I am an herbalist, artist, counselor, coach, and consultant. VOW is my line of vibrational, flower, and plant remedies. I do my best to live a life in balance, joy, and integrity. I maintain this vibratory state through a devoted spiritual connection and a shamanic lifestyle. This blog will help to include you in my process.
-With Much Love,
Lunar Essence. Shaman Initiation and Journeyer's Ally. Female Polarity. Water Element. Ajoite Gem Elixir.
Datura is a plant ally for shamen, visionaries, and creatives. She is deeply protective,and revelatory, but not without her lessons. Approached with sincerity, respect, and intention, one will learn much and acquire a powerful ally. Also known as Angels Trumpet, Thorny Apple, and Jimson Weed, Datura helps one journey deep into the shadow side of the female polarity in order to observe and experience one's formative energetic imprint including individual, ancestral, and cultural lineage. This plant is very poisonous and hallucinogenic and not recommended to be ingested in any other form than the essence. Shamen and medicine people have used this initiatory plant for centuries in order to induce trance states which can last in excess of a week. I don't recommend this. The essence however gently communicates the vibration of the plant and permits one to work through these states in the dream time. I have found this essence helpful in opening up the mysteries of birth, death, darkness, gestation, the moon, water, creativity, seduction, beauty, magic, dreams, home, the female, nature, plants, flowers, sexuality, nurturance, surrender, and trust.
This plant has a haunting aura. Its flowers open in the evening emitting a very heavy and intoxicating perfume. This is a plant of dreamtime. During the day the flowers are closed tight, though you'll notice how the light plays in the summer time underneath its broad green leaves. It's fiercely protective qualities can be seen in the late Summer and Fall when it develops its seed pods. From Angels Trumpet to Thorny Apple the plant has moved from something tempting, mysterious, and beautiful into a plant who is fiercely protective, laden with seed, and dangerous in its process.
Guardian Datura at driveway entrance with closed flowers in the morning.
Datura, Thorny Apple seed pods in the late Summer
This Datura Flower Essence was made by Full Moon light with the addition of Ajoite in Quartz. The Datura flower came from a thriving population circling my childhood home. This is very telling of its energy: circle of protection, home, nurturing, family. There were also two very protective plants that grew, one guarding the front door, the other guarding the driveway. Each plant over 6 feet in height. This essence is structured to take you deep into the feminine imprint, left side/right brain, emotional body, receptive, magnetic, lunar, creative, and psychic self. This is a water element remedy helping one to reexperience the dark feminine imprint from a safe space. In witnessing darkness from a place of safety much reflection and process can occur. This understanding brings love, compassion, and empathy through understanding. It clears and creates space thus allowing one to hold both the light and darkness with equanimity. Datura has helped me process and understand much. Even in writing this her energy has been conjured to deeply influence my dreams. I am grateful for her lessons as they always leave me equally with understanding and wonder.
Indian Pipe Flower Essence, a remedy for grief, fear, isolation, and a sense of lack.
This is the happy community of Indian Pipe that shared its magic in VOW Indian Pipe Flower Essence!
Indian Pipe Essence: Wild Crafted in Ajoite gem elixirs
Indian Pipe is something of an elusive rarity so when you find a giant patch in full bloom, it is something special. Indian Pipe is a telling sign of a healthy forest ecosystem. It thrives in older growth shade were the humus is rich and the trees are plenty. Natural ecosystems are made up of individuals who through their relationships find a place of balance in community to survive. That is the magic of this essence, finding the nature of self in relationship to the community of others. In periods of argument and conflict, Indian Pipe helps one find resolution by understanding all the component parts of conflict and where one may be contributing to the imbalance. Spiritually, it allows us to understand the lesson behind the conflict and allows us to open to the fullness of love available. We are a community, Indian Pipe has found a way to thrive by opening itself up to the community, in turn it allows our hearts to open to the universal love that is always available to enter our hearts and cleanse our emotional body.
Ajoite is also an emotional healer. It is a stone of transformation allowing the release of emotional stagnation and heaviness including: anger, resentment, grief, and depression. Ajoite connects with the heart and throat chakras and brings the vibrational state to a place of peace, harmony, resolution, and unity.
The essence I worked with this Winter was Balsam Root. It grows plentifully in the Columbia River Gorge and is considered a native sunflower. My intention was to harvest one powerful blossom in full bloom, which I did, but I unknowingly pinched off a green bud that was still closed. The essence I prepared contains the frequency range of young and immature to the full solar blossom. Balsam Roots vibration is one of healthy mature male. Envision a grandfather who has experienced many things. He is deeply rooted in his experience and self confidence and can brave the winds which will come, unshaken. There is also a strong spiritual component to this plant of deep wisdom, standing in one's power, and becoming what you are.
I was taking this essence for 2 months while I was experiencing the East Coast Winter in New Jersey. When I'm back East I stay with family and friends and split my time between NJ and Brooklyn. This Winter however was blizzard after blizzard accumulated snow and frighteningly cold; meaning, all of my time was at my parents' house in the NJ. Finding ways to entertain my mind would be difficult. In retrospect I realize that this essence is exactly what permitted me to be there as long as I was. I was content to go into the basement and go through all of my old things to recognize value or eliminate. This is about going deep into the foundation for strong rooting. This plant generally grows for a decade before it flowers for the first time. This demonstrates this plant's lesson of growing deeply downward for a strong support system (roots) to then blossom so radiantly in all its power and maturity.
Cilantro is my plant of company right now. I experienced its growth cycle all last year, collected its seeds, and replanted this season. Cilantro is abundant and vigorous yet sensitive and gentle. A blood cleaner recommended for removing toxins from the system including heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum. Also known as coriander, Chinese parsley, and dhania, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander. The flower essence resonates, right timing. The timing to flower. Blossoming.
This is one of the many trillium plants I see in my wanderings through Forest Park. The population is thriving here. Its scary to think that these are one of the plants on United Plant Saver's at risk list.