Earth Medicine

Create a Flower Essence

Flower essences are a wonderful way to bring the healing power of local plants to you all year around. They contain the essential subtle DNA / energetic print of the flower and can be used for homeopathic healing of all kinds: emotional and spirit. I carry one of the well-known commercial flower essences with me… Continue reading Create a Flower Essence

Earth Medicine

Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

One of my autumnal herbal rituals is collecting seeds, berries, nuts and roots for making medicines for my home apothecary and for culinary treats and gifts. Mama Earth provides us with what we need when we need it: the seasonal availability of the various parts of local plants typically support the dis-eases or ailments of… Continue reading Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

Earth Medicine

The Heart and Summer Fire

I love the changing of the seasons and what each brings to us in this beautiful cycle of life throughout the year . . .  from Spring's growth and fertility through to Summer's abundance, to Autumn's harvest and release, to Winter's rest, followed by the renewal of Spring again.. Summer is with us now and… Continue reading The Heart and Summer Fire

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

Celebrating the Elder Tree

Each month, new header images are selected for this blog to reflect the activity and changes of Mama Earth around us. Today I honour the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra), which blossoms in many locations from late June into late July. Elder is a powerful tree, considered magical and holy by many cultures, as a source… Continue reading Celebrating the Elder Tree

Earth Medicine, Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

MidSummer & St John’s Day/ Fête de la Saint Jean-Baptiste

In many countries, MidSummer — which I, and others, celebrate on the Summer Solstice — is celebrated not on Solstice but on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist / St Jean-Baptiste, June 24th. Why? Solstice celebrations have infused their way into various faiths around the world, and many have feasts or celebrations of… Continue reading MidSummer & St John’s Day/ Fête de la Saint Jean-Baptiste

Wheel of the Year

Healing begins within

If the label fits . . . LOL. And yes, I consider myself a hedgewitch. But on a serious note, what does healing mean to you?  And how to you bring and maintain self-healing into your life? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines healing, in part, as "to make sound or whole". The National Institutes for Health… Continue reading Healing begins within

Wheel of the Year

The healing power of the humble dandelion 

I love working with the local herbs I find on my plant walk, a daily ritual for me, foraging in the neighbourhood. And some of my favourite medicines are crafted from what some consider weeds, such as the dandelion and the plantain. I collect dandelion roots in both Spring and Autumn — always ethically and… Continue reading The healing power of the humble dandelion 

Earth Medicine, Witchy Ways

Getting closer to Mother Earth – why I forage

Foraging in the urban environment in which I live can be challenging.... but so rewarding! Besides the treats I bring home for use in the kitchen or in herbal earth medicine preparations, foraging activities bring me closer to Mother Earth and her cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration. It also connects me with my… Continue reading Getting closer to Mother Earth – why I forage

Divine Feminine, Earth Medicine

Goddess Body, World Body

I love when people come together to joyfully participate in communal meditation and activity. I am currently participating in a two-week EarthPrayer meditation group, where each day we examine a different aspect of our relationship with our blessed Mother Earth. One of the aspects we are looking at is Goddess Body, World Body. My thoughts… Continue reading Goddess Body, World Body

Earth Medicine

When life gives you weeds, make tea!

I ended up foraging in an unexpected spot yesterday — my in-laws' front garden! As we approached their front door, I detected a lovely lemon fragrance so asked my father-in-law what he had growing. His reply, "Oh, those are just weeds... I can't get rid of them!" So with my handy secateurs (always in the trunk… Continue reading When life gives you weeds, make tea!