Plants & Self-Care
While the practice of enjoying and nurturing plants as self-care has become a more popular and well-known custom over the past few years, the relationship between wellness and nature’s bounty is thousands of years old. Incorporating plants into our daily lives in a variety of ways can be deeply healing, restorative, and nourishing. Even if you think you have a black thumb, there are many ways to receive the benefits and gifts that plants and nature can provide. When we view plants and herbs as our friends, teachers, and allies, it opens us up to their power to balance, heal, nourish and support us, mind, body, and spirit.
Grow Them/Find them
Caring for houseplants is one of the most popular forms of self-care. It can be incredibly rewarding and relaxing to provide care and nutrients to a beloved houseplant and then witness the blossoming and flourishment that results from your love, care, and attention.
Herb, Vegetable, and Flower Gardens
Tending to gardens has many benefits, from the time spent outdoors and being active to the resulting harvest that will nourish and support our bodies. When we grow plants from seed, we delight in them and delight in the earthly magic that gives them life.
Foraging is the practice of finding and respectfully harvesting wild-grown plants. Some of the benefits of foraging are the connection that comes with feeling the earth under our feet, and a sense of exploration, adventure, and discovery. If you do spend time foraging, it is important to take great care in the process of correctly identifying, cleaning, and preparing your treasures before consuming them. Safety first witches!
There are so many different ways to use plants in self-care practices at home. Brewing a pot of herbal tea, burning incense, diffusing essential oils, and taking herbal infused baths are great ways to practice self-care with plants. Incorporating herbal tinctures into your daily routine is also an excellent and powerful practice of self-care. Our Vitality tinctures are great for boosting and balancing the mind and body, for everyone from the greenest baby witch to the most experienced traditional herbalist.
Skin & Haircare
The clean beauty market is growing faster than ever, and incorporating natural products into beauty routines is another wonderful way to practice self-care. From soothing Aloe and Calendula to Dandelion Root, plants can be powerful wild remedies for various skin ailments, and provide much-needed moisture and nutrients to the body, both inside and out. Venus Glow is a sunny and joyful tincture that works to support the liver, producing a healthy glow from within.
While it is true that sleep is one of the most basic physical needs we possess, creating a ritual surrounding our resting practices can be a rewarding part of self-care. Whether you want a deep and dreamless sleep or one filled with vivid dreams, plants can play a powerful role.
Lavender and Chamomile are both known for their relaxing, stress-reducing, and soothing properties. Spritzing a mixture of diluted essential oils on your pillowcase or tucking a small bundle of dried lavender under your pillow is a great natural way to promote restful sleep. Passionflower is another powerful traditional remedy for sleeplessness and is a gentle yet profound medicinal plant that calms the heart and relieves insomnia. It is soothing to the spirit, gentle on the nerves, and effective in quieting the mind. You can try Passionflower in Dark Moon, our sleep tincture.
Plants have played a role in supporting mental health and spirituality in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Many healing herbs can uplift and support the spirit, and guide the heart on its journey. One of the most widely used of these is Holy Basil. Holy Basil has been used for centuries to cleanse karma, clear energy blocks in the chakras, and help one to move on from past attachments. You can try Holy Basil in our Spirit Rising tincture.
Another of these powerful herbs is Schisandra Berry. Schisandra is a popular adaptogenic herb that has been used in traditional medicine throughout Asia for generations and is known for its ability to balance the body’s functions and benefit the “Qi” or life force. You can try Schisandra in our new Triple Goddess Infinite Creativity elixir.
For some people, sex can be a wonderful part of self-care. Whether it is practiced alone or with a partner, the health benefits of letting loose and receiving the power of the orgasm can be deeply healing and energizing. Nature produces many potent and powerful aphrodisiacs and these magical plants and herbs can help us to remember that pleasure is healing and moments of bliss are medicine. Our Sex Magick aphrodisiac potion contains Cacao bean and Damiana leaf, which help to bring blood flow to the heart center, leaving you feeling present and connected.
Meditate with Them
Shinrin Yoku is the Japanese practice of forest bathing. It is a deeply spiritual practice that helps to keep one centered and balanced and is as simple as being present in nature and feeling a deep connection with the earth.
Herbs and Meditation
Some herbs are ideal to accompany spiritual rituals, yoga, or meditation practices. These magical healing herbs, Mugwort and Sage, for instance, can be incredibly powerful when it comes to shifting your mind and reaching a higher consciousness. Our High Priestess meditation tincture supports the wise spirit and divination by guiding your consciousness to the present moment and opening one up to their psychic powers.
Sometimes self-care is working to protect the things that are important to you. When we choose to receive and benefit from all that plants have to offer, we also must accept the responsibility to do all we can to protect and support them. We must ensure that we and our sources are using sustainable growing and harvesting practices.
Self-care can also be participating in acts that support conservation and protection. Whether that means making greener lifestyle choices such as practicing veganism or actively working to reduce our household waste, taking responsibility for our personal impact on the environment can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and aid in a more peaceful and restful sleep.Whatever self-care looks like for you, there are powerful plant allies that can help to support, empower and nourish you. Connecting with nature and Mother Earth helps to heal and guide the spiritual heart. In turn for receiving the infinite bounty of these medicinal plants, we must do our part to celebrate and honor them so that our children, grandchildren, and beyond can continue to do the same.