Botanicals

Mindful Jars

We wanted to introduce you to our newest creation, our Mindful Jar trio.

These little glass jars are full of homegrown and wild foraged botanicals intended to bring you a mindful moment at home, work or on the go.

Our senses have long been used in mindfulness & grounding practices. They offer us a route back to the present moment when our minds have wandered, our focus is lost or we are experiencing anxiety, worry or feel ungrounded.

By bringing our attention to what we can feel, smell and see in our surroundings unites us back to the present moment.

Smell in particular is a powerful sense and can impact our wellbeing. Certain smells can lift our mood, evoke positive memories or energize our bodies.

With this in mind we wanted to create a visual and aromatic aid that can support us with grounding and connecting with the present moment.


Our Mindful Jar trio includes:

  • Cedar to ground, protect & uplift
  • Lavender, Rose, wild Chamomile & Feverfew to calm, soothe & nurture
  • Pine, Lemon Verbena, Eucalyptus & Mint to revive, awaken & invigorate

You can find our Mindful Jar trio in our Etsy store now

Foraging

Foraging Resin in the UK

Wild Fen was born out of love and recognition of just how many healing plants we could grow and forage in and around our home in the Fenlands of East Anglia.

Whether it be for medicinal teas, infused oils and balms or making aromatic incense blends, our life long love of nature, evolved into handcrafted creations that celebrated the beauty and magic of the nature around us.

We grow or gather everything that goes into our products and this includes the resin in our incense blends.

Resin is an amazing substance produced by certain trees in response to damage. It has antibacterial properties and acts as a healing plaster that prevents the tree from further damage or infection.

Anyone that has had the pleasure of smelling resin knows it has the most potent scent as well as medicinal properties. It has been gathered and used as incense and medicine for thousands of years.

When gathering resin it is important to take it from the excess areas only, where it has dripped down the tree’s bark and never directly from the wound where it has a vital role in protecting the tree. Always remember that first and foremost, resin is for healing and protecting the tree. Any extra is a blessing.

Resin can be added to a loose incense blend of herbs and barks to increase the burning time of the blend or it can be used on its own, burned on a charcoal disc or used in a resin burner.

We add foraged pine resin to our Botanical Incense Blend and Cedar resin to our brand new Mindful Jars and Cedar Magick Incense Blend.


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Botanical Incense Blend

Welcome to Wild Fen’s signature Loose Incense blend; a celebration of our favourite plants that we have grown and foraged throughout the seasons.

It combines a truly magickal blend that holds the energies of each season, for a grounding aroma that helps us feel more connected and inspired. From the abundant flowers of Spring and Summer; Lilac, Hawthorn blossom, Rose, Jasmine, Feverfew, Mallow and Goldenrod. Herbs such as Bay, Rosemary, wild Mint, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme and wild Fennel and forest goodness such as Mugwort, Cedar, Pine, Spruce, Rowan and Willow. A combination of flower, leaf, bark and resins all home grown or locally foraged by us.

The incense blend can be used in a number of ways. For ceremonial use, it can be burned upon a charcoal disc. This allows the plants to smoulder and release their aromatic smoke and potent plant enegies. The charcoal does produce additional smoke so it is best used outdoors, or in a well ventilated area.

Our favourite way to enjoy this blend for everyday use is with a mesh incense burner, such as those used for resin burning. For a very gentle fragrance, the dry blend can be added to an incense burner (above a tealight candle) which will release the oils from the plants and emit a gentle calming scent.

Alternatively, you do not need to burn the blend to enjoy the plant energies. You can carry your tin with you for a grounding tool that can be breathed in to calm and relax you throughout the day.

We would love to hear how you use yours!

Using our mesh burner to smoulder our incense blend
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Yarrow and Rose bud Smudge Sticks

Yarrow feels especially abundant this year. This delicate yet mighty wildflower has been used extensively in herbal medicine due to its wealth of therapeutic properties. Ruled by Venus, Yarrow has also long been entwined with myth and magic. Perhaps most notably, the belief that if a handful of the plant was placed under a pillow, it would reveal a person’s future love mate within a dream.

