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.

 

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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)

Sweet DreamsThe 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.”

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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!

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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.

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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!?

 

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Making Plant Medicine with your Inner Child

Winter is a great time to go within (connecting with your inner child) and take time to flush out new ideas and new formulas that will launch a new year for making plant medicine. It is always fun and mysterious to see which plants show up. In meditation, and in my Sacred spot, I call to the plants that are ready to be used for medicine. Sometimes, it’s academic knowledge that allows the choice but, at other times, it’s the magical knowledge and not just from ancient texts or old beliefs. I find this magical knowledge can come from within. Trying to remember what it was like as a child to wonder the gardens/meadows/woods is where the magical knowledge comes from for me. It’s not just about the length of time spent in a garden or the amount of variety; it’s the awesomeness and abundance I felt at the beauty of the growth.

Inner ChildWhat I remember are the mud pies, daisy chains and the oh-so-lush blackberry bush; one for the bowl and one for me. We dug in the dirt, picked flowers and berries and talked and sang to the animals that arrived. We were happy outside; at one with the garden and all its happenings. Little did I know about the medicinal benefits of all the herbs, flowers & trees in the garden.

Today, I don’t make mud pies but do try to get my hands dirty when looking for specific Plants used for medicine. If I’m wondering the garden for ideas or even on my computer, my ‘little girl’ stays with me to keep the freshness and beauty alive during the search. When things get a little stressful, she reminds me to take a step back and see the beauty of what’s around me; and of course, the beauty of the creations from the Plant World.

Although many plants/herbs are sleeping and gathering energy for their appearance in the Spring, my ‘little girl’ and I are dreaming of new formulations for 2016. We find the Spirit energy of the Plants alive and well during this quiet time.

What better way to make Plant medicine than with the wisdom and knowledge of an adult and the innocence and spontaneity of a child.

 

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Smudging as Vibrational Medicine

The Art of Smudging

SmudgingThe act of smudging goes back centuries whenever cleansing was needed to purify a home, environment or our own bodies. As a vibrational medicine, it cleanses and energizes the human energy field so that negativity and emotional/mental baggage are driven away. Smudging may be used on a daily basis or whenever ceremony or meditation is needed and its success is dependent upon respect for the plants and having a strong intent.    The art of smudging is done using the energy of the plants/herbs and so, while most smudging is done with the smoke from the burnt herbs, a liquid preparation is also used when smoke is verboten or banned.

Smudging may be used:

  • during emotional upheavals or difficult communications
  • periodic uplifting of the home or other living spaces
  • clearing negative energy left in home or office from visitors
  • clearing the human energy field prior to ceremony or meditation
  • cleansing/blessing objects brought into the home

To clear negative energy left by a person, an object or a strong negative emotion, use sacred smudging herbs for cleansing and clearing. The result is a feeling of balance, calm and centredness.

SmudgingWhenever ceremony is performed, smudge in the form of sacred cleansing herbs, are always nearby to start the process. Ceremony, in this sense, is the act of going within to enrich one’s spiritual growth and healing. It is a situation where care for the inner and outer environment should be taken and so smudging is used to cleanse the space around and within us.

The herbs used are all herbs that have strong energy clearing qualities and so are excellent as a smudging ritual.   Sage, on its own, or with a blend of other herbs will produce qualities of clearing, cleansing, protection and a focused, quiet mind. Cedar, Lavender, Mugwort and Sweetgrass are all herbs used in smudging.

At the Plant Medicine Shop, we use a blend of Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Nettles, and Lemongrass for our Liquid Smudge. These herbs give up their magical qualities of cleansing and protection to make this potent smudge.

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