how herbs help us heal
In this section, we will cover:
- How to grow/wildcraft it.
- When to harvest it.
- How to process it - be it a salve, oil, tea or tincture.
- When it can be used.
- How to use it.
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In this section, we will cover:
Each month, there will be suggestions and information about traditions associated with that month. For example, on the last Sunday in July, it is customary to climb Croagh Patrick.
In this programme, we will examine stories that belong to the Irish oral tradition. For instance,
We have forgotten so many traditional foods and how to make them. A different recipe will be given each month and we will look at why it may be still be beneficial today.
In our exploration of food, we will also look at the reasons for periods of fasting and feasting.
We will explore and discuss the role of the rag tree, the holy well, time apart, helping one another, blessings, greetings, and hospitality in nurturing our spirit and soul.
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Dandelion, Brigid's flower
How to make a Brigid's cross
Brigid & Gobnait. Were they one and the same?
Liminality and its role in health & healing
Wild Garlic. Garlic
St. Patrick's Day
Patrick - who was he?
The fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices - religious syncretism.
Customs associated with Easter morning. Painted easter eggs.
The dance of the sun. Tara.
Tobar Ri an Domhnaigh,
Excursions associated with Easter. Cake dance.
Simnel Cake. Lamb. Corned Beef.
What is the message of Easter?
Importance of hope in mental health.
Wells. Fire on May eve. The buaile tradition. Turf cutting. The May bush.
'Being taken by the fairies on May eve'. Why?
stirabout. The hungry gap.
Picking flowers. Why? Blessing the house. Fear of the Si.
Yarrow. St. John's Wort.
Egg dishes. Butter. Cream. Are they bad for you?
Time out. Heart fever/ 'burn out'
Customs associated with St. Swinthen's Day. Privation at this time.
Oral stories about July in years gone by.
Logistics of food. Buying local. What does this mean for the menu? Shell fish. Carrigeen moss. Seaweeds.
Hills and lakes. Community gatherings outdoors.
The first harvest. Pattern days.
Potato - how good is it?
Corn. Preserving - how to do it.
Holy wells. What is community? Link back to liminality and the threshold.
Elderberry. Rosehips. Sage.
St. Michael's Day. The quarter days -what are they?
The Cailleach. What's her significance today?
Making syrups. Apples and plums. Christmas gifts.
Meditation. Wisdom - what is it?
The harvest knot. September fairs. Halloween.
Oral stories about October in years gone by.
Centering and stability.
Treating colds and flu.
Halloween customs. Laying the table.
The night of mischief - Why?
'Taken by the fairies'.
The veil grows thin.
Barm brack and porter cake.
Remembering the dead. The afterlife.
Maintaining the integrity of the skin during winter.
The shortest day.
Newgrange. Acoustics and monuments. The quarter days.
Darkness - is this where growth happens? Its role in spiritual life.
Planning the year ahead.
The Wren. Keeping the withered greenery from Xmas - Why?
Local marriage customs in January.
The big wind 1839.
Importance of root vegetables and 'comfort food'.
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