Burning Yarrow is thought to bring courage, dispel fear and heal deep wounds. These qualities seemed to lend themselves to the creation on a Smudge Stick to encourage feelings of self love, connection and heart healing. Teamed with a whole rose bud to offer gentle nurturing and healing, Mallow flowers to protect and Lavender and wild Chamomile to ground, relax and help us to open our hearts.

This was a wonderful team of plants to work with. There are just two of these beauties now available in our Etsy shop.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.

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Abundance Smudge Sticks

In the approach to Lammas, as Summer reaches its height, we wanted to create a Smudge Stick that celebrates the rich abundance of the season. You may well have read my previous post about Goldenrod finding its way into my garden this year.

Goldenrod is extremely high in antioxidants and its Latin name Solidago translates as ‘to make whole or heal’. In folklore Goldenrod is believed to to bring luck and prosperity and encourage an abundant mindset. These qualities are believed to become more potent when the plant self seeds too!

After harvesting some during the waning moon I felt strongly that this would be the star of the show. Teamed with sun ruled Bay, refreshing Peppermint, powerful Red clover and vibrant Nasturtium flowers, this Smudge Stick intends to encourage feelings of abundance and prosperity.

Research suggests that burning herbs is a fast and effective method for delivering the therapeutic properties of a plant to an individual. The practice of burning dried plants has been carried out extensively across cultures and may be the earliest example of aromatherapy.

You can find out more about this beautiful smudge stick in our Etsy shop now.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.

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The benefits of Bay

We are lucky to have a huge supply of Bay in the garden thanks to a rather old and beloved Bay tree. I love adding the leaves to our herb bundles for burning.

Did you know that Bay leaves contain Linalool a compound known for its calming properties, also present in plants such as Lavender. Studies have shown that Linalool reduces elevated stress levels to almost normal conditions.

These lovely leaves also contain Eugenol which is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities. As mentioned in our previous post, burning is an effective way to release the therapeutic benefits of a plant into your environment.

You can find Bay in our best selling herbal garden smoulder sticks.

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Why burn plants?

Before we had the technology to extract the essential oils from plants, burning leaves, flowers, roots and resins would have been the earliest and simplest forms of aromatherapy (the use of aromatic plant extracts for healing). The practice of burning dried plants has been carried out extensively across cultures, often but not always in connection with religious and spiritual practices.

When we burn herbs an aromatic smoke is released containing many of the beneficial compounds of the plant itself. Research suggests that burning is a fast and effective method for delivering the therapeutic properties to an individual, with different plants offering a rich variety of benefits. One study noted a 95% reduction of airborne bacteria in a room after burning a mixture of aromatic herbs with Mango or Pipal wood for an hour. A reduction of bacteria in the room was still noted up to 30 days after the burning.

As well as the therapeutic benefits that we obtain from the plant itself, the process of burning may well have its own healing benefits. Fire has long been associated with transforming energy from one state to another. Using fire imagery, or burning something can give us a sense of change, transformation or release.

Using a herb bundle combines the healing properties of the plants themselves with the transformative energy of fire. As with all forms of medicine, it is important to ensure it connects with you personally. Plants are powerful, and some people experience side effects to some plants. We always recommend doing your own research and introducing new plants gently.

We are excited to offer a new selection of smoulder sticks that will be available from our shop this week.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.

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Smudge Stick Crafting

I love this time of year. Our herbs are bursting with life, energy and aroma. We have a new addition to our herb garden this year – a beautiful purple Sage. Tonight, I have been crafting up some fresh smudge sticks ready to dry out for orders. They include fresh and dried Lavender that is scenting the whole house. Bay leaves, the divine purple Sage and wild Rose petals dried from last year. These Smudge Sticks are intended to offer peace of mind and clarity. You can find out more about purchasing them here.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.