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Connect to Plant Spirits

 

Meditating (Journeying) with Cedar, Rose & Grandfather San Pedro using Plant Dreaming Oil

As I write this, I have just applied Plant Dreaming Oil to my third eye — a pathway to connect to Plant Spirits.

connect to plant spirit medicineI’ve taken a deep breath and have settled into my Medicine Wheel to begin my Plant Medicine journey.   This is a test of a new formulation for this potion.  The unique blend of seven herbs (for dreaming) in oil, is bringing into focus, Cedar (Thuja plicata )tree.  I love Cedar for its energies of ancient wisdom, unyielding presence, strength and vitality and of course, for cleansing.  I use it a lot in my energy medicines and have grown used to its presence.  The bark of the tree is right in front of my face, as though it has something important to tell.  I watch as it drifts slowly backwards and settles into a protective stance.  I am in awe of the beauty of this wise sacred one.   I give gratitude to Cedar for allowing me to feel its essence.

connect to plant spirit medicineI ask Rose(Rosa) to come to me and immediately feel the energy of fierce compassion and matriarchy.  The protective beauty that Rose upholds is given freely to all who use her.  Her petals are soft; her scent is sublime; her thorns are sharp.  Pay attention when you visit Rose.  There is also a sense of elder wisdom about her – a quiet knowing.  Her life force is strong & vibrant.  Rose has helped a lot in formulating our energy medicines.

The next day I apply to my third eye and wrists and call to San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi), the old wise one who uses ruthless compassion to show us our fears.  He presents as an ancient grandfather, weathered and wisened with age; hat on head, stick in hand.  He points to a pathway that is illumined for me and ushers me towards it with his stick.  I come to a cliff at the end of the road and am asked if I want to fly off.  I start to worry that I’ll let myself go or something else comes along to distract me and I fall.  Emotion takes over and there it is – the question San Pedro has
for me.  Do I trust myself enough?  Do I trust that I can fly out over the cliff and through my will and intention, come back easily to land? Grandfather San Pedro won’t save me and stands there watching, with love but no pity.  I take off and fly around worried that something will come to take me down, but I keep focused and land back safely.  He prods me to do it again and off I go into the cosmos and back.   My fear of not being able to trust myself and others to take care of my spirit is shown vividly and forcefully.  Been here before, but obviously haven’t taken it in fully.  As I walk back down the path, Grandfather San Pedro merges with the surroundings and I’m alone once again.

I come back to my Medicine Wheel and then to where I am, sitting in a chair close to the fire.  In awe, once again, at the Power of the Plant World to give freely of their medicine gifts.  Plant Dreaming Oil will take you on plant journeys to find out your medicine and your healing journey.  Available only at Plant Medicine Shop.

 

Saturday Morning with Rue

Journey with the Spirit of Rue

The healing & magical benefits of Rue were on full display this morning.  Just as I was finishing my morning brew, I knew that I was being called.  I put my garden shoes on and started up the path knowing I’d step into the magic of the Plant Spirits.  Excited that some new revelation would be downloaded to me, I ignored the lone Hawkweed waving at me.  Hawkweed is cheeky.  I have declared a very small portion of garden as hawkweed-free but know that this Hawkweedplant has visions of overtaking all.  The battle (I have no illusions about Hawkweeds ferocity to get what it wants) for property rights appears to be continuing.

Revelations are not the norm when I sit down with plants.  Sometimes, it’s just a silent togetherness.  The plants know me very well in that I don’t like to hang around too long and can be impatient for the answers.  Mint, for instance, can be very standoff-ish with me and so I’m willing, every now and then, to take more time than usual to hear stories of their medicine.  Today was such a day, but as I approached Rue, Herb of Grace, the beauty of her medicine was shown to me immediately.

Rue presented like a DNA spiral expanding and contracting; as she protects and shields so can she strangle and choke.  In the past, as today, Rue is placed beside entryways or in a pouch to be worn for heightened protection and strangles and chases away negative and harmful energy.  In that same vein, Rue is a reliable antidote to poison, ridding the body of harmful substances.  She can protect and attack with the same fierceness.  Internally, Rue should be used with care.  For example, just a little and she can be soothing; too much and she can aggravate.  Rue Dreamsafeis excellent for mild indigestion but too much and she can produce severe vomiting.  Stick to 10 drops of tincture 2X’s day to start and ½ cup Rue tea (using dried leaves).  I use it sparingly in salads and have not found any other kitchen uses for it although the internet has many different cultural uses.

