Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii)
This essence brings an aura of softness and gentleness, coupled with an inner strength and steadiness. It helps heal uneasy feelings and over concern. It reduces physical awkwardness and body memories of trauma. It sooths one who has been long suffering from painful hurts, physical or emotional. It brings acceptance, forgiveness, and harmony and releases the ego’s need to control. It reconnects one’s physical aspects with his/her soul, making life softer and more enjoyable.
For those who have been harshly treated and tend to repeat old dysfunctional patterns. The body becomes a shell, protecting the body from further abuse or harshness of the world. These folks become rigid and hardened and think they have to be tough to survive. They busy themselves with endless lists of things to do, which keeps them stuck and isolated. They may feel awkward and have a low self esteem. They may feel a sense of threat or violation with little provocation.