Thursday, 13 April 2017

 The bluebell is one of the most potent of faerie flowers and a bluebell
    wood is a very dangerous place to stray into. 
    It will be  full of faeries weaving spells and enchantments amongst the trees 
    into which you will be drawn if you are not careful. 
     Mortals will be held captive until led out by another human and if a child wanders
     into their webs of enchantment they will be whisked away to faerie land and 
     never seen again.
The faeries are called to their revels by the sound of the bluebells chiming but if a 
human hears the chiming it means a malicious faerie is nearby and can possibly 
foretells your own death. For this reason it is known as deadman’s bells in Scotland.
If you wish to attract faeries to your home plant bluebells in the garden.

The Bluebell is a common bulb in England and Scotland, found less in Ireland.
 Grows in dense patches in woods and hedges. The flowers are found in pink and
 white as well as the more usual blue. All have a wonderful scent.
     Flowers  April to June.

  Scottish Bluebell or Harebell.  A common native perennial of Britain,
            found on poor dry soils such banks, roadsides and dry grassy areas.
           Flowers July to September.

The bulbs of the bluebell are poisonous in their fresh state but have diuretic and styptic properties 
and when dried and powdered have been used as a styptic for Leucorrhoea. Bluebells are currently being investigated in the treatment of cancer.
The viscid juice contained in the plant has been used for many things in the past, such as a substitute for starch, bookbinding gum and also for setting feathers upon arrows.

Excerpt from 'Faerie Flora'

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