Foraging, Wheel of the Year

Lammas Tea Blend

We hope that you have been able to find some time and space to connect with the new season of Lammas – also thought of as high Summer or the birth of Autumn.

One of the ways I like to connect to a new season is by creating a tea blend that seems to hold the energy of the season in the plants that I blend.

In celebration of Lammas and the abundance of edible & medicinal plants available at this time of year, we created this vibrant and flower filled mix that we enjoyed drinking in our garden around a fire last night. It was not only visually pleasing but delicious too!

Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

Lammas

Lammas (also known as Lughnassadh) falls on 1st August and is the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox in the northern Hemisphere. By Lammas we are into the second half of the year and may refer to this time as ‘high summer.’ The days are still long and the sun’s energy is strong yet active growth is waning. The earth is abundant and many of our grain crops have ripened and await their gathering, full and golden.

Traditionally Lammas is thought of as the first of 3 harvests; the grain harvest. This is followed by the second harvest of fruits at the Autumn equinox and the final harvest of nuts and berries occuring at Samhain.

Despite the suns waning energy, this time of year is often marked by celebration; festivals, fairs and gatherings that honour local produce, celebrate the remaining light and acknowledge the ease of abundant times.

Being aware of what is going on in our outer world can help us to connect to and learn more about our inner worlds. In this article I will discuss where we currently are in the seasonal cycle and suggest ways in which we can use this to cultivate inner reflection and growth.

Element: Fire + Water

This time of year is associated with the energy of both fire and water elements. The seeds of the grain to be harvested hold both the ignition and transformation of fire energy and the nourishment and fullness provided by water energy.

As with all the elements, fire and water energies possess more and less helpful qualities. When in balance they can encourage transformation, growth, nourishment, fulfilment and fullness. In excess these elements can bring an intensity or chaoticness to our emotions and feelings of overwhelm and heaviness.

Outer observations

The word I have chosen to summarise this time of year is: abundance. All around us, the earth is reaching fullness. Our fields have transitioned from the vibrant greens of Spring and early Summer to rich golds and yellows that signal ripe and readiness. Animals are fledging,  blossom has given way to fattening fruits and there is a sense of ease and ‘enough’ for all in the natural world.

Inner reflections

The time of year can be a guide for inner reflection. It may help to spend some time in nature, and just notice and observe the season that we are in. What words would you use to describe it? Be aware of what feelings it brings up for you. This will be different for us all, depending on where we are in our journey.

You can download our Lammas Wellbeing Guide with journal prompts and reflections to help you connect with the new season here.

Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

The wheel of the year acknowledges the cyclic movement of the seasons throughout the year honoured by Earth-based traditions. The wheel consists of 4 Solar Festivals ( 2 Solstices and 2 Equinoxes) and 4 Seasonal Festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain).

The Solar Festivals follow the Sun’s rise and fall throughout the year. With daylight reaching its height at the Summer Solstice, its lowest at the Winter Solstice and reaching an equal balance with night length at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes.

The Seasonal Festivals are thought to have Celtic origins and are connected with seasonal and agricultural changes. Imbolc marks the height of Winter and birth of Spring, Beltane the height of Spring and birth of Summer, Lammas the height of Summer and birth of Autumn and Samhain the height of Autumn and birth of Winter.

Connecting with in the energy and changes in the natural world, can help us to reflect on our own energy throughout the seasons which may naturally rise and fall. It can help us appreciate the change and flow of nature – the abundance and the scarcity, the birth and the death. The ebb and flow of life. Becoming aware of the Wheel of the Year can help us to reflect on these cycles in our own lives and work with them, rather than against them.

We are creating seasonal based wellbeing guides for each of the 8 festivals mentioned above, to help you connect with the energy of the season. You can find out more on our wellbeing page.

Botanicals

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.