Motherwort is an amazing Plant. She is used for so many things. I with her as an herb and as a Flower Essence. In fact, she is one of the Essences that I use the most. One of my first herb teachers, Susan Hess from Farm at Coventry, taught me that Motherwort is for any time you want your mother’s arms around you. She shared with us that it is also for when you want your arms around your child. I love those images and they have stuck with me.
Motherwort has these beautiful, sweet little flowers; however, when her seeds develop she gets very prickly (or protective). This physicality is a good description of how I work with her as a Flower Essence. Motherwort Flower Essence is protective and strengthening. She helps us with our boundaries. So often, our boundaries are weak or two expansive. So we say yes, when we really want to say no. Or we allow people to treat us in ways that aren’t healthy. Motherwort helps us to change this and to create healthy boundaries.
Why am I sharing this Essence with you now? Well, for two reasons. First, as I mentioned previously, I have a new garden this year. Several Plants have become guardians of this garden (Ragweed was the most insistent and visual; however, that is a story for another time.) This fall as I was working, I discovered that Motherwort was voluntarily growing all along the outer rim of my garden. To me this was another example of Plants’ sense of humor and another reason for gratitude. As I spent more time with her, it was evident that I needed to share her with you.
I also chose this time because we are heading into the holidays and big family celebrations. I know that families are wonderful and tend to push our buttons (and our boundaries). So I thought Motherwort may help you at those prickly times.