Houhere (Botanical name: Houheria populnea)
Positive attribute: the ability to cherish and strengthen bonds
Helps when: trying to hold on too tight with fear
Primary quality: calm
Planetary influence: Venus
Medicine wheel: South
Houhere is also known as lacebark. 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 and in embroidery. Energetically, with its attributes of stitching and soothing, houhere supports the mothering in us. It helps us find a gentle place within our relationships with others, guiding us towards a sense of unconditional love. It soothes jealousy, envy and possessiveness. If a child is leaving the nest, houhere helps us let them go, knowing that the bonds are strong. Houhere’s energy soothes, calms and cherishes connections.
Silver Birch (Botanical name: Betula alba)
Positive attribute: deeply feminine and protected
Helps when: no longer feeling womanly, moody, low self-esteem, racing thoughts
Primary quality: protection
Planetary influence: Venus
Medicine wheel: East
Silver birch is known as the ‘lady of the woods’ and is regarded as a feminine protective spirit. This is a tree of infinite grace and kindness. She offers protection, dappled shade, she watches over you. A beautiful essence for female transitions. Silver birch is an essence of strength, elegance and grace. Her sap is a tonic and her leaves and bark are medicine. Sitting near birch trees is calming and cooling and their essence has this same energetic effect. She’ll cool you down when you are getting hot and bothered, she will calm you when jittery and help you feel protected. Her embodiment of the deep feminine in turn deepens
our relationship with the earth, our mother.
Violet (Botanical name: Viola odorata)
Positive attribute: Nurtures a breaking heart, soothes emotions
Helps when: fear of own body, the grieving mother, hot rage at self, holding on to troubles and past events
Primary quality: Calm
Planetary influence: Venus (with Moon)
Medicine wheel: West
Violets are intensely feminine plants, looking after the mothering parts of our bodies and psyche. When our sense of self as a woman is challenged, violet is there to help. A traditional remedy for breasts and reproductive tract, violet leaves and flowers were used to help break down lumps. They are cooling to the system and they also can ease headaches brought on by stress. Energetically they help us release the things that do not serve us well. Violets are a symbolic plant for the death of a child. They help support the mother in her loss. Violet energy can also
help heal our relationship with our own bodies, our own inner child and help us to see ourselves in a kinder light.