As days grow brighter,
and gentle rains rouse the verdant spirits
from their dreamtime adventures,
we prepare, Wild Ones, to make those dreams real.
Out we pop from our buds!
stretching in langor toward the Sun,
the sweet scented moss
tickling our noses,
guided by birdsong...
Doesn't Spring, somehow, always feel like the first time?
Now, of course, an Elven Queen would be fairly famished after a long Winter's rest.
A bright-eyed forage through the untamed forest and her surrounding fields could offer a delightful array of beautiful plant gifts!
But let's get one thing straight: those of you know me are aware of my eye-rolling tendencies towards the "seasonal cleanse."
Is Spring a time of renewal? Of course.
But the body actually operates on a detox cycle, followed by a nutritive cycle, on a daily basis.
Do you clean your house four times per year? Of course not.
Then why, oh why, would you clean your soul's temple so infrequently?
I've prepared for you, my beautiful hatchlings,
a nibble that not only cleanses, but feeds.
Making your body strong,
your skin and hair vibrant,
your mind clear and ready.
Everything comes alive.
For nature is the ultimate Femme Vitale...
Spring Faerie Salad
*all ingredients must be organic or wild grown
9 leaves of fresh dandelion
1 C baby spinach
1/4 C grated carrot
1/2 C sprouts/microgreens (I love a blend: radish, alfalfa, sunflower, etc.)
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C nettle leaf
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Celtic sea salt/fresh ground black pepper (know in certain circles as The Pinch-n-Grind)
Begin, my Loves, by grating several carrots. The easiest way? Give them a rough chop, then pulse in the food processor. Then you have some for the next few days. (You're welcome.)
Next, pull the dandelion leaves from their stalks, and tear gently with your fingers. Add in the spinach and carrots, and top with sprouts to form a gorgeous nest. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and nettle leaf. Give it a light drizzle of the oil and cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic salt, a grind of pepper, and you're there!
Dandelion is a bitter green, designed to detoxify the body by cleansing the liver, kidneys, and the blood. It also encourages fat metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar, while supplying the body with calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamins A, B, C, & D. A total powerhouse! Magickally, as with all greens, it is consumed to attract money, which just might come in handy as you get your dreams off the ground. *wink*
We''re using eight leaves to symbolize personal power, for this potent dark green goodness also assists in making wishes come true...
Sprouts and microgreens are part of this magickal mélange to symbolize new life force emerging, and for their tremendous nutritional value. Carrots are filled with vitamin A, amongst other major nutrients, which keeps the signs of aging and stress off your face, helping to keep skin preternaturally young. Oh, and they're all about sex. Spring fever, anyone?
Sunflower seeds are amazing little health bites, so full of crucial minerals and vitamin E, to keep you beautiful inside and out...with a magickal boost to ensure success. Whatever you're conjuring, know you've got plant power on your side!
And what might this mysterious little faerie boat be carrying?
Why, it's nettle!
Long used as a protective herb, fiery nettle also gives passion a push in the right direction. Love it already? Here's more: nettle is an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory wonder that supports kidney and bone health. Beauty-wise, our brilliant plant friend promotes hair growth and flawless skin, particularly effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It's also a renowned female tonic (just use it with caution, or not at all, if you are pregnant.)
Allright, my succulents,
revel in this Spring energy!
All my love,