So, I’ve mentioned before (to people and in here) that I really want to end up as an old-school wise woman. I don’t want to be the person who travels the hedge to seek the answers, although I’m not throwing that out. (I don’t think I’m cut out for that travel kind of stuff.) I’m thinking more like herbal remedies and perhaps, some magic work on behalf of a person. What I end up seeing myself, inevitably, doing is performing deeds on behalf of others. I don’t even think the idea of payment really comes up (unless in the case of magic work: supplies will need to be bought…) in this vision, but definitely, I can see myself helping others.
And tonight, I did that.
I have a friend from college who has a lot of issues, health wise. Actually, she has a lot of issues in general. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. I sympathize and empathize with her. I also read the cards for her on occasion because I know that she is legitimately blocked from seeing how to get around the obstacles in her life. So, I try to assist her whenever I can. Mostly, this has been just as a sympathetic ear as well as the Tarot readings I’ve done for her. Tonight, however, she was asking for some holistic remedies for headaches because, due to a kidney dysfunction, she’s barred from all of the over-the-counter stuff.
I banged out “chamomile tea” without even thinking about it. I’ve always been a big fan of prescribing her chamomile tea, actually. She tends to get caught up and she needs to remove the stress that she’s so busy getting caught up in. I think I’ve actually told her to take some chamomile tea on numerous occasions. She wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t aggravate her kidneys and I double-checked. I told her that ancient peoples used it for various ailments. I mentioned that I had found out that the Romans used it for ailing kidneys and livers. (Neat!) So, I was pretty confident with all of that. There were other suggestions thrown out: hot bath, warm shower, cold compress, dark room, lavender scents, etc. I started going through other herbs that she could purchase herself, but she’d have to double-check about the kidneys in relation to said herbs.
So, then she mentioned that she wouldn’t be able to get the tea because of some reason at home. I don’t live that far from her, actually. In fact, I could walk there if I wanted to. I rarely mention going out with her because I’m a home-body in the worst way. (As in, the idea that I may actually be willing to meet up with other pagans is such a far leap out of my comfort zone that in re-living that moment, I have the shakes. Yeah. Yeah. I’m a home-body.) But I didn’t think it right that she couldn’t get some tea because of stuff going on at her house. I have a whole jar of the stuff. Quickly, I mentioned that she should message me her address so I could bring her some and off I went to get my supplies.
“Get my supplies.”
Look at that! I’m so adorable. My “supplies” was a jar! Tee-hee. I also added a blue sachet filled with lavender about halfway. I was thinking about the old-time women who used to run around with scented sachets in their hands to keep the vile scents of the roads at bay? It seemed like a really good idea. And you know, gut instincts and all that jazz.
So, I be-bopped down there and gave her a bunch of chamomile. I also mentioned some of the more holistic possibilities for headaches and her kidney problems: Reiki, acupuncture, herbal supplements and teas… We actually talked about various possibilities to help her out in numerous ways. I talked to her about some of the better types of organic teas. She’s not a huge fan of getting the whole herb and making her own teas from it. I mean, she has the tea ball to do so, but it can be kind of expensive to do that on a regular basis. Plus, aside from me, she has no idea where to go out and get that stuff.
On my way back, I had a huge shit-eating grin on my face. You know what I’m talking about? It’s that grin that says you did a good thing and it makes you feel like you’ve got some sunshine on your insides? Yep, that’s the grin.
And it’s still here.
All in all, I have to say that (A) I think I know more about herbs than I give myself credit for and (B) I like this feeling!