Lavandula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia
Common & Other names
Huile Essentielle de Lavande,
Lavande à Feuilles Étroites,
Lavande des Alpes,
Lavande du Jardin,
Lavender Essential Oil,
Herbs have many uses and meanings, from culinary delights in the kitchen, to aromatherapy scents for healing, to medicinal for health to spiritual meanings.
Every herb has spiritual meanings which have been handed down through the ages. In the past, herbs and plants were an integral part of life and therefore had meaning on all levels.
Some of the spiritual meanings have come through different spiritual groups that used herbs in their spiritual practices.
The Victorian Age in England took the language of flowers and made it into a wonderful way of saying things with flowers instead of words.
Flower lore is also another avenue for the uses of flowers and herbs in the past.
In their spiritual uses, herbs are not used internally but instead used in the bath, in rituals, perhaps just tucking a fresh herb sprig under your pillow.
When you rest your head on your pillow at night, just inhale and let the scent take you somewhere within to your spiritual center.
What is important here is, the intent that you put into your thoughts while your relax into the language of flowers and herbs.
Lavender is for:
Ecstasy – that’s what you feel when you inhale the fragrance of lavender!
Lavender connects with God awareness,
to help with fears of aging,
for fears in general,
helps facilitate altered states of consciousness
Wear lavender to draw love
It is a symbol of truth and parity
The shrubby herbal plant called the lavender is a common sight in the South Europe. The lavender is also cultivated and grown in many other places, especially the southern and western regions of the United States, where it is also a common sight. The plant grows best at sites with a good exposure to sunlight; in general the lavender prefers dry and sunny places for optimal growth.
The lavender is multi branched and possesses a woody stem averaging in height from six and twenty four inches – it is thus, a small shrub. Lavender bears opposite placed leaves, each leaf is very narrow, and can range anywhere from three fourths of an inch to two inches in length, the leaves are gray green in color, and they tend to be tomentose in shape.
The flowers bloom from the month of June through September in the fall, however, the blooms of one variety persist a little longer – the L. latifalia – into late fall. The flowers are baby blue in coloration and are small sized flowers; the flowers have a strong smell. Each flower branch ends in spikes borne at the end of lengthy floral stalks. The best smelling of the flowers are the flowers borne by the L. angustifolia sub species. In general, all lavender varieties have flowers which contain a richly perfumed, colorless and volatile oil made from linalyle acetate and a hydroxycoumarin compound known as herniarin – these compounds find use in the perfumery and cosmetic industries.
The scent of the lavender has been prized for thousands of years and the plant has been valued as a scented herb in many civilizations of the past. The mind and the body can be relaxed and soothed down by the inhalation of an herbal infusion or herbal tincture made from the essential oil of the lavender, smelling the lavender flowers also induces this effect in the body.
The Meaning & Spiritual Meaning of Lavender
Lavender is well known as an aromatic plant that is used in perfumes and oils. Lavender is also used as an herb by culinary specialists to add scent and flavor to dishes. The plant belongs to the Lavandula genus. The word “lavender” is also used to refer to the color of the flowers that grow on the lavender plant, a pale purple that is lighter than lilac.
Lavender plants are often grouped by the region in which they grow. English lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) is the most heavily scented variety of the plant. Lavender originates in the Mediterranean, though it is grown around the world. The plant needs full sunlight and well-drained soil to grow. Lavender is a hardy plant that’s easy to grow in many different climates.
The Romans named lavender flowers, though the plant appeared in many ancient civilizations. In Egypt, lavender was used in cosmetics and embalming products. The Greeks used lavender oil as perfume for their bodies. In Rome, lavender was widely regarded as a healing herb. Included in insect repellents and bath water, lavender was taken internally and topical in ancient Roman societies. In the Middle Ages, lavender flowers were grown and used by monks as medicinal herbs. The flowers became popular in England during the reign of Henry VIII, where lavender was used to sweeten the smell of linens, the air and even furniture polish. During the Victorian era, lavender oil again became a popular perfume among women.
