Beltane is a festival of fire, the name breaks down into 'Bel' meaning 'Bright One' - the Celtic sun god, and the Gaelic word 'Teine', meaning fire.
It is at this solstice that the Maiden aspect of the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone) is at her peak. This goddess of spring, the May queen represents fertility, growth and renewal, and wins the heart of the Green man, the young oak king. He represents virility, the masculine aspect of nature, and is God of plant life.
Their union of sky and earth is consummated, and the maiden becomes pregnant; where the earth itself becomes fertile with life for the oncoming summer.
Beltane herbs to consider...
As Beltane is all about sexuality, love, new energy, and restoring the fire in the belly - there are a number of herbs that could be used to help commemorate these.
Herbs for the heart: As this is prime time for couples to reconnect, it makes sense to boost and open the heart
Circulatory stimulants: Herbs that improve blood flow throughout the body, and promote vitality in bodily tissues - These will put some colour in your cheeks! As it is all about the sun and fire, it makes sense that warming herbs are used.
Sexual tonics: I don't think this needs explaining!
The herbs listed are given the briefest overview - purely for how they can be of benefit and applicable to Beltane!
*Always use caution with herbs, do not presume that all are safe. Seek medical advice if taking medication or have a medical condition - some herbs may interact*
So embrace your inner teenager - Be bold, join in with Beltane celebrations, or create your own private rituals; but whatever you may do, do so safely - as the saying goes 'Get too close to the fire, you may get burned'!
Emma is passionate about promoting good health, and likes to keep things simple. She enjoys yoga, meditation & being outdoors, yet likes to indulge in coffee, wine & cake - Everything in moderation!