Frailty and Fragility Support – Butterfly Bush – Buddleja

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This beautiful flower’s fragrance is most stunning in the night. It’s spicy and sweet and refreshing.

When a flower sends out its fragrance at night, you know that it helps in the regenerative functions of the brain and nervous system. That means it helps repair damage to the brain and nerves that we go through during the day, helps recovery from stress.

This flower does send its fragrance out in the day as well but it is most concentrated in the late evenings and night.

The tea made from its leaves and flowers is a wonderful calming relaxing cuppa without any of the extra tartness or extra heaviness that can be irritating in other herbs. It is just right.

The tincture is absorbed into the body without any sudden drastic reactions, almost like the gut accepts baby food.

This is my remedy of choice, for the hyper-sensitive, for the fragile, for those in need of the gentlest help in the most sensitive of nerve endings. For babies, for those recovering from surgery, for the frail aged, for new mothers.

It works as a painkiller and mild sedative in nerve ending pain.

Wherever in the body there is frailty and fragility that’s the cause of a problem – whether in the nerve endings or the inner linings of the blood vessels or organs, or intestines (think Crohn’s and IBS!) this is the angel sent by God to help uphold and strengthen the weakest littlest parts of us.

Emotionally or physically our system is one and frailty and fragility are part of everyone’s life experience at some time or the other.

This is the frailty and fragility and hyper-sensitivity expert.

I use it along with or instead of Cypripedium or Lady’s Slipper depending on the particular needs of the person.

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This plant has a lot in common with Lantana in its ability to support the liver in recovery from vibrational damage.

What is vibrational damage? Damage caused by radiation, EMF and so on are examples of vibrational damage.

While the whole body is affected by vibrational damage, the liver bears a lot of the brunt for a long time after because it has the extra work of processing out all those cell waste products that got stopped from being processed out during the vibrational assault, as the body redirected its energy to maintain itself instead of doing housekeeping tasks.

Too much vibrational damage clogs up the liver with so much extra work and stress because of it.

Taking powerful detoxifying herbs can help sometimes, but when your liver is tired, those can tire it out even more. Liver supportive herbs like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Chicory, and especially this one – Buddleja or Butterfly Bush can help regenerate those tired and frail parts of the liver and help things come back to normal.

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Buddleia Asiatica – Yellow Flowered Buddleja growing in a water stressed area

This is a grounding herb whose benefits for the voice I discovered quite by accident. Sometimes stress, sleep deprivation and the like can cause the nerve endings in the throat to go out of whack.

I always know the state of my throat because several times a day I have to call out my son’s name. He’s an “explorer” you see. Someone has to keep an eye when child explorers roam free inside a house. So all the time, I hear myself calling out his name and it’s a good indication of the state of my throat as the same name comes out in different pitches and different volumes and different tones through the day.

On a day when my voice was especially stressed, I was at the park with him, when I found myself standing a huge Buddleja bush feeling incredible pain relief in my throat just enveloped in its beautiful scent.

I came home and had some of the tea and found my voice changed almost instantly after that, sounding and feeling so much better.

I mention this here because there are mighty few herbs that will make such drastic difference to a VOICE that quickly. It’s about the little nerve endings that few other herbs ever manage to get to.  (If you’re interested in rehabilitation of the voice, you might want to check out my much appreciated article –How to Heal the Voice. )

All flowers help energy recovery but Buddleja deserves a very special mention. There’s a sort of energy draining, often sexual energy draining, that comes from nerve ending strain that causes constant energy leaking. Well energy doesn’t leak like water, but it can dissipate and that shows in the body with the bladder leaking (incontinence), the blood vessels like the veins leak, skin cappilaries breaking easily (rashes, redness, bruising).

We’re talking fragility again.

All kinds of leaking – urinary, sexual, blood, vital energy, emotional leaking – Buddleja can help by strengthening nerve endings.

I often use it in combination with Saw Palmetto, Gelsemium, Tribulus Terristris, Yarrow, to stop leaking and support capillary repair and strength.

Because it’s such an expert in fine nerve repair, we’re talking highly specialized Elf darner of frayed delicate nerve endings here, it’s been used for vision support, to heal nerve endings in the eyes. I use it with Celandine and Scullcap for a most amazing healing nerve regenerative effect in the eyes.

You get the picture by now. Frail – fragile nerve endings – Buddleja.

It’s amazing how much the energy processes of our bodies depend on fine nerve endings and how caring for them can boost our overall vital energy retention and quality of life.

