Herbal Energies to Cope with Isolation and Recover from Isolation Trauma

Herbs are not like pills which while being ‘active’ do not carry living consciousness. Herbs have consciousness just like us and that is why they are the medicine of choice and instinct for animals in our world.

They have the nutrients to help our bodies when we’re running low. And they have the natural intelligence and consciousness to help out emotionally and spiritually so we can really heal and not just be helped in the moment.

For those who are or feel isolated, herbs are a gentle friend to help us find our way.

There are 3 kinds of isolation.

1) Isolation caused by physically moving out of your comfort zone.

This is like when a child moves out of home to university, or you leave your home town for another place.

Understanding that along with physical changes our emotional and spiritual environment has also changed will go a long way in helping us make a smooth transition.

There are several long term conditions that arise out of not reestablishing roots properly in a new environment, metabolic imbalance, chronically low immunity and so on.

There are many ways to cope with change of this kind, but my favorite is herbs. Please read the following article for herbs for reestablishment.

Herbs for Life Changes -To Support Re-Establishment, Brain Function; Vitality

 

2) Isolation without physically moving out.

An example of this kind of isolation is when there is a new addition to a family and the older members feel like they aren’t getting as much attention or care as before.

My favorite way of understanding and treating this kind of isolation is the Banyan Tree or Ficus Benghalensis.

This is one amazing tree. It has such a robust root system that while it is a young adult, it’s roots are competing already for resources, so it starts putting out roots from its above ground branches!

As time goes by, its branches spread out horizontally and let down roots that grow really long and finally reach the ground themselves. This new ‘root’ then begins to function like a tree all on its own!

So in time, what looks like a forest is actually one tree that spread out.

That’s all just one tree.

When we have that understanding that we are one life form in many bodies, that we are the one tree, we begin to find new ways to get sustenance and our family can grow, our team and organization can grow beautifully.

The Ficus (the fig is a member of this family) is also filled with nutrients to help the conditions caused by feeling isolated right on ones own home zone.

Connective tissue disorders, respiratory difficulty, sudden premature aging, anxiety disorders and self hatred are various manifestations of being unable to find new ways to connect within the home zone.

3) Isolation when you are out of your element altogether.

When you feel like a fish out of water, so totally isolated that you might as well be on another planet, and time goes by and you are not able to put down roots, you need to take action to care for yourself.

An example of this sort of life crisis is a sportsman who because of a bad injury or illness now has to face a whole new sort of life out of the sports world.

Another example is someone in an organization in which the culture is so starkly cold, dry, unfeeling and competitive compared to the warmhearted living emotional environment they were used to before.

Another example is someone who has moved to a place with a culture whose core values clash with their own drastically.

Another example is children growing up without knowing the truth about their birth identity. The body and therefore the soul is not able to pick up cues from a culture and environment it is not racially programmed to.

There are 3 most common manifestations of this sort of serious isolation.

1) Hormonal imbalance

A lack of energy is hormonal imbalance right there. Depression is hormonal imbalance.

We get our cues for hormonal balance from our environment both physical and otherwise. Imagine if we’re cut off, or not getting or cues right. It immediately begins to show as low energy and rapidly lessening motivation and we have to do more and more just to keep functional while our quality of life keeps sliding down.

Our sexual being IS our being so it can become a severe life crisis if we don’t deal with it.

2) Loss of skill

If you find that you cannot do something with the same skill and gusto you once used to do it, it’s a sign that you’ve been affected by serious isolation.

You’ve had such a shock, or such a lack of resources that your system’s bridges and connections are actually disconnected. Your fingers are taking twice as long to react to your brain’s messages.

Read on for help.

3) Rejection

Very often when we simply cannot acclimatize to an environment, we end up rejecting it and then ourselves with it.

Sexual self rejection where the person just gives up on ever finding pleasure and triggers off premature aging processes, is a common result of someone simply not able to put roots into an environment their soul has rejected.

