The Celts, early Christians, and Druids had a long association with plants and plant lore, and though some may scoff today at this understanding of the efficacy of plants, it’s interesting that in many areas science is only just now catching up. Plants and herbs have, and still are, used in medicines and ritual.
From the second millennium BC, the Egyptians were using willow bark (to make, what we now call Asprin), and Hippocrates, too, mentions it; and it is still sold in pharmacies worldwide, today.
‘Luke the beloved physician…’ (Colossians 4:14a)
I regularly mix plant and herbal extracts as tinctures, or suggest which flower(s) and herbs people might like to have in their home or for a ceremony depending on their requirements, and I also discuss with those about to undergo hand-fasting etc what flowers they might like – as such flowers can also have deep symbolism – in the dorchau pen or head wreaths, and then make the head wreaths for them for their special occasion.
What follows is an outline, for information only, of plant essential oils that can be used in a room ‘diffuser’ (such as in a small jar with a few drops of the appropriate essential oil, and ‘chop-stick’-type diffuser-sticks protruding from the jar to gradually release the fragrance into the air), and is never taken internally.
What about you?
Do you need something, such as a plant or herbal essential oil in a room ‘diffuser’ for clear thoughts, to enhance your memory (which can be a little boost when studying or taking an exam etc), to deep thoughts and meditation, for instance?
‘I placed a bowl of herbs and ointments in the window of my bedroom, and let the scented breeze carry him away . . .’ Sherry Jones
Here’s just an outline of the efficacy of some plants as used by the ancients, myself, and by many today:
Juniper berries (Juniperus communis) are good for this for cleansing the home, and clearing the mind of extraneous thoughts. If you have some serious thinking to do, then Juniper berries/oil, used in a diffuser, is for you. You may remember the story of Elijah who was fleeing from Jezebel, and was in fear of his life. Dejected and feeling sorry for himself, presumably his mind afire with all sorts of conflicting thoughts he fell asleep under a Juniper tree. And there, once his mind was clear and he was refreshed, he was awoken by an angel (1 Kings 19:5, The Book).
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil in a small bowl in the house, or in a room diffuser may assist with memory – great if you’re studying. Researchers, Jemma McCready and Dr. Mark Moss of Northumbria University presented their findings a couple of years ago. The results showed that participants in the rosemary-scented room test performed better on the prospective memory tasks than the participants in the room with no scent.
Known as the herb of remembrance, Rosemary was placed on the graves of English heroes.
It was found especially good, by those being tested, for remembering events and remembering to complete tasks at particular times. Indeed, ancient Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams – and so its use in a dorchau pen, head wreath is recommended.
Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera), one of the gifts of the Magi, is said to encourage deep thought of the ‘passive’ kind, and meditation, and enhance and ‘lift’ any spiritual ritual-thinking, or the emotions. It is used in many temples and churches, today. It is said to be an antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-microbial and anti-viral, astringent, stimulant, carminative, immune booster, and improves circulation etc.
Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a great, handsome plant, with large, wavy leaves and round heads of purple flowers, and it is used, by some, to remove toxins from the body. Burdock was considered to be sacred to the ‘heavenly bear’, Thor by the early Celts and Germanic peoples. As Thor ruled over the summer storms, the plant was gathered during midsummer. In medieval times, it was placed on gables to protect against lightning.
‘Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. Hippocrates
Note: As mentioned, this in only an outline. In all cases, if you have a medical condition and you believe it warrants it, do consult an allopathic practitioner/GP, and if you are taking any medicines prescribed by a health practitioner, don’t stop or vary them because of this page, without consulting your health professional. I believe herbal medicines are beneficial as complementary ‘aids’ and not as alternatives. Similarly, I would want to distance myself from some of the spurious claims that abound on the internet about cancer and sugar, and healing of cancer by ‘odd’ means etc. Having had cancer, I believe in allopathic medicine (yes, even chemo), with herbal ‘remedies’ alongside the aforementioned (but even then, only with reference to a health practitioner because of the way they can interact).