“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi
Days have passed, and you still haven’t slept through the night or eaten a decent meal. That same mournful song plays on nonstop repeat, a sentimental shoulder of sound for you to cry on. You've given up trying to find your way around your pain, but it's hard to imagine finding the strength to push through it.
We all struggle with heartache at times throughout our lives, and when it hits, it can seem to overshadow everything else. There are many ways to break a heart, and there are as many ways to help mend it. No matter what helps you ride out your rough seas, though, true healing takes time, honesty, and the willingness to face your feelings head-on. Fully surrendering to grief and allowing yourself to experience the transformation is essential to finding wholeness again. Luckily, herbs are here to help.
“Heart Be Well” Support Syrup Recipe
This is the perfect rejuvenating formula to support your health through grief. You can drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream, or just take it straight by the spoonful. It’s easy to make and tastes wonderful.
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup organic elder berries
- 1/2 cup organic hawthorn berries
- 1/4 cup organic rosehips
- 1 organic cinnamon stick
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw, local honey
- 1.5 ounces brandy or skullcap tincture (optional preservative)
- Combine herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture.
- Strain the herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice.
- Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey.
- Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined, but do not boil!
- Stir in brandy or tincture if you’d like and pour the finished syrup into sterilized glass bottles.
- Label and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
More Herbs for the Heart
There are plant allies growing all around us that support our overall well-being throughout life's ups and downs. While herbs won’t make the sadness disappear, they may help make the grieving process more endurable, allowing you to transition to a stronger place, faster, and healthier.
Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is a wonderful herb that promotes healthy relaxation and sleep*. I like to take three to four squirts of the tincture on occasional sleepless nights or sip on a cup of Fidnemed Nighttime Tea. Within minutes, I feel calm and well rested. This herb can be taken along with skullcap for helping to quiet obsessive thoughts before bed. For some people, however, valerian can have the opposite effect, causing more worry and stimulation. If this happens to you, try hops or skullcap in place of valerian for a more calming effect.
Hawthorn berries (Crataegus monogyna ) are recommended by the magnificent herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Hawthorn supports healthy cardiovascular functioning*, so why not give it a chance? These berries have antioxidants and taste nice too. Take as a tincture, tea, syrup, or jam.
Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are beloved for recipe making and other herbal creations, as they support healthy immune system functioning*. They also happen to taste delicious and can be used as tea, tincture, or syrup.
Rosehips (Rosa spp) are the fruits produced by roses. They provide one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the plant world, even boasting levels many times higher than citrus fruit. They taste similar to tart cranberries, and they can be used in teas, syrups, and jam.
A few final words of encouragement: during times of change, keep in mind that loss creates space in life for new possibilities. When you emerge from your grief, reenter the world with an open heart and a grateful spirit, and be open to receiving the opportunity that is just waiting to flow into your world!
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.