Short stories: The old herbalist

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This is a short story about an old woman herbalist named Rosemary.

She is a fountain of knowledge to her life-long friend, Elena. They often talk over a warm cup, or two of herbal tea, but it is usually Rosemary who does most of the talking.

It was just the same here during their latest little get-together.

Philosophy was shared over a herbal tea

Elena had an old friend called Rosemary, who was a master herbalist.

Rosemary was also a very spiritual person, although she was just a little bit eccentric as well, in her ways, at times.

One cold dark night found Elena around at Rosemary's house enjoying a hot cup of herbal tea with her.

Suddenly, Rosemary looked up from her teacup, and she peered over her glasses at Elena.

"How do you tell when the night is moving way, and the morning is again coming?"

she asked Elena.

Elena looked at Rosemary, and saw that she was really expecting her to provide her with an answer.

"Well," she said, "One very good sign is that the birds will have started singing their morning chorus."

Rosemary replied, "No, that's not the answer that I was looking for, my friend. Try again."

Elena thought then a little longer. Knowing her friend well, she now expected that her answer would probably be a much deeper one than the one that she had just given to her.

Elena then thought of an old bible verse from Saint Matthew's gospel.

It was from chapter 16, verse 2 and 3.

She then quoted this reading to her friend.

Jesus replied, "When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’

You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."

"Well, that's good, and it does relate to what I was thinking of, but here is what this was," answered back Rosemary.

"You'll know that the night has been moved past when you can look at any man or any woman, and know in your heart that you are looking at your brother, or your sister.

Until we can all see this with our hearts, the darkness of the night will always be with us."

Rosemary talks about her ancestors in her trade, the Shamans

"Elena," Rosemary said, "I will talk to you a little about those old herbalists, the American Indian shamans of old."

"The greatest secret and misconception about the Indian Shaman concerns love.

All Indians, and especially the Shamans, or the medicine men and women, were first taught to love the earth, and this love extended to and included everything upon the earth. Trees, nature and all other life forms. This included all of the other tribes, and indeed all of their fellow humans on the Earth, as well.

They even loved the white man when he first arrived in America. These would-be settlers were loved and shown love by these people. The only thing that ever altered this was when the Indians started being squeezed together, when their lands were being taken right from under them by these greedy white plunderers."

"Even then," Rosemary continued thoughtfully looking intently into Elena's dark brown eyes,

"All the Indians did then was to love their ancestral lands even more than they still loved the invaders, and so only then did they start finally to defend themselves."

Rosemary spins a yarn about her name

Rosemary's little lecture on her name.

"Do you know Elena that my name Rosemary is a Latin name meaning, 'Dew of the Sea.' It also means a bitter rose.

It is also the name of a common herb. This plant is a smallish bushy woody, perennial herb. It has fragrant, evergreen, thin needle-like greyish/green leaves, and it can sport either white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. It can last for many years. Rosemary has a pine like flavour about it.

Rosemary is well known for its aromatic properties. It is also however very beneficial in calming your mind, raising your mood, and reducing stress levels and anxiety for you.

Rosemary can be brewed into a nice herbal tea for yourself, which will lift some weight off from your mind and help to lighten your demeanour a bit. It can help to make you happy.

Now that's a big claim for any herb, isn't it now?"

As Rosemary said this she laughed a little, and the she continued.

"The leaf of the plant is usually used for its medicinal properties, but the flowers can also be used to flavour your cooking. They possess the same strong flavour as do the leaves, but with a softer texture for your palate on your plate. The flowers can also be used in a salad, or in a tea.

Rosemary is a strong stimulant to the brain and it can improve your memory. It stimulates the appetite, and it relieves muscle sprains and aches. It can aid digestion, improve circulation, and it will even lift your mood from an apathetic and downcast outlook on life to a more robust and happier one. It is often also used in conjunction with other herbs, such as St John's Wort to decrease inflammation in the brain.

Rosemary has a calming and relaxing affect easing pain and reducing stress levels all throughout your body. It is strongly beneficial in reducing anxiety, depression, and other similar nervous disorders.

Rosemary acts as a nerve stimulant as well as boosting your blood flow rate. It will also help to lower your blood pressure, and it will help to restore skin glow, and your naturally youthful appearance will come back again to you.

Rosemary is quiet safe to take for most people when included in their normal diet.

Rosemary is a herb that can be boiled in hot water and the fumes inhaled to help prevent or relieve a headache, resulting from any flu and cold like symptoms that you might be suffering from.

Only taking extremely high amounts can sometimes cause some people some adverse possible side effects. These are not pretty, and they can include coma, spasming, inflammation of stomach linings, and kidney irritation. Those people who are sensitive to aspirin are advised to avoid rosemary as well."

"As you can now see Elena, Rosemary is not just the name of your dear old friend!"

Elena went home after this little talk, with a rather large bunch of Rosemary's home grown rosemary to try some of these things that Rosemary had just been explaining most carefully to her.


Herbalist, Herbs, Short Stories

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Jul 2014 (#)

There is nothing I can say about this story except that it is totally awesome!

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author avatar spirited
1st Jul 2014 (#)

well thanks for that totally awesome comment of praise Steve

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Wow, we should delve deep into names to understand people! Enjoyed this unique story, Spirited - siva

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author avatar spirited
1st Jul 2014 (#)

thanks siva,

our names can describe us from a unique inner window that has been opened by it sometimes....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Another good one. Thanks.

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author avatar spirited
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

thanks for following my posts Phyl

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