by Silver RavenWolf
Want to show Mom you care? Send her flowers. Want to make a nice impression? Give flowers. Screwed up and want to make it better? Flowers on the way.
Flowers carry so many messages from “I love you” to “Get Well” to “I’m sorry I washed your cashmere sweater with my sports socks”.
A lovely sentiment, cut flowers fade all too quickly, and some folks are known to say, “Don’t buy me flowers, they just die anyway.”
If you are the magickal-type or just love flowers around the home or workspace, why not try drying those choice petals to use in a different way? You can purchase inexpensive stylish containers to match your décor, and fill with dried blooms from that lovely bouquet. How many times have you read a formula that requires dried rose buds (love and navigation) or carnations (protection and healing) — and didn’t have any? Roses and carnations are often stock offerings in a floral bouquet. If we save them, we not only save in expense, we also save in time.
To dry those lovely flowers there really is no muss or fuss. Enjoy the flowers as they are for a day or two (some might last longer) and then when it looks like their full beauty is over, cut the buds and flowers from the stems. Lay the florals on a clean paper towel out of direct sunlight in a dry place where they won’t be disturbed by wandering cats, children throwing toys, ferrets scampering over tables, or spouses mistakenly throwing them in the trash because “they’re dead”. They’re not — really. They still have energy in them, which you can use later!
Usually, the flowers only take about a week to dry — sometimes longer for the thicker ones. Once you are sure they are dry, you can store them in a labeled jar or box until you are ready to use them for magick or decoration. Worried that the color won’t keep? You may be delightfully surprised. As long as you keep those blossoms out of direct sunlight and allow them to dry naturally, they most likely will retain most of their color.
A jar like the one pictured took only moments to put together. I bought the jar on sale — less than a dollar. I filled the jar from flowers I received for spring equinox. I added some dried mountain dogwood (the purple) to bring out a little pop of color.
You can use dried, bouquet flowers to potpourri, sachets, magickal oils, or conjuring bags. Even the container display, like the one shown above, can be used in a magickal way — add a decorative, glittered petition, make a fairy out of clay to add to the jar — the enchanting and decorative uses are as varied as your imagination!
Getting flowers for Mother’s Day? Fantastic! Dry those messages of love to keep the whole year through!
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature.