Plant Study of Milkweed
by Barbara Schuster
2003 Practitioner Training Attendee
Editor's Note: this has been slightly
edited from the original version.
How the various parts relate to
each other and the whole plant
Environment in which the plant grows
The four elements
Plant growth through the four seasons
Form, gesture, signature
Botanical plant family
Daily and seasonal
Fragrance and color
Texture and taste
Relationship to the insect world
Medicinal and nutritional
Folklore and mythology
and stem | Root | Flower | Pods | Seeds
am beginning this plant study on approximately July 10, 2003, near my
home at the outskirts of Ottawa, Canada.
At this point in time, what do I see?
I am observing an assembly of 5 Milkweed plants, not yet in bloom, at various
stages of growth. The plants are knee- to hip-high, having a single straight
stem that may lean slightly in one direction, depending on the position
of the plant.
The leaves are oblong (oval), pointed and up to 22 cm long and 10 cm wide.
The stem of each leaf is up to 2 cm long. They are arranged in opposite
pairs, the leaves in the middle of the plant being the longest and broadest,
each pair sitting at a right angle to the previous one. There is an approximately
49 cm distance between each level, depending on the general height of the
pant. The distance always decreases towards the top.
The stem is up to 2 cm in diameter at the bottom, and up to 1/2 cm close
to the top. The first leaf nodes appear approx. 6 cm above ground. The
2 or 3 nodes often do not carry leaves. Whether the leaves have fallen
off or were never there, I do not know. Even in young plants, the second
and third nodes—counted from the bottom—have only one leaf
instead of a pair.
The shape of the leaves varies slightly as one moves up the plant: the
bottom leaves are smaller and slightly rounder than the subsequent leaves.
The middle leaves are the longest and broadest. The top leaves become smaller
again, but are even more elongated.
Most axils carry the start of a new growth.
The posture of the leaves is as follows: they seem to give the impression
of stretching outwards on a horizontal plane, however they slightly droop,
forming kind of a slight bow. Towards the top of the plant, the leaves
assume fist a straight horizontal, then a slightly upward position.
At the top of a plant in pre-bloom stage, the leaves get smaller, narrow,
the second pair (from the top) sitting inside the third, becoming successively
smaller and more upright. The youngest pair of leaves form almost a U-shape.
The last two leaves are fully upright and in alignment with the stem.
The whole plant is hairy, although one must look very closely in order
to notice. The bottom part of the leaves looks and feels velvety, and one
notices the hair; applying a magnifying glass however, one discovers fewer,
very fine hairs even on the top of the leaves.
pattern of the leaf veins stands out clearly and is rather simple. The
leaves are not indented, only slightly pointed. From the centre vein
which becomes narrower towards the tip smaller "side veins" branch
out in oblique parallels at an angle of approximately 30 degrees, about
1 cm apart. At about 1 cm distance from the outer border of the leaf they
and form something like a parallel inner border or line. At the bottom
(underneath) of the leaf, the veins protrude.
Leaf and stem colouring
The leaves are of a deep green colour on the top,
of a silvery green underneath. The veins vary from yellow to deep purple.
On the bottom of the leaf, the
veins are very pale in colour. The stem is green but can become almost
purple. Generally, it tends to become purple on the side exposed to the
southern sun, but it is not always restricted to that.
The root is white and stalk-like (a rhizome). I have dug out one not
fully-grown plant and found the root to be narrowing towards the bottom
12 cm long. However, Milkweeds seem to have a quite developed root
system, particularly the mature plants. Also, they have a mother plant
root that sends out underground runners. If one wishes to eradicate
in a particular spot, one must eradicate the mother plant. (J. Sanders,
At the end of August, a young plant is coming out of the ground near
the plant I have been observing. I do not imagine that this plant has
from a seed this late in the season. It must have sprung from an underground
If one breaks the root or the stem, a white juice, the “milk,” oozes
out. The same happens when one crushes the veins of the leaves, however
if one breaks
the leaf where there are no distinct veins, no milk comes out. The
milk leaves a slightly sticky feeling on the hands. Milk also comes
the lower stalks.
