Mosaic Moon

Spring / Beltane

As the Seasonal Wheel of the Year turns to Beltane, it is a favorite time of year for me, a Wise Woman Healer, Organic Gardener and lover of tree, herb, and flower medicine.

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.

The ancient lineage of Wise Women Healers utilize the healing properties of earth medicine in herbs, roots, flowers and trees for remedies of teas, tinctures,  balms, and poultices. 

I have listed some of my favorites to share the healing medicine and folklore.

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 is 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, the leaves are used in teas to calm, soothe the mind, and improve the quality of sleep, as well as 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. Comfrey is also useful in poultices for breaks, strains and to reduce swelling.

Dandelion is the harbinger of Spring with many healing qualities. Its leaves, roots, and yellow flower shaped like the sun are all edible. Dandelions contain many nourishing vitamins that our body needs in spring. Roasted dandelion roots detox the liver and support digestion.

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 concerns.

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 has been used since ancient times to ward off illness and evil spirits. Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal supporting the immune system, healthy digestive tract and vitality.

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 in the garden and best grown in pots.

Parsley contains large quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus 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 pain. A tea made from the herb helps nursing mothers to wean and decrease milk flow. 

Poppy is associated with Wise Woman Healing, is considered feminine in action, and resonates with 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 Immune, Respiratory, and Nervous Systems. Rosemary I used for fatigue, colds, flus, 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!)

Rue is also known as Witchbane and the Graceful Herb. 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 blue purple blooms, and is a favorite in Fall cooking. Sage has been used since ancient times to aid digestive and inflammatory issues, and enhance fertility. White and Blue sage is best used as smudge to repel negative energies. 

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.

Many herbs and flowers grow easily in pots if you don’t have space for a garden. Herbs are best collected after the morning dew and before the heat of the day. Herbs can also be used in flower arrangements to add their magic. Culinary herbs can be frozen in ice cube trays in water and added to oils and vinegars. Medicinal herbs and flowers can be hung upside down to dry for a couple weeks and preserved in jars. Syrups, Teas, Tinctures, Balms and Honey infusions will all be welcome medicines in your home apothecary!

May flowers always line your path!

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