WHAT IS IT:
An original, plant filled portrait painting of you, or someone you love! This painting will feature a favorite photograph of your choice, of either yourself, a family member or best friend (preferably a profile, or even slight profile image works best). This painting also comes with a high resolution scan of your image that will be sent to your inbox, plus an archive quality certified print of your plant profile shipped along with the original. Also included is an option to answer three short questions in order to receive a special name/title for your piece.
HOW IT WORKS, IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS:
- Select anywhere from 1-4 plants that resonate with you from the list below of 10 featured plants. I’ve shared some specific, interesting information on each plant, as well as a visual reference. Choose the plant(s) that resonate with you most.
- Decide on a single photograph you’d like to use, featuring only one person (I will make an exception for a child with their parent or an animal with their human).
- Next, click the link at the bottom of this page to proceed to my online gallery to place your order. There is more than one purchase option to choose from, so be sure to review them in the drop down menu.
- At the end of the purchasing process, you’ll have the option to email me. Please do so, and attach your photograph of choice in pdf. format, and include the three questions answered (if you’d like to receive a unique title/name for your Plant Profile).
Rumored to be the sole surviving plant from The Garden of Eden, aloe vera originated in Africa and is now found in many countries around the world. This magnificent plant is energetically cool in thermal nature and bitter in flavor. Aloe is probably most noted for treating skin problems, specifically rashes, sunburns, poison ivy & oak. Topically, it is safe to apply aloe pulp directly on sore nipples during breastfeeding. An antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anesthetic, aloe has many practical uses. In folklore, aloe is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and its ruling planet the Moon (plus Venus), as well as the element of water. Aloe resembles a cactus, but is actually in the Lilly family. In Africa, Aloe is hung over doorways to bring good luck and drive away evil. The ancient Egyptians referred to aloe as “a plant of immortality & eternal youth” and aloe was said to be used by Queen Cleopatra herself as a daily beautifying practice. Due to aloe’s divine feminine connection, it also finds a home at the altar of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.
Energetically cool in thermal nature, pungent, bitter and sweet in flavor. Not to be confused with blue cohosh, black cohosh is an alterative, emmenagogue, diuretic, astringent and expectorant. Used to calm muscles and cramping and best known for use in menopausal & andropausal symptoms for both women and men. This plant medicine may also be used in a steam bath to treat rheumatism. Black cohosh is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio, planets Pluto & Mars, and the element of fire (not water). As a magikcal herb, it is said to fortify love, courage, lust or sexual potency. Wear it to attract lovers, or carry it to attract money. Cohosh translates to “breast” in Umatilla, and also translates to “rough” (refers to the knobby rhizome, the part of the plant used) in Algonquin. Its fluffy white flowers are aromatic and sweet smelling. Other names for black cohosh include: black snakeroot, rattleroot, or squawroot. This plant can grow up to 9 feet tall! Black cohosh is a native plant to the US and Canada.
Calendula, also called marigold, pot marigold or tagetes, is energetically Cool in thermal nature, and bitter in flavor. Calendula can come across as a bit spicy to taste, at first. This plant is an elder, its presence dates back to ancient Egypt where it originated. Traditionally, calendula has been put to use as a dye (highlight hair), and a culinary & medicinal ingredient. Today, calendulas’ most commonly known for treating skin related problems. It helps to promote healing of wounds, burns, bruises, boils, rashes etc… it’s both gentle and effective, and therefore often used with babies skin care. Calendula is affiliated with the Sun, in India it’s referred to as “the herb of the Sun” or “flower of the Soul.” Calendula also embodies a long-time association with love. If you’re familiar with pulling the petals off of a flower and reciting “they love me, they love me not” then you know a ritual that began with these flowers. It makes sense then, its use in wedding bouquets (as long as the petal plucking went in your favor).
California’s state flower! Also known as copa de oro “cup of gold” in Spanish, California poppy is a visually stunning, edible & medicinal flower. Its thermal nature is cool and it has a somewhat bitter flavor. Native Americans traditionally use California poppy as a sedative to alleviate mental stresses, and to help treat headaches & stomach aches. You likely know this flowers reputation as a sedative & hypnotic, however most know of California poppy due to its famous & prolifically orange super bloom! Please note that I’ve included a few links in the resource section (below) on wildflower etiquette, staying on trails during super blooms, and wild plant foraging FAQs. It’s important to acknowledge that the California poppy is much more gentle than the opium poppy. It contains flavone glycosides, which are not classified as a narcotic (opiate), yet it is still a member of the poppy family. Interestingly enough, it can actually help cope with the side effects of opioid withdrawal. California poppy is a go to, to calm feelings of anxiety and nervousness, and a herbal remedy for thought-pattern insomnia. To put it simply, California poppy calms the spirit.
