Look around — new life is growing around you and with that comes the power of plant guidance. Plants speak to us. For centuries, people have slowed down to understand their language, and learned how to harness their loving energy, protection, and healing properties. Each plant has a unique purpose waiting for you to experience it. Here’s what your powerful plant mother can do for you.

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If You Have Trouble with Anxiety…
The scientific name for motherwort, a member of the mint family, is Leonurus cardiaca, which translates to “lion-hearted.” This beautiful plant feels like a mother’s comforting hug, easing anxiety and replacing it with strength, courage, and a lion-heart. If you face anxiety, she can be your best friend and your guide. Take her in tincture form (a liquid extract taken orally) diluted in some water, and allow her to soothe and strengthen your soul.

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If You Experience Seasonal Sadness, or All Around Blues…
Saint John’s wort, or Hypericum perforatum, is known for her abilities to ease symptoms of depression and seasonal depression. She is like a bottle of happiness, waiting to make your day brighter. Saint John’s wort is a yellow flowering plant that loves the sun, and tends to bring the sun right to you. When taken in tincture form, she supports you in getting through the dark times.

If You Are Taking on Stress…
If stress surrounds you, let the soothing Passiflora, or passion flower calm your tension. She can ease you into a deep sleep and let the stress of the day melt away. Passion flower is a unique, bright purple plant that captivates and soothes all with her mesmerizing beauty. If you take her before bed, you can experience lower blood pressure and an overall deeper sense of well-being for days to come.

If You Receive Cuts and Scrapes…
Known as the “soldiers herb,” yarrow is a fiercely protective. She helps with cuts and scrapes and helps to stop bleeding. Yarrow has been used for centuries for wounds and to help with sweating out a fever, and is even mentioned in great literary works like The Illiad. It’s scientific name comes from, Achillea millefolium, as Achilles’ soldiers used it to heal wounds. If you have little soldiers who get cuts and scrapes often, or you yourself engage in activities that often require bandages, yarrow is your protectress.

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If You Have Allergies…
There is a lesson to be learned from the nature of stinging nettle — to never judge by appearances. She is prickly, but she is amazing at helping with overcoming seasonal allergies and overall nourishment, making her a friend to you. Urtica dioica can help with hair, skin, and nails, giving plenty of vitamins and minerals. By ingesting her every day, seasonal allergies can be alleviated, leaving you feeling energetic, nourished, and radiant.

As with all herbs and plants, always check with your doctor to see if it’s right for you. By inviting in these safe and effective plants, you are able to embrace the nourishment that the Earth provides for us everyday. These plants are starting to sprout up now, and they are always in abundance, making them inexpensive and easily accessible.

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Ani Ferlise
Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”