Blessed Full Moon to you all. At my house we live on pretty “pay check to pay check” basis. There isn’t a lot of left over for me to spend on herbs and what not for ritual purposes. I have however discovered that whenever I am in need of something to share with others, and think that I’m out of luck; I walk out in my back yard and find something perfect. That’s pretty impressive if you know that the only things my garden has produced so far has been rhubarb, and basil. So, I was wondering what I could share with you today. I tossed around a few ideas, tossing aside one idea after another as either something I don’t think I know well enough to share, or as something that maybe has already been done. Then, I was attempting to pull together some lunch for my kids with a lean pantry. I walked out the back door and into my garden for some inspiration, and began plucking basil leaves. I then looked over my garden, which is pretty weed riddled, pruned the buds off my tomato plants. Purslane then found its way into my basket. I was making basil and purslane pesto pasta.
Still pondering what to share with you today, I pulled out my copy of Paul Beyerl’s A Compendium of Herbal Magick and looked up purslane. This is what I found:
Purslane, (portulaca,sp.) is an herb of protection and purification, as well as an anti-magick herb. It is said to be beneficial to those suffering from nightmares or whom seek protection from things which roam in the dark. Strewn around the bed it is said to ward off evil spirits. It’s governed by the moon.
Purslane is an effective herb in dream pillows, dispelling unwholesome energies and as an elixir makes for a beneficial magickal tonic.
I also ran a google search for purslane and this little weed is packed nutritionally. It contains lots of vitamin E, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. In other words, not only is it a valuable magickal herb, but it’s super good for you.
All of that found in a simple weed that grows like wild fire in gardens or pretty much any place the soil’s been disturbed. Having discovered all that, I think it will become a must have from my magickal herb cupboard. It’s useful, tasty, and it’s free! Blessed Be.