Himmelschlüssel (Cowslip) - the awakening
What would springtime be without cowslips! When these delicate scented, bright yellow blossoms burst through the icy blanket on the meadows, they trumpet a message of renewed life after the cold winter months.
Thus, Primula veris, "the little first-born," symbol of hope, youth, innocence, the reawakening of the sky and, most of all, springtime, when everything comes back to life. "Healer of the World" it used to be called.
The healing power of saponine, its essential ingredient, ameliorates headaches, rheumatism and coughing, and is still treasured today. The unusual arrangement of blossoms, reminiscent of a keyring, has given rise to numerous legends and sagas, revolving around its purported ability to open doors and secret portals to hidden treasures.
Whenever early morning hours are accompanied by the sweet-dainty, earthy scent of this soap, it seems like a moment of springtime has entered your bathroom.
The leaves and blossoms of Tyrolean cowslip stirred into the soap come from Mary's Organic Herb Garden in Afling.