I then proceed to observe the plant coming into bloom, which happens
approximately a week from my initial observation, around the third
week of July.
The initial formation of the flower heads can already be observed
in plants not fully grown, when they are still knee high. This formation
between the very small vertical leaves at the top of the plant as
a single or multiple pea-size bud, with a broccoli-type surface,
and green in color.
As the buds are growing they change color, first becoming yellow,
then dark purple. When one can observe different flowering stages
the blossoms on the lower levels are the furthest advanced. In a
plant in bloom approximately the 8th - 12th " floors" ("floor" meaning
level of opposite leaf pair, are bearing flowers.)
The flower formation
is as follows:
The flower head grows out of a narrow stalk, about 4 cm long, which
usually grows between a pair of leaves. This stalk sometimes carries
a very small narrow leaf. At the end of this stalk sit numerous (40-50)
thinner stalks, each bearing one flower at the end. Also, at the
point where the
main stalk ends and the individual flower stalks begin, there is
a circular assembly of tiny finely pointed leaves, approximately
12 cm in
length and 1 mm in width. In a developed plant, this whole assembly
(cluster) looks like a ball or sphere, similar to those formed by fireworks.
Editor's Note: This photograph
and the Milkweed flower photographs below are of Aesclepius cordifolia, the
species of Milkweed used for the FES essence.
to now, the description of the Milkweed has been easy!
When the buds are still unopened, they are 1/2 cm in diameter, deep
purple in colour and show 5 sepals, which look like a direct continuation
the last mentioned tiny leaves. They are just a little bit wider.
Now the bud opens and the difficulty in describing begins. In an open
bud, the purple petals fold backwards and are completely reversed.
about 1 cm long, 4 mm wide and grow together half way from the
bottom. Like the rest of the plant, they are covered with fine hair,
on the outside.
The tips of the sepals and the tips of the petals are not aligned
but alternate in position.
the ring of reversed petals sits the corona, looking like a crown
of a second set of petals. They are arranged in a circle, point
and look like petals that have been folded forward at the bottom.
The are called petaloid appendages (Wayne's Word )—hoods to
be more precise—and are attached to the filament of each
stamen. The tips
are again in line with the sepals. Out of the middle of these hoods
grows a tiny horn, the tip of the horn resting on the stigmatic
disc in the
The crown is light pink or whitish in colour, the horns are again
a bit darker.
The stigmatic disc is a unique configuration of the Milkweed. It
grows out of two pistils which have been fused (not discernable
naked eye) and bear a large 5-lobed stigma. It looks like a five-pointed
where the points have been rounded off. The anthers and the stigma(ta)
are fused. The anthers sit in the inner "corners" of
this star and are darker in color (purplish) than the stigma. Between
the anthers and
also fused with the stigmatic disc sit the corpusculi, which are
with pollen from the anthers. Each corpusculum (which is dark brown)
is linked with its neighbouring anther through an arm, called
I feel I need a translator to make this description intelligible!
Underneath each corpusculum sits a stigmatic slit. The insects
slide into this slit
when landing on the Milkweed.
I would not have been able to identify what I see with the naked
eye or even with a magnifying glass, had it not been for the enlarged
available to me (Wayne's Word ). While I still cannot discern every
detail, I now know what it is that I do see.
The inside of the blossom is very hard to make out, even with a magnifying
glass. However, when one opens a blossom, one sees 2 ovaries, bearing
the same shape in miniature as the eventual pods. When one attempts
to open them to see what is inside, they prove to be amazingly tough.
