The best blackberry leaf tea is made of those red, burgundy & maroon leaves that usually appear later in the Fall after the blackberries have dried out.
Just look for healthy looking leaves, already mostly dried out.
The tea itself has a nice amber color and a sweeter taste than regular blackberry leaf tea. And if you pay attention to the Doctrine of Signatures, the red color is a good indicator that the leaves nourish the blood and support healthy blood circulation
Blackberry is a plant of the Dark Goddess, especially in this decaying phase.
…Based on European folk medicine & European shamanism…Because burning plant material is the original aromatherapy, and there’s much more to smudging and incense than cleansing space and meditation.
It can help relieve physical, emotional, and psychological ailments as well – especially combined with affirmations, visualizations, meditation, prayer, mantras, mudras and/or specific postures.
Your body is the temple that holds & protects your inner holy grail: your soul. Honoring the body is much more than honoring the self: it’s honoring your divinity and the blood of your ancestors running through your veins (their lives, their beliefs, their knowledge & wisdom, what they held dear).
Using herbal medicine is honoring the Land, its spirits & its gifts. It’s honoring ancient & forgotten knowledge, it’s connecting the Earthly and the Divine. Plants are consciousness, they have much more to offer than beauty to our eyes, fragrances to our noses, and flavors to our tastebuds…
I’ve been harvesting redwood branches for years, usually freshly fallen ones. Redwood is an ancient tree, a time & record keeper, with such a nice energy. I always feel at home in the midst of a redwood grove.
A few years ago, I had a hard time finding anything regarding its medicinal uses, except for a few anecdotes regarding Native uses in the past, but nothing specific. Nowadays, for some reason, there is more information available about redwood medicine.
I was especially happy to finda useful link that talks about Western as well as Eastern (TCM) medicinal use for this tree. Some of the info is a confirmation of the things I had observed as well as guessed.
Of course, topics like Divination and Galdr will be covered, as well as Energy Work and Herbalism, but not exclusively.
Students will be able to choose to attend only one class (I will be covering 1 Rune per class) and come back for more…or not. Those who plan to come back for another class will be given some ‘homework’ to do.
A certificate of completion will be given to apprentices who have attended (and somewhat ‘mastered’) the 24 classes covering the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark.
I plan to start teaching this course by the end of September/beginning of October.