The Jagged Path
Ghost Pipe Flower Essence (Monotropa Uniflora)
Hauntingly translucent, ephemeral, ghostly white; ghost pipe, aka Indian pipe and Corpse Plant
Sedative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic.
May also be useful for: Childhood seizures, febrile seizures, and epileptic seizures
One of Ghost Pipe's main constituents is salicylic acid, the active ingredient found in aspirin.
Cherokee tribes considered it a pain remedy of the highest order.
Ghost Pipe is a nervous system ally, helping to dull sensory input. Ghost Pipe doesn't deaden the pain, but helps to distance us from it, so we can work through the pain, learning the lessen that it is trying to teach us, without being overwhelmed by it.
Ghost Pipe puts the person beside their pain, so they can see it and deal with it. It is not your normal pain reliever.
In the words of Herbalist, David Winston, “…you know it hurts, but simply don’t care.”
It reduces sensitivity to painful stimuli and raises the pain threshold. It can help a person feel more grounded and present rather than overtaken by overwhelming pain.
Ghost Pipe is also helpful against emotional pain, anxiety, and panic attacks, especially those caused by sensory overload.
Ryan Drum, an Herbalist based in the PNW, expects Ghost Pipe to have a bright future as a psychiatric nervine in acute cases.
Welsh physician and herbalist, Edward Bach, believed that sun-warmed dew absorbed the healing power of the plants on which it was found. He began to place flowering herbs into glass bowls with pure, spring water, then setting them out in the sunshine. The solar charged essences were then homeopathically thinned down. This is believed to allow the plants to work on a vibrational level, rather than a biochemical level.
Flower essences do not target specific physical illnesses, but rather the moods and the negative emotions which lead to their manifestation. Bach believed that these essences would “melt away diseases, just as the snow melts in the sun.”
A flower essence is a super diluted, solar (or lunar, when appropriate) charged, liquid extract.
Flower essences are truly straight from the “laboratory of nature”. All four alchemical elements are present in an essence. Water, Air, earth, and fire all harmoniously blend beautifully, leaving only the spirit element, which is fulfilled by the sensitive awareness and attunement of the preparer, and further by the user.
A flower essence is an example of sympathetic magic. Dr. Bach first began using them to aid those with emotional pain, i.e., lonesomeness, dread, sorrow insecurity, over-sensitivity, weariness, and suffering.
Each plant contains a unique energy vibration pattern, and the pinnacle of this energy is the flower. As Ghost Pipe begins to disintegrate immediately upon being removed from its stem, a flower essence from this plant must be created while the plant is still in tact.
Also, sunlight is not incorporated, as in a regular preparation of a flower essence, as these plants do not grow in or from the sunshine.
Ghost Pipe plants do not contain chlorophyll, rather they parasitically zap all of their nutrients from the photosynthesis of the host trees that they grow beneath.
Each flower boasts its own therapeutic advantages and can target a distinctive emotional state. Using flower essences is a simple, natural way to grow and heal, as the essence functions as a catalyst for transformation, at a deep emotional level.
Preparing the essences in this manner, absorbs the imprint of the flower’s energy, into the water. Once the water is strained and the flowers removed, you are left with the “mother essence”. I then preserve the mother essence with equal amounts of top-quality brandy.
This is what you will receive; a 30ml glass stock bottle with included dropper. To use any of my essences, you can simply place 4 drops from the stock bottle that you receive, into a glass of water, up to 4 times daily.
Alternately, you can make your own dosage bottle, by adding several drops from your stock bottle to an equal amount of water and brandy ( ¼ to ½ ounce), and storing this in a one ounce dropper bottle. This method allows you to use several essences together, if desired.
You can either make a dosage bottle of each essence separately, or simply add an additional ¼ to ½ ounce of water/brandy combination for each additional flower essence-from stock bottles- that you would like to combine.
Essences can also be added to bath water, body creams or lotions, or holy water.