Looking at the spiritual qualities lavender is known for:
Release of Energy Blockages
Easing of Tension
Lavender Color Meaning
The color lavender, a soft shade of purple, is strongly feminine. Because purple is the color of royalty, the color lavender also speaks of elegance, refinement and luxury. Lavender-colored flowers speak of wealth and wisdom when given as a gift.
Flowers that are lavender in color aren’t found on lavender plants alone. Some lavender-colored flowers convey their own special meanings when given to others. Sterling silver roses, which are lavender in color, convey a message of love at first sight and enchantment. Some types of catlaya orchids, delphiniums and freesia flowers also have lavender-colored blooms.Catlaya orchids send a message of calmness in the language of flowers, a code for flowers first developed by the Victorians.
True lavender flowers from the lavender plant also have their own special meaning. When given as a gift, lavender flowers represent purity, silence and luck. Lavender flowers also convey a message of devotion.
It’s flowerly, light aroma is pleasant and pleasing. Lavendar is a cool color, not so much in popularity but in tone. The yin-yang balance of lavender points to the feminine side, being very supporting of our ability to turn inward and increase our awareness.
Lavender and Love
Does lavender have special magical properties?
It has been used for centuries in the area of love, used to scent love letters, or used as a perfume to attract the opposite sex.
Back in the Renaissance days lavender would be combined with rosemary and used to secure the chastity of a woman.
Health and Lavender
Natural Healing Properties of Lavender
Lavender is a component of compounds used for herbal and alternative medicine and aromatherapy. Its sweet essence has made its way into shampoos, oils, and lotions. However, that is not the best way to get its healing benefits.
It is best used in tinctures, as an essential oil, in teas, salves and other preparations.
Lavender essential oils are gathered from the flowers of the lavender plant. You can use lavender in a bath, diffuser, or mist. As with any essential oil use caution to avoid eyes and other sensitive parts of the body, and use sparingly.
One of the most common uses of lavender essential oil is for calming and rest, promoting peaceful sleep and a feeling of happiness. Lavender may help alleviate migraine headaches.
There are many levels of quality when we look at purchasing any essential oil. The trick is to preserve the delicate life of the plant, the essential oils. One of the best methods to extract the powerful healing properties of lavender is the method “steam distilled” to ensure high concentrations of the essential oils of lavender or Lavandula officinalis.
Here are the facts about the natural healing properties of lavender:
Lavender is a lot more than just a pretty herb. Its medicinal properties have been known for centuries.
Use lavender today to heal everything from headaches to fungal infections and anxiety to insomnia.
Before using any type of natural healing therapy instead of or in conjunction with conventional medicines, consult your doctor.
Lavender oil has antiseptic properties.
The volatile oils in the lavender are a powerful antiseptic, and have been shown to have a good effect against pathogenic bacteria such as the strains responsible for diseases like diphtheria and typhoid, it is very potent against the streptococcus and pneumococcus strains of bacteria.
The oil of lavender is extracted from the actual flower and not the leaves or seeds. It is good for cleaning scrapes and cuts that may contain foreign material. Use lavender oil to clean surfaces in your home to lower your bacterial count.
The remedy made from the lavender herb is also very effective as an external disinfectant in the treatment of all kinds of cuts and wounds, helping heal all kinds of sores and ulcers on the body.
Linalol is an active substance in lavender that heals sores, burns and other wounds. Pain and inflammation are reduced at the site of pain.
Lavender reduces anxiety and other nervous conditions.
prolonged anxiety, chronic and persistent nervousness, as well as in alleviating the physical symptoms induced by excessive stress such as tension headaches, persistent migraine, cardiac palpitations and sleep disorders like insomnia.
The emotions are said to be brought into balance by the application of lavender oil, it is said to elevate flagging spirits, helping in relieving depression and enabling the person to overcome inner disharmony and mental problems.
The stimulating effect of the lavender is another potent property of the herb, the remedy brings a tonic effect on the nervous system, and it helps to restore the vitality to individuals affected by long term nervous exhaustion and mental trauma.
