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Happy New Year!

By Robin Bennett
Posted in Blog, Recipes
On December 29, 2020

(Originally posted as a newsletter 12/29/20. If you are not signed up for my newsletters, signup here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Open a new door to your dreams!

Hello Friends!

Let's raise a glass to the rising tide of love and justice entering the world!

As a new calendar year begins, it is common practice to "resolve" to do this or that,
which can feel more like a pressure-filled chore than opening a door.

Rather than making resolutions once a year, then being disappointed
If you don't follow through, let a regular meditation practice support your dreams!

In this season of restful darkness, journey to your
"sacred cave of inner wisdom" to envision a change you want to focus on.

Whatever you feel called to invite in or release from your life,
meditating on it can help bring it into focus.

And it's a great time to start or recommit to the practice of
working with the waxing and waning energy of the moon's cycles.

Monthly moon meditations help you plant your vision seeds
and nurture your commitment to bring light and
movement to whatever you want to grow in your life.
Intentions can hold and guide you rather than push and pull you;
they help you move forward on your path.

I write about linking intentions with the cycles of the moon
in my book Healing Magic and feel it is so important that
I have a guided Moon Meditation for it!

This practice has brought so much to my life. It can help you too!
You can practice on your own or with the help of my
guided new and full Moon Meditations.

And when you welcome more herbal medicine into your daily life,
you bring healing and a deeper sense of connection.

In addition to obvious applications for wounds and bruises,
topical herbal medicine offers another essential means of
self-care, your own loving touch.

FRESH GINGER POULTICE and/or COMPRESS RECIPE
2-3 inch length of fresh ginger root
(or as much as needed to cover the sore area)

Grate the ginger
(optional: pour just a little boiled water on it to moisten it a bit more).
Apply it directly to the affected area.
Or, make a compress by wrapping the ginger in a
porous cloth such as cheesecloth and hold that to your skin.
This is useful to do if a directly applied poultice would fall off the area.
If you have tender skin, put some olive oil on your skin before poulticing.

Perfect herbal medicine for strained or pulled muscles due to shoveling snow!

Use fresh, grated ginger as a poultice for healing many types of injuries including muscle pulls, strains and sprains. It increases circulation to the area, and brings down inflammation. You can also use it as a compress or fomentation. I have used it to great effect on joints that are inflamed, whether from arthritis or infections such as those caused by tick bites.
(excerpt from "The Gift of Healing Herbs")

TOPICAL HERBAL MEDICINE -
WOUND AND BRUISE HEALING, AND MORE
Thursday, February 4 @ 6 - 8 PM EST
Part of the Bloom webinar series
Register HERE!

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Learn to use common herbs from the outside in, as well as the inside out. We'll discuss a variety of first aid uses for injuries such as sprains, cuts, and impact bruises; herbs can help ease bleeding, swelling, and pain, and promote tissue healing. We'll explore fresh and dried poultices, oils and ointments, fomentations, washes and foot and body baths. We can also talk about using topical herbs for specific conditions, such as dissolving cysts and soothing skin rashes, and of beautiful ways to use topical herbs to support healing from emotional pain as well.

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Love and Green Blessings,
Robin Rose
~*~

Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Robin Rose Bennett is a writer, teacher, green witch, herbalist, and a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. She has been a practicing herbalism for over 30 years, based in New Jersey & NYC. Robin focuses on the spiritual and ecological lessons of plants and treatment of illness.