Just don't know what it IS with me and IVY....Just plain old IVY. English Ivy, Hedera whatever.....absolutely ADORE the stuff.
I stuff sprigs of it in bottles all OVER the place. The absolute ANCHOR of my healing office is Michael, my co-healer. He's a HUGE ivy plant that grows, as I tell everyone, on 'a plant light and abject adoration'. Everyone remarks just how he GLOWS over there in the corner, climbing all over the walls, with no windows at all, just his plant light.
I did some gardening for a new customer today and just couldn't RESIST clipping all kinds of sprigs of what I call Elf Ivy. A small-leafed beauty that just looks like ELVES.....all pointy. Looks like elfin TOES and elfin NOSES and elfin SMILES....just wonderful. So there I am popping off the bottom leaves and putting the sprigs into MORE bottles all over the place, but I can't waste the popped-off leaves, so I begin pinching the stems off of THEM and laying them into the pages of large books. Some I start sticking to my kitchen walls with tiny bits of fun-tack.
What is WITH me and this plant?????
I love how deep green and substantial the leaves are.
I LOVE all the different shapes.
I remember the very first time anyone did some guided visualization kind of work on ME, asking me to LOOK at my heart and tell her how it looks, which set off a truly mind-boggling image-return to deep, DEEP childhood wounds and deep understanding of them. When our session was done, this healer asked what I wanted to do now to PROTECT my heart. Immediately I said I wanted to put ivy vines around it.....only today as I launched off into GoogleSearch do I find ivy all tangled up with protection.
Love it when you DO it first and FIND it later......[:)]
The only SPECIFICS I've found so far is this:
"Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" (460 to approx. 375 BC), helped to make ivy extraordinarily popular. However, he knew nothing of its healing components. Instead, he believed that gods and spirits lived in the plants and gave them their healing powers in this way.
Dioscurides (around 40 to 90 BC), an army doctor at the time of Nero, and Hildegard von Bingen, thousands of years later (1098 to 1179), also set great store by the healing powers of ivy. Hildegard however recommended that it only be used topically and provided an explanation for its healing effect that was current at the time: the disease passed from the patient into the plant.
<i>(Ahhhh, and I wonder how Michael helps so much with the healing sessions I do in that room!)</i>
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 to 1519) was also familiar with the healing effect of ivy: according to da Vinci, wild boars were cured of their illnesses with ivy.
<i>(and I will certainly remember THAT if any wild boars come in for sessions!!!)</i>
In the 16th century, ivy was increasingly paid attention to as a medicine for inflammation of the respiratory tract. However, it was not until the 19th century that ivy made its breakthrough from a simple folk medicine remedy to a serious natural cough preparation. And that happened by chance.
A doctor noticed that children in a certain part of Southern France suffered less frequently from cough. He discovered that these children drank their milk from bowls made of ivy wood."
Well, well, well....ain't that SOMEthin'
Anyone ELSE out there have any thoughts on why I just seem to RESONATE with this particular plant???? BTW I put ivy+healing into the Google search engine and got a zillion sites on Healing Poison Ivy.....VERY funny [^]
LadyB with another bottle of ivy cuttings by the bed!
where gypsies and goddesses bellydance
and Healing Happens!