A bit about summer herbs (from about.com):
- Basil, for good fortune
- Hyssop, for cleansing and purifying
- Lavender, for calmness and peace
- Mugwort, for divination and dreams
- Peppermint, for passion and love
- Rosemary, for remembrance
- Sage, for wisdom
- Thyme, for psychic development
- Yarrow, for healing
For those in/from tropical climates and cultures, additional herbs listing coming soon!
School of The Seasons recently published an article. Here’s an excerpt from their posting on Summer Solstice:
“Summer Solstice is a traditional time for gathering herbs and flowers to be used for magical purposes. I assume this is because they are at the height of their power, just like the sun.If this were so, one would think noon on Solstice Day would be the most opportune time to pick them, but actually folk custom varies on this point, so anything goes including first thing in the morning when the dew is still on them, at sunset and at midnight.” For the full report see their website at schooloftheseasons.com
Also check out their post on celebrating Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer’s Day on June 23rd and 24th.
Here are some ideas to enjoy and celebrate the wonders of the Summer Solstice!
Collecting sun-potent fresh herbs and flowers. Check out some of the herbs folks are harvesting:
Website Sowing Seeds of Self Healing has great ideas for creating Solstice Teas! Teas of Calendula or Jasmine Flowers are wonderful.
Here’s one deliciously summery tea recipe brought to you by Mountain Rose Herbs’ blog: The Sunday Steep. They feature a special summer solstice tea recipe that’s simple, yet beautifully elegant:
1 Tablespoon organic Rose Petals, fresh or dried
1 teaspoon organic Spearmint, fresh or dried
1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass, fresh or dried
1 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm, fresh or dried
- Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser or tea bag. Bring water to a boil and pour 2 cups over herbs and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve. This makes enough for two cups of tea, but feel free to multiply for a larger pot or a pitcher of iced tea (for iced tea, brew and then let chill). Add a splash or two of blubbly, if desired and garnish with fresh herbs.
Other ideas include checking out a new book (and/or language!), such as this one: