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Desire – The Greatest Classical Music for Lovers – cover art

 

I don’t know who originally wrote this fantastic blog post, but I had to pass it on. Please let me know if you identify it as yours – it is brilliant information for a woman. Thank you……..

It echoes exactly what I wrote in my book The Essence of Woman about women taking on their sexual partner(s)’s energy through sexual exchange and subsequently possibly carrying it forever.

Please read on:

‘Scientists have discovered that a sizeable minority of women have Y-chromosome gene sequences in their blood. This is interesting because as you may know, Y-chromosomes are the chromosomes that belong to men, so ladies, what are they doing there, and where did they come from?

An obvious answer would be from pregnancy with a male son, every woman who has been pregnant still carries cells from her fetus within her bloodstream. Cells from the pregnancy will reside within the mother’s bloodstream and organs for the rest of her life. Even if the pregnancy was terminated or if there was a miscarriage these said genes would remain with the Mother. There is a name for this so-called condition, it is called microchimerism (1), which is named after the Greek chimera, a mythical, monstrous fire-breathing animal that is composed of the parts of three animals a lion, a snake and a goat. Okay so that explains it, well at least it does for the women who have given birth to sons. But what about the women without sons that still had male cells in their bloodstream?

The Study

This called for a study (2) that was done by immunologists at the Fred Hutchinson Caner Center in 2004.  In this study they took samples from 120 women who had never had sons. They found that 21% of these women had male DNA. The women were then categorized into 4 groups according to pregnancy history: Group A had only daughters, Group B had had one or more miscarriage(s), Group C had induced abortions and Group D had never been pregnant before. The prevalence of male michrochimerism was considerably greater in Group C although it was still present in each group. Group A 8%, Group B 22%, Group C 57% and Group D 10%.

The conclusions of this study noted that the possible sources of male michrochimerism included, known pregnancies, miscarriages, vanished male twin, or sexual intercourse. This means, that through intercourse alone there is a potential for women to hold onto male genes and DNA within their organs and blood stream for their entire life!

I find this extremely fascinating because a spiritual friend and mentor once told me that every time you sleep with somebody you are taking on a part of them within you. I thought of this as a powerful metaphor, that we were keeping a part of them energetically. Needless to say, it made me reflect on certain things from my past and this whole analogy really made a lot of sense. But, to learn that there is actual scientific proof to back this up and that it is a physical thing, that is more than just energy. The idea that as women we are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with, was an extremely eye opening piece of information to stumble across.

This science puts a whole new meaning on sexual intercourse as a whole. It is a very sacred and spiritual act and should be completely regarded as such. A lot of people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is. I know I can speak for many women because as a woman I know what this is like and have had experiences in the past with giving away sex somewhat freely because of insecurity or to please or impress a man without actually even realizing how irresponsible this was. Because at the time, it was just sex, and when you are completely disconnected from yourself, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal. Now being older and more connected to my spiritual self I realize that sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely, it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people that love and care about each other. It is so important for us (humanity) to realize this. There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the complete capability of connecting us with our true selves.

Many of us are holding onto a lot of sexual baggage from our past, it is not my intent to make anyone regret past experiences. Rather, to let go and embrace what the past has taught us and move forward with this knowledge and consider it wisely. With this information I’m sure you will think twice about whom you are ending up in bed with, and at the very least, I’m positive that you’ll be sure to use a condom!

Much Love

Sources and further readings:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(mythology)

(2) http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2805%2900270-6/abstract

http://jenapincott.com/do-you-carry-the-dna-of-your-former-lovers/’

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Desire – The Greatest Classical Music for Lovers – cover art

 

I don’t know who originally wrote this fantastic blog post, but I had to pass it on. Please let me know if you identify it as yours – it is brilliant information for a woman. Thank you……..

It echoes exactly what I wrote in my book The Essence of Woman about women taking on their sexual partner(s)’s energy through sexual exchange and subsequently possibly carrying it forever.

Please read on:

‘Scientists have discovered that a sizeable minority of women have Y-chromosome gene sequences in their blood. This is interesting because as you may know, Y-chromosomes are the chromosomes that belong to men, so ladies, what are they doing there, and where did they come from?

