How To Turn to Mother Earth To Help Process Race-Based Trauma

I’ve been stressed y’all. So emotionally, physically, and mentally stressed out with the race relations in this country, the lack of empathy shown toward the black and brown IMG_0796people that have been killed by the police, and the lack of justice following them. Emotions of anger, sorrow, numbness, ripple throughout our community and now we are facing a significant amount of race-based trauma (and yes, race-based traumatic stress is a real thing) that’s affecting our well-being. This won’t be a think-piece about race relations, but as an energy healer and herbalist, we are in desperate need of healing. I feel that we are at the beginning stages of a shift within the black and brown communities and also within the world. Now is the time to stay grounded as much as we can and continue to not only focus on improving our outer world but our inner world as well. Let’s take care of ourselves so that we can take care of each other.

Turn to Mother Nature to help ground and heal you. What does the mean? It means that whatever you’re dealing with on an emotional, physical, or mental level, learn to commune with Mother Earth so she can help you process your pain and trauma. Here are a few simple ways to do so:

  1. Go outside and sit on the grass. You can go out into your backyard, to a park, to a forest, somewhere where nature is around you. Take a few deep breaths and breathe out all of the tension. Imagine energy from the ground entering into your body as a white light and transmuting all of the negative energy, thoughts, emotions into divine, nourishing love. If you’re not a visual person, you can vocally ask Mother Earth for assistance with transforming your pain into divine love and peace. Some people may not be open to visualizing or speaking to Mother Earth, and that’s fine. Even just sitting outside in nature12030347_1068644089813985_4885231761560023394_o is scientifically proven to reduce stress and promote a sense of groundedness. If you don’t want to sit, you can practice something called “earthing” or grounding which is simply walking on the grass with no shoes. This is something that ancient indigenous cultures around the world were aware of but is becoming more popular within the Western World. Research has shown that connecting to Earth’s electrical energy promotes healing and well-being.
  2. Take care of a plant or learn to garden. Scientific American published an article back in 2012 that discussed the medicinal benefits patients experienced from simply looking outside their windows and into Mother Nature compared to the patients who only had a brick wall to look at. Patients recovering from gallbladder surgery that were able to look outside their windows needed less pain medication and experienced fewer postsurgical complications than their brick wall counterparts. It’s no wonder that many more health care institutions are building gardens around their areas to help patients with their healing processes. You can benefit from the same practice by simple taking care of a plant (watering, planting, pruning, meditating with it, etc.), looking outside your window into nature, or tending to your garden to help process pain and emotional trauma.
  3. IMG_2018Try Using Crystals or Stones. Some people may also shy away from using crystals and stones as a healing mechanism, but I can personally attest that these are powerful tools Mother Earth has provided us with. Everything vibrates at a certain frequency, including physical, mental, and emotional trauma (which vibrates at a lower frequency than other emotions like love or peace). Since all crystals vibrate at pretty high frequencies, you can use almost any of them to help elevate your frequency during times of stress. My favorite crystals I use are purple amethyst (for healing, calming the nerves, insomnia, spiritual clarity), rose quartz (promotes self-love and healing),  and selenite (an all-around crystal that can be used for physical and emotional pain, reduces negative emotions, promotes healing). You can find crystals at local metaphysical shops, online, or at a gem and crystal store. Try putting the crystals on your third eye (in between your eyebrows), or on your heart chakra, located in the center of your breastbone. Or you can hold them in your hands (the left hand is usually more receptive to energy than the right). You can also put them under your pillow to promote a restful sleep and still mind.
  4. Drink Herbal Teas or Tinctures. This is one of my favorite go-to remedies for dealing with emotional and physical stress. Let the 13232913_1197512163593843_8821054463766304602_nplant world be your healing ally by drinking an herbal tea blend or tincture. If you’re looking to calm your nerves you can turn to herbs like chamomile, valerian root, magnolia bark, hops, passion flower, oats, catnip, St. John’s Wort, or celery. If you’re looking for mood-boosters look for herbs like lemongrass or lemon balm, peppermint, Siberian ginseng, gotu kola, rosemary, or ginger to assist you. I also have specialty-crafted herbal teas and aromatherapy sprays for calming the nerves or boosting your mood available at my store. I infuse all of my products with healing Pranic energy so that they work more effectively. I would recommend the Stress-Away Tea, Serenity Meditation, Sleep Well, Sleep Tight, or Migraine Relief teas and either the Positive Vibrations or Negativity Clearing aromatherapy sprays for calming the nerves. I would recommend Focus Pocus or I Stay Woke Energy Blend teas for boosting the mood and energy levels.

It’s always good to show gratitude and appreciation when working with Mother Nature. A simple “thank you”, affirmation, or prayer, is always welcomed.

Of course this list is not extensive. There are countless other ways to engage with Mother Nature to support healing and well-being. If you have any others you would like to share, please leave a comment down below!

As always my friends,

Peace, Love, and Herbs!

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