All of my Bush Essences are now available in the online shop
The complete set now includes essences made at Mt Alexander, Mt Franklin, Mt Tarrengower and Charlton. Please click here for a full description of each essence.
I hope these essences bring a taste of the magic of Jaara Country into your life. The dry, dusty and damaged bushland in Central Victoria has so much beauty, it’s harsh surface hides a gentleness and deep and ancient wisdom. These essences have taken me on a journey of transformation, they have given me an expanded awareness of myself and a deeper respect for country. I hope that they will take you on your own journey of transformation.
I’m excited to have these Unicorn Stones – some big ones for the garden and a bowl of small ones for my work room. Each stone is hand painted with a message and is blessed by the Unicorns.
It’s a beautiful foggy morning in Bendigo today – I like the feeling of being blanketed in fog. This wintery weather emphasises the yin nature of Winter, it’s time to sit, rest and reflect. You can read more about the energy of Winter here. I’d planned to do some gardening today, but feel more like reading a book in front of the fire…
When grief is overwhelming or unrelenting there are some remedies that can assist. The Bach Flower remedies cover a range of emotional states such as depression, despair and hopelessness. The homeopathic remedy Ignatia can also be taken for anxiety, insomnia and depression due to an inability to assimilate grief and loss. And my own essence The Elixir of Life can help with freedom from attachment, letting go and a new beginning.
Often it is the new beginning that we have trouble with – trying to imagine a life without the being who has passed. But grief is not something we should try to escape from, it helps us to live more deeply and fully and strips away barriers. This is incredibly painful and we may be left feeling raw and exposed at times, but ultimately it can make us more human and connected. That sense of deep loss can make us pay more attention to the precious people and animals in our lives. Our sense of mortality – our acknowledgement of death and our fleeting time on earth – can help us to be more present, to live more fully and can possibly allow us to live with greater joy.
I had an overwhelming sense of grief over the weekend, which I thought was due to the recent death of my dog. Then a friend reminded me of the date and I realised it was the anniversary of the passing of my very good friend, teacher, healer and mentor. I’m not very good at remembering dates, but somehow our bodies or emotional body remembers the passing and we slip into grief. Again. And it feels as strong as it was in the beginning. Recognition of what grief I was feeling did create a shift and now the candles are lit in remembrance and gratitude having known this wonderful person.
And some candles for my beautiful boy as well.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been venturing into the bush around Bendigo making a series of bush essences. These essences are as much about place as about person, made in damaged landscapes that in some way reflect our inner terrain. The project is now finished (or so I believe for the moment)!
In total there are 11 essences. The first 7 will go into the online shop today, the next 4 will be there soon. You can read about all of these new essences here.
This has been quite a journey for me and my four legged essence assistant as we moved out of the backyard essence laboratory and into the open spaces. We’ve both covered a lot of country and I feel quite transformed by the process. I hope that these essences resonate with you.
I was excited to find out recently that Barbara Ann Brennan has a new book out “Core Light Healing”. This book follows on from her earlier two books “Hands of Light” and “Light Emerging”. These books have been hugely influential in my life and the lives of many energetic workers.
The new book looks at the creative process and how we can heal wounds to become co-creators of our lives. You can follow this link for further information on this great book https://www.barbarabrennan.com/core-light-healing/
I’m still reading it slowly as there is plenty of information to digest.
Life Key Essences is now stocking Tissue Salts. These are available for direct purchase only and won’t be available in the online shop. Single remedies are $13 and combination remedies are $17. These are great for a range of issues and very easy for children to take.
Fumitory (Fumaria Officianalis) has long been used for treating skin problems like scabies, eczema and acne. It has a bitter taste and is good for stimulating the liver and gallbladder. Culpeper has a long list of uses for fumitory including leprosy, jaundice, plague and pestilence! “The distilled water also…helps with all sores of the mouth and throat, being gargled often therewith.” Fumitory can be toxic in large doses. I’ve been eating small amounts, cut up finely, in my salads. The leaves and flowers can be used.
Mallow (Malva Sylvestris) leaves and flowers can be added to salads and soups or made into a tea. Traditionally it has been used to make a soothing syrup for coughs, sore throats and inflammation of the respiratory passages. It’s also soothing to the urinary tract and intestines. Mallow helps to cleanse and strengthen the lymph system. Externally it can be applied to wounds and sores as a wash, or used as a poultice on irritations.