An obvious answer would be from pregnancy with a male son, every woman who has been pregnant still carries cells from her fetus within her bloodstream. Cells from the pregnancy will reside within the mother’s bloodstream and organs for the rest of her life. Even if the pregnancy was terminated or if there was a miscarriage these said genes would remain with the Mother. There is a name for this so-called condition, it is called microchimerism (1), which is named after the Greek chimera, a mythical, monstrous fire-breathing animal that is composed of the parts of three animals a lion, a snake and a goat. Okay so that explains it, well at least it does for the women who have given birth to sons. But what about the women without sons that still had male cells in their bloodstream?

The Study

This called for a study (2) that was done by immunologists at the Fred Hutchinson Caner Center in 2004.  In this study they took samples from 120 women who had never had sons. They found that 21% of these women had male DNA. The women were then categorized into 4 groups according to pregnancy history: Group A had only daughters, Group B had had one or more miscarriage(s), Group C had induced abortions and Group D had never been pregnant before. The prevalence of male michrochimerism was considerably greater in Group C although it was still present in each group. Group A 8%, Group B 22%, Group C 57% and Group D 10%.

The conclusions of this study noted that the possible sources of male michrochimerism included, known pregnancies, miscarriages, vanished male twin, or sexual intercourse. This means, that through intercourse alone there is a potential for women to hold onto male genes and DNA within their organs and blood stream for their entire life!

I find this extremely fascinating because a spiritual friend and mentor once told me that every time you sleep with somebody you are taking on a part of them within you. I thought of this as a powerful metaphor, that we were keeping a part of them energetically. Needless to say, it made me reflect on certain things from my past and this whole analogy really made a lot of sense. But, to learn that there is actual scientific proof to back this up and that it is a physical thing, that is more than just energy. The idea that as women we are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with, was an extremely eye opening piece of information to stumble across.

This science puts a whole new meaning on sexual intercourse as a whole. It is a very sacred and spiritual act and should be completely regarded as such. A lot of people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is. I know I can speak for many women because as a woman I know what this is like and have had experiences in the past with giving away sex somewhat freely because of insecurity or to please or impress a man without actually even realizing how irresponsible this was. Because at the time, it was just sex, and when you are completely disconnected from yourself, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal. Now being older and more connected to my spiritual self I realize that sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely, it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people that love and care about each other. It is so important for us (humanity) to realize this. There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the complete capability of connecting us with our true selves.

Many of us are holding onto a lot of sexual baggage from our past, it is not my intent to make anyone regret past experiences. Rather, to let go and embrace what the past has taught us and move forward with this knowledge and consider it wisely. With this information I’m sure you will think twice about whom you are ending up in bed with, and at the very least, I’m positive that you’ll be sure to use a condom!

Much Love

Sources and further readings:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(mythology)

(2) http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2805%2900270-6/abstract

http://jenapincott.com/do-you-carry-the-dna-of-your-former-lovers/’

The chakras are fully developed by the time an infant is born, but they activate at different times during our lives, depending on the developmental milestones we are experiencing as we grow. In fact the sequential activation of the chakras can be likened to the developmental template programmed to guide our growth potential and to trigger the physical body to enter the next appropriate phase of growth and development.

In the last post we looked at Chakra One – the chakra that governs physical survival, maintenance of the body, practicality and family (tribal) connections. It stands to reason that this chakra would be activated during gestation and for a short time after birth (up to six months) as this is the time when the physical body is being laid down, and the infant survives by being cared for within the family unit (tribe). Similarly much of our programming about feeling comfortable in our body and having a sense of mastery about our physical world stems from this early time.

Chakra Two is activated during the infancy/baby phase of 6 months to 2.5 years. This is a phase of deep intimacy with the mother through breast-feeding, being held in-arms, cuddled and deeply connected. We learn how to be comfortable with physical closeness and intimacy with another human being through this early skin-to-skin contact and learn how to closely connect on the emotional level as well, through being merged with our mother during our babyhood. We haven’t learned yet that we have individual needs apart from those that involve survival, comfort, connection and safety. Throughout this phase we only just begin to realise that we are separate from the other and that we are different.

The same dynamic is playing out later on in life in our intimate sexual relationship, when, in the sexual act, we come together as one, and then pull apart to experience difference.

On the emotional level we do the same in our ‘significant’ intimate relationship. We merge, and experience togetherness, then we separate out and experience separateness. These cycles of merging and separation allow us by comparison, to begin to know who we are and, as importantly, who we are not.

