Growing up, May was always one of my favorite months. It signified the end of school and the beginning of a summer of adventure and travel. Since my Grandma passed away at the end of May in 2004, May had taken on a more somber feeling. Then last year a friend committed suicide on May 9th. The anniversary of her death was harder on me than I thought it would be. The same feeling of shock and despair that I felt when I heard she had killed herself resurfaced and stayed with me for a couple of days. My shadow side (or Po) has been stirring, revealing things about myself I must acknowledge, accept and let go of.
I have been relying on my herbal allies for the support I know I need. The amount of gratitude I have for these plants cannot be described in words. They are the life-giving, soul-awakening, heart-opening experiences we are all desperately searching for. All it takes is a moment between you and a plant to remind you that you are loved, unconditionally, no matter what.
St. John’s Wort has been in my life for years and one I use both internally and externally for depression, nerve irritation and pain. I am referring to neurological pain but also to when people are getting on your nerves. There are times when I am getting on my own nerves, and St. John’s Wort works wonders. I am instantly cheered when I take fresh St. John’s Wort tincture. She has been an integral part of me finding joy in all the dark places my mind has gone this week. I am lucky enough to have been able to harvest my own the last several years and have had a steady supply of fresh oil and tincture on hand.
Rose is an herb that has always brought me a sense of peace when I drink a tea of her blossoms. The essential oil of Rose has given me cathartic bouts of crying that I haven’t been able to access in years. All of the sorrow from a lifetime of loss came spilling over and was almost unbearable. Adding Lavender essential oil to Rose is what actually allowed me to relax enough to process it all. It was a beautiful experience and one I obviously needed, but for now I may just go back to just the Rose tea!
There are a few more (Skullcap, Oatstraw, Chaga), but I like to keep my blog as short as possible. I’d rather you go outside and sit quietly with a cup of tea than read more ramblings.
I leave you with an aromatherapy blend that can be applied to the chest, throat or temples, or anywhere you feel it needs to go. I like to dilute in 1 ounce organic apricot kernel oil and use as a massage oil or add to my bath. Use organic and ethically wildcrafted ingredients.
Life Reviving Anointing Oil
1-2 drops Rose essential oil (brings grief to the surface to be released)
1-2 drops Lavender essential oil (relaxes the body, mind and spirit, facilitates release)
1-2 drops St. John’s Wort essential oil (brings joy back into your heart, reduces irritation)
1-2 drops Vetiver essential oil (works on healing deep wounds, chronic soul-ache)
Bring your shadow side to light so that All parts of you can be healed by the universal love that binds us all.
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