Alchemy is yet another tradition that has been taken literally. Most think Alchemy is turning lead into gold. They actually think that certain alchemist turned lead into gold and became rich. Alchemy is a philosophical tradition. It used to be very close to magic. Witches and Wizards are known for mixing chemicals and ingredients to make things like medicines, potions, poisons and antidotes. Alchemy is where we get the word chemistry.

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That Funny Little Spring Weed: Lamb’s Quarter

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Lambs quarter is one of the most common weeds in gardens, backyards, and fallow fields, following human habitation closely. If you add horse or cow manure to your garden you will have a steady supply of these tasty wild greens for most of spring and summer. Easy to recognize with its alternate, triangle-to-diamond shaped leaves which are coated on the underside with a whitish grey powdery meal resembling flour. This coating may sometimes possess a coppery-fuchsia sheen and is sold as a cultivar called “magenta spreen” in some garden catalogs. The coating is a natural part of the leaf and is fine to eat. Put a leaf under water and the meal will cause the water to bead up in a beautiful iridescent fashion. Lamb’s quarter grows to 3-5 feet and is a branching annual with a grooved stem which is often tinged with red, especially at the node, or…

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Crushed Terracotta – The Underdog Of Protection

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crushed terracottaCrushed Terracotta is definitely the underdog of protection and often forgotten and not used. It is labor intensive and I will say this is not my favorite thing to prepare, but it must get done so here we are.

I remember ever summer when I got to my grandmothers the last thing I wanted to see after a long flight was a pile of terracotta in the corner of her yard with my name All.Over.It. It was this ongoing joke every time I walked by someone they would ask me if their terracotta was ready because they all knew it was my job. And when it ran out, it ran out until I came back! You can imagine how many pots and tiles I was hammering and grinding away. But still good memories.

Crushed terracotta is made from roof tiles or pots, each of the pieces are inscribed with various…

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Plant Profile: White Sage {Salvia apiana}

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Also, Known As:

  • Bee Sage
  • Sacred Sage
  • White Ceremonial Sage
  • White Sage

Salvia apiana or white sage is a perennially growing evergreen shrub that is indigenous to the southwestern regions of the United States and the adjoining north-western areas of Mexico. This herb is mostly found growing in the wild in the scrub habitat in the coastal regions of Baja California and Southern California, located on the western peripheries of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.

White sage possibly derives its name from its ashen evergreen leaves, which contain oils and resins. The leaves of white sage emit a potent aroma when they are rubbed. The white to light lavender hued blooms of this plant attract bees, and this is described in the plant’s specific name – apiana. White sage bears many flower stalks, which measure anything between 1 meter and 1.3 meters (3.3 feet to 4.3 feet) in height. Occasionally…

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