This new day, for me, was inspired by tiny yellow flowers with brown centres.
I ended last night in a way that I wish I could do more often. Showering in the rain, in the elements, exposed to Nature and all of my cares set aside, in the pile of clothes I left on the concrete behind me as I stepped out into the wet grass and under the pouring of the rain.
That's right, I had a midnight shower in the monsoon that hit us late last night. Desperately needed and fierce rains poured down and I had to take the opportunity to shower in it. If you haven't ever done this, please do yourself a favour and find a spot you can feel safe and protected in, strip down and let nature cleanse you. My skin and my soul thanked me and I'll admit, I slept in a wee bit more than normal.
My New Wild Friend: Brown-Eyed Susan
I spent this morning chatting with a friend and walking the gardens. Last night, in a moment of uncertainty about things that come around and go around, I stopped myself in front of a beautiful bunch of Brown-Eyed Susans and they had so much to share with me.
Rudbeckia hirta is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. Other common names for this plant include: brown-eyed Susan, brown betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem,=English bull's eye, poor-land daisy, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eyed daisy.
The monarch butterflies are attracted to these beauties, we've seen quite a few this season, although taking a photo of one has been a challenge. The don't seem to want to rest much. Although one did decide to rest on my head the other day. Of course, our bees absolutely love them!
The roots but not the seedheads of Rudbeckia hirta can be used much like the related Echinacea purpurea to boost immunity and fight colds, flu and infections.
It is also an astringent when used in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings.
It's been used as a poultice for snake bites and to make an infusion for treating colds and worms in children.
The plant is also diuretic.
Juice from the roots has been used as drops for earaches.
Use approximately a 10:1 ratio of fresh or dry plant material to boiling water to make a tea, to speed the recovery from colds, flus, & fevers.
Certain parts of the plant contain anthocyanins a class of antioxidant with several known health benefits.
It's amazing how the world comes into my own personal view through symbolism. Brown-eyed Susans as the symbol for 'justice'. Believe it or not, She truly does prevail! She's also a flower thought to strengthen spiritual workings, is ruled by Jupiter and holds the element of air. And to be fair, she is actual a he, in that the attributes of the symbology of the Brow-eyed Susan are masculine in nature.
I'll be looking more into this plant and her workings. Perhaps you will now too :)
Have a beautiful day <3
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