BASIL: (Oncimum basilicum) The warm, spicy taste of this popular herb’s leaf combines well with garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, and Italian dishes; Basil flavors vinegar, pesto sauce, and oil. The essential oil flavors condiments and liqueurs, and scents soaps and perfumes. Inhaling the essential oil refreshes the mind and stimulates a sense of smell dulled by viral infection. The infusion relieves gas and stomach pains. Reputadly abortive, it can help expel the placenta. A warming herb, it is used for colds and flu, constipation, vomiting, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes; take up to one and a half cups per day.
Parts Used: Leaf and stem
Magical Uses: Burn basil to exorcise negativity from the home. To do a really thorough cleansing and protection of yourself and your home, also sprinkle a little basil in each corner of each room in the house and add to your bathwater. Basil is used to mend lovers’ quarrels and brings good luck to a new home. The scent of basil causes sympathy between two people and so is worn to avoid major clashes. Basil Use it in rites of exorcism and in the ritual bath. Sprinkle to powder over the ara of your heart to promote fidelity. The scent brings happiness to the home and will protect you in crowds.
Aromatherapy Uses: Bronchitis; Fatigue; Colds; Loss of Concentration; Migraine; Gout; Aches and Pains; Insect bites; Insect Repellent; Coughs; Migraine; Insomnia; Anxiety; Depression; Infectious Disease. Key Qualities: Restorative; Tonic; Antidepressant; Refreshing; Uplifting; Fortifying; Purifying; Clearing; Warming; Cephalic; Stupefying in excess.
Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners make one new public garden every week. Some have been destroyed the city, others remain and are sprouting vegetables. We have had run ins with park staff who are confounded by our activities and threaten us with police who never show up.
We do this to make people rethink notions of food, of where it comes from, of who produces it. We do this to make people rethink the use of space and the concept of property. We do this to make people rethink the concept of labor versus employment. We do this so you will do it to.
Needs signs in other languages, too.
BUT still awesome.
Athena Parthenos - hear the prayer
of I your humble servant…
Glorious Athena - Fill me with your
love, your strength, your wisdom…
I prostrate myself at your feet, great Athene
I worship you from the bottom of my being.
I am your servant now and for all time, glorious Goddess.
Bless this house and all therein,
Help me with my job, my trials, my life.
Help me uphold the ideals you stand for.
May you guide me as I start a new journey to learn the ways of old and ways of strategic warfare.
Great Athena, I thank you for your blessings,
past and present. I thank you for the help
you’ve graciously given. I thank you for your love and
your interest in me I your humble servant.
I also thank you, for guiding me to Iowa and the knowledge to become and independent functioning adult.