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Butterfly Bush or Buddleia Flowers Under the Moon – A very very beautiful fragrance

Traumatized Dream States and Sleep Trauma – Recovery with Herbs

When we’re sleeping, we’re vulnerable in many ways but protected too in many ways.

How we’re vulnerable, is because our conscious mind which remembers the boundaries we’ve set for our lives is then resting, so experiences we would not allow ourselves to have while “awake” get through and a lot of them are nasty.

How we’re protected is, while our conscious mind is resting, the deception and delusion about reality we hold while awake is put aside for the moment, and our subconscious mind which is vastly wiser than our conscious mind could ever be, being the repository of inherited racial and genetic memory, can deal with problems the conscious mind cannot.

Sometimes however this is not that pleasant in the moment, or pleasant to the conscious mind.

A classic example of this is sexual dreams that the person with their conscious mind does not want to entertain.

Now, many times the ’causes’ of disturbing dreams are external to the person. There are cases of direct dream invasion where dreams are telecast to a person, the topics of which have very little to do with their own personality or life or interests. Some people groups are especially targeted and there have been various reports in the past few centuries of dream invasions done as part of psychological experiments and the like.

However, all said and done, between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, it is the subconscious mind that is the higher intellect and which is capable of dealing with any experience the person is having.

A big part of sleep trauma or dream state trauma is the conscious mind resisting the subconscious mind.

One example of this is when the subconscious mind behaves “like someone” the conscious mind does not believe itself to be. Our sense of identity is therefore threatened and the ensuing conflict results in trauma that lingers after we have woken up.

My Granddad used to say, “Every crisis is an identity crisis.”

That applies to dream state trauma a lot.

Just as life constantly engages us, giving us choices, provoking the assertion of our identity, so in the dream state.

However in the dream state, we might find ourselves trying something we might never in waking life, because in the waking state we might be scared or have constraints.

In the dream state, things can be so much more vivid as our child brain perceives a situation in ways our conscious mind has numbed out.

No matter what the causes of disturbing dreams they are always an opportunity to see the truth about something our spirit wants to see. The best about it is to surrender to our subconscious brain and let it deal with whatever the situation without having a constant internal mental dialogue.

Therefore, that brings us to herbs that help
1) support the conscious brain in resting;
2) repair brain damage caused by repeat sleep trauma over the years and
3) dissolve resistance to the subconscious brain help a huge deal

First, the herbs that support the conscious brain in resting.
They are Scullcap, Spikenard, Cannabis Indica, Passionflower (Note – it is cooling to the body, can lower blood pressure and should not be used in high doses ie. more than one drop of tincture per cup of water, if the person has a tendency to sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, and incontinence or bed-wetting.)

Second, the herbs that repair brain damage caused by sleep trauma are Rauvolfia Serpentina or Snakeroot, Colchicum Autumnale, Shankhpushpi, Gingko and Digitalis (yes Foxglove, the one commonly used for Heart problems).
There is more information on the following page: Herbs to flush out Brain Toxins that result from long term sleep deprivation

Third, the herbs that dissolve the resistance of the subconscious brain.
Now all of nature dissolves the resistance of the subconscious brain, but some herbs and flowers do it so very powerfully in situations where the resistance is substantial enough to be causing problems.
They are Datura, Hyoscyamus, Cannabis Sativa, Lily – All lilies do this in different ways – Tiger Lily, Calla Lily, Lily of the Valley; Larkspur or Staphsagriya, Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpet, Mugwort or Artimisia Vulgaris, Artimisia Absinthium or Wormwood (from which the infamous drink called Absinthe was made), Myrtle or Myrtus Communis and wow oh wow Artimisia Abrotanum or Southernwood.

These have to be taken in very very small doses (except Cannabis Sativa which requires a lot more than a drop of tincture, and has to be in oil). Otherwise, one drop of the tincture to a cup of water is AS MUCH as you could possibly need. I prefer even tinier doses than that.

I have bottles of these into which I put a drop of tea of just a very little of the herb years and years ago. I fill those bottles up with fresh Colloidal Silver water every time they get near finishing up. And wow do they work. The smaller the dose the better, because what we really need of these herbs is their subtle energy pattern, more than their physical manifestation – which can be poisonous.

Most of these herbs cause the body temperature to go up so those who feel cold a lot will find it amazing. They also work as a painkiller when the pain is caused by taut nerves OR weak nerves or the lack of nerve force. You’d be amazed what a big part of pain, weak nerves or the lack of nerve force is.

Now a big part of hormonal imbalance and all the conditions that arise from hormonal imbalance, like depression, sexual energy blow-outs, and even auto-immune conditions are all helped massively by dissolving the resistance to the sub-conscious brain.

