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Harvesting Herbs on a Waxing Moon

July 31, 2012

Last night, after walking our dog at about 8pm, I decided to go to the park and do some light exercise and also do the breathing exercise that Nanay taught me. I lied down in one of the bench and had a good view of the waxing moon. As I was gazing over the moon and the tree branches just barely covering the face of the moon, I smelled something nice, so I stood up and looked for it. There I found Wormwood in full glory. I took the youngest leave and smelled it. It indeed is very fragrant and soothing.

Wormwood/Sweet Annie/Atermisia Vulgaris is not the one used for Absinthe (its the other type of artemisia)…in the Philippines, it is called Damong Maria while in Singapore, locals call it Hia and is used to add to egg omellette.. see here:

http://www.greencircle.com.sg/?portfolio=hia#

When I went to bed, I read a book called “Grandma’s Remedies” by Cherry Chappell. In her book, she mentioned that master herbalists, harvest their herbs at its best “horticultural stage”, which is just before it flowers or during the waxing of the moon. She says that at this time all the essential oils and other medicinal components of the herbs are concentrated on the leaves.

Was it a coincidence that I decided to exercise during a waxing moon and was it a coincidence that I saw wormwood just below that bench? Maybe! Well, all I know is I found good use of the herbs I plucked last night, it went into my green juice this morning (moringa, sweet potato leaves and a green apple).

Today’s moon phase (best time to harvest herbs)

What is a Waxing Moon
It is the phase of the moon cycle, leading to the full moon (when the moon becomes brighter and bigger). Waning is the opposite phase.

For example
Today, 31 July 2012 is part of the Waxing Moon Phase.

I would harvest a few more wormwood tonight and make an oil infusion of it

Suggested use:

Uses
Folkloric
– Decoction of fresh leaves and flowering tops, 50 g in a pint of water, 4-5 glasses daily as expectorant.
– Juice of leaves used as vulnerary, to heal wounds and cuts.
– As emmenagogue: A strong decoction of leaves, 6-7 glasses a day to induce menstruation; also, for post-partum abdominal cramps.
– Juice of leaves applied to head of young children during convulsions.
– For intestinal deworming, decoction of boiled leaves, followed by the juice of aloe or other purgative plants.
– Decoction of leaves used for abdominal colic pains.
– Leaf poultice for headache and skin diseases.
– Decoction of dried leaves used for asthma and dyspepsia.
– Juice used externally for scabies, eczema, herpes.
– With ginger: Pounded leaves, mixed with ginger are wrapped in banana leaves and heated over a fire, and applied to wounds and swollen and inflammed dermal afflictions.
– Stimulates appetite, young leaves used for anorexia.
– Infusion of aromatic leaves used to induce menstruation. Also, used as abortifacient, but considered too mild a uterine stimulant to be reliable for that purpose.
– Used as infusion and electuary for obstructed menses and hysteria.
– Externally, used as alterative as fomentations for skin diseases and foul ulcers.
– Expressed juice of plant applied to the head of children to prevent convulsions.
– In Uruguay, plant used as vermifuge.
– In China, used as hemostatic, antiseptic, and caminative; used as decoction for hemoptysis, dysentery, menorrhagia, postpartum hemorrahges, as a wash for wounds and ulcers, and to relieve gripping pains of indigestion, diarrhea, or dysentery.
– Juice of plant used for tapeworm.
– A tincture, made up in native spirits, used as nerve sedativ e in abdominal pain and in labor.
– In Persia, Afghanistan and throughout India, strong decoction used as vermifuge; a weak decoction used in children for measles.
– Leaves, dried and cut in small fragments, used to cauterize wounds.
– In Anman, leaves used for hemorrhage, epistaxis, hematemesis and hematuria.
– Used as vermicide; used in eczema, herpes and purulent scabies.

2 August (Wednesday) would be a Full Moon, best time to do juice feast.
then 31 August 2012 will be a BLUE Moon (the 2nd full moon in a given month which only happens every 3 years).
http://www.chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk/homework/moon/#4

It brings to mind the 6th and 7th day of Creation

the sixth and seventh days of creation. Genesis 1:24-31:

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day

GOD’S PREPARATION FOR HIS GREATEST CREATION

Genesis 1:24-31 begins with God’s final creative work, the making of land animals. Up to this point we have seen him perform two sets of three creative acts as he put the earth in place to make a home for Adam and Eve, the royal children. In the first set, on the first through third days, he separated light from darkness, separated the waters from the waters to create the atmosphere, and separated the land from the water. Then in the second set he went back over the same three steps again in some ways. The fourth day was like the first day: Light and darkness were created on the first day, and the light-bearing globes were created on the fourth day. The fifth day was like the second. On the second day the waters were separated from the waters so that there was cloud cover above and oceans below. On the fifth day the birds of the air and the fish of the waters were created. The sixth day was like the third. On the third day, after the land was created, vegetation was introduced. On the sixth day animal life on land was introduced.

Even this, if you look closely, is an affirmation of the human regents who will someday walk on the earth. God describes the animals in reference to human beings. There are many ways to classify animals. But here we are told that they are divided into wild and domestic animals, which of course is a human frame of reference. And when some are described as creeping creatures of the land, that assumes that the observer is standing around five or six feet tall and looking down on chipmunks and lizards and other creatures that live close to the ground.

Let’s jump down now to verses 29-30. Verses 26-28 are really the heart of the passage, and we’ll look at them in some detail in a moment. In verses 29-30, at the end of the sixth day, we have a description of life’s cycle. God gave plants so that man and animals could derive sustenance from them. God saw that it was very good; it received all his approval.

HUMAN DOMINION

A second observation in verses 26-28 is that God announces that the human race should have dominion over the living things of earth. Verse 26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule….'” And verse 28: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'” The dominion God gives human beings, mentioned twice in these verses, is important. Everything else that exists should be under the care of human beings like us. We should serve what exists, be mindful of what is beautiful, give order to what is difficult, enhance what should grow. We were placed in dominion over all the created things, but not to abuse them, ruin them or indulge our short-lived pleasures. This has profound implications for the environment, for progress in technology, for government priorities.

On the other hand, we were not to worship the environment or let the creation rule over us. We don’t find the earth to be a goddess or the planets gods. We don’t find ourselves falling under the spell of created things and natural processes, reducing ourselves beneath them. We neither abuse them nor worship them, but serve them and care for them, bringing order as God’s regents over the creation.

SO USE WORMWOOD and HERBS for health and nutrition NOT for WITCH CRAFT and SPELLS. The Bible is explicit in saying GREEN PLANTS and HERBS is For FOOD (it could be for healing or just satisfying hunger), but it never was specified for witch craft. So, yeah harvest herbs on a waxing moon, because scientifically, God designed the cellestial bodies (including the sun and the moon) as a preparation for its human dwellers and then of course it was proven scientifically that herbs releases its most potent competents at about this time.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2012 11:32 pm

    I love that reminder – “bringing order” to creation. That’s our job totally! It’s also why I feel so compelled to start our own organic veggie garden 😉

    • August 12, 2012 2:28 am

      mama J yes, perfect wway to bring order to God’s creation and also giving back to it (as we always take from it)

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