Yes, I really am alive. And as of late last night, I’m done working on the redesign of Wolf’s new children’s book, I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! That means that I’ll spend the next several days to a week catching up on emails and digging into all the student work that was put on hold during the last week and a half.
Despite the complete insanity of my recent schedule, I’ve found time to photograph a few flowers, including the ever elusive Peach (Prunus persica) flowering! I say elusive, because almost every year, the frost and wind get to the flowers before I and my camera do. But this year I managed to capture the brilliant whiskey rose of my very favorite tree in full bloom. I really am in love with this tree, it makes the most amazing medicine, and is scent is just flat out intoxicating.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed some of my many writings on this amazing medicinal plant. Cooling, moistening and profoundly nourishing to the nervous system, Peach has a huge range of uses. It should be thought of any time there is heat and dryness, especially with active inflammation and red skin or skin afflictions and general constitutional sensitivity(pretty much typical of the whole rose family actually, although most members aren’t necessarily moistening.) It’s also a great remedy for many acute venomous stings, bites and similar allergic type reactions. Its power in this area easily matches Plantain, although they tend to have different specialties and work VERY well in tandem.
Another great Peach combination is Peach with Milky Oats for nervous fatigue/adrenal burnout with symptoms of fluid/yin deficiency, excessive heat and emotional irritability. I have a favorite formula based around this combo that I have dubbed “Peaches & Cream” that I use on a regular basis with many clients.
And don’t forget what a phenomenal belly herb Peach can be, especially where there’s nausea with a red-tipped tongue. Think of it for car-sickness and general nausea instead of Ginger wherever there’s signs of excess heat (feeling flushed and hot, hot flashes, red tongue, rapid pulse, etc.,) as well as for morning sickness (also with heat symptoms and the inability to keep anything down at all).
For more on this amazingly versatile herb, check out my article on it over on the Medicine Woman site. But first, enjoy these pictures of their breathtakingly beautiful flowers.
All photographs (c) 2009 Kiva Rose