- For speaking one’s truth.
- For timidity and shyness in speaking out.
- For difficulty in confronting others.
- For intellectual arrogance.
- For dominating parents.
- For healers heavy with pride and ego.
- For creative blocks.
- For stage fright – performers block.
- For speaking from the core of one's truth .
- For letting your star shine.
- Empowers the faint-hearted to speak up.
- Encourages wise parenting.
- Opens channels to creative expression and healing.
- Facilitates public speaking, singing.
A rampant climber, otherwise known as the Blue Dawnflower, this ambitious vine is covered with flashy, bright blue trumpets all summer — each flower opens at dawn and fades by sunset, curling in on itself as if shutting down.
The Morning Glory, in the family Convolvulaceae, contains more than 1000 species. As the name suggests, Morning Glory flowers open with the dawn.
Morning Glories are native of tropical America. They are also present in Asia, and also grow in subtropical and temperate regions. They grow so rampantly in subtropical regions of Australia that they have been declared a weed.
This essence has been made up from the Morning Glory leari, a perennial with beautiful dark blue-purple funnel-shaped flowers in groups of three to twelve blooms. The blossoms show marks where the corolla was neatly folded or rolled up in bud.
The Morning Glory leari flowers start to fade two hours before the petals start showing visible curling. Morning Glories prefer full sun hroughout the day.
Another popular, fragrant variety Moonflower (Ipomea alba) opens in the evening with a sweet fragrance. It lasts through the night until touched by the morning sun .
Morning Glories have lush green foliage. The leaves are heart-shaped and about four to five cms long.
Morning Glory was first known in China for its medicinal uses, due to the laxative properties of its seeds. Aztec priests in Mexico were also known to use the plant's hallucinogenic properties.
Many species of Morning Glory seeds contain d-lysergic acid amide, ergoline alkaloids better known as LSA, which are poisonous. Ergoline derivatives have been used in the treatment of migraines, but perhaps the most well renowned use is in the manufacture of the psychelidic drug LSD, popularized during the ‘flower power’ era of the 1960’s and 70’s. LSD was seen to ‘open the doors to perception’.
The round seedpods hang in clusters from their vines. On maturing, the pods turn papery brown and become hard.
Morning Glories are excellent seed voyagers and their efficient propagation is one of the reasons they are declared a weed. The other reason is that they are capable of fast growth given the right conditions.
As strong, twining climbers, they can grow into the canopy of the rainforest. Their rampant growth can successfully form a curtain of stems, which is capable of destroying intact rainforest canopy. They are mainly found growing in heavily disturbed rainforest remnants and are largely confined to sunny edges and gaps within the forest.
Doctrine of Signatures
The flower is trumpet-shaped with a very deep centre, pure white at the base. When held up to the light, the centre appears as a shining star emanating white light. The white changes to a beautiful pink hue and then to a brilliant blue as it flares out to create the trumpet shape.
Pink bands radiating from the centre and out to the periphery divide the flared flower into five segments, giving the appearance that there are five separate petals, but indeed there is only one. The stamen is pure white and looks like an illuminated light bulb.
For further discussion and case studies on Morning Glory, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences