The air is heavy and thick today. The rains came last night or early this morning and the plants drank well! My shadow plays with the roots and the dirt. Actually and in pictures....funny that.
Thank you for this medicine of metaphor.
Let's play with magic and medicine this morning.
The basil is lush and the taste is delicious. Not only does it taste divine but has long been used in folk magic for protection, love and divination. It's seen as a purifier. It's called a 'Witch's Herb' is masculine and contains the element of fire with Mars holding on fiercely. Medicinally as an uplifter, it contains anti aging properties, is rich in antioxidants and aids as an inflammatory.
Treatments Using Basil
Elderflowers growing in the yard before the opening of the wee woods is also good medicine and has its magical properties as well. Called the Elder Mother, it relieves oppressive, heavy emotional states of mind if you feel stuck. Like basil, it's protective and aids in recovery.
The flower encourages mystic and psychic dreams
Medicinally it can relieve kidney stones, for an eye wash and reduces chicken pox and measles.
This witches tree was thought to have one of the strongest presence of soul. And the Fae just happen to love it.
Uses For Elderflower
In combination with gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel, elderflower is used for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis.
In foods and beverages, elderflower is used as a flavoring component.
In manufacturing, elderflower extracts are used in perfumes. Elderflower water is used in eye and skin lotions.
St. John's Wort
St John's Wort that I didn't even see hidden in our garden, comes to calm and soothe the soul.
It's ruled by the Sun and is associated with Leo, Summer Solstice and fire. Again it's protective against dark spirits meaning to cause harm through mischief. Picked in the wee hours just before sunrise so that all the oils are up in the petals, this plant ensures health and happiness while providing strength. It's also said to provide invisibility to the wearer. Another favorite of the Fae, should you step in one you will be carted away my a fairy horse to the fairy realm. Medicinally this herb is good as a tea for depression.
Uses for St John's Wort
From where I sit these plant helpers give you courage from with as we remind ourselves from without. Tools to calm the inner workings when on a journey of the dark night of the soul.
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Your medicine is in the woods.
Your pharmacy is in your kitchen.