Eyebright for Eyesight and Insight

Herbal Remedies, Medicine, Radical Rants, Radical Raves, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Aug 30 2016

Eyebright Flower

Eyebright Brings Glad Tidings

The herb Eyebright gets its botanical name Euphrasia from the Greek myth of Euphrosyne, one of the three ‘charities’ or graces, daughters of Zeus and Oceanid, who was notable for her joy and mirth.

Eyebright is also thought to open the Third Eye and give vision, clarity and insight to mankind. It is an elegant little plant, and grows on heaths and pastures, on mountains and near the sea. The name is also given to the linnet,  a small bird in the finch family, who was said to have used the leaf for clearing the sight of its young. Linnet is named for its likeness to flax seeds  from which linen is made.

The Eyebright flower’s purple and yellow spots and stripes are thought to resemble common eye diseases such as bloodshot eyes and cataracts, making it an effective herb for those conditions according to the Doctrine of Signatures.

Eyebright  root, flower or leaves, in tincture or powder form, has been used for centuries to treat many eye ailments including inflammation, eye strain, pink eye, cataracts, stye, weeping eyes and bloodshot eyes. The herb’s properties are also beneficial for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, and allergies. Skin problems such as acne have also responded well to Eyebright poultices.

Used as an eye drop tincture or mixed in a smoothie, Eyebright makes an insightful addition to your kitchen apothecary.



Animal Communication and the Language of Love

Energy Medicine, Mental Health, Radical Raves, Relationships, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Apr 07 2016

©Gregg Frederickson

I had a chance to speak with professional animal communicator and certified classical homeopath Donna Lozito. She is also the author of Sweet Dreams: The Talking Horse from Brooklyn, a book that explores animal communication and friendship.

As the first in her field to introduce this topic to children, her book explains to children the importance of understanding how animals think and feel, cultivating a sense of respect for all beings and all of nature.

Here Donna talks about how we can deepen our relationship with our pets, and the animal kingdom as well, by learning how to listen in to what they have say, and the ways they say it.

Donna says one of her life goals is “to help people reconnect with their innate ability to communicate without language, an ability that everyone possesses but has simply forgotten how to use. Our present day culture has inhibited our ability to listen to what other species might be trying to convey.”

HH: Define animal communication

DL: Animal Communication is sending and receiving messages and images via telepathy.  This is the first language of the animals.  It is how they communicate with each other.  It is a heart to heart or spirit to spirit communication.  All of life has the ability to communicate like this including the human animal.

HH: We all, at times, project ourselves onto others. How do you know the difference between when you are hearing wishful messages from your animal and when he is truly communicating with you?   

DL: If we can learn to quiet the mental chatter with the breath or through meditation, it becomes easier to make a distinction between a message from the heart or a projection of the mind.  In our culture self doubt has taken the place of inner knowing.  The self doubt is sourced in the ego and the inner knowing comes from our intuition or our spirit.  In this instance we use the mind to interpret the message from the heart not to bypass it.  It requires that we become aware of our thoughts and actions.

HH: You say animals don’t comprehend negative statements. Talk more about that.

DL: Animals are in the present and send and receive energy as a means of communication. Animals will better understand what we do want then what we don’t want as this negative will confuse them because there is really not visual of “don’t,” etc.   You may think that when we say “no” the animals understand but what they really understand is our tone and emotion that is expressed.  If we observe how the animals correct each other you will see they show with their energy what they want and do not reprimand.  I think reprimand and punishment is a human condition.  If you think about it the reprimand is really about the person giving it rather than the person receiving the reprimand.  Our reprimands create fear-based behavior rather than constructive behavior.

HH: How do animals tell time? Give me some examples of how to let your pet know how long you plan to be away, for example. 

DL: The animals perceive the amount of light and dark. They are naturally programmed for this as this is how they navigate life in the wild. They do not perceive time as we human animals do but they do understand the passing of time.  If you are trying to convey time to your animal friend then you would give a visual of how much dark and how much light they could expect in a given time. I believe that if you speak the amount of time, the energy in your words will indicate if it will be a long time or a short time.   Again they are perceiving at a very different level and this is the level we humans want tune into more frequently to communicate with these beings.

HH: How can we reconcile our love for animals with our dependency on them for food, clothing, labor and other social needs like animal research?  

DL: Each being that inhabits the earth comes in with a purpose.  Some come to serve as food for sustenance of other beings.  If a being is offering his life to sustain mankind then we should be honoring them instead of torturing them until they die.

HH: What is an oversoul?   

DL: Some species function as a group and there is one soul or being (over-soul) that is the voice of the group.  Schools of fish, ant colonies are examples.

HH: I’ve heard it said that animals, cats in particular, don’t identify with the names we give them, that they have their own names. 

DL: In many cases they do come in with names.  Often we name our animals based on our perception of them and this is not always accurate.

HH: Each of us carries an astral subtle body with us in our physical existence. Although usually clairvoyants or highly sensitive people can sense this subtle energy, is it true that all animals can sense this type of energy?    

DL: Yes for the most part this is true.  They are much closer to nature therefore sense and feel in ways that we cannot imagine.

HH: What do animals think about vaccinations and neutering?  

DL: Both of these topics are not part of a natural existence so they do not understand this but go along with it for our sake

HH: Tell me about the keeping pets indoors versus the dangers of the outdoors argument. 

