The Story of Soul Blossom
Soul Blossom Brings the Power of Wild Herbs and Holy Blessings
to Your Instinctual Living Choices for Health and Beauty.

The Power Of Herbs

by Sister MorningStar

Bergamot and Plantain
Bergamot and Plantain
Herbs are central to the life of MorningStar Community.  We use them in our recipes as seen throughout this cookbook. We eat them, drink them, wear them and bathe with them. Herbs are a natural part of our home remedies. We use them to make handmade smudge sticks as we talk about our souls during retreat.  We cultivate them in our gardens. We wild craft them from our woods. We make them into bouquets, carry them in our hands, and wear them in our hair.  We place them on our altars and use them in our rituals. We dry the blossoms and add a petal or two in letters and thank you notes. Even our prayers are lifted to the heavens with a bit of sage or lavender tossed into the fire, air, or water. All of our major life transitions such as weddings, births and funerals are infused with their presence. It's hard to imagine our life without the power and richness gifted to us by the holy use of herbs.

 

 

 

Wild Blossoms
Wild Blossoms 

Feminine oral tradition tells us that wimyn are the first healers. We enjoy miracle upon miracle with this simple recipe:

A healing herb in the hand
Word medicine on the lip and
Love in the heart.

Another treasure in our community is the annual production of Soul Blossom. Each year we walk the creeks, valleys, and hills, looking to nature for the herbs best suited for our healing salves, balms, ointments, oils, mists and sprays. We also make ceremonial oils and beauty embrocations.

Here's the story of Soul Blossom and a glimpse into the wise womyn ways of MorningStar Community.

The Soul of Soul Blossom

Red Clover, Wild Rose, Lavender in a oil base
Red Clover, Wild Rose, Lavender in a oil base

In the summer of 2001 the soul of Soul Blossom unpetaled herself in the Missouri Ozarks during one of our annual wimyn's retreats. The flowers were glorious that year, both in the woods and in our common friendship gardens. We decided to make petal water. We used a wooden spoon, pottery bowls and our great love & respect for the healing power of herbs, giving care to how and with what the petals were touched. We gathered 22 different types of blossoms just after the morning sun had dried off the valley dew. We added rose petals from a recent wedding on the Holyland, made prayers over the flower petals, calling for their feminine healing powers, covered them with distilled water and set them on an outside altar. On one of our inside altars was a quote by John Muir, "Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." At the end of the retreat we bottled a bit of the "holy water" for each participant to take home and use in their personal rituals and ceremonies. Every one asked, "what shall we call it?" For we named everything. We reread the quote and talked about our own soul work and our own soul's blossoming. Soul Blossom was born a perfect name and perfect fit for us.

 

Fresh and Rested Mother Batches
Fresh and Rested Mother Batches

The next summer we decided to make her into a healing balm as well as petal water. The following year we formed a group of wimyn who had special interest and education in herbs, healing and the needs of families with small children. We studied the herbs growing naturally on the Holyland. We studied their healing properties. We listened to the needs of the community wimyn. We began to compare and collect all our information. Every year at the summer retreat the wimyn would gather the healthiest herbs and blossoms from the wild. Every year we added new herbs and flowers to our gardens. Every year we gathered with joy and blessed each herb as we stirred her into the brewing kettle. After each herbal blessing, we made a circle, held hands and howled forth our gratitude and healing for the people.

We marveled at the change of abundant herbs. Each year was a bit different, always matching the needs of the people. One year the violets turned different colors and grew in different places; One year the clover. One year the plantain was prolific. One year the hawthorn berries moved the jewel weed to a new location. We learned to trust what nature was telling us. To watch what grew abundantly and where and how it was changing. For this reason each year the formula carries a unique healing power.

 

Spring 2012
Soul Blossom Garland Ceremony
 Lavender in the Prayer Garden
MSC Maidens gathering wild herbs

 

The expansion of Soul Blossom from a healing balm to a warming rub, healing oil, lip balm, meditation oil, spritzer, repellent, antiseptic spray and more began to require more time, resources and commitment than a small group of wimyn devoted to soul work and meeting once a year could provide. Rather than see Soul Blossom dissolve, die or decompose, two of the wimyn agreed to make her a life companion. Soul Blossom became a private company in 2005.

 

Her potency increased in many ways. The mother batch we make annually now cures until the next year. It is from the cured mother batch that new Soul Blossom is made. As is our tradition, the fresh herbs and blossoms are wild crafted and gathered with prayer to create the new mother batch. A soulful dash of the cured mother batch is carried into the next year. Like our own DNA, one year is linked to the previous. Soul Blossom Healing Balm remains our original and foundational product, used religiously around the world by people who find the live healing herbs to work wonders for them.

 Lavender in the Prayer Garden
Lavender in the Prayer Garden
        The Making of Soul Blossom
The Making of Soul Blossom

Many of the original wimyn still come running when it is "Soul Blossom time", including the young bride who gifted the first rose petals. In fact, it is her two daughters who now grace our lovely Soul Blossom labels - timeless reminders of our collective innocence, purity, health, beauty, nature and spirit.

What one woman can do all women can do.
What one womyn can do, all wimyn can do.

By 2009 the private company had dissolved and the wimyn of MorningStar Community were in a stronger position to manage the annual production. What had begun as one small jar of petal water had grown into a little cottage industry.

We love Soul Blossom. We use it, nearly every product, every day. We have it in our medicine chest, our kitchen, bathroom and on our altars. We carry it in our cars, travel bags and medicine bags. We love developing new products to meet the real needs of the people just like you.

MSC Maiden's making personal Radiance
MSC Maidens making personal Radiance.

We are so happy you thought enough of us to wonder about our story. Now you know, we were thinking of you when we made the Soul Blossom product you are using or considering. Year after year, Soul Blossom brings the power of wild herbs and holy blessing to your instinctual living choices for health and beauty.

May your Soul Blossom, season by season.

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The wild crafting wimyn of MorningStar Community


Soul Blossom Wild Womyn Healing Balm

This holy, organic salve is created and blessed on the Holyland by community herbalists. The herbs are wild crafted or organically cultivated and added to an organic base and lovingly, soulfully prepared for use in our home healing practices. We heartfully share it with you. May your soul blossom even as your wounds heal.

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Sister MorningStar
22 Blue Jay Road
Kaiser, MO 65047-2106
(573) 348-6288
E-mail: morningstar@morningstarcommunity.org

MorningStar Community is an intentional, ecumenical community founded by a Cherokee Hermitess and Catholic mystic. Our mission is to preserve and protect the simple and sacred through instinctual living, educational experiences, spiritual direction, personal disciplines, and collective and individual spiritual retreats. Our vision is thus: we honor the wildish nature by finding sacred and encouraging in our selves and our kinsters the ways of instinctive knowing, of inner growth and spritual expansion and the passing on of wisdom through ritual and storytelling. We strive for world peace and global solidarity. While on the Holyland we uphold these principles: peaceful ways, not harming or forcing life, vegetarian lifestyle, gratitude/gratefulness, cherishing life, valuing relationships, simplistic living, loving as our divine spirit loves.

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