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The Sensuality of Herbs

"The Soul of the Rose" by John William Waterhouse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"The Soul of the Rose" by John William Waterhouse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I am in love with the sensuality of herbs: the magic of seed transforming to flower, the ripening of fruit on the vine.

I can't resist combing my fingers through fresh rosemary, burying my face in the spicy aroma of wild oregano, or rubbing soft lavender across my skin.

My entire body responds to the presence of plants: in a garden, in the forest, in a meadow. My skin hums, my heart expands. I feel alive with pleasure and vitality.

I even get weak-kneed when I walk into an apothecary: the rows of dried leaves and roots in jars, all those gorgeous colors and textures begging to be touched.

Plants are potent medicine; as an herbalist, I make teas, salves, oils and syrups for the soothing of wounds and disease. But my deepest passion is communing with the plants in my daily routines: dipping my fingers into a jar of thyme in the kitchen, burning frankincense on my altar, covering my body with rose oil after a shower.

Herbs are sexy: they awaken the power of the senses and inspire the body's desire for pleasure and creativity. When I am feeling stuck, unmotivated, or lacking imagination, I turn to the plants. The varying aromas, textures, and colors remind me of infinite possibility, of fertility, of creativity in its most ancient form.

When was the last time you stopped to touch a tree in your neighborhood - to feel its bark beneath your fingers? Or bent down to inspect a weed in the sidewalk - to admire its scrawny tenacity? When you cook, do you rub the dried basil between your fingers first, bowing your head to inhale the aroma, before you add it to your favorite tomato sauce?

There's no need to make it complicated. No elaborate ritual is necessary, no large expanse of uninterrupted time. No need to become a master gardener or a trained herbalist. No need to even leave the city. All that's necessary is the shifting of attention - to bring awareness to the presence of plants in our lives.

These small moments of sensory engagement ignite the wildness of the body. They help us to feel grounded in the moment and vibrant with potential. And they remind us of our birthright: to feel connected with the earth and to take pleasure from our bodies.