Open a Book — HAWMC Day 18


Day 18

Open a Book. Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.

Rosemary is an herb of protection. One of my favorite herbs, rosemary has a soothing and refreshing fragrance that reminds me of the piney woods of my childhood home. New Hampshire was a place of awakening and inspiration, and I carry all that i learned with me wherever I go. Today in my home in Texas, I still cook with rosemary and make rosemary tea.

Herbs have always had a special place in my heart. It was probably the fragrances that captured my heart first…in New England, early morning, dewy grass held intense perfumes of clover, white pine needles and other wild plants. If I close my eyes, I can still remember the secure, innocent years when all those mornings took place. The memory heals my heart today.

I was not aware of the folklore surrounding medicinal plants when I was a child. Today, I understand the idea of a plant — like rosemary — having protective qualities. Besides the physical medicinal properties of plants, there is a beauty that heals and protects as well. In her book, Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs, herbalist and author Gail Faith Edwards describes “protective” and healing qualities of plants. As I learn about my own heart health, I remember when I read this book that emotional and spiritual healing is as important as physical healing for the heart.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

I enjoyed writing from the inspiration of a favorite book. Why not give it a try at Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge?



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