HAIL and welcome to my monthly column, I do hope you are all enjoying your summer.
Our summer solstice equinox has passed, June 21 to June 25, where we celebrate the longest day of the year and our summer solstice, known as Litha, according to our Anglo Saxon records .
The solstice occurs when the Earth tilts 23.5 degrees on its axis and the northern hemisphere is directly facing the sun.
On June 21 we experience the longest day of the year.
Shakespeare revered this season and wrote many plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and The Tempest which all connect magic and witchcraft with the summer solstice.
The solstice has been a special moment of the solar cycle since Neolithic times, but it began to be widely celebrated as an ancient pagan festival known as Midsummer’s Eve.
People believed golden-flowered plants, such as calendula and St John’s wort, had miraculous healing power if picked on Midsummer’s Eve.
St John’s wort flowers have a bright yellow bloom that has incredible anti-depressant properties, it contains hypericin that is believed to be a serotonin enhancer, beneficial for low moods.
Calendula, known as marigold, has fabulous healing properties – anti-inflammatory, aids healing for skin problems such as dermatitis.
Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers.
One of its nicknames is ‘Mary’s Gold’, referring to the flower’s use in early Catholic events in some countries.
Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.
Holly flowers, Latin name ilex aquifolium, can be used to re-balance feelings of envy, jealousy, revenge and suspicion.
It blooms in June in hedgerows and woodlands and has small white flowers.
The mother tincture is made by gathering six-inch flowering twigs and a few leaves and is made using the boiling method.
If you wish to try some of these plant remedies, I would recommend trying the Bach remedies.
In a time of deep distress I went see Tracy Gibbon. She treated me such warmth and compassion, professionally diagnosed me and prepared a remedy of nine flowers.
The results were truly magical.
The feelings of anxiety, fear, hopelessness, ebbed away, after a few days of taking the Bach remedies, I had my courage back.
Two other plants grow at this time of year that aid courage and strength
Borage grows as a weed, it has tiny blue flowers and can be added to your drinks.
Lemon balm (herb melissa) was used by Romans before battle. I make this tincture, it’s very powerful and acts in a similar way to rescue remedy.