At Noon on a Cactus Plantation in Capri, 1885
– Peder Mork Monsted
Some beautiful pictures of Yellow Oleander from when they were flowering on the 5th of November 2019.
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.
This week I was asked a question:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout history humans have used the nuances of voice to understand one another. We understand instinctively what we really mean by the little jumps and stops and changes in tone and pitch and volume of our voices.
My interest in the topic started back in school days when the school choir was competing in a big competition and we were all very careful to keep our voices in order through the months of practice for the big day. I noticed all the things affecting our voices, and very little was about catching a cold.
At one point in my life trauma made me unable to sing for years.
I found out that heart trouble and voice trouble go together.
To heal our voice, means to give our soul wings again.
To give our soul wings again, we need to get to the point where we feel we are beautiful again.
That important thing being said, while we’re waiting for that to happen, here are:
In my school days when I was part of the choir, I would stand with the other girls outside the door of the school hall where we would practice every morning at 8, waiting for the doors to be opened. In the chilly early morning we would try to warm up a bit and many would be pretty much croaking.
I learned then that body warmth affects the voice a LOT.
Those who have voice problems invariably have a problem maintaining a stable correct body temperature. It falls below normal because of trauma, or hormonal imbalance.
A herb that is excellent to help establish a stable body temperature in Mistletoe.
Yes, the same one under which some kissing ought to happen this month. It has to be taken long term though, as changing base body temperature is something that takes time.
Oh, you reading are under the Mistletoe right now, so mmmmmmuah. There you have been kissed. Merry Christmas to you too.
For men, to raise body temperature Nettle tea is great. It has to be had in small doses though as it can have a laxative effect.
For women (and men whose hands have gotten REALLY cold), the Pitcher Plant, or Drosera is an immediate pick-me-up.
Look at the beauty of this carnivore plant. It traps insects going in and contracts and chews up the insects with its sheer muscle strength. A whole lot of heat is generated through this process.. muscle heat. It’s very impressive.
The voice is all about the muscles. From the heart which is a muscle, to the lungs which are muscle to the vocal cords themselves, to the tongue which again, is a muscle, it’s all about tone and strength and flexibility.
Exercises that build muscle strength and flexibility, the ability to contract and expand rhythmically, will not only drastically help your voice heal, but will do so many other wonderful things for the body.
Breathing exercises, just simple deep breathing, hold the breath as long as possible and then slowly releasing it, makes a big difference. Just practice deep breathing for about five minutes whenever you can through the day.
Exercise that traumatizes the lungs also traumatizes the voice, so it’s important to keep things peaceful and calm.
Then there is nutrition for the muscles.
It is easy to incorporate these into your schedule. They must be used for at least a few months, in small doses once a day at least.
This is one powerful herb for the muscles everywhere and therefore for the voice as well. It helps the muscle tissue let go of lumps of material they can’t use but are still holding on to because they don’t get enough nutrition when they need it. This makes muscle tissue smooth and functional insteaf of lmped up and rusty. It’s what you take, especially men, if you have muscles tired because of either lack of exercise or over exercise and lack of enough rest in the long term. Muscle refreshing and toning, I suppose is what sums up Saw Palmetto.
Black Cohosh or Cimicifuga Racemosa
Black Cohosh helps muscle tissue recover from trauma because of blood pressure and hormonal excesses and imbalance. If you have had trauma to the uterus, heart or lungs either through trauma (like hemorrhage, cardiac arrests, asthma attacks) or anything that made either of these organs go into an abnormal panic, Black Cohosh will help recover. If you have it as tea it will soothe the inner lining of the throat which is a nice thing if you’re after healing your voice.
This one has got the nutrition required to support the muscles in letting dead cells go and making new healthier ones. A spoonful of powdered millet a day makes changes that can felt in as little as a week. It increases muscle strength gradually but surely.
Voice is an expression of the soul. It has to be respected and listened to. Sometimes it’s easy to mentally understand what it’s saying by just listening to our voice with an open heart. Sometimes it’s not so easy. We have to learn to respect our Voice, and let it be. In every state we humans are beautiful. There is a right time for everything.
I’m a veteran of heart problems having had cardiac insufficiency due to trauma since the age of 8 and actually had two cardiac arrests at the age of 19. I was told then that there was no chance of a normal life ahead for me. They said I’d live only with the help of drugs to keep my heart beating regularly enough, and things like having a baby would be at the risk of death, unlikely anyway as I wouldn’t be able to cope with the increased heart rate that’s part of sex.
