What Is Plant Medicine?

Ancient Healing Rituals That Bring Beautiful Transformation

Plant medicines are plants whose properties provide medicinal value to us. We seem to think that drinking herbs that the earth offers to cure a sore throat, for gas and bloating, for heart health, or physical related illnesses is ok. What we’re forgetting is that we are more than just physical beings. We are also emotional, spiritual and intellectual beings. Humans ingest far beyond just a physical level.

So it makes sense that the earth would also provide us with medicinal plants to help heal our emotional, spiritual and intellectual aspects.

These plants are sacred and just like there is a recipe to prepare any medicine, there is much preparation in working with these plants.

Begin by aligning your attitude

To start off, our attitude needs to be aligned. If we are not aligned with the energy and intention of the plant, we are sure to miss all the wisdom it has to offer. When we are not aligned we fall into a beautiful but empty “feeling” or we could find ourselves deep in a dark pit, not understanding why. That is why it’s important to outwardly proclaim our intention with the plant. It’s purpose is to heal and uncover our internal truth that connects to eternal cosmic wisdom. Everyone is smudged, (energetically cleansed), to clear out stale or negative energies that might disrupt the journey. Smudging also helps to align our energy.

A shaman using burning sage to smudge the space for ceremony.

Create a safe and sacred space

After setting intentions, we create the space. This means a number of things. It means creating a space that feels and is visibly comforting, inviting and lights up with peace. It will look different every time depending on where you are and who you’re with. Each location adds it’s own flair with what the earth has to offer. For example, we used coconuts to create the circle since we happened to be on a coconut plantation in the heart of the biosphere.

The ceremony space we created on our last retreat in Tulum, summer of ‘17.

Create this space in a spot that has a nice balance of the five elements: ether, air, earth, water, and fire.

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