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.

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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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Protection–defence against low-vibrating or harmful energies

© Katalinks | Dreamstime.com - Woman Witch In Miracle Enchanted Forest Photo“In the line of work I do, I am often confronted with low-vibrating and sometimes harmful energies.  SilverOwl’s Protection salve creates a buffer so I do not feel those energies so intensely.  It gives me space to make decisions from a balanced place within the chaos.”

 The above testimonial from a Healing Practitioner, Jennifer Engracio, speaks to the way of life and being of those involved in attending to the needs of others. You could be a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Acupuncturist or even a Dentist or Doctor. All healing modalities create some sort of energy transfer because first and foremost a practitioner’s job is to present with open-hearted compassion. When we present ourselves to the world in this way, a buffer zone around our aura helps to maintain our energy balance. The more energy we have, the more we can give.

“I put the Protective salve on my heart chakra. Instantly felt a feeling of safeness around my heart. As it continued to work I felt like I was cocooned. Very grounding and nurturing.” M. Darago, Shamanic Practitioner.


How many of us have felt vulnerable and in need of support in our everyday lives or more importantly, during healing sessions? The source is not always ours alone– jealousy, disrespect or hatred from another person can also be the cause.

 

Protection, a new salve in SilverOwl’s Transition (the next evolutionary step) series will help to protect against harmful and negative energies.

I chose 8 ingredients for this salve that work in combination to create a total protective package against emotional turmoil or harmful/negative energies.

Angelica Root – protection, guardianship, deflects harmful energies
Rose Petals – calmness, protection, only lets in beauty
Nettle Leaf – shields like a thick bush, gives courage, protection
Garlic – ancient and extremely strong protector, forceful
Solomon’s Seal Root – drives away negative vibrations and assists in a protective space
St. John’s Wort – excellent herb for balancing energy, repels bad spirits
Wood Betony –promotes confidence and grounding
Black Pepper—used for banishing, courage and strength

 

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