My Great-Great Grandad John Waltham didn’t even hear me out when I started telling him all that. He put me on the path to healing my heart and in the process over the years I used what I’d learned to help others – people and animals.
I’ve learned that if someone has a problem with their emotions – whether their heart is broken by a tragedy or a loss, or whether they experience un-explainable sorrow, or whether they feel emotionless and blocked up – a common experience for those with depression, all these can be helped in big ways with herbs that have traditionally been used to support and heal the physical heart.
Of course, just as there’s no point filling up your car’s tank with fuel if you don’t actually turn it on and go somewhere, so there’s no point taking herbs for healing, if you don’t use that support to find out what’s troubling you emotionally and face it. I wish they’d taught us that skill in school or at home growing up – it would’ve saved so many such pain.
But coming back to the herbs. The following are some of my most favorite herbs that not only heal the heart, but help the nervous system frequency get back to normal and help the person emotionally.
or Ignatia is considered first aid because it sort of shocks the heart and the nervous system (taken in a tiny dose of course). The resulting effect has been called similar to Prozac.
What it does is deliver a tiny shock that stimulates the body into reacting to the shock with natural calming and soothing processes.
Now if someone had actually shocked our physically heart, the body would respond to that with all our natural healing processes starting up.
But the need for botanicals like Ignatia arise when the ‘hit’ or the ‘shock’ is an emotional one, and we suppress that from our awareness for whatever reason. In that case, for a long while the tissues of our body hold the tension, the nerves around the tissues stay magnetized in a particular high-tension frequency waiting for relaxation and release.
If that does not happen in a timely fashion, the tension everywhere gets conveyed to the heart through the blood and the heart – a healthy one at least does try to make the person aware that something’s wrong.
The feeling of tightness in the chest, the feeling of the heart fluttering, the feeling of the heart beating faster, all these are not just things for people with heart problems, they are the every day experience of humans of all ages everywhere. They are part of our inbuilt life experience, to help us make sense of what’s happening with us, to show us the paths to take in life.
And they have powerful effects on the rest of our body as well.
But all that is numbed down if we have an attitude of emotional suppression.
And that’s when we need plants like St. Ignatius Bean, that TELL the heart, “You, Yes You”. And then deliver a much required SLAP.
It won’t replace actual emotional awareness, but it does make the body react bringing relief to the entire system at least in the moment.
Read more about how St.Ignatius Bean works:
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Lily of the Valley causes a sort of spasm in the muscles of the body – remember the heart IS a muscle – because it gets the tiny little nerve endings on the muscles to change their frequency – a frequency brought on by trauma.
I have used it as first aid several times to relieve the pain after an emotional drama makes the nervous system and the heart all clenched up and tense and painful.
One drop of Lily of the Valley to 100ml of water, and that taken one drop, is enough to give considerable pain relief almost immediately just because of the relaxation of the nerve endings around the heart. Used with other heart support herbs it’s just wonderful altogether.
Cactus stabilizes the nervous frequency and with it the heart beat.
Just like everything in nature moves to a beat, so our bodies move to the beat of our heart.
Imagine what would happen if in an orchestra, the conductor, the person who keeps beat so that the violins can play in harmony with the trumpets and the pianist and all the other players, forgets a beat or two, or just loses it and jerks about.
Cactus is medicine for the conductor of the music of our bodies and souls- the Heart. It soothes, inspires stability and calm.
You see the Cactus is a plant that doesn’t exactly grow in the most eay places to grow. A desert plant, it knows to wait. It feels the heat in the day without the drama plants from the temperate zones would go through, and it feels the cold desert nights just as calmly. When it has resources, it uses them frugally, storing up the rest. As if to prove that drama is not required to produce the most beautiful things, it puts out beautiful flowers and fruit that is food for living beings all around, just like those plants that grow with plenty of water and in rich soil. Such a wonderful gift to mankind, is Cactus, and such wonderful medicine for the heart and the whole body.
If you go through emotional extremes, Cactus will help you, it knows how to deal with extremes.
The Rose is about courage. Plain and simple. Physically, emotionally, everyone’s got a different experience, and there’s a lot written about the Vitamin C in Rosehips and all that. It all however comes down to one thing, it gives the heart and the body strength, and it gives the soul the feeling of being able to do what the person wants to do.
