INTUITION Plant Spirit oil
Wild-harvested California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) and organically grown purple sage (Salvia dorri) infused in organic olive oil. *Does not contain essential oil.
A single drop between the midpoint of the eyebrows stimulates focus and the expansion of inner vision. Use with meditation, study, art, movement practice, healing work, or apply as a daily practice for strengthening intuition.
DIRECTIONS: Roll a drop over the third eye area, just above the midpoint of the eyebrows, to stimulate your intuitive center (ajna chakra and pineal gland).
Started on the New Moon in Taurus, finished on the Full Moon in Sagittarius (May 2016).
The idea for this oil came to me in the mix of waywardness and intuition that my favorite projects have been guided by this past year. One of the most powerful things I took away from my apprenticeship with Mary Pat Palmer last year was to begin thinking more about plant Spirits, and wanting to start making medicine with them, so that the medicines would be co-creations, and therefore as potent as possible. A highlight of Mary Pat’s apprenticeship was plant spirit journeying, where she took us into meditative states to encounter the plants in ways that were unique to each person, but often shared common details.
As part of this intention to work with the plant Spirits, I decided that I would harvest only plants that presented themselves to be made into medicine somehow – and that they would be either homegrown or growing wild, and sourced directly. It is important to me the plant presents itself to be made into medicine, before I come up with the idea of what it is that I want to make, to allow the final medicine to be a co-creation, rather than something that emerges out of the egoic mind.
The seed for this particular project, INTUITION, began to grow after harvesting some wild California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) earlier this year, and then the following week receiving a bounty of purple sage (Salvia dorrii) grown by Mary Pat herself, who grows The Most Beautiful Herbs (and who told us that ‘Some plants want to grow for you, some don’t‘ – wisdom which has buffered me through many funereal gardening moments). So these plants arrived to me separately, separate to each other. I was not looking for the mugwort, rather it found me, on a walk in Ukiah, leading me off the path and down into a little stream, and I had no intention of harvesting it, except that it called me back, long after the walk, and I went back and sat with it in the mud and talked to it for a long time before harvesting a small bouquet. I cherish Artemisia for her wisdom and protection, but both of these plants enhance intuition and wisdom, and when I sat and meditated with the freshly harvested purple sage in my hands, I could feel it awakening my blood, strengthening my pulse, and strongly stimulating my intuitive center. So I felt called to combine these two into an oil for the third eye.
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