.....words about some of my experience with herbs ~
Starlings have flown off ~ with our Winter
and Spring has arrived in our garden
Rowan ~ a little sapling I planted last year. It brings to our home
protection against enchantment, protection of ley-lines, highest pure
magic, healing and success.
Incenses made from the ground-up leaves and berries help to dispel
negative energies. I shall be trying that this year. The smoke from its fire
was used by the Druids to call up spirit guides and magical spirits.
Its bark and berries give a black dye
most important of all
song birds adore its fruit.
Blackthorn blossom in the hedge at the bottom of our garden
~ where the faeries live.
As well as providing berries for making sloe vodka or gin, it
brings to our home a powerful means of cleansing and the purification
of any negative attitudes we may carry within us, working deeply
on the psyche and allowing us to be free to create.
(It grows just a few steps from the doors of my studio,
so I'm relying on it to live up to its promise).
Birch ~ a little sapling I planted two years ago.
She is slowly gaining in strength and height.
She brings to our home a means of purification, cleansing
old stagnant habits and allowing a flow of new ideas.
I love that here in Wales, it was customary for a young
man to present a birch garland to the womon he loved,
and she would give him one in return if she felt the same way.
The young leaves are effective in healing any urinary complaints,
and giving relief from rheumatism and gout.
The bark of the birch is so beautiful, though our little one has
many years to go before we may use hers. It is like paper, and
its magical parchment was used to write on from ancient times.
Always ask permission whenever you wish to use any part of
a tree (or any plant); and show respect to all trees, as
this 'Lady of the Woods' gets very angry if they are abused
and may whip you with her slender branches!
Rosemary blossom ~ just outside our front door.
Its symbolism brings to our home love and loyalty, friendship and
remembrance. It is well known for its ability to strengthen the memory,
and is considered a wonderful tonic for the heart, brain and nervous
system as well as being useful in strengthening the immune system.
I have used it in its essential oil form for many years to help clients
with sore, tense muscles, arthritis and rheumatism, though never on
someone with high blood pressure (hypertension) due to its hypertensive
actions. Conversely, the herb as an infusion, is used to control a
headache brought on by....hypertension! The essential oil of any plant is
a powerful powerhouse in a bottle and much more concentrated than the
fresh or dried herb.
Recently, builders were working on the outside of our house and they
were not careful with our rosemary bush, breaking off several branches.
Of course I was upset that people are so uncaring and disrespectful of
growing things...in fact I growled...I'm good at growling, but the damage
was done, so I added sprigs of sage and made smudge bundles from them.
The smoke has cleansed and warmed us through the cold month of
February and continues to uplift and cheer as the warmer weather
comes to visit.