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Plants in the Wheel of the Year – September
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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

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