Do you ever feel called, pulled, nudged to do something? Do you ever repeatedly, not answer that call?
For the past couple of months, I have been feeling very called to work with Pine and Marjoram. We actually have very few pine trees on our property, which is rare for this area so the call got my attention and then kind of confused me. I'd go looking to see if any limbs had fallen or if there were any low branches whose needles I could reach. NONE. So I just kind of sat with that feeling that I needed to work with pine. I use marjoram in all my cooking so I just assigned myself partial credit and kept rolling.
About 2 or 3 weeks after looking in my own yard for pine, I was at my mom's house when her neighbor was being forced (by the HOA) to cut down a bunch of huge pine trees. I'm going to save you my rant on HOAs because I can see their point in this case but absolutely can't stand the whole institution...back to the story.
I took some branches home with me and and realized I needed to get moving on this. At first, I thought I'd distill pine and marjoram together because that would be one heavenly hydrosol. I had some setup concerns and put it off.
One night, I was getting ready for a bath and just intuitively headed for the medicine kitchen. Without thinking about it, I gathered some pine needles and marjoram into my bath tea bag and headed back to the tub. I didn't get an overwhelming sense of the message of the plants but I just felt so cozy I stayed in the tub for an hour. That's a record for me. I love taking baths but after about 20 minutes, I feel like I need to be doing something else.
The next bath I took, I found myself grabbing these same plants and realized I was forcing the wrong preparation with the hydrosol.
When prepping the pine for a batch of bath tea, it became clear that the combination would be Pine, Marjoram, Marigold and Epsom Salts. The smell is incredible!!!
Here is the conversation that followed my asking what message this collective of plant spirits is bringing forward:
"Earthy and Earthly connection. We come together to offer the kind of grounding that lets you know you are of the earth not just on it. This deep connection is created through sensory experience and our qualities that open the energy body and the physical body to remember their place in nature, to remembering their place as nature.
As with true embodiment work, words won't do much good. Just trust if you are called to this combination that it is time to remember your nature. Remember you're nature.
Feel yourself in a cathedral of pines with marigold and marjoram dancing around you. Take your place inside this living mandala. Feel your kinship to the plants and the ecosystem as a whole. Not above it, not below it, not outside, WITHIN.
Honor this place, this relationship, and move through your days as a whole and healing member of this family.
I get the feeling that the pines are great big elder family and the marjoram and marigold are younger family. The epsom salts are the ancient elders and they just wish we would remember and come back home.
I find it so very fitting that during this month when ReSourced Apothecary is focused on grounding, this collective of plants and minerals comes in and shows us how it feels to be truly grounded AS nature rather than just IN nature.
I also find it fitting that the plants I was putting off working with because I just couldn't get grounded and clear on what direction to take were coming to show me how to get grounded and clear and to show me what direction to take.
Nature is a powerful resource and SO MUCH MORE than just a resource. It's an honor to feel so connected to my plant family and it is an honor to share that connection with you.