Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Everything is coming up LOVE

Welcome to the midpoint of winter, which we've just passed. How exciting it is to dream the seeds of your life into being while the Earth is dreaming her seeds, nestled deep under the snows or just under the soil into being as well. No wonder this is the beginning of the season of love, it's the beginning of the season of the fertility returning to our lovely northern hemisphere. Before Valentine's Day as we know it, came Lupercalia... a very ancient, raucous, joyous celebration of fertility. Many centuries later, as pagan customs are lost within Christianity, Valentine's Day celebrates many of the same deep stirrings of the seeds of renewed life sprouting anew. While today's Valentine's consumer madness can dispel and diminish the sacredness of this time of year, it can be a time of real reflection, of deeper connections to *all* the loves in your life, and most importantly, a reminder to love yourself as you grow, sprout and blossom in your own special ways. 

To celebrate the season and especially love, I have a small quantity of these special duos to share. 

This is not your "typical" Valentine's Day gift, but one with depth and the ability to help you attune to the ultimate life force, Universal Love.

One full ounce of my Rose Elixir, a gift unto itself... to treat yourself to the full body and heart healing and opening effects of the wild rose, sure to help open and attune yourself to all the love that surrounds you.Share it with a partner, a lover, your friends, your mom! Included also is a half ounce of a custom created Flower Essence blend to celebrate the spirit of love in the air this time of the year. It's formulated to help open the heart, feel joy and appreciation for self, a connection to Universal Love and all of it's incredible healing energy, and finally fuel to keep the internal fires burning as a source of heart radiance.  This essence helps opens the doors to love in every possible way, the first and foremost be *your own*, and with that, you are freer and more receptive to the love of a partner, your family, kids, friends, animals and plants, even the Earth and the Cosmos that surrounds her.  (Essences of Hawthorn, White Colombine, Indian Pipe, Mango and Ocotillo utilized)

heart emoticoBe blessed by love each day of your life!
These limited sets are $22, packaged beautifully and nestled into enough beautiful Rosa centrifolia buds and petals for a perfect tisane for two, and garnished with a little heart memento.  Remember to celebrate your loving spirit this season, and the loving spirits of special friends and family. Be blessed by love every day!  Contact me at queenbee@apisluminous.com to order, or through a Facebook message! Please join me there at https://www.facebook.com/ApisLuminousBotanicals to keep updated between blog posts. It's going to be an exciting year!

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Welcome to the blog home of Apis Luminous.

Here I discuss and create botanical preparations and remedies influenced by vintage and even ancient sources. I treasure the herbal wisdom that has passed through many millions of wise hands over many thousands of years as sacred knowledge, but one that each of us can access with hard work and steady guidance. I've self studied herbal medicine for well over twenty years, but just in the last several I have quilted my knowledge together and continue to do so under a magnificent mentor!

Many of the plants which compromise my closest Green Allies I either grow or wildcraft, often 30 pounds of elderberries a season and baskets and baskets of wild roses and St. Joan's Wort. What I can't procure myself, I gather from only the most ethical of sources. Even my menstruums include local, raw honey and organic spirits, and only pure mountain spring water. From every petal picked, root pulled or leaf dried until the time it is ready to be dispensed as a remedy, each of my botanical preparations is deeply aligned with my path as a Wise Woman healer. Prayers are sent, offerings left, the listening in my spirit attuned with those of the plant, respect is given.

I also embrace and practice the art of Flower Essences, a semi-modern approach to most likely the oldest of plant spirit medicines... like the collecting and drinking of fresh dew from plants and being imbued with their spirit energy, or essence. The wonderful part of being a Flower Essence (FE) practitioner today is that we have access to the entire world's flowers, and new discoveries are made every day in the field. I co-create many of my own essences and create more each season. I also utilize a wide variety of sources, such as FES, Bach, Flora Corona and Lichenwood.  FE's are wonderful adjunct healers, they support and influence you towards the positive aspects you wish to bring into your life, whether they be physical, emotional, spiritual. I am a certified Flower Essence Practitioner through Lichenwood Herbals of Maine, and am grateful for the amazing teachings I received as part of that wonderful year.

I am looking forward to this blog as a way to share, give and receive inspiration, offer ideas and methods in living a deeper harmony with nature's green and blooming gifts. Welcome, welcome, welcome!