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Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
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Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Herbs in December are Mistletoe and Holly

Celtic Wheel Of The Year is a mixed media by Kristen Fox


In the Wheel Of The Year we are now in the time of the greatest darkness, which is celebrated with Holy Fires.

At Midwinter the rebirth of the Sun God Mabon is celebrated.

During the Winter Solstice, the Holly King hands over his crown to the Oak King, who from now on will lead the world into light and warmth.


'The return to Nature, the conscious experience of not being separated, but a part of it, has given me a deep inner Peace that I no longer want to miss.

So the Rituals that I celebrate for the eight celebrations in The Wheel Of The Year are an integral part of my calendar.

The Solstices and Equinoxes as well as the four Fire Fetivals Samhain, Imbolc, Baltane and Lughnasad help me to consciously perceive the changing and recurring Seasons, but also open my mind to the Inner worlds, the truths that lie behind the obvious, and connect me with the 'Other World', the Realm of the Gods and Goddesses, the home of Nature Spirits and Elemental Spirits of the Ancestors.

Here I find advice, knowledge and enlightenment, which I can use to lead a responsible life in the Here and Now'.

 - parsifalrain, December 1

Nature has given us her strength since time immemorial.

Let us accept this gift gratefully !

Energetically, Mistletoe, Holly and other evergreen Plants are expressions of immortality and eternal Life.


Mistletoe, Viscum album;

Sandalwood (Santalales); Dicotyledons; Angiosperms; family of Seed Plants (Spermatophyta), Mistel

Mistletoe is a wondrous Plant that only becomes visible in the Winter Months, when the Trees are bare.

It is dioecious, which means that each Plant has either male or female Flowers.

The mysterious Mistletoe has fascinated mankind for a very long time.

It was considered the most important magic Plant of the Celtic Druids.

Many Stories and Myths entwine around the mysterious Mistletoe - popular names reveal its high power.

The light germinator Mistletoe was also called Witch's nest, Witch's bush, Devil's seed, Devil's broom, Truden's nest or Alp-Twine (Alp= Elfish being).


Since time immemorial, Mistletoe has been used to cook ointments and brews that promote fertility, expel ulcers (Mistletoe is used in modern cancer therapy), or help against the epilepsy (typical 'Shamanic dis-ease').

The special thing about Mistletoe is that it grows against time.

It grows green and fructiferous in Winter.

The fact that it lives high up in the Trees as a semi-parasite has always impressed people.

Even today the Mistletoe branches are hung up as protection.

Mistletoe often grows on Trees in 'difficult' locations.

In places with increased earth radiation or at water vein crossings.

Plants that grow in such locations are also able to solve exactly these problems.

The smudging of Mistletoe can transform negative vibrations into positive vibrancies.

Mistletoe also has an important place in cancer therapy.

It has been shown to inhibit tumor growth.


specific features

The Leaves are evergreen and continue to grow over the Years before they fall off without wilting and do not have a typical upper or lower surface.


Their growth is extremely slow and only begins after two Years with the first Leaves.

The first Flowers are visible after 6 - 7 Years.

It grows in Winter and Spring.

The Mistletoe rests from June to Winter.


The Mistletoe has a round shape and has no orientating relation to Earth or the horizon.

Between May and July the Mistletoe carries out daily small twisting movements of the Leaves and branches to align itself (to find its own centre), which results in its spherical growth.


The translucent to creamy-yellowish (depending on the host Plant), fleshy, 6 - 10 mm large Berry Fruits (false Berries) with only one to two seeds/embryos can be seen from September to January.

However, these Fruits alone cannot sprout.

For this they need the help of birds.

Some bird species play an important role.


The Mistletoe embryos are very resistant, they can stick to the Trees during the Winter and then sprout in Spring.

For their development they need about 9 Months.

They develop particularly well on young host Trees or branches.


Mistletoes can live up to 30 Years.

The Latin name Viscum means glue and refers to the sticky flesh of the Fruit (also called bird glue).


Fairy Tales and Myths

At the time of the Winter Solstice and as a Christmas decoration, it is also often hung on the front doors to protect the house from damage, especially in the Twelve Days After Christmas.

Anyone who kisses under Mistletoes should become a happy couple.


Pliny, the Roman historian who lived in the first Century after Christ, describes in detail how the Druids worshipped Mistletoe.



'To be a Druid means to preserve, develop and pass on authentic life knowledge'.

- parsifalrain


'Not to be forgotten is the high Mistletoe worship among the Gauls.

The Druids had nothing, so they called their Priests what would have been holier to them than the Mistletoe and the Tree on which it grows, especially if it was a Winter Oak. They regarded everything that grows on this Tree as a gift from Heaven and as a sign that this Tree was chosen by the Gods themselves. ...If necessary, it was then cut off with great solemnity on the sixth day before the new moon, according the Gallic calendar. The Priests, dressed in white, climbed the Tree and cut off the Mistletoe with a Golden Sickle, which was then caught in a white cloak. So great was the pious faith in unimportant things'.


But the History of Mistletoe goes back much further.

