Summer Sway

That is all. Fear no more, says the heart. Fear no more says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, renews, begins, collects, and lets fall.

- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, P. 39-40

Motherwort is standing tall in my garden and reminding me to find that spot of inner strength and calmness.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca); the lion hearted. 
Taste: bitter, acrid.
Energetics: cooling, drying
Actions: gentle nervine sedative, emmenagogue, cardiovascular trophorestorative, spasmolytic, relaxant diaphoretic.
Affinities: Nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, female reproductive system, blood.

Motherwort is a gentle nervine that can be used to calm excess nervous energy as a result of stress, lack of sleep, tension, anxiety, etc. Motherwort has a strong affinity for the cardiovascular system and is perfect for people who feel their stress in their heart. Motherwort can feel like a hug during times of grief.

Motherwort is also one of the best herbs for bringing on menses and establishing consistency in an inconsistent cycle.

Love your mother and all she brings to the garden.

Springs renewal gives way to summers burden. As the heat rises our growth reflects our environment; harsh lands, inconsistent views, rubs of intolerance and discomfort. We rise through our teenage angst within the season, not quite reaching the wisdom of mature Autumn, nor grandfatherly Winter.  Regardless, there is much to learn here.  Bask in the suns recharge and take glory in the ripening. Wash away your fears in the mountain rivers and open up to long days of curiosity. 

Summer is a time of exploration and external connection. Be good to yourself and share the love. We are bringing our local herbal focus this season towards •oils• for hydration •oils• for sensation •oils• for sun exposure, long winded days, internal healing, and external feeling. 

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Kristen Acesta