A lot of our emotional problems, depression and so on stem from feeling unable to do what we have to do to get where we want to get. It’s sad when a peson believes they just don’t have it in them to do what their soul longs to more than anything else. Life itself seems pointless unless we’re moving towards our dream.
The Heart deeply and powerfully affects the hormonal situation in the body, influencing the balance (or imbalance) between male-female, hot-cold, active-resting hormones in the body.
Hawthorn helps those who have had trauma in the long term that has resulted in hormonal imbalance of any sort. Depression, inability to enjoy every day life, sexual deficiency, sensory deficiency, are all rooted in the heart’s not being able to play its role in the hormonal processes of the body well enough.
Hawthorn helps clear up blocked pathways, making blood flow easier. It balances flow of rhythm and circulation between the various compartments of the heart itself.
It strengthens the heart, toning its very tissue and with a stronger heartbeat so much in the body feels better already.
Both as first aid and as part of long term rehabilitation, Hawthorn is just wonderful.
Nettle doesn’t have to be taken in big doses – which can have laxative effects – to support a heart that’s weak or inefficient because of sluggishness.
How does a heart go sluggish? A life of not getting enough real holistic stimulation can make the heart disinterested and withdrawing to the point of stopping responding to sensory stimulus even.
Our world is full of ways to stimulate the mind, the senses, the body, but these ignore the heart and the emotions for the most part. Exposure to this on a daily basis, leaving the heart behind, makes it withdraw and atrophy.
A whole lot of circulatory problems ensue which further cause all kinds of problems as so much in the body depends on the highways – the blood circulation.
Emotional stimulation – a life that you FEEL, that moves your heart, is the only LIFE really.
Nettle can support the heart in coming out again and from there you you have to be brave and let your self feel, and follow those feelings.
The connection between the heart and the brain is obviously one of the most important highways of the body. Tension and congestion here is bound to create trouble everywhere.
Lavender relaxes the nerves all over but especially in this area and therefore should be considered first aid for those facing problems stemming from deficient blood circulation to the head.
Most sleep trauma conditions, skin problems that are restricted to or most visible on the face and neck, scalp imbalances, chronic ENT issues that are emotionally or stress triggered are all helped by Lavender.
This little flower grows in radiation hit zones because of it’s ability to maintain its own energy system independent of the surroundings. As such it is support in recovery from radiation induced sickness – nausea and the like.
For the heart specifically it is of great help in our times, as the Heart is affected by the frequency of every sorts of ‘radiation’ and a lot of what shows up as disinterest in life, the inability to taste well with the tongue, sluggish lymphatic draining etc. is the Heart’s needing a bit of a detox and comeback to regular frequency.
Passionflower relaxes the nerves. It supports the various connective nerves of the body making life so much easier for the heart as it has to pump blood around.
Passionflower makes the environment around the heart to relax so the heart can relax too.
Best of all Passionflower helps break the habits our nervous system forms through stress, so for those who have had heart disease for along time, this can help break the habit of holding the heart muscle tight and cramped and furthering the problem.
The great balancer herb, and associated with romance around Christmas, Mistletoe balances the blood flow within the heart reducing the risk of a heart attack, reducing the risk of nervous breakdowns, emotional meltdowns and flare-ups and all that drama.
Think of it as a sort of buffering system. For those with atrial fibrillation and heart beat irregularity (arrhythmia), and ventricular disorders Mistletoe lends a sort of buffering so everything feels better almost immediately.
If you’re an emotional tight-rope walker, with great demands made on your heart every day, Mistletoe is the one for you.
This berry has all the nutrition the body needs for recovery from both short term and long term nervous and cardiac fatigue.
Tiredness of the mind, of the heart, and of the physical parts of us can be relieved in many ways, still this one is a cut above the others because it’s got a little of everything in a beautiful simple combination.
It’s just refreshing.
I write this article from personal experience. When I was 13, I developed shortsightedness or myopia almost overnight. I had terrible headaches reading, and after many weeks of suffering, was finally prescribed glasses that made me able to read without a headache again.
At first I found wearing glasses pretty cool. For once in my life I looked like a ‘good’ girl by convent school standards. Spectacles meant you were the studying type. My glasses were photo-sensitive which meant they turned dark when I was out in the sun. That made me very cool riding on my bicycle (or so I thought, till an old teacher told me only criminals and film stars wore dark glasses and I better come back to reality).
