REISHI: The crowned mycelial queen: mushroom of immortality. The reishi mushroom is revered in ancient tradition as being the bridge between heaven and earth, imparting the sense of oneness- that it knows from its underground web of roots- into our genetic codes so we may feel connected to the matrix of communication too. On a physiological level the reishi mushroom is an unrivalled nervous system adaptogen and rejuvenator, containing beta-glucagons that essentially impart lessons to our immune system on optimal functionality. This mushroom also improves sleep latency meaning you fall asleep faster when your head hits the pillow. In the ancient Chinese medicine systems Reishi is considered a Shen tonic, Shen is loosely translated as heart-mind axis, or conscious awareness, this may be because of its rejuvenating action on the nervous system which is ultimately our perception of reality. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOUR’E TAKING IMMUNOSUPPRESANTS OR ANTICOAGULANTS
CACAO: Sacred cacao has long been referred to as “the healthiest substance aside from water that one can ingest”, revered for its spiritual and medicinal value and placed under a crown title of “the food of the Gods”, this bean is steeped in a gown of tradition, ceremony and history. Firstly, a difference between cacao and cocoa must be understood; Cacao, as used in this product and in ceremony is the raw, unprocessed bean, where cocoa is the roasted and processed equivalent. The differences are substantial. On a physiological level Cacao is deeply nutritive and restorative to the body, containing a bounty of bio-available vitamins, minerals, and compounds. Some such compounds include; Serotonin (the happy chemical), Anandamide (name derived from the Sanskrit “Ananda” meaning bliss), theobromine (a vasodilator, reasoning for cacaos heart magic) and magnesium (essential for nerve function, the nervous system being our perception of reality). Perhaps because of its physiological impact on the cardiac system, Cacao has traditionally been used in ceremony for opening the heart chakra and directing one’s energy to everything that pours from the heart: connection, community, creativity, clarity. Cacao is truly a powerful heart and spirit tonic.
ROSE: Growing alone and in well drained and nutritious soils, the rose is deeply symbolic of self-love and the unafflicted power of a flowing heart chakra. Used medicinally for hundreds of years as a beautifying skin tonic, nervine and cardiac soother among many other remedies, the Rose stands tall in her potent ability to crack open the wrought-iron gates of a weathered heart and pamper the soul. Medicinally astringent, tonifying, nutritive and cooling, we see the Roses action as a strong mother, picking you up from the ground, boldly brushing you off and fixing you up again. The thorns amongst her beauty and elegance remind us of the darker side of our own selves and thus she has the potentiality to open boxes in our hearts that need to be revalued…but all on the one mission of creating the most beautiful and truthful expressions of ourselves.