DL: Of course each situation is different and each animal is different just as each human is different.   There is not one rule across the board as most humans seek to find.  Some humans like the outdoors and some animals like the outdoors.  They are not that different in their needs than we.

HH: What projects are you working on now? 

DL: I work in the areas of Animal Communication, Homeopathic Medicine and Equine Therapy.  I work with both people and animals in order that they may realize their highest potential.

HH: Tell me about your homeopathic toolkit for animal rescue.

DL: There are specific kits made for emergency use for people and animals.  It is a good idea to have one on hand because in emergencies it is impossible to run out and buy a remedy for the situation.  For example, Arnica Montana is very useful in the case of shock and trauma or any type of injury. There are many remedies that can be used in acute care.  Having a kit also helps you get familiar with the remedies and how to use them.

HH: What special needs exist for animals who’ve been through a natural disaster?

DL: Well of course these experiences are shocking for the entire being.   Reducing the shock level will help greatly to handle animals who have been shocked in this way. Homeopathy is wonderful for these instances.

HH: Please illustrate how to successfully give a behavioral request to a problem pet.

DL: Again this is not an across the board answer.   As a rule it is always best to keep your emotional level in check because your animal companion will never get your message if you are emotional.  They only get the emotion.  It is important to be clear and neutral about what you do want rather than what you don’t want.   The animals want to please us and if we consider them as beings with wants, needs and desires then our relationships with them will flourish.

Donna lives in Arizona and teaches and works with clients around the world, as well as with domestic and wild animals. Learn more about animal communication and homeopathy, or to order the book at her website Whispers of the Spirit, LLCMaple-Seed-knocked out


Is Astrology for Real?

Letters from the Heretic, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Mar 11 2016

How to Forecast a Better Future with Astrology

I was born in summer, in a seaside sailing town where the people navigated their lives according to the tides and winds as much as by the calendar and clock. The sun was in Virgo, the moon was in a new phase and it was a Friday.

When technology develops so scientists can take a holograph of the gravitational waves between planets and stars, it will look like this flower. ~from Flower Essences by Gurudas, referring to Shooting Star flower.

What else was influencing the environment on my birthday? What gathering of clouds, bird migration patterns,  planets spinning and moons orbiting would have steered the conversations and moods, the pulling and pushing, the lifting and setting–of power poles, root balls, lathes, saw blades, light switches, of pen to paper and voting machine levers (I was born on Women’s Suffrage Day)–on the day of my birth?  How many other thought vibrations and holographic forms coursed through the planet and into the heavens during, not only my birth, but from that single moment of my conception?

Some people say it’s a phony science at best. But astrological forecasting is neither superstition nor fortunetelling. In fact, astrology is as much science as it is art.

In current times, retro and vintage, #ThrowbackThursdays and yesteryear, remembrance and recollection seem to be the new modern. One thing that’s never gone out of style throughout the ages however is astrology. People have been looking to the stars, or steering the collective thinking away from them, for some semblance of structure and order in a chaotic universe since ancient times.

I spoke with budding astrologer and Philadelphia based artist Sam Whalen about how astrology can help you know yourself better, improve your relationships and your life.

HH: How did you first come to learn about astrology?

SW: I first became acquainted with astrology through a silly CosmoGirl book I had gotten at an elementary book fair. This was the first time I became aware of the zodiac and the 12 archetypes and I would look at the Aquarius section and be really upset that my power color was electric blue and not pink. I didn’t really begin delving deep into understanding the mathematics and the nuances to the zodiac until I was around 21 and someone prompted me to get my natal chart done. That was really pivotal. From that point, I began charting everyone around me and found some hard to ignore patterns. I’ve been examining those patterns (plus new ones) ever since then. I’ve always been really interested in archetypes and astrology is deeply rooted in understanding how all archetypes work together to create a harmonious whole.

HH: What are your favorite astrology books or astrologers?

SW: A lot of my astrological research starts by mining the internet. Typically I start with cafeastrology.com to get a base understanding of what I am trying to understand/connect to. Then I go through other sources and compare interpretations. Currently, my favorite astrology is Chani Nicholas. Her interpretations and predictions are always spot on. I highly recommend signing up for her newsletter. A good friend of mine lent me Sextrology by Cox Starsky, Quinn Cox and Stella Starsky. While it’s more focused on sex and relationships, that’s typically one of the biggest issues people turn to astrology for help with. It also presents way more information about each sign than just what pertains to that subject. 

HH: What do you find are some of the most common misconceptions about astrology?

SW: I’ve been watching a lot of videos about the science behind astrology – about quantum mechanics and how particles interact with each other. I think so many people don’t find validity in it because our culture tries so hard to remove itself from nature. We think we are separate or above rhythms and we aren’t!

HH: So, when we talk about “astrological forecasts” we really are referring to something akin to a cosmological weather forecast.

SW: Weather plays a large role in our development, health, and general well being. And what controls weather, where does all weather play out? The sky!

I also think many people view astrology as deterministic rather than as heuristic. Astrology can provide a really important outlet for self reflection and that (at the end of the day) is the most important aspect of it. You are faced with a handful of characteristics about yourself and you either say, “Yes, that reflects me,” or “No, I am not like that.” Ultimately you are illuminating parts of your character that you might otherwise overlook. 