Since the megalithic period of the indigenous European Cultures it has been revered as a Cultic Plant and Panacea.

properties and effects



reduces the vascular tension of the blood vessels


Heart strengthening, since the Heart is relieved

metabolically stimulating



Caution: too high doses lead to disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract.


healing purposes

successfully used in cancer therapy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.




high blood pressure

If blood pressure is low, Mistletoe can even increase blood pressure, which at first glance sounds like a contradiction.

But since blood pressure is regulated by normalising circulation and strengthening the Heart, it is clear that Mistletoe can help both high and low blood pressure.


cardiac insufficiency

menopausal symptoms



The Mistletoe grows mostly on Fruit Frees, deciduous Trees (likely Linden Trees), more rarely on Firs or Pines.

Mistletoes that grow on Oak Trees are particularly rare - they are considered sacred.

We find Mistletoes in Europe, West Asia up to the Himalayas and North-West Africa.

In North America it is only rarely to be found.

In addition to the demands placed on certain Trees, Mistletoe also depends on a high level of humidity. It therefore occurs in river valleys, floodplains, etc..

The Mistletoe is a semi-parasite; with its anchor root it drills into the wood of the host Plant and takes water and nutrients from it.



collecting tips

The young Branches with the Leaves are collected for medicinal purposes.

The Berries are not added, as they are poisonous.

The best time to collect Misteltoe is Spring or late Autumn.

A magic date for the Mistletoe collection is the Winter Solstice, on December 21.

Attention: The Mistel is protected in some countries and therefore must not be collected!





bitter substances





Mistletoe as a smudging agent

used parts

For Incense we use all parts of Mistletoe


Best on a full Moon or new Moon Night in Autumn or Spring.


effect on smudging

changes slow negative oscillations into brighter higher vibes


has a very strong protective effect

opens the world of dreams to us and lets us better understand dreams

opens our inner worlds by bringing light into the unconscious.

Mistletoe can make us invisible.


Mistletoe as a remedy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of Anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.


Mistletoe Tea

Mistletoe Tea must always be prepared cold, as the slightly toxic substances do not dissolve in cold Water and the Tea can therefore be drunk safely, warm Water would also reduce the healing effect.

It is advisable to prepare 1 teaspoon of Mistletoe (without Berries) in about half a litre of cold Water and then let it stand for 5-10 hours before drinking it in sips.

This Mistletoe Tea helps with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and a 'restless heart'.

However, it can also be drunk to increase metabolism and digestion.

This Mistletoe Tea also helps with headaches and dizziness, it also strengthens the nerves and reduces menopausal symptoms.

Mistletoe seems to be a real Panacea.


externally as Tea

The Mistletoe cold Extract can be used externally as a compress or for baths.

It helps against varicose veins and lower leg ulcers.

Eczema can also be treated with Mistletoe treatments.

Mistletoe compresses can also be used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pain.

External Mistletoe treatments also help against arthrosis.

Mistletoe Tea can be snort to treat hay fever.


determining the age of a Mistletoe

The age of a Mistletoe can be determined very easily.

You simply count the number of Branches from the Trunk to the longest Branch.

Ideally, all Branches are the same 'length' or have the same number of forks.

This also results in the spherical appearance of the Mistletoe.

The reason is the growth behavior of the Mistletoe, it grows every Year by exactly one Branch, each with two new small Branches from a single Branch, or Bud eye.

In my experience this theory is not always correct, sometimes up to four new Branches fork off from a double knot.

Holly - Ilex aquifolium, Holly family, Stechpalme

The wonderfully shiny green, thorny Leaves of Holly are a well-known Christmas motif and we encounter them more often on decorative Christmas articles than growing wild in Nature.

The Holly is a delicate Plant.

There are both male and female varieties, yet it is a male Plant that radiates a strong, active energy.

He does not tolerate too much cold and does not like dryness.

This is why Holly is most commonly found in gardens where he is planted.

As Hedge Plants in the garden they are popular, because they form effective wind, sight and sun protection Hedges.

Growing wild, he is so rare that it is strictly protected.

The effect of Holly is somewhat controversial.

In many books he is mentioned as poisonous.

The red Berries are in any case to be classified as inedible, with the Leaves, opinions differ on this question.

Siegrid Hirsch even says that a Holly Leaf Tea can be called Europe's Mate Tea.


popular names

Christ-Thorn, Forest Thistle (Bush), sometimes called Palm Tree


Stories and Myths

During the Saturnalia, a Festival celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of December, Branches and bouquets of Holly Leaves were presented to express friendship and goodwill.

Of course, there is also a Story that connects Holly with the crucifixion of Jesus.

It is said that the Palm Branches that were scattered when Christ entered Jerusalem were transformed into Holly Branches when people called for the crucifixion of Jesus.

The thorny Branches symbolize the crown of Thorns of Jesus like hardly any other Plant and the blood-red Berries also stand for the blood of Jesus, which he shed for humanity.

To this day, the domestic shrines and the crucifix are decorated with Holly Branches.

Holly Branches attract good Nature Spirits, so a small Shrub should not be missing in the garden.

Like many other prickly Plants, Holly is of course a vibrant protective Plant.

