Weed Wanderings herbal eZine with Susun Weed

October 2003

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by Rhonda PallasDowney

plus... Medicine Trees by Gail Faith Edwards
excerpt from Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs


There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by Natures wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek.
For love divine and sunny hours,
In the language of the flowers.
F.L.W. (Author unknown)

Exploring the Relationships Between Herbalism, Homeopathy,
Chakras, Flower Essences, and Healing

48 Natural and Beautiful Ways to Heal Yourself and Your Life

Includes 48 color photos of flowers
By: Rhonda PallasDowney
ISBN: 1-57731-141-8

Published by New World Library
14 Pamaron Way • Novato • California 94949
Toll Free 1/800-97-BOOKS • FAX 415/884-2199

“What a splendid book, one of the most complete I’ve read on the topic. Rhonda PallasDowney has skillfully woven the essence of flowers into the greater picture of herbalism, homeopathy, and color healing to create a truly wholistic approach to wellness. . . . Eminently practical, easy to use, and inspiring.”
— Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women

“ For those interested in flower remedies from an energetic medicine point of view, Rhonda PallasDowney’s integration of herbs, homeopathy and flower essences is superb. I know of no other source for this comprehensive approach.”
— C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., author of Sacred Healing and Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association

Many healing traditions, including aromatherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, and Chinese medicine, use flower essences for healing. Ancient traditions like these take into account both the physical and psychological condition of the “patient” and work to integrate and heal the “whole” person — physically, mentally, and spiritually. Just as the body has a wisdom of healing itself, each flower essence contains a healing energy, as expressed by color and the energies that correspond to the chakras.

In her new book, The Complete Book of Flower Essences , health practitioner Rhonda PallasDowney beautifully pairs traditional flower essence healing with the relationship to the chakras, which are also known as the energy centers of the body. As students of the healing arts will attest, each of the seven chakras has a color associated with it. PallasDowney uses the colors of the flower essences to connect them to each chakra center.

The Complete Book of Flower Essences offers readers a hands on approach to aid in the treatment of physical, psychological, and spiritual ailments and includes:
• Charts to easily explain the healing properties of plants
• Extensive, in-depth botanical descriptions that include the flower’s color, texture, essence, and growing patterns
• Detailed guidelines for preparing and administering “whole plant” flower essences
• Integration of the four elements, the five senses, and the eight principle patterns of Chinese herbal medicine
• Information on each plant’s ‘doctrine of signatures,’ or how to ‘read’ a plant to discover its usefulness for symptoms and patterns of imbalance

About the author:
Rhonda PallasDowney has a diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and is a fellow, graduate, and tutor with the British Institute of Homeopathy and a staff member at Arizona School of Integrative Studies, where she teaches herbal studies, plant life, and flower essences. She “wild crafts” flower essences, gathering her plants from the wild and creating healing essences. She is a professional in the human services field, and conducts ongoing research into flower essences, color and energy healing, and the chakra system. Her course through ASIS has been approved by the state of Arizona and this course for 240 contact hours has been approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association which is accredited as an Approver of Continuing Education in Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To contact Rhonda PallasDowney / Living Flower Essences
please write, e-mail or call her at:
PO Box 1492 Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Call or fax 928-639-3614

An excerpt from
Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs

by Gail Faith Edwards

Medicine Trees, pg. 32-33

Trees have a unique spirit. They offer us much more than simply food, medicine, fiber, and material for making tools. Green beings of great beauty and girth, towering trees whisper many secrets throughout the seasons. Trees are impressive for their steadfast and long-standing natures. Rooted in one spot seemingly forever, they are always growing and changing.

Throughout time, humans have looked to trees for help in understanding their personal growth and changes. People have always sought solace and comfort from trees, spoken to trees of their problems and joys, and gathered strength from these interactions with the tree spirits. A common practice in many cultures is choosing a tree as a personal friend and ally. Those who do this learn lessons from and grow with that tree throughout life. Scientific studies prove trees do indeed respond to love, to care and to pain. Ancient people knew this, and in our wild hearts we know this too.

Living on this land we call Blessed Main Herb Farm for more than twenty years, I‘ve come to know a few trees on a personal level. Several trees around our home have names given to them by my children. For instance, Big Red, is a tall and beautiful red maple that stands sentinel along our tree line. Jack trimmed her years ago, and, since receiving this special attention, she has grown and branched out ten-fold. Big Red is the tree my children climb when they want to see forever or freak me out—I’m not sure which, but probably both. My son Johnny says he climbs Big Red when he’s mad or sad. She is his friend.

Another special tree on our farm is an apple tree. About a hundred years old, she has lovingly held my children since they were able to climb. Her sideways leaning trunk made it easy even for the babies to straddle. She’s cradled their infant swings, put on awesome apple blossom displays, and, despite her age, continues to offer bountiful harvests of small, red, tasty apples. It’s next to that apple tree that my daughter, Grace, plans to build her house.

A cherry tree stands just outside the kitchen door. She was a small bush when we first settled her. Tall and spreading now, she shades the area where we cook and hang out during summer. I meet with friends and students under this cherry tree’s boughs, holding intimate conversations and loving exchanges. We refer to her as the listening tree, for she is a tireless and compassionate friend, always willing to lend an ear.

I believe everyone has special relationships with trees. Perhaps you have a particular tree you visit when you’re lonesome, one you decorate for special celebrations, or one that makes you smile as you round the corner on your way home. Maybe there’s a tree you’ve been fond of since childhood, or one underneath which you spread a blanket and relax. Your favorite tree may have offered you its fruit, its medicine, or its shade.

The Seneca believe that long ago and far way all beings gathered together to sing the songs of Peace. The winds of the world carried the sound around the earth for all to experience. If you open you wild heart and listen closely, you can still hear these ancient melodies of peace whispering through the trees.

Come, let us talk a bit about the special healing energies the trees offer by way of food, medicine, and spirit power.

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