29. April 2016 · Comments Off on Yarrow’s Garden Blog~The Mystery and Beauty of Flower Essences · Categories: Flower Essences, Health and Healing, Plant Medicines, Wellness, Yarrow's Garden Blog

After years of deeply relating to plants and working with their medicines, I sense I may be beginning to grasp a speck of understanding of the levels and realms of their healing potential. Flower essences have drawn me to engage with their subtle yet powerful messages of healing for many years. Their gifts gently act to assist in raising our consciousness to release habitual thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve, and help strengthen our resolve to choose our responses from a place of deeper inner awareness. Whether our health concerns are physical, psycho-emotional or spiritual, flower essences address the overall patterns of imbalance, acting upon the whole, multi-faceted nature of our “dis-ease” process. Using a single flower or essence combination, they focus on healing all levels of our being. As our world moves deeper into this time of great change and transformation, many alternative healing modalities are stepping up as potent tools and gateways to assist humans in gracefully making the necessary transitions into a new era of peace and equanimity. Plants, gemstones, sound and color are now easily available to show the way to our fullest potential as humans.


As so beautifully described by Dr. Edward Bach, English homeopathic practitioner in the 1930″s, considered to be the father of modern flower essence therapy: “These remedies cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine“.

People often confuse flower essences with essential oils. On a continuum of plants and their medicines, essential oils are found at one extreme. Essential oils are concentrated, distilled plant oils whose messages are aromatic, intense and direct. Flower essences are found at the opposite end of the continuum; potent, yes, but subtle in their delivery and gentle in impact. Their healing powers come from the Light energy emitted by a plant’s highest expression, its flower. Traditionally, through the direct activation of the sun’s rays, a flower’s energetic blueprint is released into water and stabilized to form this powerful healing remedy. Each plant has a unique healing signature and theme available through its essence. Taken for a specified time frame, the human Spirit begins to respond to the higher vibration “Spirit” of the plant essence. Old patterns are gently released and new, healthy patterns are introduced and integrated. Ultimately, as each human evolves, our Planet and Universe benefit from the rise in energetic vibration and all of life has increased freedom to thrive.


I recommend flower essences to clients who wish to explore deeper levels into their healing process beyond symptomatic relief. When symptoms finally appear, the dis-ease process has usually been going on undetected for some time. Flower essences address those deeper unexamined levels, facilitating communication with the essence of who we are as beings beyond the physical. With daily use and clear intentions, significant energetic shifts are possible, bringing harmony, balance and blessings into our lives and ultimately the lives of others. In partnership with the light frequencies of the plant kingdom, we are not striving to “fix” anything, but opening to new levels of conscious awakening and wholeness. Remedies are typically preserved with small amounts of either brandy, vinegar, or glycerine and hold their vitality indefinitely. It is preferred they not to be stored in close proximity to electrical appliances that emit electromagnetic frequencies such as televisions, microwaves or computers. Flower essences are safe and effective for adults, children, animals, your houseplants and the environs within and around your home. Their messages are simple, loving and full of grace.

25. April 2016 · Comments Off on Yarrow’s Garden Blog~World Healing Exchange · Categories: Health and Healing, Wellness, World Healing Exchange

Acupuncture and the World Healing Exchange
Acupuncturists Without Borders
Loreto, Mexico Baja California Sur
Christina MacLeod, L.Ac., MPH

It is a warm, sunny day in late January, 2016. The quiet fishing village of Loreto, Mexico, sits along the protected south eastern shoreline of the Baja peninsula. In the early months of winter, the town witnesses the familiar arrival of migrating blue and grey whales, there to mate and birth in the safe waters of their bay in the Sea of Cortez. On this day, however, the people wait in anticipation for the arrival of another kind of “pod”. A group of twelve American acupuncturists, all volunteer members of Acupuncturists Without Boarders (AWB) will be offering community-style treatments at the DIF family health center. I am among the American care-givers This is my first time attending an AWB World Healing Exchange. I smile with enthusiasm as a group of about 65 men, women and children of all ages file through the door and take their seats, ready to receive the simple 5-needle ear treatment, designed to address the health issues that come with their increasingly complicated and stressful lives.


With an interpreter on hand, an initial orientation in Spanish offers encouragement and comfort to those who are first-timers. Six practitioners divide the room into manageable groups and the treatments begin. Other team members greet new arrivals, monitor supplies, keep records, or help as needed. Within twenty minutes, the energy in the room has palpably shifted. Silence prevails, breathing slows and deepens, and a sense of peace and calm fills the space. A few heads nod, others sit with eyes closed or gazing softly. At the end of 45 minutes, the needles are removed and people are encouraged to share their experiences. There seems to be overwhelming agreement that the experiences are positive for those who shared.

During the week-long visit, over 100 individuals received treatment by AWB volunteers in two separate clinic events. The most frequently asked question was “When would the team come back again?” “The people were so receptive and appreciative of our care. We were showered with gratitude by even the most tentative of participants. A deep satisfaction and fullness filled the hearts of our entire treatment team”. With a degree in Public Health, I find herself quite at home offering this simple yet powerful treatment in a public setting that serves many at the same time. Plans are underway through AWB for the next World Healing Exchange to take place in the Yucatan in November, 2016. I hopes to attend.


Monthly community-style acupuncture clinics are ongoing here in Westcliffe at the West Custer County Library on Main Street, modeled after the AWB ear treatment protocol. The walk-in events are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month between 11am-1:30pm. Clinics are on a donation basis, $20 suggested. The needles are placed on the ear for a total body effect and without the need to disrobe. The treatment offers clearing and rebalancing of the nervous system and returns vitality to all the organ systems of the body. Half of all revenue from the Westcliffe clinics is given back to non-profits like AWB for their global health initiatives in communities experiencing trauma or family displacement from natural disasters.

AWB was founded as a non-profit in 2006 by current CEO Diana Fried of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in response to hurricane Katrina, initially offering support to first responders. Since that time, volunteer teams have been deployed to New Orleans, Haiti, Nepal, Guatemala and other sites worldwide, treating medical teams as well as families affected or displaced by trauma or disaster events. The Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps, with the same clinical ear protocol, is highly organized and ready to mobilize quickly for any trauma event in Colorado. In addition, spin-off community-style clinics are being established on and off military bases, addressing PTSD and other health issues for veterans and their families.