PLANT MEDICINES FOR THE SOUL
Alchemy-"A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination."
The creative process of blending the herbs is such a beautiful ceremony. The herbs, crystals and energy speak to me EVERY time. When we "tune in" to the knowledge being imparted in Nature everything comes alive with Magick!
These are the precious plants I choose to work with and this is a description of what they can do. However do not limit them to only these uses for they hold an wealth of wisdom and intelligence. Use your intention to allow them to guide you in your healing journey to "Be Your Own Medicine".
- Herb Girl
“The Mushroom of Spiritual Potency”. “The Herb of Immortality”
Both of the descriptions are beautiful truths about this miracle substance. Literally a gift from the Gods. Reishi Mushroom is a fungus that appears in Ancient art depicted as a gateway. A bridge between Heaven and Earth. Used by the Royalty during the Ming dynasty it was thought to have magical qualities that extended physical life and accelerated the path to enlightenment. This highly revered mushroom expands our consciousness. It is not mind altering in the psychedelic sense but connects us deeply to our spirit and supports us in seeing a higher vision. Guiding us to our destiny, showing the way to greater purpose and abundance. When we commune daily with Reishi our lives take on greater meaning, we see a bigger picture and we are able to let go of the daily “drama’s”. We being to observe a wider view of life which brings many blessings, a cosmic messenger of the divine Reishi’s magic will gift your with insight, wisdom and connection to a higher level of awareness.
On a physical level Reishi is a phenomenal substance to strengthen and modulate the immune system. It supports the health of the liver and heart. It contains Ganoderic acid which inhibits the histamine response alleviating allergies. It calms and centers to relieve stress and supports adrenal health. One of the most researched herbs in the world this fungus is a wonderful spirit to commune with on a daily basis.
Queen of Adaptogens
-Heart Tonic (lowers B/P)
-Reduces Anxiety and Depression
-Improves liver function & Detoxification
-Lowers B/P, Cholesterol
-Anti-cancer, tumor, HIV, Auto Immune regulator
-Brain Health (increases energy supply to the brain)
-Vision (Physical and 3rd eye)
This majestic fungus is a miracle-worker for those who are suffering from lung issues such as asthma, shortness of breath, emphysema, or upper respiratory tract infection. While it increases oxygen uptake it has the distinct ability to support the bodies utilization of oxygen more efficiently. It is one of the most treasured herbs in Asia for maintaining youthfulness and vigor. It is know as a "Jing" tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jing is the primordial energy of the cosmos, it is the energy of creation and procreation, it is the "Life-Force" or "prana that sustains life. Cordyceps enters the Lung and Kidney meridians in Chinese Medicine. Meridians are the pathways though which the Qi or Energy flows. The kidney is related to the emotion of Fear and the Lung is related to Grief. When using Cordyceps in this way it has a profound effect on your emotions. You are supposed in releasing fear and "letting go" of your grief and sadness. Our emotions have a massive effect on our physical body, you can make yourself sick with grief, fear, anger and any other toxic emotion. The beauty of plant intelligence is that if we open to allow them to guide and teach us these gifts can and WILL begin to shift our perceptions of health and well-being. So take them with reverence and allow their wisdom to infuse your spirit.
"The King of Herbs" These gorgeous works of art from Mother Nature grow on Birch Trees. They are parasitic to the tree, they actually contain the "Life Force" of the tree. Chaga is full of nutrients such as numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, and this vitamin is needed by the adrenal glands as well as digestive organs. It also contains riboflavin and niacin in significant amounts. Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. Yet, its most potent ingredient is a special substance known as superoxide dismutase (SOD) an extremely important enzyme that keeps cells young and maintains proper functioning. Chaga is highly rich in phenols. These compounds are highly protective for all tissues and is highly protective for the skin. Chaga Mushrooms work wonders for activating / decalcifying the pineal gland as it is a rich source of melatonin and will assist in activating your intuition.When we ingest Chaga we are eating the trees, their energy, their knowledge and their wisdom. So when you take Chaga do so with the greatest of reverence for the treasure you are taking into your body. Give thanks and a blessing to the tree from which it came. This is the Alchemy of the plants medicine world. Be aware, honor the gift it is giving to you.