See a lot of our body’s processes are managed by our subconscious brain and all these go awry if there’s a conflict between the conscious and subconscious.

AND a lot of the intelligence of the brain required to solve problems comes from the subconscious brain with its repository of inherited wisdom so you’ll find that problems you simply couldn’t solve before, you’ll be able to once you allow the subconscious brain to get through easily.

This is a deep topic and one I intend to write about in more detail, so if you aren’t already subscribed to my newsletter or getting email updates from my blog, please look in the sidebar of this page and make sure you’re subscribed so you get to know when I post more on the topic.

Now here is a beautiful picture of Myrtle Berries – Myrtus Communis.

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Our Lord’s Wood, Maid’s Ruin – Southernwood or Artimisia Abrotanum

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A major cause of nerve pain, neuropathy and some of the weirdest problems like damaged hearing, sudden temporary blindness, and various other sensory organ malfunction that do not seem to respond to the usual herbs that support brain function, can be helped by this wonder herb.

Southernwood, or Southern Wormwood or Artimisia Abrotanum, relieves the static electricity that keeps nerve endings clinging or resisting contact with the other nerve endings because of being in a state of suspended animation.

HOW it does this I do not know. But that it does it, I do know.

I’m writing this article because of this amazing ability of this herb that for me sets it apart from the other Artimisia plants – which are nothing but sheer magic. For example Artimisia Vulgaris or Mugwort is such a powerful nervine. World over there are people who take it to help with remembering dreams, recover from nervous draining, get strength to face an ordeal.

Artimisia Absinthium or Wormwood, from which the very popular but infamous drink absinthe is made, is a powerful medicine in its own right. I haven’t tried it myself – the drink ie. but I have made tincture out of the plant and found it having so many benefits that it is now permanently on my kitchen counter top. You know I cannot have ALL my herbs there, only a few of the ones I use all the time. My wormwood tincture in Apple Cider Vinegar is what I have a swig of at the first sign of any problem that I’m too busy in the moment to go find the exact remedy for just then.

That’s because you don’t always need a particular herb for a particular problem. All you need is a little support to get the body’s own self healing intelligence into action.

See, the subconscious brain – that I have found isn’t just located IN the brain but all over the body in the energy field, it has all the information we inherited from our ancestors, and wisdom beyond that which our conscious brain can carry or remember.

I don’t believe it’s quite possible for someone to have in their conscious brain ALL the information they could need in their life. So God made the subconscious brain. Not only do we have our own repository of inherited wisdom in us, we also have connections from their to all our soul group and the spirit of life of the entire universe.

If you think I’m spewing nonsense, you’re quite wrong. The ability of the subconscious brain to tap into what is called ‘scientifically’ ‘the universal brain’ has been well documented and only those who haven’t managed to get a glimpse of that, dismiss it.

However, you ask someone who survived something the doctors said they would not survive,  you ask someone who was disabled or disadvantaged and overcame that; who had to think outside the box to find solutions, and they’ll tell you:

Hell yeah, there is something beyond the conscious mind that I tapped into. Call it what you like.

For me, in my life, I have had to DEPEND on my subconscious brain as in the usual way of things I never had a chance.

I can tell you straight off, while there are methods like prayer and meditation to bring one in contact with their higher intelligence, herbs ARE angels, and you don’t have to sit in one position with your eyes closed to be helped by them.

There are several herbs that help the conscious brain connect up with the subconscious brain. Datura is one of my favorites as are Larkspur, Brugmansia, all the Lilies, Myrtle and Cannabis Sativa.

Each one deserves an article on it’s own but this one’s about one of my super super favorites right now, Artimisia Abrotanum or Southernwood. Not a very romantic name I know. You’d think they’d have found a romantic name for this pretty herb. But check out the names they have for it.

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Being as perceptive and attuned to the universe as I am, especially after about 48 hours on the tincture of “Our Lord’s Wood, Maid’s Ruin” every 3 hours, I can confirm one more time that if ever a herb  relaxed the nerve endings in the body so they began to pass messages properly, and if ever a herb removed the static energy and ‘cloudiness’ that makes one unable to face their subconscious being, it’s this one.

Let me give you an historical example of how this angel works.

There was this guy from somewhere in the USA back in the day when most normal people crossed the pond in a boat. He was Irish and American and knew very little of other languages. Back then the US did not have the Spanish speaking population it has today and people couldn’t just go a place in their neighborhood and attend classes and learn a language of their choice.

So this man who had been speaking nothing but English all his life, found himself on a ship at a little port in Spain. No one thought there’d be call for him to do anything but enjoy the sights (and there were SIGHTS to be seen back then you know) and have some fun and get back on the ship.