The pods start developing in mid- to late-July. When looking
for pod-bearing plants, I discovered several which had pods that are slightly
deformed. From a distance, I they looked
green leaves. Looking closer, they turn out to be pods—bigger,
baggier, without the textured surface of a normally-developed pod. Sometimes,
in a normal plant, one sees leaves that are folding up longitudinally,
towards the top of the plant. They look as if they wanted to change
into pods. In both cases, the metamorphosis from leave to pod is
quite clearly indicated.
When pods develop from the flower cluster, the stem on which the
cluster was sitting becomes firm and dark. From the dozens of smaller
stems, only two remain. All the others whither and fall. Before
they have completely
fallen off, the 2 carpels start to swell. The sepals are still
very clearly visible at this point. The pods develop almost always
always point upwards.
the early stage, the pod is oval in shape and about twice as long
as it is wide. It is silvery-green and is covered with fine
hair, thin indentations running from the bottom to the tip. The
rough-textured, sort of prickly. At the end of July, the largest
pods are about 4-1/2 cm long.
They are soft to touch, yet firm, almost like soft, firm flesh.
The rest of the plant is drying up somewhat, the leaves are getting
of them can be very dry or eaten away.
I continue my detailed observation on August 12. I open pods of various
sizes, the largest measuring 12 cm in length, 3 cm in width. I
open first a small
pod. I see 3 layers of skin, the outermost being silvery green
and very thin, the second layer thicker and darker green, the 3rd
soft, and finely textured. All layers contain milk. In the middle
is baby silk.
When I open a larger pod, 7 cm long, the 3 outer layers that looked
like separate skins have become one skin. The middle layer, which
darkest and thickest in the previous stage has become sponge-like,
being held by
the outer two and connecting them. Is this sponge-like structure
a transformation of the leaf-veins?
At this stage, the seeds are already clearly formed.
Their shape and positioning are in line with the pod: head down, silky
pointing upward. The seeds
are 4 mm long and the flat hair tufts 2 cm long. The hair is humid
and stuck together like hair on a baby's head. The seed is almost
white, the hair
is silky, silvery-white.
The seeds are arranged around a central structure that has almost
the same shape as the pods, but is somewhat flat—almost white
and soft. This "central
structure" is attached to the pod at the top and the bottom,
and on one side—the side where the pod has a longitudinal
indentation and opens
most easily. There are skin-like protrusions coming out
of this structure into which the seeds are packed in alternating
positions. The seeds have a flat narrow border; the middle is thicker.
The whole pod, when opened, strikes me in its similarity to a cob
of corn: the seed packed around a cob-like structure, the silk
on top, the pod shell almost like a corn leaf.
The last stage of documented observation takes place on August 28. The
plants seem outwardly still. Not many visible changes have taken place
within the last 2 weeks. The leaves appear drier, having
some of their
luster, and some are befallen by fungus. The pods have not changed
much in appearance. They are just starting to take on a brown colouring,
from the seam.
Upon opening them, I notice that the seeds are changing colour.
First they become greenish, then turning reddish-brown, starting
skin-like border that surrounds the seeds.
The whole assembly of seeds around the core structure feels moist
and supple. If one bends it, the seeds unfold and come somewhat
is still moist and sticks together. After about an hour, the silk
has become dry. It is of an indescribable softness, softer than
touching. If one pulls it between one's fingers, the hair tufts
open up, first to the side like a small duvet feather, then in all directions.
hairs are immeasurably thin.
the various parts
each other and the whole plant
When I looked at the Milkweed in the past, it was a mystery
to me how one could ever tell from those simple oblong leaves that
what intricate flowers would ever develop on this plant. Today,
the connection seems quite simple and obvious. One can
oblong form of
the leaves from the bottom to the top of the plant. The leaves
are proportionally wider at the bottom of the stem, increasing
and becoming more
then becoming ever narrower to towards the top. One finds tiny,
elongated, narrow leaves on the stalk of the flower head, then
and the bottom
of the inflorescence. The sepals and hoods also show the oblong
I cannot trace the leaf shape in stamen and pistil, because
of the unusual configuration and minuscule size of the parts. However,
very clearly again in the oblong and pointed form of the seedpod.
