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Narcissus – Pocket Herbal

Narcissus – Pocket Herbal

Narcissus pseudo-narcissus – Amaryllidaceae Family

The healing properties of Narcissus have recently been rediscovered. Although this plant, commonly called daffodil, has a history of use in traditional Japanese medicine, concern over misuse of its toxic properties pulled it off of nervous pharmacists’ shelves. The growing popularity of flower essence remedies over the last few decades is allowing Narcissus to reclaim its place in the medicine cabinet.

The practice of flower essence therapy was perfected by Australian Aboriginal practitioners for over 40,000 years. An Englishman named Dr. Edward Bach reintroduced one version of this non-toxic extraction technique in the 1930s. His catalog of 38 plant remedies used to stabilize various mental conditions is still gaining popularity.
Dr. Bach’s theory was that the esoteric elements of the patient’s psychological position should be used as an allies in healing not aspects to be ignored. Flower remedies gently transfer energy from the flower into a liquid medium for later use. This environmentally sustainable process is unique since the plant is not destroyed during harvest.

Flower essence researcher have discovered other healing plants to add to Dr. Bach’s original catalog. Narcissus is used to treat depression coupled with self-criticism and self-hatred. The fragrant petals seem to loosen feelings of frustration and alienation. Narcissus energy concentrates itself on tension felt in the stomach area. Its effectiveness at centering energy can be used to focus in on sources of conflicts for better resolution. In today’s bewildering global culture, it is easy to see why so many are calling out once more for this flower’s assistance. Thankfully, cheerful Narcissus is ready to help.

Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.

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