Create a sachet with soothing leaves and tuck it into your drawer or under your pillow. Add essential lavender oil to your bath Water for a calming bath.
Use water infused with lavender leaves to soothe painful joints and muscles.
For headaches, apply lavender oil to a cotton ball or your fingertips and massage slowly into your temples. The smell will relax you as the oil eases your headache.
Lavender is used in aromatherapy massage as a muscle relaxant.
Massaging the oil into the skin unknots the muscles of the back and reduces a spasm, which can be helpful during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Lavender can be taken as a diluted essence. One or two drops of the essence in a glass of water can be taken internally for many conditions such as Depression, hysteria, and fainting.
Using lavender in an oil diffuser helps with insomnia. The sweet woody smell of the lavender oil helps you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Lavender has also been used as an expectorant.
breaks up the mucous from nasal and chest congestion that accompanies a cold. It is also useful in remedies for other respiratory conditions.
The herbal remedy can be taken in the form of an herbal tea, it can also be inhaled as dispersed oil or used as a vapor rub. Used topically, the lavender is capable of alleviating common colds, chronic coughs, problems such as asthma and persistent bronchitis, problems like pneumonia, the flu, persistent tonsillitis and laryngitis in affected individuals.
The disorders of the digestive tract
in particular are greatly eased by the relaxing effect of the lavender, the herbal remedy soothes muscle spasms and eases colic related to mental tension and anxiety. It is also very effective in helping relieve abdominal distension, in relieving persistent flatulence, spells of nausea as well as indigestion. The lavender herbal remedy boosts a flagging appetite, enabling the person to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the diet.
A lavender herbal tea or tincture is also useful for the treatment of stomach and bowelinfections that are accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea as symptoms.
When prepared in the form of a hot herbal tea, the remedy made from lavender induces sweating and helps reduce the elevated body temperatures in case of fevers.
The body is also detoxified by the lavender remedy; the herb rapidly eliminates accumulated toxins in the body through the skin and the urine as a result of its mild diuretic effect.
The tissue repair and restoration process in the body is also stimulated by the herbal remedy resulting in the minimization of scar formation especially when the volatile oil is applied next to the burns.
The diluted oil is used in the treatment of disorders such aseczema, chronic acne and varicose ulcers in the affected person.
Lavender can be used as a tincture to treat fungal infections such as vaginal yeast.
Inhaling lavender oil can help with pain management, especially after surgery.
Interesting to note is that WebMD has more information on the uses of Lavender and also considers it to be a Vitamin or Supplement.
<<click the link above for more information directly from the WebMD site.>>
In the world of aromatherapy lavender must be the most widely known and used of essential oils.
Feng Shui and Lavender
Feng Shui focuses primarily on the flow of energy, whether we are talking about architecture or home decoration. It is advised to use lavendar or any purple color sparingly. In Feng Shui and health it is thought that the color purple could trigger blood disease, but it is fine as an accent. The lighter purple shades like lavender is popular for meditation rooms.
The color purported is associated with the crown chakra, the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. The crown chakra, or 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and the vibration of the crown is the highest vibration in the physical body. When we look into the world of gemstones and crystals a popular crystal is Amethyst, which is available in pink or lavender, and is a very powerful healing crystal.
Lavender Jade Uses and Purposes – Overview
As a stone of spiritual purification, Lavender Jade is an excellent crystal to use on retreats or during meditations. It helps in releasing cynicism and suppressed anger, and to embrace an attitude of serene acceptance. [Simmons, 214]
Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm. Its action balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm. A piece of Jade kept in a pocket or on a pendant to stroke from time to time recharges energy, and traditionally guards against illness. Jade may also be used to temper the shock or fear of the very young or very old being cared for in the hospital or away from home and family. [Megemont, 99][Eason, 266]
Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt, and for extreme cases of defeatism. It also treats “pathological normality,” an excessive desire to adapt oneself to a group, even if it is sect-like, exaggerated militarism, a follow-the-leader attitude, or the compulsive desire to give in to general opinion to belong no matter the cost. [Megemont, 99]
As a professional support stone, Jade aids doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and all healers in making practical diagnosis and in their applications. It is a support stone for educators, and Jade, carved in the form of a faith symbol, is uplifting to military personnel. [Mella, 130-133]
FOR MORE please click this link: http://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/lavender-jade
Growing, Caring For & Harvesting Lavender
For almost anything you grow you will need to know what ZONE you live in.. there are 4 basic ways you can find this out online:
By Zip Code
Plant Zone map for Planting Zones; Find your Growing Zone. … Planting zones are used as a guideline to determine the hardiness and survivability of various trees …
Growing Zone Map Find your location on the map, or use our convenient growing zone finder above. This will tell you what growing zone you are in.
