For me, herbalism is not just a hobby – it is a truly spiritual service, and a magical path. It lies deeply in the belief that Nature is our true and only source, that it is Sacred and filled with the presence of Spirits and of the Great Divine Source, and that it must be respected and cared for as much as possible. Being ecologically conscious is the price that I (very willingly) pay for what Nature gives me.
We live in a city – not a very busy one, but a very concrete-filled one. As an urban Bruja, I feel that reducing waste and recycling are incredibly powerful steps into a greener, more conscious living, and they have definitely helped me to empower my spiritual practise; here are some helpful and very cheap (if not free) tips that we use on our daily life.
· Save the water of boiling potatoes and eggs and water your plants with it. Not only this reduces your water waste, that water is full of nutrients for your plants.
· Any herbal debris from pruning and weeding your garden can be saved and used to make compost tea: cut all leaves and stems in small pieces with scissors and place them in a piece of fabric (old cotton pillowcases are perfect). Add a stone or any other heavy object and tie the fabric to make your “tea bag”. Place it on a bucket of water, cover the bucket and leave in a warm place in the sun for a few days. Your herbs will love this water!
· Don’t throw away those nettles after you’ve weeded them! Not only they have wonderful properties for your health and your magic, they also make the best cold infusion to fill your plants with nutrients. If you let them dry first, you can manage them without any danger, and do exactly as with the compost tea method above.
· Coffee grounds and powdered eggshell make a wonderful organic fertilizer, as well as kitchen scraps (vegetables and fruits only). Keep a separate bucket in the kitchen to gather them, and mix them with your preferred soil – as the scraps decompose, they will make your plants happy :).
· To keep you plants free from aphids, spray the plants with a solution of water and dish soap, specially on the underside of leaves, once a week until the aphids disappear completely. For slugs, a glass filled with beer and buried at ground level will attract them and make them drown in it.
· Kitchen buckets from the supermarket are much cheaper than planters, and can hold a lot of soil. Just make holes in the bottom for draining, and spend the extra money you saved on more seeds and plants :).
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