We therefore begin to define ourselves in relation to the other. Through flexibility and change, we start to learn who we really are and who we are not. Growth, movement and life arise from this centre. The Sacral centre links strongly with the Fifth or Throat chakra, the centre for creative expression.

Chakra Two has long been associated with creativity and sexual expression. Located just above the pubic bone, it corresponds to the region where the spinal chord generates the neuropeptides responsible for innervating our sexual organs. Sex is the most fundamental expression of human creativity. Often sexuality issues stem back to the time in early babyhood when our needs for emotional closeness were not met.

A childhood issue does not necessarily mean however, that we are doomed to a life of sexual barrenness or emotional conflict. Emotional freedom is the keynote of this chakra and by releasing our submerged feelings we flow more easily and gracefully into appropriate sexual expression. By bringing your deepest feelings into awareness, whatever those feelings are, owning them and allowing them to be expressed, we prevent over-merging with others and taking on board feelings which are not ours. In this way, we master our emotions by taking responsibility for only those that are our own and, consequently, travel the journey more lightly.

Again, to get an idea of how balanced your Sacral (Chakra Two) chakra is, answer the questions below. There is no right or wrong, just an awareness of how well you express your Sacral Chakra……

CHAKRA TWO: EMOTIONS, SEXUALITY

How would you rate your ability to express emotions?

How would you rate your sex life?

How often do you show nurturing for others?

Do you allow yourself to relax and seek pleasure in the form of movies, hot tubs, sensual pleasures or food in a nonaddictive way?

How would you rate your physical flexibility?

How would you rate your emotional flexibility?

Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences help to restore balance and clear distortions to the chakras. They do this powerfully but gently by re-attuning you to your best possible expression, assisting you to make decisions in your life that are life-affirming and healing.

For example, Red Kamala helps to re-balance the Sacral (second) chakra by encouraging sexual freedom (emotionally), renews interest in sex, assists flexibility, eases back pain and inspires creativity. It is the perfect essence for opening up to the creative energy that is our basic birthright, but which we often suppress because we  hold our feelings in and forget to ‘go with the flow’.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to optimise your potential by re-balancing your chakras come along to our Spirit of Woman Workshop series. We explore the chakras in depth and how they affect your life when they are out of balance, including the five newer chakras that have opened up recently in human beings as the consciousness of the planet shifts into a higher gear. To find out more click here.

The chakras are fully developed by the time an infant is born, but they activate at different times during our lives, depending on the developmental milestones we are experiencing as we grow. In fact the sequential activation of the chakras can be likened to the developmental template programmed to guide our growth potential and to trigger the physical body to enter the next appropriate phase of growth and development.

In the last post we looked at Chakra One – the chakra that governs physical survival, maintenance of the body, practicality and family (tribal) connections. It stands to reason that this chakra would be activated during gestation and for a short time after birth (up to six months) as this is the time when the physical body is being laid down, and the infant survives by being cared for within the family unit (tribe). Similarly much of our programming about feeling comfortable in our body and having a sense of mastery about our physical world stems from this early time.

Chakra Two is activated during the infancy/baby phase of 6 months to 2.5 years. This is a phase of deep intimacy with the mother through breast-feeding, being held in-arms, cuddled and deeply connected. We learn how to be comfortable with physical closeness and intimacy with another human being through this early skin-to-skin contact and learn how to closely connect on the emotional level as well, through being merged with our mother during our babyhood. We haven’t learned yet that we have individual needs apart from those that involve survival, comfort, connection and safety. Throughout this phase we only just begin to realise that we are separate from the other and that we are different.

The same dynamic is playing out later on in life in our intimate sexual relationship, when, in the sexual act, we come together as one, and then pull apart to experience difference.

On the emotional level we do the same in our ‘significant’ intimate relationship. We merge, and experience togetherness, then we separate out and experience separateness. These cycles of merging and separation allow us by comparison, to begin to know who we are and, as importantly, who we are not.

We therefore begin to define ourselves in relation to the other. Through flexibility and change, we start to learn who we really are and who we are not. Growth, movement and life arise from this centre. The Sacral centre links strongly with the Fifth or Throat chakra, the centre for creative expression.

Chakra Two has long been associated with creativity and sexual expression. Located just above the pubic bone, it corresponds to the region where the spinal chord generates the neuropeptides responsible for innervating our sexual organs. Sex is the most fundamental expression of human creativity. Often sexuality issues stem back to the time in early babyhood when our needs for emotional closeness were not met.

