A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; — “Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide If the coming year shall make me a bride.” In addition to the … Continue reading A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

A Midsummer Herb: Vervain

Verbena Officinalis Also, Known As: Herb-of-the-cross Ma Bian Cao Pigeon's Grass Verbena Vervain The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred' herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its … Continue reading A Midsummer Herb: Vervain

A Midsummer Herb: Saint John’s Wort

COMMON NAME: Saint John's Wort GENUS: Hypericum SPECIES: H. calycinum, H. bookerianum, H. patulum FAMILY: Hypericaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Saint John's wort is a low-growing, partly woody perennial that produces bright yellow flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers, which measure 1 1/2 to 2 inches across, occur in groups of five … Continue reading A Midsummer Herb: Saint John’s Wort

A Midsummer’s Celebration (Litha)

by Mike Nichols The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r;– ‘Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide If the coming year shall make me a bride. In addition … Continue reading A Midsummer’s Celebration (Litha)

Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat – Gather Victoria

The Linden is the national tree of Latvia and is frequently mentioned in folklore, fairy tales, and the Latvian dainas (traditional songs).  Associated with the feminine aspects of nature, linden was one of the most important ritual plants for celebrating the summer solstice. It was gathered and woven into garlands and wreaths that decorated the home, the … Continue reading Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat – Gather Victoria

Celebrate The Magic of MidSummer with Fragrant Floral Extracts – Gather Victoria

It is just before the summer solstice. All is lush and green, the air is perfumed with the blossoms of roses, lavender, linden and honeysuckle, and sunny landscapes are filled with yarrow, dandelio… Source: Celebrate The Magic of MidSummer with Fragrant Floral Extracts – Gather Victoria Creating your Midsummer Extract is less about a method … Continue reading Celebrate The Magic of MidSummer with Fragrant Floral Extracts – Gather Victoria