December 11, 2017
Hollyhocks are one of the most abundant flowers I know. I love to grow them, harvest the seeds, and share them with friends. After the blossoms wilt and die, the seeds emerge in perfect bundles stacked in a circular donut-shaped pod.
The seeds are hardy and can be mailed to a friend or given away to spread the Hollyhock love. Hollyhocks grow tall, so they’re best planted along a wall or near bushes where they’ll accent your garden space with vertical rows of flowers.
If you’re attracted to the Hollyhock flower, you may have a relationship that is challenging you. You may have felt irritated lately, or powerless to improve the relationship, or worried about being betrayed and left behind. Or you may feel that gentleness, openness, and bonding are absent from the relationship in question.
If you don’t have a relationship that’s bothering you, you may have another area in your life in which you feel hopeless. You may be telling yourself, “There’s nothing I can do about it.” Perhaps your heart has hardened, since you believe there’s nothing you can do to change the situation.
Hollyhock flower elixir helps us recognize that we have the power to transform our relationships through gentleness. Instead of being irritable and on the defensive, or creating power struggles, we could be softer in character.
In our relationships, whether with a lover, partner, child, parent, friend, or colleague, Hollyhock helps us be more understanding. It enhances our ability to build and deepen relationships through caring and sharing.
In situations where there is a fear of betrayal, Hollyhock dissolves helpless or hopeless feelings and enhances confidence in ourselves. It also magnifies trust and unconditional love for others.
The Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) is native to southwestern China. When it was brought to Europe in the 1400s, an herbalist called the flower “holyoke,” which led to its name in English today. Hollyhocks come in all the colors of the warm spectrum, including magenta, red, orange, yellow, and even dark maroon to black.
They belong to the Mallow family, in which every plant has leaves that are soft and fuzzy and all parts of the plant are edible. Hollyhock is used in traditional herbal medicine as an emollient, softening and smoothing the skin. The flowers can be used to make teas, facial steams, and washes, and the leaves can be used as poultices. They are also slightly mucilaginous, soothing ulcers, sore throats, and bleeding gums. Hollyhocks are anti-inflammatory, reducing inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the skin.
Magnifies: Fearless love, compassion, soft heart; service and caring for others; abundance in relationships with loved ones
Dissolves: Worry about love relationships; helplessness and hopelessness; skin irritations due to emotional irritability
Infused with flower essences for magnifying tenderness, appreciation of things just as they are and healing emotional wounds of the heart, Fierce Compassion helps us feel an overall envelopment of love + softness for ourselves + others.⠀
Love + flower petals,