Today is "The Bewitching Home" blog party over at The Witch of Howling Creek. The theme of the blog party is domestic witchery and Hallow's Eve party ideas, recipes & more. Head over to see Tenae and the other party goers for some creative ideas and clever posts!
This is my project today for my own bewitching home:
Herbal Fire Bundles
These scent-sational bundles are simple to put together and make use of the 'waste' material from your dried herbs that might normally go into the compost bin.
I love a good fire at Samhain/Halloween (and just about every other day during Autumn & Winter,) and the only thing better than a nice crackling blaze is a heavenly scented bonfire.
After hanging your herbs to dry throughout the Summer and stripping the leaves, keep the stems! If you toss them all in a bucket for convenience and don't remember which is which - that's just fine. You'll have lovely surprise fire bundles. But if you do remember, or keep the herbal sticks separate, you can create bundles for specific purposes.
I've created a garden sage and sage brush bundle for purification. Yarrow sticks (which were used for divination in days of old) are burned for insight and fire scrying. Lavender and lemon balm stems are burned for health. And I made several multi-herb bundles for lovely-scented fire offerings.
Know anyone else that likes a good fire? Give some away as gifts! A very simple and pleasing way to use up the last herb material of the season.
Enjoy your All Hallows fires!