In the past, Holly Branches were nailed to doors and gates because it was thought that all good spirits sought shelter among these Branches and thus protected the house and courtyard, where they found these branches as ken.

The Branches of the Plant were brought into the house - bound as a wreath or bouquet and decorated with red ribbons - because the good spirits of the Forest hide in them over the Winter and in return for the warm place in the good parlour protect the house and courtyard from misfortune.


It could protect against all evil spirits (which got caught in the Thorns) but also against lightning strikes and other negative events.

Therefore the Branches are burned during the Annual Renewal, offered to the fire as a sacrifice.

One promises to the Fire already with the hanging up that it receives the Branches and Foliage later anyway, thus does not have to take these itself by lightning strike or building fire.

The chimneys were also swept with Branches of the Holly, from which it was previously assumed that the Ancestors went in and out through them.

The Holly Branches kept this ancestral entrance pure.

The Holly stands for the God of the dark half of the Year, who was also called Holly King.

But the Holly was also in contact with the Underworld Goddess Hel. (Helheim)


The Holly King and his brother

A Story, which in Heathen circles belongs firmly to the Winter Solstice (Yule), is about the Holly King and the Oak King, two brothers who each reign for half a Year.

The Holly King is the king of the decreasing Year, the dark time.

He reigns after the Summer Solstice until the Winter Solstice.

On the Day of the Winter Solstice he is bid farewell with the burning of Holly Leaves, whereby he takes the darkness with him and the Days can now become longer bright again.

The Holly as a decorative Yule green is just as widespread as the Mistletoe, which is said to have similar properties.


characteristics and mode of action







healing purposes




febrile colds - also with cough and bronchitis

As Bach Flower Extract, Holly, stands for Love.



Wild Holly is extremely rare.

If we find it in the wild, it is in the undergrowth of damp Forests, which are not exposed to too much cold.


collecting tips

As the Holly is strictly protected, only parts of culturally cultivated Plants may be collected.

Only the very young Leaves that have not yet formed spines are used here.

You have to stand clear from the Berries as they are poisonous.

In the past, the Bark of Holly was also used as an antipyretic.



bitter Ilicin, dye Ilixanthin, tannins, gums, glycosides, caffeine, vanillin, minerals, pectins


recipes for healing application

Holly Leaf Tea

Young Leaves are collected and dried quickly.

Pour 250ml of boiling Water over one teaspoon of the dried cabbage.

This Tea helps with fever, but also with constipation, fatigue and general weakness.


Holly Bark Tea

The Tea from the Bark has an even stronger antipyretic effect and was frequently used in the past.


a warning

The poisonous Berries of Holly were considered in the Middle Ages as an ingredient of the 'Witches' Ointments.

In general, Berries and decoctions of Leaves are often found in recipes for 'Witches' Potions, where they are said to have been used 'to cleanse the body and soul'.

Internal use can lead to severe vomiting, miscarriage, and death if improperly dosed.


Therefore, all parts of Holly in the magic of inexperienced handlers should only be used energetically, symbolically or decoratively - not internally or on the body - and never kept within the reach of children or pets !


Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December ... by parain on Scribd



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This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.

Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !


The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.

However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.


I do not give any medical advice.

If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.


Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.

Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !

Remember – you can only harvest which belongs to you !


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Plants in the Wheel of the Year – September
Category: Nature
Tags: Plants Wheel of the Year Parsifal September Apple Hazel Angelica Hops Valerian

Plants in the Wheel of the Year – September

Kołomir – the Slavic example of Wheel of the Year indicating Seasons of the Year.
(Four-point and eight-point Swastika-shaped  Wheels were more common).

Herbs and medicinal Plants in September are
Apple Tree; The Hazel Bush; Angelica; Hops; Valerian

Here you may also find some recipes with the presented Plants

The Wheel of The Year represents the Annual Cycle of the Seasons and their Midpoints.
It is traditionally associated with Heathendom and may have its origin stretch very far back into Celtic Society where the coming and going of the Seasons, the shortening and lengthening of Daylight hours impacted strongly on this agricultural race.

Herbs don't just have chemical agents for me.
They are their own personalities with a very individual character.

Medicinal Herbs are much older than we humans.
Their times of origin reach back to those days when the first Plant creatures began to colonize the Earth's surface.
That was about 550 million Years ago.

Over all these Millennia, the face, occurrence and properties of Ferns and other spore Plants have hardly changed.
They show themselves to us as they formed and took shape in primeval times.
Most species have only changed in size.
From the Tree to the often inconspicuous Fern.
Some have become small, filigree Plants.
Others can only be found in the most barren regions.
To a certain extent, these are the 'fossils', the primeval beings of Herbal medicine !

Now we are going to embark on a voyage of discovery into a world that is often overlooked in the treasure trove of Herbal medicine.
Ancient Folk knowledge, wisdoms of a Healing art, which is mostly cultivated and practiced in silence, lead us step by step into a world full of wonders, magic and great beauties.
We encounter old knowledge, which is often only passed on today through the Tradition of Storytelling.

parsifalrain, September 7

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.


