Water Prayer for Tea Preparation
Pray over your water from the heart, something like this: Beloved sacred water, I am (Full Name) I come before you in a humble manner with thanks and gratitude in my heart for your help and healing. It is my understanding that you were put here on Mother Earth from the beginning of creation and you are an important part of creation, you are the life force or blood of Mother Earth. Since we humans are born from the amniotic sac, you sacred water, are our first medicine. You create, replenish, purify and protect all life. I therefore ask that you use your sacred medicine to cleanse, clear, purify… and protect me, as I bathe in, and/or drink this sacred tea. Thank you beloved water, I love, respect and appreciate you!
Then boil the water.
Salt, the mineral Halite, can be used in a myriad of ways. It helps one connect to the ocean, the Moon and its cycles, and grounds spiritual energies onto the material plane. It is traditionally used for domestic harmony and balance, physical wellness, vitality, longevity and an alchemical return to wholeness. However, we will work with salt from a perspective of purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences. Before working with Sea Salt reverently address it; Beloved Salt, I am (Full Name), I come before you humbly with a grateful heart. You dear Salt, were placed here on Mother Earth from the beginning of creation in our sacred oceans, protecting and ensuring it’s long life. You share with us many gifts and purposes. Because of your incorruptible nature, you protect and maintain the integrity or purity of one’s true Spirit, and do not allow that which is not of the light to continue. You Salt, cleanse, clear and protect us from all negative energies seen and unseen. I therefore ask that you lend me your medicine and cleanse, clear and protect me from all negative influences… describe in detail. Thank you beloved Salt! You can now use your salt to bathe with, use as a protective border around your home… Keeping a white bowl of salt in each room of your home or in your house’s South West corner, will help to balance and stabilize the energy throughout your home. Discard and replace the salt every 6 months for optimal effectiveness.
Mugwort Tea Before adding the Mugwort (at least 1 cup dried or 2 cups fresh herbs to 1 gallon of water) to the boiling water, pray over Mugwort in this manner. Beloved Mugwort, I am (Full Name) and I come before you in a humble manner with thanks and gratitude in my heart for your help and healing. I love, honor, and appreciate you. It is my understanding that you were put here on Mother Earth with an important reason, purpose and function, you are a master healer, your medicine can heal us on all levels, mind, body and spirit, of energetic blocks that cause stress and health issues. I ask that you use your good medicine to heal me (state health problem) and clear the stress surrounding my (health problem). Thank you!
Steep tea, simmering, for at least 20 min but no longer than 45 min. Just before going to bed: Leave out 1 cup of tea. Add the remaining tea to your bath and soak, submerging your body, for 20 min. Place Mugwort leaves on parts of your body that need healing. Do not rinse off, pat dry. Drink 1 cup tea, you may want to dilute it, before going to bed. Do not throw away used leaves, respectfully bring them outside and place under a tree or bushes.
Yarrow Tea Pray over Yarrow in this manner. Beloved Yarrow, I am (Full Name) and I come before you in a humble manner with thanks and gratitude in my heart for your help and healing. I love, respect and appreciate you. It is my understanding that you were created here on Mother Earth with an important purpose, reason and function. You are a strong herbal medicine for women and can sever ties between the abused and the abuser. I therefore ask that you use your good medicine to sever all ties connecting me to those who raped/violated/abused me (choose appropriate term and state their names). Thank you beloved Yarrow. Once the water is boiling add the yarrow, continue to boil for a bit, then steep for 20 minutes. Just before going to bed, douche with the yarrow tea and then drink 1 cup, praying to the tea again before you drink it. Save the rest of the tea to douche and drink before going to bed for up to a total of three night. Do not throw away the used yarrow tea leaves. Being sacred medicine, treat it with respect by placing it outside underneath your favorite tree or bush. Remember to be gentle with yourself, practice self love and self care
The late Shoshone Spiritual leader, Corbin Harney, speaks about the importance of prayer and sings his Water Honoring Song.