HH: It’s a common perception that astrology is a sham practice based on superstition and the occult. But astrology is neither superstition nor fortune telling. It’s as much science as it is art.

SW: Astrology charting and interpreting is actually quite mathematical. The stars don’t predict or control behavior, no. But they do serve as a visual map that reflects the cycles and rhythms of the seasons that most certainly do impact the soul and psyche of the society dwelling beneath those dark starry skies.

HH: Zodiacal constellations are not predictive so much as they are indicative. Would you agree? Where did people get the idea that the stars ‘rule’ or can predict the outcome of one’s life? If you look up the definition of astrology you get: the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. But ‘having an influence’ is a misrepresentation.

SW: I am still learning about all the various applications of astrology in one’s life but my understanding is that horoscopes, which are general ‘predictions,’ are where we get this misconception that the stars rule us. The idea behind a horoscope is that since the celestial bodies are on pretty determined paths in relation to the earth, they have the same interactions and aspects at (typically) the same times of the day, week, month, years, etc. So if you know the planets and constellations orbits, then you can predict what the astrological atmosphere will be at a certain time based on reports of what has happened in the past and characteristics associated with the planets and stars. I like to use the word “atmosphere” instead. Because, just because there is the potential for major activity doesn’t mean there always will be. It makes a person more aware of their ultimate free will to cultivate the character and life they wish to live within the boundaries of the astrological environment they are both born into and operating within.

HH: The zodiacal constellations, along with the Earth’s astronomical and cosmological phenomena, is like an illustrated map of creation’s timeline. Just as the seasons change and the earth’s axis tilts and planets orbit around each other…so does human behavior often follow a predictable or reliable story line. 

SW: I agree. I also want to add that there are only so many baseline characteristics that exist in the world. For me, as an artist, it is easy to relate this idea to color mixing. Just like there is basic blue – there is basic (this is a negative example but stay with me here) evil. Then there is teal, powder blue, periwinkle just as there is malicious, sadistic, hateful, corrupt…

Tying this back into misconceptions about astrology; people think that they are just their sun signs and don’t realize that they are a combination of 24 signs and it’s rare, if not impossible, to only have a total concentration of one. This is how we can have 12 base archetypes yet a multitude of unique personalities.

HH: Some, like Carl Sagan on his views about astrology, also argue that the heavenly map changes and is therefore unreliable. But so do our world maps. As countries change names, nations divide or merge, so does the information in our world atlas. Our maps reflect our history.

SW: My interest lies more in the personal (natal chats and how that shapes the way we navigate the world). Therefore I am not particularly well versed in how astrological phenomenons effect communities as a whole – this is next on my list of things to explore further. Aspects play a big role in how the energetic potential of a sign/planet manifest in individual charts. 

Beginning in March, Sam will be doing natal and synastry (relationships) zodiac charts for a small fee. Each chart comes with an illustration totem that is specific to the chart! More information can be be found at http://samwhalen.com/mystic. Maple-Seed-knocked out



Circle Game & The Mayan Prophecy for 2012

Letters from the Heretic, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Oct 29 2015

Clocks, globes, seasons, circadian rhythms. We cycle through our world and the world encircles us. Have neither hope nor fear of 2012 for the world cannot end, as a circle is endless.

We may end our relationship to the natural world by our own hand come December 21, 2012, but just keep in mind things penciled in on calendars can be erased.

What the idea of a Mayan prophecy of end times really represents for this heretic are some grand opportunities for growth and breaking through, once and for all, negative patterns and cycles.

Remember those exercises you were given in college or journaling groups to list out all those things you’d do if you knew you only had a year to live? The idea of course was to awaken yourself to your goals and desires, hopefully to the point that you’d stop postponing your life. Only problem with it all was there was no guarantee one would not live to suffer the consequences of ditching daily obligations for more heady experiences. Quitting jobs, spending savings for that sail around the world.

The prospect of 2012 offers a different kind of life insurance. Why not expect, instead of the end of the world as you know it, the end of how you know yourself? Your negative habits and relationships. Make a vow that your old self will die into a new you. Get to work on it now and by next December, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to have a whole new list of people on your holiday shopping list.

Still think the world is going to hell in a hand basket? 2012 is the perfect time to sign up for that basket weaving course you’ve wanted. I bet there will even be some spectcular discounts on day planners to write in your class schedule.

The Difference Between Cannabis Oil and Hemp Oil, or So We’re Told

Energy Medicine, Health News, Herbal Remedies, Medicine, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Feb 14 2015

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If you’ve been puzzling over definitions and the fine lettering of the law between marijuana and hemp, you’re not alone.

Cannabis oil (Cannabidiol) contains THC and CBD. And then there’s hemp oil, which, to placate the celebrants of suffering, is cultivated to have higher levels of CBD with none of that feel-good THC.

While Congress and the DEA have been able to regulate and define, and redefine marijuana for its THC as it pertains to their laws, hemp, which contains no THC, has, through Congress’ own loopholes, escaped their regulatory clutches.

Today, you can legally purchase and sell CBD hemp oil and avail yourself of cannabidiol’s health giving goodness. Which is more than a small victory because, thanks to the previous 20 years of research on marijuana’s effect on the human body, a biochemical communication system has been revealed.