Apple Tree - Malus communis; Rosaceae family, Rosaceae, Apfel
The Apple Tree is a special Tree, since he has been very familiar to many of us since we were children.
Often there is an Apple Tree in your own garden.
We can therefore observe him over the Year, so that we know him very well in all his manifestations.
Of course, his Fruits are also of special importance to us - after all, an Apple is a very important local Fruit.

It tastes good to almost all children and adults and is also responsible for providing us with the necessary Vitamins in Winter.
In the past, Apples were indeed of great importance for a healthy survival in Winter.
They were stored or processed into mush and cider.
The healing effect of Apples is hardly known today and yet many of us know the proverb 'An Apple a Day, keeps the doctor away' - which on the one hand hardly applies to the few varieties offered in our oh, so sophisticated modern age so called 'super' markets today, bred for shelf life, trimmed for a pleasant shape, and pretty much depleted of vital substances as i.e. Vitamins or minerals on the other hand this old proverb clearly contains that the domestic, the unspoilt Apple is of very great importance for our Health.

Undoubtedly, however, this saying may still have been valid at a time when the quality and quantity of ingredients (and from this the taste ! ! !) of literally ALL of the Plant kingdom by far surpassed our current commercially bred Plant species which are known to us today, due to overbred for rapid yield in many places already depleted soils and and other, saddening circumstances ...

Fairy Tales and Myths
In all Euro-Asian Cultures, the Apple was considered an important symbol of Life.
He appears in countless Legends, Stories and Myths.
Again and again he is associated with the themes of Love, fertility, femininity, wisdom, knowledge, but also with youth.
Long before he stood for sin through the Catholic Church, the Apple was a synonym of perfection, wisdom and immortality.
The Apple was also an important companion of the triune (triform) Goddess.
Due to his round appearance, he was considered a symbol of perfection.
The Goddess, with an apple in her hand, showed people the way to their personal perfection.
Other stories tell of beautiful Trees.
Of paradise Trees carrying golden Apples.
These Apples are considered Apples of Life.
If you eat them, it brings you eternal Life.

But first the hero who set out to pick the golden Apple had to overcome many obstacles and master terrible adventures.
So the Apple also stood as an obstacle for man on the way to himself.
One could also see this as an encrypted initiation process.
But sometimes it is also the Goddess herself who leads man to perfection through the Apple.
In Celtic mythology we know 'Avalon' - the Apple country.
It is the Celtic name for the Otherworld.
The land where you can meet the Elves, Fairies, Ancestors and Gods.
The Other World ultimately stands for a world that we reach through changed states of consciousness (trances).
But this world is not discouraging, desolate, or similar to hell, but rather a paradise or land of milk and honey.
For us, the Fairy Tale of Frau Holle is probably the most famous Fairy Tale in which an Apple Tree acts a part.
On her way to the Underworld (Other World), the girl meets a talking Apple Tree asking her to harvest the ripe Apples.
The good girl then shakes the Tree so hard that not a single Apple hangs on the Tree.
Subsequently, she will be royally rewarded for this deed.
Again the Apple Tree has a direct relation to the Other World and points the way to the human being.
It is also said that the Apple Tree is the favourite Tree of Unicorns.
They like to be under him.
In Spring, when the Tree is in bloom, Elves and Fairies especially like to be near him.
Another proof that the Apple Tree accompanies us into the Other World.
After the sinking of matriarchal Cultures, the Apple became a symbol of sin and destruction.
The sin of Adam and Eve supposedly began with the consumption of an Apple.
It can of course be assumed that the princes of the so called holy church had great problems with the original symbolism of the Apple, since the Apple stood for fertility, femininity and also for sensuality.
Not exactly 'Christian values'.

properties and effect
- digestive and costive - depending on the method of preparation
- tranquilizing
- nervine
- antipyretic
- diuretic
- appetizing
- strengthens the immune system

healing purposes
- stomach and intestinal forms of disease
- easing
- cough
- pyrexia

Apple Trees can be found all over Europe.
They are preferably cultivated in gardens.
But there are also many wild apple trees, or large, old apple trees around farms.
If you have any chance, plant an old Apple Tree variety or, at all try to look for old, indigenous types of Fruit to meet your needs.
collection tips
The flowers of the Apple Tree are collected in May.
The Apples are usually not ripe until Autumn.
However, there are so many different Apple varieties that the Harvest Period is relatively long.

- a lot of Vitamin C
- Pectin - a fibre with a digestive effect, both for diarrhoea and to lower cholesterol levels.
- Potassium - important for nerves and muscles
- Polyphenols - reduce the risk of cancer
- organic acids
- enzymes

recipes for healing application
Apple peel Tea

The skin of unsprayed Apples can be used as Tea.
Peel the Apple very thinly and dry the pieces of skin - you can also make the Tea with fresh skin.
This Tea refreshes, tastes very good and calms children - if it is additionally sweetened with honey - the nerves quite wonderful.
It also has a slightly stimulating effect on the kidneys and bladder and reduces fever.
Together with dried Elderberries [genus Sambucus] and rose hips (from dog rose) [Rosa canina] you get a tasty, strengthening Fruit Tea.