‘Rejection’ is a word some consider bad but most often it takes a strong spirit and a highly developed intellect, and a courageous character to reject one’s environment.

It’s the spirit refusing to become part of something it doesn’t agree with in some core, vital, ways.

Such people end up being the ones who cause consciousness change because they eventually hold their own so steadfastly that others begin to follow their lead.

They are perhaps the most amazing form of mass healing.

But it isn’t easy being them.

In such a situation a person has to develop ways out of the usual, to receive and give energy so they can keep living and finish whatever it is they’re in that environment for.

I have 5 favorite herbs to deal with this serious isolation and which help the other two as well.

1) Cypress

The tall Cypress is an evergreen tree that grows straight up, holds its own nature in isolation. It’s often planted as a wind breaker as it will protect houses near it from strong winds.

An old Italian cypress juts into a stormy sky

How the Cypress manages to grow up so straight is its everyday sensitivity to every little breeze. It is so aware that every time it could relax and grow just a little sideways, it doesn’t. It asserts its own direction and so grows up straight.

For all that fastidiousness, the essential oil of Cypress us one of the most relaxing fragrances known. Apparently holding your own in all things great and small, results in a nature that’s truly truly relaxed.

2) Mugwort or Artisemia

I call it a bridge engineer because of how it helps a nervous system gone splintered with shock or weakness, connect back up.

It’s not just first-aid. Taken over a long period it helps a person develop ways to face antagonizing situations calmly and courageously.

3) Heather – Calluna Vulgaris

Heather helps one remember their own way of being no matter that the time and situation has changed.

It gives you that extra perception of the ‘big picture’ that you need when you’re in an environment you really hate. It helps you identify reasons why you’re there and ways to benefit from your time there.

It helps your body’s basic processes like digestion and respiration normalize from being frenetic sometimes and lethargic at other times.

4) Mistletoe – Viscum Album

Mistletoe is called a parasitic plant because it grows on trees. In fact, it is more of a spirit plant in a way, as so much of its energy is of the barely-physical, subtle kind.

It’s my first line of treatment for any kind of hormonal imbalance because if how it inspires the rise of primal sexual identity in a person, helping the person reaffirm their natural being and balancing hormone production in the body.

There’s a sort of widespread hormonal problem these days, that’s simply hormonal insufficiency. That means the person just doesn’t make enough hormones, and goes through life in a rather lustless way. I meant to type listless, but my phone came up with lustless and I think that’s just right there.

Mistletoe brings up primal sexual identity which is very basic motivation for life and all living.

5) The Ghost Plant, Indian Pipes – Monotropa Uniflora and Datura Stramonium

The stunning beauty called ‘Indian Pipes’ or the ‘Ghost Plant’ grows in many places but is reported most often as growing in Eastern Massachusetts, USA.

Monotropa uniflora, Indian-pipe

This plant doesn’t even grow directly on other plants, it actually gets the few physical nutrients it gets from fungi underground that get some nutrition from tree roots.

This plant is so held in form by vibration field rather than physical structure that it melts like wax when you touch it.

It’s learned to have a presence in this realm without compromising on its own unique nature.

The ghost plant helps those who need their high emotional and spiritual sensitivity to identify signs from the spirit coming through an environment that otherwise doesn’t support them, and make a way to live for as long as they need to in that environment.

A close partner of this plant is Datura Stramonium or Jimsonweed which can be taken in an extremely diluted dose – 1 drop of Datura Stramonium light infusion in water to 100ml of spring water.

I’ve clubbed them together because they work so well together.

While the ghost plant helps you identify ways to connect to your spiritual environment, Stramonium brings out into your awareness, rather dramatically, all the things in you that you hate about yourself, things you developed to survive in the environment you’ve rejected.

Any real healing requires exhuming things buried in the subconscious and this pair of Stramonium and the Ghost Plant do such a beautiful job together.

They’re both available online or at homeopathic stores in diluted forms.

They are life changing.

