The goal of wisdom remedies is to change something fundamental…something that is hidden away from sight, something that is missing that cannot be found, something that is needed to be stable, to think better, to believe better and/or to be better. One place of great importance is the dark areas where there is trauma or hurt or family burdens/fears or embarrassments, etc. These areas create turbulence in our lives and create physical, psycho-emotional and social pain, and disease. They are obstacles to living clean and feeling good and adapting well to our environments, challenges and to all changes in our lives. In this article, we will mention three such wisdom remedies as will help with this and the nuances of each.
Wisdom remedies work slowly, changing patterns deep in the body and psyche. They give us something, break up something, awaken something, calm something or alter something. The change is always positive, growth inducing in every way, and gradual, happening almost imperceptibly over weeks or months. However, there are a few wisdom remedies that work faster and even fewer still that work immediately.
Our first herb as a wisdom remedy is Echinacea. Generally, we would use Echinacea angustifolia, which is more intense and more stimulating for this purpose, but purpurea is more calming and less forceful. This exact consideration should be held in deciding which to use for the individual. Some people need the stimulation and intensity, while others need a calmer approach.
Echinacea is used in pretty high doses for a wisdom remedy. Instead of a half dropper or a few drops a couple times per day, two droppers full are used one time daily for several months. The nature of Echinacea as a wisdom remedy is observed when you think of a tomb with dark secrets in it and painful stories tied to it, and it is humid, musty, dank and sick. It is gangrenous in a way. The person with that kind of burden to bear cannot really hide it. That person will be defensive before they get the chance to have anything to defend or defend against. They will tend to latch on to beliefs and hold tight to them. They are often or always victims of something or another that usually is very uncomfortable to them. This thing they are victims of (let us say a chronic rash) they will defend whenever someone suggests it might be a thing over which they have some power. The idea that they might have power over this thing is actually offensive, instead of welcome.
This person will find gradual but very powerful healing from the use of Echinacea as described above.
The next wisdom remedy is arnica. This is used as a tincture. Five drops are used one time daily. Dosage actually varies depending on how it is used for who and for what, but for the dark area of life that has blocked out all possible light, this is a great remedy. Dosage of arnica should never be increased without guidance as it has the real potential to injure in higher dosages. It has an affinity for areas that are shut, blocked and congealed. This is not dank and sick like those used with Echinacea and the symptoms produced are also different.
Arnica will break up blocked, congealed areas and get new blood moving through them, literally (as it applies to physical areas that are correspondingly sick) and figuratively. This dispersing of a dark, blocked, congealed area is very helpful when old traumas or sad or fearful times are buried and not processed. This can make associated areas of the physical body sick and can make some areas of life unapproachable. This latter looks like self sabotage, but it really is an area that cannot be approached in life because it is so blocked and secured. When this psycho-emotional burden begins to break up, life will gradually begin to be more accessible. The emotions and pains from that old blocked part of life that was not properly processed will come out, but they will come out with healing wings, such as arnica provides. This is a powerful healing process.
Finally, we have St. John’s wort as wisdom remedy. This herb is like sunlight into dark places. Its affect on serotonin is, from that perspective, just a byproduct of its primary action. It brings in sunlight and shines on, heals, purifies and makes visible the dark places we do not see. This is like an awakening, but awakening without fear or trepidation. It is like awakening with joy of sunlight on the sill of a country window, with clean air and a joyful farm or countryside awaiting. The person who cannot or will not awaken because of sorrow or fear of what they might see can very much be helped by a regular, steady dose of St. John’s wort. We use two droppers full of the tincture two times daily. Those taking drugs should consult a professional herbalist before starting St. John’s wort. Those with manic-depressive disorders should seek an alternative medicine practitioner to help with that condition before starting St. John’s wort.
Thank you for reading,
Kal Sellers, MH