Oak – Ancient, Magical & Sacred Trees 2

Oak Trees are living legends, they have been common in Britain for the last 12,000 years, since the last ice-age. Living to be up to a 1,000 years old it is no wonder that they have so much folklore and so many beliefs attached to them. Interspersed throughout you will find ancient deities, Kings, Faeries,...

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Weird & Wonderful World of Ancient British Folk Customs – Still Extant

British Folklore is a legend in its own right. British traditions can be downright WEIRD. These are 3 of our most ancient customs, dating back to our Brythonic (Celtic) Pagan ancestors. Involving strange practices that incorporate Reindeer antlers and dead horse skulls – these customs have been practiced for hundreds of years, if not thousands...

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Gwynn ap Nudd

The Wild Hunt; a belief that occurs in all regions of the Boreal Forest (a circumpolar forest that rings the Northern Hemisphere, mostly north of the 50th parallel) may be as old as mankind itself. In Welsh mythology Gwynn ap Nudd is the leader of the wild hunt. Apart from being the leader who is…

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Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has been used by both men and women as an herbal aphrodisiac since the ancient Mayan civilization (Balch and Bell, 2012).  Scientific evidence that supports damiana’s so-called aphrodisiac properties is lacking; these properties have not been demonstrated in humans. However, studies evaluating damiana’s efficacy in male rats has indicated an improved sexual...

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German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – is also known as ‘Wild Chamomile’. It is one of the nine sacred herbs of the ‘Lacnunga’. A miscellaneous collection of almost 200 mainly herbal remedies, charms, and prayers. Found only in a mostly 10th-11th century manuscript in the British Library. Latin Name: Matricaria chamomilla syn. Chamomilla chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita, Matricaria suaveolens....

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Wildcrafting (Foraging) for the C21st

While wildcrafted ingredients can’t be “certified organic” under current guidelines, the process basically ensures that ingredients are inherently organic. “Wildcrafted plants are indigenous, and organic in the sense of being pure and untouched by toxins or pollutants,” said Brandy Monique, founder of the small-batch FIG+YARROW beauty line https://www.youbeauty.com/beauty/beauty-dictionary-wildcrafting/ Country Lane and Ancient Hedgerow Lamium Purpureum – Purple Dead-Nettle...

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