Energetically Cold in thermal temperature, bitter & sweet in flavor, in Traditional Chinese medicine it is called ju hua. Chrysanthemum is used to calm the liver and treat anger and irritability. Chrysanthemum’s associations include the sun, the element of fire, and use for burial rituals & decorating altars honoring our ancestors. This flower may also be used during the Celtic autumnal equinox celebration of Samhain. The Meiji jingu shrine (one of the grandest in Tokyo, Japan) is home to the Kikkaten chrysanthemum exhibition festival which takes place during the fall season. Amongst the criteria, a wide array of chrysanthemums are judged and awarded based on quality, consistency, color, scent, and also aura. As a Kikkaten judge approaches each plant, they observe how it makes them feel, and factors this element into their evaluation of the individual entries. Chrysanthemum are also considered the flower of the Imperial Family in Japan, lending it a status of royal prestige.
Also called purple cone flower, echinacea is energetically Cool in thermal temperature, pungent, bitter and sweet in flavor. It is most celebrated as an effective natural antibiotic, however it can be used for a variety of conditions. Echinacea inhibits the spread of bacteria, works as a blood cleanser, lymph decongestant, lowers fevers, prevents colds & flu, it can be used externally on venomous snake/spider bites, poison oak/ivy, and much more. Echinacea has shown to be most effective when limited to treating acute conditions for short term use. The Kiowa, Cheyenne, Lakota, Arapaho, Crow, and other Native American tribes have been using echinacea for centuries for its wholistic healing properties. Echinacea is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio, and its sub-ruler, the planet Mars. Echinacea flowers are used in offerings to river gods and goddesses. It’s said that echinacea brings prosperity to the dwellings it grows outside of, and the homes that opt to feature the purple cone flowers in indoor bouquets.
Also known as ginkgo biloba, or maiden hair tree, ginkgo is energetically warm in thermal temperature and bitter in flavor. Ginkgo is used in Chinese medicine to help alleviate coughing, wheezing, bronchial and asthmatic conditions. You’re most likely familiar with ginkgo as a memory booster and concentration enhancer, and that it is! However, ginkgo’s legendary medicinal properties, and spiritual & iconic visual symbolism spans across thousands of years. The Ginkgo tree itself can live to be over a 1,000 years old, making it one of the oldest living plants on Earth. In fact, there are fossil records of ginkgo trees dating back over 270 million years ago, just to put it into perspective! In Japan, the ginkgo tree is labeled Hibakujumoku or “Survivor Tree,” along with weeping willow, fig and eucalyptus (to name a few) as survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski by the US in 1945. The fan shaped, minty green leaves of the ginkgo tree are thought to be some of the most beautiful in the world (and in my humble opinion are). In the fall, ginkgo leaves shift from their soft green hue to an almost unimaginable, electrifying golden-yellow.
Lavender is the most commonly used herb in the world today! Its name is thought to originate from the Latin word lavare “to wash,” another name is lavendula vera. Lavender’s use ranges from aromatherapy & cleansing/resetting a space, to alleviating irritability, nervousness, tension and stress. Lavender is energetically warm, and pungent & bitter in flavor. It’s a popular herb used in French desserts and aromatic teas. In a religious or spiritual context, lavender is used in early summer celebrations, and is a common herb for meditation. It is thought to clear the mind and bring a sense of inner calm. Lavender has been burned in birthing rooms for clearing the space (good vibrations) and welcoming new life into the world. Lavender is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and the planet Mercury.
