It is customary during the cooler and colder months to forget about using our green allies on a daily basis. I know for me I tend to spend less time outside when it is cold. I am a Florida girl, so I admit that I feel most alive in warmer weather. However, every season lends its herbal majick for supporting our lives.
One way I stay connected to nature in colder months here is Florida, is to bring nature inside and find creative ways to deepen my connection to her bounty. Eating seasonally is always first on my list and for those of us who celebrate the Winter Solstice by decorating live trees with natural items is another way to stay connected to our natural world. There are those family activities such as creating natural holiday reefs or creating a winter bouquet of evergreen plant material.
Still there are other ways to create herbal rituals during the season. Herbal ritual is when one brings sacred intention to their interactions with plants. A simple act of drinking a cup of tea can become a ritual by doing two things: 1. inviting mindful attention, as well as, heart and meaning to the experience and 2. inviting Spirit to be present for a sacred intent. Remembering these two things for any ritual will serve you well and elevate your experiences from the mundane to the Sacred.
Here are 2 ways you can bring simple herbal rituals to the winter season.
- Make a personal New Year’s smudge stick. In some cultures the smoke of a smudge stick or incense is very sacred. The smoke carries our prayers and invokes the ancestors to intervene in our lives for the highest good of all. The choice of herbs also has significance in the energies one is trying to invoke. Setting New Year’s resolutions, I am not fond of, however I do set sacred intentions for the new year and invite my heavenly help as a witness. Before New Year’s Eve I create several smudge sticks. I look for various fresh herbs in yard or at the local nursery. I choose them with care. I follow my intuition and trust, whatever I choose is what I need. I bundled them together and tie them with raffia. Allow them to dry for at least a week or two. On the night of New Year’s Eve, I will create a sacred fire and burn my personal smudge sticks. Each stick may hold a different intention, prayer or good wish. I then intend that the smoke takes these intentions to Creator and the Ancestors for continued support throughout the new year. Consider including your family and friends in this ritual or keep it personal. Again allow your intuition to guide you.
- Create A Renewal Foot Bath. Each week we have the opportunity to start new. We can set new goals, focus on new projects and re energize our spirits. Soaking my feet weekly is a wonderful way to symbolize that I am walking a renewed path, last week is gone and the future holds promise as I move forward. Again the choice of herbs is significant and a little research about the spiritual properties of herbs will serve you well, also tapping into your inner wisdom should not be discounted. I love creating spice blends, specially during the winter months. The colors, textures and warming energy is energizing to my entire body. Combine a handful of your favorite seeds, bark, twigs and leaves and make a big pot of herbal tea. Allow the tea to cool, strain out the plant material and then add warm tea to a basin of more warm water. Soak your feet while setting your sacred intentions for the coming week.
If this is your first time including herbs in your seasonal rituals have fun and do not make things so serious. Bring laughter and lightheartedness to your experience and the spirit of celebration. Enjoy!
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