A childhood issue does not necessarily mean however, that we are doomed to a life of sexual barrenness or emotional conflict. Emotional freedom is the keynote of this chakra and by releasing our submerged feelings we flow more easily and gracefully into appropriate sexual expression. By bringing your deepest feelings into awareness, whatever those feelings are, owning them and allowing them to be expressed, we prevent over-merging with others and taking on board feelings which are not ours. In this way, we master our emotions by taking responsibility for only those that are our own and, consequently, travel the journey more lightly.

Again, to get an idea of how balanced your Sacral (Chakra Two) chakra is, answer the questions below. There is no right or wrong, just an awareness of how well you express your Sacral Chakra……

CHAKRA TWO: EMOTIONS, SEXUALITY

How would you rate your ability to express emotions?

How would you rate your sex life?

How often do you show nurturing for others?

Do you allow yourself to relax and seek pleasure in the form of movies, hot tubs, sensual pleasures or food in a nonaddictive way?

How would you rate your physical flexibility?

How would you rate your emotional flexibility?

Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences help to restore balance and clear distortions to the chakras. They do this powerfully but gently by re-attuning you to your best possible expression, assisting you to make decisions in your life that are life-affirming and healing.

For example, Red Kamala helps to re-balance the Sacral (second) chakra by encouraging sexual freedom (emotionally), renews interest in sex, assists flexibility, eases back pain and inspires creativity. It is the perfect essence for opening up to the creative energy that is our basic birthright, but which we often suppress because we  hold our feelings in and forget to ‘go with the flow’.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to optimise your potential by re-balancing your chakras come along to our Spirit of Woman Workshop series. We explore the chakras in depth and how they affect your life when they are out of balance, including the five newer chakras that have opened up recently in human beings as the consciousness of the planet shifts into a higher gear. To find out more click here.

 

  Snail Vine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phaseolus caracalla

 

Healing Challenges

 

  • For infertility, whether female or male.
  • For the frustration and disappointment of repeated IVF failure.
  • For frigidity and impotence.
  • For confusion over sexual preference – feeling repulsed by men.
  • For inability to enjoy sex, intimacy and touch.
  • For being unable to initiate a sexual encounter.

Healing Outcomes

  • Energetically stimulates fertility in females.
  • Energetically normalises sperm production in males.
  • Encourages sexual enjoyment, and enhances sexual satisfaction.
  • Helps in determining sexual preference.
  • Energetically assists couples on IVF, with successful conception and implantation.
  • Assists in restoring body energy.

Description

A decorative, evergreen, twining climber with soft green foliage and curiously twisted, pea-like flowers in shades of purple, white and yellow. The flowers have a delightful perfume and are produced from mid-summer to early autumn.

Caracalla means that it comes from Caracas, in Venezuela. A fast-growing, twining perennial vine, it attracts butterflies with fragrant flowers from mid-summer into autumn. The five-centimetre blooms have upper petals that contort and bend backwards, with the elongated keel coiled in four or five spirals like a corkscrew or snail. The flowers are quite fragrant and are mostly pollinated by ants. The roots are used in Mexico to make an exciting alcoholic drink called batari.

It is a vigorously growing vine, clinging sensually to whatever form supports it.

Doctrine of Signatures

The purple colour represents spirit precipitating into matter.

The flower is shaped curiously, looking like the male and female sex organs rolled into one. The penis is represented by a phallic-shaped keel, which arises from underneath and curls up between two labial-looking outer petals. When an insect lands on the yellow-tipped, clitoris-shaped mound on one of the outer petals, the ‘penis’ extends, producing a sticky pollen-covered anther and touches the ‘clitoris’ mound with its tip.

 

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Snail Vine EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Snail Vine Essence

  For further discussion and case studies on Snail Vine, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences
 

 

  Red Kamala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malotis phillipensus 

Healing Challenges

  • For frigidity.
  • For menstrual pain, and infertility.
  • For shame, fear and guilt around sexuality.
  • For shame around masturbation.
  • For loss of interest in a sexual partner, particularly following birth.
  • For low or absent libido.
  • For fear of movement and a feelings of stiffness.
  • For creative blocks.
  • For low back pain, aching legs, oedema in the ankles and bladder problems.

