Star of Bethlehem
Release trauma, shock, and the haunt of old wounds— and open to the profound comfort of regeneration
Star of Bethlehem is one of the most important essences for releasing trauma. A star ingredient in Bach’s rescue remedy, Star of Bethlehem is usually one of the first flowers practitioners turn to for those who are under serious distress, especially for those don’t readily seek or accept consolation. Supremely comforting, this uplifting essence will help to clear the blockages that we’ve subconsciously erected between ourselves and the memories of our most traumatic experiences, so that we can begin to embark upon a deeper journey of healing. Those who are suffering from the shock and numbness of this type of trauma suppression might manifest their inward obstruction in a whole range of physical maladies including: loss of hearing, vision, sense of smell, bruising, water retention, arthritis, and chronic pain. Star of Bethlehem can help release these physical symptoms as well.
Trauma can take many shapes: new encounters, or very old wounds, physical or emotional abuse, experiences of war or violence, sudden loss, or a disruption to family, culture or society. Trauma can also be more subtle and incremental— like a relationship that has slowly taken away much of your autonomy. If you are feel deadened, numb, unreachable or recognize that negative experiences seem to reverberate through you for a long time, then Star of Bethlehem might be one of your most important allies. Often given as a first remedy to those who have previously been unresponsive to energetic medicine; Star of Bethlehem is also an important essence for those experiencing any kind of PTSD. Warming, comforting, and protective— Star of Bethlehem will create a cove of safety and reflection for the ultimate regeneration of the soul.
Essence of star of bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), 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.