The healing energy of Rue is overcast by her ability to do harm and so Rue, Herb of Grace, is very much considered a magic herb and seldom used in herbal medicine today.  “Its main modern application is to regulate the menstrual cycle and bring on the suppressed menses” David Hoffman – Medical Herbalism.

The essential oil of Rue is a powerful abortifacient and accordingly, should be avoided during pregnancy.  Rue can leave a rash or irritations on the skin when picking her, so wear gloves and long sleeves.  A fierce clue to her protective abilities.

According to Matthew Wood, Rue is hot and dry in the third degree (Galen’s extended medical system) meaning that (hot in 3rd) it promotes perspiration, cuts through blockages (phlegm, depression) and clears away stagnant situations, such as suppressed menses and (dry in 3rd) cautions on its ability to take over and exacerbate the problem.

Properties of Rue:-

Rue HerbRue  (Ruta graveolens)
Family: Rutaceae
Taste: bitter & pungent
Parts used: Whole herb with the top young shoots (before flowering) being the most potent
Actions: Antispasmodic, bitter, abortifacient, bitter, antimicrobial, emmenagogue
Preparations: Tincture, Tea, Salve, Cream, Oil

And so, coming back from my journey – I give thanks and honour the angel that is Rue.  I ground myself and step gently down, one by one until I land at the bottom; my two feet firmly on the ground.  I don’t know why I don’t sit with the plants every day.  The feeling of breathing and being as one with Mother Earth is always so awesome.

You can find Rue in Aura & Dreamsafe

How the plants have given us their medicine

How Plants give us their MedicineThroughout 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.

You redden like the dawn
and you burn: flame of the Sun.”
–  Hildegard von Bingen, Causae et Curae

HildegardThe 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:-

Rose

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

Kiva Rose (21st Century, present time) says that Rose is healing “for hot, damp, congested headaches that are often accompanied by feverishness, hot flashes, gas and bloating.” Kiva Rose

Rose is sent to earth by the gardeners of paradise for empowering the mind and the eye of the spirit.” Rumi

Forgiveness Energy MedicinePlant 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.

Medicine Wheel Garden

Dreaming of a Medicine Wheel Garden

 

I’m sitting on the log steps in our garden.  I’m sitting here because it’s still nice and cool and I have about half an hour before the sun hits.  There is no grass in our mountain garden and so my feet are resting on earth on top of a wooden log.  I feel very spiritual sitting here with Mother Earth underfoot, trees very close and a view of the very still waters (today, at any rate) of Kootenay Lake.  It is not hard to be relaxed and quiet in this place, both in mind and the breath.  So easy to be inspired by the Plant World sitting amongst this much green.  I’m dreaming of a medicine wheel garden and wondering if it’s possible on this hillside garden.  ‘Anything is possible’ I hear.  Um, yes but it might take some woman power to move the big rocks.

DreamcatcherOver the last few days, I’ve walked up and down, and from one end to the other to search for the best place.  This project will take a while as it is now late Spring in my neck of the woods, and some herbs will need to be planted this Fall.  I do not have the garden to myself.  My husband, the other gardener, has taken over and built up quite a bit of the land and since our needs are different, we work with and around one another.

I have a Medicine Wheel protecting my house which could also be a place for the plants but since 3 directional rocks are on a steep rocky area, I think that’s a miss.   I thank the Plant World for their beauty knowing that they will continue to inspire me and step down one by one around the corner, down the path onto the patio.

There in the middle of our patio is my Owl, made of rocks; the protector and guardian of our space.   As I look around I see areas still awaiting plants and of course, here it is, my Medicine Wheel garden, right in front of my eyes.   Below is the planning stage of the garden using some of the plants I use in my healing potions.

 

The Plant World on the hill

Springtime garden — Plant World wonders!

The sun is bursting through the back door promising me that Spring is here.  I open the door, Ms. Diva quick behind me, and turn right to see what’s going on in the Plant World.  On the path is the Hydrangea, still hanging onto flowers from last year.  How can this be, after such a hard winter?  Snow drifts and harsh cold winds could not deter the hydrangea from hanging on to its flowers it seems.  The root and the rhizome of this plant are used primarily in urinary disorders but energetically I use the flower to represent gratitude and it leads the way in our newest energetic ‘Forgiveness’.  Forgiveness remedy will make you feel ‘like I was cradling my inner child. Hope, Love, forgiveness and acceptance”, says M. Darago, Shamanic Practitioner.

