Harvest, Gratitude, and Preparing for Transition
September brings with it the invitation to welcome the medicine of transition into our lives. We can start to see the ground beneath us open as the earth begins to change in color, slow down, and prepare for the coming colder months. We may start to harvest what we’ve worked for, shift and let go of what doesn’t serve us anymore, and find gratitude in lessons we have learned so far. September allows us to receive what we've longed and worked so hard for and with a sigh of relief, to be proud of it.
Motherwort, the Keeper of Transition is our herb ally of the month. An herb here to help us find courage, tend to the vulnerable spaces within, and soothe our emotional bodies and heart spaces. Below are a few recipes and ways to incorporate this soft herb into one’s daily life this month.
Motherwort is known for its ability to help guide us through process and change, and for its heart medicine. It has a direct connection to the sign of Leo and the Fire element, bringing forth passion and courage, especially in the face of vulnerability. In fact, it's latin name Leonurus cardiaca originates from the Greek words lion (leon), tail (ouros), and heart (cardiaca). Energetically and medically this herb has properties towards heart medicine emotional body, and the nervous system.
Courageous Vulnerability Bath Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
1/2 cup Dead Sea Salt
3-5 heaping tablespoons Motherwort
10 drops Ho Wood Essential Oil
5 drops Palmarosa Essential OIl
(Optional: Add Equal Parts Dried Oatmeal/Whole Oats)
Nourish the Heart Center Tea
1 part Nettle
1/4 part Motherwort
1/4 part Red Roses
1/3 part Orange Peel
Sprinkle of Licorice (Optional)
Directions for tea brewing:
Add 1 tablespoon per cup of boiling water. Let tea steep for 20-30 minutes, strain, and enjoy! Herbalist tip: A french press is a great and easy way to make loose leaf herbal tea.
Happy September, magical beings!