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Increase Nerve Force with Herbs, Food & Lifestyle Changes

One of the first signs of the process commonly called ‘premature aging’, is simply a decrease in nerve force.

Nerve force, very simply is the energy with which electrical signals go from one nerve cell to another.

When we find ourselves reacting to something slowly and with tiredness it means our nerve force is less.

If we are not able to react to sensory stimulation and enjoy things, our nerve force is less.

It is literally the speed at which the communication between the parts of the body is happening.

When our nerve force is low, the nervous signals feel like they’re going at the speed of postal mail versus email.

While there are many causes of it, from lack of enough sleep to fatigue caused by repetitive stress, to emotional shock caused by loss or grief, the human body is capable of adapting to a situation and maintaining nerve force.

A lot of the time food, drink, even herbs and other holistic treatments are used to artificially increase nerve force through adrenaline shocking the body, stressing the kidneys and surging the nervous system. The body reacts with chronic fatigue as it resists what it considers artificial stimulation as not something in the body’s memory of what’s natural.

For example, one such substance is MSG or mono-sodium glutamate, which is used in nearly all processed foods for its ability to increase nerve force giving a sort of quick but short-lived energy surge making the person eating become suddenly able to taste better. It increases nerve force so the report from the sense organs goes quickly to the brain and the brain says, “Yes, it’s yummy.” If you’ve ever craved eating something processed or that’s not cooked at home, chances are you’re craving MSG. But its list of harmful effects are legendary.

There are other additives to increase nerve force that are used in the processed food industry.

They all backfire sooner or later as the body learns to resist even them. Chronic allergies, histamine intolerance and auto-immune disorders are just some of the ways the body resists the intrusion.

The way to increase nerve force without pissing off the body and triggering off resistance, is to be nice and work with the body and the psyche, in ways considered friendly rather than forcing.

 

Natural Ways to Increase Nerve Force

1) Hormonal and Sensory Recognition

When we come in contact with, or even think of something our system recognizes naturally, instinctively, hormonally, our system responds with an increase of nerve force. This is what makes a child, even as an adult respond to the presence of their biological ancestors, parents and relatives with increased nerve force, making them heal faster, feel better. Even pictures of them, talking about them can help.

In the old days, a common prescription for someone with lessened nerve force was a trip to the sea or the mountains or some place where the person could come in touch with raw nature again. This is what makes nature in general healing; because our system recognizes what’s in nature and reacts with nerve force – quite literally push to live.

It used to be a practice in the days when people died of actual old age at home with their families, for their favorite foods from their childhood to be prepared for them when they got weak towards the end, because that would increase nerve force almost immediately.

If you are low on nerve force, no matter what the cause, bring into your life things comfortably familiar, something you loved and enjoyed in your childhood, something that reminds you of times when you were well. Change your diet to food traditional to your family.

Recently a woman who hemorrhaged every month had a sudden breakthrough when she added butter back into her diet. She’d given butter up for olive oil some years before. After she brought butter back into her diet because she realized she didn’t feel satisfaction from food until it had butter in it, as was traditional to he famil. That month she had her first normal period in twenty years.

We cannot over-think our food or lifestyle. Overall making our choices in life following our emotional and physical instincts (which are the same thing usually) leaves us better-off. There’s no point reaching a good point in life without the nerve force to actually enjoy the experience and build on it.

 

2) Herbs, food and drinks that increase nerve force, unwind, relax and remove blocks in the body.

In the short term, there are things we can eat and drink to help increase nerve force without pushing or forcing the body. I keep my herbal treatments light because I’ve found that there’s absolutely no point causing a fantastic ‘good’ reaction only for the body to slump back in the days after. Even in the short term, never take too much of anything. You do not want to overwhelm the body unless you’re in a severe emergency.

Herbs that comfort are those that increase nerve force in the short term.

They also work to rehabilitate the system, but a sure way to rehabilitation is to take herbs along with adding foods into your diet that remove blocks and areas of coagulated stuff in the body.

