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.

See what we've been up to!

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.

 

See what we've been up to!

California Poppy – Pleasure & Pain

Pleasure and Pain with California Poppy

 

I dare anyone to walk past the golden yellow flower of a California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and not feel some sort of joy settling in. It stands tall, reaching for, and shining in the sun. It is the State CaliforniaPoppyflower of….. yes you guessed it, California. It has such diverse medicinal properties, that finding out about its ability to reduce pain, other than neuralgic, didn’t take me much by surprise. It’s a member of the Opium Poppy family (Papaveraceae) after all. I am inclined to file herbs into different categories for both traditional herbal and vibrational remedies but every now and then I read something that reminds me of other healing possibilities. It adds another layer to the medicinal benefits of this sunny looking and sunny feeling member of the Plant World.

For any issues with depression, be it mild or more severe, California Poppy has been called upon to uplift the spirits and calm the mind. It is equally good for the nervous system allowing the antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative properties to take effect. The chemical components are the same as the Opium Poppy although much less potent; so it lends itself well to a variety of painful conditions. According to Anne McIntyre (1): “It began to be used as a medicine in the last century, when it rapidly gained a reputation as a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy.” It is so mild that it is quite safe in remedies for children. This herb may have a sunny disposition but is severely lacking in the taste department. Add peppermint and chamomile to tea for anxious children. This combination works well when traveling (2).

As my focus is primarily vibrational medicine, I use this plant whenever I need a joyful or uplifting energy to be present. Here are some of the ways California Poppy works in vibrational remedies:

JoyCalifornia Poppy brings light, playfulness and a calm sense of well-being to our Joy remedy.

 

 

EsteemCalifornia Poppy brings a heightened sense of self-worth and sunshine to our Esteem remedy. Yes, there are herbs for low self-esteem. (2)

 

 

4th Chakra BalanceCalifornia Poppy brings calmness and an uplifting spirit to our 4th Chakra remedy, Harmony.  Helps to release anger and pain.

 

 

After reading Anne McIntyre’s article I was glad to be reminded that California Poppy works well for pain in lotions, creams and salves (1)(Anne McIntyre). I’ll put it on the drawing board for future remedy making.

References:
(1) Anne McIntyre, writing in Positive Health Online: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/herbal-medicine/the-benefits-of-california-poppy-eschscholzia-californica
(2) Thomas Avery Garran, Western Herbs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
(3) Anne McIntyre, writing in Positive Health Online: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/ayurveda/are-there-herbs-for-low-self-esteem

See what we've been up to!

Energy Medicine for the 3rd Chakra

Energy Medicine for the 3rd Chakra

The 3rd (Solar Plexus) Chakra represents how we show up in the world.  It is about our Personal Power and how we interact 3rd Chakrawith others on all levels.  This Power, coming from our sense of self-worth and identity, dictates this interaction so profoundly that it brings with it a greater feeling of authority and self-governance over one’s life.  Do we care and love ourselves enough to feel confident and set our own paths?  When we do, we allow the authority we have as humans to be in charge.  Love, compassion, honesty & integrity – for ourselves, others, and all things living on Mother Earth – all stem from a highly balanced sense of self and healthy ego.

The 3rd Chakra plays a big role in our ability to create our own lives– this is what I know, personally.  We manifest from a position of strength.  When we associate with our ‘I’, we say I am, I need, I will.  Actually knowing and liking who we are opens up new ways of communication and allows us to be clear about what we want.  Our authority over our own life then becomes accepted and mindful.

Specifics of the 3rd Chakra:

Location: Solar Plexus (although I find it closer to the navel)
Colour: Yellow
Spiritual Aspect: Self Worth
Issues: Lack of self and identity, no boundaries, passive, anger
Endocrine Gland: Pancreas
Needs: Safety, security, strong relationships/partnerships (1st & 2nd Chakra balanced), healthy ego, feeling in control of life
Associated Organs: Liver, spleen, stomach, small intestine
Associated Disease: Poor digestion, digestive ulcers, liver disease, diabetes, addiction
Enemy: Shame, feelings of disconnection—alone

Healing remedies for the 3rd Chakra:

Connection‘Connection’, a vibrational remedy from the plant medicine shop, awakens the dream of a powerful life, allows connection to oneself and others to be felt.  Heals and balances.

Digestive herbs: (yellow dock, burdock, dandelion, chamomile), St. John’s Wort, California Poppy

Other Healing for the 3rd Chakra: daily affirmations, breathe in sun energy, learn how to receive.

See what we've been up to!

Using Vibrational Medicine for the 2nd Chakra

Using Vibrational Medicine for the 2nd Chakra

The art of Chakra Balancing is not just about changing/adjusting the vibratory rate and altering the path of disease, it’s about bringing into focus a new level of awareness.

2nd ChakraChakra Balancing or healing for the 2nd Chakra has been found to be the most relevant in the quest for health and wellness.  Relationships are important and consume are thoughts, mostly because we all want to belong somewhere, somehow.  It’s what makes us Human.

