Oct 13, 2012

Bewitching Home - Fire Bundles



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!




20 comments:

Pumpkin Cottage said...

This sounds like a wonderful way to use up every last bit of herb! I can imagine the fragrance wafting off that lemon balm!

Liv said...

Great idea! Thanks for the post.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i really need to make some of these!

Linda Wildenstein said...

We love to make "bundles" as well. Always makes the fire even more special. Great addition to the Bewitching Home adventure. Oma Linda

Cottage Tails said...

Thanks, I always keep lavender and rosemary for the fire, but the rest I have been putting in compost bin. seems soo silly now.
Thanks you have started a new trend!
Love Leanne

Chrislyn said...

Oh it smells wonderful!! Thanks for the great idea!!

Chrislyn

Berry Blue Toes said...

A great idea - and pretty too!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Wow! What a great idea! I must plan my garden for next year to include MORE herbs....

Thanks for the great tip!

Danni said...

What a great idea - especially for our winter fires. I bet the house will smell awesome!

Wendy S. said...

I've only smudged with sage before. I've never made a bundle for fires. I'll have to do this. Thanks for the wonderful idea. Esp. love using Yarrow for a bundle.

The Year of the Cats

Debbie Christiana said...

I love the natural smell of a fall/winter blaze but adding the lavender and lemon balm will make it even better. Thanks for sharing

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a great idea! Plus, waste not, want not.

cmoh said...

I am going to have to make some of those! They sound great.

Wonderful post
Hugs
Caroline

sophiadawn said...

I didn't sign up for the blog hop but am hopping to those who did. This idea of yours for fire bundles is fantastic and I will be using it!

Goddess Findings said...

mMmmm! herb bundles....love love! Few things compare to a really good fire when the weather turns nippy... Thank you, I really enjoyed this. Blessings,

Tenae said...

Oh I love these - great Samhain gifts! Thanks for participating!

bookofshadowsandblessings said...

Oh what a wonderful project and I love your idea about giving them as gifts! what a perfect Samhain gift for the adults.

Laura said...

this is a wonderful post! thank you so much for your suggestions!
blessings
~*~

jill said...

I love to make herb bundles they smell so lovely burning away.xx

Wendy the (Very Good Witch) said...

I do love me a good fire when it's cold outside and dried herb bundles would be the perfect touch....such a great idea Rue! :o)