spring herbs

DIY Flower Pressing 🌸🌼

This is a super simple project for saving some springtime flowers, a bouquet you want don’t want to get rid of or for documenting herbs in your grimoire! It’s also cheap as you will have most of the items you need from nature or in your home. If you plan to harvest flowers, PLEASE do your research before you pick them. To the flowers!~

1. Gather your materials.

You will need scissors, tissue paper, flowers or herbs, a large book and heavy items to stack on top of the book (other books, weights, etc.) If you don’t have tissue paper, use toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, or culinary parchment paper. Pick too many flowers? Leave them as an offering or spruce up your altar! 

2. Place the tissue paper in your book and arrange your flowers for pressing.

Please use a book you don’t mind getting ruined! Some of the color from the flowers may bleed onto the pages, especially if you are using highly pigmented flowers. I use an old textbook for flower pressing. Arrange your flowers so that they all have space. If you stack them while pressing, you will end up with wrinkles in your flowers.

3. Close the book, place heavy items on it and wait.

Close the book while making sure all of the flowers still have room. Stack other books or weights on the book to ensure a good press. Let the flowers press for seven days or longer. Leaves and petals are already relatively flat so they take about a week. However, bigger flowers take longer to flatten so leave them pressed for about three weeks. 

Craft Ideas for your Pressed Flowers~

- Decoupage literally anything (offering dishes, trays, frames, etc.) 
- Make bookmarks
- Framed wall art
- Collage with other media
- Cards
- Floral candles
- Decorate your book of shadows
- Document your work with herbs

Herbs ‘n’ Flowers

I use these more or less on the daily

Allspice: promotes healing, also attracts luck or money

Anise: help sleeping, no nightmares, protect against evil and protection in meditation

Basil: courage, protection, monetary success

Bay leaves: promotes healing, gain protection, instill strength

Cactus: maternal care, passion, endurance, strength/emotional strength

Caraway seeds: protect against negativity and strengthen memory

Chamomile: help induce sleep, combat curses and spells, aids in good health

Chives: courage, dispel disease and negative entities

Cinnamon stick: aids in healing, raises high spiritual vibrations

Clove: drive away negative/hostile forces, purify the area, produce spiritual vibrations

Earl Grey: bring clarity, bring good working to a space, attain courage and bring strength

Forget-Me-Not: love, remembrance, memory

Lavender: attracts love, induces sleep, bring peace/harmony, promotes happiness and protection

Lemon peel: attracts blessings and luck, attain success

Marigold: passion, creativity (also a natural pesticide)

Mint: fertility, happiness, protection

Nettle: promotes healing, protection, keep out evil

Orange peel: attract love, attain prosperity, attract good fortune

Peppercorn: protection, dispels evil especially when paired with salt

Peppermint: promotes healing, induces sleep

Raspberry leaves: gain protection (raspberry tea is phenomenal for menstrual and muscle cramps)

Rose hips: “love attracting beads”, promotes healing, obtain luck

Rosemary: gain of healing and protection, induce sleep, rid of negativity, drive away nightmares, aid in knowledge gain, and strengthen mental power

Sage: promotes wisdom, gain protection

Sea salt: purification, grounding, release emotional attachments, psychic protection, aids in healing

Spearmint: increases and sharpens mental powers, protection during sleep

Sunflower: sign of adoration, affection

Thyme: attracts good health, purifies space, gives courage and energy, aids in restful sleep

Vanilla: love..lots of love spells, also good in spells for domestic intentions

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Gardening Resolution: Grow a Year of Herbs!

Happy Official Spring to my gardening kinsmen and any budding green thumbs! Another season is upon us and I do hope to find more time this year to blog. I’ve been…absent these past few months to due work.

Anyhoot, the Hubs and I have been at this micro-homesteading thing for only a few years. We’re still noobs, but every year we translate new learnings to reoptimize our 100ft by 90feet growing space for greater productivity. Inevitably, we revisit the topic of how much food (fruits, veggies, eggs at the moment) we need to produce to sustain 2 adults for a calendar year.  While our personal situation makes this quite improbable at the moment, we discovered that we can easily grow a year’s worth of our favorite herbs (and some spices).

Mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, shiso, savory, cilantro, parsley, scallions, mitsuba, and so many more! Pound for pound, herbs are one of the most expensive items in grocery stores. Growing fresh organic herbs and drying the excess for winter storage is a very attainable goal for many folks, so if you are new to gardening, this is a very practicable place to start.

Here’s to a beautiful and productive growing season~

I have a love affair with stinging nettle.  Stinging nettle is one of my favorite plants to harvest in the wild.  I love to dry the leaves & grind them up to add into soups & smoothies.  Eating nettle helps relieve allergies & it’s super high in iron & other vitamins.  There are far more benefits than I can put in this post to sing her praises <3.

Fae Offerings

Food:

Milk, Tea, Cream, Cheese, Butter, Bread Crumbs, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Fruit Variations, Honey, Juices, Baked Goods, Cakes, Spring Water, Sugar

Herbs:

Rosemary, Rose, Spice Variations, Lavender, Vanilla, Barely, Ginger, Jasmine, Almond, Thyme, Bluebell, Pansy, Clover, Heather, Lilac, Mistletoe, Peony, Milkweed, Poppy

Crystals:

Amethyst, Quartz, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Peacock Ore, Rainbow Moonstone, Garnet, Opal

Trees:

Apple, Oak, Hawthorn, Elder, Ash, Willow, Rowan, Alder

Other:

Gems, Gold, Silver, jewelry, shiny objects, flute music, floral, garden, oils, candles, incense, bubbles.