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Wednesday, January 23

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Bohemians
...may get on your nerves, but even when they appear to be idle, down-and-out, opinionated slackers, they're stirring things up.
Bohemians are the ultimate elitists.
They want to run things.
They break the rules, set the trends, knit the knits, destroy the art and reinvent the art that everyone wants, or will want.
Bohemians start movements.
Bohemians change thinking.
Bohemians stay up all night talking, and sometimes they write manifestos.
Bohemians cross cultures and integrate mantras, philosophies, substances and clothing seamlessly into everyday life.
Bohemians tenderly and violently create new work and change paradigms.
Bohemians change the world.

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Thursday, January 3

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Wednesday, January 2

Scullcap

This is one of my favourite weed friends. It is wonderful for cramps, such as during menstruation. For this reason I tend to see it as a woman’s ally. This friend is a gentle soother. If you’re feeling anxious, angry, or stressed - and don’t we all from time to time - you might just feel drawn to this little wonder. If you are experiencing muscle tenseness or twitches as well, it just might call out to you!

Also known as, Hoodwort, Helmet Flower, Mad-dog weed, and also spelt Skullcap.

Habitat:
She likes water this one, so you’ll find her near river banks, streams, lakes, and anywhere wild where there is moist but well-drained soil. It also likes plenty of sun and tolerates partial shade.

England has two species, Scutellaria galericulata, the useful one, and Scutellaria minor. While USA boasts over 30 species, but it’s Scutellaria lateriflora that’s the most useful to us.

Growth:
It’s a perennial that grows to about 40cm high. It has an oniony smell. It has opposite, serrated, elongated oval-shaped leaves. The blue flowers grow in pairs. It flowers throughout the summer. I’ve found that cuttings are the easiest way to propagate.



Relationship:
As I mentioned, this plant is a gentle soother. Work with it to ease muscle spasms and cramps, nervous headaches and mental exhaustion. It’s food for the nerves. It helps calm you, so it’s useful for mild insomnia, anxiety, restlesness, and general mild stress.

Steep 1-2 tsp of the dried herb in a cup of just-off-the-boil water. Stand for 10 mins covered with a saucer, and then strain. Reheat or drink cold. Grieve’s recommends 1oz of powdered herb to 1pint of water.

Work with it topically as a poultice or a cool infusion to ease psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.


Caution:
The fumes are toxic so don’t burn the dried plant as an incense.
Pregnant woman keep well away from it as it is a mild abortificant. But used for this property, it’s useful to complete expel the placenta.

Always ingest plants after responsible research, and at your own risk.

Vervain

Vervains (or verbenas) are actually a group of plants, that is, a genus, with about 250 species!
The herbs that are most generally referred to are either common vervain (Verbena officinalis) or lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora).

Common verbena is a relaxer, but it is also a strengthener.

Habitat:
Verbena is a native plant of England, central and southern Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia, such as China and Japan. It is found in many more parts of the world now. It loves the sun this one, and although it prefers rich soil, it can do just fine with average soils. It can even be found on wastelands and roadsides.

Growth:
It can grow as high as 2 feet. It has tiny blue, pink, or pale lilac flowers that appear around July. It’s a perennial, although doesn’t stick around for long, and it self sows.
Some people harvest it as it blooms, but I prefer to catch it just before it flowers, or right after the first flowers but before they open.

Relationship:
As both a strengthener and relaxant, it eases your insomnia or stress whilst also supporting your nervous system and improving depression. This is why it’s especially useful for people who feel a depression or exhaustion following a stressful situation or illness.

It is a wonderful liver tonic, which also means it can be an indirect support for skin problems. If you tend to break out in acne or eczema after suffering stress, vervain just might be your ally.


Caution:

Vervain stimulates the uterus and can bring on menstruation, so obviously pregnant women should not use it.

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