Though many would consider it a weed, and others a herb, Dandelion is a beautiful flower which has some excellent essence wisdom to share. It appears within the Alaskan Essence family, where the flower essences as a whole offer energies of change and transformation.
Dandelion’s message is one of gentle strength and endurance. Where others would seek to remove this flower from their gardens, Dandelion reappears bright and new each time. Deep roots and far-flying seed puffs ensure its survival in even the most extreme of circumstances and environments. These are some of the qualities which are also offered in the Dandelion flower essence — the ability to endure any periods of stress and upheaval with a gentle strength and deep roots down to the Earth Mother. Where we may meet turmoil and stress with hardness and rigidity, Dandelion teaches the value of softness and flexibility — that strength can be found in the softness, and perseverance found in relaxation rather than tension.
Indeed, this is especially true of our muscular systems; we all tense up when faced with unfamiliar and stressful situations, and we often “carry our stresses” in part of our bodies — for many computer users, it’s in the shoulders; for nurses, it’s often in the back; for commuters, it can be in the legs. This is where good posture and body awareness can help, and Dandelion essence can also assist here, too. By encouraging better awareness of, and communication with, our bodies, Dandelion empowers us in understanding our bodies more fully, and helps us to identify areas where we are holding onto tension. By taking this essence orally, we can build on this awareness and understanding to intuit the patterns and stories that lie beneath and within areas of tension. If we then apply the essence topically to these areas, with gentle massage motions, it encourages gentle release of such patterns. This also helps us to identify and work with the mental and emotional processing and conditioning that has been holding these tensions locked within our bodies for so long.
Additionally, whenever we undergo periods of experience we have the opportunity to process and integrate these into the body, mind and heart. If this is not done with compassion and understanding, this can also cause tension within ourselves — especially if said integration does not happen at all. Stagnant and unprocessed energy can cause blockages and tension knots which Dandelion can help us to identify and work with to release. For those of us with chronic muscular conditions, Dandelion can be a worthwhile ally, while also providing us with an awareness of our thought processes which may cause additional tension. Where there is relaxation and communication, there is healing, and this does not have to be fierce and dramatic — soft and steady can overcome the most obstinate of circumstances and experiences.
Johnson, S. (2000). The Essence of Healing: A Guide to the Alaskan Essences (2nd ed.). Homer: The Alaskan Flower Essence Project, pp.3-36, pp.72-73.
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