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Evening Primrose: Energetic Medicine for the Heart

Evening Primrose is a beautiful biennial wildflower in the Onagraceae or evening primrose family. A basal rosette of hairy leaves forms in the first year and in its second, the plant shoots up dense spikes of showy, 4-petaled, fragrant yellow flowers that bloom, as the name implies, at dusk.
A widespread weed that is native to eastern and central North America and naturalized in Europe, evening primrose is well-known in the supplement industry for its pressed seed oil and highly valued for its rich fatty acids including linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. The seed oil is commonly sold in capsules and used extensively in Europe for treating premenstrual syndrome, especially breast tenderness and cramping, as well as regulating prostaglandin production and liver function. It is also commonly used in midwifery to assist the cervix in softening and effacing during labour.
While much of the research on evening primrose focuses on the seed,  the entire plant is in fact edible, and medicinally it has many uses as a vulnerary, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and relaxant nervine. Herbalist Kiva Rose states “It can be a most useful calmative, especially suited for nervous exhaustion, hormonally oriented irritability and depression and anxious, tense children. It is of an uplifting character, and useful in cases of mild to moderate depression, most noticeably so when associated with exhaustion, addiction withdrawal and chronic digestive issues.”  Acutely it can be helpful for spasmodic coughing, cramping and topically as a poultice or salve for wounds and venomous insect bites.
Evening Primrose Flower Essence
Energetically, evening primrose has a gentleness in her medicine that softens the edges by working with the heart and solar plexus chakras to open fully to love and relationships without fear of rejection and addresses imbalance on a soul level. It is indicated for those who feel rejected in early childhood, most often by their parents and for those whose strategy to cope with rejection is to avoid any deep emotional connection.
Evening primrose flower essence also works on our shadow side, which often hides aspects of our personality that we don’t like, so we ignore them. As a flower essence, evening primrose illuminates these hidden emotions and aspects and brings them to the surface and as uncomfortable as that can be it also can bring a great sense of inner peace. This essence can also be helpful to those who fear parenthood and the emotional bond that comes with it. It helps to cleanse difficult or toxic family relationships and can be especially helpful in healing mother issues for both the mother and the child.
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Have you worked with evening primrose flower essence before? Let us know in the comments to continue the conversation!
References
Wild Rose College Evening Primrose Flower Essence Monograph
https://enchantersgreen.com/evening-primrose
https://store.fesflowers.com/flower-essences/quintessentials-flower-essences/evening-primrose.html
http://www.flowersociety.org/Container-for-Rachel.htm

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Becky

Becky Starling is a Community Herbalist and College Coordinator with Wild Rose. A prolific organic gardener and reiki practitioner, Becky creates herbal remedies and inspires and educates folks about plants and their many uses. She is the founder of Cedar Hill Herbs where she creates herbal tea blends and remedies from homegrown and ethically wildcrafted plants.

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Pink Yarrow Flower Essence: Protection for the Heart

Achillea millefolium, known more commonly as yarrow has long been admired for its protective qualities, dating back to medieval times when folks would hang yarrow above their door in midsummer as protection from evil spirits and illness. Its cluster of flowers providing an umbrella of sanctuary and safety for those that need help setting appropriate emotional and energetic boundaries from forces around us.
All Yarrow flower essences possess a certain amount of protection energy, but where pink yarrow specialties lie are in protecting the heart. Pink yarrow flower essence allows you to ‘have an open heart while still feeling protected’ to permit you to be ‘compassionate without feeling vulnerable.’ It can be super helpful for those who find it hard to differentiate their own emotions from those of people around them as well as those who are grieving and find it hard to integrate their feelings.
Medicinally yarrow is a well-known styptic with an affinity for the circulatory system. Often known as the ‘Master of Blood’ it can help regulate blood flow in the body’s circulatory system and can clear out stagnation. Suppose we look at the aura in terms of our energetic circulatory system. In that case, pink yarrow essence can assist in stopping the bleeding or permeating of the aura with the surrounding energetic or emotional environment. It has the ability to help shift any lingering stagnant energy from the aura, allowing you to create meaningful and loving relationships with those around you.
Working with both the root and heart chakras, pink yarrow is grounding and loving and, therefore can be helpful for our little ones, helping them feel supported, safe and loved in the world around them. It can also be used to help heal generational wounds that have been passed down.
Do you feel that pink yarrow flower essence could be helpful to you? Let us know if you have tried this energetic medicine!

References
Wild Rose College Pink Yarrow Flower Essence Monograph

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Becky

Becky Starling is a Community Herbalist and College Coordinator with Wild Rose. A prolific organic gardener and reiki practitioner, Becky creates herbal remedies and inspires and educates folks about plants and their many uses. She is the founder of Cedar Hill Herbs where she creates herbal tea blends and remedies from homegrown and ethically wildcrafted plants.

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