But there was a problem, a big problem with the ship and it so happened that it fell upon our hero to go ashore immediately with two other ‘helps’ who both did not know anything but English, and purchase rope – the kind they used in ships, which is not available all that easily.

So there he was in this port, not knowing a word of Spanish and they had to go find rope – a specific kind of rope. It was seven in the evening and no one in the port was in the mood for work and very few were even sober.

At 8, they managed to find a half open half closed market. They had nothing but hell asking for directions to a place selling ropes. They had to do dumb charade stuff, imitating ropes, tying imaginary knots with their hands, pretending to be climbing up the sides of a ship with a rope and so on.

A small crowd gathered, who thought they were being funny to entertain them and began dropping coins into a little heap nearby.

And then, someone from a shop nearby came out and gave them a drink. He pointed to a shrub growing at the entrance of his shop to indicate the wine had been made from that plant. This plant was traditionally planted at entrances because of the fragrance it releases and its beautiful energy. They knew it as ‘Lad’s Love’. The Irish do recognize a plant that’ll make good liquor even if they don’t ever think about plants at any other time.

Feeling totally helpless, our hero and his sidekicks had the drink which was bitter as hell, which men seem to love.

A few minutes later, our hero had a moment of sublime revelation. He saw Mother Mary (remember he was Irish and Mother Mary always appears to drunk Irishmen, because she is who is with us in our time of need), AND Mother Mary chills out in Spain a lot, and he saw Mother Mary standing at the bell tower of the church that was about twenty meters up from them overlooking the little market.

Led by his vision, our hero managed to clamber up the slight incline to the church. he was cheered and followed by the crowd who thought something even funnier than the previous performance was going to ensue. (God, the days before cable tv.)

There he followed his vision to exactly where Mother Mary was standing and lo and behold he was in the bell tower, and lo and behold, what was hanging in front of him was a large thick rope, exactly what he and his side-kicks were looking for at that late hour so desperately.

He then managed to do more of the dumb charades thing, now using the rope for reference, and one thing led to another and the Spaniards figured out he wanted rope for his ship.

Now I’m not saying Mother Mary will appear to you if you get drunk on tincture or wine of “Our Lord’s Wood, Maid’s Ruin” but that it will open your perception and help you find a way in the maze of your life, at least show you the next stop. I think that can be expected without even being optimistic.

You have no idea (or maybe you do) of the sort of relief you can get from tension in the nerve endings – suddenly you can perceive so very much more.

You have to try it to believe it.

The next time you’re facing a rock wall and can’t seem to figure a way out, try a drop of tincture of Artimisia Abrotanum. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

Thevetia Peruviana – Yellow Oleander

Some beautiful pictures of Yellow Oleander from when they were flowering on the 5th of November 2019.

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Thevetia Peruviana or Yellow Oleander has reported by the fake media as terribly poisonous. Of course as some wise man said, “The difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose.”

I have found the oleander family to be incredibly powerful as a nervous frequency balancing agent in the worst kinds of situations, one of which is drug poisoning of the central nervous system.

People treat poisoning as a physical problem – something to do with the gut. That’s there too, but it’s the after effects on the nervous system that do the most damage as far as I’ve seen and there’s very little done to address that.

A drop of oleander tincture taken every few hours and then continued twice a day for several weeks will help recovery like few other things can.

It’s about getting back into life again.

This one’s called Thevetia Peruviana and has been known to make cancerous cells kill themselves while not affecting whole cells.

Yes, it’s good for all the things it reminds you of.

 

 

The fruit goes straight from green to black, which means black is when it’s ripe. I’ve heard of all sorts of horror stories where people commit suicide eating just ONE seed of Yellow Oleander. I cannot be sure of those as I’ve never come across anyone taking this route to suicide.

What I do know is that most normal animals don’t take a shine to chomping on these fruit naturally. They don’t draw you in like apples or strawberries. However, if you do need a purging of the system, one way or another, a tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny bit would do nothing but good, as several dogs and cats have demonstrated.

So very very very beautiful.

I love the transparency of purpose this flower reminds me of.

Simple is best.

More about Thevetia Peruviana or Yellow Oleander in Herbal Medicine for Holistic Healing

 

 

 

Can you Regenerate Atrophied Areas of the Body with Herbs?

This week I was asked a question:

Is there something that can be done to recover an atrophied optic nerve? Can herbs help?

My answer can be applied to all atrophy in the body.

Have I actually seen this work? Yes I have.

