I just got the word on the latest herbal change-over for Cosmophilia's Herbal Experiential Group. We have been working with elderflower for the current season and I have been using a tea mixture (also containing sage and ginger), an elderflower infused eye gel (very refreshing) and brewing dried elderflower into my regular pitcher of tea whenever I whip up a batch. I just finished the last gallon of this tea and will be saying goodbye to elderflower officially tomorrow morning during my Sunday yoga/meditation session.
This was a wonderful herb for the summer season. At camp, elderflower is abundant, although we missed the time for berries and that is my one regret with the herb because I really wanted to make an elderberry pie from scratch like my granny used to. When I was growing up we had an elderflower tree in our back yard. I always found the flowers to be calming and dreamy. I used to use them for bouquets I would pick for my mom and my grandmas.
So, the overall experience with elderflower was interesting because it was a very tiring and trying season for me in so many ways. I would sip on the tea in the evenings while I walked around our place, visiting my faery garden, sitting on the porch of my shop, concentrating on vanquishing whatever was plaguing me at the moment.
I will miss elderflower and probably always remember that it helped me get through a very difficult summer in my life. Thank you beautiful Lady Elder.
Our next herb is Hops! LOL LOL. A beer lover such as myself can't be anything but hugely excited about this season's herb. Could this be the fall that I finally get off my lazy butt and make beer?
In all seriousness, hops is not only about beer ;) and I am looking forward to researching and opening myself up to this herb. It seems perfect for our slow, spiral walk down the dark staircase into the deep, inner season.