I’ll mention five of my favorite foods to do this: Parsley, Rolled Oats, Bananas, Onions and Natural Yeast Bread

Parsley because it’s just emergency nerve energy food. It could keep a dead man alive a little longer.

Oats and Bananas because they’re immediately nourishing nerve nourishing food.

Onions because onions help recover from even severe nerve energy loss.

This bunch of onions inspired this article. I’m a fan.

Have you ever felt such a lack of nerve force that you cannot even cry? Too tired to sleep? Onions will help you cry – not just by stinging your eyes but by helping unclog the body, helping blood move around easier.

You have to try it. Have some onion soup if not anything else. Or just add onions to everything you cook for a week or two and then reduce it.

Natural Yeast is a YUGE energizer of nerve force in the body.

I simply leave a little bit of flour and water covered with a cheese cloth for a day or two on the kitchen counter and it catches yeast right out of the air. You then knead that in with your dough, let it sit for a few hours and make bread out of it. It sounds like a lot of work, but after you’ve done it a few days it becomes very easy and is so worth the effort.

3) Going inwards

A lot of the time, the lack of nerve force is because the spirit of the person is not willing to keep sending energy outwards any more. The logic and why and wherefore of it do not matter. If there’s a lack of nerve force, it’s time to stop attention and energy from flowing out and either simply rest, or turn inwards.

The most successful people are those who are in touch with their spirit right through the noise of life, and know how to interact with the world in keeping with how their spirit wants their energy to be used.

If daily life energy use is NOT something our spirit supports, then we’re losing right there, whether it looks like it or not in the moment. We cannot sustain an effort in our lives that does not have our spirit supporting it.

When our spirit supports us, our body supports us and what we do then leads to success for us one way or another.

So if nerve force is weak, it’s time to go inward, energetically rest, and find out what we really want to do.

Herbs to Strengthen the Heart, Build Emotional Resilience

When you strengthen the heart, you strengthen every part of you and find relief from problems that were not responding before.

To strengthen a weak or tired heart, on every level, herbs can help. They’re living beings like us. They open our sub-conscious tunnels and caves and cupboards, awaken deep things in us and help us see and hear what we need to to find our way.

When the physical heart is weak or unstable, it is a clarion call from our consciousness to repair ourselves from deep deep within.

Borage for disappointment with no silver linings
Cactus for nervous instability, recovery from shock
Damiana for uterine, sexual and reproductive system blocks
Violet for lymphatic sluggishness
Milk Thistle for congestion in the body such as after a large meal
Dandelion for tightness around the diaphragm, solar plexus
Mistletoe for when you’re too cold or too hot
Rose Petals and Rosehips to release blocked up energy

Borage for disappointment with no silver linings

Imagine a flower wilting in harsh dry weather. Do you feel like that emotionally and physically? Do you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do and like you would like to give up the fight? Borage is the plant that will pull the focus of your consciousness down to simpler things, to the center of your body where the complications that confuse our heads don’t matter that much, and where what we need to do in the moment is clear. This clarity is relaxing and strengthening for the heart.

Physically the heart rate normalizes and the production of stress hormones in the blood begins to reduce.

When you have Borage, after about thirty minutes, flush your system with water, to get the stress hormones out.

 

Cactus for nervous instability, recovery from shock

Do you feel like you’re standing on the roof of a shaking building? Or like you’re being pulled and jerked about in different directions? Like one part of you is in one place and another in quite the opposite direction? Like your heart is being torn wanting opposite things at the same time and with equal desperation?

Desperation is the keyword here. We feel emotional desperation when we are torn in different directions and cannot seem to find harmony.

A physical heart in the throes of such feeling has an unstable heart rate, flutterings, fibrillation and does not pass the blood through the chambers smoothly. Overall, the heart is weaker as a result and the entire body suffers the effects of this instability.

Cactus helps us find emotional and physical energetic balance. As a result, the heart is able to gather its energy up rather than have it splayed and splashed in different directions. This heals the physical heart,calms the nervous system and therefore the entire body.

