Encourage focused living, graceful endurance and inward strength
Dogwood is a robust flower that can focus the mind, heal bodily unease, and promote a strong and steady gentleness within oneself The spring Dogwood blooms for months untended, uninterrupted, and self-fulfilling. The flower itself is quite inconspicuous, it is actually the hearty green cluster at the center of the Dogwood’s more showy white bracts. Dogwood essence encapsulates both— invoking a powerful and enduring center of self as well as an outward grace in accomplishment that is both lithe and lasting.
Used to help encourage mental focus and resolve, Dogwood can help you to accomplish things with steadfast balance and ease. This refining essence clears away the nagging and unnecessary worries and allows you to focus on the tasks in your life that are necessary and ultimately fulfilling for your own happiness and vital expression of individuality. Dogwood is recommended for those who need to feel a renewed enthusiasm for work or the practical side of life, as well as those who feel rigid and stuck in a prison of endless To-Do lists and isolating busyness.
Traditionally Dogwood has also been used to ease physical awkwardness, heal the scars of bodily trauma, abuse, and misuse, and to bring the etheric (or spirit body) in harmonious concert with the physical body. Dogwood will aid those who wish to discard feelings of threat, violation or a shriveled sense of self and invoke, in its place, a state of sacred softness and indivisible core strength.
Essence of dogwood (Cornus florida), gluten-free artisan apple brandy, purified water
Take 4 drops up to 4x per day directly onto the tongue or in a glass of water. You can also massage the essence directly onto your skin (the wrists, heart center, and temples are lovely places to try).
Founded by herbalist, reiki master, writer, teacher, medicine maker, and seeker, Asia Suler, One Willow Apothecaries is a gathering place for learning, healing, and connection with the living world. Asia has created an online sanctuary to help us establish a deep relationship with the earth - beginning with nurturing the well of our own self-compassion. Through handcrafted earth medicine, in-person retreats, and online learning journeys, she offers portals into understanding our own unique medicine through a joyful engagement with the natural world.
Residing in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina, the ancestral lands of the Cherokee, and some of the most ancient coves on earth, Asia honors that the land, and all the spirits in the seen and unseen that nourish its life force, make so much of her work possible.
And she offers this work because at one point in time it saved her spirit. Her own journey began after early years of chronic pain and illness, including a condition called vulvodynia and Lyme disease. The experience - which pushed her into a deep search for healing, both within and without - led her to the altar of the green world and an understanding that truly everything is meaningful. Everyone is good. Everything is medicine. So am I. And so are you.