Water Prayer for Tea Preparation
Pray over spring water from the heart, something like this, Beloved 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. I love, respect and appreciate you. 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. You cleanse, 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 drink this sacred tea. Thank you beloved water.
Then boil the water.
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.