We had been traveling throughout Iceland for about ten days and we became familiar with the flora + fauna of the great volcanic island.
One of the flowers growing most often near waterfalls and hot springs was Lady’s Mantle. We spotted it on our hike up the mountain to visit a hot springs river, it’s fluorescent chartreuse exploding on the hillsides along with the gurgling of steam vents and boiling water heated from the earth’s core.
There are few places I’ve been to where I so powerfully felt the essence of Mother Earth.
Add to that the exhilaration of peeling off your winter clothes and stepping into a steaming hot springs river after a long hike up the mountainside.
Lady’s Mantle is a vibrantly-colored chartreuse flower the shape of a star expanding out to eight directions. Found mostly in the Alpine circle, as well as in the altitudes of the Himalayas, it blooms during the summer and is sometimes referred to as Lion’s Root.
Native to Asia and Europe, the Lady’s Mantle dew drops or leaf tip sap was said to promote conception and awaken the woman’s life-giving power in her womb. Lady’s Mantle has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for excessive menstruation.
The plant’s leaves are water repellent and aside from therapeutic use, the water droplets were also said to have been coveted by medieval chemists (or alchemists) in their efforts to turn iron into gold, because these dew drops were considered the purest form of water that existed.
In the 16th century, Lady’s Mantle root was infused into wine as a styptic, to heal internal and external wounds, while the fresh herb was made into a gentle tea to heal broken bones in babies. The tightening and astringent qualities of Lady’s Mantle were said to turn women back into virgins, as well as firm up saggy breasts. In other references, it was recommended to put a piece of the fresh herb under your pillow to get the best night’s sleep.
In Iceland there are two varieties of additional Lady’s Mantle, alpine and fairy Lady’s Mantle; in Iceland the plant is called: Ljónslappi.
If you find yourself attracted to Lady’s Mantle, you may be ending a winter season, either literally or metaphorically. After having endured many challenges, you are ready for spring. And - you are ready to spring forward and not be held back in any way. Projects that may have slogged along and bogged you down are ready for a fresh infusion of energy. You may have felt limited or slowed down, and you are now ready to break free of all boundaries and pioneer a new path.
If not specific projects or aspects of your life, it can indicate a desire to break out of your usual norms and routine. It can facilitate a more outgoing, uninhibited approach in areas you might previously have kept under wraps or been more conservative.
Lady’s Mantle elixir promotes emphatic engagement with life and our surroundings. It helps us push past boundaries, get outside our comfort zone and forge the way. It dissolves apathy, boredom and the doldrums, and helps us feel energetic, cheered up and excited. It revitalizes our childlike essence, giving us a fresh perspective on what we’re experiencing today.
Just as a flower leaps out of the ground in spring,Lady’s Mantle helps us conjure up and express joyful, fresh energy from within ourselves, helping us expand in unique new ways.
Magnifies: Explosive joy; engagement with life + surroundings; pushing past boundaries
Dissolves: Boredom; apathy; dread
Love +flower petals,
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