Apple syrup
Mix chopped Apples in equal parts with water - boil briefly and strain.
Then add full-flavoured sugar in the same proportion by weight and allow to boil until a thick syrup is formed.
This syrup helps children when they have cough and fever and should therefore not be missing in any natural medicine cabinet.

steamed Apples
Steam Apple pieces briefly in water until a simple compote is formed, possibly season to taste with cloves and some real honey.
This compote is a very good diet for forms of stomach and intestinal disease and mild fever.

grated Apples
A really good help for diarrhoea is a treatment with freshly grated Apples.
In the morning, noon and evening 2 raw Apples are finely grated and eaten slowly.
You should grate the whole Apple, with core and skin.

dried Apple rings
One activity that always occupies children during the last weeks of their holidays is the production of dried Apple rings.
We have two wonderful Apple Trees in the garden and therefore so many Apples that we had to think of something how we could process these Apples.
That's why every year in Autumn we dry diligently.
Cut Apples into small, thin rings and dry them either in a drying machine, in the oven, or hung on a thread.
Put them in lemon Water before drying to avoid browning.

recipes for the kitchen
Apple 'snake'
300g wheat flour
250 g butter
2 yolks
1 pinch of unrefined Salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp wine or cidar or rum or vinegar
1-2 tbsp cream or buttermilk or milk
Prepare a short pastry from the ingredients and put it in a cool place.
Meanwhile, peel ½ kg of Apples and cut them into small pieces.
Sugar the Apples, using unrefined sugar.
Add some Cinnamon from Ceylon and raisins if you like.
Then roll out the shortcrust pastry, add the apples and roll them back in again.
Spread an egg yolk or some whipped cream on the roll.
It will be wonderful, tender apple snake - hmmm like this tastes - I will bake a few in a moment, because my mouth is watering down.

raw Apple cream
30 dag curd cheese
1 cup of cream
10 tbsp sugar
2 kg Apples
real Vanilla sugar and Cinnamon from Ceylon
Mix curd cheese, cream and sugar to a cream.
Grate the Apples very finely and fold into the cream.

power cream - without sugar
25 dag low-fat pots
1 cup yoghurt
1 cup whipped cream
10 dates - soaked overnight
½ kg Apples
1 banana
Add the soaked dates to the yoghurt and mix to a porridge with a hand blender.
Add the curd cheese.
Whip the double-cream and fold into the cream.
Grate the Apples and the banana very finely and fold into the cream - wonderful, that is really very healthy and tastes good to the children.
In Winter, however, I would drop the banana, because even curd cheese cools the body and too much cooling is not desirable in the cold Season.

Apple marmalade
1 kg Apples
1 kg gelling sugar
vanilla sugar (please, never use vanillin - it is artificial stuff and a strong neurotoxin plus destroying your genome)
2 unsprayed lemons
Grate the Apples very finely and bring to the boil with the sugar, season to taste with cinnamon and (again, real) vanilla sugar, add the juice and peel of the two unsprayed lemons.
Let the jam simmer for 10 minutes and then fill into clean jars.


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Hazelnut Bush (Corylus avellana) Birch family, Betulaceae, Haselnuss
Most of us know the hazel very well from our childhood.
Her straight branches were so well suited for making walking sticks or other childlike buildings in the Forest.
During boring walks with the parents, the good Nuts from the Tree were often the only welcome change.

In the Wheel of the Year, the Hazelnut Bush is another Plant that becomes noticeable very soon in Spring and stands for renewal and youthfulness due to her high growth - and regeneration power.
The Hazelnut has always been of great importance in Fairy Tales and Myths.
She was considered a symbol of fertility and sexual strength.
Unfortunately she lost for exactly this reason in the course of the forced catholicising strongly in meaning.
In Celtic, the Hazel was said to have prophetic power.
The Celts also believed that where a Hazelnut Bush grows, there is an entrance to the Otherworld.
Also today the Wood of the Bush is used for the production of divining rods.
It is an excellent conductor of energy flows.
It is said that if a Hazelnut Bush grows next to the house, it is the best lightning conductor.

healing effect of the Hazel
A Tea made from Leaves and Bark has a fever-reducing, vasoconstrictive, haemostatic and sweat-inducing effect.
The Nuts contain important oils, Vitamins and cell permeable minerals.
The Oil extracted from them is a tasty edible oil.
However, it is also valuable oil for skin care, because it is best suited to care for stressed, irritated, sensitive and dry skin.
In addition, it can also counteract the formation of wrinkles.
This Oil is highly appreciated.

The Magic Of Hazelnuts In The Kitchen (according to Scott Cunningham)
The consumption of Hazelnuts brings us wisdom because it stimulates our consciousness and mind in a way that brings us closer to wisdom.
In addition, Hazelnuts have always been symbols of fertility, which is why they can be eaten for this purpose.

general information
When I think of Hazelnuts that I have collected myself, I inevitably have to think of how we as children
have always tried to bite the hard shell of the nuts.
When my father did that, I often thought he would bite his teeth out.
If you want to use hazelnuts in the kitchen, it is really very difficult to collect them and then crack them.
And yet they are such important companions in our diet.
The wood of the hazelnut is of course also of special importance.
It is an excellent conductor of energy flows and has therefore always been used for the construction of divining rods.
The hazelnut bush could not be missing in any farmer's garden - perhaps also because it attracts lightning and thus protects against dangerous lightning strikes.

