February 2018 - Amethyst

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The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.” This month you will explore the many benefits of Violet - both the color and the plant!

monthly maker feature: Flowers I Squished / Martha O'Neill

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LAVENDER - (Lavandula spp.)

"There are thirty-nine species of lavender (Lavandula spp.), most are native to Eastern Europe, northern Africa, the Mediterranean and western Asia. Lavender is in the mint family (Lamiaceae), as evidenced by its bilabiate flowers, aromatic oils, opposite leaves and square stem. Lavender has been used medicinally for centuries as a remedy for digestive issues, headaches, grief and stress. How many herbs can claim to have flowers which inspired the name of a color?!" Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine blog

As a farmer, herbalist, and naturalist, pressing flowers is another expression which deepens my relationship to these plants. The pressings are field notes, small artifacts which preserve memories of the natural world. While I make many frames with plants that grow side by side, I also combine bits and pieces of plants that you would never find growing together to create tiny dream scenes.  

All flowers are picked by me unless otherwise noted. As a professional herb & flower farmer and a hobbyist gardener, I feel lucky to grow most of the plants I press. You can find my squished flowers on Etsy or Instagram under “flowersisquished” ! 

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DIY GARDEN BLOG FEATURE: HOW TO GROW LAVENDER!

Herb sachet

This Lavender, Rosemary, and Sage leaf sachet offers plentiful aromatherapeutic benefits. While we often focus on the purple flowers of the Lavender plant, its leaves offer a healing scent as well! I harvested these leaves in late Summer 2017 after their showy blooms had faded.

Uses: place in your clothing  drawers or under your pillow for subtle, aromatherapeutic relief.

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