chamomile sprouts

Herbs/Food/Plants by Purpose

Banishing: Basil, Betel Nut, Black Pepper, Black Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Chamomile, Cactus, Cloves, Dragon’s Blood, Elder, Garlic, Heliotrope, Horehound, Juniper, Morning Glory, Mullein, Mugwort, Oleander, Onion, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Sea Salt, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Tobacco, Vinegar, Wood Betony, Yarrow Flower

Beauty: Avocado, Beet, Catnip, Chamomile, Evening Primrose, Flax, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Henna, Lady’s Mantle, Lemon, Lilac, Lucky Hand (Orchid Root), Magnolia, Maidenhair, Myrtle, Orange, Orange Blossom (Neroli), Orchid, Pea, Prune, Rose, Sunflower, Violet, Yerba Santa

Binding: Agrimony, Calamus, Crowfoot, Hydrangea, Ivy, Knotweed, Morning Glory, Skullcap, Snapdragon, Solomon’s Seal, Spiderwort, Vinegar, Witch Hazel

Cleansing/Purification: Angelica, Anise Seeds, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Cedar, Coconut, Dragon’s Blood, Fennel, Fern, Frankincense, Garlic, Ginger, Grapefruit, Guava, Honey, Horehound, Horseradish, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena (Vervain), Lime, Marjoram, Melon, Mesquite, Parsley, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Sea Salt, Solomon’s Seal Root, Tangerine, Thyme, Turmeric, Vinegar, Yucca

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The Fae?

Last night, I preformed a large elaborate ritual dance - which I plan to write about later. It included Incense, herbs, crystals, loud music (I listened to mainly OMAM songs, they are literally my favorite band.), sage cleansing and spiritual shapeshifting. It was ended with rune casting and tarot. It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. It mainly served to be a strong cleansing and protection ritual, that lasted from late day to early night. I believe it went very well, the entire house feels like it was cleansed rather than just the room it was preformed in. However, the next day I started feeling a weird presence, like something was drawn in by the ritual that happened the night before. Not necessarily “Evil” or “Malevolent” but, it made me a little uneasy. And I somewhat feel ill about it now. I cannot tell you what exactly makes me feel like this is a Fae but something is screaming very loudly “Fae!” in my mind. I heard plants can be an attraction for them too - just as high energy is. The room has herbs I am growing for hedge-craft and tea. Basil, Chamomile which has just sprouted along with another pot full seeds I just started, and an air plant I was gifted. Now, I know this isn’t very helpful, but the Fae scare the living shit out of me, I am not going to let any Spiritual force take an advantage to manipulate me; but I have heard many stories of dangerous, terrifying and threatening experiences from pissing of the Fae or even ignoring a single request from them. I would highly value and appreciate any advice or input given, thank you.

Little garden update! It’s been about a week since planing and most of the seeds seem to be coming along pretty well, despite some still lingering mold problems.

The big fat Calendula sprouts are coming up and unfurling and seem pretty healthy!

The Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), which I was starting to lose hope on as their soil was pretty mold afflicted, is actually sprouting a bit! I may just get a few of them yet.

Here is the Hyssop, which I planted just the other day after using the paper towel in ziploc baggie method of germination. I was a little worried about them as I was taking a long time to get them transplanted into the soil and thought for sure I had damaged their radicels, but so far every one of them seems perfectly happy in their new dirt home. Also, microwave sterilizing the soil seems to have done the trick as they are, so far, mold free (knock on wood).

The Wormwood (not pictured) and Chamomile (pictured top) also seem to be doing fine but are still battling mold.

Now the only things that have yet to sprout (besides the things still cold stratifying in the fridge) are the Violas and, for some reason, the Spearmint, who just refuse to germinate.

I also am facing the age old problem of the seeds getting way too leggy, especially the Sweet Alyssum and Chamomile which have been sprouted the longest. I’m probably going to try to pick up some flourescent lights for them when I can afford it but are there any other tips anyone has?

Here in the northern hemisphere, spring has officially sprung! And so have my chamomile sprouts. Today, the Earth’s axis tilts neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in equal parts day and night across the globe. In my biology class I’m learning about photoperiodismthe physiological response of an organism to changes in the photoperiod. The photoperiod is the relative length of day (light) and night (dark) periods in a 24-hour cycle. Flowering plants like chamomile use a photoreceptor protein to sense these changes and signal the plant to bloom. Some plants require longer night periods to bloom, while others require shorter night periods. My chamomile plants will open their potent flowers when the days are long and the nights are short. Well, first they have to survive the nursery period. Here’s hoping I can prove to be a proficient caregiver!