Taking in the strength of Hydrangea, I continue on past the still-frozen compost and turn left.  There sits the remnants of last year’s Lemon Balm nestled in beside the SW rock – the place of dreaming.  Lemon Balm is used traditionally as a calming herb for body, heart and mind.  Serenity Tonic and Serenity Salve Serenityare two powerful remedies that take full use of Lemon Balm’s calming properties when restlessness insomnia or anxiety are present.  I use Lemon Balm energetically in a ceremonial remedy to quiet the mind, calm the breath and soften the heart.  After smudging, I reach for ‘Silence’ to help find that meditative state needed for the ceremonial process.  Lemon Balm works well with Rosemary & Yarrow in this remedy to maintain a strong focus and connection to Spirit.

A few steps further and Wood Betony comes into view, already peaking out from the detritus of last year.  Its leaves are arrow-like and already vibrant green.  Wood Betony gives me the energetic of protection and I use it whenever an element of shielding is needed, such us Dreamsafe & Protection.  Traditionally, Wood Betony is a well-known addition to headache remedies.

Soon, Red Clover will appear on the left as I head up the path and hopefully a beautiful basal rosette of mullein from last year’s growth – nothing yet.  Straight ahead on the path, sits our kitchen herb garden:- mint, sage, rue, thyme – I can see them all except Rue – a late starter.

I step carefully up the next few steps because here is where I found Pearly Everlasting last year.  I don’t know a lot about his plant except that I have great plans for its use in ‘Walking Between the Worlds’ a remedy to help journeyers to access other realms.

St. John's WortSt. John’s Wort is sitting small & pretty beside an old tree stump, looking healthy and ready to roll for another year of medicine giving.  This is a sunny plant; great for depression in a tincture or as a wound healer as a salve.  Energetically, I rely on St. John’s Wort a lot – Mind Power, Joy, Authenticity all use the power of this plant to bring a sense of joy, passion and an energy of courage and protection.

Walking in the garden in Springtime brings a feeling of anticipation and adventure.  Knowing that things will happen; plants will grow where they are supposed to and a lot of times in areas where you don’t expect them to.  Every year, it’s the same thing – a sense of awe and wonderment at the Spirit and life of the Plant World.

DreamSafe instead of Nightmares

Sleep without Nightmares

The need for peaceful sleep, without nightmares is the one thing that we all have in common.  We may feel disconnected or isolated  with certain people, but when we fall into sleep, we are united in Spirit.  That thread of energy that connects us all, lights up during sleep leaving behind our earthly wants, needs, resentments.  It is one thing that unites us and helps us continue our journey here on Earth.

Sleep can restore our memories, repair body tissue and rejuvenate our cellular matrix.   We all know that a quiet mind and relaxed body will help us fall asleep and failing that, we count sheep! The trick is to stay asleep; in that dreaming state in a sense of quiet calmness so that we can bring back the messages and images and put them into context for our daily lives.   Sleep disturbances are generally termed as nightmares, which can be totally disharmonious for our overall health & well-being.  7-8 hrs sleep a night is needed for optimum health in all our aspects – emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, & sexually.  Without this, we lose our ability to communicate with ourselves and others.

Nightmares/Sleep Disturbances can be caused by:

Fear & worries about life situations
Anxiety
Troublesome spirit energies
Stress
Jet Lag
Serious health issues (chronic pain)

DreamsafeThe main focus in designing DreamSafe was to clear the dreamscape of harmful & negative energies and lay the foundation for sweet dreams.   Energy leaks in the auric field causing weak boundaries was also addressed. It was initially designed as a personalized remedy.  The request was to have the same type of protection as our Protection remedy but during sleep time to bring in sweet dreams.  The person would generally have a feeling of being watched, chased or a general anxiety-ridden dreamscape.  This remedy specifically targets harmful energies that prevent a peaceful sleep.

Designing DreamSafe:-
7 herbs were used to create this unique energetic; all with powerful ‘nightmare protection’:-

Rue – (Ruta graveolens) herb of Grace, protective angelic presence
Yarrow – (Achillea millefolium) protects against psychic & magic attacks
Nettle – (Urtica Dioica) protects and clears negative energies
Wood Betony – (Stachys officinalis) shields against nightmares & excellent protection herb
Garlic – (Allium sativum) protective presence
Black Pepper – (Piper nigrum) protection and clearing of negative energies
Cedar – (Thuja occidentalis) chases away nightmares, brings wisdom

The results of testing thus far have proven that Plant Spirit Medicine continues to surprise with the breadth of its healing energies.

“As soon as I put it on, I could feel all the energy leaks closing over and my energy began to return.  I haven’t had any nightmares since I put it on the first day.”

