Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cottages and Gnomes for useful plants we Love!

Healing Cottages and their Gnomes!

Scarlet Pimpernel House
  Scarlet Pimpernel, a lovely little orange flower, sometimes also found with
a blue flower.... is common along roadsides and meadows, growing a bit like
a ground cover. The flowers are tiny and have tinges of dark purple/red. I have always loved this plant and was so deligted to find in days gone by it was highly revered as a healing plant, it would "chase troubles away" and lighten the mood, somewhat like St. Johns Wort(Hypericum) The fun thing to do is to research this plant yourself and be delighted at the finds!

In the back~ another wee door for the storing room:-)

 The lovely Chamomile Cottage! A relaxing and calming plant, helping sooth little ones and tummies all around.  One of the most loved and useful wild plants we have.

  The Sweet Violet Cottage~  The fragrance of the tiny deep purple little flowers carpeting the forest floor , playing amongst the Forget-me-nots~ is a cherished childhood memory. The fragrance alone is a great aromatherapy!  I toss the blossoms in my Spring Salads and the dried leaves and flowers make a restorative tea, antiseptic by nature. Candied flowers were a victorian treat:-)

The Windflower Cottage (Pulsitilla Occidentalis)  A wonderful homeopathic remedy 
The Calendula Cottage (Winter Marigold) One of the most versatile and useful plants of all!
I make soap and healing salve out of the fresh flowers and leaves every summer:-

The lovely Starflower Cottage! ( Boarage)
Borago offiinalis

Not only does this botanical bring use healing , but leafy food for soupls, stews and on their own. The use of this plant goes back hundreds of years and the flowers can be tossed in salads and tea used for cheer!

I will continue to add these houses, honoring the gifts Nature has given us for our well being:-)

Willodel Echinacea Cottage ( Purple Coneflower
Echinacea is one of those lovely healing botanicals we have become very familiar with for helping us keep well. the flowers are lovely as well and grace many a garden~

Having a cup of tea with Willodel Wren~