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    Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica Stinging nettles grow in an awful lot of places – Britain, Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, South Africa and Japan.  They will grow in river valleys and on mountainsides, in farmyards, hedgerows, roadsides, woods, ruined buildings and any patch of wasteland. They normally grow around 2-4’ high but in the forests they can grow much, much higher.  The plant has square, fibrous stems and long, sharply toothed, heartshaped leaves, both the stems and the leaves are covered with coarse stinging hairs.  In summer nettles have bunches of small green catkins with male and female flowers on separate plants.  Several types of butterfly choose the nettle as…

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    The Kitchen Altar The kitchen in most houses is the centre of the home, a place of power. Having an altar in your kitchen gives you a focal point to connect with, it is a reminder that your kitchen is a sacred and powerful place.  It says that you have an ability to nourish yourself, your family and also connects you to the divine. And I never need an excuse to create a new altar in my house! Each and every altar will be different and will be tailored to your own personality and the space and money you have available.  It doesn’t need to be large, costly or grand. …

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    Dandelion Dandelion is a wonderful food as well as a beneficial medicine. It supports overall health by gently working to improve the functioning of the liver, gallbladder and urinary and digestive systems. It is excellent for cleansing the skin. An old companion of man, it has accumulated many names. Blowball and telltime refer to the seeds, priest’s crown to the stem after the seeds have flown, and swine’s snout to the unopened flower. And dandelion itself? The ‘teeth of the lion’ (dent de lion) explanation, from the appearance of the saw edged leaves or perhaps the tiny florets, is found in many languages. But there is also a case made…

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    Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Garlic Mustard grows throughout the UK and in most of Europe.  In the USA it is abundant in the mid western and north eastern states, but can also be found as far south as Kentucky and North Carolina. In early spring, the light green leaves start to show in the hedgerows and woodland.  The plants can vary in height from 5-8 inches up to 3ft.  The broad, heart shaped leaves are toothed, and at the base of the plant grow on fairly long stalks.  Near to the top the leaf stalks are shorter and the leaves have prominent veins.  The flowers have four tiny white petals…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Kitchen Witch Cleaning Now we don’t all have to be complete domestic Goddesses, but a kitchen that is tidy and smells clean helps with energy I think. When you are cleaning how about singing a song or playing some music?  Singing a Goddess or pagan song as you clean can really help raise the positive energy in your kitchen.  Doesn’t even have to be a pagan song, it can be one of your favourite disco ones if that’s what makes you happy and fills you with the energy to clean! I always like to put on an apron when I am in the kitchen, it is somehow a mental switch…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    What is a Kitchen Witch? A Kitchen Witch is a woman who has placed magick in every aspect of her home, her hearth. She  ensures it is safe, cleaned of negative energies and it is nurtured on all levels.  The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many households. A Kitchen Witch acknowledges the magickal energies in her home.  She puts direct magickal focus into whatever meals she makes and the way she cleans house. A Kitchen Witch attunes with the energies of Nature and incorporates as much of Nature’s energy as possible into and around her home. When you take the time to put meals together from…

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    Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) Coltsfoot is common in roadsides, hedgerows, waste ground and stream banks and is one of the first plants to flower in Spring. It produces its flowers before its leaves.  It is a perennial herb with yellow daisy like flowers and heart shaped polygonal leaves.  (It does look a lot like the summer flowing Butterbur to make sure you have the right plant). Its Latin name Tussilago means ‘cough’ and farfara or flour refers to the white, cottony down on the underside of the leaves. Both flowers and the leaves can be used medicinally, especially as a cough remedy.   Harvest the flowers in early spring and the leaves…