Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Plant Magic~

One of the things I love about the winter months, is the time I spend in my warm little kitchen, opening jars of dried herbs and bottles of flower essences that I have stored away during summer's harvest.  

I have a tendency to put my nose right up close to their open lids of dried goodness and breath in the sweet freshness of mint, and nettle, and chamomile, or rose petals and lavender.  It's as though the light of summer's sun has also found a way into the jar.

Flower essences in little blue glass bottles line the shelves. Each one is its own special healing magic, and when the rains outside refuse to cease, I open these wondrous elixirs and take the sunshine in.  The medicine of flower essences is as ancient as Egypt, medicine to open the heart and stop the worry, to bring peace and take away anxiety.  The teas I sip while reading good books, in comfy places, on cold days, strengthen body and soul, constantly reminding me of the many blessings bestowed upon us by our Mother Earth.  

Yes, indeed, I am a lover of plant spirit medicine.  Summer days  are spent gathering herbs and making flower essences from my wild and wonderful garden. When the sun is out I am as busy as the bees, and when the winters come, I enjoy all the goodness that I have preserved from those hardworking, root digging, leaf picking, petal preserving months. 

This image is of a Dahlia essence being made in August of this year.

And this week, while the winds rattle the windows of my little green house, I am remembering how much I love Nettles.  Those dark green chlorophyll rich beauties, blood strengthening, full of iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B and C.  Such a deeply nourishing herb...who can resist it?

For, as the Wise Witches have been known to say, 3 cups of nettle tea per day, for nine days, is the cure for almost anything.  

And so I dedicate this post to my plant friends, thank you all for your healing magic~ My heart is filled with gratitude for your wonderful existence.  And my winter days are blessed with the light you continue to show me.


ArtSparker said...

Nettles, good as a soup stock too. Lovely post.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nao , your right, I tried the nettle tea and it did give me a good feeling in my tummy, hope this helps your old crone mother. love you lots, mom

Anetka said...

there is so much knowledge in nature, so much we can learn if we are willing to.

Did I mention that I love the place you've created here...well I do:)

Julia Guthrie said...

Oh my!! You make flower essences...I have tried my hand at that a few times. I think I have about 4 I made the other year...sadly didn't have a chance to make any the summer just gone (not that we had the weather to anyway!!).
I'm a total beginner, but I love them so much. They really spoke to me!:)