Astragalus is an Adaptogen that is nourishing and supports the lungs, heart and liver. Wonderful taken long term this root strengthens digestion, increases energy and brainpower. This is a wonderful herb for little ones as it is very mild tasting and is so wonderful for strengthening little immune systems and excellent for gut health. I give this one to my son regularly. Famous for being able to shorten the duration of a cold it is now being studied as adjunctive therapy for various types of cancer and hepatitis.
The active ingredients in astragalus are called Astragalosides and are being studied for their ability to maintain telomere length. Telomeres are the strands on the ends of DNA that shorten as we age. My personal experience is that astragalus is a miraculous gift that can aid in the igniting of our dormant DNA. As we evolve from using only two strands to becoming completely restructured to our 12 strand crystaline DNA, we are in the process of being "turned on" and Astragalus supports this activation. It's long been used in Asia for degeneration and damage to nerves and has always held a deeper energetic purpose we are just now realizing how supportive this plant is to our ascension. I use this daily in addition to solar light therapy as food for healing DNA and to support the decalcification of the Pineal Gland. Astragalus is also wonderful for alleviating ascension symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea and flu like symptoms.
"THE" major herb for rejuvenation in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is used for alleviating stress, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and lack of energy. It imparts a sense of "well being". It is a wonderful herb for the immune system and improves learning, memory and libido! An Adaptogen renowned for overall health and longevity it has been used traditionally for restoring health after illness, balancing hormones, and boosting libido. In Ayurvedic philosophy, one of Ashwagandha’s benefits is that it is said to increase circulation of ojas, loosely translated as life force energy, which is the vital subtle energy that food is converted to and that fuels our body, mind and spirit. Correlating to the idea of Jing (vital essence) in Chinese Medicine, Ashwagandha restores these two fundamental energies in the body, which increases overall well-being and has the effect of literally regenerating and rejuvenating the body from the inside out. Ashwagandha is a transformational herb for daily use to increase energy and reduce stress. I have also traditionally used Ashwagandha to balance, strengthen and open and activate the root chakra, use this nourishing, vitalizing herb to support you in various spiritual practices concerned with Kundalini energy and to balance all the energetic systems of the body.
The bark of the rubber tree eucommia is one of the elite herbs for maintaining the integrity and function of the musculoskeletal system. It is also an herb for balancing the endocrine system and supports normal, healthy sexual functioning. Eucommia is the primary herb in Chinese medicine for building a strong, healthy, flexible skeletal structure and supporting normal growth. It supports bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. An excellent herbs when there has been injury to these areas.
He Shou Wu
Widely used in Chinese herbal medicine as a tonic to prevent premature aging by tonifying the Kidney and Liver functions. It also is known to bring up Jing (vital essence), nourishing the blood, and fortifying the muscles, tendons and bones. It strengthens and stabilizes the lower back and knees. He Shou Wu is also used to enhance sexual drive and fertility in men and women. It can increase sperm count in men and help build more semen even in old age. It helps build ova in women as well. It is also famously used to maintain the youthful condition and color of the hair. This is, for some reason, its most popular attribute but it does so much more than this! There are countless legends of people that have lived well past the century mark taking this herb, including Li Qing Yeun who lived to be 197 years old!Many people have claimed He Shou Wu has made all the difference in the world as far as stopping pain in the knees and lower back.
One of the most nutritionally dense herbs on earth Goji contains 18 Amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids, goji berries have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. Goji is loaded with vitamin C, Contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene (a better source than even carrots) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). The goji berry is the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods.… Goji contains 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals. Goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. In Traditional Chinese medicine they have been used for centuries for increasing strength and longevity. Known as the “happy fruit” for it’s ability to elevate the mood and engender a sense of well-being.
