These are red maple flowers. Did you know that trees have flowers? Sometimes they are very showy and sometimes hidden. Get outside and take a look! They usually don't last that long.
Now is a great time to make some flower essences from tree flowers. They each have their own vibrational energy that you can feel. Visit different trees and you'll see what I mean. A pine feels different from a maple or an apple or birch.
Here are a few of my favorite essences.
Hemlock- Tsuga canadensis. This is one of my most recommended tree essences. I think of it as "sanctuary". It offers us a safe, protected, quiet place. If you've ever been in a hemlock grove you'll have felt it. A hushed sense of being in a holy space. Peaceful. Sheltered. A place where you can let down your guard and relax.
Use it when you want some space to be left alone for some down time or to get away from all the busyness of life. Helps protect you from unwanted interaction. Provides a space where you can tune in to Nature, Spirit, Yourself.
Sugar Maple- Acer saccharum. Briing forth with joy! Think of the sap rising in the springtime. From that deep rooted source you can bring up the energy you need to do what you want or need to do, For when you want to do something but feel you don't have the oomph. Helps you connect to the endless reservoir of energy available to us and bring it to rise up for your use. Refreshing, invigorating, I've used it for laboring moms when they get to that point of feeling like they can't do it. Sugar maple helps them do it.
Rose-Rosa spp., Hawthorne- Crataegus spp., The heart protectors. The thorns protect while allowing the heart to remain soft. Also allows you to be more in touch with the inner self.
There are so many flowers and each is unique in what they offer. Experiment with the ones you are drawn to. Just sitting with them or contemplating on them can invoke their healing energy!
In my class "Growing and Making Your Own Plant Medicine" we will be making flower essences as well as growing plants, wildcrafting and making other medicinal preparations. We will meet one Saturday per month from 9am-1 pm. The $450 fee includes seeds, plants, and supplies. Payment plans are available.
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