Weather here? Well ... Slightly cooler than hell!
Saw the lavender wands in one of the blogs. Luckily, I still have lavenders in the garden and one of the two ribbon colours available at home suited the cause real fine! Instructions : HERE and many more links HERE :)
Also found this in one of flicr albums ... What a wonderful idea!
Lavender has been noted for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder says that its blossom, called Asarum, sold for a hundrend Roman denarii. The Greeks called it Nardus, after a city in Syria on the banks of the Euphrates. It was used by the ancients in perfuming bathwater, and for strewing on the floors of temples and houses. It was cultivated in England for the first time around 1560, and is mentioned in the writings of William Shakespeare.
Medicinally, lavender has many uses. Culpeper recommends "a decoction made with the flowers of Lavender, Horehound, Fennel and Asparagus root, and a little Cinnamon" to help with epilepsy and other disorders of the brain. Tincture of lavender has been officially recognized as a treatment in the British Pharmacopceia for two centuries.
Magically speaking, lavender is often associated with love spells, as well as for workings to bring calmness and peace. To bring love your way, carry lavender flowers in a sachet on your person, or hang stalks of it in your home. To get a good night's sleep, with calming dreams, stuff a pillow with sprigs of lavender. It can also be used in a purifying bath or smudging ritual.
Other Names: Nardus, Elf-leaf
Planetary Connection: Mercury