The moon is rising huge and silver in the sky this evening – full and bright! We are pushed and pulled along with the ocean – we are seventy percent water, are we not? The whole of humanity in the fullness of its gender spectrum respond to this primal pull.
As someone with an active uterus, the pull of the moon can also cause my period to start with a fanfare of pain and exhaustion. I am having one hell of a moon time…pain, anxiety, bad moods, and a lack of vital energy. Whenever I find myself laying on a heating pad and sobbing for no reason into a pillow, I know it is time for a cup of tea and a little self maintenance.
Moontime Tea Blend
Into a big old jar (or a teapot) goes the following – now, mind my rough amounts. It varies slightly each time:
- 1 part raspberry leaf
- 1/4 part nettles
- 1/4 part oatstraw
- 1/4 part chamomile
- 1/8 part motherwort
- 1/2 tsp of ground vitex seeds
- sometimes a bit of mint, if I need to relieve an upset or gassy stomach.
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If you need a cup right away, put some of that blend into a tea infuser (or an awesome teapot like mine, pictured on the right with a strainer built in). Cover the herbs with hot water from the kettle and cover your cup. Let it steep for ten minutes, and if you wish, you can add a little honey to it before you drink.
This method of tea brewing is known as an infusion, and this is a rather short infusion. The longer you let it steep, the more effective it will be for this blend, and so I plan ahead.
Every night of my moontime (and the week leading up to it), I take a big mason jar with a lid and add these herbs to it, generally a small handful being “1 part” in the recipe above. I pour the steaming water from the kettle over the herbs, cover the jar with a lid, and let the whole thing steep overnight. The next morning, I simply strain the tea into a new jar to carry around and drink throughout the day.
I find this tea blend to be quite helpful, really! By the way, if you are the sort who likes to carry your jars around with you during the day, check out Mug Monsters. They are the cutest way to haul around a glass mason jar and they help keep it safe, too!
Okay, lovies. I’m spent. I’ve had wine, and chocolate, and now tea and bed are on the docket.
What do you do to take care of yourself during moontime?