Plant Medicine for the Creative

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Full (Snow) Moon approaches tonight, but reaching it's highest and brightest peak right before 8am that morning in these neck of the woods. Channeling one's creativity and inspiration is important today. This moon invites us to put ego on the sideline and just witness, witness what we've put ourselves out there to be, to live up to be, and ask "Am I that?". Rebecca Conran of Rebecca Conran Healing says it beautifully in her energy forecast, 

"This full moon wants us to bring our character into balance with integrity. -Let's say what we mean, and mean what we say. This full moon may bring to light where actions and words aren't congruent, in our own behaviors or in the behaviors of others or other experiences that we are ready to shed." 

The seriousness of life's details and duties are not all that it may seem, it is important to do work for the inner child as well. Find or re-introduce creative outlets that ignite joy or curiosity. Be open to adventure and expansion and live the life you say and want.

There are many creative medicines that fuel our inner visionary, but the ones I work with most are Cannabis, Cacao, Coffee, and Calendula -in that order! I really love incorporating these four brilliant and quite popular plant medicines into my routine when needed because not only are they great creativity enhancers and serotonin producers, but what's amazing about each one of these plant medicines is that they offer much more than a creative energy boost! Check below:

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Cannabis: Inflammation Modulator, Calmative, Alterative, Cholagogue, Bitter, Neuroprotective, Antispasmodic.

What it is used for: Popularly smoked and inhaled into the lungs to receive a "psychedelic high", but has been widely used for aiding depression and PTSD, anxiety and stress disorders, seizures, mental illness, autoimmune disease, pain remedy, skin cancer as well as assists in cancer treatments, digestive problems, high blood pressure, increases creativity and mind, body, soul work. Basically one of the best creative inducing calmatives out there. 

Systems and Organs: Endocannabinoid System (women have more endocannabinoid receptors in their womb than any other area of the body!) Female Reproductive, Digestive, Nervous, and Immune System, Heart, Liver, Muscles.

Common Ways to Put Cannabis Into Action:

Brain Support: Tincture or Culinary. High CBD Cannabis with Lion's Mane or Cordyceps Mushroom

Digestive Problems: Smoke/Tea/Tincture/Culinary. High CBD Cannabis with low THC and pairs well with Fennel, Peppermint, Ginger, Ghee, Slippery Elm/Marshmallow Root, Hops

Emotional Support: Tincture or Culinary. High CBD low THC Cannabis with St. John's Wort, Calendula, Motherwort, Passion Flower, Milky Oats, Hops, Lemon Balm, are a few to combine with cannabis!

Skin Conditions: High CBD Low THC Cannabis with Comfrey root, Plantain, Chickweed, Rose, Lavender all work great together.

*Allergies to Cannabis do exist! If you can't tolerate the smell, or become nauseous from the smell or after ingestion then there is a good chance it is not for you, and that's okay! Use caution if pregnant, there aren't many studies available that give accurate or specific information, and the ones that are available are government funded, meaning information could be generated to sit a certain way for a political measure. There have been random studies from a commune in the 1970s and the women who were pregnant were required to use cannabis, the study followed the children into their adult lives and the reports show no abnormalities or health concerns. CBD cannabis used topically is safe for everyone, it seeps into the top layer of the epidermis and goes into the the CBD receptors nearby the hair follicles, but it never penetrates deep enough to reach the blood stream - which is why anyone using just a high CBD low THC cannabis salve will never test positive for cannabis.


Cacao: Stimulant, Alterative, Bitter, 

What it is used for: Commonly people mistake Cacao for Cocoa, but cacao is the pure form of the chocolate cocoa bean and cocoa is American highly processed cacao -it is no where near the superfood it once was as all the beneficial nutrients are destroyed once processed. Used to elevate moods, boost metabolism (MAO inhibitors which suppress hunger cravings, lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health, elevate iron levels, The Cacao bean is high in natural energy or natural caffeine and does not have the bitter comedown of coffee (Some amazing studies on this!), unleashes Serotonin which is why it gives you the feel good happy feeling, or why it is called "Heart Medicine" in Central/South American Shamanism when drunk. Comparable effects to drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Systems and Organs: Cardiovascular System, Heart

Common Ways to Put Cacao Into Action:

I love to combine Cacao with medicinal mushrooms or other plant allies like Calendula, Rose, Honey, etc. It is usually prepared as a hot chocolate, but remember to not add a lot of sugar or sweetener -this takes away from the Cacao.  As pictured, I have Calendula, Coffee, and Cacao. I poured hot water over dried Calendula and let it steep for a few minutes, I added Firefly Ceremonial Chocolate into a blender, pour calendula water and flowers over the chocolate, I added about 6-8 oz. of hot coffee, a dollop of sprouted chia seeds in Coconut milk, and blend! What's left is a yummy nourishing drinking cacao that leaves me feeling good and creative! For the full recipe check it out here.

