If the basil and caraway seeds failed in bringing true love, a trip to Washington D.C. in the spring time may be just the answer! Schedule your trip around the Cherry Blossom Festival. Simply tie a strand of your hair around the branch of a cherry tree that is in full bloom, and you will find true love! It will most likely be someone else by an adjacent tree who read this post!
To attract love into your life, chew caraway seeds.
If you are already in a relationship, and suspicious that your love might be tempted by another, put caraway seeds in his pocket and he will never stray!
Note: Remove them before doing the laundry.
Added bonus - you can bake them in cookies or breads, and if shared they will create lust in both you and your special someone!
A man will instantly and eternally love any woman who hands him a sprig of basil! (This could have saved me so much time and effort over the years!) You can use basil to find out if your beloved is promiscuous! If you hand them basil and it wilts, you have your answer. Basil is also used to calm tempers.(This will come in handy if it wilts.)
The delightful herb has been used to attract love for centuries. There are two methods.
1.) Carry a few sprigs of the herb with you and you will magnetize true love.
2). The second method is to “soak the herb in wine for several hours, strain and share with a friend.” The wine, or the lemon balm? Those directions aren’t quite clear, but my guess is the wine.
I imagine the second method might be more effective.
As I noted in my newsletter, I planned to begin the "Romancing Herbs" series on February 1 and end on Valentine's day but since I have more than 14 herbs to highlight, I decided to begin early!
When it comes to matters of the heart, I’ve found that there are no limits to the human imagination in pursuing, wooing and attempting to ensure that their love will be returned. Herbs have been associate with love and romance for centuries. Some of the uses you’ll find in this series are romantic and beautiful, elegant and sublime. Some are tender and heart warming. Others border on lunacy!
Herbs can add a sensuous dimension to all aspect of life. Their beauty, fragrance, flavors and touch delight. Some are fragrant, showy and enticing. Others you might walk by, or on, and not even notice!
My fascination with herbs, as with people, is that often the greatest gifts are found in those that you might not immediately notice.
Enjoy, the series and always remember, when using herbs, there are no guarantees!
Results may vary!
We'll begin with Amaranth, especially relevant because it is a zodiac herb for all of you Aquarians celebrating birthdays in late January and early to mid February.
Amaranth has several folk names including ‘Love Lies Bleeding’! In matters of love, it is most valued for its aid in rapidly healing broken hearts. It has the capacity to make you invisible and bullet proof. Many a jilted lover would find both valuable!
Sometimes all we need to do is alter our view to shift our perspective. Steven Pidcock's Faces of the Susquehanna is a reminder that we are surrounded by beauty and surprise! His work reminds me of the Rumi quote, "You wander from room to room looking for the diamond necklace that is already hanging around your neck."
Preheat oven to 350 F
Two crust home made pie dough recipe (I didn’t have enough shortening for two crusts
so I made a crumb topping with I/2 stick of butter, homemade bread crumbs and
a cup of cheddar cheese).
7 hard cooked eggs
3 packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained thoroughly OR
5 or 6 bags of fresh spinach - use a huge skillet - it really cooks down
2 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
! Tablespoon olive oil
Saute the onion and garlic in a large skillet until translucent
Season with salt, pepper, about 1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 teas.dried oregano,
1 or 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Stir in 2 raw eggs
2 large handfuls of cheddar cheese (I LOVE extra sharp cheddar cheese so I use a lot.
Add the prepared drained spinach and stir thoroughly.
Preparing the pie:
Make a bed of spinach in the pie shell Arrange the cooked eggs on top - one in the center and the rest like spokes on a wheel.
Make sure that all the eggs are completely covered with the spinach.
Top with crust or with crumb mixture.
Bake for about an hour.
Wonderful warm - also great cold and delightful on a picnic!
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!