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.
you could also check climate & energy zones, however they may not be of much help since they do NOT provide information for planting.
Short of copying the whole page of information to post here, I am directing you to Mountain Valley Growers who have one of the best informational sites on growing Lavender I have run across. They also cover the different varieties of Lavender & which ones will produce seeds along with the problems associated with starting your lavender from seed. Please click the following link.
Labyrinth Hill offers classes that will show you what exactly to do ..
With One-on-One Coaching
Download our popular brochure:
Ten Wonderful Things
You Can Do With Lavender
(without sewing, gluing, nailing or painting!)
VIDEO: Growing Lavender – Remove Dried Lavender Buds
There are so many different recipes for Lavender that I am going to only post the search link here for them
and you can choose whichever site you wish to visit for your specific needs.
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What You Need to Know About Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosa rubiginosa ~ Sweet Briar Rose
From this earthly gift of a plant, we obtain rose hip seed oil. Ever heard of it? Sometimes referred to as Rosa mosqueta, rosehip seed oil is kind of like a well-guarded secret… Used by Chileans for centuries, the amazing healing benefits of rosehip seed oil have only relatively recently been validated.
Photo Credit: heatheronhertravels.com
Now gaining popularity with the general public, this cold-pressed, sensitive, “dry” oil has thoroughly impressed the scientific community at large. Heather, from a Real Food Lover, accurately summarizes two important studies on rosehip seed oil:
The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rosehip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look.
With it’s amazing healing properties and ability to moisturize, this diversely capable oil is one you will want to be familiar with. I have only recently discovered it in the past year, and I assure you–it’s brilliant. I love it’s non-greasy, oil-free feel, and when I use it to moisture my skin; face and neck especially, it feels like my skin just took a big hydrating drink of water!
Most of the rose hips used for rose hip seed oil grow wild in the southern Andes although that is not the only habitat for the Sweet Briar, or Eglantine rose. It is a deciduous shrub with delicious apple-scented leaves. It is from the fruit, or “hip” of this plant that bears a tiny seed that is then pressed into rosehip seed oil that I (and others) so covet.
The rosehip seed is made up of 77% fatty acids. High in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol); all essential for skin and hair health, Rosa rubiginosa has been found to regenerate tissue and eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, scars, sun damage and stretch marks. The essential fatty acids it contains when absorbed through the skin, convert to prostaglandins which assist in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.
Rosehip seed oil in short helps prevent premature aging, soothes, heals and moisturizes mature skin, and prevents the formation of keloid scar tissue, which is the characteristic thickening of the skin in scar formation.
It also helps to heal conditions such as:
- Age spots
- Brittle nails
- Burns, radiation and sun
- Dry and damaged hair
This amber-to-orange hued oil has a nutty scent and may be used ‘straight out of the bottle.’ It is perfect for use undiluted on the skin– even sensitive skin, but it is not recommended for those with acne or very oily skin, due to it’s high fatty acid content. It is safe, inexpensive and effective. It can also be used in many “kitchen cosmetics” recipes including creams, lotions, facial serums and massage oils. It should be kept refrigerated due to susceptibility to oxidization, even though it has a shelf life of two years. I buy it in bulk at my co-op, which sources it from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also buy it from them directly, but their smallest size is 8 ounces. I like to re-bottle it into a smaller container and add carrot seed oil and vitamin E to improve it’s shelf life. (Carrot seed oil is also the best essential oil for rejuvenating skin). Aside from preserving the rosehip seed oil, you’ve just made an easy DIY facial serum There are many recipes out there where you can expound on facial serum creations, but with rosehip seed oil I prefer to keep it simple. I truly subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke–why fix it” motto, and rosehip seed oil definitely falls into that category. I usually take my rosehip seed oil ‘neat,’ but since you’ll likely already have the oil around, why not try these fun, homemade formulations:
Rosehip seed oil has become key in my facial care routine. Aside from its miraculousness, it’s simplicity and ease of use is something I truly appreciate. I LOVE that I can toss a tiny amount in a small bottle and take it anywhere.