A city bees dreams come true – a pollinator habitat urban garden featuring sage! It’s a strong plant and it can grow under tough soil conditions. Energetically warm in thermal nature, pungent, bitter, and sometimes spicy & sharp in flavor. With that said, sage can also be mild, earthy and sweet, when young leaves are harvested and used in small amounts. Sage is both a culinary and medicinal plant that can be found in many varieties around the world. A perennial evergreen shrub, and a relative to mint. Though the names are similar, sage is not related to sagebrush. This plant medicine works as an excellent respiratory herb, it helps to resolve phlegm, and can minimize sweating with coughs and colds. Also known to reduce sweating associated with menopause (increases estrogen). The Cherokee have traditionally used sage to treat lung related problems (because of the excellent decongestant & antimicrobial properties), as well as a digestion aid due to its stimulating & regulating capabilities, as well as to help clear emotional obstructions from the mind, and more specifically to calm the heart.
Violets in December, in my yard! Energetically speaking, violets are cool in thermal nature, bitter & pungent in flavor. Enjoy as an edible fresh flower garnish for salads (African violets are not edible). The blossoms have hints of celery/lovage. Violets can be candied and preserved for 3-5 years (but really, indefinitely according to many culinary experts). Excellent in a simple syrup for fancy drinks, tonics, liquors, & wines. Violets are also antioxidant rich, and high in vitamins A & C. Violets are used in Chinese medicine as a tea to counteract heat, highlighting its bitter flavor, which incidentally is most medicinal of all the flavors. Interesting to point out, bitter is the least common flavor found in American cuisine (with the exception of coffee and dark chocolate). Astrologically, violets are associated with Taurus, Libra and Scorpio, planets Venus and Pluto, death and rebirth, and the elements of metal (specifically copper) and fire. This flower finds further mineral association with jade, topaz, amber & bloodstone. Visually, this bloom has a somewhat iconic heart shape. A flower for Imbolc, also ideal for the altar & ceremony. Violet may be used in love spells (increase luck in love) and spells of protection. In tarot it is represented by the Hierophant card of the major arcana. Violet may also be referred to as viola, violetta, heart’s ease or pansies. A flower of good fortune for the feminine, violet can play the role of catalyst for inspiration and new ideas, therefore a good match for women in business or in leadership roles. Another side of violet’s plant medicine relates to serenity and peace, and therefore is recognized as a funeral herb. Violets may serve as a pathway to understanding or processing sorrow, particularly around the loss of a child. A flowerbed of violets to care for, can also serve as a healing plant therapy. Visualizing the color violet is sometimes recommended for Reiki practitioners during energy work sessions.
Please note, that I only offer a few plant profiles in my inventory at a time. They are original paintings I create to order, and take around 10-14 days to complete.
SOURCES + REFERENCES + RECOMMENDED READING:
Tierra, Lesley, L.Ac., Herbalist, A.H.G. Healing With The Herbs Of Life. Hundreds of herbal remedies, therapies & preparations. Crossing Press. Berkley, CA. 2003
Cichoke, Anthony J., D.C, Ph.D. Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies. A comprehensive guide to the Native American tradition of using herbs and the mind/body/spirit connection for improving health and well-being. Penguin Putnam. New York, NY. 2001.
Beyerl, Paul. The Master Book of Herbalism. Phoenix Publishing. Blaine, WA. 1984.
Leggett, Daverick. Helping Ourselves. A guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics. Fully Revised and Expanded Edition. Meridian Press. Totnes, England. 2014.
McBride, Kami. The Herbal Kitchen. Bring lasting health to you and your family with 50 easy-to-find common herbs and over 250 recipes. Conari Press. Newburyport, MA. 2019.
Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia. Fully revised & updated. Penguin Books. New York City, NY. 2010.
Tierra, Michael C.A, N.D. The Way of Herbs. Pocket Books. New York, NY. 1990.
Willoughby, Jean. Nature’s Remedies. An Illustrated Guide to Healing Herbs. Chronical Books. San Francisco, CA. 2016.
Frawley, Dr. David., Lad, Dr. Vassant. The Yoga of Herbs. An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine. Lotus Press. Twin Lakes, WI. 1992.
Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications. Saint Paul, MN. 1998.
Foraging for Wild Edibles and Herbs: Sustainable and Safe Gathering Practices
Wild flower etiquette ~ Staying on the trails
UC Davis Arboretum & pollinator habitat
Calendula/marigold spiritual meaning and cultural connection to India
Echinacea for short-term use and acute treatment
Survivor Trees of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
How California poppy may help alleviate side effects of opioid withdrawal
Sample of a profile photograph – Frida Kahlo