Aside from the Autumnal Equinox (which is by far my most favorite time of year)…
…the celebration of Candlemas — or Imbolc — is an extremely close second!
A Bit of Background on Candlemas~Imbolc
For those of us who are unfamiliar with this holiday, allow me to provide you a super quick rundown.
Candlemas~Imbolc occurs in the Northern Hemisphere generally between the days of February 1-3. It is the celebration period between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, traditionally coveted as winter’s “halfway point.” It is also the day we commonly know as Groundhog Day.
This year Candlemas~Imbolc fell on February 2 — and if I was a disciplined blogger I would have prepared a little piece to be published a couple days ago…oh well, maybe next year (however, it’s not to late to embrace the magic of the season).
Candlemas~Imbolc literally means “in the belly.” It’s a time to prepare ourselves for the coming season of growth + warmth. It’s a time for cleansing and purification. It’s the perfect time to release the past…to set new goals, plan new projects, and brainstorm new ideas.
As M. Flora Peterson writes, at the time of Candlemas~Imbolc “the stirring of the Earth begins the seeds below are drinking in the melting snow and the shoots are starting deep within the earth.”
I spent time yesterday celebrating this joyous day by planning my garden, planting a few (okay…maybe more than a few) veggie transplants, and ordering some seeds. I also enjoyed a relaxing evening lit by a multitude of candles.
Today, I’m feeling super accomplished…
…and I attribute that feeling to this year’s alignment of Candlemas~Imbolc with that of the Full Moon.
On that note, let’s transition to the Moon and the benefits of herbal tea.
The Phases of the Moon — The Full Moon
Diane Ahlquist defines the the Full Moon as “the Moon’s most powerful phase, when we see her entire illuminated face. This is a time of fulfillment, activity, for perfecting ideas, ‘getting your act together,’ celebrations, or renewing commitments to people or projects.”
When we begin to understand the humanity + nature connection, and realign our lives — living in harmony — with the lunar cycles, patience and purpose becomes the norm.
During the time of the Full Moon (which I observe for a three day period — the day before, the day of, and the day after), the intentions/plans/goals set forth at the beginning of the lunar cycle (during the time of the New Moon) are actualized.
It’s the perfect time to harvest herbs that will be used with healing intentions. The medicinal benefits of botanicals gathered by the light of the Full Moon are unmatched!
Additionally, it’s a wonderful time for a juice fast or cleanse.
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It is the culmination!
Benefits of a Full Moon Tea
One of the ways I honor the power of the Full Moon + my body, is with the consumption of a plant infusion.
For the recipe, I combine nourishing + adaptogenic herbs that provide the necessary support for my thyroid and adrenal glands.
During these intense days of fulfillment, we all need allies that ::
- enhance metabolism
- increase energy levels
- strengthen the nervous system
- boost memory
- bring clarity of mind
- tone + smooth the digestive tract
Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend
Ingredients*Purchase organically-grown or wild-harvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.
- 2 parts Holy Basil Krishna (tulsi)
- 1 part Yerba Mate
- 1 part Nettle leaf
- 1 part Eleuthero root
- 1 part True (sweet) Cinnamon chips
- 1 part Hibiscus flower
- 1/2 part Ginger root
- 1/4 part Cardamom pods, crushed
- Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
- Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
- This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)
-Drink freely as often as needed for desired effect.
Where can I get this stuff?
-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!