These studies have shown that we have receptors in our brain that respond very positively to the chemical compounds in cannabis. In fact, in 1992  researchers detected so much measurable response to cannabis’ positive effect on the body that they invented a  a new body system and given it a name: the endocannabinoid system (EC). It turns out, our brains love pot!

While our circulatory system sends blood through our veins, the urinary system water through our body, etc., the EC regulates–without any help from the government–our physiology, mood and, dare I say, perception of the world.

Working properly and unimpeded, the EC puts the energetic rose-colored glasses on our smiling faces.

CBD works in harmony with your body, and mind. Synthetically manufactured pharmaceuticals lack plant energy, nature’s vital essence, which carries the true medicine.

About as Harmless as a Rattlesnake

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Medicine, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Feb 07 2015

Harry J. Anslinger’s Reptilian Rant on Marijuana

Bright Green Marijuana

Given its benign history, how did cannabis aka pot become illegal?

It seems to have started with a  Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) agent named Harry J. Anslinger in 1930. Harry put much effort into making marijuana illegal in all states. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act put cannabis under the regulation of the Drug Enforcement Agency, criminalizing possession of the plant throughout the country.

So, what happened to Harry? Why did he decide that mellow cannabis should be so maligned? This excerpt from  a transcript of Harry’s statement as Commissioner of Narcotics, Department of the Treasury, to the Ways and Means Committee shows that Harry knew a thing or two about  plant biology.

But maybe his mother wouldn’t let him go out and play until he finished his garden weeding chores and he’s resented it ever since? “The stuff grows like dandelions,” he was once known to bitterly say. Which is really such a shame because had Harry known what great digestive bitters dandelions made, perhaps he wouldn’t have been so bilious about a puff of weed.

Mr. ANSLINGER: “Mr. Chairman, my name is H. J. Anslinger; I am Commissioner of Narcotics in the Bureau of Narcotics, in the Treasury Department. Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Ways and Means Committee, this traffic in marihuana is increasing to such an extent that it has come to the be cause for the greatest national concern.

This drug is as old as civilization itself. Homer wrote about, as a drug that made me forget their homes, and that turned them into swine. In Persia, a thousand years before Christ, there was a religious and military order founded which was called the Assassins and they derived their name from the drug called hashish which is now known in this country as marihuana. They were noted for their acts of cruelty, and the word “assassin” very aptly describes the drug.

The plant from which the drugs comes is a hardy annual, growing from 3 to 16 feet in height. Marihuana is the same as Indian hemp, hashish. It is sometimes cultivated in backyards. Over here in Maryland some of it has been found, and last fall we discovered three acres of it in the Southwest.

As I say, marihuana is the same as Indian hemp, and is sometimes found as a residual weed, and sometimes as the result of a dissemination of birdseed. It is known as cannabin, cannabis Americana, or Cannabis Sativa. Marihuana is the Mexican term for cannabis indica. We seem to have adopted the Mexican terminology, and “We call it marihuana, which means ‘good feeling.’ In the underworld it is referred to by such colorful, colloquial names as reefer, muggles, Indian hay, hot hay, and weed. It is known in various countries by a variety of names.”

Mr. LEWIS: In literature it is known as hashish, is it not?

Mr. ANSLINGER: Yes, sir. There is a great deal of use of it in Egypt, particularly. It was found years ago in Egypt. The traffic has grown so that something like 14 percent of the population are addicts. In India it is sold over the counter to the addicts, direct, and there it is known as bhang and ganja.

At the Geneva Convention is 1895 the term “cannabis” included only the dried flowering or fruiting top of the pistillate plant as the plant source of the dangerous resin, from which the resin had not been extracted. That designation was used in the uniform State act. But research that has been made during the past few months has shown that this definition is not sufficient, because it has been found by experiment that the leaves of the pistillate plant as well as the leaves of the staminate plant contain the active principle up to 50 percent of the strength prescribed by the United States Pharmacopoeia.

So we have urged the States to revise their definition so as to include all parts of the plant, as it now seems that the seeds and portions other than the dried flowering tops contain positively dangerous substances.

We were anticipating a challenge in one of the States of that old definition. There was a case in Florida recently in which a defendant appealed to a higher court on the ground that the prosecution had not proven that this was the dried flowered top of the pistillate plant.

The higher court said:

“We are of the opinion, therefore, that the information was insufficient to clearly apprise accused of the nature and cause of the accusation against him because of the sale of cigarettes containing cannabis, from which the resin had not been extracted may relate to the resin of the staminate plant, the resin of which appears to be harmless.”

As a matter of fact the staminate leaves are about as harmless as a rattlesnake. So in this act it was necessary to make the definition all inclusive.

In medical schools, the physician-to-be is taught that without opium he would be like a one-armed man. That is true, because you cannot get along without opium.

But here we have drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured.”

You can read the whole tale, from “delirious rages” to murderers high on the “merry wonder” to the ‘finger of scorn’ Harry pointed at China, in the full transcript.

Meanwhile, poor little cannabis only knows his true name and purpose, to grow like a happy little weed, smiling in the sun.

Detox Your Body and Balance Your Psyche with Chaparral

Herbal Remedies, Medicine | Posted by Kim
Sep 07 2014


You’ve been one tough cookie lately, haven’t you?

You’ve been making quick decisions, taking fast action and rolling with the punches. You’re resilient, but there’s been little time to process what you’ve been through.

Now you can’t get certain pictures out of your mind and you’re losing sleep, and that’s keeping you from visiting that one most restorative and powerful place for healing of all, dreamland.

Let Chaparral be your sand man!

When our psyche has absorbed far more impressions than our conscious mind can assimilate, dreams act as important filters that help our conscious mind access disturbing or chaotic experiences in an orderly and safe fashion. Chaparral penetrates deep into one’s transpersonal aspects to replace psychic and physical toxicity, mental chaos, drug addiction, and disturbed dreams with psychic awareness and balance.

Chaparral’s plant personality is one of tenacity, high resilience and dazzling might. It flourishes in the nutrient-deficient soil of the American southwest deserts, retains its characteristic bronze-to-mustard-green hue despite oppressive heat, and can live just fine, thank you very much, off just a few tablespoons of water per year. When it comes to overcoming hurdles and solving difficult equations, of survival or emotions, Chaparral is a genius.

Chaparral, also known as Creosote, is one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants. Its chemical makeup acts as an effective blood, liver, lymph and urinary tract cleanser. Native Americans have used Chaparral for centuries as an anti-cancer remedy. Studies have shown that chaparral may also inhibit or dissolve tumors. Its dried and cut leaves can be used as a tea. Just take a whiff of it and you’ll appreciate that something that smells this strong–peppery, menthol, earthy–would have some potent medicinal gifts to offer.

Chaparral flower essence is an important psychic and physical cleanser, which is indicated when the soul has been assailed by too much of the brutality modern civilization has thrown its way–chaotic, violent, and degrading images and experiences, both in real life or in the media. It has many applications, but its star quality is in working through the dreamscape to cleanse the psyche.

Chaparral flower essences are good for people who have witnessed actual violence or too many disturbing images in the media. As a liver cleanser, it is also a very beneficial herb for detoxifying, whether from prescription medicines or other drugs. While psychotropic drugs expand psychic boundaries, they also distort the true landscape of the awakened conscious, leaving it littered with emotional debris that the subconscious mind picks up. It is also helpful for people who feel brittle and rigid, both in their bones and in their thinking.

Chaparral’s Secret Lore

Chaparral corresponds to the First Chakra (Root) and Fourth Chakra (Heart). Meditating on the Chaparral plant, people have reported a sense of magical abilities to dissolves blocks of fear, especially around insects and reptiles, like bees and snakes. It is said Chaparral allows one to go through their process, face their fears, and be successful because Chaparral provides what you need exactly when you need it. One woman who had a deep terror of bees went on a plant walk and took a big gulp of Chaparral flower essence. When bees started buzzing around her she found that she could just notice them with a simple curiosity and enjoy the feeling of being swayed by the wind as she stood watching them.

A good affirmation while meditating on Chaparral is, “I am ever strong, enduring, and wise, knowing always how to solve the problem at hand.”

Warnings: Those who suffer compromised liver function or have blood disorders should consult a physician regarding use or dosage of Chaparral.

Picture Yourself in the Ancestral Portrait with Flower Essences

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Mental Health, Relationships, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Jan 11 2014

Interview of Ziporah Hildebrandt by Kim Steffgen, December 2013. Answers Copyright 2013 Ziporah Hildebrandt, used with permission.

Your ancestors’ photos may have been in black and white but their lives have colored your world. When ancestral lines are blurry flower essences can sharpen the lines in your family portrait.

I spoke with flower essences practitioner and ancestral energy worker Ziporah Hildebrandt about using flower essences to facilitate the ancestral lineage clearing process.

Keewaydinoquay Peschel, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist.  1919 - 1999

Keewaydinoquay Peschel, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist.
1919 – 1999

HH: Tell me about your experience with family patterns and ancestral pattern clearing.

Ziporah: The way I work is usually directly in connection with, and in dialog with, the ancestors. I also prescribe flower essences to clients. The essences  create more ease with the process of accessing the ancestors, connecting and communicating with them, and transforming a stuck situation into flow and new possibilities. Quite marvelous things will come up in a session working with ancestors. Clients generally report a feeling of lightness and relief of a burden afterward. During a session, specific personal histories often come to light, that can at first shock or dismay a client, and quickly shift the energy to healing, forgiveness, even joy. I enjoy this work—working with someone’s ancestors is just as satisfying as working with a living person: their energy is vivid, their stories poignant, their gratitude palpable. When someone comes to me with a knotty personal situation I can usually tell quickly if there is an ancestral influence. Not everyone is open to these ideas, and there are other ways to work than with an ancestor session. The Healing Roots flower essence combination I created is very helpful for any issues involving ancestral healing.

HH: How do you define Ancestral Pattern Healing?

Ziporah: I like to keep things out of the box, as I find that definitions can limit what shows up in a session, and for a client after a session or while they’re taking the essences. Even calling this an ancestral pattern locks energy—a pattern is something that repeats. My experience is that energies with an ancestral source do run through generations, and they can repeat, and when they do they often resemble the original source in some way. So to this extent there is a pattern, and it usually isn’t an exact replication. If someone was, in a former incarnation, their own ancestor, or involved in the original situation in a former life, there can be eerie synchronicities between the situations in the time periods, even to dates or numbers, names and place similarities. This can be a pattern for that soul, rather than an inherited pattern.

