I was invited to attend a presentation on Maori medicine at Taupo Museum last month. So along went my grandmother and I. A lovely casual delivery with an audience of only 12 people. The local Maori health clinic displayed and provided a presentation of information about Maori medicine, its’ practices, making processes and healing qualities. My grandmother being a maker of Maori medicine also, found this talk a great place to share stories, learn new things and be a part of growth in this field; she received a gift of eucalyptus oil as a departing gift as well which was greatly appreciated.
How does this relate to my practice?
Learning about the characteristics of healing plants; being able to identify which plants could be used by scanning the body of a plant in relationship to the human body.
Plants with red stems are good for blood related illnesses.
Plants with joints, structured nodes within a stem are good for injuries related to knees, elbows etc.
Plants create a supportive environment; big plants protect and shelter small plants encouraging growth and sustenance.
Since I am interested in the use of light in my work, it was nice to hear of how the moon influences the growth of plants. The lunar cycle is key in the abundance and quality of healing nutrients in plants. Rudolph Steiner who is an Austrian Spiritual and Science Lecturer is well informed of the lunar cycle in relation to growth and re-development of land/soil in farming. Steiner was asked to create strategies for storing balance back into farming land in Germany which had deteriorated; he created these plans according to the lunar cycle and taught others better ways of looking after their own soil. The luminosity of the moon creates energies; energies that are sometimes powerful, helpful and readily available.
The presentation extended further into self-healing and self-preparation of medicines. It was a great afternoon with my grandmother, we had lunch, then enjoyed a nice ride home back to Murupara.