Where can you get this stuff? Mountain Rose Herbs carries a high-quality, cold-pressed
rosehip seed oil.
Note: Cold Pressed is a method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimized throughout the batching of the raw material. This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth. Temperatures are rigorously controlled to ensure that it does not exceed 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Although not a practical method of extraction for all vegetable oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice.
Bee Keeping & Apiaries in Tennessee
–What you need to know
You’ve heard about the dangers of the world loosing it’s bee population and want to help in some way, maybe even start your own.
But Where do you begin?
You could jump right in and do things the hard way, and face HUGE fines, OR start with the basics.
Here is what you need to know.
The honey bee is the official state agricultural insect.
Honey bees perform a pollination function that is essential to the propagation of many species of plants in Tennessee.
The mission of the Apiary program is to protect this valuable resource.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture maintains beekeeper registration files, works through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program to offer cost share opportunities and performs collaborative research and educational seminars with the University of Tennessee.
- The University of Tennessee *UT* offers Beekeeping classes.
Here is their link if you would like more information on what they do & the specifics on their classes: http://bees.tennessee.edu/
The Tennessee Beekeepers Association Has information & PDF files and documents that you will need to look through as well.
A good site to save for further reference on Tennessee Beekeeping!
Healthy productive colonies of bees not only produce more honey, they also provide better pollination for our nations food supply. Proper pollination yields larger, more uniform shaped, marketable fruits and vegetables.
The Department provides a list of local honey producers for consumers and retail outlets looking for sources of local honey.
Contact TDA Marketing Division for more information.
To receive apiary applications or a pollination list by mail, or for more in-depth information, call Michael Studer, State Apiarist, at 615-837-5342.
***Important Important Important!!***
If you are in Tennessee, ALL NEW Apiaries MUST be registered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture!!!
The Apiary Act of 1995 includes a section on registration of apiaries. In the Apiary Act, new apiaries are required to be registered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. These apiaries are required to be re-registered every 3 years.
The list of registered beekeepers and apiaries is maintained by the State Apiarist and upon registration, the beekeeper receives a unique registration number. This number is the beekeeper’s personal registration number and can be used to brand hives and equipment.
There are a number of benefits to registering your apiary:
- E-mail notification of disease outbreaks and updates from the State Apiarist.
- E-mail and postal notification of aerial spraying of pesticides in your area when we are notified of the spraying projects.
- Free inspection of your colonies if you are selling them, moving them or you feel you may have a bee health problem.
- Registering your bees helps to protect your bees and your neighbor’s bees in the case of an American Foulbrood (AFB) outbreak or other regulatory pest.
- If your colonies have to be destroyed due to American Foulbrood or other regulated pest or disease you will be compensated if they are registered. There is no indemnity paid for the loss of unregistered bee colonies.
What can happen if you do not register your bees or your apiary?
- Failure to register you bees or comply with the provisions of “The Apiary Act of 1995” may result in the confiscation your bees, beekeeping equipment and a $500.00 fine.
- If your colonies have to be destroyed due to American Foulbrood or other regulated pest or disease you will not be compensated if they are not registered.
Please remember that by law all honey bee colonies in the state of Tennessee are required to be registered with this office.
All honey bees and used equipment transported into, out of, within or through the state of Tennessee are required by law to be inspected.