The 2nd (Sacral) Chakra represents family, community and our relationship to the outside world.  Without this connection we feel powerless to go outside of ourselves and live life.  We have to be willing to engage with all aspects of our being for this chakra to be open and balanced making sure to leave fear behind.  These outward relationships include all the universal energies that we will likely interact with.  When you bend down to notice the beauty of a plant or flower, or are training a dog, a relationship has presented itself.  With 2nd Chakra Balancing, there is a capacity to hold the energies of giving and receiving in equal measure.   Sexuality and intimacy sit here; how we view ourselves in sexual connection with another dictates the health and balance of the emotional body.

Specifics of the 2nd Chakra:

Location: Lower abdomen (below the navel)
Spiritual Aspect: Self Respect
Issues: lack of emotional support (up to age 2), sexual abuse, strict manipulative younger years, no opportunity to trust
Endocrine Gland: Ovaries/Testes (sex hormones)
IntentionNeeds: Strong relationships/partnerships, belonging, allowing pleasure
Associated Organs: Womb, testes, reproductive system
Associated Disease: Infertility/Impotence, lower back pain, menstrual disorders, prostate disorders
Enemy: Guilt
Natural Herbal Remedies for the 2nd Chakra: Vibrational Remedy, ‘Intention’ from the plant medicine shop,  mugwort, yarrow, raspberry leaf, motherwort, cinnamon, sweet flag.  Pumpkin, carrots, peppers, oranges

See what we've been up to!

Using Vibrational Medicine for the 1st Chakra

Using Vibrational Medicine for the 1st Chakra

 

The art of Chakra Balancing is not just about changing/adjusting the vibratory rate and altering the path of disease; it’s about bringing into focus a new level of awareness.

1st ChakraFor over a hundred years, information about our Chakra System and Chakra Balancing has flooded into the mainstream.  Today, there are yoga studios on every corner in every city with each teaching the countless methods of the Masters.  With each movement and breathe, a chakra is affected – a slight awakening and balancing.

Since the function of the physical body is dependent upon the activity of our chakras, awakening and balancing of these energy centres are a major healing modality today.  Each chakra is linked to a specific endocrine gland, and so disease or ill health can, in a sense, be tracked through the subtle bodies & auric field until it reaches the physical.

Starting at the base, the 1st (root) chakra, addresses the need to live in the moment in a relaxed way without fear.  Safety, security and physical groundedness are all concepts that we have a right to feel, acknowledge and trust in.   Our self-awareness as a human being lights up in the 1st Chakra.  Unique experiences dictate the openness and vibrancy, or lack thereof that we project out into the world.  The basic enemy of this Chakra is fear.  If family or community ties have not been strong in our first few years, then this emotion sits heavily in the 1st Chakra.

Specifics of the 1st Chakra:

Location: Base of spine
Spiritual Aspect: Self Awareness or what it is to be human
Issues: Abandonment, physical & mental abuse, poor nourishment, taking on fears of parents, difficult birth.
Endocrine Gland: Adrenals (cortisone, adrenaline)
Needs: Safety, security, comfort, community, nourishment
Associated Organs: kidneys, adrenals, bladder, rectum, colon
Living FullyAssociated Disease: bones or solid parts of the body (arthritis, weak joints), bowel or colon disorders (chronic constipation, crohns, chronic diarrhea, IBS)
Enemy: Fear of all kinds (failure, success, losing control, own power, security,etc.)
Natural Herbal Remedies for the 1st Chakra: Vibrational Remedy, ‘Living Fully’ from the plant medicine shop, dandelion root, burdock root , cayenne, thyme, lavender.  Any root vegetable as in carrots, parsnips, horseradish
Other Healing for 1st Chakra: Enjoy Mother Earth and the way you walk upon Her, stay grounded and bring vital earth energy into the 1st Chakra, take care of your physical body, dance, garden.
Colour: Red

 

 

 

 

See what we've been up to!

Personal Power Remedies

Personal Power – an energetic prospective

 

Personal Power from the wisdom of the Plant World? Oh yes!! The idea that someone can fill in a form about their current situation and have delivered to their door a powerful Vibrational Medicine is the shape of things to come in a busy fast-paced world. The Plant Medicine Shop specializes in Personal Power Remedies which take into account not only one’s health situation but also their hopes, dreams and direction in life. In this way, we address all of the energetic bodies and Chakra Balancing so that healing can touch the whole person. Providing a pathway that will reflect a person’s healing and life direction is truly exciting.

Personal PowerPersonal Power Remedies, using sacred plant medicine, are always met with childlike glee for us at the Plant Medicine Shop. They take us outside of the norm, into the magical realm of infinite possibilities. Formulation is the act of matching a person’s spirit essence with those plants that are useful for the challenges and obstacles that are being faced. These challenges and obstacles are from both inside and outside of oneself . Clients are asked to look to the future (1-5yrs) as well so that the formulation can take into account life direction. Sometimes, Chakra Balancing is needed in these formulas as well as forward-movement energetics in plants such as Mullein.

