At Noon on a Cactus Plantation in Capri, 1885
– Peder Mork Monsted
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.
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 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.