Another type of energy are things like diseases, fires, floods, wars and other situations that are impersonal in their occurrence, that had very personal impacts on ancestors. This type of energy tends to show up differently in each successive generation. For instance,  someone whose great ­grandparent’s mother died of a particular disease while the great­ grandparent was a small child may have grief and loss showing up along with body conditions, and it may not be anything like the same disease physically. I see healing around these energies as a process of thawing a frozen energy that has blocked the flow of life force, of love, of prosperity, of confidence, of receiving the blessings of life and connection with others and the universe.

HH: How can flower essences help?

Ziporah: Flower essences begin to thaw the frozen areas in the ancestral tree. They can clear energetic structures that have kept the frozen area in place. Some flower essences, such as Forget­Me­Not, help us connect directly with ancestors, which allows us to have a transformative dialog with them. Flower essences like Primulas and Crested Iris reorganize and restructure the ancestral energies so that healing is retroactive to the ancestors as well as to other descendents of them. All flower essences will bring in divine light and love to the whole family tree, including opening the living person to forgiveness, to letting go, and receiving change. There is an expansion of the heart and awareness, allowing new possibilities that were never imagined before.

HH: In your experience, what are the essences most specific to ancestral patterns?

Ziporah: There are many flower essences that can heal inherited energy resonances. Any essences that work with the DNA, such as White Primula and Rose Geranium, or with clearing in general, such as Tomato essences, or healing in general, such as Self Heal and Comfrey, will assist with ancestral healing. More specifically, Parsnip, Hemlock, Crested Iris and Boab work very directly with ancestral energies. I’ve described in more detail the flower essences I use in my Healing Roots combination on my web site, http://ancestorsblessing.com/healing­roots/

Any essences that work specifically with family members or the mother and father archetypes, such as Baby Blue Eyes and Sunflower for father, or Lady’s Mantle and Mariposa Lily for mother, can also be applicable to working with ancestors, depending on the situation and issues. Crested Iris works with both mother and father archetypes and is a powerful deep healing essence. If there is an overall pattern of problem with the mother, then using mother­ archetype essences will be helpful, including Madonna Lily, Milk Thistle, Mariposa Lily. You can add an ancestor ­specific essence such as Parsnip or Hemlock or Crested Iris to the combination to “direct” the devas to the family tree.

Not all flower essences will have a strong connection to the devas, it depends on how they are made. Many essence makers do consciously connect with the flower’s deva, and then the essence will carry the intelligence of the deva, which is beyond space and time.

You can do the same thing when working with past lives: formulate for the issue, then add Giant Burmese Honeysuckle to the combination to direct the healing to the past lives. There are also essences that facilitate communication and receiving awareness of ancestors, notably Forget­Me­Not. Any essences that boost intuition and spirit journeys can assist with this.

HH: Do you have your own ‘plant ally?’

Ziporah: I have been guided at different times by particular plant devas. One of them was quite entertaining to work with, taking the form of any flower I was inquiring about and acting out in some way what the flower essence would do. I thought at first that I was suddenly communicating directly with every plant more quickly and easily than ever had before. I laughed out loud when I realized what was going on.

Actually, every flower I make an essence from becomes my ally. While talking with someone, or doing energy healing in a session, a flower may pop into my awareness, and I know something about that plant is a contribution to what is going on. When this happens, I invite the deva of that plant into the session or the conversation, or send it remotely to the person.

HH: Tell me about your flower essence process. How do you determine what’s best for the individual?

Ziporah: This has changed over time, and still changes. I often use a client’s horoscope or Human Design chart to attune to the energy map of their current incarnation. I use kinesiology, or muscle testing as a quick, easy and accurate (for me) method of choosing essences from the thousand or so I work with. With a complex case involving multiple combinations for one person, I may select a number of essences, and then group them as I perceive their resonance. Then I look at the essences in the groups and notice a theme, which further clarifies my knowing about what is going on.

Essences that would like to be included may pop into my awareness when I’m not thinking about the formula, along with the knowing that they would like to contribute their energies to that person. Every practitioner will find their own ways of doing this that work for them.

HH: How does one know the difference between ancestral pattern issues and past life issues?

Ziporah: Sometimes, as I described already, they are the same, where a person was their own ancestor in a former life. More commonly, there is resonance between past lives and the family history. We each choose the body and family we are born into, and we are making that choice from the energetic resonance of a place, a family, a time, as well as connections we may have to people.

As to how to know the difference, each person must learn to perceive their own knowing. Describing my own awareness of the difference would be like trying to put words to the difference between vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Energy is our first language, the language of nature and spirit. How we interface with that language is unique to each person, just as no two people will experience a symphony the same way, or even the same way at different times. As infinite beings, we have access to infinite knowing. If we ask, we’ll receive information.

HH: When selecting a mode for healing painful spiritual or emotional issues, how does one determine the best course? Intuition or something more?

Ziporah: This is part of the learning process of being a healer. We all have amazing healing capacities in our bodies and beings. When we don’t try to determine results we open ourselves to possibilities we may not have thought of. It’s key to learn to trust our knowing, trust our awareness, and trust that whatever happens is a contribution to ourselves as well as the client. Whenever we have an outcome in mind we limit and very often interfere with where the energy is moving.

