Secrets of Regeneration – Destiny & Herbs

A bunch of cut daffodils were in a vase on a table. This was the sight that met my Granddad’s eyes as he walked into the house. After decades of not knowing where his children were, if they were even alive, of thinking he had no descendants left, he was walking into a house where his grand daughter Mary, her husband Richard, and their ten year old daughter Anna, lived.

He described to me, the flowers on the table, the pink tablecloth, the white curtains, the grey-green sofas, the russet-brown carpet, the smell of roses in the air from the garden, the books on the side table.

I was impatient. I asked him to get to when he saw them – his grand daughter and great grand daughter.

He said to me, “The clock struck twelve in the afternoon. I got up to my feet. And they came down the stairs and then in through the door. My grandchild was like the moon walking and her child holding her hand like a piece of the moon.”

He then went silent and I let him be.

After a while he said to me, “Cara, look at my finger nails.”

I did. They seemed quite normal to me.

“They used to turn black,” he said, “Now and then, when I thought it was time to die.”

I waited for him to continue. He seemed to take forever.

“My child, your destiny is a force even your body cannot defy. Destiny brings the flowers back year after year.”

“Why are you telling me this now?”

“Sometimes Destiny will take its time. You have to weather the storm till it’s time.”

“Oh no… I don’t like that phrase ‘weather the storm’.”

“Forget it then,” he waved his hand. “Learn to regenerate yourself, to come back from the ground after being cut down.”

In the years since then, I’ve given it a lot of thought. Regeneration is not just something for people at the end of their lives. It’s what makes children’s wounds heal, and makes us recover from illnesses.

It is the real problem facing modern healthcare – because even allopathic medicines depend on the body’s being able to actually recover from assault.

In a nutshell – ALL real healing is about being able to regenerate oneself.

 

Secrets of Regeneration

1) Let it be

In sleepy old towns on the highway, that seem to live on despite a ‘lack of interest’ from the rest of the world, is a secret of regeneration. If you just let yourself be, things will work out. Life is powerful on its own.

There’s no need to push life energy. Just let it take its own course. But when it does move….

2) Discover where your heart goes and build a chapel there.

My Granddad told me of this man. When he was three he went to a circus and saw an elephant.

He grew up in London and Liverpool and then moved across the pond to work in the US and he didn’t get to see an elephant in they ears after. At forty five, he was a busy man with a large family and lots of responsibilities. He and my Granddad were sitting in a restaurant as he explained to my Granddad a project he had in mind, something he’d been working towards for decades by then.

He said to my Granddad, “Every time I come so close to actually doing this, something or the other goes wrong. Once I fell and broke my arm. Another time I had a bad case of the hives. Just the day I had a meeting with investors I fell ill with such a terrible cold. The next day, the investors had gone and the cold had disappeared.”

Granddad asked if he had a folder with papers to do with that project on him. He said yes, he did. He carried that folder with him all the time.

He got it out and Granddad smiled.

It was an orange leather zip-up folder with an elephant embossed on it.

“You like elephants?” Granddad asked.

“Oh yes,” the man gushed almost blushing. “They’re such a magnificent animal.”

It turned out the man could speak more about elephants than even his pet project.

That summer, he and his family took a holiday just to see elephants in the wild.

I asked Granddad if the man’s project took off after that. Granddad said, “That is not our business, Cara.”

Granddad would only spend his time and energy removing blocks to the natural flow of emotion, by finding out what the person loved that they were blocking up. He wouldn’t stick around to find out what happened next because he already knew. There were people trying for decades to locate him to tell him that he’d turned their lives around.

Granddad told me that once he was in a ship’s cabin, beneath the level of the water, so, outside the porthole, he could see fish swimming about. A big orange fish noticed him and bumped its nose into the porthole in a ‘Hello’. The fish then swam next to the port hole in company with Granddad for a mile or two. That’s a lot for a fish.

Yet, Granddad said, at the end of the journey, the fish did a big somersault in front of the port hole and looked at Granddad and then did it again… a show of energy and strength.

Granddad laughed. “The fellow was telling me that he had enjoyed our time together. When you do what you love, you feel regenerated at the end and full of beans.”

Find out where your heart goes, and follow it and build a chapel there. Set up your flag there. Make it your world. Live there.

3) Herbs for Regeneration

Herbs are our natural partners in life. They and us manifest together in this world to share our lives together. It’s the first instinct of an animal in this world, on feeling any sort of discomfort or pain or facing a problem, to go looking for a herb to eat.

In a natural environment, you wouldn’t need to go very far or look up things on the internet to find a herb that helped you with your problems. It would appear right near your door, or on the path you took every day.

In today’s world though, they could very well come to you in an email newsletter (*wink) or in one of your social media feeds.

Keep on the lookout for what draws your heart as that is where your healing lies.

Over the years as I’ve experienced many herbs, I’ve zoomed in on three that are my absolute favorites for regeneration, ie. recovery from long term stress, chronic illness, tragedy – emotional or physical that derails life and such.

These herbs will wrap you and cocoon you and help you find in the rubble and shards of your consciousness, the threads of life you need to connect up once again to regenerate your body and your life.

When I tell you about them, I’m telling you about my family, my very close friends, because they’ve nursed me through, like only love can, some conditions that most others never recover from.

