To continue the Oracle theme of the week, I’ve jumped to the Druid Plant and Animal Oracles and this week, Mint comes out to focus our minds.
I’ve been feeling, oh, unfocused for a few weeks now? I guess unfocused is a good a word as any. I’m not bored, far from it. Too much to do and no time in which to do it all, so I do what I can. But my mind unravels and starts creating chaos within itself. If Mint can help focus my mind, then I’ll have a very large dose, please!
The world in which we now live is so fast paced. Far more than thirty years ago when the house phone was in the hall and connected via cable. When computers were things in large rooms with tape drives or punched cards and cost more money than the houses in half of the town I lived in.
Breathing somehow isn’t enough, I manage to fill my lungs up and breathe deeply, then exhale. But something is needed to calm and focus my mind. Mint is (was?) traditionally used to aid concentration and digestion. Its sharp scent can cut through the hazy fog of thought, just like eucalyptus oils can cut through the fog of a cold. I love mint, its bite can make you draw a sharp breath in. It can be renewing, like brushing your teeth first thing in the morning after a night on the town, or a good mint tea to aid an upset tummy.
The druids used it, so they claim, as have the Chinese, the Egyptians, Greeks, Arabs, Hebrews and goodness knows who else. It has been used from scent on the floor, to garlands adorning the dead, to making tea. It has such a wide variety of uses, doesn’t it?
So, this week, lets find something minty to focus our minds. Use it in the bath or carry it close to sharpen your senses and aid concentration. Or hug it in a mug of hot tea. In the mean time, I’m off to find a good crop of it to get high on.I used the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm, which is now sadly, out of print (and seems to be costing a small fortune on Amazon) and illustrated by the ver talented, Will Worthington.