August 12, 2012

Are you feeling weighed down or stagnant?

Giant Spider Lily Helps You:

  • Infuse light, joy and freedom into your projects and your life
  • Transform the areas of your life where you feel heavy or stagnant
  • Bring a newfound sense of simplicity or ability to streamline
Giant Spider Lily is found in our Gamechanger blend

The Giant Spider Lily is a beautifully fragrant and exotic flower that grows in tropical areas. Every time I see one during my travels, I run toward it. It's one of my favorite scents—a powdery, sweet floral aroma that can rival the most fragrant flowers in a tropical garden. Too bad it’s a poisonous plant, otherwise this flower would perhaps be used in perfumery as often as Jasmine.

I made an elixir of the wine-colored flower at the Naples Botanical Garden in South Florida. It was a balmy day, and the Spider Lily was shining like a beacon of light.

As you may know, there are so many dilutions in the making of a flower essence that by the time you get to the liquid that is ingested, there are no longer any plant parts in the water—only the energy of the flower. This is similar to the process of homeopathy, in which deadly plants and minerals like Belladonna or Arsenic are used in dilutions so great that they become highly beneficial for the body. Wonderfully, that means that even though it’s a poisonous flower, we can still access the profoundly healing benefits of Giant Spider Lily by enjoying the flower elixir.

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What It Reveals 

If you're attracted to Giant Spider Lily, you may be craving a sense of freedom, weightlessness and effortlessness. You may be feeling weighed down or stagnant, like you’re trudging through the mud of everyday life. You are yearning for lightness, like the natural joy and exhilaration that arise when you jump on a trampoline.

It's also possible that you simply need more Air element. When there's an excess of Earth and Water elements in the body, incorporating activities that stimulate or activate the body can create a sense of spaciousness and lightness.

What It Catalyzes

Activate: Lightheartedness + lightness
Message: Free your mind.

When you find yourself worrying so much that you stagnate projects or initiatives, this flower elixir lightens everything up and brings in the more joy and ease. It enhances "light," whether that’s feeling light as in weightless and free, or light as in shining light in dusty or dark places of our psyche.

It transforms the areas of our lives where we feel heavy or stagnant. It brings in a new sense of freedom, weightlessness and effortlessness.

When we feel like things are hard, Giant Spider Lily helps us feel a newfound sense of simplicity or ability to streamline. It helps us look at our lives and projects as a joyful celebration.

Giant Spider Lily is the star flower in our Gamechanger collection! 




Fun Flower Facts

I’ve seen Giant Spider Lilies (Crinum asiaticum) on my travels in Florida and Singapore, but they can be found all over Asia and in other parts of the world in tropical latitudes. There are rare varieties of this flower in Thailand and Singapore that are endangered.

On each plant, the thick leaves expand out in a bright green explosion up to three feet long. Each flower has six petals that spill out from the center like an umbrella. The flowers are either all pure white or the most beautiful rich wine color.

As a poisonous flower, the Spider Lily cannot be used for cooking or making an essential oil, but it has tremendous medicinal value. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it’s called "Bakong," or "poisonous bulb plant," and its leaves and bulb are used for making various herbal medicines. The bulb is crushed and made into an ointment or poultice for rheumatoid arthritis, fevers and headaches. The succulent leaves are used for sprains, earaches, fractures, swelling and inflammation. Fresh, bruised leaves serve as an insect repellent and dried leaves boiled in water make a remedy for hemorrhoids.

In India, the juice of the bulb is used as a substitute for ipecac, to induce vomiting in cases of accidental poisoning. In Australia, aborigines warm the juice of the bulb to clean and disinfect wounds. Many clinical studies now prove the wondrous anti-inflammatory effects of this plant, in alignment with how the remedies have been used in folk medicine for centuries.

*Always consult with experienced herbalists who have used it successfully before attempting to work with Giant Spider Lily as an herbal remedy.*

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What People Are Saying

"This is a beautiful elixir that I'll someday come back to! It imparts so much childlike joy and happiness. Love it!" —Celeste

"I have a compulsion to try to control things around me as well as I often feel hyperaware of what my partner is doing, and I have been working on creating less attachment for a while now. Finally with the help of this elixir, I have been able to see my actions more clearly and communicate what is coming up for me so that my partner and I can work through the control and the fear that is underlying my critical nature of him. We have been celebrating more of the little triumphs and they are culminating!" —Sara Eddison

"Spider Lily is all about lightness for me. It reminds me about the importance of living with ease, looking at daily events with laughter and most importantly, it helps me to let go when I intuitively feel the 'done' message around any daily or long-term engagement. I’m also combining it with Gamechanger Mist and both feel like I'm inhaling a breath of fresh air every time. Fundamental in aligning my day! Thank you so much for creating such beauty!" —Mariya Shklovskaya

"As always, LOTUSWEI transforms my life gently. I've been taking various LOTUSWEI blends and single flowers over the past 2–3 years. This Giant Spider Lily is one that I was instantly drawn to its photo. I'm about 2/3 of the way taking it and noticing the clouds are lifting more. I'm feeling way less inertia and starting to take action on things that are important to me creatively, such as sharing my poetry, music, and the like. I've felt stuck for so long and with small steps, I'm getting unstuck. This is a great helper spiritually for getting unstuck. It's gentle. I did recently notice a 'release' of sorts with this one, but it was totally gentle and kind to my body, mind, and spirit. It felt like I needed to grieve and let go of the past things that didn't work for me on an even deeper level. I notice that LOTUSWEI are the only essences that take me deeper into things that can help facilitate my emotional and spiritual healing." —Lisa S.

"Giant Spider Lily is deeply calming and helps me to create a mental atmosphere where I don't take life so seriously and I do not attach myself so much to thoughts and emotions, especially negative ones. Instead this flower encourages me to go with the flow and enjoy my day. I love it, and it goes really well with a good cup of tea." —Rooz

In Essence

Magnifies: Feeling light, bright, weightless, unfettered, free; ability to simplify and streamline; feeling unafraid to be yourself and able to look at life in a different way: even though external factors may be the same, life feels like a joyful celebration

Dissolves: Heaviness, feeling burdened, weighed or tied down; stagnant or stuck areas; feeling like life is hard or a struggle; sense that something is holding you back or holding you down or limiting you; feeling not good enough; overthinking, overcomplicating to the point of self-sabotage. 

Giant Spider Lily is Found in our Gamechanger Blend.

Infused with a bouquet of the most powerful flowers for being, Gamechanger is, you guessed it, gamechanging! It transforms the areas of our lives where we feel heavy or stagnant and brings in a new sense of freedom, weightlessness and effortlessness. By inspiring us to cut the crap + streamline, it helps us look at our lives + projects as a joyful celebration.

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Love + flower petals, 

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