Six months later I found the glasses irritating. The place they sat on my nose was always raw and red and hurting. I couldn’t play and run about with as much abandon as before because now I had to take care of the glasses. They became very very irritating, so I decided that it was time to get rid of them.
I said a deep prayer one Sunday and started doing all the things I instinctively felt would cure the problem and two weeks later. I mean this literally, two weeks later, my eyesight was back to normal. All I’d done was follow my instinct and relax my eyes, and practice eye exercises that I’d learned in school as part of P.T. class.
I tested my eye-sight by reading out the names of buses approaching our bus-stand long before any of the others in the bus-stand could read the number of the bus. People in the bus-stand used to turn around amazed that I could read the bus numbers when the bus itself was so very far away. Many didn’t believe me till the bus came near.
My brush with spectacles made me every now and then do eye exercises when I felt a problem coming on, and I maintained my eye-sight.
When I was 28 and applied for a driving license I had perfect vision.
It wasn’t that I didn’t have eye problems. As a sensitive person my eyes and eye sight are even more vulnerable than the average person, but I learnt early and quick how to heal and recover.
I would like to share what I’ve learned with you.
2) Muscle Exercises
There’s a wonderful book published in 1920 by William H. Bates an eye doctor that helped many heal from debilitating troubling eye problems. He, like many other concluded that unreleased tension and stress were behind most severe eye disorders, and relaxing the eyes nearly always solved the problem.
In my experience, I find that unreleased trauma, where a person has chosen on some level to put off the facing of a reality because it would cause them to make changes in their lives they did not want to make, is one of the most common causes of deep set long term eye disorders.
A program that includes real unwinding, not just getting wound up and tense differently from the usual stress causing experiences- something like lying in bed doing nothing or sitting at the beach watching the waves; and which includes active and conscious resolution of emotional trauma is the way to go.
There are several ways to relax the eyes immediately. Rubbing your hands together to warm them up and then covering your eyes with your warm palms is a quick easy one.
Just give your eyes some love.
I rub my hands near my heart and then put them on my eyes -to remind my eyes that, “WE are all about love, don’t get too jaded looking at the lovelessness in the world, we’re still here”.
Here’s an ‘inner smile’ exercise of my own that can be done anytime anywhere, while traveling and so on. How you do it is, you become aware of the center of your body. The very center point deep in your gut. You smile from there. You have to try it to know how to do it. Just smile from there. You might start crying at first and your nerves might tremble and shake. Slowly the smile expands from the center of the body till you’re wholly in the cloud of the smile. Have a try and see what I’m talking about.
The eye muscle is like the muscles everywhere. It is affected by the hormonal states of the body and needs to be exercised so it can efficiently deal with the changes night and day, the time of the month, the seasons and the times of life.
There are several eye exercises to do for specific conditions. But almost all are helped in big ways by the following five exercises – you’ll find they are a huge aid to releasing emotional trauma which is mot often the cause of eye problems in the first place.
Doing them twice or at least once a day can make a huge huge huge difference.
Here they are:
1) Fix your eyes on a point in front of you and focus on it for as long as possible without straining. Feel your emotions, your feelings as you do.
2) Circle your eyes clockwise 10 times, anti-clockwise 10 times.
3) Fix your eyes on a point in front of you and then turn your face slowly to one side, so your nose is pointing towards your side. The turn your face the other side slowly, always keeping your eyes fixed on the point in front of you.
4) Find two points and merge them into one by crossing your eyes. Hold the sight, feeling your feelings.
5) Then choose one point, and crossing your eyes split it into two. Hold the sight and feel how you’re feeling.
Here is my ‘Hello my darling’ eye exercise print out you can put up somewhere you’ll see it often enough:
If you are doing exercises 4 and 5 for the first time, print out this free chart available on the internet which has directions to help you get going: The instructions and
a chart that comes with them.
Everyday the body does a lot of work and this work results in waste products that have to be thrown out efficiently or they’ll become toxins hanging about. Keeping the body metabolically fresh and clean goes a long way in helping the eyes become healthy and eye sight problems resolve naturally.
There are herbs for liver detoxification that are especially great for the eyes. There are herbs to support brain and nervous health which do detoxification on another level and are very helpful too as the eye is an extension of the brain really.
To specifically clean up the eyes directly, I have the Herbal Eye Wash for Eye Tension & Strain Recovery in colloidal silver that cleans and clears up anything pretty quick.
You can make yourself the eye drops easily enough at home.