As summer comes to a close and I prepare to begin graduate school, I write this post to put a bookmark on this chapter of my blog. Both my journey with plants and my passion for well-being inspired this blog, while both continue to be core values for me, I have a lot to focus on with school. I hope to write more in the future, but for now, I am focusing on what is directly in front of me.
I am inspired on my journey and humbled into graciousness. One of my favorite astrologer’s, Kaypacha, noted this week that (1) change takes time, the ‘new paradigm’ will not be birthed tomorrow, but rather the process is part of being the change and (2) we are not here to manifest a paradigm shift alone, we are here to connect with others and to open our hearts. Thank you to everyone who read my posts over these few years, you’ve made me feel more connected!
This summer was an incredible journey in itself. I have learned about a lot of new plants local to the Southern Appalachians, where I continue to root down and to build my home. As life in this society increases in pace and buildings and roads encroach on natural space, I hope we remember to stop often, to appreciate all the natural areas we have, to scale back consumption, and to open our hearts to the emotional space of being human.
Yarrow (Achillae millefolium) is coming up as a noteworthy plant to mention here, now. Various species of yarrow grow wild throughout the world. It is a low-growing herbaceous plant with white umble flowers (although, it is actually an Aster). The plant and flowers are used in treating deep wounds, as an antiseptic, to clean gums, to aid varicose veins, to strengthen blood vessels, and fluid movement throughout the body. The tincture of Yarrow is included in my first aid kit as it is used first for wounds. In addition to its heroic and similarly tonifying qualities, Yarrow is used energetically either in small (spirit) doses (1-2 drop) or as a flower essence. The essence of yarrow is for psychic protection from overwhelming social situations, from environmental toxins and radiation, from over-extending yourself and to remind oneself where your own boundaries stop and another begins. This quality may help someone in differentiating the Self in a relationship.
This is a reminder that we must maintain our own boundaries to care for ourselves. It is too easy to get lost in work, interpersonal problems, or political dramas and to forget our own inner emotional world and our own needs for physical healing. This attentiveness to ourselves is central to the maintenance of well-being, I believe. While this is the foundation, we all need others to help us on our own journeys and community to support the maintenance of health and healing. As I enter into a new community at graduate school, I am saying ‘see you later’ to all of the readers of The Weekly Apothecary. Thank you!