life's coming at all of us pretty fast and at times furiously these days. Amazed to find myself somehow on projected schedule with the next two posts. The recipes I'll share in each relate to flower essence blends I co-created - in both cases in a flower led/guided manner - last summer.
(An essence blend is a mixed-flower remedy in which a variety of floral components are included in the same essence preparation bowl. Making it the vibrational equivalent of a stew/blended oil or tea infusion.)
The flowers in this particular remedy are common and in most cases indigenous to my particular region. I include each flower's unique contribution to the blend so that you might consider how you could prepare something similar from flowers you have to work with where-ever you are.
I also encourage you to investigate what other online sources have to say about the vibrational healing properties of the specific flowers I've included - as well as those you're drawn to work with where-ever you live. Younger alchemists are organically aligned with a much higher receptive frequency. Those who are willing to share what they know often crystallize the elemental nature of a flower's vibratory/healing signature far more elegantly.
an all purpose healing & illumination remedy comprised of 7 flowers:
These strongly architectural flowers love an opportunity to thrive. I've been lucky to have successful colonies in two locations. In both places the flowers have beckoned for inclusion - first as a single essence in my ever-growing collection of home-made flower essence mother stocks and then, 17 years later, within the blend bowl now being described. Grow this plant in your own garden for a wondrous unfolding of large - at times VERY large - lime green leaves topped with sunny yellow flowers that remind me of the fringed two-circle paper flowers my mother taught me to make as young child.
The Elecampane healing signature speaks of light and lighten-ing. Great for anything that's stuck in your belly - especially in the spiritual or metaphorical sense. Keeps the solar plexus chakra and its associate energy centers well hydrated. This helps prevent getting stuck in ideological despair or over-charged zealotry that can only lead to burn-out.
Calendula is a gem of a healing herb that I believe everyone can and should grow. Long known as Pot Marigold, it's as suited for containers as the ground. Give it good sun and its resinous vibratory sun will give you its healing spirit. If you have time and inclination, I invite you to watch the short (2:32) video linked in part because its human Speaker, Deb Soule fully personifies the joy and gentleness that speaks to Calendula's vibrational/communicative gifts. In the middle she sells just a little bit but in the most understated and joy-full way imaginable. This lady is the real deal and a genuine treasure of an herbalist. Strongly strongly encourage you to bask in the 2.5 minutes of her heart's light.
Calendula's healing and illumination gifts are classically associated with communication. It seems to me the connection goes deeper to matters of ego involvement. The solar plexus-throat chakra bridge is central to both right thought & action. We certainly see in today's world what happens when those in power short-circuit the bridge by running on Ego and proscribed Ignorance.
Each of us has similar yet unique power: the power of voice. Calendula's energy softens and strengthens our voice. It makes our tone-range flexible in both speaking and thinking planes of communication to self and others.
Pictured above at the trailing end of a long-gone summer solstice's golden hour - Saint Johnswort grows wild in my chosen home state. I have loved getting to know the flowers' healing properties - first by way of gathering flowers in the company of two friends living on Cape Cod. I recall our 20-something excitement and the many bees that tracked our every move until we were back in the house filling carefully sterilized recycled jam jars with flowers and apricot oil.
St. Johnswort essence is an ultra-effective auric cleanser and high-vibrational protective shield like no other. There's a lot more that could be said but I think the true seed of its versatility and usefulness is distilled in the single sentence. see also/in conjunction with: red clover at the end of this flower portrait profile list.
Comfrey was considered an unspeakable pest by the gardeners who taught and shaped me as a child. I didn't really understand what a glorious beautiful presence She brings and how fully she deserves some Pride of Place in any garden until I was back there in those pivotal early 20's years. At the northern edge of my wild field garden two comfrey crowns at long last claim that rightful place. One was transplanted from my former garden (pictured above) and another arrived in the same transplant bucket as the elecampane crown that spawned the plant giving flowers to this remedy. Both crowns offered flowers to the bowl in equal measure.
In flower essence terms Comfrey holds a longstanding reputation as a master healer. It's also graced with a very grounding energetic signature that helps to slow or stir the mind to greater balance/full potency as need be. I look on its inclusion in this remedy as another source of psychic and emotional/mental hydration. Like drinking enough water and/or regular alternate nostril breathing/brain oxygenation. With an vibrational taproot that knows what it's about as a full-service healing agent.
Prunella is more commonly called Self-Heal but I'm partial to her formal name. I find this flower indispensable in my therapeutic skin oil infusion blends. The flowers also hold long healing associations with the bladder and kidney. I can attest to its restorative/constitutional property in maintaining strong kidney health following a terrible complicated summer-long experience with kidney stones and ever since. At my last physical my doctor declared me having kidney functionality of a 25 year old. I credit this flower in its dried hot infusion form for such a strong recovery. That and a 95% low oxalate diet.
Prunella flower essence supports self-accountability and diligent self-maintenance in all matters of healing and wellness. Have been gathering anecdotal evidence to suggest the remedy's popularity is cycling to strong interest levels because it supports authentic self care and the mindfulness that gives rise to all forms of functional and vibrant Care moving outward.
Monarda fistulosaBeloved to bumblebees, hawkmoths, and my neighbor's honey bees my garden's thriving multi-crown colony of this regional beauty was started from seed under lights in the basement. Last summer marked the first year I felt permission to gather flower heads for my family's herbal medicine chest. Two full vibrant heads offered themselves to the flower-guided blend bowl. Also prepared a shredded flower head tincture we all use for mouth rinsing and skin application for a stubborn crack or tiny abrasion that's slow to heal completely.
All Monarda/bee balm flowers hold a strong affinity for our brain/general body's electrical circuitry. It's rather similar to the affinity all Rose flowers have for the human central nervous system. Monarda fistulosa, in particular, speaks to our ability to assimilate and more effectively upgrade our nervous system's capacity to identify and filter the human landscape's noise-to-signal ratio as well as cosmic bombardment upticks. Such a filtering system is permeable without being friable. This is an invaluable differentiation to make and foster as the dreaded 2020 dystopian hellscape bingo aspects of larger (alleged ...) reality begin to pick up speed, volume, and fury.
Red Clover flowers became the center of my healing & wellness universe when perimenopause came calling with drenching night sweats and unsettling hot flashes. I also paid note - given the flower essence's primary healing & illumination property - to how abundantly red clover flowers bloomed and prospered in the spring/summer of 2002. Some friends confirmed and further said they'd noticed the uptick in the previous season - before the 9/11 attacks as well.
Red clover's vibrational signature shields our minds and subtle bodies from the ongoing erosive impact of other peoples' fear factor(s).