Cultural Appropriation, Plant Relationships, and Nature Connection

The Druid's Garden

As a druid, someone who connects to the local landscape spiritually, I’ve gotten my fair share questions about cultural appropriation and druidry’s relationship to indigenous practices, particularly traditions indigenous to the USA. The conversation may go something like this, “So druidry, is that like Native American?” My response is, “Druids and Native Americans both honor and respect the land, and see spiritual significance in nature.  However, Druidry comes from a different cultural tradition (the British Isles, particularly Wales) and our relationship with the land, spiritual practices, and celebrations are completely different than indigenous peoples in North America”  Another thing that happens with some frequency is that I describe something on this blog, like land healing, building sacred spaces, or other such spiritual work. And someone who has never commented before leaves a comment that says something like “You don’t have a right to do that, this land belongs…

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WILDCRAFTING: GETTING TO THE ROOT OF OUR ETHOS

We use the terms “wildcrafted” and “wild-harvested” when describing products. Specifically, this term refers to the aromatics – the essential oil scent blends that transport you to another place, another time and bring the mountains into your home. Wildcrafting is not some trendy thing. In fact, humans have been wildcrafting since we could walk. The … Continue reading WILDCRAFTING: GETTING TO THE ROOT OF OUR ETHOS

Wyoming Women’s Suffrage | Travel Wyoming. That’s WY

The years 2019 and 2020 mark, respectively, 150 years of the Territorial Legislature granting women's suffrage and 150 years of the first woman's vote in a general election in our state. Source: Wyoming Women's Suffrage | Travel Wyoming. That's WY

Grow Great Zinnias – Floret Flowers

Nothing says summer more than an armload of cheerful zinnias. Available in a brilliant rainbow of colors, these happy blooms are a must grow for any flower lover. As one of the easiest cut flowers to cultivate, they are a perfect first crop for beginning growers and are reliable, prolific producers for most flower farms. … Continue reading Grow Great Zinnias – Floret Flowers

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons – Richo’s Blog

How does one disambiguate a subject so complex?  Holy Basil, a plant that is gentle and healing to body, mind and spirit should bring happiness, not confusion! The commonality of all types (species… Source: Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons – Richo's Blog

Druidry for the 21st Century: Plant-Based Spiritual Supplies and Global Demand

The Druid's Garden

Can you even imagine druidry without plants or trees?  Plants and trees are some of our strongest allies for the work that we do, and are often connected to almost everything that we do spiritually. Plant spirits are teachers, guides, and allies.  From before we had recorded history in any culture, the plant spirits were there, growing with us, guiding us, healing us, and supporting us on our journey. Today’s modern druid practice continues that tradition: we burn plants for smoke cleansing, clearing, and helping to energize spaces. We use trees as part of divination and sacred rites. We use plants as healers, for magical healing and physical healing, and to connect with on deep levels.  Plants have long been friends of humans–and have long walked beside us, hand in hand, as we do our sacred work.  And today, we’ll explore ways we can offer that same kind of honor…

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Spring Herb: Sweet Woodruff {Asperula odorata / Galium odoratum}

Also, Known As: Master of the Woods Sweet Woodruff Waldmeister Woodruff Woodward Sweet woodruff (botanical name Asperula odorata) is a perennially growing plant that spreads into clumps reaching a maximum height of 8 inches to 15 inches (20 cm to 38 cm). The flowers produced by sweet woodruff have a sweet hay aroma, which enhances as … Continue reading Spring Herb: Sweet Woodruff {Asperula odorata / Galium odoratum}

Aromatic Herb for March; Spring Herb: Cicely {Myrrhis odorata}

Also, Known As: Anise Fern British Myrrh Cicely Cow Chervil Garden Myrrh Shepherd's Needle Smooth Cicely Sweet Bracken Sweet Chervil Sweet Cicely Sweet Myrrh The plant called the sweet cicely is a hardy and robust herb. The cicely is an aromatic perennial herb indigenous to the mountainous areas of Europe and Asian Russia - growing … Continue reading Aromatic Herb for March; Spring Herb: Cicely {Myrrhis odorata}

A Natural Antibiotic: Thyme Oil for Wellness and Cleaning

Superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus {MRSA} are on the rise and, unfortunately, are becoming resistant to the drugs used to treat them. When faced with a microbial infection, using natural antibacterial agents may not only be more effective but also safe and risk-free. Apart from using spices like garlic, I recommend you try essential oils derived … Continue reading A Natural Antibiotic: Thyme Oil for Wellness and Cleaning

Spring Detox for Your Home!

Spring is the time of year that we start eating lighter and detoxing. It’s time for spring cleaning of body, mind, and home! While there is a lot of focus on what we eat, often not enough attention is paid to how we clean our homes... Making sure that all of your household cleaning products … Continue reading Spring Detox for Your Home!