Expression: Rooted, present extrasensory awareness and deep communion with self/Source; being a spirit connected to the Earth, rather than an Earthling trying to connect to Spirit.
Indications: anxiety, nervous tension, addictions, grief, dissociation from body or daily life, excessive mental energy, ungroundedness, physical or emotional pain.
Ingredients: Ghost Flower essence, Structured Healing Water, Ocean organic vodka, Light & Love
Location: the elemental-rich woods of northern Idaho; near Grouse Creek, Sandpoint, ID.
1 oz. dosage bottle.
Ghost Flower can gently yet profoundly provoke altered states of consciousness, making this essence very powerful to use for meditation, as well as for addressing insomnia. Conversely, it can also be useful for grounding one back into their body, particularly if they are under the influence of recreational substances. If one is depending on such substances for a false sense of spiritual expansion, Ghost Flower will gently but firmly correct this. (This correlates to its cane-shaped appearance when young, resembling a smoking pipe- hence its perhaps most common name of Indian Pipe.) Ghost Flower is undoubtedly an initiatory essence, however what you're being initiated in is between you and the plant!
Historical use and healing lore: The many medicinal gifts of Ghost Flower were utilized by Native Americans such as the Cherokee as well as by colonizers. As a nervine, it was used to treat convulsions, seizures, muscle spasms, mental disorders and other nervous conditions (leading to some more of its numerous monikers, such as Convulsion Root, Fit Plant, and Convulsion Weed). Other applications for Ghost Flower include a topical remedy for warts and other skin concerns, and the treatment of fevers, colds, and inflammation (including inflammation of the eyes, which earned it the name Eyebright). Historically, it was used as a substitute for opium due to its powerful pain-relieving properties, though interestingly, Ghost Flower gives us distance and perspective on the pain, rather than simply numbing it. This grants us respite while also allowing us to resolve and heal the root (emotional or spiritual) cause of the discomfort... Thus Ghost Flower teaches us to walk between worlds and be our own shaman.