Superb Herbs

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Garden centers and nurseries are full of bedding plants this month. More than ever, herbs are extremely popular. With such an array to choose from it’s a hard decision. I’m often asked to recommend the “best herbs.” As far as herbs are concerned – all of them in my opinion. Here are ten herbs that I would consider superb herbs in the home garden. All are fairly easy to grow, all can be grown in containers, large planters, tucked in the flower beds, just about anywhere as long as they receive 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight.

Summer savory: Annual, [ Satureja hortensis]. Full sun, grows to a height of 18 inches. Space in garden, 12 inches apart. Soil: loves moist and loamy soil, rich in organic matter. Culinary, used in cooking, herb vinegars and marinades. Tall and wispy stems produce tiny lavender flowers in late August. Called the “bean herb” by cooks…

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From the Herb Basket – 22

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Milk thistle tea can help prevent post nasal drip. Sipping a cup or two daily reduces post nasal drip, runny nose and other pollen-triggered miseries. Milk thistle’s active ingredient [ silymarin] encourages the liver to flush out symptom-lingering immune proteins. Check your local health store for Alvita Milk Thistle tea bags, or go to Alvita.com

Stress and trouble sleeping seem to go together these days. Check out Badger Night- Night Balm [ $10 for 2 ounces at drugstore.com] This sweetly scented ointment contains chamomile, lavender, sandalwood and spearmint. One or two whiffs from the tube and a refreshing sleep usually follows.

The word basil comes from the Greek, meaning “King.”

Hyssop has been used since ancient times to purify temples and sacred places. Hyssop is packed with antimicrobial oil that kills germs, prevents infections and heals minor wounds. To help cure a cold or sore throat, sip 2 to 3…

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Correspondences for the Direction West

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West

The Wheel of the West– Inner Knowing and self-knowledge, Dreams, Emotions, feelings, introspection, shamanic journeys and initiations, healing, balancing the active male and receiptive female energies, deep psychic work, spiritual renewal, communications, deep void-level meditations, hibernation.

Element– Water

Energy– Tidal – it ebbs and flows, but never floods.

The Journey– The Journey to Inner Vision.

Traditional Colors– Blue-Green, Aqua, Grey, Blue-Grey, Black, Indigo, Blue, Silver, The white of sea foam in the moonlight.

Sacred Spirits– Poseidon: God of oceanic consciousness, Neptune: God of Psychic Flow, Isis: Goddess of the rivers of life, Arianrhod: Celtic Goddess of the Moon and Earth, Selene: Goddess of the Full Moon, Hecate: Goddess of the Dark Moon, Gabriel: Archangel of the West, angel of the Moon and inner vision, Niksa: Servant of Gabriel, fluid shape-changer of the inner worlds, Undines: Elemental spirits of Water, Ruled by Niksa, Eheieh:…

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Correspondences for the Direction East

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The Wheel of the East– Free Mind, Creativity, Illumination, Divination, Brain Stimulation, Philosophy, Mindfulness, Awareness, Perception, Thinking Ideas, Communication, Meditation, Focus

Element– Air

Energy– Swift, Mercurial, Changeable

The Journey– The Journey of perception on chaos.

Traditional Colors– White, Yellow, Scarley, Peach, Turquoise Blue, Gold, The Rainbow colors of illumination

Sacred Spirits– Danu: Goddess of Creativity, Mercury: God of Communication, Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, Kwan Yin: Goddess of Mindfulness, Buddha: Teacher of Illumination, Raphael: Archangel of the East, mystic illuminator, star traveler, Paralda: Servant of Raphael, shape changer in the mists of mind, Sylphs: Elemental spirits of Air, ruled by Paralda, Yod He Vawhe: Elemental King of Air.

Sacred Animals– Doves: For Messagesof peace and illumination, Hawk: Focus, Perception.
Eagle: Philosophy, Ideals, Wolf: Communication, Perception, Deer: Perception, Awareness, Raccoon: Thinking, Cardinals: Creativity, Parrot: Communincation, Cats: Dometic and predatory, Foxes: Awareness, Turtle: Creativity.

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Correspondences for the Direction South

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The Wheel of the South– Faith and Trust, Elusiveness, Innocence, Physical and Personal Vulnerability, Strength, Protection, Relationships with others, with self. with nature, Renewal, Self-Healing, Stress, Love, Courage

Element– Fire

Energy– Quick, Rapid, Fire.

The Journey– The Journey of Purification.

Traditional Colors– Red, Orange, Scarlet, Yellow, The blue of flame, Gold

Sacred Spirits– Bridget: Goddess of the inner flame of life and creation, Pele: Goddess of Purification and Upheavals, Mars: God of strength and conflict, Michael: Archangel of the South, warrior of the Sacred Flames, Djinn: Servant of Michael, great Fire giant, for protection, Salamanders: Elemental Spirits of Fire, ruled by Djinn, Adonai: Elemental King of Fire

Sacred Animals– Squirrels: Vulnerability and Delusiveness (relationships) tricky, Tigers and Lions: Stress, Courage, Porcupine: For Protection and to prick you into action. Defense, Badger: For Protection in Conflict. Defense, Coyote: For Protection in tricky situations…

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Correspondences for the Direction North

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The Wheel of the North– Wisdom, Practicality, Symbols, Ritual, Ceremony, Materialism and Prosperity, Sacred Knowledge, Teaching and Learning, Patience, Truth, Deep-level Ceremonies, Applied Theoretical Magick, Measuring and Plannin g Work, Responsibility, Codes, Authority, Deep Level Path or Earth Walk Work

Element– Earth

Energy– Steady, rhythmic, grounded. The heartbeat of Mother Earth.

The Journey– The Journey of Wisdom.

Traditional Colors– Green, Violet, Brown, Black, White, The deep blue of the earth seen from space, Purple, Gold

Sacred Spirits– Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, Demeter: Goddess of Grain and Abundance, Rhea: Mother of all deities, Herne: Horned God of the Green Wood, Pan: God of Joy on Earth, Ariel (Urierl): Archangel of the North, Keeper of the Sacred Wisdom, Ghob: Servant of Ariel, Earth Gnome, guide of the earth journeys, Gnomes: Elemental Spirits of Earth, ruled by Ghob, Agla: Elemental King of Earth.

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Correspondences for the Element of Spirit

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Direction– Center and Cicumference; Throughout and About

Season– The Turning Wheel

Time of Day– Eternal Starlight

Goddesses– Isis, Shekinah, Cerridwen

Gods-Iao, Akasha, JHVH

Spirits– Angels

Signs– Arachne

Sense– Hearing

Herbs/Plants– Mistletoe

Tree– Yggdrasil (Ash)

Stones– Diamond, Quartz Crystal, Amber

Colors– Clear, White, Black, Purple

Incense– Frankincense

Animals– Sphinx, Unicorn and All mythological beasts

Metals-Metorite

Places– Outerspace, Vacuums, the Void

Point in Life-Preconception, Soulness

Type of Energy– Projective/Receptive

Influences– Religious in Nature

Ritual Types– Religious

Ritual Tools– Cauldron

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