You’ve likely heard of this herb as it’s quite a famous plant that has crossed over to modern medicine beyond the traditions of herbalism. An open minded doctor might even suggest you take Echinacea as an immune stimulant. There are 3 main echinaceas from the Aster family that are mostly used interchangeably, however angustifolia is considered the strongest. It’s popular today as an immune herb, but it was traditionally used in ways I’d like to explore here.
How could a plant be named after the Elders and be considered anything other than important! Elderberries and flowers are both from Sambuccus nigra, a Honeysuckle that is an Oldworld European and North American primal remedy. It’s a herbal staple, like the potato or yam of food, that has supported the poor and the wealthy to health for generations.
This little yellow flower is called ‘falling sun rose’ by the Cherokee from the North American lands which it is native to. The flower can be spotted open brightly on a night when all is darkness. It is said to be for the sallow person who appears full but expressionless. Whose face is dull and mentality gloomy, but is somewhat puffy with a dirty tone to their hue.
The Juniper person is retraining too much water in their body. They have a slight waddle in their step which is tedious and exhausting and their lower back aches. Their legs can be swollen like tree branches, and so can their arms with little definition of where the hands or feet joint. They feel heavy in their hearts, bodies and mind as if a haze is between them and the world. They may feel achy with cramps in their body, headaches of the mind, and generally tired with little appetite for the day.