner of a pyramid) and open it to become a channel. Ask that this light flow freely through this channel healing, and aiding and assisting you in a greater integration and remembering.


7. Next ask for the right high light to create a channel of light to our own sun so that the energies that are constantly fluctuating are easily integrated within our physical bodies and that a greater experience of ourselves be fully grounded here in this reality for our benefit and the good of all as we affect changes here and now that will aid us in bringing the changes to ourselves and the planet in accordance with Divine Will and our own higher purpose. See this light then come into your head filling your heart. Once filled you will send it to the sun, opening it until it becomes a channel. Ask that the light flow freely as needed and appropriate for this intention. (the third pyramid corner)


8. Next ask for the right high light to create a channel to the sixth dimension and beyond so that the appropriate energies needed for our movement and growth to where we are going be easily accessed and our journey to where we are going be clearly anchored and more fully brought into effect (they like me to anchor always to the sixth dimension and beyond because they say that we won’t be as long in the next dimension as we were in this one before we ascend so we are clearing the way for the future as well as making a really clear and open channel to where we are currently going and bringing in light for our assistance as well when we get there). Feel this light come into your head and fill your heart. Once filled send it out to the sixth dimension and opening it as a channel. Ask that this light flow freely for your intention (the fourth wall of the pyramid).


9. Sit for a minute and feel the light flow through you from the four channels and feel it filling your body as you will be consciously holding and sharing this energy with yourself and the Earth. Ask then for the right high light to further open these channel and connect this channel from your heart, running it down your body and into the Earth herself to aid you in grounding these energies, aid her in healing, and to unlock the energies and information that are appropriate and necessary for your personal and planetary journey. Imagine your heart as the apex of the pyramid of energy and as such an amplifier for her as well. Take this energy in your heart and beam it to the center of the earth until this channel is anchored deep within her. See her fill with this energy from your heart and the channels you have placed into it as it opens wide to fill her. Watch her fill easily with this energy since it is being so perfectly amplified in your heart and when she is filled and so is everything right on out through her atmosphere sit for a moment and just enjoy the wonderful energies and sharing you are both experiencing and will continue to experience. Know that if you ever need assistance that you may ask her for it for she will have this energy available for you as well and if you are having a difficult time connecting to it ask that she help you to do so. State then to all of creation your intention to make this connection a permanent one until your spirit directs otherwise….and state with the truth of your being and the power of the great being that you are “So be it and so it is”.


10. Ask then all that have assisted you to further assist you in the retrieval of the information currently available to you and that you be given it then, the next day, or over the next few days (this is up to you-all or a combination is probably best). thank all that came for this work and lent their light, love, aid and assistance.


11. When you are ready ask that this information be given to you. If it is not at this time then you just may want to get loving, peaceful and relaxed. Ask to make this connection and receive the information that is now waiting and see what you get. You may also receive things during the day, maybe when cleaning or whenever. Keep an eye out for it because you have made it so and it will be coming.


Five Smart, Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Home

 – How-To
      By Annie B. Bond, author of Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999).
      Simple Solution
      During the time of the Black Plague a family of perfumers robbed the dead.

      As perfumers they knew well the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by doing so they protected themselves from certain death. The famous Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe, sometimes called Grave Robber’s Blend, is a result of this practice.

      That aromatic plants possess antiseptic properties has been known for some time from scientific tests. These plants include (from the most potent to least): thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange blossom, maize, poplar, pine, Indian hemp, tobacco, belladonna, hop, and poppy.

      Try some of these essential oil formulas in the home when you need their antiseptic qualities:

      1. Antiseptic Bathroom Spray
      Combine 10 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray on area of concern, but don’t rinse.

      2. Peppermint Spray for Mice
      Mice hate peppermint. Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint to 1 cup of water and spray in areas where you think that mice might frequent.

      3. Air Freshening Spritz
      Sometimes an area of the home can smell stuffy, and spraying a little essential oil blend in the area can brighten the feeling of the space. Combine 1 teaspoon of essential oils to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, and spray into the air.

      4. Sick Room Spray
      If someone in the family has an infectious illness such as strep throat, you can spritz some antiseptic essential oils in the room where they are staying.

      5. Essential Oil Deodorizer
      Place a drop or two of antiseptic essential oils in odor areas of your home.

      Caution: Note that you should check with your doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant or if your immune system is compromised

Apple Bran Muffins


Yield: 12 servings

1 1/4  c  Bran  
1  c  Whole wheat pastry flour  
2 1/2  ts  Baking powder  
3/4  ts  Nutmeg  
1/4  ts  Ground cloves  
1/3  c  Milk  
2    Eggs  
3/4  c  Maple syrup  
1/4  c  Butter  
1  c  Apples, green are best,  
1  c  Raisins (opt)  

Instructions 1.  Combine bran, flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves; set aside. Cream together milk, eggs, maple syrup, and butter; fold in flour mixture. Stir in apples and raisins. Pour into oiled muffin tins, and bake at 350 degrees until tops split, 15 to 25 minutes.
From; ichef

Mermaid Lotion

1 tablespoon of powdered Irish Moss
1 cup of distilled water
1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil

Mix together the Irish Moss and water and let sit for 20 min.
Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and boil for 20 min. Strain off the solids; You will gave a clear jelly.
Measure 1/4 cup of your seaweed jelly and mix with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool completely.
Pour the seaweed mixture into the blender and blend on low speed; slowly add the oil in a thin stream until all is blended.
Pour into container.

Make A Protection Charm

Make A Protection Charm


Cloves are known for their protective qualities. Here is an easy and long lasting charm using cloves. Soak 27 cloves in warm water for one hour. Using a needle thread the cloves on to a red thread. Alternate the cloves with gemstone beads such as….pick one or a combination of the following….place three beads between each clove until all 27 have been used. Tie the thread and let it dry. Either hang it or wear it.

Aventurine….attracts peace and happiness
Agate…guards against evil
Amber (though not a stone) for protection
Carnelian,,,,protects against enchantment
Clear Quartz (also known as the Witch’s Mirror) very powerful in keeping you safe.
Garnet…protection against any harm
Hematite…to bring you calmness, take away worry
Jasper….not only for protection but keep dangerous desires at bay.
Obsidian….for protection and peace.
Turquoise….sacred to many tribes…..protects against all evils and dangers

Food Blessing

The table in my house is full
And I have much to share.
As I gather the fruits of my labors,
As I work with the talents that I have,
I see that it is in the gathering
That fulfillment lies.
It is in the labor of right livelihood
That I find greater joy
Than in the security of an overflowing cupboard.
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