Archive for October, 2015
The more I learn about the plant world, the more I’m amazed by the knowledge it holds and the parallels and teachings nature offers in our own lives. Take, for example, the potent reality and the metaphoric magic of roots. Autumn is a root time of year, when hearty root vegetables are harvested, and when we can best benefit from all that they hold. Right now, my garden is bursting with sweet potatoes, ginger and turmeric, and, as I well know through my work in botanical medicine, these roots are full of potency. Roots are where plants store vast concentrations of vital energy, which is why I use so many root remedies in my formulas—from Fo-Ti to Burdock to Iris. At the same time, my appreciation of these incredible medicinal remedies helps me remember the importance of my own energetic roots. Often the clients I see at this time of year are pulling from their deep energetic reserves—their roots—and some feel close to running on empty. We’ve all been there, and sometimes we all forget to do what’s necessary to keep from getting depleted. But now is the time. Whatever it is that best feeds your own depths—whether it’s music, movement, practicing gratitude, or a connection with nature—as we transition towards a time of less light, it’s important to replenish the deepest parts of who we are. It’s a time to restore the inner resources that we draw on most. Of course, what’s good for the soul is also good for the skin! Nourishing deeply, beyond the shallow surface, is crucial. One formula that seems to work so well at these times is Quintessential Serum, ultra-concentrated with nutrients and also deeply grounding. I hope you’ll try it and let me know whether you agree. And, in the meantime, I am wishing you a season of beautiful bounty!
What to do with all the busy, buzzy energy that swirls around us during these seasonal transitions? The feeling is light and flutter-y—which can be so delightful! But it can also translate into a distracted, edgy feeling, which, frankly, can be a little much to bear. We like to say that getting “grounded” is the cure, and if you think about it quite literally, the analogy couldn’t be more perfect. We use ground wires to rebalance electrical systems, allowing excess current to discharge safely by connecting with the earth. And that’s quite literally what getting in touch with nature—directly with the earth—can do for us, too. At the most primal level, that connection can be physical, literally a connection to the ground under your feet, or the tree against your back. When was the last time you lay on the grass? With pure intention, you might release the static-y, buzz of transitional energy into the deep blue sky on an out-breath. If you live near an ocean, or lake, river or pond, then let the water can carry your cares away like a sigh. It all starts with a gesture of caring for ourselves and with a true wish to ground our presence in the here-and-now with bright, fresh focus. Of course, for me, an invaluable, grounding connection also comes directly through the Pure Living Energy of the earth's sacred medicinal plants, which can help us so gracefully to find the still-point in a too-quickly turning world. For me, nothing counters that flighty, tapped-out feeling quite like Quintessential Serum. This remedy is ultra-concentrated, and is deeply focused with soothing, nourishing essence of Rose, and with Frankincense, which subtly smoothes the flow of chi. It’s true heart’s relief. May autumn find you happily re-grounded and heart-full!