Hi All, With springs speedy approach..--> OK I am a optimist! But I have new growth on all my native trees here so that is a sure sign.. that spring approachs..
I thought this blog on the Fae's favorite plants could ad those who would like to start a fairy garden this year or just add a few faerie lures to their garden.
Name is derived from "Little Folks' Glove". Florets are worn by Faeries as hats and gloves.
Make the invisible visible. Eating them lets you see Faeries. If one touches a Faerie rock with the correct number of primroses in a posy, the way to faerieland and Faerie gifts is made clear. The wrong number means certain doom.
Used as makeshift horses by the Faerie.
Part of a recipe for a brew to make one see the Faeries. The tops of the Wild Thyme must be gathered near the side of a Faerie hill.
These are loved and protected by the Faeries. They help one to find hidden Faerie gold.
the flower that was used as a love potion by Oberon, a Faerie king thought to have been invented by Shakespeare.
One who hears a bluebell ring will soon die. A field of bluebells is especially dangerous, as it is intricately interwoven with Faerie enchantments.
A four-leafed one may be used to break a Faerie spell.
St. John's Wort
Has a calming effect, used when stress is overwhelming. Helps break spells as well.
Celtic legend says it is the receptacle of knowledge; the hazelnut is a symbol of fertility in England.
White Oak Bark
Cleanses and tones entire alimentary canal (tract that food passes through from ingestion to elimination), excellent astringent. Good for external and internal hemorrhage - bleeding in stomach, lungs, rectum.
Protects against bad spirits. Used in butter churns so that the butter would not be overlooked by Faeries. Bewitched horses may be controlled by a rowan whip. Druids used rowan wood for fires with which they called up spirits whom could be forced to answer questions when rowan berries were spread over the flayed hides of bulls.
Made from bark, aids liver congestion, helps to carry blood and liver toxins out of the body. Good for gall stones, lead poisoning.
Oakmen are created when a felled oak stump sends up shoots. One should never take food offered by them since it is poisonous.
At night they uproot themselves and stalk travelers, muttering at them.
Sometimes is a witch disguised as a tree. Never lay a baby in an elder wood cradle or the Faeries will pinch them so they bruise. Burning elder wood is dangerous since it invites the Devil.
If the spirit of the birch tree (The One With the White Hand) touches a head it leaves a white mark and the person turns insane. If it touches a heart, the person will die.
Protected by water spirits.
To ensure good harvests, leave the last apple of your crop for the Apple-Tree-Man.
Druids wands were made of ash twigs. It also has healing properties. Weak-limbed children were passed through split ash trees which were then bound up. If the tree grew straight, the child would as well. Also may be used as a substitute for Rowan.
Some have poisonous hallucinogenic properties. The Vikings ate it and gain their reputations as berkerkers. In Celtic lore, they are among the food of the gods, as with many red plants. Some toadstools associated with the Faerie are Fly Agaric, Yellow Fairy Club, Slender Elf Cap, Dune Pixie-Hood, and Dryad's Saddle.
Fairy Ring Mushroom
Marks the boundaries of Faerie rings.
Roses seem to attract the wee ones in a powerful way. If you wear rose oil when seeking the Fae Folk, they will be drawn to you despite their wish. A rose water preparation can be made to bathe in before doing any rite of the Fairy Tradition. It is traditionally made by taking 21 measures of rose petals and steeping them in a copper kettle with a lid. They should be left to soak for the space of full moon to full moon. This rose water can be used to scent the body and hair and as "holy water" in works of Faerie Magic.