August 12, 2012

Chamaesyce albomarginata
Activate: Deep relaxation
Message: Let go.

Several years ago I discovered Rattlesnake Euphorbia growing all over the ground at our office. It’s a ground cover that looks like a vine and spreads out, hugging the earth with its green and red stems and tiny red and white flowers.

Rattlesnake Euphorbia is one of those flowers that’s easy to miss. Most people would consider it a ‘weed’, but weeds are simply plants that whose special qualities have not yet been recognized. Subsequently, weeds are oftentimes the most-needed remedies - that’s why they persistently spring up in backyards, alleys, outside our windows and in our lawns.

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Why it's Special

Worldwide there are 2100 different varieties of Euphorbia flowers, one of the most diverse groups of flowers. They are sometimes called called ‘spurge’, which means ‘to purge’. Rattlesnake Euphorbia is a special type native to only one place on the planet: the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, California. Rattlesnake Euphorbia has spread to all of the Southwestern states of the U.S., along with northern Mexico. It grows in fields, roadsides, yards or disturbed land.

In terms of its physical appearance, Rattlesnake Euphorbia has the typical shape that you see with other Euphorbias - in this case, the four petal-like bracts are white with a red center and pronounced red stamen. Ironically, the white and dark red petal-like bracts are actually not the flower - the actual flowers are extremely tiny, emerging from the center like little jewels on miniature pedestals.

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Most people would consider this plant as a ‘weed’ or ‘urban weed’, which in this case means that the understanding of the plant’s special qualities has been lost over time.

Traditionally, Rattlesnake Euphorbia was commonly used as a tea or poultice by Native American tribes to cure rattlesnake bites. Also known as Yerba de la Vibora, or Viper Grass, this plant is known to be poisonous, secreting a milky sap which is an irritant to the skin, which protects it from getting eaten by animals.

This plant is a perfect demonstration of the theory that sometimes ‘poison cures poison’ - that poisonous plants can be of great benefit when when used properly.Rattlesnake Euphorbia is also known as a carthartic, a substance that expels toxins.

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What it Reveals

If you're attracted to the Rattlesnake flower, you may be experiencing chronic stress and constant low-level tension, one that you’ve experienced over such a long period of time, you may not even be aware of because it is ‘normal’. It shows up as pressure, deadlines and an unhealthy urgency.

This can manifest as low-level worry, overwhelm and unknowingly overthinking the little stuff. You might be feeling like you're in constant overdrive, trying to do too much and worrying about what other people think or need.

Constantly feeling behind and always looking at your to-do list, you may think there isn't time to celebrate accomplishments and successes or reflect happily about your contribution in life. Or worse, think there is nothing to celebrate!

Different from acute stress, it is kind of like a background noise that you’re not aware of until it ceases. This kind of tension is especially amplified for certain professionals like entrepreneurs, teachers, police, ER, doctors, magazine writers or anyone stressed about timing and deadlines. This also applies to anyone under constant pressure to perform.

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What the Elixir Catalyzes

Just like Rattlesnake Euphorbia is a plant known for purging the body of toxins and poisons, it’s quality as a flower essence is to purge the mind. A valuable remedy for our modern daily life, it purges chronic, low-level tension, allowing for more enjoyment and peacefulness. You can be more adaptable and ready for what life presents you. There is a seemingly effortless and joyous flow to what you do vs. being motivated by stress or pressure.

It cuts through the ‘what if’-type thought forms, the tension around having to be ‘nice’ or politically correct and a perceived lack of the ability to be oneself - direct and truthful. Instead of being amped up, you feel non-attached to any outcomes, which allows you to see more clearly. Without the low-level tension, you experience strength and self-assuredness.

This is the perfect flower elixir for jump-starting your retreat or vacation, or for incorporating in to massage, as it cuts through the low-level stress and tension, discharging energetic toxins and sinking you into deep relaxation.

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Now might be a great time to do a cleanse or detox, or take some quiet time or a much needed retreat in nature. If you look at your life and your daily habits, what do you need to purge?

Look at the different areas of your life and see if you can identify areas where pressure is creeping into your experiences and see if there’s a way to strip that away or shift your routines, so you can allow for more enjoyment.

Take a vacation or pretend - and live your life as if you’re on vacation - and work like you’re playing hooky. Notice how that changes the energy around your daily activities.

Rattlesnake flower encourages us to find ways to celebrate our accomplishments, instead of constantly looking at the to-do list and feeling behind.

Experience the magic of Rattlesnake Flower Elixir!

In Essence

{Magnifies}: Strength, self-assuredness, foundation; total relaxation and letting go; meditative mind; vacation-in-a-bottle; feeling fresh, awake; flexibility, adaptability, handling things naturally as they arise vs. worrying or over-thinking; celebration of life

{Dissolves}: Chronic stress, constant low level tension; sense of pressure, deadlines, urgency (to unhealthy point); worrying about little things, overwhelm; feeling a lack or that you’re falling behind; worry about having to be ‘nice’ or politically correct

Love + flower petals,

Katie Hess Signature LOTUSWEI

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