Winter, burr, something hot to drink is my mantra. There is a lot of down time when winter hits and for me this year we are making products for spring. It’s a good time to re-think ideas and throw out ones that have no value […]
It is a few days before the New Year of 2019 and I am always up so early in the morning and use this time to reflect and give gratitude. That sounds like such a mulled over statement these days, almost as if you are saying hello out of habit. What makes reflecting and giving gratitude different these days for me is the intention and heartfelt energy I put into this special time.
2018 was drastically different. I was in Seattle recovering from a bone marrow transplant procedure. The whole ordeal took almost a year to go through. 2017 We had just bought a beautiful, peaceful sixteen acres that was a canvas for a dream of mine to live out the last part of my life with the retired horses – I did equine/canine bodywork for over 15 years. My husband supported me all the way and we started building loafing sheds and pastures. Then in May 2017 I was diagnosed with AML, leukemia and my world came to a halt as far as living on the farm.
I was given three months to live if I did not seek out treatment right away. As much as I wanted to seek out natural methods and inner voice kept saying bone marrow transplant will cure you. So I listened and moved to Seattle with the help of two amazing families that housed me while I went through treatment. It was the hardest time in my life and my husband, and family as well. Yet I can only speak for myself in saying that it opened up a whole new way of looking at life. I spent years before learning many self help and spiritually tools to be a better me. All the tools came together for me during that year of 2017 and has continued to surround my very being. I have always been very spiritual but what I learned that would take me one step further is letting go and at the same time never push away the light whatever it may bring.
When I reflect, chant, pray, and give gratitude I have to feel it in my heart so that there can be that vibration in me that feels a connection. Just saying things out of habit should not be said.
You need to feel it and say it and put it out there.
Wake up and feel life today,
I wanted to share with you some interesting essential oils and herbs that can help you build your immune system, fight infection, depress a cough, and fight a fever. I am not a doctor and I am not prescribing anything here. This is for […]
This morning I woke up around three and started to pray for the whole world and everyone in it.
I really feel we are going through a big correction and the energy waves are changing on this planet due to our technology and fast pace of thinking. Always have to do something, thousands of ideas, got to have this, got to buy that, me, me ,me. Well what about all the souls we are connected to? Did we forget about them? Souls of humans, animals and nature. So I prayed for forgiveness of all this selflessness and prayed for forgiveness and healing of the earth.
Something told me to open a friend of mine’s blog ( White Witch Chronicles.) I love the pictures she uses. They are very comforting to me. I know my friend very well and have worked and been with her for over twenty years. She is good at whatever she puts her mind to because she has strong passions and she puts her passions into action. That is what we all should do no matter how big or small our actions, it will touch something or someone.
The White Witch is coming out with a new book which I can not wait to read. I know I will know some of the stories and some of the people but I also want to read the stories I do not know. She has a way of writing from her soul. I encourage you to go to her blog and connect.
The book is all about her work as an animal therapist and the stories the animals taught and told her. Animals do not lie, so I think we all could be touched somehow from this book.
Here is the link to her blog. https://whitewitchchronicle.com/
Have a beautiful day
Enjoy living in the now.
Bermaga Farm specializes in growing certain species of flowers, trees and herbs. The story behind how this all came about will be in my next blog, meanwhile I felt it very important to give you all some helpful hints on Crab Apple Flower Signatures and […]
Now that the weather is turning colder I have more time in the mornings to write a little about what is going on with Bermaga Farm, Therapy Corner Store, and my classes on Animal Aromatics and our Flower signatures grown and harvested right here on our farm. Of course I can not leave out our family of animals that bring light and laughter to our world. It is also a good time for me to do more research.
This morning I had so much fun watching one of my favorite soap crafters and her youtube videos. Ariane Arsenault has been around for a while and I have had the pleasure of watching her business grow. I think it is important to find people out there that have a successful business model you can learn from and take the things you resonate with and bring it to your work. I am not a soap maker but I am a formulater of liniments, ointments, and aromatic products. I have learned a great deal from Ariane about where to get products from plant waxes to packaging to some formulations.
I love her videos and how she shares her passion and yet she keeps you wanting more.
Mostly what I learn from Arianne is consistency in her work and quality.
Every Fall I pick a new word that I can meditate on and this fall it will be consistency.
This is a hard concept for me to follow and always has been. I am a gal who loves to change things up because I get bored. Well, I guess I can say I am consistent about changing things up. Nothing wrong with that. My goal is to get a little deeper about the details of putting more content and classes out there for the world to learn and share about Animal Aromatics, dried herbs, and bodywork with the animals.
So tell me if you dare, what is your one goal this fall?
Joan Marie Sorita
CORNFLOWER (Centaurea cyanus)
Herb – dried flowers for teas. (Human internal use only) do not take if pregnant.
