Fragrant beginnings 🌙

Hello lovely people,

Welcome to the very first Black Spruce Herbals blog post! I'm so glad you're here and reading along as I begin this journey.

Wow, I am SO excited to devote myself to the practice of collecting, writing, and sharing my thoughts and musings about all things related to:

plants and herbal medicine

witchcraft and magic

the wisdom of myth and folklore

unearthing and embodying the wild feminine

finding ancestral reconnection and folkways

And hopefully building a community of like-minded people!

I'm placing the wild rose at the beginning of this blogging journey because she is my favorite plant friend, teacher, ancestor, and muse! 💗

Wild-hearted remedy for resiliency.

Teacher of fierce boundaries and embodied vulnerability.

Heart + Spirit Healing

She brings protection and deep support, holding us through heartsickness, grief, trauma, fear, panic, rage, bitterness. Rose is a particularly useful plant medicine for heartbreak and trauma where the sexuality is involved, and there is an element of betrayal and violation. Blooming with such beauty, sweetness, and pleasure in the face of the suffering and challenges of life - this is her message, her teaching, her medicine.

Rose is a powerful ally when one feels a sense of hopelessness, apathy, wanting to give up, or when we're unable to find hope and a will to live. Apathy and resignation can cut us off from our own abundant inner and outer resources that help us weather hard times. It is this ability of Rose to reconnect what trauma has disconnected in our bodies and inner selves that is at the root of how she helps us cultivate resiliency. And, as a living plant, wild rose is considered a weedy nuisance in many places because she is so tough, hard to kill, and tenacious! Truly a wild spirit. We absorb this defiant and joyous energy when taking her medicine.

Medicine Ways

I love to make an elixir or an infused honey with fresh petals and some whole flowers. Fill a jar full of fresh petals (make sure they have never been sprayed with any chemicals) then fill three-quarters of the way full with 50% vodka and top off with raw honey. Let this infuse for a full moon cycle, shaking the jar with love daily, until you're ready to pour off your sensual and tasty heart-healing potion!

You can also add some thorns to your rose medicines while they're infusing to energetically bring in her fiercely-boundaried and protective qualities.

Rose pairs beautifully with mint for a tasty tea, with cardamom, vanilla, and cinnamon for a sensual aphrodisiac preparation, and with shatavari to make a nourishing anti-inflammatory tonic!

We will be diving much deeper into wild rose medicine, and dozens of other herbs, practices, and resources, in my upcoming online course Resilient Hearts: Plant Allies for Unraveling Trauma which will run for a four weeks with weekly live classes, a private Facebook group for deeper sharing and community building, and some other goodies and bonuses thrown in too.

This is the program for:

  • mental health professionals

  • social workers

  • nurses and other health professionals

  • therapists, psychologists

  • herbalists, naturopaths, health coaches

  • trauma and grief workers

  • highly sensitive people

  • survivors, those who regularly experience oppression (BIPOC, queet, trans/non-binary, dis-abled folks, etc.)

  • anyone drawn to using plant medicine for cultivating emotional and spiritual resiliency!

~ Blessings to you and yours ~

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