A Midsummer Herb: Vervain — Good Witches Homestead

Verbena Officinalis Also, Known As: Herb-of-the-cross Ma Bian Cao Pigeon’s Grass Verbena Vervain The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred’ herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its […] … Continue reading A Midsummer Herb: Vervain — Good Witches Homestead

Elder (Sambucus Canadensis): Sacred Medicine, Magic, Mythology, And Uses Of The Elder Tree

I remember when I first found the massive elderberry patch. It was a few summer solstices ago. There is an overlook deep in the state forest lands, where the roads are more goat path than vehicle worthy, and it takes about 45 minutes to go only a few miles. The overlook is facing east and […] … Continue reading Elder (Sambucus Canadensis): Sacred Medicine, Magic, Mythology, And Uses Of The Elder Tree

St. John’s Day — Good Witches Homestead

St. John’s Day and Eve, occasionally called the Feast of St. John or Midsummer is celebrated on June 23 and 24. This holiday is a chance to pay homage to water, fire, and plants. It is a time to cleanse one’s soul to become the best versions of one’s self, spread love and compliment the […] … Continue reading St. John’s Day — Good Witches Homestead

Saffron is one of the worlds oldest and most expensive herbs

  The botanical name for saffron is Crocus Sativus and saffron is the stamen parts of the crocus. It is probably the world’s most expensive spice: it takes around 70000 flowers to make one pound of saffron. Saffron is a spice which can be added to food and is available in grocery stores. It is … Continue reading Saffron is one of the worlds oldest and most expensive herbs

Lily

The Lily – Lilium – is an herbaceous perennial flower and is one of the oldest plants in the world. There are over 80 species. Lily flowers are shaped rather like a trumpet with 6 petal segments and they bloom mainly in July and August. They enjoy good drainage and loamy soil. Even the name, … Continue reading Lily