In regards to the root, I have only seen one root of a young
plant. It certainly has an elongated shape. Each stem (plant)
I am not sure whether the stem and the pairs of leaves growing
out of the stem bear a correlation to the organisation of main
Other patterns in the relation of the parts to the whole are
repetition and alternation. The repetition is seen in the
leaf growth along the central
axis in opposite pairs, so that the tips of each pair of leaves
are always between
the tips of the leaves of the preceding pair. This is repeated
in the flower. Each set of organs sepals, petals, hood, horns,
anthers is organized
way that its tips sit between the tips of the preceding and
There is no spiraling movement in this plant; there is alternation
between two positions.
which the plant grows
The plant is a
wild plant, although it can be cultivated.
The plants I am observing grow near Ottawa, Canada. The soil
here is sandy or loamy, the climate continental with temperatures
+ 35 C in
a relatively short summer and -30 C in the winter. The
region has almost zero elevation, and rather flat. However, the Milkweed
A brief look at the larger environment where the Milkweed
can be found: The common Milkweed can be found from "Saskatchewan
to New Brunswick; south to Georgia, west through Tennessee,
to Kansas and Iowa." (Field Guide,
Various species of Milkweed are widely distributed in tropical
and subtropical regions, including Africa and India. Some
of them grow
in rocky environments
and some in a swampy habitat. The Milkweed is visited by
various insects, but has a special relationship to the Monarch
are the sole food of the Monarch caterpillar.
The four elements
Earth — The plant is solidly anchored in the soil.
Considering the connectedness of the root system stemming from the mother
plant, one can consider it
firmly anchored in the Earth. The plant itself is of medium
firmness and sturdiness.
Water — The common Milkweed lives in an environment
that can be dry or humid. Some species, like the Swamp Milkweed,
environment. It seems to tolerate a lot of water, but not
necessarily need it. The plant is named after its "water",
namely the milky juice it contains in all its parts. Young
plants are softer and seem more moist
than full-grown plants. The pods are soft and moist, but
not mushy or diffuse. As the summer progresses and the pods
ripen, a drying-up takes place.
Air — The plant lives where there is lots of
air circulating—that is in rather open spaces—never
in the deep of the wood. The air
to live mostly in the flower. The 50 or so flowers on one
flower-head hang loosely and sway in the wind. When in bloom,
smell is very
carried by the wind, but penetrates the air even without
much wind. Even a single blossom exudes a noticeable sweet
smell. The plant propagates mainly through the air element.
The light white fluff is at home in the air like fish—in
Fire — The plant blooms only in the hottest
time of the year. It tolerates great heat. The colors are
warm—pink to deep
purple—and the sweetness
and strength of the scent have a mildly fiery quality about
them, unlike, for example, the scent of the apple blossom.
would say that the air element is very strong, the water is medium to very
strong, fire is medium to strong, and
plant is adaptable in how strongly it expresses the elements
apart from air.
How the plant grows
through the four seasons
First of all, the Milkweed
is an annual. Here where I live, the very first growth of plants
starts in May. I started noticing the Milkweed in June, which is
spring. It comes into full bloom in July, the hottest month
of the year. That is when the scent appears. I am not sure
at the peak of its growth.
As summer moves on, one can see an abundance of Milkweed
plants that are not in bloom and bear no pods. Plants that
late to reach
stage on time form no buds, unlike many other plants in the
In the winter, one can see dried stalks and dried pods which
sometimes "survive" into
the next year.
So far, the characteristics during the cycle of the year
are: softness and growth in spring; growth, flowering, color,
by insects in summer; pods and white fluffs carried by the
wind in the
dried stalks in the winter.
It seems that the four elements are quite evenly or at least
flexibly represented in this plant. Light and air are a must;
to water and earth,
it seems to have flexibility.
