Throughout time the plants have given us their medicine. Every culture has used, in some form or another, the healing power of plants. Sometimes, a plant used for an ailment in one era was used in an entirely different way in another. Greater Celandine was and still is, used as a remedy for wart removal but during the middle ages was used as a digestive and for irritations of the eye. Chamomile was used by Egyptian women as a cosmetic and throughout time as a digestive and reliever of menstrual cramping. Lavender was used as a laundry soap in the 12th century because of its pleasing scent and today that scent is used as a relaxant and anti-depressant.
Ancient written texts tell us of cedar and juniper essential oils used for the mummification process, sage, cedar & sweetgrass used in smudging or cleansing rituals and chamomile used as a scented walkway for pleasure.
“O most honored Greening Force,
You who roots in the Sun;
You who lights up, in shining serenity, within a wheel
that earthly excellence fails to comprehend.
You are enfolded
in the weaving of divine mysteries.
The great visionary, Hildegard of Bingen knew of the plants contribution to our health and wellness. Not only was she concerned with our physical health but knew that the plants assisted in emotional and spiritual health as well. “Confront anger and other negative thought patterns. Release your negative energy and develop a spiritual attitude.” Translation from Hildegard’s Physica
She knew the power of the plant world to heal via food, atmosphere and medicine. She understood that the same balance found in nature, exists in humans and that the humors (essence, liquids/juice(blood, phlegm, bile)) of our physical bodies are always looking for harmony. Her remedies always included notes on the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of living in order to stay in touch with universal forces through the balancing of the humors. In that way, we stay in communion with the essence of the universe, the Spirit of Life/God.
Hildegard felt that in order to live in harmony, one needs to:-
- Connect to the Spirit of life knowing that the pathway to health is through communion with all things
- Take care of the physical body knowing that it is an extension of your soul-self.
- Balance in all things knowing that to live healthily, we are more connected to universal energies of healing/manifestation
- Live life with passion knowing that an attitude of positivity creates a healthy spirit-mind-body connection
If we took a plant that Hildegard & the Plant Medicine Shop held/hold in high regard, let’s say Rose (Rosa), and journeyed with it through the ages, below is what we’d find:-
Sumerian Era (4000-2400 BC), clay tablets have been found depicting Rose as a use of medicine
Hippocrates (460-377 BC) advised wearing a garland of Rose for headaches
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (69-30 BC) believed in the aromatic healing properties of Rose and used in bathing
Roman, Pliny, the Elder (23-79AD), thought of Rose as an astringent and used the whole flower. The seed was used as a diuretic.
Dioscorides (40-90 AD), prescribed rose petals for headaches, eye problems and hemorrhoids.
Hildegard (1098-1179) – believed Rose helped with moderation, exterior ulcers and with relieving anger. “If even a little rose is added, they are so much better, because of the good virtues of the rose.” Translation from Hildegard’s Physica
Culpepper (1616-1654 AD), declared that the Oil of Rose be used for hot swelling or inflammation
Linus Pauling (1901-1944), discovered the high content of Vitamin C, in Rose Hips
Plant Medicine Shop (that would be us)(21st Century, present time), uses the power and energetic of Rose for finding love, beauty, ruthless compassion, protection and strength. We use the mighty Rose in Aura, Authenticity, Lost Love, Esteem, Forgiveness, Cell Rejuvenation, Warrior and our Goddess Cream.
The Plant Medicine Shop creates healing herbal remedies for all the ways in which we express ourselves. Our products are all natural, organic and made with a deep sense of communion with Mother Earth. We are in partnership with the Plants and honour their wisdom and knowledge. Their energy is of a giving nature and by accepting this gift of healing, we allow it to flow through to others. That’s how we, as humans, heal.