The nectarine and plum trees outside my kitchen window are just starting to show the brilliant white and fuchsia blooms, harbingers of spring here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We have lived here on this homestead for over 10 years now, and I still find myself anxiously awaiting the flowers of spring, which signal the beginning of days of tending the plants in the greenhouse, tilling fertile garden beds and singing awake the soil for the season of planting ahead. The focus of our gardens and homestead is stewarding heirloom seeds of unique vegetables, flowers and herbs. From early spring until late fall, our 10 acre homestead is an exquisite expression of so many colorful flowers, which precede the swelling of seeds in their pods. The honeybees sing their buzzing paths across the land, in a timeless dance with the rainbow blossoms of apples, pears, tulsi basil, strawberries, zinnias, and so much more. Just like our pollinator allies, days on our farm homestead are often very full with a diverse array of activities; homeschooling kids making art and science projects at the kitchen table, myself tending the new green seedlings or deep in thought and writing from the farm office.
As we all can relate, sometimes our lives get so busy, it’s easy to lose connection with that intuitive part of ourselves that is wise and centered. We have set our daily rhythms and lives in our family to live a bit closer to the earth, but the pace of this modern life still influences our days here, even at this homestead at the end of a dirt road. Emails to respond to, appointments to run off to, kids activities to attend, meals to cook and schoolwork to finish. It’s easy to feel as though our bandwidth is consistently stretched to its fullest, as we navigate the complexities of being alive in this expansive and stimulating era.
To honor myself and divine self care needed to live each day to its fullest, I have a simple ritual when I sit down to look ahead and plan my day each morning. In addition to making my to-do list and schedule, I consider the ways I want to feel and show up energetically in the day ahead, and then invoke the deep and subtle wisdom of my plant allies to support my intentions. Flower and plant essences are my favorite way to realign with my creative center. These essences are infused vibrational waters that can create subtle but very recognizable shift in our energetic bodies, enabling us to meet each moment with openness, grace and ease.
My recent favorite has been the Liberation: Rowan Tree FlorAlchemy flower essence crafted by Sara Crow. Partly drawn to this plant essence because I share the same name as this sacred tree, I also have found that its healing potential is one that deeply resonates with my life’s work as a gardener, sacred SeedKeeper, writer and mother. Sara and David Crow have traveled to the most pristine and sacred places to craft their essences, and the quality of their healing potential is unparalleled.
I treasure the imagery of the venerable tree from which Rowan Tree essence was prepared; Sara Crow shares that “the Rowan flower essence was made in a magical place, the oldest and largest forest in Iceland. This Rowan tree watches over a huge glacial river, where it is said that an ancient worm lives and protects the golden ring. Iceland’s rich folklore is currently alive and well; we have heard that the worm was last seen few months ago.” Healing botanical medicine steeped in rich story and tradition. This essence carries the medicine of reconciliation, forgiveness and ancestral healing as well as deep intuitive connection. In our extensive and diverse home gardens, I often spend many hours tending a diverse array of fragrant food, flower and medicinal plants; listening deeply to their resilient messages I feel renewed and at peace. Caring for them with reverence in return for nourishing our family every day, I have found a deep kinship with these plants. Slowing down and cultivating mindfulness, I have found that the plants themselves are such wise and caring teachers.
I keep the essences close at hand, on my desktop or in my purse; using a few drops under the tongue when the stress of a diverse and busy life begin creeping in and cluttering my mind’s sense of balance.
As a mother of two, I call upon the subtle strength of these flower essences often as a part of our homestead apothecary. They support my own holistic health and well-being in the swirl of this active modern life. More importantly, I find that our children respond vibrantly to these flower essences. They are a safe and versatile way to guide the children back into a place of emotional balance, which is often at the very core of their own inner medicine for wellbeing. We should never underestimate the profound potency of our own inner medicine for wellness. In my experience, plant and flower essences have the intrinsic ability to guide us to this place of accessing our own inner healing. Deep gratitude for all the plants continue to share with us.
By: Rowen White