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Herbs for Summer Solstice


Summer herbs at a lighthouse by Flora's Feast Botanicals

Summer Solstice

Midsummer

Litha


Today we honor the height of the sun. It is a day to celebrate growth, abundance, fertility and manifestation.


Common ways to celebrate include bonfires, flower crowns, picnics with fresh produce, alters and crafts in representation of the sun, wearing yellow, orange and red, honoring fathers and basking in love.


Woman in the Sun by Flora's Feast Botanicals

While any flowers in the height of their bloom can be used in your ritual, there are herbs that correspond with the Summer Solstice. Harvest now for peak potency, filled with sun and fire. It is believed that they hold even more power when picked on the Solstice.


St. John's Wort

Rose

Elderflower

Calendula

Chamomile

Linden

Lavender

Red Clover

Dandelion

Blue Vervain

Mugwort

Nettle

Borage


After the solstice, we begin the slow descent into the darker half of the year. We can let go of what has been completed and embrace change to make space for the new and different.


Use your harvested plants to make ritual body oil for a distant winter's day when you need a bit of warmth and sunshine.



St. John's Wort Oil by Flora's Feast Botanicals


M A K E


*Air wilt plants for a few days in a cool, dry place.

*Fill a jar 3/4 full with herbs.

*Pour oil of choice, such as olive oil, over herbs.

*Use a knife or chop stick to thoroughly mix plants with oil and dispel air bubbles.

*Ensure all plant matter is covered with oil and tightly seal.

*Steep for 4-6 weeks.

*Occasionally shake jar.

*Strain and bottle.

*Store in a cool, dry place.

*Use within 1 year.




Additionally you could dry herbs for a high summer tea blend or wrap them into burning bundles with twine.