My life with Flowers brings many surprises.
Each growing season ushers in new Flower Essences that amaze me with their power, wisdom, and healing love.
It’s a little bit like falling in love with an old friend. Many old friends really.
Roadside weeds that I have visited with for decades unexpectedly reveal the hidden depths of their healing wisdom. Familiar wildflowers tell me it is time to become Flower Essences and describe themselves in entirely unexpected ways.
Over the years, it has become clear that Nature is taking me and Green Hope Farm on an orchestrated journey. Each season, it is time for certain Flower Essences to step forward and join in to help the people and animals that we serve.
There are many mysteries behind this unfolding, but I am grateful for each Flower whose time has come.
And so far this year, despite rain and more rain, these noble blossoms have offered themselves as Flower Essences and explained their gifts.
Burdock– Arctium minus
Burdock holds so much wisdom, it is hard to know where to start in describing its gifts. To begin, Burdock holds particular wisdom about the blood. One piece of this wisdom is that it helps the red blood cells with any issues of low oxygen transport capacity. This and other blood wisdom held by Burdock makes it a useful Essence during any illness especially any that concerns blood health. More generally, Burdock will help us get to the bottom of any healing crisis to bring the core issue to light, then it will offer a template for finding our health again. This skill at getting to the root of the issue means Burdock helps with any cleansing process. Additionally, this is a very supportive Essence for any illness involving issues of discernment including cancer, a condition in which discernment about what cells in the body should be grown and which should not has been affected, Burdock sorts the wheat from the chaff on a cellular level and offers information about how we can do this ourselves while also completely protecting and preserving our health. As with all Flower Essences, this is done by Burdock offering our electrical system a roadmap for these skills, one that our electrical system can copy and benefit from if it is helpful. I canâ€™t recommend this dynamo enough and have now added it to Immune Support, Recovery, and Precious Blood.
Elecampane– Inula helenium
All issues of sunlight management especially proper assimilation of sunlightâ€™s gifts. Elecampane will help us get the most from whatever sunlight we get when we are not getting enough sunlight. This makes it an excellent remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is also helpful for those of us in regions where the ozone layer is thin. There is both a positive and a negative to living in such regions as ozone protects us from higher vibrations not lower vibrations. Our challenge is to learn to assimilate this higher vibration coming through more strongly in places with thin ozone and Elecampane can help us do this.
Hops Humulus Lupulus Iâ€™m very excited to bring this Essence into our repetoire. First used in ancient Lemuria, Hops strongly encourages physical and spiritual growth. Its signature is its fast rate of growth. Hops can grow into a vine 20-40 feet in a single growing season. With links to the sixth chakra, Hops Essence offers helpful information to the pituitary gland, hence its connection to healthy and manifest physical growth. It also supports our circulatory system, particularly blood vessel elasticity. Linked to the etheric body, it helps the etheric body and ethereal fluidium to be their most vibrant and healthy. Hops has a playful energy that will help us find this in ourselves. One dividend of its support for spiritual growth is that it improves group interaction. Additionally, it will help plant growth when unusual weather has slowed growth patterns. As an herb it is used as a preservative in beer and as a sleep aid, but these talents do not at all suggest its immense strengths as a Flower Essence.
Lobelia– Lobelia spicata
Supports us to make peace with major life decisions. This wild Lobelia helps us to get grounded and settled in our life changing decisions so we can proceed as calmly and courageously as possible. When I found a bank of this pale blue spiked beauty blooming in a place I had never seen it before, it explained its gifts right away and offered its immediate support for a situation I was working to change in my life. Soon after I found great clarity about what I needed to do and felt the strength I had been seeking for many months to do what I had to do. Consequently, I can attest to Lobeliaâ€™s strength and clarity as an ally when difficult and major change is necessary.
The base of this plant has a pair of leaves across from each other and a long straight stalk that bears exquisite and tiny cone shaped blossoms with fringed edges almost like snowflakes all turned in a variety of directions. This flowering stalk looks a bit like an elegant cell tower and that is the exact offering of its Flower Essence. Miterwort helps us to hear each other better especially during arguments. It is especially good for partnerships, but will support anyone who would like to listen better AND hear what is actually being said.
Starflower– Trientalis borealis
For clarifying and smoothing the flow of electrical current in the etheric or memory body. Starflower also orchestrates a crisper connection between energy centers including the main chakras and also the secondary nadis. Consider this one if your head feels fuzzy, you feel uncoordinated as if signals are not getting from one part of yourself to another or if you feel your electrical wiring is in any way misfiring.
White Baneberry– Actaea pachypoda
Blood health, offering especially helpful information to the white blood cells as it defends the body against infectious disease and foreign bodies. This new one has also been added to Immune Support and Precious Blood.
Wild Lily of the Valley also known as Canadian Mayflower Maianthemum canadense
A pixie Flower that encourages us to remember our connection to all things wild, elemental, sacred, and true.
â€œThe Wild Lily of the Valley that you sent is lovely. It gives me a feeling of being Â deeply rooted or connected to the heart of Earth and Sacred Feminine energy.â€ PL Keswick, VA
Here in the rain forest, the shameless slugs munch 24/7
They are on every surface of every plant and a random sampling of them suggests that every last slug is healthy and gaining weight.
Additionally, they have proven untroubled by the enormous quantities of Sluggo that I have spread everywhere. In fact, this organic sugar coated iron pellet material said to stop slugs in their tracks appears to simply whet their appetite for their favorite food- tender young Red Shiso plants.
And so, in an act of sheer desperation, I have protected the last few Red Shiso plants left alive in the gardens with individual SLUG MOATS.
Each SLUG MOAT is a small plastic party cup with its bottom cut out ( Thank you William). Each encircles a sad little Red Shiso plant.
Will this work?
So far, so good. I have seen slugs trying to climb the slipper slopes of the SLUG MOATS. but none appear to have gotten up and over. Our crop may rebound yet. If not, we could try marketing SLUG MOATS. They work at least as well as all that Sluggo and they have a sort of catchy name. William are you ready with the scissors?