As we move into the months of the year that sunlight and warmth will diminish, I want to bring to your attention plants that can help us combat our loss of daylight hours and the benefits that we receive from sunlight. In Native belief, the months of fall and winter are the time of preparing for long cold months, of staying close to home, caring for home and going within. This is a great time to finish projects, things we have left unfinished.
But; A time of going within?
This pertains to self care, taking the time we need to nurture ourselves, as our mother is being nurtured during the months of her rest under the snow, as she is sleeping, receiving moisture and resetting for spring when all life and growth and rebirth is at a maximum. So, I wish to speak to you about an essence that can be helpful to us during these times.
St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is the essence of sunlight and is the color of the sun. St. John’s Wort is a summer plant ruled by the sun. It stands to reason that, in a number of ways, she nourishes the heart. She lightens the spirit. She brings sunlight within you. From a broken heart to a cut finger, St John’s Wort heals what is brought to her.
St. John’s Wort has been a very prevalent anti-depressant in Germany. It appears to delay or decrease re-absorption of neurotransmitters. In treating anxiety, OCD, and mood swings, St John’s Wort is a champion. It has been noted that the hypericin in St. John’s Wort may be active in combating certain brain cancers. During the Middle Ages, St. John’s Wort was used to protect against demons and evil spirits. That certainly sounds like cancer and depression doesn’t it?
I feel that St. John’s Wort has something to say about the heart.
What actually protects the heart?
The pericardium! In allopathic medicine, the pericardium is described as a double sheath covering the heart. In between the two layers is a fluid which protects the heart from shocks and infectious diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) gives a more detailed and nuanced interpretation. The pericardium is a fire organ and is referred to as The King’s Bodyguard. It not only protects the heart from external shocks, but also protects the heart from negative emotions such as anger from the liver, fear from the kidneys and grief from the lungs. These extreme emotions are disruptors of energy balance and major causes of dis-ease of spirit.
The seat of the Soul
The deepest depths of being are thought to connect to the Pericardium meridian. The pericardial sac is understood as the place where the spiritual qualities of the heart, the state of consciousness, one’s philosophy, beliefs and emotional states can be found.
The pericardium has been described as the medicine bag of the soul where records of every life a person has lived is registered. Perhaps the pericardium is the seat of the soul.
St. John’s Wort…I am in awe of who she is and what she can do for us spiritually and physically. To use the essential oil, I feel is the best avenue of absorption. If you are needing help with heart issues on any level, any brain issues from forgetfulness to extreme depression, she may be a beautiful answer all wrapped up in one lovely little package!