Root to Flower Wellness
Reiki, Flower Essences, Herbalism, & Holistic Living . . .
Reiki, Flower Essences, Herbalism, & Holistic Living . . .
Attracting Magic & Beauty Into Your Everyday.
* A Dandy Medicine *
* A Dandy Medicine *
When I think of Spring, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Dandelions. For some of us, the dandies bring an excitement of seeing their bright sunny heads popping up all over our lawns, and for others, come the dread of a “weedy curse” that takes over our property. So, whichever side of the fence you are on, let me shed some light on how wonderfully healing and medicinal dandelions are for your health and why you might want to incorporate them into your life. Maybe some of you dreading types will change your perspective when you realize how amazing these little “weeds” are for your well-being.
First and foremost, I love Dandelion for supporting the liver and digestive systems - which are the prominent organs for Spring. If you’ve ever chewed on a dandelion leaf, then you know how bitter they are. That bitterness is actually highly beneficial for those organ systems. The bitter greens and the roots stimulates the gallbladder and helps to support the liver and good digestion. Dandelion greens also support the kidneys as a diuretic (a tool to increase urine production) while at the same time containing potassium so that our body is not depleted of this essential mineral. Dandelion root has a host of other benefits such as; helping to remove excess hormones from the body via the liver, it’s beneficial for some skin conditions including acne and eczema, it shows improvement with cholesterol and blood sugar, helps the liver to clear toxins, and they are the first foods for the bees. Let’s not forget that we need to support the bees after a long winter. There’s so much more to this wonderful plant, but those are some of the main benefits to give you the gist of how it may be supportive for your health. It really is the perfect spring medicine to help detox your body after a long stagnant winter!
Dandelion contains some impressive list of nutrients too! - The leaves are high in vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and vitamins A, B and C. Dandelion is higher in Vitamin A than any other garden plant. Not a bad little “weed”, eh?
Want to include this plant in your life this Spring? First thing to mention, any plant that you harvest in the wild, will need to be properly identified and made sure that it is from an area that is pesticide/ chemical free and harvested away from high traffic areas, the side of the road, ditches, and parks where pets may defecate.
Any Google search will help to give you a myriad of ideas on how to incorporate dandelion into your life. You will find examples such as; including the fresh picked leaves to your salads, drinking the roots and leaves as medicinal teas, making dandelion fritters and cookies with the sunny flower heads, a dandelion vinegar to drizzle over sautéed greens and fresh salads, an infused oil to rub on sore achey muscles and used in conjunction with breast massage to help with tenderness and to support the lymphatic system. The list could go on as there are many ways to use this amazing plant for your health and wellbeing. Do a little digging (yes, pun intended) and decide how you'd like to bring dandelion into your spring wellness plan.
If you are like me, then you will be looking forward to those dandies popping up soon and welcome them into your yard. If you are one of the ones who always dreads them, then I hope I have at least peaked your curiosity and maybe helped to change your perspective from “weedy curse” to Spring medicine.
*Caution should be used in combining dandelion supplements with certain medications that are metabolized by the liver and some diuretics. If you have any health issues, are pregnant, and/or take any medications, please consult your medical care provider when starting any new supplements or protocols for your health.*
Chamomile Inner Sanctum Tea Ritual
Put a heaping Tablespoon of Chamomile flowers in a strainer. Pour two cups of boiling water gently over the Chamomile. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes (if steeped too long, it may become bitter). Once your tea has steeped, take the cover off and strain the plant material. Take a moment to inhale the sweet apple-y aroma of Chamomile. Close your eyes and allow the smell and the warmth of the steam envelop your senses like a nurturing hug. Make sure to sip your tea slowly and with gratitude for the calm and comforting qualities Chamomile's medicine has to offer you. It is in this safe space that you may attain stillness, peace, and true inner sanctum.
Rose's Love Message:
“As you weave the tapestry of your life,
Allow each stitch to be sewn with love.”
Rose encourages you to reflect upon how you feel about yourself and your life. Do you celebrate and honor who you are — your gifts, your voice, your truth, your beauty, your pains and deep wounds, and the struggles that have taught you valuable lessons in your life? Can you trust that you are strong enough to allow the brightness of your spirit to emanate and shine from every aspect of your being? Do you know how utterly loved and supported you are right now in this moment?
