HERBS OF MERCURY .:. Herbs of the Brain + Mind
From our 8 week course on herbs and astrology
Astrologers interpret the energy of natal Mercury as the way in which we use our mind. The ways in which we apply our five physical senses to attain information from the world around us. We make sense out of that information based upon that data that was collected and stored in the brain. Just as Mercury, the deity, carries messages from our shadow self (the undiscovered self) to the outer world (the manifested self), so do our thoughts carry information from the inner and outer worlds.
M E R C U R I A L A N A T O M Y
Our brain, and the entire operational center that contributes to mental processes is said to be ruled by Mercury, as well as the nervous system and sensory nerves. Those sensory nerves include those of sight, hearing, tactile nerves, and organs associated with the production of sound. The organs of taste are more associated to Venus ~ although this is highly dependent on how you absorb the experience of taste itself. The entire respiratory system and the thyroid are connected to Mercury as well. Many schools of thought also include the hands, fingers and throat under Mercury’s realm.
“Physiological conditions found under Mercury include one’s mental alertness and predisposition to disorders of speech and/or of the nervous system. Impediments of speech, whether physiological or psychological, are often studied as afflictions of the natal Mercury. One’s ability to remember things or to retrieve information from the bins of frequently misfiled data within one’s mind are mercurial in nature.”
Naturally, the herbs of mercury are known as neither feminine or masculine, yin or yang — they tend to be dualistic in energy and are metaphorically dry. They tend to represent energetic herbs that moves quickly within the nervous system, or cause a mood/mental change quite rapidly.
E N E R G E T I C S
Mercurial Herbs are stimulating and improving mental alertness, like the dear adaptogenic plant known as Brahmi, and Rhodiola (also known to be ruled by the Sun), as well as other master brain herbs like Ginkgo, and Gotu Kola. These brain herbs as masterful helpers as they are clinically proven to mentally increase mental function, they have also been spiritually used to enhance intuition. These herbs, and the ones mentioned below, greatly help us when one must turn to the processes of logic, when communication is a key element to improve in order to achieve success. These herbs may support us in finding the needed clarity among the internal chaos of emotion and illusion.
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Herbs of Mercury are of tremendous value for those whose lives involve the written or spoken word. Writers, bloggers, editors, poets, etc. highly benefit from Mercurial herbs. Mercurial herbs also help inspire clarity, whether its for meditation, or for a time in your life that might be saturated with confusion and/or spacey-ness. However, these herbs taken daily will only benefit your mental faculties and take your mind to operate to a higher level.
S P I R I T U A L E L E M E N T S
Many of these herbs have been revered for their ability to help move consciousness between worlds. Those who wish to attune to the psychic mind, and increase a great deal of intuitive abilities, will be greatly enhanced with them. Those seeking to enhance (and protect) their clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, mediumship abilities, etc. can greatly benefit growing their practice by utilizing these herbal allies.
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HERBS of MERCURY
~ favorites ~
mandrake, mexican tarragon
A MIND TONIC
for your thinking body
R E C I P E
1tsp ceremonial grade Matcha
1 tsp The Mind *
~ 14 oz hot water
1tsp MCT coconut oil (or ghee)
2 Tbsp coconut cream powder
1oz plant based milk of choice
coconut crystals or maple to taste
*(formula includes: lions mane, brahmi, gotu kola, ginkgo, tulsi, rosemary)
*moringa is optional if you're feeling like its too herbal for you
D I R E C T I O N S :
Pour the hot water (not boiling!) over the matcha, and herbal powders. Whisk vigorously, then add your milk, oil and coconut cream and whisk until perfection. and You can also opt for a blender or hand blender, if you do add all ingredients and blend for about 10 seconds. Enjoy the magic!