There was a woman who had atrophy in various parts of the body after a severe stroke. I have personally seen the power of herbs combined with exercises that increase blood circulation to the area. I have also seen atrophy caused by malnutrition in the developing years, reversed. I have also seen atrophy caused by sitting at a desk job for 40 years, reversed.

I have also seen again and again that while doing so results in some benefits, it is ultimately the overall health and vitality levels of the body that decide what happens. A healthy body will heal and recover its atrophied parts on its own.

It’s part of life – that some parts of us atrophy for a while, and then we need that part again and the body gets it working again.

So in order of importance here are the three things one can do to recover an atrophied part of the body. 

1) Drastically increase overall energy and health.

The body will start to give energy to doing things like regenerating atrophied areas only after all basic needs of the body are met. For example, if a person has chronic indigestion, or keeps catching lung infections, the energy will go there and not be available for things like regenerating atrophied areas.
This can be done with herbs about half way, but the rest requires changes to lifestyle so that the person feels the will to live, to enjoy life, to be excited about waking up every day, to do what he enjoys doing.
The herbs that help increase overall vitality are Rosehips, Pomegranate, Maritime Pine Bark, and so many others – you can take your pick of them, these are just my favorites.

2) Increase blood circulation to the area.

One cause of the atrophy is decreased or unstable blood circulation to the area.
Again herbs can help but only half way. For the rest,
– Exercises where you rub your hands together and put them on the eyes (or wherever the atrophied area is) to warm the area, increases circulation.
– Exercises which send blood to the head (or the area in question) – for example – a simple one – You lie down on the bed and lean your upper body down off the side of the bed sending the blood down to the head.
– Breathing exercises  which normalize blood circulation around the body, are highly underrated.
– Massaging the area – especially with oils infused with St. John’s Wort, Cannabis Sativa, Datura and other herbs that boost circulation and supply nutrients locally
The herbs which help circulation are again many, but I would choose Mistletoe and Gingko because they balance circulation more than simply boost it.

3) Support regeneration of brain and nerve cells

This is important no matter where your atrophied area is because it’s the nervous system that manages any repair or regeneration in the body. Support the one doing the work and you support the work itself.
There are botanicals like Scullcap, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Mugwort, St. John’s Wort, Sage, Parsley, Comfrey which have all the nutrition required to make nerve cells have energy and supplies to grow and reproduce again.
If the atrophied area is a muscle, foods with folic acid (sprouts!) and all that help muscle and tissue regeneration – Comfrey, Millet, Flaxseed, Saw Palmetto will help.

I couldn’t complete this article without at least one picture, so here’s one of this beautiful wild pink grass called Melinis Repens, with a little Pampas grass in the middle.

 

Herbs to relax Heart Muscle Tension and release PTSD patterns

When we go through traumatic episodes one too many times, we learn to hold some parts of us tight, sometimes so tight that those parts of us, let’s say an area of the heart muscle for example, that the place becomes hard, taut, and even develops scar tissue or adhesions over the years.

These are notoriously hard to discover by xray or other methods because they aren’t so easy to see. But they are felt indeed and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Very often, it is years before we notice exactly where we’ve got a hard part of an organ wall. By then the nerves and muscles in the area have fallen into the habit of being tense and staying taut, compromising blood circulation, causing that organ to be sluggish or hyperactive and/or malfunction.

Relaxing the internal organs is not as easily achieved as say – relaxing your shoulders – simply because the nervous impulses that manage these organs, are not so much controlled by the voluntary nervous system as they are by the involuntary, by the limbic system, ie., by those parts of us that are not as quick wired to our intention as our fingers or our legs.

For example, we can’t relax the heart muscle by making it go limp as we can do with our hand.

The heart needs for those things which keep it tense, to stop being there, and then it will relax. The same goes for the uterus, the liver, the kidneys, the spleen, the brain too, all the glands.

For a long term cramp, taut area, scar wall of an organ to be healed, the atmosphere of the body will have to change. What’s causing the tension will have to go and stay gone.

The HABIT of holding the tension in that area will to go.

Now, there are three major muscle tension trigger areas in the body and these work as relaxers as well. Modern science does not acknowledge them but every human instinctively knows them, because they are so closely connected to our survival and well-being on a soul level.

The tongue, the sexual organs and the heart or chest or breast region.

What the palms are to the brain, the way they and the face reflect the brain, so the tongue, the sexual organs and the breasts or chest area reflect the condition of the functional internal organs of the body.

If you went to a neurologist, a brain doctor, they could tell just by looking at your face – where it droops, how it aligns and so on, a lot about the state of the brain. Recording nerve impulse in the fingers is a famous lie detection method because of how quickly what’s happening in the brain shows up in the fingers, twitching them, moving them.

