Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hyssop – Herb of Protection

The small bunch of Hyssop I have in my garden has just started flowering, with blue, decorative spikes…….Hyssop thrives in the Summer and (like me) barely tolerates the Winter………. History; Cultivated widely in Britain, Hyssop does grow wild in Southern Europe. Historically Hyssop was used as a ‘strewing’ herb in the 17th Century and would…

Gods and Goddesses of the Summer Solstice

With Litha nearly upon us here are some of the Gods and Goddesses associated with the Summer Solstice from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures…… The Oak King and the Holly King – The Goddess is now full and pregnant with Child, and the Sun God is at the height of His virility. This…

Herbs for the Summer Solstice

These words are taken from the amazing book ‘Master Book of Herbalism’ by Paul Beyerl – I coud’nt resist his suggestions for Elder. ‘Who can resist going out to play when we can frolic in the woodlands until late at night?…… Chamomile; Used to invoke the God, Chamomile will make us aware of the Father…

Folklore for the Summer Solstice

Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 (or December 21/22 in the southern hemisphere) – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at…

Wild Roses

June is the month of roses and we have at least 13 species of wild rose in Britain including the Dog Rose, Field Rose, Downy Rose and the beautifully named Sweetbriar Rose. Amazingly all roses are edible and no part of them is poisonous. The cultivated roses grown in gardens, once grew in the Caspian…