There are some special items I store in my little apothecary cabinet, I either reach for them on a daily basis or a monthly basis or just that moment when it is perfectly suited to use. After years of collecting, researching, and experimenting, I finally feel the pure joy that comes with knowing that you have “just the thing” and simply reaching for it out of your own collage of herbal cures and remedies. Below is a small list of some items I’ve been especially reaching towards and happy to have found along my herbal healing journey.
Nature has always been a refuge for healing. A walk through a calm forest or garden has never been short of providing the mind with its own serenity. A warm cup of chamomile tea sets the mood for a soothing moment of peace in time. Plants are the base of all our understanding of healing. For centuries, together as species, we have evolved with one another, becoming dependent on one another. And in the many ways, plants are, their own medicine. Plants heal each other, as much as they heal us. It is an ancient relationship slowly being rediscovered.
A woman’s body is mysterious and yet simple in its rhythm of ebb and flow. We usually feel reluctant to think positively of this painful and somewhat inconvenient point in each month, but what if we could use this time to grow and understand ourselves spiritually? Our menstrual cycles are parallels to our inner struggles, our angers, our time of needed rest. There’s still a lot we don’t understand about our periods, but if we find ways to address the issues at a time when our bodies are reminding us to, it could be exponentially valuable to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
The waves ebb and flow. The candles are lit for this dark night. It seems every month the New Moon brings us lessons of our hidden selves. The shadows in the corners of our light. Shades we don’t know we have until we’re pulled deep into them.
Every New Moon I find myself in the same uneasy feeling. Almost like a curse I can’t get rid of. As the light of assurance from the Full Moon fades, our ground begins to change form, as if our world as we understand it shifts and we are somewhere new, unsure of our surroundings. Some may say it’s coincidence others a guided map, but the Moon tugs on our souls as if to pull our inner tides to the surface. Its an outlet for healing, a planetary tarot in the sky.
A flower that brings back memories in our hearts as children. A shared love of blowing away its puffs of magic and watching them float through the air. Dandelion is truly an amazing plant. It’s quite possibly one of the most resilient plants, growing through the cracks of pavement in huge cities to covering open fields with its sunny yellow flowers. A great ally in our medicinal cabinets and forever nostalgia of our pasts. Learn more about its many sides below!
“Blowball,” “Irish Daisy,” “Lion’s tooth,” “Witch’s Gowan,” “Yellow Gowan,” “Monks Head,” “Priest’s Crown”