Longevity found in mountain garden treasures
It is only when I saunter up our mountain garden that I find the treasures I’ve missed. Usually, I’m on a mission and so pass quickly to my intent without pausing to check my surroundings. A few weeks ago, I came upon a plant growing right in the path, took a quick look and realized it was new, but continued on and it was forgotten. Only when I had nothing to do and nothing to occupy my thoughts did I come upon it again and then noticed two such plants growing not too far apart. Taking a snippet, I asked my good friend and Plant Medicine woman Dianne Luchtan, what it was. Dianne has wondered over mountain and meadow in this neck of the woods and only makes herbal medicine from those plants she’s picked herself. “Pearly (life) Everlasting”, she said without hesitation — the secret to longevity! Ah, welcome to our blessed garden.
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is a member of the Daisy (Asteraceae) family and although it is used extensively in flower arrangements (some species have a strong sweet scent that gets stronger as the plant dries), this sweet plant has many clinical and magical attributes.
Make the flowers and leaves into a Natural Herbal Remedy tea for coughs, colds, flu symptoms or any respiratory ailments, as well as gastro-intestinal problems. The leaves, in a tea, are reported to suppress the appetite and so have been used as a weight loss tool. Sarah Anne Lawless states — “coughs, colds and diarrhea as a tea, added to a bath for rheumatism, and” “also smoked for lung problems and used for poultices to treat various ailments.”
Some Indian tribes gave it the name Rabbit Tobacco because it was said this was the method that Rabbit used to talk to the Creator. It was used in the past, and still sometimes today, in smoking mixtures for ceremonies/rituals. And…….Pearly Everlasting is reported to promote a long and healthy life!!
Matthew Wood has a very detailed account of this plant. In his usual fashion, he outlines all you possibly need to know about a plant, both clinically and as a vibrational medicine.
His conclusions as to the personality of this sweet plant (Pearly Everlasting/Rabbit Tobacco) are below:
“1. Physical health: Rabbit tobacco is used for congenital defect or weakness, i.e., incomplete inheritance.
2. Psychological health: It is used when a legacy from a mentor or ancestor is not passed on and there is a break in the psychological inheritance.
3. Signature: Something like ‘life’ continues in rabbit tobacco, after the death of the plant, so that it carries on a communication between the living and dead.”
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