I have lots of Ruby Saltbush in my garden and I love to snack on these sweet little magenta berries. Sometimes I put them in salads and I’ve read that you can dry the leaves and crush them as a spice. The magenta berries can also be used to make a red dye.
The berries are supposed to be an anti-scorbutic (something that stops scurvy) as they are high in Vitamin C. They also have a high Vitamin E content.
I travelled to Cobargo in Yuin Country after the devastating
bushfires. A lovely local took me into the bush near the sacred
mountain Gulaga, the mother. Here we made an essence using Wattle and
Gulaga water. I am still developing an understanding of this essence,
but you can read the information I have so far if you click on the link
– Coppins Creek.
Although this has been a terrible time for locals and the recovery
will be long and slow, I saw so much positivity in people – the best of
human nature was in evidence. It was a time of transformation for me
and I think for everyone as we move into a future that is so unknown at
this stage. Thank you Cobargo, I hope to be back soon.
I’ve made a new essence bringing the whole of the Life Key Essences series into a cohesive whole. This essence is a combination of 8 essences – The Elixir of Life, Peace, The Initiate, Shine and Yin, Yang, Redemption and Memory. This essence sits with Mother of Pearl – all colour.
And now we begin…
All has united and connected with source. Balance between the realms is yours. This key of connection and sustenance will allow
for your new beginning, releasing the old world and embracing the new. Much time, learning and healing has brought
you to this place, and now, with flow connected to source and to mother earth
through the bridge of the heartspace, you can step into your unified being with
a relaxed confidence in your hard won direction.
I’ve been taking the essence for a number of days now and I am now getting new insight to issues that I’ve been unable to shift for some time. I now see that I’ve been holding onto old ways of being, of doing work that I see as being “valued” by society instead of doing my own work in depth. Some part of me has always held back from fully embracing my work due to extreme fear. I feel that I’m now stepping out of this pattern into a new future.
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.