Ground into a heartfelt capability and a balanced awareness of your individual needs
Rhododendron grounds you quickly and easily within your present circumstances, calling forth a supreme inner balance. Often indicated for mothers, caretakers, or those who have intimate responsibilities to others, Rhododendron encourages you to nurture a balance between your own needs and what is expected of you. It can help you to embrace responsibilities with joy, while still recognizing and valuing your own individuality. Healing for those who feel wounded by difficult family dynamics, this practical flower highlights the importance of healthy boundaries. Rhododendron can soften the heart hardening that comes from overwhelm and thin resources but it is also beneficial for those who overextend themselves, especially when they feel depleted by or disconnected from their duties, despite the devotion to their completion.
When your responsibilities or close relationships have left your heart feeling muffled, numb, dried up, exhausted, or tough, Rhododendron will bring new light into your life. This essence excites compassion, enthusiasm, focus, and forgiveness; it can break negative patterns of relating and encourage you to differentiate between reactive states that come out of feelings of obligation from a truly heartfelt response. Rhododendron will help you locate and unfold your inner strength and ultimate heart, revealing yourself as fertile, capable, and grounded in a place of self-sustainability that ultimately incites the growth of those around you.
Essence of rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense), 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.