“The Queens” Series – June 2012 Flower: Lavender
The flower chosen for the month of June is Lavender. Lavender has been grown in gardens for centuries. It has numerous healing properties, as well as magical.
The scent of Lavender evokes thoughts of English ladies, summer gardens, and tea. Lavender is “sometimes been called the good witch’s herb (77, O’Rush)” due the ability of this flower to work on soothing and restoring the soul magically. It also works to purify and protect those who wear its scent. Malevolent spirits do not like the odor of Lavender! Any spells or thoughts intended to harm a person, is deflected.
Butterflies and bees both love the scent of the Lavender blossom. Although the regal Rose will not grow well when adjacent many other flowers, she loves the company of the Lavender plant. The Rose will prosper next to her friend and companion, Lavender.
To meditate or connect with one’s soul being, use the scent of the Lavender blossom. It creates a calming effect on those who use Lavender. In ancient Roman times the Lavender blossom, along with its leaves, were used to scent the waters in their baths.
To utilize the magical properties of the Lavender blossom, gather the plant in sunshine. It is wise to use the magical hours of six, nine, twelve to gather flowers and leaves. Be sure leave an offering to the plant and it’s devas. Do not gather from plants that have been sprayed with pesticides, nor those that look unhealthy.
When you gather the Lavender flowers and leaves (or any other herbal) use a basket or a light colored cotton cloth to place the cuttings within. Plastic tends to cause the plant parts to “sweat”, diluting its healing or magical qualities (and the blossom of the Lavender plant may turn black (O’Rush).
The next blog on this flower (Lavender) will be about the herbal uses of the plant. Until then savor the scents of flowers that may linger in the air…