It relieves the troubled emotions by consolidating them so we can face what it is that is really troubling us instead of being distracted by a million little things that would resolve on their own if we would just look at what really is the matter.

Damiana for uterine, sexual and reproductive system blocks

Do you feel like you cannot feel the sweetness of life anymore? Like you cannot even feel your own self anymore?

When a person rejects their own sexual being sub-consciously, the reproductive organs go static, something like playing statue in front while struggling to keep functioning at the back because it’s necessary to keep living.

Now, our sexual being is our primal being. And believe it or not, our heart is the center of our sexual energy.

When the organs of the reproductive system go energy static or tense, the heart feels it immediately and reacts by going into a sort of freeze, waiting for the situation to resolve. Blood circulation slows, hormonal release reduces to a trickle, slowly, life itself comes to a freeze.

An obvious symptom of this condition is not feeling turned on sexually or otherwise as much as usual, as much as you need to feel fully alive.

If you feel frozen, numb, static, stuck, Damiana will help relax the organs of the reproductive system which hold and express our primal being, and this in return releases the heart’s static, allowing it to beat fully and get blood moving around the system.

Several acute cases of circulation inefficiency have been relieved by Damiana where the usual circulation support herbs failed to make much of a difference.

On a physical level, if the heart does not beat FULLY, seems like it stops or is constricted and the chest in general feels constricted, Damiana is the herb.

Violet for lymphatic sluggishness

Do you feel like there are blank spaces in you that noting gets through? Like you keep hitting a wall and all the momentum you had is suddenly gone and you don’t know why?

When we have ‘numb’ zones in our consciousness, it manifests in areas of our body’s lymphatic system becoming sluggish. Our lymphatic system is simply the places between our bodies, the drainage areas. Sluggishness here makes the whole body feel weighed down, slow, heavy, inflexible, numb.

On an emotional level we feel like we have too much baggage and not enough strength to really let go or what we know deep down, we have to let go of, to be free and light enough to move on.

Heaviness, is the key word here. Too heavy? Get Violet to help.

The physical heart feels strengthened by the Violet’s ability to make the consciousness rest. This sort of rest means, the relaxation of all that which is holding in what should be let go of. Tiny little nerve endings relax. The whole body on a deep deep level feels able to let go.

Everything feels a lot easier. Movement itself becomes easier.

When you take Violet, you will feel like moving more than usual. It doesn’t have to be about exercise. You have things to do, and you will feel like doing them. You might even feel frenetic. Just do whatever you feel like doing from your heart.

Fenugreek seed tea, Quis Qualis Indica and other herbs for lymphatic cleansing will help clear out what’s now ready to be cleared out.

Milk Thistle for congestion in the body such as after a large meal

Do you feel morose and morbid? And pessimistic and dark? And cynical and pissed off about everything? Milk Thistle will comfort you.

When a person’s most simplest desires, like the simple primal desire of a baby for his or her mother’s milk, has been denied and this pattern plays out again and again in life, the person often becomes the perpetrator of this disappointment, denying themselves their primal and little desires, finding logic and rationality to deny themselves pleasure.

This makes the body confused in its management of fat, oils and other substances which nourish us. The body begins to throw out what we need, keep what we don’t need and then when the mess has gone beyond the scope of a one day clean up job, the garbage just tends to start piling up all over wherever.

Milk Thistle’s message on an emotional and on a physical level is “I can be happy and satisfied again, like I was at my mother’s breast.”

Physically, instead of rejecting nutrition or not knowing what to do with it, the body begins to work with it. That which was stored up out of confusion is now slowly thrown out.

No, it is not a quick process, but it works.

The heart that physically was strained, pushing and pushing and then lapsing into fatigue, the condition called ‘cardio myopathy’ is relieved by the change brought about by Milk Thistle – or Silybum Mariana or Carduus Mariana.

