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While leading an herb walk through Crotona Park in the Bronx, considered one of the most dangerous parks in New York City, I discovered it was filled with the flower known as Star of Bethlehem.
What is the significance of this flower, and why had it chosen to be there?
Herbal lore teaches us that plants grow where we need them.
As an example, jewelweed helps heal poison ivy's rashes and typically grows nearby.
Star of Bethlehem is used as a remedy for trauma, perhaps its reason for residing in Crotona Park, which has seen its fair share of felonies in recent years.
Edward Bach, a physician dissatisfied with the state of healthcare in 1930, used intuition and case-based research to develop the Bach flower remedies used worldwide today.
The remedies Bach used were to heal illnesses such as trauma that result from a conflict between the soul's purpose and a person's actions and perspective.
The recent court ruling forcing pops singer Kesha to continue working with the man she alleges sexually and psychologically abused her for over a decade is an example of such trauma. Her situation was legally complicated by a lack of physical evidence or any previously-filed complaints.
This brought up the question: Why didn't Kesha have the necessary documentation?
The women who allege Bill Cosby was their perpetrator waited decades to testify. Why did they wait?
A few days ago I spoke to a friend who confided in having been raped by a man two months ago while she was under the influence of alcohol.
She was afraid to speak up, which created terrifying fantasies and fearful worries of what would happen if she spoke up against her perpetrator.
Aspen is a flower remedy used to help this condition. It helps ease fears by bringing forth a guiding sense of optimism and safety.
While this remedy is powerful, the truth is that being afraid in this scenario is real. The judgement and hostility that people face when they speak up against their perpetrator is incredibly painful, frightening and humiliating.
My friend was also afraid over what would happen to the closeness of her community if she spoke up. She feared the pain this would cause her parents and wanted to protect them.
Centaury is used for excessive willingness to accommodate to the needs of others as well as a sense of false morality and willingness to exploit oneself.
My friend was angry and had every right to be. Anger, while healthy at times, must be prevented from consuming us.
Willow is a flower used for revenge and resentment. It helps balance anger so we do not become ill from it, justifiable or not.
My friend blamed herself; she didn't feel she deserved to speak up, stating she allowed herself to get drunk.
Pine is used when we suffer from self-denial. It helps us remain strong and hold the truth near our heart.
Of course my friend needed a healing light to help her through this recent trauma.
Star of Bethlehem helps to give us the strength to bear the devastating experiences life sometimes brings upon us.
With changing times, famous role models have stepped forward to help Kesha. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 toward her legal fees. Lady Gaga, Adele and others have spoken out in support of their fellow singer, setting a trend for women supporting women.
With help from trained professionals, consent education, letting go of judgment, community support and perhaps a bouquet of flower essence healer's found where we most need them, we can aid in providing the strength for victims to speak up.
Dr. Carina Lopez is a bilingual Spanish/English naturopathic doctor, homeopath, licensed acupuncturist, master herbalist and biosyntonist. Using a supportive environment, Dr. Lopez assists with a spectrum of issues using the body's own healing potential and natural, safe, effective treatments. Dr. Lopez began her career in conventional medical school, a model of healthcare that disillusioned her. During this time she became quite ill and thus learned the profound connection between health and happiness. In search of a new model of healthcare that would be more fulfilling, she traveled to Belize, working with shaman. She enrolled at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and the School of Natural Healing. She also traveled to India and volunteered at the Maher Baba Free Homeopathic Dispensary and practiced homeopathy under her mentor, Robert Street. Dr. Lopez has also attended the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy-Greece for Post-Graduate studies under George Vithoulkas.
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