Brews & Teas

What is a brew? A brew implies an alchemical transformation of a solid of some sort, into a liquid of some sort. Beer is brewed, and little yeasties change the sugars into alcohol in your stein. Or you can make a simple cup of tea, and the heat and contact with water extracts the active ingredient of an herb, or the tasty parts, into the beverage in your cup.

So this is a broad category, and one of the main studies of the Potioneer. But to broaden the category further, you could include any decoction or infusion of an herb (or formula of herbs) into any liquid menstruum, including water, alcohol, and vinegar. Some might be intended for consumption, but others might be used for other spell or ritual purposes. For example, my Four Thieves Vinegar is a brew of herbs extracted into Vinegar that is not meant to be drunk. But herbalists make Fire Ciders which are Vinagar based brews that are dosed for internal consumption to prevent or treat infections. You can make a tincture of Benzoin which is used to preserve salves and lotions but would not be good to drink. This is an example of an alcohol-based brew that you would not drink. However, you can use Vodka or grain alcohol (because alcohol is an excellent solvent) to extract the active ingredients from a magickal or medicinal herb. You could drink this sort of brew and enjoy both the spirits of the herbs and the intoxication of the alcohol. You can make infusions or decoctions of edible herbs to drink as teas, or you could make a "tea" of toxic or bad-tasting herbs to use for nonconsumptive purposes, like Mandrake for your scrying bowl, or Alkanet for your exorcism asperger. A simmering pot, where you simmer herbs in a pot of water to fragrance the witches' kitchen, would be another example of a nonconsumptive brew.

The brews on this page are to make teas out of. They are magickal in nature and non-toxic when prepared as herb teas. Some of them can be steeped into alcohol for a stronger brew. You could also use some imagination to find excellent non-consumptive uses for these brews. For example, the Full Moon Brew would be excellent to wash or consecrate your crystal bal or scying mirror.

For more detailed information and instruction for Kitchen Witch brew techniques, refer to my article, "Perfect Cuppa Brew."

$7   1 oz.
$13   2 oz.

Snot Buster Tea

Snot Buster Tea should rightfully be called "Trikatu." This is an Ayurvedic tea recipe used to improve agni (digestion) for the purpose of eliminating mucus, both in the gut and in the sinuses. I have taken the liberty of renaming this formulation for marketing purposes. Many people have reported remarkable relief from allergy symptoms from using this tea. It is very sweet/hot/spicy so it is easy to imagine it really busting up the snot.

As best as I understand the Aurvedic principals behind this formulation, it is that incompletely digested carbohydrates yield forms of sugars which get absorbed into the bloodstream, causing a mild toxic reaction that aggravates the immune response, often suffered as sinus allergy symptoms. These simple sugars are easily assembled into long chains of polysaccharides that we experience as "snot." This is a vicious cycle where you then inadvertently end up swallowing lots of your own snot. (Since spitting is usually socially unacceptable and even blowing your nose in public is often unacceptable!) This swallowed mucus is not especially digestible and contributes to the mildly toxic immune response being continued.

The Ayurvedic answer is to increase agni, the fire of digestion, to increase the energy to completely digest these mucus polysaccharides in the gut so that they don't get recycled as new snot.

Sorry if this sounds really gross!!! But if you are a sinus allergy sufferer, chances are this is going to make sense, and you realize that bad digestion of sugars (especially dairy sugars, high fructose corn sugars and orange juice) and recycling of snot polysaccharides are the main problems for the toxic/allergy response.

In my experience, most, but not all allergy sufferers who have the snot problem benefit from this blend, for whatever reason. Usually two cups of tea for three days and you will know if this works for you. I've had a number of folks use it regularly for awhile and then forget to use it when they don't have allergy symptoms anymore. Then they are only reminded to use it when they enjoy too much ice cream or whatever their allergy trigger might be.

Agni is a principle of the Fire element. Therefore, Snot Buster tea should be drunk hot, even if the weather is hot outside. Bring a teaspoon of this blend to a gentle simmer for a minute or two, turn off the flame and then strain out the seeds after a few minutes. Drink it as hot as you can. Enjoy the sweet and spicy nature of Trikatu!
Instructions for preparing this brew are on the package label. You can also get more complete preparation guidelines for this brew and many other types of brew in my article, Perfect Cuppa Brew

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