Healing Outcomes

  • The Wild Woman essence.
  • Assists women to get in touch with their capacity for pleasure.
  • Grants freedom from sexual guilt.
  • Renews stale relationships.
  • The aphrodisiac essence, it kindles sexual excitement and passion.
  • Enhances flexibility.
  • Eases back pain, balances fluids.
  • Enlivens and inspires musicians and artists.

Description

A tall tree belonging to the Euphorbia family, it grows to 17 metres. The branches are slender with pale bark, and the younger ones are covered with dense reddish-brown fine hair covering. The leaves are ovate, longer than broad, three-ribbed at the base, are glandular and also covered with a fine reddish-brown underneath. The yellow flowers are inconspicuous when seen from afar. The flowers are dioecious; that is, male and female flowers are on different plants of the same species.

The female flowers are on short spikes attached directly to the stem. Each flower is on a stalk within a cluster. The flowers are not petaled, but have many delicate stamens with pure white filaments. They open in sequence, along a raceme that stands upright at the growing tip of the branch.

Male flowers are found on longer stalks that attach directly to the stem. In the centre are one or sometimes two bright red anthers.

The bark is a deep red, hence the name of the tree, Red Kamala. When cut, the sap flows abundantly. The seed capsules are clothed with a deep, red glandular substance. This is used in India as a dye for silk, and known commercially by its name Kamala, bearing the same name as the tree.

Doctrine of Signatures

A detailed look at these beautiful flowers reveals the image of a swirling dancer. The little buds appear on a raceme and burst into flower, splitting as if unclothing. They appear as a stunning display of tiny flowers, like ballerinas, row upon row with their tutus flying in a choreographed dance.

The seed appears as a three-lobed ball-shaped capsule with reddish-brown dense pubescence (dense or fine hair indicating sexual readiness).

The tree has a renowned affinity with red; underneath the leaves are red and glandular, the sap flows richly and red and the pubescence, or fine hairs growing on the seed capsules, is a dusky red colour.

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Red Kamala EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Red Kamala Essence

  For further discussion and case studies on Red Kamala, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences
 
 

Lacebark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brachychiton discolor

 

Healing Challenges

  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Feeling unattractive and sexually undesirable.
  • For depression and ‘empty nest syndrome’.
  • Fear of aging.
  • Feelings of uselessness and having passed the use-by date.
  • For ‘retired husband syndrome’.
  • For hearing difficulties.

Healing Outcomes

  • Comfortable with being the Crone – the Wise Woman.
  • Energetically eases menopausal symptoms.
  • Smoothes the transition from Mother to Wise Woman
  • Encourages joy in sexuality, in older women.
  • For the freedom to dance again.
  • For ease in passing on wisdom.
  • Grants the confidence to express one’s creativity.
  • Assists in hearing the inner voice of wisdom.

Description

A large deciduous tree, it belongs to the Brachychiton family, which consists of the most noble and spectacular flowering trees native to the lush rainforests of the eastern coast. The family includes the dramatic Illawarra Flame Tree, which can grow to a height of 30 metres in its natural habitat, and provides a stunning display of red flowers following a wet summer. Queensland Lacebark is a giant deciduous tree of a spreading habit growing anywhere from six metres to twenty metres high. It has palmately lobed leaves, dark green above and grey, which are softly textured and have the shape of a hand reaching out to give assistance.

The flowers are dull pink and covered with a brownish fur on the outside. Larger than the red flowers of the Illawarra Flame Tree, they are similarly cup-shaped and have five petals with a central stamen crowned on top.

A rainforest tree, slow in the early stages of growth, Lacebark flowers after fourteen years. By this time, the flowers are in a lofty and exalted position and able to oversee the forest floor below.

Doctrine of Signatures

These gracious trees don’t flower until they are fourteen years old — as if they take their time maturing, but when they do, they have acquired wisdom.

The leaves reach out as if to offer assistance to those who would listen.

The flower has many indicators of the healing qualities of this lovely essence. The crown on the top of the stamen resembles a brain. It also looks curiously like an old lady's hairdo. It gives the impression that this flower carries the ‘wisdom of age.’ In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the brain is governed by the kidneys, which in turn determine the seven-year cycles of a woman and the ageing process.

The base of the stamen and the inner flower looks like the inside of the ear with tiny hairs that rise up from rosy pink flesh. It seems to be indicating that this flower assists with hearing in the aged or hearing the wisdom that age has to pass on.

