Exploring the Essences: White Chestnut

Happy Memorial Day! Today is the second installment in our new series, Exploring the Essences. Today we’re going to look at another essence that is near and dear to my own heart: White Chestnut, which comes from the flowers of the Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum). The negative White Chestnut state is characterized by worry, specifically worrying thoughts that we just can’t leave alone, like a scab we won’t allow to heal.  An individual in a negative White Chestnut state […]

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For the Love of Nettles!

Spring is in full flower here at Frog Moon Hollow! The frogs and salamanders are playfully splashing about the pond and the peepers sing us to sleep every evening. Our deeply-loved hummingbird family has returned to us once again, and Peep the chipmunk is busily darting back and forth from his secluded nook beneath the front stone steps to his (not quite) secret cache at the back of the firewood stack. I’m abundantly overjoyed that I am out there each […]

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“We’re All Stories in the End”

This is one of my very favorite quotes from Doctor Who (I suppose the fact that I not only have a favorite Doctor Who quote, but multiples, is letting my geek show through a bit!). The first time I read this to my husband, he found it profoundly depressing, which came as a real surprise to me. As a very in-the-moment kind of person, he saw it as a sad testament to the fleeting nature of life–an unpleasant reminder of […]

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Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
Ottawa County, Michigan
July 13

Greetings! Welcome to my first installment of posts exploring the world of Bach flower remedies (or essences–the official Bach term is “remedy,” but they can be used interchangeably). Today, we’ll begin with Vervain. Why? Well, because it’s a remedy that is near and dear to my own heart–one of my own personal constitutional or “type” essences. Vervain “types” or those experiencing a Vervain imbalance are often characterized by a sharply pronounced sense of justice and injustice. Right and wrong are […]

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So you want to learn about your family history? Fabulous! Perhaps you want to record your family tree as a legacy to leave to your children and grandchildren, or you want to find out more about your ancestral culture. Or maybe you’re simply curious and want to know where the heck you came from! Whatever your motivation, learning about our ancestors can be a profound experience, connecting us to our deep and firmly rooted past. But how to begin? The […]

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