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Plant Allies

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Mother Nature supplies us with an abundance of natural healing through plants, flowers and herbs. Each has its own innate "medicine" that we can benefit from once we tap into and learn their secrets. It can be as simple and powerful as taking a gentle flower essence for grief or anxiety or by taking a few drops of an herbal tincture to cure a common cold. I use organically grown or sourced herbs and flowers to create small batches of healing magic!

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Rose

Rose (Rosa) is a "whisper of the Divine". She is extremely powerful and used in love spells. A well known flower of love and devotion. Her petals and thorns reflect the tenderness and pain of earthly experience. Rose is known to work on the heart and heart chakra. It gives peace at a time of grieving and will help to heal a broken heart. I use home dried rose petals and rosebuds in many of my creations, the Bath Salts, Massage Oil, Skin Serum and Skin Tonic and I added a White Rose flower essence to my Empress Elixir.

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Clary Sage

(Salvia sclarea) has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb in the genus Salvia and is grown mainly for its essential oil. She helps you focus, supports alertness and attention to detail. Prefers to work as a magical plant than to be eaten! Spiritual qualities are balancing, rejuvenating, inspiring and revitalizing and is a powerful ally when used Shamanically. I use Clary Sage in my Bath Salt Soak.

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Holy Basil

Tulsi (ocimum sanctum) is often called Holy Basil. It is a potent herb that has been used in India for thousands of years to treat colds coughs and flu. In Ayurvedic medicine it promotes purity and lightness in the body. It is "an elixir of life", the Queen of Herbs. It offers Divine protection and nourishes us to perfect health and enlightenment. A purifier of Mind, Body and Spirit. I use it in tincture form in my High Priestess Elixir.

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LAVENDER 

Labiatae:Lavandula

Since ancient times and especially during the Renaissance and the Middle Ages, Lavender has been the favorite of all scented herbs.  It's Latin name Lavandula, (from lavare, to wash)  relates to its use in bathing and soaps.  The medieval housewife put it in clothes chests to discourage insects.  According to the German Hortus Sanitatis, the Virgin Mary was especially fond of it because it protected clothes from "dirty filthy beasts" and also preserved chastity.  Most widely known in America is English Lavender (L. vera) because it's oil is of the highest most fragrant quality.  Lavender's medicinal properties are said to be aromatic, carminative, antiseptic, anti fungal  and nervine. Lavender water has been used for centuries as a remedy for sore throats and the flowers in a tea or decoction can help stress headaches, anxiety and depression. The oil is NOT to be taken internally but can be rubbed into the skin, joints and muscles to relieve pain. 

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Recipe

Lavender Essential Oil can be added to bathwater or applied directly to the skin for its calming effects. A few drops on the pillow aids restful sleep for both infants and adults or it can be used in a diffuser for similar results.  Historically Lavender is rarely used in the kitchen but the leaves and flowers can be made into a calming tea.  I like to add a heaping tablespoon of Lavender flowers to my banana bread or my chocolate cake recipe. Another favorite is to infuse honey with Lavender and rosebuds.  I use a yogurt maker to gently warm the honey so the herbs can infuse slowly over a four to six hour period.  Delicious on toast or to sweeten my tea!  I read recently that Queen Elizabeth I was fond of Lavender Conserve. I think I may experiment with that this year. Lavender was also a prominent ingredient in a delicious yogurt that I bought from a British supermarket recently.  A Lavender and Honey Greek style yogurt, if I recall!