I created this elixir in cooperation with Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca). In the summer months, when Motherwort is vibrant and plentiful, I spend many moments sitting with her, absorbing her wisdom and guidance. She is the embodiment (or emplantment, if you prefer) of the Great Mother and she fulfills her role beauty-fully. Always present, patient and loving and when she needs to be firm and sharp. She is not afraid to set boundaries. She is not afraid to employ tough love. Motherwort pulls no punches and as such her medicine/lessons can sometimes be difficult to take. She will tell you what you need to hear even if you don't want to hear it. She is a powerful heart opening presence. She will not allow you to hide, to slack, to be less than you are...her expectations are high, not based on her own need but from her deep knowing of your heart and your soul. She longs to feel you in love with all of life, glowing radiantly and prospering abundantly. The Motherwort herb grows wildly and abundantly in my backyard and is gathered mindfully.
Hawthorn (Crateagus sp) was called in for her gooey grandmother energy. She, too will tell you what you need to hear but she will do so while you are sitting in her warm soft lap eating a warm fresh baked cinnamon roll. She takes the edge off...she is the honey that sweetens the hatchet...she is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. Grandma makes it all better. She is like a balm for your broken heart, filling the cracks and patching the shards with love.
Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) is an important ally for all matters of the heart. She is the great heart opener, she is the "one ring that rules them all!" Rose is an amplifier and a cozy-maker...she not only makes the other herbs more powerful but she marries them into a happy union. Rose acts like a great big hug around the whole remedy. The wild rose petals used in this elixir grow abundantly in the meadow across from my home. She is gathered mindfully.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) was invited because she is uplifting and enlightening...she is pure, radiant Solstice sunshine. When you are processing the deep grief and sadness and hurts often held in the heart, it is important to have a lightness of the mind in order to ease the task. The St. John's Wort used grows wild all over my property and in the meadow across the street. She is gathered mindfully over a period of weeks around the Solstice.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) is a lovely agent of self healing. She is here to remind us of our body's ability to heal itself. She is gathered mindfully from my medicine wheel garden and from the lawns of many friends.
The perfect blend to support and love your heart.
Maria is a spiritual writer and a self-love warrior with a deep and diverse background in both the culinary and healing arts. As a teacher, integrative healer, business owner, craft herbalist and cosmic gardener it has been her path throughout her many lifetimes to guide others (by sharing her process) to find strength and direction, gently planting seeds of heart centered, connected awareness. She is most passionate about guiding people to connect with their inner voice, a midwife to the joyful birth of inherent authentic creativity that lives within us all. When she is not busy writing, taking care of the farm or unschooling her feral daughter, she can often be found playing in the woods, communing with the flora and fauna and dancing with the faeries.