From: Green Treasures, Herbal Medicines from Mother Earth, my newest book, to be published in 2013.
“The only heart that can’t be broken is the heart that is already completely open.”
I understand sorrow, believe me...it is here to be felt, to be cried, to be expressed physically and emotionally, and to be released so that our natural joy (that is always alive even under the sorrow) can be felt again. When death comes suddenly, it leaves those of us “left behind” shocked and reeling...
Upon reflection, the reality that at some point everything and everyone in our world transforms from matter to energy and goes Home to Spirit (or perhaps never truly leaves it, but does appear to) makes expressing our love freely, and living our lives fully, ever more urgent, and ever more precious.
If grief and sorrow have a hold on you at this time, turn to the unassuming, gnarly-looking hawthorn tree for powerful, gentle healing to help you through life’s thorniest situations. Her berries and flowers make a potent brew to heal your aching, or even broken heart. I wouldn’t want to be without this beloved ally and I drink her medicine when life is sweet, and when it is at its most bitter.
When Your Heart Hurts and You’re Not Sure You’re Strong Enough Blend
Hawthorn Berries – 1 cup
Oat tops – 1 cup
White Oak Bark – ½ cup
Put the dried herbs into a half-gallon jar and add boiling water. Fill the jar as full as possible and cap tightly. Let steep 10-12 hours, unrefrigerated. Decant. Squeeze out the herbs. Re-heat and drink several cups daily. Refrigerate the rest and re-heat it to drink. With each sip, gulp, or cup, feel your heart lift and lighten, your mind clear, your nerves relax, and your soul strengthening.
Evergreen Blessings of The Season to You