What is Personal Power anyway? Basically, it’s being able to influence and change your own life events but how do you get to that point? There are a number of healing points to be considered before Personal Power really takes root:-

  • Having enough self-worth to stand up to what you want
  • Letting go of fear and engaging in life events
  • Letting go of attachments that seek a specific outcome
  • Knowing you deserve the best and make sure to ask for what you need
  • Create strong boundaries, especially with family

Personal Power is felt on the inside when you know you can’t and don’t have to please everyone all the time; when you are able to speak your truth; when you respect and honour those around you; when you love and respect yourself.

See what we've been up to!

Energetic Medicine for the Human Energy Field

Energetic Medicine for the Human Energy Field

Human Energy FieldWhen considering the whole body system or Human Energy Field, it’s necessary to take into account the other aspects of who we are. We are layers of energy which include not only our physical but emotional, mental, spiritual and life force energy bodies as well. To look at ourselves in a spiritual sense, there are only layers of light emanating from a majestic point – the assemblage point of man – the point at which energies connect to the physical body for optimum performance and perception.  When looking at ourselves in an everyday sense, it’s easy to forget about the many attributes that make up the Human Energy Field or whole body system.

 

We strive to address the whole body system in all the vibrational remedies formulated for the complete human. We started with The Chakra Balancing and Awakening Kit which address 10 chakras taking into account our auric field and connection to spirit. This is who we are on the planet Earth and so to include Chakras 8-10 we’re taking into account the whole being. While there are thousands of chakras connected to our being, some have a greater influence on the way our body operates and how we perceive life. The first 7 are intricately tied to our endocrine system and so balancing these is important for health and well-being in a physical sense. Chakra 8-10 are tied to our connection to our spirit bodies and balancing these are important for health and well-being in a spiritual sense.

DreamcatcherOne of the reasons our Pathfinder line is so powerful lies in the formulation method. Energies aligned with these products all focus on the obstacles we face every day. They address real issues happening every day that cause an imbalance. Apathy and despondency occur when feelings of separation from our sacred dream of life (why you’re on Earth) keep us from realizing our highest potential. Dreamcatcher, a Vibrational Remedy for connecting once again to our life’s purpose, is one of our many products that keeps the Human Energy Field balanced and vibrant.

See what we've been up to!

20% discount for Practitioners

20% discount for Practitioners brings expansion in Alternative Health Clinics

 

20% Discount for PractitionersOur 20% discount for Practitioners was well received in 2015.  Our goal was to  attract Practitioners who are interested in Energy Medicine for their clients and were thrilled when they used them personally as well.  Most are intrigued by the vast array of remedies available and impressed with the integrity of design and manufacturing processes.  Practitioners who received samples of product to test in their practices were excited by the results. Each, in their own way, were able to enhance their healing practices using our energy medicine remedies.

Practitioners who like and use our products include: craniosacral therapists, energy healing therapists, reiki, matrix energetics, massage therapists, lomi lomi massage therapists, shamanic practitioners, psychic healers, chakra readers. The list continues to grow.

If you are a Practitioner wishing to take advantage of these savings and pass along the healing benefits of our vibrational medicine products, click here.   For those wishing to sell our energy medicine in clinic spaces, Wholesale pricing is also available.

We are always striving to find new ways to bring our products to market and that’s why Practitioners receive a 20% discount store-wide (specials excluded). When Practitioners extol the virtues of our products, distribution is increased. We feel so strongly about the healing capabilities of our products that this exceptional discount is being offered again in 2016.

Our products offer potent Energy Medicine for the spiritually aware and those wishing to raise their vibration.

[sbscrbr_form]

See what we've been up to!

Plant Medicine Applications

Natural Herbal Remedies — Plant Medicine Applications

Natural Herbal Remedies (plant medicine applications) have been used for thousands of years with certain herbs/plants used for specific areas within the body, as Chamomile is specific to the stomach and Hawthorn is specific to the heart. Herbs play a big role in keeping our physical bodies healthy and fit but taking this one step further in using the energetics of a herb/plant, they can also play a big role in creating vitality in our whole body system. Using the energetics of the plants, you can create powerful remedies for the emotional, mental, spiritual, physical and life force aspect of ourselves.

At the Plant Medicine Shop, we believe that the time has come to pay more attention to everything that we are, not just the physical body. Most people who look to Natural Herbal Remedies for health issues, don’t always realize that the herbs or plants, can work their magic on our whole body system. The Plants are givers of energy and are so ready to share their medicine in a myriad of ways.

Plant Medicine ApplicationsOur Chakra Balancing Kit, is one of many products at The Plant Medicine Shop that address the need to take care of our energetic selves. It’s a beautiful story – using the energetics of the plants, we can heal and transform the energetics of our whole body. We are dedicated to this approach having found great success in the healing aspect of co-creating vibrational remedies with the Plant World.

We know the beauty and power of our work will stand the test of time in this era of ‘searching’, ‘looking’, for Natural Herbal Remedies that will extend our knowledge of how the plants work with us in healing. Having most of the product lines formulated as salves, the focus of touch is added to this healing sphere. The application process then is using touch to feel the energy of the plants and producing a whole new healing paradigm. As we as humans, climb the evolutionary ladder, The Plant Medicine Shop produces evolutionary vibrational remedies for Chakra Balancing and the Human energy system.

See what we've been up to!