Here is a list/links for the DOWNLOADABLE Apiary Forms, Applications and Permits you will need:
- Apiary Inspection Request
- Apiary Registration Form
- Application to Move Honeybees or Used Equipment into TN
- Application to Establish an Experimental Apiary in TN
- Honeybee Best Management Practices Policy
- Honeybee Best Management Practices Agreement
- Reporting Movement of Honeybee Colonies for Pollination within TN
- Request for Apiary Information
- Request to be Placed on Pollinator List for Growers
- Request to be Placed on Swarm Removal Services List
- Request to be Placed on Structural Honeybee Removal List
- Request to be Placed on List to Sell Local Honey and Other Products
- Request to be Removed From Any/All Above Lists
- Apiary Section Complaint Form
- World of Beekeeping from WA has a FREE Basic Bee Keeping Kit (your first email will be an interview or whatever they are offering at the time)
just fill in your name & email.
They also have a Step-By-Step DVD you can purchase. Here’s the link: http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com/get-started/
These websites all recommend JOINING a Beekeepers Club, or organization of some type, and is probably the single most useful thing you can do.
It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance, as well as having some of the equipment
– such as an extractor – which can be borrowed or rented when necessary.
Even if the club itself doesn’t own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something.
Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.
If there are no Tennessee beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one.
It’s surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.
For convenience I am including a list of known Beekeepers for the State of Tennessee.
- Columbia Area Beekeeperrs Association
Contact: Jack Wohlfarth, President
Web Site: http://www.columbiaareabeekeepers.com
Culleoka Tennessee 38451
We typically meet on the first Sunday of each month at 2pm in the Conference Building at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill. The general public is invited to attend.
- Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association
Sneedville TN 37869
We have 149 very active members.
- Aaron Burns
Knoxvile TN 37917
Free removal of swarms in and around the Knoxville area
- Montgomery County Beekeepers Association
Tel Number: 931-645-3110
Web Site: http://www.mcbaonline.ning.com
305 Pageant lane
Clarksville TN 37040
The Montgomery County Beekeepers Association meets the first Saturday of every month (excluding January)in the public library at 10:00 am and is open to the public.
- WASHINGTON CO BKPRS ASSN
247 Cain Dr
Blountville, TN 37617
- MEMPHIS AREA BKPRS ASSOC
250 Leonard Lane
Brighton, TN 38011
- JACKSON AREA BKPRS
7030 Shaw Chapel Rd
Brownsville, TN 38012
- RUTHERFORD COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
7119 Hutson Rd
Christiana, TN 37037
- ANDERSON CO BKPRS ASSN
632 Pine Ride Rd
Clinton, TN 37716
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
711 Genesis Rd.
Crossville, TN 38555
- NW GEORGIA BKPRS ASSOC
6807 Cedar Wood Court
East Ridge, TN 37412
- BEEKEEPERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
509 Ellington Dr
Franklin, TN 37064-5013
- SUMNER COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
285 Vantrease Rd.
Gallatin, TN 37066
- DAVY CROCKETT BKPRfS ASSOC
3785 Kelley Gap Rd.
Greeneville, TN 37743
- KNOX CO BKPRS ASSOC
6729 Ottinger Dr
Knoxville, TN 37920
- CAMPBELL CO BKPRS ASSOC
1064 Davis Chapel Rd
LaFollette, TN 37766
- LOUDON CO BKPRS ASSN
8633 Hwy 11 E
Lenoir City, TN 37772
- TN BKPRS ASSN
771 Dyer Rd.
Luttrell, TN 37779
- BLOUNT CO BKPRS ASSN
875 Bert Garner Lane
Maryville, TN 37803
- NASHVILLE AREA BKPRS ASSN
David A Young
902 Kingfisher Point
Nashville, TN 37221
- ROANE-MORGAN BKPRS ASSOC
919 Snow Hill Rd
Oakdale, TN 37829
- CHEATHAM COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
1241 Substation Rd.
Pleasant View, TN 37146
- CHEROKEE BKPRS ASSN
1211 Mayflower Rd
Sale Creek, TN 37373
- SEVIER CO BKPRS ASSN
John R Kelley
613 Sandy Point Lane
Sevierville, TN 37876
- DUCK RIVER BKPRS ASSN
PO Box 303
Shelbyville, TN 37162
- WILSON CO BKPRS ASSN
3900 Rock Springs Rd
Watertwon, TN 37184
- ELK VALLEY BKPRS ASSOC
406 Joyce Lane
Winchester, TN 37388
There are pages upon pages of videos on YOUTUBE about beekeeping, but after talking with a friend & doing some research, I would not recommend jumping into Bees until you have the basics & done the other research from the links provided on this blog and talked to someone in your area that already has an Avery. This really may NOT be for you!
