An article on SOOTHING HERBS - Karleen has written a short list on herbs that may help you in soothing transformation blues during transitionary times! Karleen's page on my website: http://www.astrolada.com/readers/karleen.html
We are going through some intense times! And some of you may be coping with anxiety, frustration, unresolved emotions and fear. You may be going through shifts and changes on all levels of your being – and your body, that wonder vehicle that not only moves you through this dimension, but also helps you to transform the energies you generate and encounter, may need some support and help. These next two weeks of the waning moon is a great time to quit addictions, detox and lose some weight. However with detoxing, or with losing weight, we are also releasing trapped emotions, memories and toxic energy from our cells. This can make us feel like we are forcing something upon our bodies. Instead, we can focus on supporting our body in its tasks, and trust that it will do what it needs to do as it comes naturally to us. We want to move away from forcing our bodies to do anything, and move into trust that once we’ve set the intention, it knows what to do. We want to focus on supporting it as it supports us. I’ve put together a very brief list of natural remedies that may become your go-to during this month, to help you release and heal emotionally. They are also child-safe, am not sure about pet safe :). I see myself as working with the spirit of the plant as well as its properties… so the more I communicate with the living plant prior to our work together, the more potent it becomes, and I need much less. Experiment and get to know them!
Dandelion (☉ Sun /♃ Jupiter): The cheerful yellow flower spotting your lawn can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used as a diuretic, as it helps to flush excess fluids from your system, helping with lowering blood pressure and assisting the clearing of your kidneys, liver and gall bladder, which in turn, helps your intestines. It also contains phytohormones, making it wonderful for hot flashes. It contains Vitamins A, E, C, K and B-6, also boron, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium and is high in anti-oxidants. My ex mother-in-law, of Italian background, made us dandelion greens one day, and warned us they would be bitter. "Eat up", she said, “because if you take a little bitter to you on your own, the bitterness of life has less effect on you.” Dandelion brings the clarifying energy of the sun into your system and helps you release feelings of anger, resentment, hostility and bitterness. Drink the tea, dried and chopped roots can be used as a coffee substitute, the flower heads eaten in salads, and the leaves boiled and cooked like spinach. The older the plant, the more bitter it is. Also known to help with developing psychic ability and granting wishes by being able to call on spirits.
Skullcap (♄ Saturn): Skullcap, aka Mad dog, Madweed or Hoodwort is a well-known anti-anxiety herb which can be taken as a tea, tincture, or also smoked. It helps to release muscle tension, calms and de-stresses and induces sleep. Skullcap dilates blood vessels in the body, which reduces blood pressure. On a spiritual level, skullcap assists in grounding the soul with the body, and is excellent for use in the case of shock, trauma and the feeling of standing beside oneself. Traditionally, it has also been used to support the female reproductive system. Works well with Motherwort. Also known to help attract money or ensure faithfulness.
Passionflower (♀Venus): Passionflower, “discovered” in 1569 and so-called as it was seen as a symbol for the passion of Christ and approval of Christ for the Spanish exploration, was known long before, planted and used by Aztecs, Mayas, Incas and other south American Natives. The parts grown above the ground are worked with, in the form of teas, smokes and tinctures to help reduce blood pressure, effects of menopause, anxiety, insulin levels, inflammation, ADHD symptoms and inducing sleep. Passionflower raises GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) levels, which inhibits the activity of neurons or nerve cells – including those anxiety inducing ones. It does not negatively affect your daily performance, unlike synthetic therapy. Works well with hops, valerian root, chamomile and skullcap. Passionflower growing around the home helps to ensure peace, blessings and harmony in the home.
Roses (♀ Venus / ♃ Jupiter): Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you :) Roses have been used traditionally to lift the spirits and restore optimism. Especially good to restore hope and keep the heart open after grief, betrayal, loss, deep disappointment and disillusionment. The rose petals are used to steep a delicately flavoured tea, or in drawing baths, and is also rich in Vitamin C. A recipe for 'Love Potion Number Nine': Mix together 9 traditional love herbs including roses, and steep the tea mix for 9 minutes. As you do so visualize your ideal outcome and pray. Do this for 9 days. Good luck! ♥
Lindenblossoms (♃ Jupiter): a German favourite, one of the most important streets in Berlin is called “Unter den Linden”, named after the linden trees lining the boulevard. In German folklore, the linden tree is also the "tree of lovers." The tree was a sacred tree to pre-Christian Germans. The lime-tree was associated with Freya, the guardian of life and goddess of fortune, love and truth, and wife of Odin, so it was said the tree couldnt be struck by lightning. The Linden tree is over 70 million years old, and carries much knowledge… and is exceedingly gentle, the oldest known to be 600 years old! From long gone times to now, they are a favourite tree for meeting places, spreading their shade wide. The latin name is Tilia Cordata, Cordata meaning heart-shaped, as leaves are seen to be heart shaped. The blossoms are used to steep tea or create tinctures, which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains oils, saponins, glycosides, carotene, ascorbic acid, phytoncides… As already known, it is good for colds and anxiety, but also helps to aid in grieving processes after death or divorce, helps to keep the heart open and helps you to reconnect you to your multi-dimensional self. Also used in love charms.
Stinging Nettle ( ♂Mars): My personal favourite, Stinging Nettle and I have quite the relationship. I first discovered how much better I felt and how smoother my skin was after accidentally walking into a patch. After I recovered, I started talking to them while picking them, listening to their spirit and only taking those that said they would work with me. I found they helped with just about anything. My favourite is a bath (it doesn’t sting) and a tea. The leaves can be eaten like spinach or blended into a green smoothie. There is so much to read up on Stinging Nettle, but for emotional workings it helps you recognize unhealthy, toxic situations and to remove yourself from it, and to clear the fog of emotional abuse, or any way of life not supportive of your true being. It helps you draw and maintain boundaries, rewires your personal power grid and provides strength. Nettle is considered to be one of the nine sacred herbs, along with mugwort, plantain, watercress, chamomile, crab apple, chervil, and fennel. It is also known as a strong jinx-breaker, and can be mixed with other jinx-breaking herbs and minerals and sprinkled throughout the home or used in baths.
Hop (♂Mars): My second favourite, once known in 1500s England as a “wicked weed, that spoiled the taste of the drink(ale), and endangered the people” and also loosely related to the stinging nettle, hop first introduced itself to me growing above my head in a friends’ yard. A not so gentle seducer/seductress, it has a light voice, charming, gentle but strong energy, irresistible flair and great storytelling skills, all of which it passes on through beer (which uses the female plant). Hops tea simply floats you to sleep on a gentle drift, but does so abruptly, actually. Awaking, you feel positively refreshed, and healed. Hop helps to improve and stabilize your appetite, which is good during grieving processes and is a sedative. It is known to be beneficial in cases of nervousness and agitation, fright, anxiety, heart disease, indigestion, irritable bladder, toothaches. Pillows of warm hops were often used, for earaches and … sleep. An infusion of hop and chamomile can also be used externally to calm swelling, inflammation, rheumatic pain, bruises, and so on. It is said that sleeping on a pillow of hop will keep nightmares away. Also that washing a room with hop water will bring peaceful sleep, especially to sleepless children.
Some essential oils you can use to calm anxiety: Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Frankincense, Bergamot, Basil, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Orange, Lemongrass…
Also, important is bodywork in these times, so if possible, try to schedule in an EFT session for yourself, an energy or reiki healing session or massage to support lymphatic drainage. Enjoy and nourish your mind, soul and body. Namaste