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Wortcunning Wednesday for February 19th, 2020

🌿 Wort-Cunning Wednesday’s 🌿 This weeks Plant Oracle Card is “Bramble.”Bramble Berries (Rubus fruticosus)(Blackberries)✨Tenacity ✨Rootedness ✨Boundries🔆 If you’ve ever tried to pick wild blackberries in the height of the summer, you likely will have paid a price for those delicious flavor bombs as the thorns can be ruthless. Wild Blackberry produces amazing, large, juicy fruits, but she often demands a blood price from those who seek her fruits. The bramble painting features a Blackberry bush displaying unripe as well as ripe fruit, hinting at its long fruiting season. The Ogham sign for Bramble is on the stone-M, which represents Muin. The fruit of blackberry can produce wine, which provides the associations to this Ogham of the relaxing of inhibitions and...

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Wortcunning Wednesday for January 8th, 2020

🌿 Wort-Cunning Wednesday’s 🌿 This weeks Plant Oracle Card is Betony-Reversed. (Stachys betonica)✨Confrontation ✨Avoidance ✨Feeling Wounded🌿. The card shows Wood Betony, which according to Pliny was the best species of this plant to use in herbal medicine. Betony was a bit of a super plant, an All Heal, with a great many properties, including antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti bacterial. It can be found worldwide. 🌎 🌿 In reverse this card is asking us to make sure we are not avoiding something that needs to be faced. It is often easier to put conflict to the side without fully confronting the issues involved. This may help us get on with life in the present but eventually the problem will need addressing...

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How to Make an Herbal/Oil Infusion: Its Easier Than You Think!

   Once you have decided upon the herbs and oils that are beneficial for the project you have in mind, it is time to infuse the herbs into the oils. How to Make an Herbal/Oil Infusion: Its Easier Than You Think!    There are two traditional methods of infusing herbs into an oil. The hot oil infusion method is quick and painless, while the cold infusion method can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. I was taught that the cold infusion method is more medicinally beneficial, but after working with both cold and hot infused oils both, I find each method has its own pro’s and con’s. I always tell my students to use the method that fits the need at hand. ...

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How to make elderberry syrup for immune health

   Each year as autumn approaches, I often find my friends and family asking me about the best herbal remedies to use during the coming cold winter months.  The most common question I hear is, "What natural herb can I give my family to keep us healthy during sniffle season?"  There is a great number of herbs geared toward winter wellness, but one of my favorites, for overall immune support is Elderberry.   There are many ways to enjoy the health benefits of Elderberry but one of the best loved memories of many of our childhoods is Elderberry Syrup.   Elderberry Health Benefits Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) coloring....

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