Hydrosol – To be sprayed and applied topically, sometimes taken orally if animal self selects. What is a hydrosol? Hydrosols are not water with drops of essential oils, they are not flowers infused in the water. Hydrosols are a byproduct of essential oil distillation. Hydrosols are water that is separated from the essential oil. Water and oil do not mix. Hydrosols contain water soluble substances and constituents that are not found in essential oil. Hydrosols are measured by their PH range (2.9 Low to 6.5 High). They are always on the acidic end. You might want to go on the web and search for a video that shows you distillation of essential oils or how hydrosols are made.
Essences – fresh flowers harvested at certain times of the day or night. They must be solar or moon infused by the light. So if you have a night flower that blooms at night you must harvest it at night and infused it by the moons light. At our Bermaga Farm in Montesano WA we take the time using cut glass or crystal that has no lead in the material. We use a bowl that contains patterns and colors in the glass that holds positive energy. The prisms of the glass or crystals add more spectrum of light to the water and help the water bond the messages from the flowers to the water. Essences or Flower Elixirs hold the vibrational message makeup of the flower or plant material transferring it to water. When you drink the essence or Elixir the messages goes straight to the brain and processes the message. Than the magic begins. Read more on my next blog about Flower Essences and Elixirs.
HISTORY: Also known as bachelor’s Button. Men used to wear the flowers in their lapels or button hole by the collar to show their love for a women. If the flower faded fast the mans love was not taken seriously.
Queen Louise Prussia was fleeing Berlin from Napoleon’s troops and hid her children in a big cornflower field. She kept them calm and quiet by teaching them how to weave the flowers into head wreaths. Because of this story Germany made the flower their symbol of their country in 1871 when Germany became united.
Mr. John Hughes became a famous glass cutter and chose the blue cornflower as the theme for his cut glass bowls. As his art grew and became popular as his pieces became more refined. They are now a very rare find and considered vintage pieces. It also became the symbol for the porcelain cooking ware industry for corningware. So each dish had the flower on their cooking wear.
Although the history here had nothing to due with the medicinal actions of the flower, the energy of how this flower was used in history was and still is very powerful. The dried flowers were used for teas and still are to this day. It can be a mild diuretic and the bitter taste of the flower tea helps the constitution of the liver by supporting it as a tonic. Mainly the cornflower was use for eye issues.
ACTIONS:Aids in the reduction of swollen eyes when used as a compress or eye wash.
Helps with cataracts, and aids in calming, sedative, and trance like. This is why the hydrosol is offered at the end of a difficult aroma session. If you feel that the animal has not been selecting essential oils or hydrosols and is harden or withdrawn; a good idea would be to pull out the cornflower hydrosol. Although you could use it as the first selection if the animal chose it and you might be done with the session. Each session is so different, it is good to have an open mind and be flexible with its use.
I wrote a blog on Angelica root and its use as an opening essential oil or hydrosol because of its effects it has on the subconscious and the emotional system. It seems to open up deep little layers one by one to let go of trauma that was held or stored in the body.
Cornflower in a hydrosol can do the same thing as an essential oil, but in a subtle way and open your animal up to other hydrosol or essential oil selections. If you already know the animal is in a emotional shut down state, you might want to try the hydrosol cornflower first before offering anything else. You can also offer the cornflower hydrosol after a trauma, surgery or stressful event.
One more thing about essences.
Essences are a way to really use this powerful water for animals and people. You can spray the water on you or your hand and place it in the middle of your forehead. The reason being is the color and meaning of the flower also can correspond to your third eye chakra. If you feel that you should apply the essence somewhere else on the body than go for it. There is no right or wrong in application and location You can also take it orally up to 4 times a day. It is very diluted yet has the concentration of homeopathy to have effective actions. The cornflower water essence can deliver these benefits.
- Decreases social anxiety that is attached to – ugly trauma and feelings of not being worthy. Helps the feeling of isolation slowly dissipate.
- Opens up emotions that are related to an animal or person in a hardened state; shut down due to emotional long term pain. Think about how long term or chronic pain can make an animal or person cranky, angry, and short tempered. The animal or person can lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. This essences can create a crack in the window to let the light in.
- Animals and people are very drawn to the Indigo blue cornflower with eye issues such as cataracts or vision issues such as short sightedness.
The color of the Indigo Cornflower is used to open the third chakra. The cornflower hydrosol can be blended with lavender and witch hazel for cleaning wounds, cuts, or bites. It has a cooling effect on the skin. Cornflower water alone when used on hair after a shampoo can enhance the shine.
Bermaga Farm will be growing and harvesting Cornflower elixir this 2019 summer.
We are so excited to raise these flowers which are on the endangered list due to wild harvesting in the meadows where they grow. Our valley in Montesano Washington is a pleasant environment for the Blue cornflower. It is also a pollinator which we are big supporters of. We will keep you posted when it is captured and bottled. This is a must have in your medicine bag.
Many Blooming Blessings
ANGELICA ROOT (Angelica archangelica) Essential oils-root Hydrosols-root Herb, root, seeds Essences, elixirs- Flowers When distilled they can use the whole plant for essential oils. This is a must have in your medicine box ! My whole career with animals and humans has been very complex […]