This is a little different than your average cup of tea. It is a very concentrated, very potent cup of medicine and magick. The children and I got sick very early in the pandemic. And while we all recovered, my youngest daughter has had ongoing respiratory issues that are triggered by temperature change or the wind blowing or who knows what. Some of these herbs were recommended by some very natural minded doctors. Others were added to that list as we became more adept at treating her flare ups. What resulted was a very potent, complex infusion blend that we use to alleviate her stubborn and quite frankly unresponsive to anything else cough and chest heaviness. Basically, it is exactly what it is named…our take no prisoners blend. She drinks about a quart of it for two to three days and is back to her normal wildling self in no time.
This is our personal experience and, although I include it in the disclaimer below I’ll say it again, I am not a doctor. I am not making any claims in regard to any particular disease, nor can I diagnose you. I encourage you to do your own research and I am including short summaries of each of the herbs included below.
Medicinal Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Astringent, Diaphoretic, Febrifuge
Magickal Properties: Healing, Love, Protection, Strength
Cinnamon helps control virulent actions by many microorganisms.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Anitviral, Diaphoretic, Immunostimulant, Mucilant
Magickal Properties: Increases the effectiveness of spells, Strength
Experiments have shown that the polysaccharides, fatty acids, and glycosides in Echinacea strengthen the function of the immune system. It is a natural antibiotic and an alterative. It is used to increase resistance to bronchitis and other like infections. The active compounds in Echinacea are fiven to increase the ability of white blood cells to surround and destroy bacterial and viral invaders. Echinacea blocks the receptor site of the virus on the surface of cell membranes, thus preventing cell infection.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, Anti-catarrhal, Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic
Magickal Properties: Power, Protection, Healing
Has been called a remedy “against all infirmities”. Used for such conditions as colds, coughs, and flus. Use in the first stages of colds.
Medicinal Properties: Antibiotic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Expectorant
Magickal Properties: Purification, Healing, Protection
Eucalyptus is helpful in treating the flu and pneumonia by facilitating expectoration and thereby relieving congestion. It is also used for its antiseptic and stimulatory effects in bronchitis. Most widely known for respiratory ailments. Relieves congestion in the lungs.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Expectorant
Magickal Properties: Healing, Protection, Purification, Strength
Helps to clear mucus from the lungs.
Medicinal Properties: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Diaphoretic
Magickal Properties: Cleansing, Healing
Is used in respiratory and lung/chest clearing combinations. Used in the first stages of the common cold.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Pectoral
Magickal Properties: Purification and Protection
Hyssop is used primarily for sore throat afflictions. It is also used to strengthen the immune system; contains essential hormone oils to build resistance to infectious diseases. Helps the healing process by producing perspiration and clearing phlegm from the bronchial area. It is good for treatment of coughs due to colds and is helpful in the treatment of nose and throat infection.
Medicinal Properties: Adaptogen, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent, Emollient, Expectorant, Pectoral
Magickal Properties: Love, Protection
Licorice is recommended for soothing throats. It soothe the chest and helps bring up phlegm. It soothes and heals inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, Demulcent, Emollient, Mucilant
Magickal Properties: Protective, Cleansing
Soothing for any sore or inflamed part of the body. Can be used to soothe and heal mucous membranes such as the lungs.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, Analgesic, Anodyne, Anti-bacterial, Anti-microbial, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Astringent, Diaphoretic, Febrifuge
Magickal Properties: Healing, Purification, Strength, Sleep
One of the oldest household remedies. Has been used to treat colds and to control fever. Acts as a catalyst for other herbs. Magickally, Peppermint adds healing, purification, strength, and sleep to your brew.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-microbial, Anti-pyretic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent
Magickal Properties: Love, Healing, Protection
One of the richest sources of Vitamin C. Useful for the common cold, flu, and pneumonia.
Slippery Elm Bark
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, Demulcent, Emollient, Expectorant, Mucilant, Pectoral
Magickal Properties: Protection
Used internally for lung problems. Soothes, on contact, any inflamed or irritated area (such as sore throats). Allows the body to heal itself by coating the irritated areas with its mucilaginous properties.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, Anti-spasmodic, Diaphoretic
Magickal Properties: Energy, Healing, Protection
Similar properties as Peppermint but is milder in its actions making it a good choice for children. Spearmint relieves smooth muscle spasms, increases blood circulation and promotes sweating.
Medicinal Properties: Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Diaphoretic, Disinfectant, Expectorant, Germicide
Magickal Properties: Healing, Purification, Strength, Sleep
Thyme’s disinfectant and germicidal effects are greatest in diseases of the upper respiratory passages. Used to fight infection. Reported to remove mucus from the head, lungs, and respiratory passages. Has been used as a remedy for shortness of breath.
Wild Cherry Bark
Medicinal Properties: Anti-catarrhal, Anti-tussive, Astringent, Expectorant, Pectoral
Magickal Properties: Love
Used to treat ailments of the lungs. Often used in cough syrups. Wild Cherry’s tonic action is mild soothing and slightly stringent to eh mucous membranes, especially those of the respiratory organs. It calms respiratory nerves and allays cough and asthma. It soothes nerve irritations of the lungs and loosens mucus in the throat and chest. Wild Cherry is a very useful expectorant, used as a remedy for all catarrhal conditions. Best used for bronchial disorders that are caused by hardened accumulation of mucus.
Alterative, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-pyretic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Diaphoretic
Magickal Properties: Healing, Protection, Strength, Purification
Yarrow is a strong, soothing diaphoretic. Taken as a hot tea, it will naturally increase body temperature, open skin pores, stimulate free perspiration, increase elimination and equalize the circulation, thus making it an important herb for cold and fevers. Yarrow’s tonic action is most invigorating and will greatly assist nature’s actions to remove congestion and disease. Yarrow is considered very effective where there are symptoms of chills, constant nasal drip, catarrh, and sensations of alternate cold and heat. The tannin in Yarrow is a powerful virus inhibitor. It usually breaks up a cold within 24 hours. Yarrow has a very soothing and healing effect on the mucous membranes.
Witchy Gypsy Take No Prisoners Infusion Blend
36g = approximately 10 tablespoons
To Use: Add 1-2 Tablespoons of herb to a quart sized canning jar. Pour over boiling water and cover. Let steep 20-45 minutes. Drink over the course of the day by reheating and adding honey.
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Disclaimer: Please note that I am a not medical professional and everything written here is a product of my own research. Don’t take any advice given here over that of a trained doctor. If you ingest any herbs, always make sure that you’re 100% sure that they’re safe. If you’re pregnant or giving to a child, always consult a doctor before ingesting herbs and plant you aren’t familiar with. Magickal instruction and spells are for personal entertainment purposes only. The desired result/outcome cannot be guaranteed as a result of using any magickal item, and should not be used as a replacement for medical/professional assistance.