Lughnasadh Haiku

I was sadly too busy to do much for this year’s Lughnasadh festivities. I wanted to attend a festival down in Clearwater…the place is called Greensong Grove…it’s a lovely sounding name for something seemingly…enchanted, don’t you think? Unfortunately I was unable to attend. But I did manage to create some poetry for the season:

Nontraditional, I decided to play with the traditional 5-7-5 count…

 

Looking up to the sky at
A full harvest moon
Cool, aglow this autumn night

Mists circle in, surrounding
Earth’s last summer song
Warm nights are now memories

The Hunter calls the Chosen
To this sacred grove
Children of seasons

The leaves–brown and gold and red
Signify the end
Of summer’s warmth and passion

Souls are drawn within, waiting
Keeping close to home
Till winter’s dying cycle

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The healing powers of Hibiscus*

Believe it or not the hibiscus flower (family malvaceae or mallow family) is a very beneficial plant in aiding in maintenence of health and healing of blood-pressure/heart and body temperature-related maladies. With over 100 different species, you can take your pick! Hibiscus is a tropical/sub-tropical plant, ranging from Asia all the way to where we usually think of it: Hawaii. I love my hibiscus plant, and I’m here in sunny FL, so it grows just fine πŸ™‚

hibiscus edit

The malvacaea family with its ranging 100+ different species of beautiful blooms originate from Angola, and contribute many healthful benefits including moderation of body temperature, just to name one. Gaia Herbs Β gives a great easy-to-read list of common uses of this wonderful and gorgeous plant ranging from Egypt and parts of Africa all the way to Europe and here in the U.S.–*a note be said here on its usage in the U.S.: we do not practice traditional herbal medicine as a traditional way of healing, rather we rely heavily on modern medicine, but I included the note on the U.S. because it is easy to grow here in FL and other tropical/sub-tropical regions including Hawaii and the Carribean regions.

My first exposure to hibiscus as a healing plant was when I bought a lovely craft tea of rose and hibiscus mixed with raspberry. The tingle and pink tinge of the brew was a little alarming at first, and the taste a little different. It’s a littleΒ tart, but sips wonderfully! This brew was very relaxing as well as easing on my PMS (TMI I know!) and cramping–mainly due to the fact that raspberry was in it. But after researching and continuing to study the benefits of this medicine-in-disguise, I wanted to share just a few of the many benefits of hibiscus:

  • support and aid in respiratory health
  • occasionally used to help ease constipation
  • supporting heart health
  • maintaining normal body temperature
  • …and women, hibiscus has been linked to hormonal/mood balance (ahem PMS) and fertility regulation, though this point is still under research
  • rich in Vitamin C
  • also aids in hydration of body/cells

These are just a few of the many great healthful benefits of hibiscus. So shop around, find some tea bags with hibiscus, and get brewing! If you live in a region where your gardening zone and climate can support growing your own hibiscus plant, by all means, grow it! Not only is it beneficial health-wise, this family of plant offers many different beautiful species that will add just the right aesthetics to your yard. *Another note: all parts of this plant can be used for different medicinal and healing purposes. I am including a list of resources to aid in identifying the best part of the plant to use with relation to any maladies.*

 

Resources for further reading:

Gaia Herbs

Concsious LifeForce

Nile Valley Teas

Rosella Tea

Barely Green Life