Known as "The five flavor fruit", it contains all the flavors of bitter, sweet, acrid, sour and salty. This adaptogen wonder herb enters all 12 meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has an effect on the balance of the entire physical, mental and spiritual bodies. Schisandra Berry can be felt opening up the meridians in the body, especially the Governing meridian or kundalini. This corresponds to Schisandra Berry ability to open up the higher faculties of learning and wisdom. Schisandra Berry is the “wisdom herb” for its ability to help regulate the body, restore mental clarity and connect with spiritual truth. This wisdom ability has been recognized for thousands of years by those who have ingested Schizandra Berry for a while there is a sense of "euphoria" when consuming pure high quality Schisandra. Schisandra Berry helps to restore concentration, mental focus while “calming” the mind and imparting a sense of connection to nature and universal truths. This calming ability is recognized by Schizandra Berry ability to open up oxygen intake in the lungs to provide increased oxygen to the brain and other major organs in the body. Schizandra Berry optimizes blood flow to the brain and central nervous system resulting in increased responsiveness and tactile ability. Schisandra is well known as a protector of the liver. It helps maintain its proper functioning and regeneration and is also used to prevent liver damage. Schisandra gently detoxes the liver and blood from toxins. Besides its liver protecting properties, it is also beneficial to the kidneys as it helps balances the fluid in the body. Schisandra is famous among Asian woman for its ability to make the skin soft, smooth, youthful and beautiful. It has been taken for many hundreds of years in China for this purpose. It is believed to work by balancing the fluids of the skin.
“The Happiness Flower” Her leaves unfold with the sun and fold up again as the sun sets. She has a distinctly feminine spirit, she calms the mind, and moves the Qi and Blood. This relieves pressure, anger and moodiness as well as emotional and physical pain. It is the moving of qi that allows the lifeforce to flow easily and effortlessly, keeping us grounded peaceful and centered. The way she works is quite beautiful, she calms the spirit and helps one achieve a more balanced emotional state by expanding our consciousness and opening us up to allow joy and happiness to flow in more easily.
“Heavenly Spirit” herb it is cherished by shamans, monks, and yogis for its heart-opening effects. Chinese Taoist monks use it for inner dream work, nicknaming Wild Asparagus as “The Flying Herb”; they found it effective to help one fly (Astral travel) and use it for achieving magnificent prophetic dreams and moving in alignment with the inner workings of the Soul. Shatavari is used at every stage of a woman's reproductive cycle it nourishes and supports fertility, uterine health, balanced hormones, and menopause.
Cacao contains the mood enhancing neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan and dopamine which bring feelings of wellbeing, contentment, happiness and resilience to stress and anxiety.
It also contains the neuromodulator phenylethylamine (PEA) which creates feelings of excitement and euphoria. It also helps us pay attention and stay alert. With healthy amounts of PEA we stay focused, present and time slows down, we are less distracted by stimulation from the ‘outside world’. PEA also increases the effect of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter related to joy.
Anandamide is a type of lipid (fat). The word ‘ananda’ translates from the Sanskrit language as ‘bliss’. This naturally produced chemical is most concentrated in the body after exercise, the “runner's high”. Anandamide gives us feelings of bliss and euphoria, and also decreases pain perception, as well as assisting in regulating appetite and mood. Cacao contains both anandamide and anandamide reuptake inhibitors, which are molecules that slow the breakdown of the anandamide. This allows the anandamide to remain longer in the brain and with it the associated blissful feelings.
Magnesium, one of the body's most important minerals that assists in all metabolic processes. It helps relax all the muscles in the body and is vital for the pumping of the heart muscle, stress relief and exercise recovery, the motility of the bowel, regulating the muscles pre-menstruation. Magnesium is also needed in almost all key functions in the brain, including memory and concentration. Cacao is the highest natural food source of magnesium. Cacao is also one of the highest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants clear damaged cells from the body.
The flavonoids in Cacao support clearing of the blood vessel walls, flexibility of the arteries and a thinning of the blood, because of this action cacao reduces blood pressure and build up of fatty deposits (plaque) along the artery walls, as well as a reduced load on the heart muscle.