One of water’s primary associations is emotion, and we are very watery, emotional beings. We can reflect the energy and countenance of a cheerful, babbling brook, or of a brooding, mysterious marsh.
Like water, we are also easily influenced by our surroundings. We can feel like we’re drowning in a boiling sea of far too much emotion, or completely disconnected and unaware like a dead-eyed fish-out-of-water.
For the times when you feel inundated by emotions and the physical symptoms they can manifest, a soothing cup of an herbal infusion can set you right as rain. Add a bit of magic to the brewing process and you have one of my favorite kitchen rituals, not to mention one of the loveliest and easiest ways to enjoy the healing, calming powers of water and Earth’s natural medicines!
Here is one of my favorite herbal trios to help heal, calm, soften and restore. All are associated with water.
Lemon balm – for anxiety, depression, insomnia, general pain, and allergies. Overall a spirit-lifter and a great addition to any herb blend.
Chamomile – for aches, insomnia, tension, and excellent for softening and nourishing the skin.
Vervain (Verbena) – for depression, stress, a sedative and mild aphrodisiac. Contains magical energies of love, purification and protection.
Recite each line as you add about a teaspoon of the corresponding herb (1/2 tsp vervain) to your pot or strainer, visualizing them glowing with their own unique energies. (Per serving)
Or you could first add each herb to a mortar and pestle and mix them together (deosil, or clockwise, is ideal) as you recite and visualize.
“Lifting, soothing lemon balm: banish anxiety, make me calm!
Sunny, lovely chamomile: ease this tension for a while!
Sacred, strong vervain: warm my soul, still this pain!”
Heat your water until it is just simmering and pour it over the herbs. Allow the infusion to steep for thirteen minutes. For an extra boost of floral flavor and healing, add a splash of organic rose water. Rose also has strong water associations, as well as excellent health benefits for the skin, digestion, and nerves.
Enjoy a cupful with your feet up and calming music playing in the background.
© 2017 Meredith Everwhite – All Rights Reserved