In the same way, our internal organ function, the ‘working’ of our body, our ‘life’ function – that which keeps us living, can be seen from the tongue and nose (imagine them as one instead of two separate things), the sexual organs and the heart area and can be healed from there too.

The internal organs that are in trauma can be relaxed and healed by massaging these areas consistently with relaxing essential oils.

For example – Cypress, Rose, Spikenard are famous relaxers but whichever smells relax you, whichever is the fragrance that makes you go “aaahhhhh” that’s the one you need.

Believe it or not, for those with severe heart pain, the smell of a chemical called ‘Ammonium Nitrate’ that wouldn’t be called ‘pleasant’ in any sense of the word, gives almost instant relief.

Some like the smell of lanolin or sheep skin oil, some petrol, some diesel and other smells others would consider repelling.

However, when the trauma is a long term matter, things go the other way around, and these areas can be healed and relaxed only when the organs inside relax.

In these situations herbs taken internally can make the biggest fastest difference.

We’re talking long term tension, we’re talking about cells grown tight against each other like soldiers in a battle formation, the aim being to prevent the enemy from getting past.

We’re actually talking about a sort of internal civil resistance.

Let me give you a simple example.

A person exposed to repeated betrayal by those close to them, develops a heart cramp – that mostly imperceptible reaction we have to emotional shock and pain, that over time results in the back of the heart muscle wall, hardening.

This person experiences in their life an emotional condition where they can be friendly and loving but there’s a point at which they switch off and cannot go further into intimacy with someone because there’s a wall there.

Quite literally, their heart muscle isn’t able to expand fully.

This results in various manifestations in their sexual activity, where they cannot have an orgasm ‘smoothly’ or ‘normally’ but need violent sensory pushing to break through the resistance. This naturally isn’t compatible with their real emotion and therefore they are in a state of split. They cannot hold the emotional thread from interaction to intimacy and to orgasm. It breaks off at the wall. If they are to have an orgasm at all now, they’ll have to break the wall with shock, terror, violence.

This is a common situation for those with PTSD of any sort, for some worse than others.

Becoming aware of the wall and consciously allowing love to get through is not as easy as it sounds, yet every day all over the world it happens.

Love heals everything, conquers everything.

On this journey however, there are some very very special herbs that can help. Nature has made these herbs in a beautiful state of consciousness that is immune and resistant to pain and trauma patterns.

There are two ways of relieving internal emotional and energetic pain and tension:

1) Experience out the pain.
2) Be in a state of consciousness that’s above the pain barrier

To experience out the pain, plants that are in the consciousness of triumph over pain, ie., “Yes this is hell, but damn I’m beautiful”, they help. They help us feel the pain without fear.

Typically these grow as ground cover where they could be trampled on by anyone, and yet they grow fearlessly and bloom flamboyantly.

The courage is stunning, simply simply stunning. North American has whole forests of this show of spirit warriors.
Arnica Montana, Golden Seal, Bloodroot or Sanguinaria Canadensis.

From the old world, there are the herbs that grow in the drains, in dirty water and swamps – which give a damn for their surroundings and bloom in fragrant triumph of spirit, their beauty shining out unrestricted. The beautiful lotus for example.

These spirit warriors when taken into the body change the behavior of the body from, “Oh no I’m dying,” to “I’ll be who I am no matter what,” and that gets the crap out and supports the flowering and manifestation of well-being, who we are, on every level in our bodies and our lives.

The Cactus family are warriors too. They grow in the driest most difficult places for a plant which depends on water to grow in, and they produce such exuberant wonderful blooms – stunning, simply stunning.

All these spirit warriors are traditional medicines for relieving pain directly – like Arnica Montana or indirectly through powerful killing off infection – like Golden Seal – Hydrastis Canadensis a powerful anti-cancer agent, and Bloodroot – such a powerful anti-cancer anti-tumor agent, they’ve banned ‘Black Salve which has Bloodroot in some countries like Australia because of the competition it gave the pharma and medical industry thriving on skin cancers.

Bloodroot –  Sanguinaria Canadensis

The Lotus grows in the dirtiest drains and swamps of the old world, refusing to let anything, anything disturb its sense of personal purpose, it’s own experience of beauty. While it has its nutritional benefits, its effect on an emotional and spiritual is something to be experienced.

The Rose, dares to bloom with weapons in her hands on all sides – the famous thorns. Nutritionally the fruit of the Rose is a most potent source of Vitamin C of fighting power. But its consciousness of spirit warriorhood is a whole other level.

