October 13, 2017

Prunella vulgaris

Message:It’s time to thrive.

When we were in Iceland, we trekked from the northernmost to the southernmost tip of the arctic island. We made our way to a hot springs that looked idyllic + deserted in all the photos. But when we arrived, we were overwhelmed + taken aback by all the unexpected tourists. We walked up the river a distance, climbing over craggy rocks, and hopping over streams back up into the canyon where there were no people. To our exhilarating surprise, we found a secret hot springs tucked around the corner where no one could see us.

Iceland hot springs Self Heal flower essence

Bubbling with about as much joy as the boiling water mixing with the babbling glacier river, we peeled off our clothes down to our swimsuits underneath and slowly stepped into the hot water. We soaked our bodies in the hot pools of varying temperatures, blissed out watching the freezing river rush by at the rocks’ edge.

On the other side of the river were gigantic mountains awash in neon lime green and chartreuse mosses and lichen, reaching up into the rich blue sky horizon.

Iceland hot springs Self Heal flower essence Iceland hot springs Katie Hess

After soaking, I felt like exploring + looking for flowers, so I dried off and put on my shoes. The steep cliffside next to the hot springs was lush, and there were tons of friendly, long-legged spiders skittering alongside me on the rocks. Halfway up the cliff, out of the blue, I was overcome with dizziness. I had to sit down, for fear of falling down the mountain. I wasn’t overheated by the hot springs, and thought this dizzy feeling quite odd. My hands reached out to touch the ground beneath me. I took a deep breath.

Iceland Katie looking for Self Heal essence

 Off in the near distance I spied a flash of color underneath some huge green leaves. I cocked my head to the side and peered a little closer. There was a little purple flower hiding underneath the leaves. I moved closer and as I lifted up the leaf, this wild Self Heal flowertook my breath away. It looked so regal, so perfect, so crazy wild + exotic there - all by itself.

I had been secretly wanting to find this flower on this trip, but wasn’t sure where it grew. And now, here it was! Something about the minerals and varying temperatures of the hot bubbling boiling water meeting the icy glacier water and all the various reactions that it caused, like the swirls of air and mist {and other reasons I’m not botanically equipped enough to understand}, this was the perfect hiding place for the Self Heal flower. I’d been all over Iceland, exploring all sizes of waterfalls and hot springs, without seeing it before. And here in this place on the cliffside, it was as if this flower threw me off kilter, so I would be forced to get down on its level to discover it.

self heal LOTUSWEI flower essence

Why it’s Special
Self Heal is an herb found in Europe, Asia and North America. Rich in vitamins like A, C, K and flavonoids, it's edible and its leaves can be boiled in soups, tossed into salads and infused into teas + other beverages.

The true magic of this flower, however, is in its name: Self Heal. Also known as Heal-All and Heart of the Earth, in Chinese medicine it is considered to be the herb that alters the course of an illness. Historically among indigenous cultures, it was used as a poultice to disinfect + soothe the skin and heal wounds.

  self heal LOTUSWEI flower essence

What it Reveals
If you find yourself attracted to Self Heal, there is some part of you, either physically or of the heart that is longing to heal, by healing itself. Each of us has the capacity and resources to not only get to the root causes of physical imbalances and emotional patterning, but to gain the insights from them and shift from surviving — to thriving.

  Iceland hot springs Self Heal flower essence

What the Elixir Catalyzes
Self Heal is the quintessential flower for activating the body’s capacity to heal itself. Rather than just surviving, this flower helps you shift into the gear of thriving. It awakens the body, mind + heart’s ability to rediscover its natural balance + stimulates our inherent and energetic knowing sense of balancing all aspects of ourselves from the inside out.

self heal LOTUSWEI flower essence

Self Heal dissolves any resistance to self-care, self-nourishment + self-healing.Sometimes we take on too much and getting sick is our body's way to slow down. Self Heal helps us understand the messages of our bodies, so that we don't push ourselves to the point of getting a sick, exhausted, burnt out or physically ill. It helps us notice more acutely the needs of the physical body, like eating when we're hungry, resting when we need a break, taking naps when we need sleep and stretching our muscles when we need it.

Self Heal revitalizes us, recalibrates our energy + enhances our awareness of what's needed in the moment. On an emotional level, Self Heal gives us a sense of courage and heart. It enlivens us and sparks our desire to thrive. It magnifies our ability to recognize the conditions most conducive for operating at our fullest potential.

In Essence
{Magnifies} Vitality, energy, self-healing; deeper understanding of the conditions you thrive in; getting to the root cause of fatigue, exhaustion or illness; self-nourishment; sharper awareness of the body's moment-to-moment needs; conviction regarding the need to care for oneself

{Dissolves} Lack of self-care; fatigue, weariness; momentum of imbalance; habitual pattern of overextending or suppressing needs when hungry, thirsty, tired, etc.

This elixir is currently only available to those in the Flowerevolution program. Go here to learn more!

Love + flower petals,

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