Rossman Apiaries in GA, also has some very valuable information worth checking out, as well as the ability to purchase your Bees & the Queens!
Hope this has helped some…. Enjoy your Apiary & Thank you for helping Save our Bees!
Yule (pronounced EWE-elle)/ Winter Solstice Lore-December 20-23 Firstly, Yule, or the Winter Solstice, occurs when the Sun enters the sign Capricorn, and is at 0 ° Capricorn. Thus, Yule is a "minor" Sabbat because it is at zero degrees, the beginning of the energy. This is the longest night of the year, at the darkest time of the year. In ancient times, it was believed that the Father Sun needed our help to return, so the people would light bonfires both to strengthen the Sun through sympathetic magic and also to show the Father Sun the way back to the Mother Earth. Lighted candles in windows and lights on houses and trees (Christmas tree lights) are the leftover symbols of these bonfires, and are meant to symbolize and aid the return of the Father Sun. This was also a season of the year when the herds were culled, as there was only enough food to feed the strong and young who would be needed to breed in the spring. Weak cattle who may not survive the winter anyway were sacrificed, or just slaughtered, and used for feasting, or salted and saved. They were also traded, along with many other items, for this time of year, many people had time on their hands. The hunting was harder now because of the weather, and there was no agricultural concerns going on in the northern areas, so people had time to create and make things. The main focus of most Yuletide celebrations is the rebirth of the Father Sun, as this is when the Mother Earth gives birth to the baby Father Sun. In addition to the theme of birth, we also have the theme of death, symbolized by the Yule log. Known as Winter Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Father Sun, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds. The garland represents the circle of life, the never-ending cycles of the Mother Earth, and also the Tortoise, which is a sacred animal to the Mother Earth. The lights, as discussed above, add energy to the Sun, and are an encouragement for the Father Suns return. Glass balls were to reflect evil, thereby protecting against the "evil eye", and also to reflect the lights on the tree (originally candles on the tree) and increase the effectiveness of their light. Candy canes are a reminder of the renewal of all life as they are symbolic of the maypole, with their red and white colors, which stand for the blood and the milk of the Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon, the ancient waters of life. Ti1nsel and icicles are fertility magic also, representing the rains which will come to fertilize the earth in the spring. Bells were used to purify the air, and to summon the friendly spirits for protection. The star at the top of the tree is our own pentagram, representing the four elements of air, earth, fire and water, overseen by Spirit. Holly and Ivy were seen as the male and female principles (respectively) and were believed to bring good luck and fertility to men and women. Holly, berries, pine cones, and acorns were all used to signify the God aspect at this season, while the wreath symbolized the Mothers Earths aspect. As a complete circle, the wreath symbolized the circle of life, the wheel of the year, and the sacred cycles of Grandmother Moon, and was usually decorated with the holly, berries, ribbons, etc. of the Father Sun, and so combined both aspects in one decoration. Of course, mistletoe has come down as the plant most associated with the Yule season. Being a parasite, it only grows high in trees, where the seeds land after being borne on the wind. The Druids therefore believed the plant was put there by the Gods, probably by lightning bolt, or put there by the Sun. It was believed to have miraculous healing powers, be very strong good luck, and have many other magical and mystical attributes, and thus was referred to as "the Golden Bough". In Scandanavian countries, enemies would often be reconciled underneath boughs containing mistletoe, and any contract thus made could never be broken. Thus comes our custom of kissing beneath the mistletoe. There are many other customs from many cultures, as was mentioned earlier, and these are but a few. The Yuletide season was celebrated in almost every known civilization, and many traditions have survived in altered forms from many different cultures. Researching these customs is both informative and fascinating, and will enrich your knowledge and understanding of both your own Pagan roots, as well as the roots of other