Form, gesture, signature
I see several gestures combined
in this plant: first of all, the uprightness. The Milkweed grows on a
single, erect stem. At the same time, it does not reach the extreme
uprightness of the Mullein
gesture, I would call “spreading squareness.” The
leaves establish themselves in a square pattern on the
plant. If one looks at the plant from above, particularly in a pre-bloom
stage, the leaves
in a form of an
even cross or an x. In a way, the Milkweed "plants
This spreading gesture does not arise through multiple
outward branching, but through the sheer size of the
leaves, filling the space horizontally
around the single axis. (Seeing it growing amongst other
plants, it stands out because of the size of its leaves
that continue all along the stem.
There is no plant around that has as big leaves except
the Mullein, but in the Mullein, the leaves are not spread
all along the stem as they are
in the Milkweed. In the top half of the plant, roundness,
or sphere-shape is added. The squareness loses some of
it predominance as more round clusters
of flowers appear, and the leaves are getting smaller.
As I look at the sketch, I am asking myself whether the
of the plant is not repeated in the overall form. So,
the third gesture would be the sphere.
These three gestures—the upright, the cross, the sphere—with the
vertical gesture being the dominant one, are very straight,
simple and clear. The
gesture of the flower is somewhat more intricate.
three primal flower forms—bell, cup and star—all seem to
be present. The five-pointed star can be seen
cup appears—reversed—in the reversed petals.
The corona is like a miniature
arrangement of five tiny cups, holding the nectar and
forming one larger cup in the crown-like arrangement
And because all these cups
can either point downwards or upwards, they can assume
bell-like character. Thus, star, cup and bell all seem
to be present, with the star-shape dominating.
Another pattern or gesture seen throughout the plant
is that of alternation. Starting in the phyllotaxis,
anthers, corpusculi right into the "gut" of
The Milkweed seems to be able to pack much variety and
complexity into its seeming simplicity.
Botanical plant family
The Common Milkweed belongs to
the Asclepiadaceae (from Aeskulap, the Greek God of healing).
Some of the species
Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Weed and White Milkweed.
(Field Guide, p. 350) The Common Milkweed is original to North
grow in various parts of the world, mainly tropical
and subtropical regions. There are supposed to be about 250
genera and 2,000
species. I have not
found another plant known to me of this family. These
plants seem to be very specialized in their pollinization
odor, and many medicinal uses.
Daily and seasonal cycles
I have not been able to observe a diurnal cycle
in this plant. Not all the buds open at once, however; they seem
to be open all day. The initial bud-forming process
that spring up later will grow, but have no buds.
There is adaptability in the color of the Common
Milkweed; it ranges from off-white to dark purple.
The dark red-purple
not exuberant. The bud grows through stages of green,
purple to pinkish-white.
The leaves are deep green, with either yellow or
purple central veins. The root is white. There can
same plant or
plants growing close by each other. However, the
fragrance (this is the word
to use!) is distinctive and seems to be common to
The milk, which seems to be contained in every part
of the plant, is pure white. The silky hair is shiny
white. The fragrance is intense, sweet, but not overwhelming;
it is by far the strongest smelling plant in the
Clovers. One is nourished by the smell and wants
to take it in as one may wish to take in a beautiful
at the same time lets one come to one's senses. The
fragrance smells nourishing and the sap looks nourishing.
The roots have an earthy, herbal smell.
The texture of the leaf is firm, but not
hard; the surface soft, particularly on the underneath side.
The milk has a creamy texture and little taste.