Aura Power

Aura Power

When I think of the Aura (Human Energy Field), I visualize an area surrounding the physical body roughly an arm’s length all the way around.  Unless you’re really in tune with outside energies, it’s hard to sense, can’t be seen, and is not visibly affected by touch.  The Auric field is who we are before the physical body.  It is at once easy and yet complex to understand.  It feeds us via the Chakra system through to the physical, marking the areas of weakness or imbalance with symptoms of ill health and if unchecked, disease.  It is so much a part of us, reflecting back our hurts, anger or love & compassion.  It is like the air we breathe, taken for granted (we know it’s there) and hardly thought of.

“theories have revealed the aura to have a fluid or flowing state; to be comprised of different colors, therefore frequencies; to be permeable and penetrable; and to be magnetic in nature, although it also has electromagnetic properties.  Other research has underscored these theories and expanded one additional element of the auric field: its connection to the inner sactum of the human being.”  (The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale)

Important Aspects of the Auric Field:-

  • It holds our energetic bodies (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual & life force)
  • It is a perfect replica of our physical body in layered form
  • It is the outer layer of ourselves which coalesces into the physical being
  • It holds on to our hopes and fears before they enter the physical body
  • It holds disharmony & disease before entering the physical
  • Its purpose is vitally linked to our overall well-being
  • It’s present at birth and stays with us until the moment of death.

AuraThe auric field is a dynamic energy unit constantly in flux, pulsating and changing in colour with our moods, ideas and thought patterns.  At birth, it uses all the memories of who we’ve ever been and who we intend to be in this lifetime and coalesces these divine energies it into a physical form.   It supports the functioning of the endocrine system and by extension, hormonal activity. Energies flow through our aura into our physical body via the Chakra System, a set of energy hubs that nourish our organs with life-giving renewed energy.  The chakras are a unique communication system between the aura and the physical body meaning that whatever is going on in the aura directly affects our bodily functions. Through this process, the function of the physical body at any one time is dependent upon the activity of the chakras which in turn is dependent upon the energies of the subtle bodies” (Christine R. Page – Frontiers of Health).

When a supply of energy is disturbed somehow, the relating organ is deprived of life force and normal functioning deteriorates, eventually leading to disease.  The disturbed flow affects our emotional and rational health as well as physical and spiritual. Illness and disease show up in our mind before manifesting in the physical, flowing into the chakras, through the auric field where signs and symptoms will make their appearance as messengers that an imbalance is taking place and ill health or disease will follow.  More importantly, each chakra is associated with an endocrine gland and its respective hormones, which in turn flow directly into the bloodstream to nourish and vitalize our organs and cells.

 

List of glands associated with the chakras

1st Chakra (Root)                     Testes/Ovaries (reproductive glands)
2nd Chakra (Sacral)                  Adrenals
3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)         Pancreas
4th Chakra (Heart)                   Thymus
5th Chakra (Throat)                 Thyroid/parathyroid
6th Chakra (Third Eye)            Pituitary/Hypothalamus
7th Chakra (Crown)                  Pineal

The chakras are a unique communication system between the aura and the physical body meaning that whatever is going on in the aura directly affects our bodily functions. When you balance your Chakras, you keep your life force, your vibration at a higher level.

“Thus, tensions in the body are seen to reflect tensions in the consciousness, and the chakras can be used as a vehicle to understand the Body Mind Interface and its implications for healing”  Body Mirror System — The Brofman Foundation

The process is mind, auric field, physical

Aura PowerHow does the Auric field affect our health?

  • Disease sits in the auric field before hitting the physical
  • It is dependent upon our mental process – negative vs. positive thinking
  • It can be a fortress that keeps harmful energies at bay
  • It supports and nourishes the Chakra system, which in turn feeds our Endocrine system

Not only is the aura communicating constantly with the physical body through our chakra system, it also allows for direct communication with the outside world.  The first thing that comes to mind here, are first impressions or people that seem to have the power to attract attention. When a person repels us, one or more of the following could be at play:

  • Feelings of anger/resentment/bitterness or jealousy emanating from that person
  • An image emanating from within – a mirror of self-reflection.
  • Sensing harmful or negative energies and wanting to stay clear.

Similarily, when we meet someone we are attracted to :

  • Similar viewpoints and vibrational levels of awareness
  • Again, a mirror of self reflection – what is it about them that we can turn around and see in ourselves.
  • Sensing that knowledge is available as in the Teacher/Student relationship.

In this way, the aura is constantly sending messages to us about what’s going on inside and outside.  It is important to remember that our magnetic power affects others in different ways as well.

Energy flows into and out of our energetic bodies from the ‘outside’ world, bringing back to us what we assume will come our way.  Negative thoughts bring back negative aspects of our inner world and conversely positive thoughts bring back positive aspects.  We bring in the state of our mind or mood. The aura is an enlightened mirror for ourselves.  All we have to do is keep it polished and shining!

