Sunday, May 23, 2010

An Herb Garden

Herbs constitute an empowering symbol of health and fertility. Herbs were so associated with the Gods that in some societies, animals were ritually sacrificed to the herbal plants. The ancient Bretons called herbs lauzaouenn, which in the plural form, means medicine. Camomile or chamomile, pictured here, is especially associated with calm and rejuvenation. Camomile will cure and bring back to life. Herbs are symbolically associated with fountains which Jung relates to the image of the soul. All inner life and spiritual energy is sourced at the fountain, which again is symbolically sited in the middle of the garden of paradise, where under a tree you would most likely find camomile. Mary Wesley's first novel, which she wrote at the age of 80, is aptly called The Camomile Lawn, which is very much about the passions of youth! (I have been corrected! It was her second novel and the breakthrough novel through which she achieved fame) Camomile is referred to as the plant doctor because having it in your garden will help the growth and health of other plants! Camomile has been known for many thousands of years and can definitely be traced to the Ancient Egyptians, who used it to cure fever. Alchemists developed extracts from many herbs of which one of the most important was camomile - and in the middle ages it was used to scent gatherings. In my opinion, by far the most important part of camomile history is its use as a bittering agent for beer, before this was replaced by hops!