HERBS FOR ECLIPSE SEASON
Welcome to the healing portal, witches. We’re in big, transformative times! Ready or not, here it comes so let’s get ready, shall we? Eclipses mark a magickal time for surrender and release. Many a wise witch advise against trying to harness and control the eclipse energy, but rather to allow and receive the transformation. Letting go of control can trigger our anxiety. I mean, who doesn’t experience a ton of anxiety around eclipse season?
This cosmic event will radically shift how we allow the universe to do it’s magickal work on us. This New Moon Solar eclipse in Cancer stirs up our inner waters and tunes us into our wounds surrounding the Mother archetype. Regardless of our relationship with the human who birthed us, we are all taking a deep dive into our feelings surrounding nurturing, support and receiving love.
Sound intense? Most healing transformations are. But fear not because herbal allies can help us learn to surf these choppy seas. If we allow the healing waves of the Cancer eclipse to wash away what doesn’t serve us, we will emerge on the other side of this portal more secure and in our power. You got this.
Motherwort (Leonorus Cardiaca)
The Latin name translates to “Lion Heart” and it says it all. Motherwort is a fierce lioness who protects our heart at all costs. She offers badass love for aching hearts.
Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
Matricaria carries to the Latin root for uterus. This plant can be very supportive for people with or without a uterus for healing emotional mothering wounds. It is calming to the nervous system and belly to promote healthy digestion and sleep.
Rose (Rosa sp)
Whether you buy yourself a bouquet or smell the intoxicating beach roses, the scent and beauty is the healing medicine. Rose is ruled by water and Venus, providing soothing beauty for our burning hearts. The thorns are an equally important part of the medicine, protecting our tender hearts in times of grief and deep processing.
Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora)
Anxiety is a hot, agitated condition of the mind. Skullcap is soothing and cooling, calming the “ping pong brain” that often keeps us up at night. It can be taken during the day as well to ease anxiety and headaches. Eclipses always seem to give me a headache! The tincture below has some yummy relaxing skullcap in it:
Oats (Avena Sativa)
You know how nourished you feel after a hot bowl of oatmeal? Take a fresh Milky Oat Seed tincture or enjoy a nice long Oatstraw infusion for comfort and calm. Both preparations offer stabilizing and grounding support to our nerves. Oatstraw contains a high level of minerals like magnesium and calcium to soothe muscle and nervous tension.
Blue Vervain (Verbena Hastata)
Vervain encourages us to let go of our iron grip on life. What are you holding on to that needs to be released? Vervain is for those who carry the world on their shoulders and grit their teeth through life. Are you doing too much with too little energy? Vervain encourages us to release what doesn’t serve us and let go of the need to control. This herb makes a strong showing in the new zine Emotional Alchemy by Spellbound Herbals.
Don’t forget to breathe and remember the plants have your back! Lean into the healing and enjoy the ride. See you on the other side.
Kate Laurel has been studying plant medicine, crystal and energy healing over 6 years. She runs Laurel Tree Healing Arts and supports her clients through Reiki, tarot, and distance healing. She uses her holistic and magical training to tap into the mind and body’s intuitive knowledge. Kate also leads the Herb Witch tour with NowAge Travel. You can book a magical herbal consult, Reiki session or tarot session with her here.
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