Can this really be as dreamy as it sounds, I hear you cry? The answer, quite simply, is yes! The flowers make a divine syrup and can also be dried for tea! These blooms make their appearance in the spring.
Magnolia flowers are well loved by many, they are stunning with their large flowers and perfect petals - not to mention that there are over 200 species of Magnolia plants and that these plants have been around for over 100 million years, out-dating the evolution of the bee!
Magickally, Magnolia is a feminine plant and her planetary ruler is Venus. Shes falls under the Earth element, although is often associated with water. Some cultures associate her pink flowers with joy, health and good fortune, and in Christianity it has been argued that she may have even been present in the Garden of Eden.
Medicinally, the flowers (and bark of the tree) contain chemicals honokiol and magnolol. It is believed that these chemicals can help with anxiety, asthma and sleep* amongst other things. The latter is thought to be due to increased steroid production.
By releasing these chemicals, it is believed that Magnolia can help regulate the endocrine system, soothing and relaxing the hormonal responses (also reducing inflammation causing period pains) and inducing sleep and relaxation. The petals are supposed to be more mild than that of the bark (please not this post and recipe are not making any medical claims)
You Will Need:
-Jelly-bag/Tights (clean and unused)
-Two Sterilised Jars
-250g Sugar (I used white granulated)
Creating Magnolia Syrup
1- Add the sugar and water to the pan and bring to a boil then remove from heat. Mix the sugar until it has dissolved.
2- In the meantime, roughly chop the Magnolia and add to one of the sterile jars.
3- Once the sugar water has reached a touch temperature** (not too hot, but still warm) pour it over the chopped Magnolia and seal. Place in the fridge to steep for about 48 hours.
4- Once the 48 hours is up, use the tights*** or jelly-bag to strain the liquid into the second sterile jar then seal.
A properly sealed bottle should live in a dark dry cupboard for a few weeks and once opened, it should live in the fridge for a week or so.
Add a teaspoon to your favourite drink daily, or take it neat as and when you feel a little low.
For Magnolia Tea:
You will simply need a sheet of baking parchment and a cool, dark place.
1- Lay the petals on a baking sheet, spaced apart from each other.
2- Leave them a few days to dry.
3- Once dry, pop them in a sterile jar and add a couple of petals to tea as and when desired!
Goes beautifully with oolong, black tea, green tea, other herbs or even on their own!
*Due to possible slowing of the nervous system, Magnolia should be avoided for anybody due to have an operation (general anaesthetic) or anybody who is taking sedative medications. Regardless, always consult your GP or a certified herbalist. Not suitable for pregnancy or breastfeeding.
**keeping the temperature low ensures that the flowers and syrup don't burn and that the syrup retains as much of the beneficial nutrients and properties as possible.
***I don't own a jelly-bag, but I do own unworn and clean tights! I never use muslin cloths anymore as they absorb too much liquid, even after straining and wringing them out!
Lyra&Atlas and owner Hayleigh Walker hope you enjoy this recipe and any other featured on this blog, but we are not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you try from www.lyraandatlas.com. Always use your best judgement with ingredients & storage and be aware that results can and may vary. Be aware of all heated surfaces and any sharp or dangerous instruments used when crafting these recipes.
Any medicinal mention is from my own research, knowledge or personal use and should not be taken as fact. Always do your own research and contact a trained herbalist and/or GP.
Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs, (2nd ed, 2018), Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications.