Herban tale: In North Carolina, come mid summer these golden flowers can be found blowing in the breeze on high mountain balds. I crush their leaves between my fingers, looking for a red imprint to be left behind……the sign of their medicine. Making offerings and expressing my gratitude I harvest the fresh buds, soon to be added to olive oil. Days infusing in oil in the sun slowly reveals the oil turning to a rich deep red color. It has a long history of being used for emotional protection as well as to protect one from evil spirits. Some cultures today still use it as an exorcist for ghosts. Personally I anoint myself before a day of massage clients or when preparing for a week of treating people with herbal first aid. It is also nice to rub on your abdomen during a rough menstrual moment.
***Above information is for educational purposes and has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please see your primary care physician with questions and always listen to your body.***