Emotionally we stop being a struggler, straining for love, and begin instead to allow ourselves to experience the simple pleasures of life. This changes everything.

Dandelion for tightness around the diaphragm, solar plexus

Do you feel like the world’s problems are your problems? Do you feel the weight of responsibility beyond your capacity to carry? Do you feel alone in carrying your burden?

Dandelion is the herb to help.

When you feel burdened, it’s most often because you feel like you have lost some form of support or strength you counted on, without which you feel lost and bereft.

Loss is the keyword here. A deep sense of loss, perhaps from long ago, maybe even from early childhood, makes the consciousness and the body feel like a loser. The perception that we don’t have the support we need to make it through life pervades, making the body under function.

Little puppies separated from their mothers, the young student in a new city, the newly weds who find themselves no longer as much part of their old family or community, anyone who feels isolated from support, could use Dandelion’s help.

Dandelion looks up to the sky, and believes in God. “Someone made me. The force which made me, will sustain me.”

It’s that simple.

The physical heart which was struggling to function, it’s beat becoming more and more feeble, then making a bid for normalcy before sinking again, now begins to beat calmly and without the struggle.

Mistletoe for when you’re too cold or too hot

Do you feel uncomfortable, like the sheets are too warm close to you, but too cold on the other side? Like the grass is greener on the other side, but you know if you go over there, you’ll only want to come back here?

This weird feeling of wanting something, a LOT, but not enough to making you actually go towards it, is helped by Mistletoe.

A consciousness that is in a state of self denial because of having a split opinion or because of desiring what seems like two opposite things, and therefore being unable to move in either direction, is usually in that situation because of unresolved emotional pain.

Unresolved pain messes with our perception on many levels making us unable to look at what we really want in life. To compensate for this lack of emotional perception, we develop a personality and a life based on logic, on the advice of others, on books that tell us what to do, when to do it, how to do it.

A most simple form of healing is to let go of all the learning in the head, and do what we feel like doing.

Releasing rigid mental control and assessment of our life energy, of our lives, allows the body and the consciousness to find its own balance and resolve old emotional pain.

Mistletoe lives like that… simply. “I’m here, you’re here, hello.

The physical heart, which is also the center of the hormonal system, stops going into frenzies and panic followed by the general debility and slump that comes after being so worked up. Adrenal exhaustion lessens and the body slowly becomes stable and functional again.

Rose Petals and Rosehips to release blocked up energy

Suppressed anger, repressed rage, but unable to come out to the surface. “How can I ever be angry enough?” is the feeling here, “I might as well seethe or simmer or just forget about it for now. What can I do about it anyway?”

We are taught in so many ways through life, that the ‘use’ of an emotion is to make some action happen. If you fall in love, you must kiss, you must have sex. If you like drawing, you must become an artist. If you like dancing, you must go to dance lessons. If you like cooking, you should open a restaurant.

It’s good to use our talents, but this attitude when taken too far, makes a person begin to feel impotent and incapacitated over time. Like the limbs are tied up.

Good things become a pain.. who wants to hear the whole ‘you draw so well, you should develop this talent’ rhetoric all over again even if it’s only in your own head?

The Rose is about feeling what we’re feeling without stopping it because we cannot see where it’s going. It’s about freedom to feel, without judgment. This is the basis of courage and bravery.

The warrior is not the one who yells on the battlefield and charges at the energy. He is the one who allows his feelings, his love, his anger, his desire, to shape his life and his destiny. Before the battle, he knows he has won, because his feelings have brought him to this moment, because he walked the path his every day feelings led him on, and just how he wakes and sleeps moved by those feelings, so he will know how to fight the battle.

The heart is FED by feelings. A physical heart that is weak and insufficient, tired and hopeless, jaded, and which turns away from sunshine and hope, benefits from the fearless Rose – whether the petals or the fruit.

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There is another aspect to strengthening the heart, resolving identity crises. Hawthorn, Oleander, Nettle are some of the herbs which help, but there is so much to say there, so we will talk about how they work another time.