In Times of Grief, We Have the Plants

It's a time for deep grief. This is the kind of grief that is multi-generational, grief that has spanned multiple lives, in multiple communities. This grief looks many ways, it's rage at times, sadness, depression, indulgence, praying, silence, confusion. The biggest issue we all (the people that voted for Madame Hillary Clinton) is that the future is unpredictably barren. We are concerned about women's rights (all of them!), rights for gay couples to get married or stay married, gender inclusive bathrooms, immigrant families who have already fought so hard to get here and stay here, more violence toward people of color, more divide between our own families. Yes, it's unpredictability is why we are so very scared. And it all deserves grief.

Plants are there for us. They have seen so much on this planet, and are forgiving to our suffering. They allow us to borrow their strength, their immune systems and resilience, to aid our own. They are the true buddhas of the world, and we need them now more than ever.

Tulsi (Occimum sanctum), a great adaptogen and the sacred plant of the Goddess, helps reduce cellular stress and encourages the mending of the heart. It's a glorious tea to use daily or nightly before bed.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)  is a mover, a shaker, a cleanser. She welcomes us to seek deeper into our consciousness, our dream mind, to find the way out our own darkness. She is purging, and nurturing. You can use this in a dream pillow, or as a steam inhalation.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) or Milky Oats are a good nerve tonic - one of the most nourishing and grounding of the nervines. This European and Native American herb is a great addition to any adaptogen formula, or can be used in acute situations. I like keeping a tincture in my bag for whenever it may be needed.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a beautiful nervine that tastes super yummy. It aids digestion, a beautiful tea, antiviral and antispasmodic. I love Lemon Balm to help loosen those knots in my stomach when stress takes it's toll. I keep this tincture in my bag for those times - usually before I eat.

I believe there is a time in the near future where the grief and anger will turn into mobilizing small groups of people to start deciding what they can do to protect our basic human rights. I believe we will find strength in each other and learn to love our closest people even more. And hopefully go out and try to educate the country about what love really looks like. But for now, we need to hold our people close to us, kiss them, nurture them, and love ourselves deeply and profoundly.