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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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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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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