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Honouring Our Earthliness

Staying connected and grounded within in our physical bodies is essential for our health and wellbeing. Being connected with the physical realm is important if we want to make things happen in our lives be it preparing a meal or making a trip overseas- in order for these things to be made manifest, we must physically carry them out. Our bodies, by their very nature, are a beautiful example of physical form and function working in cooperation. Sometimes though, we can find ourselves forgetting our physicality and wind up living in our heads, quite disconnected from our body and the world around us.

Tell tale signs that we need to reconnect with the physical realm and ground ourselves can include difficulty concentrating and staying focused; we may find ourselves suddenly at home, turning into the driveway after a long drive home in traffic without really remembering how we got there. Being unable to make simple decisions or carry out basic tasks are other signs that our attention is not in the present; we need to come back down to earth. Frosty, crisp winter mornings can make the idea of walking on the earth barefoot seem slightly unappealing when our feet are warmly encased in socks and slippers. However, making contact with the earth through our feet is one of the best ways to help us stay grounded and earthed. Research shows that walking barefoot on the grass or other natural terrains rapidly down - regulates elevated stress hormones, bringing us back to a more balanced, neutral and calm state. Root vegetables such as kumara, potatoes, carrots, turnips and swedes are hearty, dense, and earthy foods that can help draw our energy down from the head and into our body. By their very nature, root vegetables link us in directly with the earth’s nurturing, stabilising energies as they grow below the surface and draw in nutrients from deep in the soil.

The stately Tree essence No 44 Kahikatea is very useful for times when we are feeling fatigued, heavy, tired, out of touch with the world or unsupported. Kahikatea is beneficial when feeling disorganised or if we are struggling to function on a day-to-day basis. Kahikatea helps to balance the base chakra- the chakra associated with the adrenal glands whose job it is to manufacture hormones that wake us up in the morning and energise us through the day. Kahikatea helps to anchor us energetically in the physical realm so we can experience a healthy, productive, and stable existence.

Another of our native Tree essences - No 50 Rimu - assists us physically and spiritually by balancing the crown chakra and supports healthy functioning of our brain and nervous system. Nervousness, anxiety, confusion and insomnia are signs that we are potentially ‘living on our nerves’, disassociated from our bodies, and indicate the crown chakra needs some help. Other indications for using Rimu include a tendency to over intellectualise, rigidity of thought, dissatisfaction with life and spiritual cynicism.

For maximum benefits, take 3 drops of each essence from the stock bottle in a glass of water 4 times daily, or in a personalised blend made by one of our talented First Light Flower Essences registered practitioners or via the website store.

— Lana Raill
Lana holds diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine and New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy, and is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner. Lana specialises in working with vibrational plant medicine in the form of First Light® flower essences and is available for consultations in Grey Lynn and Avondale on 021 02468952 or by email: