Natures Creation book and cards have been designed with three interconnected purposes in mind:
- learning about medicinal plants, their history, myths and, most importantly, their healing properties
- utilising the medicinal qualities of the specific plants through all their aspects, including flower essences, essential oils (aromatherapy) and herbal teas
the lesson that each plant teaches.The planets and element associated with each plant are also included.
The author believes that we humans are not separate from any other life form on this planet, that we have a symbiotic relationship with nature and that all life is guided by planetary energy and intrinsically connected with the elements … air, water, fire, earth. Her philosophy is very much aligned with that of Nicolas Culpeper (1616 – 1654), an English botanist, herbalist, physician and astrologer who was a staunch advocate of astrology and its usefulness in medicine. According to Culpeper,
plants are able to channel and embody the subtle life energies of the planets, which are then consumed as food and medicine. Through an elaborate system of planetary sympathies and antipathies, he found the right herb or formula to treat each patient’s illness.
Other helpful information, including yoga and meditation techniques, is incorporated into the book and cards. There are also recipes for a variety of herbal preparations applicable to each plant.
Each card has been designed to provide insight and to aid in recognising an issue and facilitating its release or simply in using a particular plant for personal support. Tinctures, decoctions, flower essences, essential oils and herbal teas can assist in the healing process, balance and stabilise the electrical system in the body, and therefore become powerful tools in healing on physical, mental and emotional levels. Yoga, meditation and other healing modalities described in the book can be used to strengthen the plants’ healing abilities and assist in transforming, aligning and bringing balance. Healing is a 50 ⁄50 participation of nature and the individual.
All plants have incredible healing properties if we utilise what nature is offering us. However, health begins with the individual. The food we eat, the water we drink, and our lifestyle and environment play a part in our physical and mental wellbeing and are all part of a healthy body and mind.
Many of the Insights in the book embrace spiritual practices for personal growth and balance, including yoga, meditation and fire ceremony. Yogic philosophy teaches us to look at all perspectives with an open heart and mind … then ultimately decide what is best for ourselves as individuals. One of the main philosophies of yoga is to find our own truth.
In connection with adopting the path of spirituality, the author especially relates to this paragraph in the book Eat Love Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert:
Religious rituals often develop out of mystical experimentation. Some brave scout goes looking for a new path to the divine, has a transcendent experience and returns home a prophet. He or she brings back to the community tales of heaven and maps of how to get there. Then others repeat the words, the works, the prayers, or the acts of this prophet, in order to cross over, too. Sometimes this is successful – sometimes the same familiar combination of syllables and devotional practices repeated generation after generation might carry many people to the other side. Sometimes it doesn’t work, though. Inevitably even the most original new ideas will eventually harden into dogma or stop working for everybody.
Myriad philosophies on spiritual growth exist today. The Insights in this book suggest specific practices … many of them evolving from yogic philosophy. This is just one way to approach a situation. Buddha said:
Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.
Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.
In Nature’s Creation the word “herb” is used for any medicinal plant, in keeping with its usage by herbalists worldwide. In addition to herbaceous perennials, herbs include trees, shrubs, annuals, vines and more primitive plants, such as fungi.