The leaves have no distinct taste (they taste
like grass), the
a carrot/turnip/beet-like flavor,
but weaker. They taste as if they could be cooked
and eaten. The milk has a creamy feel to it
as it smells,
not as strong. The texture of the seed-hair is
very soft and extremely thin, yet it is almost impossible to
rip the hairs
Milkweed can show an unsuspected toughness.
to the insect world
Milkweed is visited by many insects, but it has a special relationship
to the Monarch
are the sole food
of the Monarch caterpillar. The very special
sap of the Milkweed contains
glycosides, similar to Foxglove, which make
unpalatable if not downright poisonous to
predators. Birds will vomit
if they ingest Monarchs full of milk. (Sanders,
The pollinization is very specialized: when
the insects land, their feet often get stuck
slit, which acts
as a landing
Then pollen mass is pulled out from the adjacent
anthers and deposited on other
plants. (Sanders and Wayne's Word ) This is
no problem for the Monarch, but sometimes
get their legs
in the slit
or get otherwise
stuck in the milky glue-like sap and die.
Ants can get stuck because their feet pierce
by the glue-like sap (Sanders, p.114). I
have observed ants crawling freely, but a bee having problems freeing
one observes the patterning on the leaves of the Monarch, one can see
the leaves. This
is quite clear and astounding. The black
lines on the butterfly wings are similar
to the veins
Both are bordered
by a narrower
and white in the Monarch, green and lacking
large veins in the leaf. Also, the Monarch
has a yellowish colouring underneath a deep brown-red on the surface.
Medicinal and nutritional use
J. Kloss notes that Milkweed is emetic
(produces vomiting) purgative, diuretic (increasing secretion
and flow of
urine, and tonic (invigorating
and strengthening). It may be used for asthma,
stomach troubles and scrofulous conditions in the
blood and is also
for gallstones. (P. 284) A. Hutchens references
it as being diaphoretic (producing perspiration).
The American Indians used it for inflammatory rheumatism.
still used for rheumatism, as well as dyspepsia
Warts can be healed by a topical application of
the milk. This use was confirmed by Deborah Cohen,
of the 2003 Practitioner's
Intensive, who has used it this way.
Homeopathic uses (Hutchens, p. 135) include: bronchitis,
catarrhal fever, dropsy, dysmenorrhea, hay fever,
(inflammation of the lung sack) rheumatism, uremia,
Additional medicinal uses, according to Jack Sanders,
were for typhoid fever, and inflammation of lungs.
The root, according
acted as a counter-poison for other poisons.
The sticky layer formed by the juice on the skin
made it useful as an instant bandage.
The cardiac glycosides (that are better known from
the Foxglove) can be used medicinally. They activate
action of the
after heart failure.
Hopi mothers are said to have used a kind of Milkweed
to stimulate milk flow
This substance has also been used in ancient times
to poison arrows. It also induces vomiting in birds
Food use (J. Sanders, p.113): Chewing gum was
made from the boiled sap. The tender shoots were
eaten like asparagus. Flower heads were boiled and used to make a type
them like jam. The Sioux boiled the young seed
pods and ate them with buffalo meat. The Esclepian
supposed have used it
as a meat
tenderizer. The young
pods can be eaten like Okra.
When reading the various recipes, it stands out
that the exact procedure must be followed to make
(i.e., right moment
of harvesting, using the right procedure in boiling,
Other uses (Sanders): Milkweed has long been
used for stuffing pillows. The silky hairs from
It was used likewise
for stuffing mattresses. During World War II, the
silk was used as a substitute for kapok, and lining
also made from
the stalks. Particularly, Swamp Milkweed fiber
is very strong. Rubber was made from the latex.
American Indians used the fiber (from the plant,
not the seed pod) for ropes and fishing nets (Hutchens,
It seems that the Milkweed is a very versatile
plant. The medicinal uses tend to be more activating
sedating, as well as effective in overcoming
Folklore and mythology
The name of the
Milkweed, asclepias, derives from the Greek God Aeskulap, the god
of healing. Asklepios,
a serpent-entwined staff
and son of Apollo, was such a skilled healer
that he was said to be able
to raise the dead.
I have found only one mythological indication
regarding the quality of the Milkweed, and this
India. It therefore
apply to the common Milkweed, but to an Indian
member of the family, Asclepias acida.
This was called
Soma was a
divine drink, and the home of the Soma plant
was fabled to be in heaven. The God Indra is
said to have
of Soma (Grieve).
