I find that fall, due to the mild weather it brings, is a perfect time to go outside and collect plants. Though summer is more recognized for it’s flora, some plants, such as goldenrod, bloom exclusively in the fall. Going outside and seeing how nature changes from season to season can be magical, even just a short walk can bring many gifts. I love to gather flowers on my walks so I can hang pretty herbal bundles in my room, they are little bits of fall to enjoy when the cold, gray winter months hit. They would also make great Winter Solstice gifts!
(My Great Great Aunt Curt’s basket, she lived to 101)
- Herbs and flowers- the options are endless. I gathered and used cedar, goldenrod, asters, roses, Russian sage, and lavender. I also used a few dried summer blooms that I had collected this summer. Juniper and sage work really well as a base.
- Cotton twine
Step one: Lie plants flat to dry for 24-48 hours; this helps prevent mold.
Step two: Place your plants in a bundle, trim the bottoms of long stems.
Step three: Place the twine under the bundle and tie in a tight knot. Leave a 2 inch tail that will be used to tie an end knot.
Step four: Pulling tightly, wrap the twine toward the top of the bundle then wrap back down again making a crisscross pattern.
Curiosities– Learn some of the Latin names of the plants you used in your herbal bundle.
Juniperus virginiana– Eastern Redcedar
Solidago canadensis- Canada Goldenrod
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae- New England Aster
Rosa arkansana– Pairie Wild Rose
Perovskia atriplicifolia– Russian sage
Note: Some people like to burn herbal bundles to cleanse the energy around them but I find them too pretty to burn. Should you use them to burn be sure to place them on a heat proof plate while burning and be careful.