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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Burot / Mugwort.

Tiden rundt sommersolverv, midtsommer og sankthans er en tid nært knyttet til alt som har med blomster og urter å gjøre. 
Noen midtsommertradisjoner som går langt tilbake i tid har bl.a vært å samle morgendugg fra gresset og vaske seg med det for å få vakker hud, eller å plukke en bukett med syv (eller ni) forskjellige markblomster og sove med den under hodeputa for å drømme om hvem man skal gifte seg med, å plukke en midtsommerbukett og å flette blomsterkranser.

Ved Midtsommer er urter og blomster på sitt mest kraftfulle; fulle av jordens stigende energi og av sollyset.


The time around the Summer Solstice and Midsummer is a time closely connected to flowers and herbs.
Some Midsummer traditions that go back a long time have been to gather morning dew from the grass to wash the face for young and beautiful skin, picking seven (or nine) different flowers to put under the pillow on Midsummer night to dream about your future husband, picking a Midsummer flower bouquet and making flower garlands.

At this time of year the herbs and flowers are at their most powerful; filled with the raising energy of the earth and of the light of the sun.



Hittil i sommer har jeg ikke høstet planter/urter til annet enn plantefarging, men tidlig på dagen for sommersolvervet gikk jeg en tur og plukket burot.


This summer I have so far harvested plants/herbs for natural dyes only, but early on the day of the Summer Solstice I went out to pick some mugwort.


Burot er en av mine favoritturter, jeg liker energien og historen dens, og det er en plante som tradisjonelt har hørt midtsommertradisjonen til. 
I dag er burot upopulær fordi den forårsaker store plager for allergikere, og flere steder i landet har det blitt organisert aksjoner for å fjerne den. Her jeg bor finnes den fortsatt overalt.


Mugwort is one of my favourite herbs, I like its energy and its history. It is also a plant that belongs to the Midsummer tradition.
Today mugwort is unpopular because the pollen causes problems for allergics, and in several places around the country there have been organized actions to remove and reduce the amount of it.
Where I live it still grows in abundance, at least for now.




Burot er en sterkt magisk plante, og tidligere har den vært en mye brukt trolldomsurt og medisinurt. 
Burot til helbredelse og magiske formål har tradisjonelt blitt høstet på Midtsommer før kl tolv. 


Mugwort is a strong magical plant, which has been used in traditional folk medicine both magically and as a medicinal remedy.
The old tradition has been to harvest mugwort before noon on Midsummer.



Jeg plukket mange fine burotplanter som jeg tok med meg hjem til tørking.


I found several stong and fresh mugwort plants to bring home with me.



Blader og buketter klare til tørking.
Ferdig tørket skal de brukes til røkelse og rensing.
Burot kan også være til hjelp når man jobber med drømmene sine.


Leaves and bundles ready to be put to dry.
When dried they will be used for smudging and cleansing.
Mugwort is also helpful when working with your dreams.



Jeg liker så godt buketter med burotblader :)
Når de er tørre plasserer jeg de på spesielle steder rundt om i huset.


I love bundles of mugwort :)
When they are dry I will place them out on special spots around my house.



Click to visit Victoria's Midsummer Magic Party :)

5 comments:

earthenmagic said...

...(O:

Marylene said...

I love this post, thank you so much for this.
Here too the plants are most potent on midsummer but we're having a lot of rain the last few days so, not a lot of harvesting. It's a pity !
I love mugmort too and I always make some "smudge sticks" with like the native americans do.
Have a nice day Hilde
:)

Hilde said...

Thank you, dear Samantha, a big smile to you too :)

Thank you, Marylene :) We have had lots of rain and grey weather too lately. I can't wait for the sun to come out again, and for harvesting more herbs :)

Victoria said...

Wow Hilde..what a super beautiful post and tribute to Midsummer..thanks so much for joining me and sharing your magical mugwort..beautiful! So appreciated!
I love mugwort too, your pictures are gorgeous and your harvest is wonderful to see! Your bundles look so fantastic hanging there, it is very special to harvest herbs and enjoy them! Thank you again for a very special post! Beautiful!
Hugs
Victoria
Happy Midsummer!!Wishing you magic and joy always!

Hilde said...

Thank you Victoria, and thanks for hosting the Midsummer Magic Party :) It is fun to join in.
Happy Midsummer to you too.
Hugs :)

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