Hurting Hearts

Recently, I have noticed that in some way (and in lots of ways that I am not privy to), there are several people around me who are hurting in some way.

Perhaps it's because they are hardcore empaths like me, and they're absorbing a lot of troubles right now that they are having trouble filtering and managing.  I think some people are going through interpersonal struggles with loved ones, and internal struggles with themselves and their abilities - what they think they have to be, and what they feel they are showing others.  And the world might just feel like it's crumbling; civility and all.

I've been there.  It's hard.  And it's even harder when you don't know what to do to help yourself.  I'm crafting a tincture right now, and a honey, infused with rose petals.  On the full moon last week, I began both jars.  Eventually, one month from last Thursday, I will strain the liquid from each jar, discard the petals, and craft a rose elixir of sorts.

The blend will serve two purposes: nurturing and protecting.  Roses are a loaded symbol - romance, love, passion, etc.  But inviting and enticing as they are, they hold a fierce protection as their armor.  Thorns.

 See the thorn in there at the bottom, near the top of the photo?

See the thorn in there at the bottom, near the top of the photo?

Roses can be used to encourage vulnerability.  To be ok with digging really deep and looking yourself and your problem in the face, humbly.  And roses can also intensely protect.  Rose thorns can transmit bacteria into their offenders and cause infection if the aggressor is too antagonistic (or too unaware to tread lightly).

 Lemon balm tincture, rose honey, rose tincture.

Lemon balm tincture, rose honey, rose tincture.

The rose elixir will be for healing.  I'm going to look into sourcing some small bottles to give away once it's ready.  If you think that you might want some, or know a friend who might want to try it, I'll be sure to let word out when it's bottled.

It could be used in tea, in solitude, or in a personal ritual, or innocuously over a few days.  

Stay tuned for the development.