September 18, 2017
I was traveling throughout Iceland; we were headed to a secret hot spring that only locals know about.
We drove around, wandered by foot, drove around some more, asked some horses which way to go, until we finally knocked on a farmer’s door to get the scoop. After a quick stop to eat a few handfuls of wild blueberries, we found the hot spring.
Or rather, first we found the huge waterfall; then we saw the hot spring. A silent place with nothing but mossy + grassy expanses, the glacier river passed through the area, rushing down the huge rocks, carving out the canyon below. At the top of the waterfall was the hot spring. The Icelandic veterans would sit in the hot spring, get really hot and then dip in the rushing river, placing their belly on the riverbed, pushing themselves down + up in the icy water before it tumbled over the side of the rocks.
Right next to the hot spring and waterfall was a huge patch of Icelandic Vicia. Growing all across the hillside, its tendrils reached out in all directions and the flowers grew about two feet tall.
You could lie down inside the plants and look up through the light purple blossoms at the sky.
We took a moment to lie among the Vicia flowers for an exquisite rest. All of the tension I didn't even know I was holding instantly melted and dissolved in the presence of these pretty purple blossoms.
If you find yourself attracted to the Icelandic Vicia flower, you may be craving one of the following: deep rest, the ability to do nothing + just be, freedom of expression or a sense of magic! You are likely experiencing the subtle tensions of a busy lifestyle, and what you most need is a break.Not just any break, but one in which you are free to be fully yourself, let down your guard and let it all hang out.
Just as the Icelandic Vicia flower is nourishing to the Earth, the flower elixir is nourishing to our bodies + hearts. It releases tension, worry and the most subtle strains within our nervous systems—typically from our go-go-go mentality and lifestyles. It softens any kind of resistance we have to anything in our lives, dissolving places within us that are closed off, closed-minded, hard or uptight.Anything we are holding onto, like deep repressed emotions or when we feel verklempt, we can finally release the emotional tension + experience a sense of relief.
Icelandic Vicia flower helps us feel nourished, loved + free, with the ability to deeply relax and just BE. We perceive the world around us as spacious, magical + dreamy.We appreciate all the complexity of detail + delicacy in our environments versus feeling rough, or like a bull in a china shop, due to our bodies feeling clumsy with tension.
Shyness disappears, helping us let loose, be vulnerable and bare all—in an empowering and easeful way. Our ability to see magical qualities that reside within us is heightened. Our sensuality is liberated. We experience a freedom of expression that is enlivening.
Miscellaneous notes: This elixir is can be very helpful for musicians, comedians, dancers, creatives, entrepreneurs, pregnant women or anyone looking to dissolve or reduce resistance of any kind—opening up oneself to one's greatest capacity for freedom of expression, creativity and fully being oneself in the most unique and magical way possible.
A flower native to Europe and Asia, Vicia (Vicia cracca) enriches the soil. It has nitrogen-fixing properties and it curbs erosion. Also known as Tufted Vetch, the Icelandic Vicia is in the pea family, and like peas, it has tendrils that reach out up to six feet long, with a taproot that can grow up to three feet long into the ground. The flowers are light purple, growing together in a tuft at the top of the vine.
Beyond what it does for the soil and the Earth, the reason it is so special is the way it makes you feel. Lying in a field of Icelandic Vicia is one of the most relaxing + magical experiences.It lulls you into the most delicious state of relaxation, encouraging you to rest + perceive everything around you through a dreamy lens.
"This elixir is the sweetest. It feels like pleasure, in the gentlest way, and is such a delight. There was a subtle, soft, lifting of weight off my shoulders, and a spaciousness that came easily and effortlessly. It felt like being a child and delighting in life, no matter what was happening around me. It's one of my favourites. It truly helped release tension." —Zaz
"My 8-year-old son asked me to get this for him. It was very cute to see his excitement and he was diligent and excited to take his elixir throughout the day. Prior, I had noticed a lot of fear and stress in my son, which resulted in marked abruptness with everyone in our family and a real sense of guardedness. I have noticed a shift in that he seems far more at ease and relaxed—he is just 'being.' He transitions and moves between tasks easier and I’ve noticed him to be deeply engaged in creative and joyous play. Conversations and being with him are much more easeful. It has been a lovely support for him during this time. I have realized to what an extent all of the changes related to Covid have been for my kids and this has been a lovely support. It’s a wonderful elixir for children and from seeing the impact on my kids taking it, I believe it could be wonderful to help adults connect with the wisdom of their own inner child. I think I’d like to take it now!" —CMT
Magnifies: Ability to rest and be; sense of freedom and openness; desire to let loose + embrace magic
Dissolves: Worry + go-go-go tension; feeling closed off or hardened; any kind of resistance to life
Infused with flower essences for bold acceptance and expressive freedom, this powerhouse blend helps us accept ourselves wholly, express and embody our full exquisite and beautiful self as well as set firm boundaries with no pressure to be or act a certain way.
Love + flower petals,