By Isabella @TheWandCarver
If you love the Fae, Heather is your flower/herb. Heather is one of the two Scottish National Flowers, the other of course, being Thistle. It is a plant you’ll want in your garden as it attracts butterflies like mad and who doesn’t love the sight of a beautiful flutter of butterflies flitting about? Scottish brides carry a sprig of Heather for luck in the couple’s future together. One of my favourite facts about Heather is that the honey produced from Heather is a component of Drambuie. No wonder it tastes so good!
Heather is the 3rd vowel of the Ogham alphabet – Ura. It is not one of the thirteen Celtic Birth Trees still it is one of the twenty Ogham alphabets. It is one of the Sabbat woods, Litha, 21 June, Summer Solstice. Funnily enough, Heather is not mentioned in the Druid’s Ogham trees but instead, Birch is mentioned as the tree three days after Litha, the 24th.
When doing spell work with Heather for a specific power of Heather, it is best to do your spell during the planetary hour of Venus on the day of Venus, which is Friday.
In Scotland farmers carried torches of burning heather around their fields before midsummer to insure good crops and around their cattle to ensure their fertility. You may not have cows you wish to be fertile, but it works as well for human purposes by sleeping with Heather under your bed [not burning!] or using Heather as a base ingredient in a loose fertility incense during spell work.
Heather is always useful in spell work and rituals having to do with manifesting dreams and contacting spirits. Sleep with a sachet full of Heather, or simply place Heather under your pillow to bring dreams of good fortune.
Heather can be used as the bristles for a witch’s besom/broom because of its cleaning powers. The idea for this comes from Heather’s genus, Calluna, which means “to cleanse”.
Burn Heather outdoors along with Fern to bring rain.
Heather is useful for opening the portals to the world of Fae. If you are a shy person, you have the luckiest chance of meeting the Faeries.
Another good use for Heather sachets is to carry with you for protection. You can also get the same protection by wearing a sprig of Heather in your lapel or pinned to a shirt or frock.
Heather is also meant to be helpful to those who shapeshift.
Before we go into the healing abilities of Heather, I must make this remark. I have read of Heather from many an online source over time. I occasionally see people using Nicholas Culpeper’s The Complete Herbal and English Physician as a source for their writings. No. Of all the things, herb, flower, and tree of which Mr Culpeper wrote, he did not write about Heather. Oh, he may have mentioned it as an ingredient in some thing or another, however, there is not one fact about Heather written by the man whom I consider the greatest herbalist of his time. If you see this, it is not so. End of rant.
There are decoctions which can be made from Heather which are supposed to be soothing to muscles and rheumatism by adding the decoction to a bath.
Heather is said to have been used in the past for cardiac palpitations, migraine, and problems associated with menstruation, and I am sure there may be those who still use it as such.
Heather is useful for ailments of the kidneys, including stones, and bladder infections, vaginal discharge, enlarged prostate, and menstrual and menopausal symptoms. There are a good many recipes for Heather teas, some with other flowers included, to help you with any of these things.
Do be forewarned, however, that Heather can raise the blood pressure, therefore if you have problems with high blood pressure already it may be best not to drink Heather tea.
Powers: Changes and Transitions, Healing [Spiritual and Physical], Knowledge, Luck, Protection, Fertility
Deity: Nechtan Mac Labraid, Isis, Arianrhod, Venus, Uroica
Other Names: Irish Heath [St Dabeoc’s Heath], Fraoch [Scot’s Heather], Scotch Heather
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The king in the red moorland
Rode on a summer’s day;
And the bees hummed, and the curlews
Cried beside the way.
The king rode and was angry,
Black was his brow and pale,
To rule in a land of heather;
And lack the heather ale.
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes