Archeus plant essences & elixirs are made with plants growing organically in our garden and surrounding area. We handpick the plant material for these essences and make them using a traditional quartz-infused sun or boiling method in accordance with the lunar and seasonal calendar.
Botanical name: Houheria populnea
Positive attribute: the ability to cherish and strengthen bonds
Negative indication: trying to hold on too tight with fear
Primary quality: Calm
Houhere is also known as Lacebark and is a common tree in the New Zealand bush. A member of the mallow family, this tree has a gentle quality to it and has been used traditionally as medicine for eyes and for the digestive tract. The lace-like inner bark is used for fine decorative weaving-kete, headbands, or as a trim on hats and cloaks and in embroidery.
Energetically, with its attributes of stitching and soothing, houhere supports the mothering in us. It helps us cherish memories and strengthen bonds between family and loved ones and it helps soothe the tumult of the inescapable passage of time.
Sometimes the drive to mother our children, or those around us can stem from a feeling of fear and a need to control and to grip too tight. Houhere helps us find a gentle place within our relationships with others. It helps us move towards a sense of unconditional love. It soothes jealousy, envy or possessiveness.
If a child is leaving the nest, Houhere helps us let them go, knowing that the bonds are strong and the love is cherished.
Houhere’s energy soothes, calms and cherishes connections.
PS: this particular batch was created in winter, during the new moon that brings with it Matariki, the constellation that heralds the Maori new year. This moment in the lunar and astral calendar feels like a pause and deepening, an awakening with the new year, the dawning of a new phase of life and so the energy of this tree felt enhanced – like the joyful in-breath of meditation and we embraced it. We worked with the leaves. Later in the year, when it flowers we will work with them to add their delightful energy to this batch.
Planetary influence: Venus
Medicine wheel: South
This essence contains: Houhere (Houheria populnea), Aqua, Grape alcohol.
10ml/0.33 fl.oz stock oral dropper bottle
Place 2-3 drops on the tongue or add to a glass of water. Repeat 3-4 times daily or as required.