“As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul.”
Lavender has the magical attributes of sleep, peace, purification, protection, love, clarity of thought, long life, visions, wishes and attracting men. Physically it is an antidepressant and a sedative. It also stimulates the immune system.
As an offering to the gods, witches were said to throw lavender into the Midsummer fire.
One way to save a bit of this powerful summer-blooming herb is by making a lavender wand.
For this one, I selected 18 stems of lavender, but I think 24 pieces might be better.
(Note: it must be an even number of stems.) About 18 inches is a good length, but shorter will work.
Remove any leaves and line up the bottom flower on each stem. Using a long length of ribbon, tie off just below the blooms, leaving one end of the ribbon short and the other long. Hold the blossom end in one hand and, one or two at a time, begin to bend each stem down over your hand.
Take the long length of ribbon and begin to weave it under and over the stems. I chose to work with two stems at a time, but one at a time also works.
Continue going around and around – over and under, over and under – keeping the top of the ribbon close to the bottom of the previous layer to later prevent the small lavender flowers from falling out after they dry.
I think I pulled the ribbon too tight when making this wand. You’ll also notice some large spaces between layers of ribbon.
At the base of the flowers, wrap the ribbon several times tightly around all the stems, then continue to wrap their length if you wish, finishing with a bow.
Allow to air dry, perhaps by the light of the sun or the moon. It should keep its scent for years.
And merry meet again…