The truth is, you are equal to the greatest being that has ever lived! Whether you realize it or not, your power and strength is beyond measure. Your physical body and personality are merely a shell, only a speck of who you are. Deep in your heart, radiant energy and feelings swim in an ocean of light — this is the real *YOU* — the eternal light of your spirit, the timeless, all knowing, eternal love that transcends your physical form.
Rose asks you, dearest one, to embrace the awesome power and wisdom that you truly are. Love yourself — all of yourself (warts and all). Embrace the beauty that lies within your core. Please open up your heart and have courage to share yourself; your light and your gifts.
This world is so blessed to have your unique light shining so bright and touching every other soul on this planet. You are loved beyond measure!
Here are a few suggestions on ways to bring more grounding into your life:
Body Movement - Allow yourself some time everyday to move your body. Make sure to honor what your body needs for that day. If you are extra tired or are struggling to motivate, then do some gentle yoga, qigong, TaiChi, stretching, or slow movement dancing. If you have more energy, then move in a way that supports and enlivens you further! Also, the yoga Tree Pose, Warrior Pose, and Low Squat Pose are all excellent for balance and grounding.
Take Epsom Salt Baths - I often recommend epsom salt baths to my clients for clearing their energy body and restoring their nervous system. These baths are a wonderful tool for clearing unwanted energies that we may have picked up and are storing in our auric field. And, because epsom salts are high in magnesium, by taking a bath with these salts, the magnesium is absorbed through our skin and therefore is extremely nourishing to the nervous system. When our nervous system is nourished and calm, then we in turn, feel more grounded.
To do an epsom salt bath: pour 1-2 cups of epsom salts in your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes, longer if possible. Add some essential oils to make it more yummy. :-)
White Light Visualization Technique - To help clear and ground your energy, visualize a bright white light at the top of your head. In your mind’s eye, bring this white light all the way down and through your body. Intention this light to sweep and clear your energetic field. Continue to bring it down and release it through the bottoms of your feet. Visualize the cleared energy going into the earth for cleansing. For extra oomph, allow your breath to help move and release stuck energy as you do the visualization - Take a deep breath and then on the exhale, move the light through you and out your feet! Do this exercise as many times as you feel is needed. It should help you to feel more clear, calm and grounded in your being.
Consume Grounding Foods & Teas - Some foods are great at grounding us too! Consider adding some of these to your diet when you are in need of feeling more rooted.
* Rooty vegetables - potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, beets, turnips . . .
* Avocados, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash, nuts and nut butters, legumes.
* Teas - such as ginger, dandelion root, chai, rooibos, holy basil (aka, tulsi), nettle. Herbs like lemon balm, chamomile, and passionflower help us to feel grounded by supporting and restoring our nervous system. A calm mind and body keeps us balanced.
* For the non vegans and vegetarians - eating a little meat, fish, or chicken may be helpful.
* Eating warm & cooked easy to digest foods such as; soups, stews, broths, oatmeal, rice porridge or warm rice pudding, kitchari, warm milk (dairy or non-dairy) with cinnamon and honey.
* A little high quality dark chocolate. Yay! But, only a little. If too much is eaten, then it could have the opposite effect by revving up your adrenals too much. Easy does this one.
Get Plenty of Sleep! - try the epsom salt bath before bed and see how well you sleep! Seriously, it’ll make you feel all ooey gooey relaxed and you’ll float into bed.
So, there you go . . .
Get yourself grounded this week and see if it helps you to feel more balanced.
Can Reiki & Flower Essences help to ground and balance energy?
Yep, you bet they do! And, they are darn good at it too.
(If you are pregnant, nursing, or have questions about any of these being safe for you, please contact your doctor or health care provider)
Quit Hiding your Magic.
The world is waiting for you.
Sometimes we think the easier path is to stay small. But is it really easier to always stay within our comfort zones? How does it serve us by not allowing ourselves to grow and shine? Those comfort zones can keep us imprisoned in our own lives. Please, my dears, don’t remain to stay small because you think you aren’t enough. You ARE ENOUGH right now in this moment. This message is to gently tell you - get out of your comfort zone and shine your magic into the world! If this all sounds too daunting, start with where you are at and eventually those small changes will one day have you asking yourself, “Why was I so scared?” I promise, the world needs more and more magic like yours.