*Cacao is in its' purest form, meaning it contains strong natural energies. If you are substantial to anxiety, shakes, or irritability when you have caffeinated beverages then Cacao may have similar effects. 


Coffee: Stimulant, Alterative, Bitter, Diuretic, Neuroprotective

What it is used for: As many know it is a natural stimulant that is brewed and drunk, although there is much more than what meets the eyes. Coffee can be used as a beverage or a skin healer, but contains 1000's of active components -caffeine being just one of them. Historically coffee was drunk with or after meals, not before or on an empty stomach as most American do. We do this to receive that extra boost in the morning, but it leaves us crashing by 2-3pm. Coffee can be seen as an inflammatory and an irritant, but when used strategically or in a wholesome manner it can produce great outcomes like improved memory, relieve constipation or symptomatic asthma. 

Systems and Organs: Circulatory System and Digestive System, Heart, Lungs, Bladder, Skin

Common Ways to Put Coffee Into Action:

-Rough Skin: Scrub, Ground Coffee, Sugar, Honey or Water is an easy and great scrub to safely exfoliate dead skin. 

Energy Assist: Coffee combines with herbs like Astragalus and Reishi Mushroom creates a coffee that has adaptogenic properties to help modulate the body, while boosting immune performance and energy levels. 


Calendula: Lymphagogue, Emmenegogue, Alterative, Vulnerary, Astringent, Bitter, Antispasmadic, Chologogue, and an Inflammation Modulator. 

What it is used for: Most notoriously used topically as a skin treatment for eczema, psoriasis, rash, acne, etc. but works wonderfully to regulate menses, alleviate painful menstrual cramps, aid depression, provide nutrition during cold and winter months, Stimulate lymphatic system, aid digestive issues such as ulcers and diarrhea, and immune tonic.

Systems and Organs: Lymphatic, Immune, Female Reproductive and Digestive System, Liver and Gallbladder, Skin, Heart, and Lungs.

Common Ways to Put Calendula Into Action:

Painful Menses/Irregular Cycle: Tincture. Calendula, Shepard's Purse/Vitex Berry/Mugwort

Digestive Troubles/IBS: Tea/Infusion/Culinary uses. Calendula and Slippery Elm Bark or Marshmallow Root

Emotional Support: Tea/Infusion/Culinary uses. Calendula and Lemon Balm

Sore Throat, Mouth sores, or Bleeding Gums: Calendula Infusion used as a mouthwash or gargle.

Skin Conditions: Salve. Calendula with Arnica, St. John's Wort, Comfrey, Plantain, Chickweed, Lavender, Aloe Vera -just to name a few!

*Do not take if any allergies to the Asteraceae family, if pregnant do not take internally (external lotions/salves are just fine!) as it is an emmenegogue which can stimulate and regulate menstrual cycle.  

4 lovely plant medicines, each with amazing healing and nourishing qualities -although they really do work well synergetically, like in my Calendula Cacao Coffee with a side of High CBD to help get the creative juices flowing and the body open to expansion. Perfect drink for tonight's Super Moon. I hope this brief overview of 4 creative inducing yet healing plants generates curiosity, there is much more to say about them, but it's best to keep it sweet and short. Always here to answer questions or for herbal and culinary guidance. Pictured below is some charcoal and paint play, the inspiration is from pieces I have seen and played with replicating, -just a fun outcome of this brilliant Calendula Cacao Coffee and of course, Cannabis ;)

XOAbby

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Resources:

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/6_2_cannabis_update.pdf

https://www.cannahealth.org/cbd-bioavailability-whats-the-best-way-to-absorb-cbd/

https://www.herbrally.com/monographs/calendula-sp

https://happymammoth.co/cacao-benefits/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3672386/

Abigail Cox