Category Archives: Healing power of plants

Evening Primrose for Hormonal Health

Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis

Believe it or not, it seems as though every part of this plant can be used. The leaves can be cooked and eaten as greens. The roots can be boiled like potatoes and allegedly taste like sweet parsnips. The flowers are sweet and can be used in salads or as a pretty garnish. The young seedpods can be steamed and the ripe seeds can be roasted in an oven for 15 to 20 min. at 350° and used on bread or in salads. You can also sprinkle the roasted seeds over any dish like pepper.img_4171

Ways to use Evening Primrose

This beautiful plant is known as a woman’s herb. It is especially helpful with PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness, bloating, water retention, acne, depression and irritability.

Apparently evening primrose oil is an extremely rich source of an omega 6 fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Getting enough GLA is crucial to support overall hormonal function within the body. In fact, many women with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) struggle to convert the fats they eat into GLA.

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When you make a salad dressing or are eager to get some omega’s in the form of Flaxseed Oil and Evening Primrose, please make sure your oil is fresh. Flaxseed oil goes rancid quickly, and I learned the hard way. Taste your oil before mixing with precious seeds!

Since I learned the hard way. Here is another way to use those precious, mood boosting seeds!

Hormone Boosting Avocado Dip/Dressing

Mix 1/2 avocado, 1 Tbsp of fresh ground flaxseed and 1Tbsp ground evening primrose, 1 tsp dried wild greens (such as smartweed, mallow, nettle, plantain), dash salt,  2 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup water 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp honey, and 1/2 cup (more or less) olive oil.

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Rosemary, my soul plant

img_6327I like to learn the latin names of the plants I’m getting to know. Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis has such a gentle name for such a powerful, strong plant.

She is native to the Mediterranean region and is part of the mint family! Her name came from the myth that mother Mary layed down on a bed of white blossomed rosemary bushes, with her blue cloak and the flowers opened and turned blue. The shrub then became known as Rose of Mary.

I could look for specific research on this plant and the myriad of health benefits to this amazing plant. It is resilient and can sustain itself on just the wet air from the sea! But, there is just as much importance in the experience a person has with a plant. The plant is a teacher of itself and if we care to listen, meditate and respond to it’s movements, we can be changed.

I just made these mini viles of rosemary sun-infused oil. Simply by handling the dried leaves and stems, the aroma has lasted now for a few hours on my hands! This plant to me is many things. It is invigorating as well as calming.  It inspires my mind to action and also goes deeper into the underbelly of my thoughts and starts to loosen the stuck parts. Emotions will often surface for me if I take a bath intentionally with rosemary essential oils. I find I will get more vivid dreams and memories of my past will surface.

Is this all possible with one plant? Yes it is. Plants have chemical properties. And Rosemary has the ability to lower cortisol levels simply by inhaling the oils.

I struggle with this fight/flight response on a daily basis and so perhaps having a vile in different spaces of my life would be beneficial, especially the car!

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