Corinna's Corner ~ Wise Woman Ways
Director, Southeast Wise Women
Has this spring been a wild ride for you emotionally? In our staff meeting this morning, that's what we heard, all around the circle.
As women living in the Wise Woman Tradition, we seek natural methods to support both physical and emotional health. While the choice to use anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication is a common option today, we're aware that the increase in use over the past decade has doubled, along with our stress levels. So how can we address this issue in our lives on deeper lifestyle level and create more sustainable solutions?
There's an interpretation of the Wise Woman Tradition which I feel speaks to the heart of this issue. When I lived with Susun Weed, I always loved this directive she would offer us, her apprentices . . .
Live in your body. Speak your truth. Love yourself.
Living in your body.
As we become more embodied, we also learn to nourish ourselves, which is at the foundation of the Wise Woman Tradition. If we’re not deeply nourished, it’s very difficult for us to deal with the situational anxiety and depression that comes our way. Most women suffer from a lack of healthy fats in their diets. Healthy fats, like raw organic butter and coconut oil, contribute to a healthy nervous system unlike anything else. A robust nervous system helps us be less emotionally volatile or prone to extreme bouts of anxiety. Reducing or eliminating stimulants will also help get you off the up and down wheel of anxiety.
Speaking your truth. The Wise Woman Tradition teaches us to embrace both the light and dark sides of ourselves – even those so called “negative emotions” such as grief and rage. Women have often been taught to suppress these parts which, stored in our bodies, can create anxiety and illness. Name the fears and dark emotions with your loved ones. Be vulnerable and real about who you are and what you feel. Try expressing this dark stuff in a safe way by lying on the earth and letting your tears and anger flow . . . the earth can take your pain and turn it into food and medicine!
Loving yourself. Where in your life are you being nourished? Accentuate those parts and begin to look at what drains your energy. Your job, your relationship, your obligations? Is there a way to live more authentically who you are? Is there a way to live more simply to reduce economic stress? Can you reach out to others to create more community in your life? Can you find a way to get nourishing non-sexual touch such as massage or cuddling? Can you do a daily movement or writing or art practice, which grounds your energy and frees your soul?
Herbal remedies for anxiety and depression
Herbs alone, just like prescription medicine alone, will not be a miracle cure. In combination with the lifestyle issues above, herbs will encourage your body and mind towards wholeness.
Three of my favorite herbs to soothe the nerves and ease anxiety are lemon balm, skullcap and catnip, all gentle, safe herbs in the mint family. Lemon balm is known as a mood elevator--if you've had a sniff of a leaf from the garden, you understand what that means! Skullcap is used to ease nervous tension and help with headaches and sleep disturbances. Catnip is used to for calming, pain, and bellyaches, which often accompany mood disorders.
May you discover yourself more deeply on your journey through the light and dark spiral of life.
|Join us for the 12th Annual Herbal Conference|
October 14-16, 2016 ~ Black Mountain, NC
The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference offers a unique opportunity to participate in a vibrant and joyful gathering of women who are dedicated to health and wholeness for our communities, the planet and ourselves.
For one weekend in autumn, we share inspiration, celebration and practical learning about earth-based healing and women’s health. Surrounded by the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, our venue at Lake Eden offers a beautiful, serene backdrop for over 60 workshops and classes in herbalism, nutrition, personal growth and natural healing.
We invite you to renew your spirit, explore your power and engage in the extraordinary experience of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference.
Register before June 2nd for our Early Bird Discount
|Violet: Beautiful Blood Cleanser ~ by Jessica Godino|
|Jessica Godino is the owner of Four Flames Healing and senior instructor at The Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. She is loved by her students because she blends the metaphysical and the practical in a way that brings deep meaning to their healing journeys.|
Today while I was taking a walk with my son, a tiny burst of color caught my eye. I looked more closely and realized joyfully that I had found my first Violet of the season. And not just one, for the ground was covered with dozens of sweetly nodding purple flowers. My son and I happily gathered handfuls of the delicate blossoms and tender green leaves, eating some as we picked and saving the rest for dinner.
Besides being a delight to the senses, the common wild Violet is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. There are dozens of species of Violet, in various colors that include blue, purple, white, and yellow. Luckily, all species are edible and have similar medicinal value, so you don’t have to worry about knowing out exactly which one you’ve got. Violet leaves and flowers are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C. The leaves are tasty both raw and cooked, with a bland mucilaginous flavor. I like to add a handful to fresh salads for a vitamin boost. The flowers are sweet and tangy, and make a gorgeous garnish on salads and desserts.
Last chance to register for the Herbal Immersion
The dark moon peaks Friday afternoon (May 6) at 3:30 pm, in the astrological sign of Taurus. That means that Thursday night is the dark of the moon. And the late afternoon and evening on Friday, as the moon becomes new, is the optimum time to write out your positive, heartfelt intentions.
Intentions in the areas that Taurus governs are especially powerful . . .
money, sensual pleasure, contentment, perseverance, patience, self-worth, and releasing stubbornness.
Dark moon blessings to you!