The colour around the base of the stamen is brownish, like dried-up blood. Towards the top of the cup, the colour changes to lolly pink. The outside rim of the cup splits into five peaks. The outer surface of the cup is brownish orange and highly textured with fine powdery hairs like soft old lady's skin.

Where the inner surface of the cup meets the outer surface — the pink meets the brownish orange it has the appearance of an upside-down, multi-coloured flared dancing skirt. It is as if age does not matter — we can still dance and have fun, regardless of age. It is as if the lolly pink entices us to stay young in spirit and to stay dancing.

The name Lacebark is reminiscent of the association of ‘lavender and old lace’ with old ladies!

Your Healing Challenges

  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Feeling unattractive and sexually undesirable.
  • For depression and ‘empty nest syndrome’.
  • Fear of aging.
  • Feelings of uselessness and having passed the use-by date.
  • For ‘retired husband syndrome’.
  • For hearing difficulties.

Your Healing Outcomes

  • Crone energy – the Wise Woman.
  • Energetically eases menopausal symptoms.
  • Smoothes the transition from Mother to Wise Woman
  • Encourages joy in sexuality, in older women.
  • For the freedom to dance again.
  • For ease in passing on wisdom.
  • Grants the confidence to express one’s creativity.
  • Assists in hearing the inner voice of wisdom.

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Lacebark EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Lacebark Essence

 

For further discussion and case studies on Lacebark, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Essences.

Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences

 

Blue Mink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ageratum houstonianum

 

Healing Challenges

  • For stress
  • For feeling unduly pressured.
  • For feeling threatened.
  • For aversion to intimate touch.
  • For feeling stressed by sexual advances from a partner.
  • For being closed off and hard-edged.
  • For deep emotional pain from a past relationship.
  • For energetic balancing around skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, neuro-dermatitis, superficial wounds and scratches.

Healing Outcomes

  • Relieves stress and tension.
  • Opens a stressed woman to being comforted.
  • Softens the hard lines of tension.
  • Restores a sense of connection and intimacy.
  • Heals long-held emotional heart wounds from the past.
  • Has a soothing, healing effect on the skin.
  • For healing energetic patterns around psoriasis, neuro-dermatitis, eczema, especially when worse with emotional stress.

Description

Native to tropical Mexico, this member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family (which contains daises, sunflowers and asters) is a popular and easily grown annual that has escaped cultivated gardens and now flourishes as a classified weed.

It is fully established in Australia and is commonly known here as Billy-goat weed, Blue Mink or Blue Top.

It has low sheen, heart-shaped leaves that are slightly furry with showy blue, lavender and mauve-pink fluffy, soft flower heads.

It is an annual growing to 0.3m high by 0.3m wide. It flowers from December to April (summer and autumn) and the seeds ripen from February to April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by moths and butterflies.

Hardy, it prefers a sunny position with protection from the cold wind. It cannot grow in the shade and requires dry or moist soil.

Medicinally, it is classed as an anodyne — an agent that soothes, comforts or relaxes. The juice of the plant is used externally to treat cuts and wounds.

An ornamental plant, the flowers are very attractive to butterflies that can be seen dancing around their soft, blue fluffy flower heads in the sunshine.

Doctrine of Signatures

The soft, puffy appearance of this attractive little flower calls out to be touched. It gives the impression that it could be used to stroke the skin soothingly.

It has heart-shaped leaves that are soft, furry and pleasing to touch.

Its soft blue, lavender and pink colours are classically feminine and evoke a sense of tenderness.

Medicinally, it is classed as an anodyne, which is used to relax and soothe, so it carries the quality of softening the hard lines of tension and stress that grip and tauten the body.

Its use in treating cuts and wounds on the skin suggests a strong healing quality for emotional wounds that have penetrated deeply through the protective barrier of the aura that, when intact and healthy, protects the skin and keeps us feeling safe and relaxed.

It loves to grow in the filtered sun, evoking the image of lying in a relaxed state, soaking up gentle warmth and feeling no anxiety, stress , tension, pressure or sense of threat.

It likes to be protected from harsh, cold, windy conditions, signifying the sense of wanting to be kept safe from the outside world.

Originally a cultivar that has escaped and now roams free across the landscape, it suggests the feeling of freedom that women experience when they are liberated enough to relax and enjoy their sensuality and sexuality.

For further discussion and case studies on Blue Mink, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences

 

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Blue Mink EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Blue Mink Essence

For further discussion and case studies on Blue Mink, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Essences.

Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences