Black Walnut, Hops, and Silk Tassel are remedies that may promote relief from mild digestive irritability, sharing anti-diarrheal, carminative, and laxative herbal actions. “Down to Earth” combines these grounding allies that may help foster Earth connections and re-balance the gut.
Black Walnut, Hops, and Silk Tassel are grounding allies, revealed by the nature of their flowers that point down to Earth. This remedial signature reflects an affinity for lower body meridians, and an intuited quality which may help to ground down to Earth, or to feel more “in the body.”
Experts in spiritual healing claim that the inner work towards health and well-being, as well as self-realization, starts by fostering a connection with elemental Earth, which can be done by eating a diet of wholesome foods, balancing physical activity with relaxation, and grounding with the potent revitalizing energy of life by feeling ones hands or feet in the soils of Earth.
Staying in touch with the reality that “we are what we eat” will continually be of importance, and in fact, becomes a critical motivator in behavioral changes at every meal. Now, because scientific discovery has proven the integral role of nerve function within the digestive system, there is no denying that instinctual knowing of what is rightfully true, or gut feelings. When we nurture the balance of the stomach, there may be less physical discomfort and the possibility for greater abilities in decision-making, as well as the motivation to be more creatively expressive.
Prayer: I honor the core of my being with every breath, wholesome foods, and positive thoughts.
These herbs are drying, tannin-rich astringents that may enhance inner strength of elemental Earth to relieve dampness and protect against infection. And, they are cooling, bitter-relaxants that may enhance energy movement of elemental Air to relieve heat and clear away physically uncomfortable sensations.
They may promote relief from physical discomfort, away from common stomach ailments, combining anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects of Black Walnut, with the sedative action and vitally nourishing tonic use of Hops, and, with strong muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodics action of Silk Tassel.
Arizona Black Walnut Leaf (Juglans major)
Black Walnut is a grounding ally (see “Down to Earth” description above), and reflects a tree’s virtuous inner strength of elemental Earth. Walnut is a remedy that may help to relieve infections of the stomach area and irritability associated with digestion. Tonic use of Black Walnut may support digestion.
Herbal actions of Black Walnut may promote relief from:
- Mild digestive irritability (antidiarrheal, carminative, laxative)
- Microbial infection or inflammation, of the stomach area (antimicrobial/ antibacterial/ anti-amoebic/ antifungal, anti-inflammatory)
Natural elemental qualities of Black Walnut may enhance:
- Earth, inner strength (STRONG drying, tannin-rich astringent)
- Air, movement of life-energy (cooling, bitter-relaxant)
- Fire, life-energy capacity (warming, aromatic-stimulant)
CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy. Low dose herbal, not recommended for long-term use.
Hops (Hopulus lupulus)
Hops is a grounding ally (see “Down to Earth” description above), and is a remedy that may help to promote relief from various physical discomforts. Hops is an energetically moving ally that may help to promote relief from exhaustion, revealed by the remedial signature of its’ climbing vining nature which connects to an affinity for the circulatory system.
Hops is a plant that has been cultivated for millennia, throughout the world, and used as a component for brewing beer. Our source for Hops has been sustainably gathered from wild stands of the forest that have thrived in the Southwest region since time immemorial.
Tonic use of Hops may support the nerves, and relaxed state of mind, or mental repose; relaxation of the respiratory; stimulation of circulation, the cardio-vascular, and digestion.
Hops shares anti-diarrheal, carminative, laxative herbal actions with Black Walnut (see above), and may promote relief from:
- Nervous tension, mild anxiety, and feelings of restlessness (sedative)
- Body aches, muscle cramps, and general pains (muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic)
- Microbial infection and inflammation (anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory)
- Minor physical abrasions, injuries, and wounds (anti-septic, vulnerary)
- Common cough, colds, and fever (toxicity-cleansing, diaphoretic, diuretic)
Hops shares natural qualities of elemental Air, Earth, and Fire with Black Walnut (see above), but is less of a drying, tannin-rich astringent and more of a warming, aromatic-stimulant.
CAUTION: Avoid while driving or operating machinery. Low dose herbal, not recommended for long-term use.
Silk Tassel (Garrya flavescens) and (G. wrightii)
Silk Tassel is a grounding ally (see “Down to Earth” description above), is a natural pain-reliever remedy, and has a strong connection to elemental Air, revealed by a strongly bitter tasting flavor.
Silk Tassel shares muscle relaxant, anti-spasmodic herbal actions with Hops, and shares anti-diarrheal, carminative, laxative herbal actions with both Hops and Black Walnut (see above).
Silk Tassel shares natural qualities of elemental Air and Earth with Black Walnut (see above), but is less of a drying, tannin-rich astringent and more of a cooling, bitter-relaxant.
CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy, when using any prescription drug, and while driving or operating machinery. Low dose herbal, not recommended for long-term use or for children.
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