Medicine Women Rise!

Medicine Women–

I write this to you as a warning to not let the fear that has begun to be spread and surround our work affect you from using with wisdom, care and knowledge our tools– that are the plant spirits.

Joan Clark Blog Medicine Women Rise!The fear that is being injected into today’s news is directly because of large multi-level marketing companies looking only for financial gain, and recklessly not training their “distributors”. Their practices are disturbing and causing separation and actual (yet easily preventable) harm: once again putting our work under undue scrutiny which may take away our freedom to heal with the plants.

These companies and their affiliate sales forces have not invested time nor felt it was needed to offer full educational certification and training in the use of plant spirit medicine. The quality of their mass-produced quantities of oils are suspect. They have placed their value, time and energy in building financial pyramids but have not built educational foundations to support them. This is irresponsible.

We are at a critical moment in our work as Medicine Women. We are being asked to rise up and be accountable for protecting what is ours and what we have come to do as healers, visionaries, modern day mystics and plant spirit alchemists… as opposed to salespeople hawking what they believe to be the next catchphrase or fad!

No one has the right to tell us what we can plant and how we can use it– when done with reverence, wisdom and knowledge. No one has the right to take from us a living based in integrity and commitment to the oath that we take from the moment we place our hands on the earth and we begin our long intimate journey with the plants that only desire to offer wholeness and health– to Do No Harm. And we must prevent such from occurring.

Every one of you in this group has the common sense, and the educational training to know that when used with respect, knowledge and wisdom the plants of the Mother are here to help heal us in so many beautiful ways.

Training, education, and a deep reverence in how to use the plants (be they essential oils, herbs, tinctures, etc.) is what is lacking in this new industry that has been created. These companies are saying to the masses, “Do this and you can make money. Not because it is your path, your sacred work, but because you can come take a 2 day class, and go on to sell customers a kit that you can make money from.”

This is not the path of the Medicine Woman, Healer, Teacher, Visionary. Ours has been the way of a lifetime of the accumulation of wisdom. What if we had people peddling other careers, promising, “Come on and get your law degree or MD p.d. quick, and become that lawyer or doctor”? What kind of havoc would that create?

We have seen case after case where poor education and the lack of understanding of the chemistry of the plants have done harm; and the results have been truly unfortunate. Those that have been harmed are speaking out against the use of plant spirit medicines. All this is avoidable. We know that the plants can cause harm when not fully understood and applied responsibly.

There is a state of emergency unfolding with all the harm being done and it is causing much chaos and scrutiny in our industry– which may eventually lead to restrictions and perhaps even the legislated absence of our tools.

Therefore we are being called to be adamant about proper educational training and raising awareness to the multi-level marketing schemes that promote the bottom line but do nothing to fully educate those whom they entice to enroll in their company.

It was not so very long ago that women who worked with the plants and made healing balms, who listened to their intuitive voice and healed the sick were chastised, harmed, killed or sent into hiding because of outside forces projecting fear and accusing these women of doing harm. We do not want to go backwards to times where we had to hide this hallowed work.

And so we must search our hearts and souls and truly define the purpose of our work with the plants.
For they are precious gifts and are to be used with care, integrity, wisdom and knowledge.
Be mindful. Do no harm. Ask questions if you do not know something, Use our motto of one drop at a time: do not use directly on skin unless diluted in a safe carrier oil and do not take essential oils internally.

Further– distance and distinguish yourselves from those who don’t know, and don’t even know that they don’t know:

  • We administer– with love and wisdom– plant spirit energies that have been used for centuries to balance the body, mind, soul and spirit.
  • We are Medicine Women and we will not allow fear, greed, or mistruths to control our knowing and our work.
  • We shall never sacrifice quality of tried-and-tested all-natural ingredients in the name of cutting corners for gain.
  • We exercise these ways as our spiritual/religious freedom– claiming our personal power, expression and choice to do so.

Please do not be afraid of the plants and using them… wisely! Bless them, and allow them to guide you; and when in doubt, seek advice.

Let us place our work in the hands of the Goddess and may those energies that are not in alignment with the highest be released so no harm can be done.

We are called to be the spokespersons for the plants
and we must not let the fear that is rising up cloud our knowing
of what is capable–
when the power and integrity of the true Medicine Woman
meets the alchemy and power of the plants,
to benefit humanity
and bring health and wholeness to the body, mind, soul and spirit.
For this I stand–

I am a Medicine Woman. The plants are my sacred tools. And I will protect my rights to use them for the good of all, and to do no harm.


2018: Standing on Higher Ground

A Blessed 2018 to each of you!

I am excited about 2018. Mostly because last year was a real wake-up call for me, and I believe it is fair to say many of us. I know I have had to step back and learn how to really breathe and let go. Let go of judgment, expectation and the way I have been taught things should look, be and unfold.

I have come to terms with the expression– let go and let Spirit. Let go and let Spirit! Trust in the higher plan. Trust that this too shall pass. Trust that everything is in divine right order.

I am doing my best. I think we all are. So, my hope for 2018 is that as I am letting go and trusting a higher power to pave the way forward for us with grace and safety, that others who are of like mind and spirit are as-well. In that knowing I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can see the process of release happening and what I am finding out is this: I have more time for the things I love. I have more freedom because I am letting go of attachment to things I have no control over; and it is glorious.

It is why this year– instead of writing New Years resolutions– I wrote up a list of things that made me happy and things I loved to do. I made a commitment to myself to do more of them this year, now that I have time to do them. Now that I am not micro-managing things– that were and have always been out of my control anyway.

So this new year I am going to play more, create more beauty, dance, sing, and travel more. I am going to be around people I love more. I am going to relax and read a book and sip tea and take long aromatic baths. I am not going to fret over what I think I should want and be doing but be fully present in where I am at and give thanks where I am.

I am going to trust that while I am having all this fun, that everything is in divine right order and when I am called to step up, I will. But until then it is up to me to create anew. I am the change in my own life.

This year at Joan Clark’s Palais Aromaetica we, too, are going to embrace our gratefulness even more that we get to play in the lab, create new fragrances, travel, teach classes and workshops on topics that we love and that set our hearts on fire with passion.

We are going to realize the importance of union and connection in a more deep and powerful way and we are going to allow the gifts of the Mother to help us trust– that with each drop, with each moment we are being blessed with our work… that we are blessing others as well.

We hope you will join us. That you will let go, let Spirit and spend more time doing the things that make you happy. Like indulging in a beautiful aromatic bath, traveling to another country, taking a workshop that you have always wanted to take or just gather with women that bring your heart peace. THIS– is our spiritual work moving into the future

We look forward to being there for you and with you.

WE are co-creating this new aromatic lifestyle together.

Here’s to a Magical 2018!
Aromatic Blessings!
Joan