Stories and Myths
In Celtic the Hazel is also called Coll, which means 'vessel of knowledge'.
The Tree is closely connected to the Goddess Brighid, who in turn was closely connected to wisdom and divine inspiration.
The Story tells that also the Hazelnut contains all wisdom.
The Hazelnut Bush was highly valued by the Celts.
It belonged to the most important Hedge Plants and was part of the Nine Magical Hedge Woods.
One must also know that a Hedge used to have a completely different meaning than it does today.
It was regarded as a border to the wild land, to the jungle and to uncultivated areas.
Behind the Hedge began the land of wild animals, ghosts, gnomes, Elves and Fairies.
Of course only people who were magically charged dared to enter this world - it was the world of Druids, Shamans, Herbalists, of course the so-called 'Witches' (wise and Herbalist Women).
The word Witch is derived from the word Hagezusse, which means 'The Woman (Zussa) In The Hedge'.
So the Witch was a woman sitting in the Hedge, a 'fence rider', a fence to the world beyond.
This meaning refers to the fact that it was possible for Women who knew healing and magic to travel between the worlds (this world - hereafter, real world - Otherworld).
The Hazel was therefore also an important entrance to the Otherworld - the gates open with her.
A Hazelnut Bush or the Wood of the Hazelnut had the property of being able to protect against the (seeming) chaotic forces of Nature and the Hereafter.
It protected against lightning, thunderstorms, wild animals, snakes, evil spells, forms of disease and death.
So no Hazelnut Bush was allowed to be missing around the house.
The Wood was of course also used for magical purposes - magic wands and divining rods were and are made of Hazel Wood.
The Celts also believed in the divining power of Hazelnuts.
It was said that when you sleep under a Hazelnut Bush, you had dreams with a promising future.
The Hazelnut Bush was regarded as a symbol of fertility, virility and sexual power.
Some Peasant may still remember the saying 'If there are many Hazelnuts in Autumn, there will be many children next Year'. (there are many Hazelnuts in Late Summer 2018)
Unfortunately the Hazelnut Bush was demonized again for exactly this reason by the forced Christianization.
She was regarded as a symbol of lust and sexuality.
No wonder that she was denied any meaning and healing power.
I think it is time to give the Hazelnut back her true meaning.

properties and effects
Flower Catkin - sweat-inducing
Bark - antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, astringent
Oil - anti-inflammatory, soothing, tissue-strengthening

healing purposes  
Flower Catkin:

Ulcers - applied as compresses

Hazelnut Oil:
is a rich care oil for face and skin
wrinkle formation
stretch marks [Striae gravidarum]
nerve strengthening
healing food for diabetics
protection against arteriosclerosis
concentration promotion

About 8000 Years ago, the Hazel Bush covered large parts of Central Europe.
At that Time, the climate was even warmer and drier, which is why the shrub could spread so far.
Today she stands mostly near us humans.
She's not missing in any Peasant's garden and we find her preferably at the edge of Forests and in Shrubberies.

Bark: tannins, resin acids, flavonoids
Leaves : tannins, essential oils
Nuts: unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, iron, calcium, potassium, 20% protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2

recipes for healing application  
influenza Tea

1 part Hazelnut Catkins
1 part Elderflowers
1 part Lime Blossoms

(learn more about this sacred Tree in BOLE: Wheel of the Year-Celebration Samhain, Autumn Berry Liqueur and my Plant portrait which goes more into detail about Elderberry: Tree of the Goddess Holla)

metabolic Tea
Mix Kittens and Leaves in equal parts, allow Tea to brew for a long time.
This Tea stimulates the metabolism in general and is also used successfully for obesity because it stimulates the inner secretory glands.

Hazelnut care Oil
50 ml Hazelnut Oil
50 ml Almond Oil [oleum Prunus dulcis]
10 drops real essential Myrrh Oil [oleum Mirra]
5 drops real essential Rose oil [oleum genus Rosa] (expensive)
This Oil cares for the face skin wonderfully - it is also helpful for wrinkles, especially around the eyes.

Angelica - Angelica officinalis- Angelica archangelice- Archangelice- Angelica Umbelliferae Family - Umbelliferae, Erzengelwurz (Engelwurz)
click to read in BOLE about this extraordinary medicinal Plant


Hop - Humulus lupulus, Family of Hemp Plants – Cannabaceae, Hopfen
Most of us probably know Hops as an important ingredient of our beloved beer.
Some people also know that Hops are a very good sedative or sleeping pill.
Otherwise, we usually know very little about Hops.
Hardly anyone knows what Hop looks like or where he grows.
But since we know beer so well, we know that it tastes bitter and makes us tired.

The Hop is a climbing Plant that prefers to grow very high.
If he finds a foothold on a Tree, he can grow up to 10 metres in height.
This signature indicates that hop can help people who want to climb high.
But they can only achieve this ascent if they have the strength to grow.
The irrepressible growth of hops can also indicate a certain cheerfulness and lightness.
In addition, hop can also help people who are very cumbersome - they may become a bit more adventurous again.

