Legend and Lore

Happy Halloween to All Our Readers !

October 29, 2016 // 1 Comment

Some Halloween traditions can be traced back to the ancient Celts and their belief that spirits of the deceased were able to wander the Earth during Samhain. Treats were laid out to appease the spirits, and costumes were worn so the living would blend in with the departed. If you encounter spiders in your house on [ ...click to read more ]

Spring Letter

March 1, 2016 // 1 Comment

Turmeric [Natural News] “Turmeric has long been one of the most prized spices from the East, but its benefits extend far beyond the wonderful flavor and color it lends to many recipes. The health-promoting properties of turmeric have been known for millennia, but only recently has it been discovered that the [ ...click to read more ]

Busy Besom

February 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

Practical Magic- Here and There Replace all dried herbs, sachets, stubby candles, amulets, poppets, bundles, and sleep pillows once a year. I like to replace and freshen everything the day before the Summer Solstice. For power wanes each time the objects are handled or used in spells and rituals. Make new sachets for [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 23

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Hanging Gardens, in what is now Iraq have been called one of the seven wonders of the world. Legend has it that the gardens were built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his favorite wife who was homesick for her native trees and mountains. The Hanging Gardens were actually terraced roof gardens, built over massive stone [ ...click to read more ]

Some FAQs About Herbs

September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Q : Herb – how do you pronounce it? A: That’s easily the most asked question about herbs. It depends on where you live. If you’re in the UK, the “h” is pronounced, as in “herb”. In the US, it’s usually pronounced “erb” (no “h” sound). Q: What exactly are [ ...click to read more ]

Rain Dance

September 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

You’ll need a blue candle for this dance, and it helps if you wear something green or  have a bouquet of fresh herbs with you. Go outside during the first full moon. Center yourself, let the cares of the day drift away. Breathe in slowly and exhale. Light the candle and raise it up high towards the sky. The [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket

August 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

During the first world war, garlic juice was used in field dressings to prevent gangrene. During the second world war, rosemary leaves and juniper berries were burned in French hospitals to kill germs. The name “jasmine” comes from the Persian word “yasmin” which means “gift from [ ...click to read more ]

Legend of the Four Thieves Oil

January 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A tale of four men who robbed and plundered the houses of the dying and deceased victims of the bubonic plague. They created this blend of herbs and added virgin olive oil as a carrier base to disperse the ingredients. Each robber chose a name for which they would refer to one another during the thefts. We have listed [ ...click to read more ]