Legend and Lore

Rain Dance

September 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

Herbs in Medieval Times

October 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

Scents of the Middle Ages… Imagine a time when there was no deodorant, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, or an array of pine cleaners and disinfectants. Welcome to the Middle Ages. With no access to exterminators, medieval people made use of strongly scented herbs to discourage vermin and also to mask the [ ...click to read more ]

Making Herbal Tussie-Mussies

September 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Long before the days of the telephone, computers, fax machines and text messages, miniature herbal bouquets were a special means of communication. Tussie-mussies are composed of herbs and flowers with different meanings that varied from century to century. Since they were often held up to the nose to mask offensive [ ...click to read more ]

The Legend of the Four Thieves Vinegar

January 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

  There are many stories concerning Four Thieves Vinegar and its amazing ability to repel disease carrying insects. One version of this story takes place in France during the early 1600’s. As the plague raged thru Europe, the town of Toulouse was beset with robbers. Four famous or should I say infamous [ ...click to read more ]