Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and Clychau’r Gog in Welsh, is one of the most distinctive of British spring wild flowers. Wandering through a wild bluebell wood on a spring day is a world of fragrance. The bluebell is one of the ‘indicator species‘ of ancient woodland, meaning woods that have been in existence since at least 1600; the Woodland Trust considers that some bluebells may even mark remnants of the original wildwood that covered Britain after the last Ice Age.
In folklore, bluebells are said to ring like a bell when fairies summon their kin to a gathering; but no humans are allowed to join or even hear the bells ringing, on pain of death. Bluebells force the wearer to speak the truth, so a perfect gift for a cheating partner! It is considered unlucky to trample on a bed of bluebells, because you will anger the fairies resting there. Bluebells are also known as ‘fairy flowers’. It was believed that fairies used bluebells to trap passers-by particularly small children! Other folklore tales would have us believe that by wearing a necklace made of bluebell flowers, the wearer would speak only the truth.
Until the 1970s, the bluebell’s Latin name was Endymion non-scriptus (it is now Hyacinthoides non-scripta). In Greek legend, Endymion was a beautiful but mortal youth who was lulled into an eternal sleep by his lover, the moon goddess Selene, so that he would never grow old and die. Bluebells are sacred to the Moon and the element of air. Bluebells may be used in love spells. Turn a Common English bluebell flower inside out to ensure you will win the heart of the one you desire. Bluebells may be used to prevent nightmares either stuffed in a dream pillow or strung and hung near the bed.
Bluebells are among the first flowers of spring and so represent rebirth. They may be planted on graves to comfort mourning visitors and represent rebirth of the dead. In the language of flowers, bluebells mean humility and constancy.
I gather most herbs and flowers locally and dry them on the farm. Care is taken to ensure that the herbs and flowers are at their strongest and most powerful when they are gathered. None are collected from areas close to a road. They are placed in this lovely miniature glass flask and added to a real silver chain so that you can carry them at all times.
|Uses||Charms are used for protection and safety.They can also be used to enhance the wearer's abilities and senses.|
|Properties||Beloved of the fairies Sacred to Selene Plant - Moon / occasionally Saturn Element - air|