The Cactus (Grandiflora) is a famous healer of heart problems and it isn’t quite possible to die of a heart attack while it is at hand.

It gives a damn for how ‘appropriate’ or sensible it is for tender beautiful petals to unfurl under the desert sun.

These are just some of the spirit warrior plants. When you go out on your walk next, keep your eyes open for spirit warriors facing the odds and overcoming the impossible around you – growing on almost nothing, growing out of the smallest cracks, achieving impossible feats while the world goes right by, experiencing the glory of the spirit despite everything.

And then there are:

2) Plants with the consciousness that’s above the fight.

Moutain Bauhinia, Spikenard, Pomegranate, Mountain Rhododendron, Mate (Mah-Tay – Ilex Paragueyensis)

These thrive at high altitudes where there’s no one but God looking at them, though they will grow in the plains as well. It makes no difference to them.

Spirit warriors rooted, drenched, soaked, emanating purpose, their vision filled with what is eternal, what is right, what is their own spirit purpose.

On a physical level these are famous old and ancient healers, perhaps the ultimate healers. On a holistic level they resolve all those issues that arise from confusion of purpose or the hard walls built up by resistance to one’s own spirit purpose.

For example, if someone loves to dance, but they’re stopped from dancing, and they internalize that and they themselves stop themselves from dancing. That self-resistance.

Just like those who won’t let themselves love fully because they’ve grown too hurt and betrayed, have that internal wall that manifests into actual organ wall hardness and cramps. That’s a sort of self resistance too.

These ethereal healers help a person come out of self-resistance zone, and fearlessly manifest their life purpose.

They relieve that feeling of futility that comes with being cut off from one’s spirit purpose.

Mountain Bauhinia or Bauhinia Variegata is a complete Pituitary restorative tonic. This means for any sort of long term hormonal imbalance where there’s pain, tightness, trauma in the reproductive organs or function, it will heal.

Spikenard – It makes blocked energy flow out from the center of the body. Do you need to know more? Here’s a whole article about it.

Pomegranate –  The fruit is famous – but the leaves and flowers. Maybe I’m biased. My ancestors depended on Pomegranate for medicine like people depend on salt for taste in food. Every medicine in the house had some form of pomegranate it. I tend to put it into everything too.
The leaves are calming and sedative and grow baby bones. The flowers have the consciousness effect I talk about in this article. The fruits- well I’ll leave that to the internet to describe.

Mountain Rhododendron

Up at 14,000 feet I saw them not giving a damn for limitations or boundaries. A blood builder in the worst of times. Any sort of anemia – especially the sort that’s often rooted in not believing life’s worth anything anymore, will be healed by Rhododendron or Azalea.

You have any sort of bullshit in your head about how ‘valid’ your existence is, Mountain Rhododendron will set you right.

Mate (Mah-Tay) or Yerba Ilex Paraguayensis

 

A spirit warrior who keeps the faith and the vision even when the oxygen levels are falling, and the heart is finding it hard to keep going, Mate is famous for supporting respiration and through it heart and blood circulation at high altitudes.

As we grow ‘dim’ because of trauma, and our organs and muscles in general don’t expand and contract as they should to allow the full flow of life energy through us, we stop breathing fully.

Mate with its consciousness of being fixed on life purpose, supports our failing insufficient breathing and slowly rehabilitates our ability to live knowing our purpose and our worth despite circumstances.

Herbs for Overworked Brains

There are some people who never have brain burnouts; calm people who fall in the categories of low intelligence and the very intelligent. If you’re one of the lucky ones this article is not for you.

This is for those who tend to use their brains in manic ways to the point where they feel burned out, their heads literally over heated.

Brain stress and burnout isn’t caused just by overthinking. The brain can get wound up and overworked hormonally, through the effect of drugs that stimulate the glands in the brain. The brain can get over-heated dealing with the sudden demands of the body in dealing with hormonal changes like puberty, pregnancy, even changes in the temperature around us.

Spring fever, the onset of summer, the brain freeze of winter coming on quicker than usual – all these can over-work the brain.

Brain stress is also caused by compromised blood circulation such as caused a heavy meal or a sluggish liver.

Let’s get straight to it.

 

My Top 7 Herbs for Overworked Brains

 

White Willow Bark – Salix Alba

The original source of Aspirin, and a pain reliever, I have used it to relieve all kinds of pain. No matter what sort of brain burn-out you’re experiencing, White Willow Bark, through its gentle effect of calming erratic blood circulation, will help.

