And so it came to be that my heart is soft from a week of gathering with community, but also with the news that swirls around us regardless of how much we "retreat", we can't avoid friends passing on, tears for those who lost their homes in the most recent fires here in Canada, the heartbreaking stories of loss, and the inner knowing that the road ahead is long and much tender heart healing will be needed.
During this time I had an inspiring conversation with TerraSoul and we were singing the praises of using and working with some of our favourite plant medicines Hawthorn and Rose as a tincture for the heart and soul, so it was not surprising that later that day she shared an inspiring photo of her city foraged findings of hawthorn flowers and wild roses, and I myself stepped out and into my garden to realize just how grand my own wild rose bush had grown during the incredibly lush spring we have been having.
One of the beautiful lessons that was given to me from my years of working with the honey bee in my shamanic practise is the dichotomy of the sweet and the sting, and how to work with both in a healing way for myself and my clients.
The simplest form has been to use honey, as I do not take much form my bees each year, instead placing the focus on only taking the smallest amounts so that I do not have to feed them sugar water before the winter, which allows them to eat their own honey over the long winter months.
What this means for me is that the honey I am gifted by my bees is medicine and treated as such.
The honey is brought to ceremonies and given to clients in need and used by myself and my family over the long winter months.
This medicine when mixed with plant medicines such as Wild Roses and Hawthorn Berries becomes a divine alchemical mixture that is healing to both the spirit and the body.
For the tincture I mixed with dried hawthorn and rowen berries soaked in brandy with sweet Honey from my bees, rose quartz and a lot of sun soaked love.
My intent is to create a healing tincture that I can share with clients and friends in need of some soothing for their troubled and weary hearts.....
The jam recipe is a mixture of three recipes and the batch is tripled so I really was crossing all my fingers and toes that it would set, and fortunately it did! One of those recipe's can be found here.
This medicine will not be up at the shop, but sometime in the next few months it will be found tucked into the hands of those in need, mailed across the country, and shared sweet drop by sweet drop to those I come across in my travels in need of soothing for their tattered hearts, that you can be sure of!
If you would like to get your hands on a bottle of heart soothing bliss to have for your own, TerraSoulHerbs herbs will have hers ready in about 6 weeks or so too, so watch for it!
Wild Roses: Roses are used the world over from rose jam in sweets, to ground rose petals rolled and dried into beads and strung onto prayer rosaries. Roses have captured the heart and soul of many spiritual traditions the world over, as a symbol of love and miracles.
It is often said that smelling the scent of rose where there are none, is the song of a spiritual miracle or massage from the spirit world, and many people have reported smelling the fragrance of roses after praying to their saints.
Rose is used to cure apathy for people who have given up, and have started to believe that it does not matter what they do, or that their fate can not be changed. These people are often stuck on the thorns in their life path, and this remedy is great to turn these feelings around.
Rose buds and hips for healing are used in teas, syrups and jams to prevent or cure colds because they contain much vitamin C.
Rose tea can also be used as gargle in case of inflammation in the mouth and the throat, and is great in the treatment of stress, depression, sinus congestion, colds, digestive ailments, constipation, sore throats, coughs, swollen eyes, puffiness, broken capillaries, insomnia, and on and on!!
Hawthorn:“Hawthorn has long been used as a herbal remedy that is beneficial to the heart. The etheric signature of the Hawthorn is said to have a pulsation that is similar to that of the human heartbeat. Hawthorn has long been prized as a heart tonic, and the leaves, the flowers and the berries can all be used medicinally. The berries especially are the most effective. They act in a normalizing way upon the heart by either stimulating or depressing its activity, depending on the need, gently moving the heart to normal function. Hawthorn berries may be used safely as a long-term treatment for heart weakness, palpitations, high blood pressure and angina." Glennie Kindred
Rowen Berries: "In the past Rowan was valued for its ability to provide us with forewarnings and foreknowledge. It brings an increased awareness of outside influences, which may be affecting us, which we may have been unaware of. This is why it is such an important tree to communicate with. It brings a quickening of awareness of all our senses and abilities, on many different levels of our existence. If you are working with the Rowan, the messages which are constantly passed to us from the Spirit Realms become more obvious, as we become more open to receiving and interpreting these signs in our everyday lives." Glennie Kindred
Sweet Wild Honey: Humans have been harvesting the sweet comb and honey from the bee for millennia, drawn to the sweet taste, and how it makes us feel when fermented into mead as well as the healing properties that honey carries makes a prize worthy of the goddess.
Honey can heal not just surface wounds and burns like no other due to it's anti-bacterial properties, but is also heals a broken heart like no other can as well.
I have used honey for many, many clients over the years but I have to say that one of the most profound experiences was when I was able to give jars of it to a dear friend while she was dying.
The sweetness and texture of thick sweet honey really lifts the spirits no matter what is happening and I found myself filling the jar up over and over again. After she passed I went to visit her partner and he offered me the empty jar back, but all I could do was stutter that now he needed it, and that I would be back with a full jar.
Both of us needed sweet tea with honey that day and I was thankful for it's gentle healing ways.
If we can treat honey as a precious gift and medicine as it should be then both humans and bees can live together, sadly right now honey has become a harsh commodity that is killing our bee population, alongside the mass pesticides and other disasters that we humans have made.
Honey is precious and healing, as is the sting of the bee if we open our minds to more then meets the eye.
Rose Quartz:The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others. [Raphaell, 82-85][Simmons, 331][Hall, 236]