P E D I C U L A R I S C A N A D E N S I S
Pedicularis canadensis is a rare beauty. While she is typically a bit more plentiful in the Southeastern US, one must still be extremely mindful of ethical harvesting practices. I have a spot that I am able to watch and see that she is healthy & abundant. In working with her, I know the small amount I harvest is sustainable.
Pedicularis is sometimes called lousewort or betony (not to be confused with wood betony, Stachys off). The native species here is Pedicularis canadensis. She is a highly effective skeletal muscle relaxant. I first learned about her use in depth, during an Herbal 1st Aid course with Sevensong back in 2011-2012. He has an amazing monograph written up on his website. I find she blends amazingly well with skullcap, wild lettuce, and a smidge of black cohosh or a few drops of lobelia for an incredible muscle relaxant formula.
Pedicularis flower essence is extremely grounding. The flower essence allows us to release deeply held patterns and beliefs, so that we may remember our soul’s path. Flower essences are an extremely ethical way to capture plant medicine magic and can even be made simple by placing water under the plant, never even harvesting a single flower.
If you see this beauty while out exploring, say hello and let her be. If she is plentiful and you have her permission, come back the next year if you want to harvest. As with any plant, spend time, observe, interact. Don’t just grab it up because she’s exotic or useful. Reverence, Respect, and Honor for these beings are their own set of medicine.
Pedicularis tincture can be found in the shop under custom listings for now. Soon, I will have individual listings up.