My favorite three herbs for regeneration are: Spikenard, Datura and Bamboo.

Spikenard or Nardostachys Jatamansi

found me when I was at zero in every way. I found the essential oil and rubbed it on my wrists after my shower in the evening one day. I sat down to meditate. And the rest is history.

Spikenard loosens the tension in the center of our bodies so energy can flow to wherever it needs to go. That’s all that’s required to change your life forever.

My article on Spikenard – Energy Releasing Deep Healer is here.

Datura or Jimsonweed

found me when I was so muddled up with so many things to do, and none of which led anywhere really. Energy short circuit was how my days and nights went.

It’s for when your vision is so garbled, it feels like you’re viewing the world through multiple lenses that are distorting everything so you don’t know what’s what and who’s who. Accordingly, your energy is all over in the place, surging sometimes, crashed other times.

Datura will simply cut the crap, turn your awareness inwards to what you really need to experience, and give expression to the parts of your sub-conscious screaming for attention.

I use Datura extracted into oil externally for all its benefits. It is my painkiller of choice for all cold-related pain and swelling.

My article on Datura – Deep Space Datura – Truth Serum, Pain Relief and Divine Justice –  has become one of the most visited pages on my website.

Bamboo

isn’t exactly any tradition of medicine’s go-to herb. But got my attention in a big way many years ago when I was taking photographs of two monkeys enjoying chewing on bamboo leaves. In the few seconds it took to focus on my camera on them and zoom in, they went from sitting down like respectable members of society to actually doing it – I mean – really DOING IT – as I clicked and clicked, still thinking bamboo in my head. I became aware of people around me staring at me and then realized it looked like I was making monkey porn.

Since then I’ve realized the amazing restorative powers of Bamboo. It can be taken powdered, infused as a tea or any other way you please.

Click here to read all about it – The Curse of the Bamboo (Video and Article).

There are other restorative regeneration experts like Houseleek or Sempervivum but we’ll keep those for another day.

 

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.

Intelligent Detox – Herbs that raise body intelligence

If your detoxification programs haven’t been working well enough, and if you have nutritional deficiencies even though you eat healthy enough, you need to remind your body to get back to sifting things properly.

The intelligence of herbs is amazing. They are living beings not dead chemicals. When we have whole herbs who have not been processed in a way that destroys their subtle energies, the herbs get into our bodies and teach the parts of us that are tired or have forgotten how to do things, how to do them efficiently again.

A very important aspect of detoxification and keeping clean on a regular basis, is for our bodies to know what to keep and what to throw out.

The usual herbs for detoxification, laxatives, and urinary stimulators, need the body to keep what’s needed instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water. To do so, would be to cause a whole new set of problems where the body is chronically energy deficient and lacking in important minerals.

Tumors, various skin problems, these are among so many others the result of the body not knowing what to keep and what to let go of.

Very often a person who needs help in this area is also feeling overwhelmed by life, and at a loss to sift through what is valuable and what to let go of or forget about. The same herbs work on all levels to help the body and soul together.

Here are some of my favorite herbs with the intelligence that they lend us to help sift efficiently:

Papaya – What belongs, What doesn’t

Carica Papaya is in Paw Paw Ointment used to carry herbal treatments.

 

Just a simple tasty fruit. The papaya has the intelligence to know which cells belong in the area and which don’t. When the papaya knows this, the cells of the body pick up on that and realize which cells should go and which should stay. Now that’s intelligent detoxification.

 

Geranium Robertiana and Ginkgo – Bullshit Detectors

Above, Herb Robert and beneath is Ginkgo Biloba

These two grow even in radiation destroyed zones because they’re like the wise man who built his house upon a rock. They are conscious of what’s really important and what’s happening in the neighborhood is not a priority. They are grounded in their own reality.

When the energy fields of living beings are broken down for any reason, natural cells fall back into the basic ability to re-generate their own energy field based on basic reality that radiation and the like cannot touch.

These two are my favorite herbs for basic connectedness to reality and their ability to know what’s really needed and what is fluff. Bullshit detectors is what they are.

 

Lycopodium or Club Moss and Violet – Crisis managers, Detanglers

Above, Lycopodium, Beneath, Violets

These two know just how to manage things when the toxins and what’s required and valuable are so entangled and mixed up, the body has been keeping them both not knowing how exactly to solve the problem.

Eventually, as the presence of toxins increase, they trigger off crises as the body tries to throw them out desperately.

In crises like autoimmune disorders and allergies, these can help the body make sense of the confusion and sift out what to keep and what to send packing.

Heather – Calluna Vulgaris – Foreseeing future needs through tapping into DNA memory

An important part of sifting is being able to foresee the need for something. To do this our cells need to be in touch with the memory in our dna that tells us based on the past what we can expect in the future. Heather has that intelligence to help us tap into our dna memory and make decisions about what to keep and what to send out.

Mimosa Pudica – Just say No

‘Touch me Not’ or ‘The Sensitive Plant’; This plant has been used to help sensitive nervous systems as it itself is so sensitive. Its intelligence however goes deeper. It is sensitive to the environment as well and senses changes in pressure all around it and adjusts its own internal pressure accordingly to open or close its leaves. It helps our body be sensitive to the situation we are in and reject that which pressures or pushes us beyond what we can deal with.

It helps us simply say No to toxins – anything which is causing more trouble than helping us.