Brooke I like to simmer herbs on the stove the same way--keep the heat super low so the water just steams and puts all that good magic into the air. Rosemary and our native Western Red Cedar are my favorites. They make everything feel sort of smoothed out and happy.
I like to include herbs, stones, feathers....etc.
Of course I bet we all have herbs hanging in our homes.
I really look forward to my Starwest Botanical herb orders....open the box and bury my face in the contents!
Another way I like to include herbs, medicinal and magical, is in Herbal Spritzes and Rinses.....Lavender is my Favorite and it is a great way to use the stems and leaves after flower harvest.
I also use a lot of Astragalus, the jar is next to the stove because I use it daily....
Here is another herby idea I have been working on....I'm saving all my spent roots, barks, and berries (if they still have their shape and dry well) for an Herb Mandala for the garden.
Italian Bee, I know it's possible to use dried lavender stems like incense sticks, I wonder if you could do that with your dried thyme stems? I also like to bundle up the dried out stems after stripping leaves away and time them with string and use them as fire starter for the ritual fire, they smell so lovely and light up quickly! I know you'll figure out exactly the right use.
Lady Alinor, I LOVE your idea for a garden mandala of spent herb parts. LOVE LOVE it. Wouldn't it make a wonderful ritual to bless the garden?
Kezzie, lavender is the BEST smudge. My favorite is a combination of lavender, rosemary and our native red cedar (the one I talked about before). The blend seems to purify and bless at the same time, and all three plants have so much LOVE. Also I'm with you on opening the apothecary cupboard and just breeeeeathing it all in, mmmmmmm.
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