If we have a pre­determined idea of what healing would look like, what the “best course” would produce, we may be preventing the healing and transformation required. Even defining a client’s situation as “painful” is
assuming a stance that suffering is wrong, should be fixed, and that the healer should be the one to figure out how to fix it. Every time we say “Such and such happened to me,” we erase ourselves as a participant in creating our reality.

There are many wonderful and effective techniques and methods available to healing practitioners today. If one simply follows the energy, you’ll be led to what will be effective. And if there is no apparent effect, one might ask if the client was truly choosing change?

Clients come to us for many reasons and not all of them involve being healed!

HH: Can one be addressed without the other? And how can flower essences help in both the discovery process and the clearing process?

Ziporah: Unlike people, flower essences have no propensity for analyzing or separating various types of healing or healing processes. All flower essences can heal on multiple levels and in myriad ways.

We are constantly addressing what we are aware of and can see, and ignoring everything else. Happily, flower essences have no such shortcomings; they will address whatever is there that a person is willing to allow.

HH: Another flower essence practitioner friend of mine remarked that, often, accessing the ancestor is difficult and the most readily available person is oneself, who carries the pattern anyway.  What do  you think
about that?
Ziporah: How difficult something is varies from person to person and time to time. I have found it both quick and easy to access my own and others’ ancestors, and less so at other times. It has always been possible and never what I’d call “difficult.”

Each person carries all of their ancestors within them. There is a chamber in the heart where they are all held, though some can be hidden at first. I’ll be creating an audio guided imagery journey based on what my angel guide showed me about accessing our ancestors. Like many things, accessing this area of our awareness is like a muscle that we can exercise and develop with practice and use.

There are many ways to access one’s ancestors. Gaze with open mind at old photos,hold items that once belonged to someone, go to places where they lived or worked. Ask for a dream. You can fill a glass of water before bed, adding a dreaming flower essence in it, such as Mugwort, or my Dream Healer combination. Just before you turn out the light, drink half of the water and ask for a dream about your ancestors, or whatever else you’d like to receive information about. Ask to remember the dream when you awaken.

When you awaken, drink the other half of the water, asking to remember. Some people remember a dream the first night, others it may take a few nights. Write the dream in your dream journal. The process of creating a dream journal and writing in it whenever you recall a dream tells your subconscious that you are open, willing to receive communication in this way, and honoring of that. When we ask to receive, we will receive.

How difficult it is and in what form it shows up depends mostly on ourselves. How do we expect it to appear? What communications are coming to us daily that we don’t recognize? Our cognitive minds are so busy, so full of conclusions, assumptions and points of view about how things are, how they will be, how they’re supposed to be, that it is difficult for anything to get through that doesn’t look just like we expect it to.

Using flower essences—any flower essences!—gently and gradually changes this. We can let go of things having to be a certain way, of insisting on being right, or wrong, or however we think we are and the universe is. Flower essences soften our finite boundaries so we can receive more of our true nature, which is infinite, light, joyous and free.

Ziporah Hildebrandt is the author of How to Make Your Own Flower Essences. She has extensive training in humanistic psychology, flower essence therapy and ancestral lineage clearing. Learn more at http://ancestorsblessing.com  Maple Seed_Yellow

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy

Health News, Medicine | Posted by Kim
Apr 09 2013

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy

Dangerous Myth or True Elixir?


I’m terrified of surfing. I was reminded about this when I was visiting with friends a few weeks ago, having a lovely conversation with wine and cheese about their upcoming surfing trip to San Diego. While I have always held visions of concussions from boards shooting out of the waves and landing on my head, or chunks of flesh torn from my side by sharks mistaking me for food, this couple was telling stories of exhilarating rides on salty waves, relaxing floats, and sometimes, sheer boredom bobbing in the sea waiting for a good wave to roll in.
When the conversation turned to salt water and minerals and recent dental issues, I mentioned that I was drinking hydrogen peroxide. They looked at me with the same quizzical expression as I had at the mention of putting my body into an ocean to face a wall of water rushing at me with the velocity of a freight train.

What made us different? The ocean certainly didn’t know. Will it toss me, but float the fearless? My surfer friends have the same human bodies as me. The only difference between us were perception and experience. If it was safe for me to ingest safely diluted hydrogen peroxide, they could drink it and likely benefit from it also. And, I started turning around my own fears about surfing. After vicariously living their pleasures on the waves, I resolved that I’m sure I could take a board out, not too far, but maybe just head into the surf and hang out a while.

I learned about 35% Food Grade H2O2 through necessity. Ironically enough, it was the isolation floatation tank I was tasked to maintain when I rented my new space that sent me on a fact finding mission to learn how to safely use Food Grade hydrogen peroxide. The tank, an older model with some whippy whale art painted on its side, came with the house. My landlord left a half empty (full?) bottle of 35% in the refrigerator, with a warning that, if heated past 60 degrees F, it could explode, so, you know, be careful! Then he left the country for a year.

I used a 1/4 cup of it to sanitize the tank and took my first float. I also wondered often just what ‘explode’ meant. Like, it will spray-all-over-my-$20.00/lb-wild-caught-salmon explode? Or, blow-the-refrigerator-door-off explode? No one was available to answer my question.

