Friday, August 10, 2012

import blog herbs for funerals

Blog EntryMar 6, '08 9:30 PM
for everyone

Funeral herbs, I only thought of this topic this week do to the two deaths of my friends on sunday

- By: Selena Fox


Since ancient times herbs have played a part in funerals. They've been used to
scent graves and cremation fires, to fill amulet bags and in making wreaths to
decorate burial places.

BASIL: Protection, Love
BAY LAUREL: - Communication with the dead, protection, triumph, used in 
              funeral wreaths.
BIRCH: Rebirth.
CEDAR: Prosperity, Purification.
COMFREY: Healing.
CYPRESS: Endings.
ELDER: Transformation
FRANKINCENSE: Purification, Spiritual Transformation.
GARLIC: Protection.
HOLLY: Renewal, Resurrection.
IVY: Rebirth, Celebration.
LAVENDER: Memories, Peace.
LEMON BALM: - Immortality, happiness; used in a tea for emotional cleansing
              and uplifting.
LILY: Resurrection.
MINT: Joy, a stewing herb.
MISTLETOE: Protection.
MUGWORT: Inner Sight
MULLEN: Cleansing.
MYRRH: Healing, Purification, Protection, Used in Mummifying.
OAK: Strength.
PARSLEY: - Good luck in here after; decorating tombs.
PERIWINKLE: Immortality, " Flower of the Dead, " Placed on graves.
POPPY: Restfulness.
ROSEMARY: - Friendship, purification, happiness; thrown into graves " for
            remembrance, " burned as incense, sprigs carried in funeral
ROSES: Love Purification.
RUE: Karmic Completion.
SAGE: Wisdom, Purification.
SANDALWOOD: Purification.
THYME: Purification.
WILLOW: Releases, Cleansing.
WORMWOOD: Transformation.
YARROW: Protection, Healing.
YEW: Immortality, endings; once planted in graveyards to protect bodies of the
from here

Without doubt losing someone close to you is one of the hardest times in anyones life. The rituals performed by the Pagan peoples have two primary purposes, one is to pay homage to the deceased person and see them safely off on their journey to the Summerland where they will await rebirth. The other is help those of left behind deal with fact that our loved one has left us.
Herbs for these rituals include but are not limited to:
ACONITE--if possible is administered in the ritual cup to the dying person, preferably at the moment death is occurring, ritually it helps to ensure safe passage to the Other Side. DO NOT administer this to anyone, dying or not, if you don't know what you're doing! This is a HIGHLY POISONOUS herb. Some of this herb should also be planted on the burial ground and may be used as incense during the ritual.
ANEMONE--flowers may be tossed into the cauldron or fire during the ceremony. It brings the wish for reincarnation.
ASPHODEL--is traditionally planted upon the grave and is used to wash the body of the decease.
BASIL--should be burned as incense during the ritual as it will bring courage and strength to those left behind.
BLUEBELLS--maybe planted upon the grave to bring peace and blessings to the deceased.
ELDER--if the body is to be cremated and your laws permit it, Elder is the best wood to use in the funeral pyre. If this is not possible place a piece of Elder with the deceased person before burying or cremating.
LOTUS--should be used liberally in the incense. It aids in the releasing process.
PENNYROYAL--long considered an herb of Immortality, the body should be washed with this as well as Asphodel.
PERIWINKLE--should be woven into a wreath and placed upon the coffin, particularly the coffins of children. It banished negativity from the site and aids in the reincarnation process.
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Memory and Remembrance
The ancient Greeks wore garlands of rosemary around their heads to improve their memory. However, they also believed rosemary assisted in remembering those who have died. They used it at funerals, the lasting green leaves representing both remembrance and immortality. Rosemary was also a favored herb of the ancient Romans. In addition to using it in funeral rites, they would plant it in wreath shapes around the tombs of important people.
Shakespeare mentioned rosemary in Act IV of Hamlet, when Ophelia said, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance." Meanwhile, in British folklore, a sprig of rosemary placed in a button hole was said to improve the memory. Rosemary is still used in Britain today, where it is carried in funeral processions. Sprays of it are thrown onto a coffin before the grave is filled, signifying that the deceased will not be forgotten.
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