Day #134 – Peppermint

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #134 – Peppermint

It’s been over forty years, yet the slightest scent of peppermint will conjure up memories of my dad.  Our first home on Paris Street was surrounded by well-tended rose bushes and peppermint plants.  Every spring, he gathered roses and sprigs of peppermint and tied them into bouquets.  He delivered these beautifully scented gifts to all the ladies on our block, both young and old alike. For a few short weeks, each spring, the air both in and around our house was filled with this glorious scent.  My father told me that peppermint would keep us from harm.  As a kid, I thought he was telling...

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Day #130 – Rudbeckia

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Day #130 – Rudbeckia

The Gloriosa daisy also known as Rudbeckia Gloriosais a perennial. It returns each spring from the same roots and forms ever-expanding clumps of beautiful yellow, daisy-like flowers.  Developed in the 1950’s, it’s yellow like its parent flowers, the Black-eyed and Brown-eyed Susan, but is often graced with a mahogany-brown starburst marking. My search for the sacred meaning of this flower unexpectedly led me to a photograph of the Flight 93 Memorial National Park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Surrounding the image of a seventeen-ton boulder which marks the spot where the airplane...

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Day #125 – Purple Cone Flower

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Nature, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #125 – Purple Cone Flower

The perfect symmetry of nature can be seen in the middle of this flower with droopy lavender petals.  The beauty of the single close-up of the purple Cone flower is enhanced a thousand-fold when you step back and enjoy an abundance of these versatile plants.  Almost never do you see just one Cone flower sprouting from the fertile ground.  The seeds scattered across the land produce a profusion of long stemmed flowers that sway gently with the breeze.  The hardiness of this drought-resistant flower can be transferred to a tincture or tea used by those knowledgeable in herbal remedies.  The...

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Day #99 – Rosemary

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #99 – Rosemary

Once an essential part of the apothecary’s repertoire, rosemary, the ancient culinary herb, was prescribed to many an ailing Frenchman for their faltering livers and weakened minds. As my fingers brush the waist-high bush, I inhale the aroma of the piney bows and I am led to contemplate the visions of a medieval Mediterranean hamlet. At once, I imagine the cloaked maiden being drawn in by the tiny pale blue flowers. She bends at the waist to first sniff and then pluck off the stiff evergreen leaves on their branches, quickly pushing them into her woven basket. With several limbs in...

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Day #92 – Poinsettia

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #92 – Poinsettia

Christmas Eve, 1963. Mom rounded up all five of us kids for midnight Mass. Dressed in our Sunday best, and filled with admonishments to remain as quiet as possible, we excitedly walked into the rapidly filling church. The organ played softly as Mom held tightly to the hands of the two youngest, squirming boys. As was Mom’s habit, we sat in the first empty row as close to the altar as possible. A light shining on the alter immediately drew my eyes to the nativity scene just below it.  Around the crèche were what seemed like a million, bright-red poinsettias. Nestled within that...

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Day #78 – Aloe

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Plants | 0 comments

Day #78 – Aloe

Hello, strange little plant. Would you mind if I broke off a part of your gel-filled leaves? The burn on my finger is in need of your comfort. As I open you to use the gel, I remember the day my mother introduced me to you. My sunburn was blistering. Such exquisite pain. She gently rubbed the gel on my back and wha-la . . . I was able to go on a date that night. Oh, the fun we had and never a lick of pain. I wonder if her mother had used it on her. Did you know people have been using you for healing at least since at least 1750 BC? The Hebrews and Egyptians considered your juice to be sacred...

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