Until now, I’d only used drugstore 3% as an oral rinse and wound cleanser. Its use as an oral antiviral was just an interesting read from my friend T.C. Randall’s book Forbidden Healing, in which he talks extensively about redox medicine and the valuable role of H2O2 in the body’s ecosystem.

Right around the time I ran out of the H2O2 I also developed a tooth abscess. They don’t sell food grade H2O2 in stores and it took quite a while of hunting and researching for a source  before I finally tracked down EchoH2O2, a manufacturer and distributor in Sedona, AZ. And there my education in Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy began in earnest. The uses and curative powers of this humble, naturally occurring chemical is a wonderment. Leaving the farmers market where I picked up my quart bottle, along with a travel size spray bottle of 3% H2O2 for sanitizing, breath freshening and virus killing, I was armed with a fact sheet and instructions for drinking highly diluted H2O2; a few drops in a 12 oz. glass of distilled water, increasing the number of drops over the course of several months.

The cry is always, H2O2 is a dangerous, caustic chemical. You’re drinking bleach for goodness’ sake! Yet, cancer patients trust their doctors to start a drip of cell destroying chemicals running into their arms and call it chemo “therapy.” I’d rather drink oxygenating, perfectly safe diluted hydrogen peroxide. And I did. And it cleaned my abscess and whitened my teeth, and purged a long-term cold sore virus from my blood.

Yes, it’s true. Higher percentages of hydrogen peroxide can burn your skin and seriously injure you internally if you don’t use extreme caution and dilute it to safe proportions. So, use extreme caution, dilute it properly and dip your toe in the waters of renewed health and energy. Surfs up!

Natural Tooth Healing

D.I.Y., Health News, Herbal Remedies, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Apr 08 2013

Remineralize & Revitalize Your Healthy Smile


Don’t let them tell you can’t heal your teeth and gums naturally. You can! You don’t have to grin and bear tooth pain until you get to a dentist. With this three pronged approach–nutrition, hygiene and pharmacology–you can whiten, tighten, heal, rebuild and strengthen your teeth, restore gum health and really have something to smile about.

I started my tooth healing regimen by adding raw butter and cod liver oil to my daily diet, and performing Oil Pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic method of drawing or ‘pulling’ toxins from your tissue by swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health. I also made my own remineralizing toothpaste and rinsed with a food grade hydrogen peroxide solution.

Every morning, I soaked my mouth with a tablespoon of sunflower or coconut oil  for 20 minutes. I cooked with raw butter and spread it on whole grain toast. I took cod liver oil, either straight or in gel caps, and mega-dosed Vitamin C powder daily. I brushed and flossed, followed by soaking with the hydrogen peroxide solution every morning and fastidiously brushing and flossing after every meal throughout the day.

By the end of the first week my toothache had turned a corner and the pain lessened. Over the next week I noticed my teeth were looking stronger. A slight dark yellow spot and a tiny fissure deep within my front tooth that I’d had for decades were fading, and my teeth were feeling better rooted in my gums. I stopped the oil pulling by the second week but kept up the fish oil and daily hydrogen peroxide rinses. By the end of the third week, all my tooth pain was gone and my teeth were whiter than ever. They even felt straighter and the edges of the tooth surfaces felt smooth and strong.

I also made my own toothpaste to have more control over the ingredients. Seems there is no one toothpaste brand that has all the ingredients I want, like calcium powder and baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and none of the ingredients I don’t want like sodium laurel sulfate which People’s Pharmacy health writers Joe and Terry Graedon suggest that eliminating it  from your toothpaste can help cure canker sores. D.I.Y. to the rescue!

Tooth Healing Ingredients:

Sunflower or Coconut Oil (for oil pulling/swishing)

Powdered Vitamin C

Cod Liver Oil

Remineralizing Toothpaste

Raw or Grass Fed Butter

3% Hydrogen Peroxide

The basic proportions for making your own toothpaste is 5 parts mineral powder such as calcium;  2 parts baking soda; 3-5 parts coconut oil. Convert to teaspoons or tablespoons according to batch size.

For this recipe, I used coral calcium because that’s what I had on hand, and I did not use any sweetener because the coconut oil was plenty sweet for my taste. If you want that sweet toothpaste taste in your mouth, add stevia (powder or liquid) or drops of anise to the mixture.

Natural Remineralizing & Gum Health Toothpaste

5 tbsp. Calcium Carbonate Powder or Calcium Magnesium Powder  [Minerals]
3 tbsp. Baking Soda [Mild abrasive]
1 tsp. Stevia Powder [Optional sweetener]
3-5 tbsp. Coconut Oil (young green coconut is best) to get desired consistency [Texture + Lauric Acid for digestion]
1-½ tsp. pink sea salt [Mild abrasive]
2-3 drops Neem oil & Myrrh oil [Anti-bacterial for gum health]
2-3 drops 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide diluted to 3%*
Essential oils for flavor: peppermint*, spearmint*, cinnamon, clove, orange, grapefruit seed extract, myrrh or clove oil. 


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the coconut oil gradually, mixing until you get a smooth consistency. Add salt, oils and hydrogen peroxide dilution. Mix some more and you’re done!

Read more about saving your teeth naturally.