All this is directly in line with what we have
already learned about this plant.
Rudolf Steiner indicates that human milk reaches the will forces of the
infant, and animal milk
is a food
in balance between the spiritual and the material,
unites him with the terrestrial without chaining
him to it.
The Old Testament
land of milk and honey. Honey again is linked
to the ego-forces of the human being (Steiner,
Milkweed as a flower essence is used to raise
the soul from a state of lethargy and regressive
wake up a pathologically withdrawing ego (Kaminski and Katz).
The Artistic Perception Exercise
I have done this exercise
several times over the course of five weeks, each time forgetting what
it was like the last time. As I review my notes,
I am struck by the consistency of my discoveries.
One of the interesting discoveries I made in this part of the exercise,
as I was observing the transition from flower to pod (when the flowers
are starting to wilt and the young pods are forming), was that the
outward radiating quality of the inflorescence does not disappear,
outer eye just sees wilted flowers and a little bit of green pod. The
outward-radiating quality of the flower that has disappeared is now
being contracted in the
pod, and reappears transformed in the gesture of spreading "worldwide" as
Planning to compile my inspiration (in the artistic part) into one
opus, I was unable to chose. I have therefore decided to call this
The Milkweed - A Song in Prose
First Variation - Mid July
I fill my space with ripeness.
I spread myself and give to the world. I return to the earth after my
I nourish with nectar.
I disband in lightness of seed.
I flow and grow in my strong rhythm. I nourish the senses.
I am sustained and I sustain.
I am strong and I am light.
I am feminine. My masculine strength nourishes my feminine nature.
I am at home on the earth.
I grow rhythmically.
I spread and I dilute finer and finer until I resurrect.
We are many, and we settle our strong rhythmic flow and lightness
in the fields.
We are there. We are always there!
The world around us, the air beings insects carry our substance
We give to them and we spread through them.
We are solid! We are strong!
We give something unique to the earth.
We allow the earth mother to make milk and we bring it into rhythmic
rarified, it flows through the cosmos. We
make milk alchemy.
We are anchored.
I am a group.
I am a group of beings.
My "poison" is the contraction that gives birth to the soul.
Then you too can flow rhythmically, strongly, live in expansion,
I am there, I dance with there-ness! Youhoo!
I am strong! I grow, I grow! I am happy!
The wind comes, and it carries me all over! I am so happy
I am alive
I love the earth on which I grow. I make milk for the earth.
I am part of the milk family.
We are the veins of the earth's skin in which the milk flows.
The light of heaven becomes milk in our veins.
We are happy and fulfilled.
Ohoh! We are strong!
We are strong and we flow
We flow and stream and pulsate with strength
We nourish, we heal.
The jubilation we are the milk of the earth
We are there! We
We are happy!
Shivering with anticipation, we can't wait to fly...
We fly around
We sing, we dance, we jubilate in the wind.
We are the Milkweed Mother, and we are the milk of the earth.
We are happy,
happy when we are visited.
The friends of the air come and visit us.
And then we burst,
we burst and visit!
We bring joy, we bring joy!
About Barbara Schuster—
Barbara grew up in Germany where she studied languages
and trained to become a Waldorf teacher. She then emigrated to Canada where
she taught at the Ottawa Waldorf School for a number of years. It was during
this time that she first encountered the English flower essences. She then
moved to Zimbabwe with her family where her husband was posted for his
After falling sick from a mysterious illness that took a several years
to be properly diagnosed, Barbara became acquainted first hand with the
patterns of illness and health and with a multitude of conventional and
unconventional healing modalities.
Barbara maintains a part-time practice in her home at the outskirts of
Ottawa, Canada. She is a recognized practitioner of Therapeutic Touch and
presently enrolled in the FES practitioner certification program. Apart
from her practice, Barbara does translation work for Healers Who Share
and is also involved in study groups regarding the Threefold Social Organism.
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