The Law of Attraction states:

“The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances”. (http://www.successconsciousness.com/law-of-attraction-definitions.htm)

How a strong auric field affects our everyday life:

  • Allows for full manifestation
  • Keeps harmful energies at bay
  • Keeps the heart & mind in harmonious thought patterning
  • Allows the transfer of healing energy more effectively
  • Balances emotionality with self and others
  • Maintains a quiet and focused mental state
  • Maintains a well-charged physical body and life force energy
  • Allows for a vibrant spiritual life; one thirsty for knowledge

If the energy/vibration is weak or blocked then life’s experiences will be hindered.

So, next time you take a breath, remember the auric field and breathe in good thoughts.  Let the negativity slip away with every breath you take.  Thoughts become things; think good ones!

Open-hearted Communication

Open-hearted Communication

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happy old woman

Of all the healing modalities on the planet, I was struck today how open-hearted communication is the key to well-being and a sense of purpose.  I was walking with intention, on a mission while training my dog.  She got completely distracted by a lady striding down the street towards us.  It was difficult to keep her from jumping forward but as this woman approached she told me not to worry because all the dogs loved her and that she, in turn, loved dogs.  20 minutes later, after telling her how she had made my day, I was in awe how such a chance encounter could lay out, so understandably, the meaning of life to the fullest.  This woman was 85 yrs old, lived in an independent seniors residence, walked 4 times a day and was so thrilled that her lunch was included in her rent which was geared to income and so was stress-free.  We talked of many things in that 20 minutes – she had a lot to say.  When she said good-bye and continued on, I knew then that engagement with other people, to the fullest and with an open heart, could cure all the slight depression and stress-caused maladies.  She left having no clue how she showed me the ways in which I still keep to myself.  My ‘playing my cards too close to my chest’ routine.

In my healing practice, I have spoken to people about Nutrition, Reconnective Healing, Shamanism and Ceremonial pathways but it is the spontaneous heart-felt human interactions that can change your day and, in so doing, your life and state of health.  If we could clone that beautiful old lady, the doctors and health care professionals would be looking at much different pathways towards health and well-being.

So……, even though I love Plant Medicine and its capacity to heal; without engagement with other humans, the show won’t go on as brightly.  Is there a remedy for that?  Well, yes there are!  Esteem and Joy help to break down the barriers that keep us from engaging fully with all the world has to offer.

Longevity (and other stuff) from a mountain garden

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.

LongevityPearly 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.”

 

Keep an eye on my New Product page.     Maybe Longevity and Spirit Communication!?

 

Including Ceremony in Everyday Life

Including Ceremony in Everyday Life

 

CeremonyI light the candle; I focus on my breath; I verbally affirm that I will honour myself this day as the flame represents my beautiful self. Ceremony in its simplest and purest form is this easy.

Any ceremony or ritual that takes a person outside of their daily thinking mode, places them in a truly introspective state.  How does lighting a candle become a ceremonial act?  Intent and the commitment to go inside very briefly, alters brain waves and our personal reality.  This is what happens:- you would take a step to the side, breathe, light a candle, speak an honouring and then take the step back into your daily reality.  This would take no more than a minute but the effect will last all day.

There are many ways in which we come together as a family or community to honour and give thanks to those that are dear to us.  Ceremonies for new life (Christening, Baptism, Community ritual for honouring new life, etc.), death (funerals, Community ritual for honouring the dead, etc.) and religious ceremonies such as those on Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day have an aspect of gathering together. These occasions are important in that they support a strong sense of family and community; a much needed energetic when it comes to the first and second chakra.   Very rarely does an honouring of oneself take precedence over our busy lives.  An obligation to honour others is usually more appealing to our sense of spiritual practice than honouring ourselves.

When we started a series of remedies for ‘Ceremony’, the impetus was to somehow bring the idea of ceremony in everyday life to the forefront—especially for ourselves.  We knew that most people view Ceremony to be outside of their daily routines and something that might be so involved as to be unattainable in their busy, chaotic days.

Other Ceremonial practices for self:-

  • Affirmations in front of a mirror, which also take about 20 seconds and bring a commanding presence to the outcome of a person’s day.
  • Meditation is a breathing and ‘NOW’ ceremony
  • Mindful walking in the forest is a connection to nature ceremony.
  • Power animal drum journeys are a shamanic ceremony for finding how your character aligns with the animal world.
  • Water ceremonies (bath/shower) for self-forgiveness.

The desire to connect to our innate knowing through Ceremony is what drives this unique series of vibrational remedies.  The effect is magical, potent and lasting.