Our Lady Of The Ashes
Our Lady Of The Ashes
Plant medicine for your soul // sole
Consciously Wild Tended
Care take your body and soul/soles with a hand crafted anointing balm. These balms are both healing and nourishing for your skin as well as being the perfect conditioner for the leather of your sandals.
Restoring connection and creating intimacy is what truly heals us. Whether it be connection to the ground, to our bodies, to each other, to our environment. In order to feel true connection we must be willing to be vulnerable to the world inside and around us. The Latin root of the word vulnerable is vulnerare or "to wound."
True connection requires us to be open to the inevitable wounding that comes with intimacy. The pain as well as the pleasure. When we block ourselves from our pain we also block ourselves from our joy. We numb out. We lose connection. We cannot have one without the other, no matter how much we wish we could skip the painful experiences, these too connect us to each other.
This is where Anointing balms work their healing magic. By blessing and anointing our wounds we find the strength, the resilience, the gifts in our wounds that allow us to stay open to all of life—the full spectrum of what it means to be alive.
The plants within these balms are wise elders that know much about connection and intimacy. How to stay rooted, to follow the light, to trust how they grow. They are intimately connected to so many beings from their roots to their blossoms. They give and receive from bees and micro-organisms with ease.
You’ll often find me sitting and singing with the plants for hours before I ask to harvest them. These are the days and moments I cherish most. When I get to learn from them by simply being in their presence. These balms are my offering to you from these healing places.
2 oz Amber Glass Jar
Limited Edition of 20 for 2019
The following batch was harvested in the spring and summer months of 2018 and poured on the 2nd of February 2019 near the Aquarius New Moon
Our Lady Of The Ashes
The journey of the Ash girl or Cinder-ella is a story that transcends borders, boundaries and time. One of the most ancient folktales, the themes of the Cinder-girl story have emerged from cultures in every part of the world including Ancient Egypt, China and even our own Turtle Island. The balm “Our Lady of The Ashes” draws on this archetypal journey of the Orphan Soul finding integration, freedom and self-worth that can only be accessed by turning within and tending to the ashes of our inner life.
Symbolically, the royal marriage that is the classic fairy tale ending of this story, is not really about finding Prince/Princess charming, but instead it is the end result of a hard won journey of learning to integrate the masculine and feminine in an empowered way, leading to true nobility within the soul. Energetically, this balm draws on Fireweed whose favorite habitat is the black, ashen ground found only after a fire (hence the name). Spend any time near her beautiful, tall, magenta umbles and you will feel the energy of joy that comes from transforming what others would see as a wasteland into fertile ground and growth. The Yarrow is a boundary protector and is the energetic component of the Cinderella story as she learns to say no to the definitions and boundaries imposed on her by others and say Yes to what feels right to her. Lavender is an exquisite stabilizer and speaks to the integration of the masculine and feminine. When we feel to anxious, lavender helps us feel calm, when too depressed, lavender will lift our mood, finding balance in the opposites.
A protective, nourishing and joyful balm this unique blend will aid anyone who is experiencing a death and re-birth process in their lives. Specifically, for those seeking shelter from the external demands placed on them by others to find their own way, honoring their unique expression and bringing it to life to benefit all.
You are not alone on this path dear one, take refuge in “Our Lady of The Ashes”
Fireweed Chamaenerion angustifolium is a plant that thrives after fires. It is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral and astringent. It's cleansing properties make it an ideal ally for infections as well as for clearing energetic blockages. Fireweed grows best in disturbed areas. On the sides of roads and highways, one of the fist to arise from the ashes of fires, in worn out fields left untended. Fireweed blesses us with new life. A balm for the soul during hard times or after devastation, Fireweed reminds us of the resilience of life. It's vibrant fuschia blossoms reaching triumphantly towards the sky connecting heaven with earth in celebration. This Fireweed was wild tended in Colorado where I go each summer back to my place of origin.
Lavender Lavendula oficinalis is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. It has the unique ability to balance and stabilize our mood by either bringing us up when we are down, or helping us to relax when we feel anxious. It’s wisdom extends beyond our mood and helps to regulate the nervous system, which in turn helps with our digestion both physically and emotionally. Lavender is also a wonderful plant for burns. It helps the skin to heal and regenerate after heat damage whether it be from sun exposure or more serious burn injuries.
Yarrow Achillea milifoleum is the ultimate protector of boundaries and her story is the archetypal journey of what it means to be alive, to be vulnerable and therefore woundable. Yarrow’s latin name Achillea comes from the story of Achilles. Fated hero whose mother dipped him in the river styx to make him immortal, but she held him by his ankle as she dipped him and so his one ankle was the one part of his body that was mortal. The archetypal Achilles heel. Achilles later died in battle during the Trojan war when Paris shot him with an arrow that was guided by the God Apollo who knew Achilles’ weak spot. The arrow went through his heel and his life ended when he bled to death from the wound. Yarrow—Achillea—his name sake, is the one plant that might have saved him. Yarrow is a coagulant and helps the blood thicken to form scabs, in addition it is anit-viral, anti-bacterial and even anti-fungal, making this plant the best boundary protector warding off infection and also fortifying our ability to keep what we don’t want out of our system.
Each Anointing balm is harvested and created by hand by Madelyn. They are unique and made in small batches. She uses bees wax from hives tended by medicine maker and story teller Benjamin Pixie.