5 -10 drops in a cup of water is usually enough. Try to get some sleep or do things that don’t require brain work, and then take another dose when the pain starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Wort – Hypericum

Also a pain reliever, St.John’s Wort is what I call a ‘cheerer’ of the system. There is this state of consciousness a body (and brain) fall into because of fatigue that never really goes away. A sort of listlessness that hangs on from day to day that shows up in a dull ache in the nervous system that can flare up every now and then.

The nerves have got their share of housekeeping and self repair to do, but in this state of affairs most of that gets put aside simply because of the general lack of hope.

St. John’s Wort acts like an old friend come around to cheer everyone up and take the mind off those same old depressing thoughts that lead nowhere in the end.

5-10 drops in a cup of water is enough. Or tea.

Borage – Borago Officinalis

They call it the ‘courage’ herb. It’s for when you feel overloaded and overwhelmed and the main cause of the stress is the stress itself.

Those for example who are stressed out because they’re too stressed out to find a solution to a problem. They know they have to stop being stressed out, but they’re too stressed out to find a solution to being stressed out so they can find a solution to the problem.

Short circuiting if you will – everything feels like it comes back to square one. The person goes around in thought loops, saying the same things every few hours, coming to the same conclusions, and then back on the merry-go-round in the same pattern over and over.

It takes a sort of spark or energy to get out of the loop, and that is a matter of the heart, rather than a matter of the head.

You see a thinking process that does not have the heart and feeling and passion involved, is bound to short circuit. We’re just not made to be robots. We cannot solve problems like robots do.

We need the spark of emotion or nothing will make sense eventually. Our thought processes need to be grounded and connected to our feelings, what we really care about.

This is where Borage can help. Borage is a smug little school boy that knows just who everyone is secretly in love with, but not even telling themselves. With a smug naughty little grin he’ll point out that secret person to you.

The blood will rush to your head at the thought of that person (or whatever it is that you feel strongly about – the real reason for this whole mental effort in the first place) and suddenly everything feels a whole lot better.

Don’t use Borage too often. Keep it for those moments when you really need it. Once or twice a day is as much as you could need it.

Plaintain – Plantago Officinalis

Sometimes Brain Stress is because of nerves wound up and taut in the digestive system. Plantain has this conditioning, smoothing effect all through.

If you find your flow of thought erratic, jumping about instead of moving from point A to point B and so on, Plantain will help smooth things out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foxglove or Digitalis

Usually taken to regularize heart beat rhythm, Digitalis also helps normalize nervous frequency and brain circulation.

Of special help for those with panic disorders, those with PTSD, those with severe anxiety, Digitalis can help get the person back to a point where those moments of severe stress, when it feels like the world is ending, and the hands are shaking and the perspiration flows, are greatly lessened.

When you feel your heart rate increasing wildly (and not because the one you love has entered the room – that’s good heart rate increase) – that’s Digitalis time.

 

Pennywort or Gotu Kola – Centella Asiatica

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola

There are few herbs in the world that will give instant strength to a tired overheated brain. Strength to face the situation, strength to deal with the demand of brain hormones to manage a change in the body, strength.. basic strength.

Pennywort or Gotu Kola is this tender little plant that hugs the earth and covers the ground. This tenderness is reminiscent of our brains and nerves. For all the looks of it, our physically slender nerves and soft mushy brains do a huge amount of work and truly are strong to do all they do.

Pennywort is for that state of consciousness where we’ve gotten disconnected from ‘why are we doing this’. Much like Borage which connects us to our emotions, but perhaps on an even more primal level, Pennywort brings our energy reserves to focus on the most basic of our life tasks, instantly releasing energy the brain was holding on to for ‘the big problem’, keeping everything else stalled.

Pennywort’s like the Mom coming to the child’s house and saying, “Sure you have a problem, but you’ll feel better about it all once your trash has been taken out, and your carpet cleaned and your bed linen changed.” And in fact it’s true.

Pennywort or Gotu Kola is robust liver strength and support for all the clean-up processes of the body. You have to try it to understand how supporting the clean-up processes can result in a vibrant relaxed healthy brain.

Gotu Kola taken regularly is solid brain rehabilitation and you could benefit from it especially as the weather gets warmer.

 

Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is part of the traditional arsenal against the heat of the summer. A tincture of the roots has such an array of benefits, it would be foolish for me to consider listing them here.

Sarsaparilla helps relaxes the lungs which results in such a decrease in the tension that blood stuck up in pockets here and there holding heat and getting warmer by the minute, finally move out and release the heat (and tension). The brain relaxes as well as the whole nervous system. This often has something of a pain killer effect for those with tension caused pain in the organs and deep muscle tissue.

Prepare to be surprised by Sarsaparilla. All kinds of good things can result from the body relaxing.

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.