Snowberry is also known as corpseberry and ghostberry and is believed to be a food of the dead by different Native American tribes. In folklore it is believed to protect from ghosts, witches, and evil spirits. Poisonous plants as food of the dead is a common theme in N. American ethnobotany. This makes snowberry flower essence a good choice for ancestor worship and communing with underworld spirits. It’s latin name symphoricarpos is from the Greek term symploke, meaning interweaving, interlacing, and interconnectedness. What a perfect plant spirit for working with spirits and becoming closer to nature and our beloved ancestors.
Flower essences embody a living tradition of magical herbalism. In use since the early 1900s, flower essences are not tinctures but diluted cold water infusions of the fresh flowers which are harvested in a mindful ceremony and prayed over. Developed by Doctor Edward Bach in the early 1900s, they are meant to be ingested in homeopathic amounts to help with emotional pain such as fear, uncertainty, loneliness, oversensitivity, burnout, sadness, and trauma. Flower essences made from poisonous plants are safe to ingest and can be used for spiritual cleansing, magical rituals, anointing, and plant spirit communion.
We sell flower essences as 30 ml stock bottles. A stock bottle is simply 50% best brandy and 50% aquifer water. Three drops of a flower’s mother essence are put into this stock bottle and we ship it to you ready for use. The mother essence is the pure cold water infusion of the fresh flowers which are harvested ritually, prayed over, and infused in the morning sun for a couple hours before straining and using to make stock bottles. The finished flower essence you receive is a diluted version of this mother essence preserved with the alcohol. There are only three drops of a mother essence in each bottle of our flower essences.
To go start an emotional healing journey with snowberry, take three drops of the flower essence under your tongue 1-3 times a day for a period of 3, 6, or 9 days, weeks, or months depending on your situation.
To use this flower essence for magic and ritual, take three drops before performing ceremonies of working with ancestors, plant spirits, animal spirits, or deities. Add the flower essence to ritual baths or holy water. Ask the plant spirit for aid and guidance through rough times. Don’t forget to leave an offering to the plant after it has helped you and the circle of giving is complete. Fitting offerings include incense, honey, wine, tobacco leaf, or growing snowberry in your garden.
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Mother essence of symphoricarpos albus flower, aquifer water, and distilled grape alcohol.