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Wortcunning Wednesday for October 21st, 2020

🌿 Wortcunning Wednesday 🌿 This weeks Plant Oracle Card is “Plantain.”Plantain (Plantago sp.)✨Resiliency ✨Calm✨Assertiveness 🔆 The leaves of a very common herb now found growing wherever people are all over the world. The American Indians called Plantain ‘white man’s footsteps’ because it followed them as they spread over the continent. The Plantain plant is low-growing, long lived (perennial) and has distinctly broad, well-ribbed oval leaves that can reach up to 5 inches in length. 🌈 The "waybread" mentioned in the Nine herbs charm of Wodin or Odin is believed to be plantago.Some American Indian tribes used the abundant plant as a remedy for the bite of the rattlesnake, and called it "snakeweed" after this use.The Shoshoni Indians heated the leaves...

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Fear of Making Herbal Mistakes. What's Holding you Back?

   Have you ever been afraid of helping your family with herbal preparations out of fear of making a mistake?  I know without a doubt that those of you reading this blog are kind and empathetic people.  You care about others and those you strive to help with herbal and other natural modalities.  So naturally, one of your greatest fears is..."What if it does't work and what if they get worse?"  What if the herbal preparation we give them causes an adverse reaction, increases symptoms or just plain doesn't help them feel better or get back to wellness?  What do we do then?     I remember a time years ago when as a budding herbalist I jumped on every band-wagon. ...

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Herbal Ally: Birch.

"The Birch Trees loom ahead like a brotherhood of ghosts.” ― Lisa Ann Sandell  An indiginous native American tale tells of a young woman who was to marry a man in an arranged marriage but was in love with another. She continued to grow even more distraught as the wedding date grew closer. Finally a medicine man was sent to her, but she had already decided that death was better than a loveless marriage. When she died, it broke the heart and spirit of the man she truly loved, and he also grew sick and died. The Medicine Man felt sorry and gifted the couple life again as birch trees, standing side by side.This is why when you walk through...

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Wortcunning Wednesday for April 22nd

🌿 Wort-Cunning Wednesday’s 🌿 This weeks Plant Oracle Card is Mugwort- (Artemisia vulgaris) ✨Clairvoyance ✨Prophecy✨Protection 🌿. In Britain, as in most of Europe, Mugwort is a common plant found on edges of lakes where ever you go. It is used in many countries around the world and it is even noted in Pliny’s records as a plant used to honor Isis. Its Latin name, Artemisia is probably a dedication to Artemis, so this herb has long been linked to the divine feminine. It was also known to be sacred to the Celtic, Germanic and Slavic Peoples. Its uses have included treating female ailments among many other things.Chinese acupuncturists will use burning dried Mugwort on thin slivers of Ginger over acupuncture points in a...

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Wortcunning Wednesday for April 15th, 2020

🌿 Wort-Cunning Wednesday’s 🌿 This weeks Plant Oracle Card is Agrimony-Reversed. (Agrimonia eupatoria)✨Unhealthy Attachments ✨Lethargy✨Sorrow🌿. The card shows Agrimony, which according to Pliny was an "Herb of Princely Authority." Agrimony is also known as Church Steeples, Cocklebur and Sticklewort. The herb is a powerful astringent, tonic and blood cleanser, and for centuries was used to treat debilitating conditions in which the patient seemed drained of energy. 🌎🌿 In reverse this card is asking us to make sure we spending some time spring-cleaning in our life. If this card speaks to you, feelings of sadness or lethargy may be weighing you down. You may not be enjoying life at the moment, perhaps its lost its savor and you are wishing it...

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