Thursday, April 7, 2016

Strawberry


Strawberries are my most favorite fruit. Back in my human incarnations nothing beat a spinach and strawberry salad with roasted pecans and a drizzle of vinaigrette dressing. We also have strawberry plants in our raised garden bed.

I saw the following on The Old Crone's Corner and thought I would share:

Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Gender: Feminine. Planet: Venus. Element: Water.
Deity: Freya
Attracts Success, Love, Luck

The leaves of the Strawberry plant have diuretic and astringent properties which, taken as a tea, can treat intestinal and urinary problems. Consumption of the leaf also purifies the blood and may be taken to treat night sweats and stimulate digestion. Strawberries are rich in antioxidents and Vitamin C. Eating Strawberries improves heart health, memory function and can help decrease blood pressure. Use with caution as some people are allergic.

The leaves of the Strawberry are a particularly powerful magical protective charm for expecting mothers. The fruit is served to attract love, the leaves are carried for luck and protection.

Folklore tells that Strawberries are much loved by the Fae. The fruit is laid out to appease mischievous fairies as offerings in the hopes that happy well fed Fae will assist by strengthening crops and bringing good health and increased production to domestic livestock.


Another tale is to be careful with whom you share a double Strawberry. It is destined that the two of you may fall in love.


If you have a birthmark that is the size, shape and/or color of a Strawberry, this was seen as a sign of a Witch. 


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