Stories and Myths
In magic, hop is used to create relaxed dreams.
In the late Middle Ages 'Hoppenklopper' (Hop-kloppers) were said to have passed through the hop gardens.
They struck with poles against the wooden frames of the not yet flowering Plants.
This was supposed to drive away the evil spirits.
For as one knew, ghosts particularly liked to settle in hops.
It was also said that the spirits then attacked the people who drank too much of the hop brew.
properties and effect
- soothing
- soporific (sleep inducing)
- appetizing
- stomachic
- potency enhancing
- breast milk promoting

healing purposes
- insomnia
- nervousness
- restlessness
- anxieties
- sleep disturbances
- hot flashes
- menopausal symptoms
- menstrual cramps
- nervous heart complaints
- heart palpitations

Hops can be found on streams, Forest edges, in Hedges and Bushes.
Hops prefer semi-shady locations.

collecting tips
The 'female' Hop cones are collected in September.
They can be bundled and hung in an airy, dark room to dry.
Some bitter substances of Hops are easily volatile.
Dried Hops should therefore not be stored for more than a year.

- bitter substances
- essential oils
- flavonoids
- tannins
- polysaccharides

recipes for healing application
Hop Tea

In September, collect the female Hop cones and dry.
For one Tea, pour 2 teaspoons of boiling Water and leave to brew for a few minutes.
Sweeten with real bee honey and drink before going to bed - you can then fall asleep a little better.

Hop Tincture
Place 100g fresh Hop Cones in a glass and pour over 250 ml of 70% alcohol.
All parts of the Plant must be covered.
Leave to stand for about 2 weeks, filter off and fill into a dark dropping bottle.
Before going to bed, drink 20 drops in a glass of lukewarm Water.

Hop cushion
Fill the dried Hop Cones into a small linen bag and close it.
You can also add other calming Herbs (Lavender [Lavandula angustifolia], Valerian [genus Valeriana] - see below,...).
You can put this little bag into the normal pillow - this also has a sleep-promoting effect.
Hop milk
Bring 2 teaspoons of dried Hop Cones to the boil in a cup of milk, sweeten with honey and drink immediately before going to bed.


Valeriana, Valeriana officinalis [genus Valeriana], Baldrian
Throughout the Year, one of my favourite Plants accompanies me in a wonderful way.
My beloved Valerian.
In Spring her beautiful Leaves are among the first to find their way through the earth, then the
Plant proudly grows up to tower above me and then blooms and smells so beautifully that she
enchants me Day after Day.

Valerian Blossoms attract the both: Elves and Fairies and in their presence the Nature beings are very noticeable.
Valerian Flower Essence is also a Nature Being Essence that can facilitate our contact to the invisible worlds of Nature Beings.
I love all Plants that are firmly rooted in the earth and grow stately in the sky - they are always mediators between heaven and earth (as well as the wonderful Angelica).
Now in approaching Autumn, of course, the Root of Valerian is dug and set in alcohol or dried.
The effect is well known.
Valerian helps us to relax, calms the entire nervous system and makes it easier for us to fall asleep.
Valerian is a blessing for our stressed souls and a popular healing Herb of our time.
Because many people have a hard time unwinding, falling asleep or sleeping all through the night.
Valerian gives us peace and centeredness.


This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the Nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - July and August
Reapers Festival - Lammas - Lughnasad

Plants in the Wheel of the Year – October
Autumn Equinox - Mabon - September 21-23

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Herbal portrait Cinquefoil
Category: Nature
Tags: Cinquefoil Tansy Silverweed Gänsefingekraut Potentilla Plant Herb Shaman Wheel Parsifal

The healing effect of many Plants was already known to man before the Stone Age*).
Already at the beginning of human history Plants played an important role for humans, one could not go to the 'super'market like we do today and got everything they needed there.
He had to gather food, clothing and medicine in Nature, and he did !
And so he used the Plants for fibre production for ropes and clothing, for nutrition, for oil extraction for lamps and as food, as dye, as medicinal Herb or for psychoactive purposes.

Herbal portrait Cinquefoil [Potentilla anserina]
Tansy, Silverweed, Gänsefingekraut, Rosaceae family, genus Argentina; Cinquefoil is a member of the Rose family - Rosaceae

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

parsifalrain, July 12

This ancient, magical Herb is known for her healing properties especially for relieving cramp-like conditions, mainly of the smooth muscles.

But she is also a Plant of protection and Nature-essences.
The name 'Gänsefingerkraut' (literally - thus wrong translated to english 'Goose-Finger-Herb') is probably due to the fact that she could spread very well on goose pastures.
The Herb loves well fertilized soil and the geese fertilized these soils very naturally with their excrements.

The Herb also loves hard ground and the geese make this job wonderfully with their wide feet and love this Herb just as much as the peasant who uses Cinquefoil as a miracle cure for his animals - even with colic of the horses.
Silverweed helps very well with cramped menstrual problems.
You can produce an Essence with young girls that helps them to relieve their symptoms.
In the 15th Century, the Silverweed is mentioned by Johannes de Cuba in his Herbal books Herbarius and Gart der Gesundheit.

