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Zodiacal Potpourri

by Miss Dee


  What does this month hold in store for you? We invite you to visit the Forecast page to find out!

    * Special note:  Mercury goes Retrograde on March 23, 2018.  It turns Direct on April 15, 2018.  If you are unfamiliar with the Mercury Retrograde cycle, these two articles, Beggs n' Econ and Bumbled Articulation, will explain what Mercury Retrograde creates in a person's life and what needs to be learned.     

Herbology 101

      There's nothing like the sharp flavor of chives on potatoes, the pungent zip of garlic on bread and in spaghetti, the happy bouquet of cinnamon and cloves, and the calming aroma of peppermint.

     In a recent Herbology class I taught, I had my students smell each herb and then notice the effect its aroma had on his/her body. Those who sniffed the lemon thyme leaves said they felt calm. Those who inhaled the hearty aroma of basil said the scent made them happy. And those who took in a deep breath of the sage said the fragrance reminded them of the holidays.

     During the class wrap up, I shared with my students two "brews" to try at home. One was to add to a saucepan some water, cinnamon, and orange peel. This aroma creates the feeling of being home for the holidays. The second "brew" added shine to hair by using rosemary. Put some fresh rosemary in a cheesecloth bag and then put it in a saucepan of water. Boil it, let it cool and then use it as a final rinse after shampooing the hair.

     As I told my students, herbs are Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet. But in addition to being medicinal, herbs add zest, flavor, spice, and zip to life.

Aries: beneficial herbs are chamomile, to help calm; peppermint, helps regulate the brain and nervous system; and rosemary, a relaxant.

Taurus: beneficial herbs are irish moss, a cleanser; myrrh, thyroid gland cleanser; and sage, both a relaxant and diaphoretic.

Gemini: beneficial herbs are chive, an antibiotic; licorice, respiratory system cleanser; and mullein, an antibiotic.

Cancer: beneficial herbs are alfalfa, a diuretic; juniper, an antibiotic; and nettle, helps calm a nervous stomach.

Leo: beneficial herbs are garlic, a heart strengthener; hawthorn, helps reduce high blood pressure; and rosehips, an antibiotic.

Virgo: beneficial herbs are fennel, a cleanser; ginseng, a digestive tract cleanser; and nutmeg, a relaxant.

Libra: beneficial herbs are false unicorn, a cleanser; marshmallow, a relaxant; and sassafras, a purifier.

Scorpio: beneficial herbs are mistletoe, a relaxant - but use in small doses; peach, promotes healthy hair; and queen of the meadow, a diuretic.

Sagittarius: beneficial herbs are hops, a cleanser; okra, a digestive tract cleanser; and quassia, a cleanser.

Capricorn: beneficial herbs are hyssop, a blood purifier; mullein, a skin cleanser; and pennyroyal, a relaxant - do NOT take while pregnant.

Aquarius: beneficial herbs are comfrey, Mother Nature's cure-all; parsley, a digestive system cleanser; and rosehips, a cleanser.

Pisces: beneficial herbs are arrach, a nervine or relaxant; chickweed, a blood cleanser; and shamrock, a diuretic.

     By the way, basil helps create happiness and courage and dill helps improve eyesight. If you would like additional information about herbs and each of the sun sign's health issues, preferred gifts, beneficial foods, herbs and vitamins for each sun sign, characteristics, complementary sun sign costumes, the moon's influence, the Mercury Retrograde cycle, compatible sun signs, and much, much more, all of the above may be found in the books, The Best of Miss Dee, and Health, Astrology, and Spirituality, both by Miss Dee. Please see the Books page.