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Great book!!!! I want to mention about Burdock in my native Hawaii- we call it gobo and believe it gives us physical and spiritual strength. We say 'I need gobo' when we need that extra helping hand of energy. It is a really cool plant, you can chew it or cook with it and the Japanese here use it in salad dressing and dried on rice and in many other things-
you didn't mention more about borage in your fantastic book- it is supposed
to get rid of depression. Welsh call it the courage plant and it also is
supposed to make you brave. I have it all over my garden and I candy the
flowers in the fall- then give them to my kids to keep
them strong and happy!
I found a womderful comment about oaks to share- Ovid, one of my favorite authors (Im a professor of literature) mentioned of oak graoves that
"These woods were first the seat of sylvan powers, of nymphs and fawns and savage men who took their birth from trunks of trees and stubborn oak"
So I guess that makes Oaks the first trees! In ancient greece Zeus was worshipped in oak groves and the sounds the branches made were interpreted by the priests as his omens and words- a great tree! Glad I have several in my garden. Thanks for all the hundreds of bits of lore your book provided to me, marvelous research work!
- Ted D.,
Your book discussed marvelous plants that cause and influence dreams, neat stuff, would you like to know about plants IN dreams? My grandmother always told me about dreams and how important they are and mentioned a number of plants that if they appear in dreams mean something- here are a few I remember:
vines- health & prosperity
roses- love, of course
pine- some disaster
grass- long life, if green, if brown, illness
apples- business successdandylion- someone is lying
families like mine have many magical plant legends, do you know about
the St. Thomas Onion?
an onion that has been cleaned of it's dry skin (a small one!) in a white
hanky and place it under your pillow. Then you pray to St. Thomas and he'll
your future lover in a dream!
Here is an old version of the prayer:
Thomas do me right
And let my true love come tonight
That I may see him in the face
And him in my fond arms embrace
know how to make the easiest and most magical brew in the world? Im talking
about Dandylion wine! I always make sure to expose my dandylion wine to
the sun for several days to impart that great sun-vibe to it as well!
I always pick the dandylions at mid-day on a beautiful summer day- the wine seems to capture that special hot summer magic! BTW, thanks for a neat book- I bought 10 of them as gifts already! Here is an easy recipe:
1/2 pt White grape concentrate
1 gal Hot water
2 lb. Sugar
3 tsp. Acid blend
1/4 tsp. Tannin
1/2 tsp. Energizer
1 Campden, Crush
1 pkg. Wine yeast
off and use yellow petals only when flowers are fully opened. Avoid any
sprayed plants and discard any green parts as they impart bitterness to
You can get all the special ingredients at any wine shop cheap- ask them how to sterilize your bottles, the right kind of containers to use etc- it is great golden summer magic!
- Art Glass,
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