Chilly April days have been spent harvesting and processing large, gorgeous, deep orange, potent, Japanese Knotweed rhizomes, collected from a select and pristine location in the heart of Vermont.
Approaching these tasks with gratitude, awareness of, and appreciation for the wisdom of this plant, and the wisdom of nature, is important to me. I do feel called by this plant to capture and share its healing potential, and it brings me a tremendous amount of joy when I know people are benefiting from this plant and work.
Of note, most (and possibly all) of the Japanese Knotweed in the US is female, and possibly comes from one plant brought over long ago.
My sense of this plant is one of a wise, strong, all-knowing grandmother. It’s ability, as a medicinal, to reach deep into the parts of the body in need of healing, reminds me of all the grandmothers who always know just what is needed and where the hurts are. (On another level, the coming forward of this strong, healing, female plant medicine correlates with a sense that our entire planet is ready for nurturing female energy to take the lead during this unique time in our planet’s history/herstory.)
This brings to mind the Herbalists Rosemary Gladstar and Helen Ward who have been so generous sharing their wisdom and knowledge and support. And Herbalist, Heidi Schmidt-Laliberte, I also have the great fortune to know and learn from. Thank you, loving, giving, healing, Wise Women Herbalists!!
My own grandmother expected authenticity from us/her grandkids at all times. I do feel that the Japanese Knotweed, like my grandmother, requires me to be completely authentic and in my highest alignment as she allows/invites me to extract her medicinal, healing properties to share.
In this spirit, it is my deepest wish that this healing tincture finds its way to those who will benefit from it. (Click here to learn more.)
Be well, and Happy (every day is) Earth Day!