• Vickie Martina

Wise Woman Healing Garden

I am a passionate Organic Gardener and grow many medicinal plants for healing. There is enchantment in communing with Mother Nature, connecting with the spirit of the plants, and understanding how to use the historical healing properties of the plant medicine. Wise Women Healers have always created extensive gardens abounding with herbs, trees, vegetables, and flowers. Healing herbs, roots and edible flowers are dried and used for medicinal remedies in teas, tinctures, salves, balms, and poultices. I have listed some of my favorites to share the folklore and healing medicine.

Basil is a culinary herb historically used for its medicinal and energetic properties. Aromatically, Basil increases clarity of mind and is uplifting to the spirit. Basil essential oil is an antispasmodic, soothes sore muscles and migraines.

Calendula is an edible yellow flower that useful in the garden to repel insects. It is useful for healing wounds, eczema and other skin conditions, and diaper rash,

Chamomile is a beautiful ground cover and the leaves are used in teas to calm, soothe and improve the quality of sleep and used as a diuretic.

Comfrey contains Allantoin which is also in breast milk. It encourages cell reproduction,the healing of wounds, and is a skin softener. Comfrey's healing compounds are added to salves, lotions and baths. It is also useful in poultices for breaks, strains and to reduce swelling.

Dianthus (Sweet William) is a flower with vibrant pink blooms that add beauty to gardens and post and symbolize longevity and wellness. Dianthus can be used in baked goods to garnish bread, cookies and cakes and as a garnish in salads.

Echinacea is a perennial flower and a potent medicinal used to strengthen the immune system, treat the common cold, and help with respiratory issues..

Feverfew as the name suggests has historically been used to treat fevers. A recent study published in the British medical journal Lancet reported that fresh Feverfew eaten daily can decrease Migraine symptoms.

Garlic is used since ancient times to ward off illness and evil spirits. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal supporting the immune system and a healthy digestive tract.

Johnny Jump Ups are edible flowers with a mild wintergreen flavor and are delightful added to salads and cakes.

Lavender is considered to be the Holy Grail of aromatherapy and is a culinary and medicinal herb. Lavender is used for anxiety, indigestion, inflammation, insomnia, itching, nausea, sunburn, dry skin, diaper rash, teething pain and is a bug repellent.

Lemon Balm is often planted in gardens for attracting bees and butterflies. Lemon balm promotes restful sleep and helps with various digestive problems. Aromatically, its scent is used for depression and to soothe the anxious soul.

Mint is a vibrant edible and medicinal herb said to attract money and love, treat indigestion, queasy tummies, and is used to freshen breath. Mint is often kept on an altar to ward off negativity, call good spirits, and aid in magic. Note: Mint is invasive and best grown in pots.

Parsley contains large quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorous and potassium. The leaf, seed and root are used to make medicine to stimulate the appetite, digestive system, blood, kidneys and bladder. Parsley can be applied to insect bites and stings to ease the pain.. A tea made from the herb is still given to nursing mothers to wean her child and stop the flow of milk.

Poppy is associated with Wise Woman Healing, is considered feminine in action, and resonates to the energy of the moon and the element of water. Poppies have sedative qualities and are considered useful in spells for fertility, agriculture, abundance, love, sleep, money, and luck.

*Rosemary is regarded as sacred by many cultures. Its powerful cleansing properties were used to drive away evil spirits, protect against plague and infectious illness. Rosemary helps with memory issues, Immune, Respiratory and Nervous systems. Used for Fatigue, colds, flues, depression, irregular periods, and low blood pressure. *In ancient times if men thought their wives had too much power, they took the Rosemary plant out of the kitchen. Every Wise Woman has a Rosemary plant or two*

Rue also known as the Graceful Herb and also known as Witchbane. It has a long history of use as a cleansing herb offering protection against disease, negative influences and pests. Rue is traditionally hung over doorways and windows to keep out evil spirits

Sage a member of the Mint family has blueish purple blooms and is a favorite in Fall cooking.. Sage has been used since ancient times to aid digestive and inflammatory issues. It is known to enhance fertility and is used as smudge to repel negative energies. White Sage is best for smudging.

Valerian has been treasured since medieval times and is also called All Heal. It is used as an antibacterial, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, and helps with insomnia and anxiety.

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