The Lineage of Rain

The color always stops me. Blue, but grey but not. Intensity and power thrumming, captivating.

Water gathered.
From ancient seas.
A grandfather weeping as his grandchild returns home from war.
The river that carved solid stone into canyon.
The birth waters of a mother delivering her first child and the tears of child burying a parent.

This celestial blue body holds centuries old grief and newly formed joy. Hope and destruction. Power and gentleness. Let me not see you as inconvenient, dreary, or something to dread, but as the lifeblood you carry.

Let the rain fall. Let me know the wisdom of ancient seas. May I receive the birth waters of the mother. May I feel the tears of the grieving and the hopeful. Let them mingle with my breath, my tears, my sweat. Until they rise again.

The Wonder of Ditch Weed

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The sight of the downy “cotton”, swirling on the breeze used to make me groan. The innocent looking bits of fluff shed from Cottonwood trees equaled misery.  Everything was itchy — eyes, scalp skin — plus sneezing, and congestion. Allergy meds just barely took the edge off. 

 

 

Then I discovered Stinging Nettle! Voila! Allergy season? What allergy season?

Now, rarely a day passes when I don’t have some of this wonder in my cup.

Medicine for both body and spirit, Nettle, sometimes called ditch weed, is fascinating and magical!

 

When fresh, it has tiny little barbs that leave your skin stinging if it comes in contact with them. This sensation can sometimes last hours.

And yet…

For those that suffer with joint inflammation, those barbs can be miraculous. After the sting, nettle medicine goes to work reducing stiffness, inflammation and often times pain.

As time passes and harvested nettle dries, the medicine evolves. It is a deeply nourishing, nutrient-dense herb and one of the most well-loved adaptogens— helping the body to cope with the effects of stress. Nettle helps many people (like me) with seasonal allergies as it seems to naturally quiet the body’s inflammatory reactions to the allergens so prevalent in spring and summer.

One of the easiest ways I find to incorporate Nettle is by making Nettle Pops— a deep infusion of Nettle, frozen in ice cube trays, that I can easily pop into just about anything. I add one to my mug before pouring in the hot water for tea. I’ve popped them into soups, stews and sauces. I also add them to smoothies. As general rule I use 1 per every 12 to 16 oz of liquid.

Nettle has a grassy, green flavor that is easily masked by stronger tastes and blends nicely with floral or green teas.

The proportions in this recipe make for a very concentrated infusion, packing one nettle pop with a lot of nutritive goodness.

Nettle Pops

3 cups dried nettle leaf
5 cups water
Bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and then add nettle, reduce heat again to low and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Leave sitting on the counter for 4 to 5 hours then place in the refrigerator over night.

Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the nettle infusion into a container with a pour spout. Make sure to use a spoon and press the nettle against the strainer so you can squeeze as much of the infusion out as possible. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze. Store cubes in an airtight container in the freezer.

*This may stain ice cube trays depending on which kind you have.

 

Keep in mind. Nettle is an herb and thus contains constituents (think active ingredients like a constituent in oranges in vitamin c) and should be treated as such. Be sure to do your research before using and make sure you have researched contraindications before ingesting!

 

Spiritual Healing with Nettle

The spiritual medicine of nettle mirrors it’s potent physical aspects.
In life we have received barbs that sting. Sometimes the irritation and hurt can last for hours, days, months or even years. Nettle helps transmute those barbs to become medicine. Soothing hearts, cooling anger, nettle instructs us on how to transmute the sting into powerful medicine. The medicine of standing in our power, naturally quieting inflammatory reactions to outside opinions that trigger our emotions. Deeply yet quietly nourishing us with energetic fortification.

There are many ways, from the simple to the complex, that you can invite Nettle in as a Spiritual Ally.

The simplest way is to consciously interact with the Nettle before you bring it into your body. Before you sip your Nettle tea, or consume the sauce you enriched with a nettle pop, think about a situation of hurt or irritation that is weighing you down. Invite Nettle in, asking to transmute the sting into powerful medicine. Notice what happens in the days that follow.


If you want to take it deeper, before you place the Nettle leaves in your cup or pot, blow on them softly. Breath is one of the most intimate things we can share. The act of gently blowing on the nettle creates a conduit between your spirit and the spirit of the plant. Then speak to what you desire — healing, relief, new insight, nourishment. Ask Nettle to partner with you in your desire.

There are two other plants that combine with Nettle to create an amazing, spiritual healing trifecta for old wounds. I explore those herbs as well as some beautiful, potent ceremonies over on my Patreon Page. You can find me under Scarlett Maebh, Medicine Woman.  Consider becoming a Patron for even more recipes, rituals and fun giveaways.

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Off The Deep End

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Off The Deep End

Today I found out I’ve “gone off the deep end.”

In my mother’s lingo that means I’m crazy, cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, gone nuts.

You see, I haven’t ever had “the talk” with my family of origin. The one that says “Yeah, I left the church I was raised in, became a Shamanic Practitioner and by the way, I talk to and hear trees, plants and animals.”

My secret is out.

I don’t talk to any of them often and they generally don’t ask about my life when I do. However, about 18 months ago I stopped filtering my posts on Face Book and I often post about “my” trees and other Shamanic things I’m doing. Apparently someone in my family has been stalking my feed and felt they should inform mom. I found out through the grapevine today that mom is very worried about me because “I’ve gone off the deep end and am worshiping trees.”

Well, you know what? I have gone off the deep end! I connect people to Source, to their spiritual center through Nature. I am a bringer of light and a speaker of truth. Still, in this area of my life I haven’t lied but I haven’t been bold either. Partly due to the fact that I have been afraid that if I spoke up, really telling people about my tree talking gifts, I’d be called crazy and shunned or worse. And yet, part of my sacred contract in this life is to break cycles of secret keeping.

So what is the gift in all this?

My mother for sure and most likely the rest of my family think I’m crazy. How about that? My worst fear realized and it’s not so bad! I feel some fear, sadness and a touch of anger but most of all I feel liberated! If this is the deep end, I’m happy to be swimming here. This is one of the very things Nature has been telling me all along.

Grow Your Own Way

Trees and plants have no problem just BEing who they be. One, lone oak tree thriving in a grove of pines. Life vibrantly growing in seemingly impossible paces. The Ohi’a tree.This sacred Hawaiian tree only grows up out of the lava. And then there are the trees I met last summer.
I was on a hike and stopped to tie my shoe by the 3 Aspen trees pictured above. I heard singing but when I looked up, no one was there. I then realized it was the trees. They were singing “You can grow your own way. Grow your own way aay” (Yes, like the Fleetwood Mac song.) I took more notice of them in that moment. All of their trunks growing with seemingly impossible twists and turns. What a beautiful gift in the message! Crazy right??? Maybe, and there is no denying the truth in the message.

BE. More. Me.

It’s Time

I’ve had a beautiful gift delivered to me in the form of the judgement of others. Now, who do I want to be and how do I want to play…for ME? It’s time for me to step up in ways I’ve never done before. Time for me to be seen, to be more me, to shine my light. How about YOU? What is your version of being told you’ve “gone off the deep end” (aka your deepest fear about showing up fully as you)? Is it holding you back? Is it time for you to be liberated?
If so, I’d love to have a conversation and see if I can support you in getting unstuck. People who work with me often have amazing shifts into prosperity, confidence and healing in relationships. If this resonates, you can schedule a time here for us to chat and see if I can support you.

Swimming in the deep end,

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