Cinquefoil as food
Cinquefoil is a versatile food and also a powerful remedy for cramps.
All parts of the Vitamin C-rich Silverweed are suitable as food.
Her delicate Leaves can be boiled in salt water until soft and then processed like spinach.
They have a rather mild taste and can therefore be mixed well with other Wild Herbs or vegetables.
They are also a good addition to salads or cream drinks.
The yellow Flowers can be used as edible decoration on a salad or vegetable dishes.
A Root vegetable can be prepared from the tasty Roots.
Grated raw, they are added to the salad.
It promotes the absorption of minerals and trace elements into the cell and should therefore be enjoyed together with Herbs such as Nettle [Urtica dioica, Urtica urens] or Coltsfoot [Tussilago farfara], especially in cases of calcium deficiency.

Stories and Myths
Cinquefoil is an ancient magical Plant.
It's connected to the creatures of Nature.
It was said that the Fairies and Elves liked to meet at the shiny silver Leaves to chat, celebrate and dance.
Cinquefoil is also an old protective and auxiliary Herb.
Like many other protective Herbs, bushes were hung in front of the house and yard to ward off unwelcome guests.
If one observes the Plant, one recognizes that it protects its leaves in rain around the yellow Flowers.
This kind of protection was also compared to the protective mantle of Mother Mary, the catholic successor of the teutonic-germanic Frigg (Saga), the celtic Brigid, the babylonian Ištar, the old-egyptian Isis, the old-greek Artemis, Demeter und Athene, the roman Diana, ... and the anatolian Kybele Goddesses.
So, Cinquefoil is one of the 'Marian' and Female Herbs.

In Folk Medicine, Silverweed was used to eliminate fever.
The Leaves were crushed, mixed with (then real, unrefined) salt and vinegar and then placed on the soles of the person suffering from fever with the help of an envelope.
For the treatment of calf cramps, in addition to internal application, the Leaves can be placed slightly squashed directly on the affected area.

properties and mode of action
costive at diarrhea

healing purposes
sore throats
gum inflammation and bleeding and the oral mucosa
diarrhea - cramps in the gastrointestinal tract
severe back pain
strong muscles and calf cramps
menstruational complaints
forms of diarrheal disease

She is native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere.
We find her in dry and sunny locations with nutrient-rich, well-fertilised soil.
This is why she often occurs at field edges or pastures.
Once she has settled in the garden, usually becomes a faithful companion.
collection tips
The Leaves and Roots of the Cinquefoil can be collected practically all Year round, but from May to August is the best Time.
Especially used are Flowers and Leaves.
We recognize Cinquefoil on her silvery, slightly hairy Leaves.
It is a ground cover Plant and grows only about 30cm in height.

Tannins, flavonoids, tannins, bitter substances, tormentol, calcium and Vitamin C

recipes for healing application
Cinquefoil milk decoction - against cramps
When the fresh or dried cabbage is boiled in milk, this drink helps very well with cramps of all kinds.

Tea for menstrual cramps
Together with Yarrowweed [Achillea millefolium], Goose Cinquefoil can be blended into a good menstrual Tea, which is particularly helpful for painful cramps.

cramp - pillow
Put the dried Herb into a pillow, warm it dry (in the oven) and place it on the belly in case of painful tree cramps.

Silverweed Tincture
An alcoholic extract of Silverweed helps very well with menstrual complaints and other ailments associated with spasmodic pain.

Wound - Herbal Milk
The most common way of preparing Cinquefoil in our ancestors, the ancient Teutons, was probably Herbal milk.
Boil fresh Silverweed in milk and leave to stand for a few minutes.
Milk is used because it contains fat and thus makes the fat-soluble ingredients more accessible to us.
In wounds, this milk was also drunk to protect against tetanus and blood poisoning and the Herb, boiled in milk was placed on the wound.

Baby Belly Oil
Crush 1 teaspoon each of Caraway [Carum carvi], Anise [Pimpinella anisum] and Fennel seeds [semen Foeniculum vulgare] and place in a lockable glass jar.
Add about a handful of slightly dried, finely chopped Cinquefoil and add 200 ml organic sweet Almond oil.
Leave this mixture to stand for about three Weeks.
Remove the Seeds and Plant parts and fill them into brown glass bottles.
For flatulence, warm the oil slightly and massage the baby's stomach.

Massage Oil for menstrual problems
Soak Mugwort [Artemisia vulgaris] and Silverweed equally in good oil and leave in the Sun for a few Weeks.
This oil helps girls very well when they massage it onto their stomach for menstrual problems.

Anyone who uses Herbs acts on his own authority !

*) Wood is man's oldest building material.
The Wood Age was long before the Megalithic Cultures, the Stone Age and the Bronze- and Iron Ages.

This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - July and August
Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21
The Linden Tree
Herbal portrait Mullein
Herbal portrait Blueweed

Reapers Festival - Lammas - Lughnasad
Plants in the Wheel of the Year – September

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