religions. Symbolism of Yule: Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future. Symbols: Yule Tree, Yule Log, Light Herbs: Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar. Foods: Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Incense: Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon. Yule Incense Recipe 2 Parts Frankincense 2 Parts Pine needles or resin 1 Part Cedar 1 Part Juniper Berries Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container. Colors: Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange. Activities: Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kriss Kringle - the Germanic Pagan God of Yule Spell workings: Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness, Introspect, Planning for the Future. Deities: At Yule a time when the weather is at it's coldest and the Father Suns is reborn of the Mother Earth, and the Father Sun's birth is symbolized by the return of the Sun, as from this day forth the Sun's power is no longer in decline. Symbolically the Father Sun grows along with the Sun, growing as the Sun gains in power, staying above the horizon longer and warming the planet more each day. Mother Earth goes into a deep sleep. Yule is a time of celebration, when we begin to see an end to Winter and it's hardships, and can now look forward to the soon to come Spring and the return of life! The Yule Tree Therefore they represented the eternal aspect of the Goddess who also never dies. Their greenery was symbolic of the hope for the sun's return. Decorated the evergreen trees at Yule with all the images of the things they wished the waxing year to bring. Fruits for a successful harvest, love charms for happiness, nuts for fertility, and coins for wealth adorned the trees. Candles were the forerunners of today's electric tree lights. Yule trees were brought inside to provide a warm and festive place for tree elementals who inhabited the woodland. This was also a good way to coax the native faery folk to participate in Solstice rituals. Some believed the Saxons were the first to place candles in the tree. We realize when we plant a tree we are encouraging the Earth to breathe. And when we decorate our evergreen trees at Yule, we are making a symbol of our dream world with the objects we hang upon it. Perhaps a chain or garland, reflecting the linking of all together on Earth. Lights--for the light of human consciousness, animal figures who serve as our totems, fruits and colors that nourish and give beauty to our world, gold and silver for prosperity, treats and nuts that blend sweet and bitter--just as in real life. The trees we decorate now with symbols of our perfect worlds actually animate what we esteem and what we hope for in the coming year; as from this night, the light returns, reborn. Decorating the Yule Tree It's best to use a live tree, but if you can't, you can perform an outdoor ritual thanking a tree, making sure to leave it a gift when you're finished (either some herbs or food for the animals and birds). Start a seedling for a new tree to be planted at Beltane. If apartment rules or other conditions prevent you from using a live tree indoors, be sure to bring live evergreen garlands or wreaths into the house as decorations. * String popcorn and cranberries and hang them on the Yule tree or an outdoor tree for birds. * Decorate pine cones with glue and glitter as symbols of the faeries and place them in the Yule tree. * Glue the caps onto acorns and attach with a red string to hang on the Yule tree. · Hang little bells on the Yule tree to call the spirits and faeries. · Hang robin and wren ornaments on the tree. * Hang 6-spoked snowflakes on the branches of the tree. The Witches Rune, or Hagalaz, has 6 spokes. * Hang sun, moon, star, animal totems, faery, or fruit decorations. * String electric lights on your tree to encourage the return of the Father Sun. Consecrating the Tree Consecrate the Yule tree by sprinkling it with salted water, passing the smoke of incense bayberry, pine, spruce, pine, spice, cedar, or cinnamon) through the branches, and walking around the tree with a lighted candle saying: By fire and water, air and earth, I consecrate this tree of rebirth. Our celebrations may peak a few days before the 25th, we nonetheless follow many of the traditional customs of the season: decorated trees, caroling, presents, Yule logs, and mistletoe. We might even go so far as putting up a 'Nativity set', though for us the three central characters are likely to be interpreted as Mother Earth, Creator and the Baby Father Sun. None of this will come as a surprise to anyone who knows the true history of the holiday,of course.