most people don't think about it much, but there are lots of different kinds of breathing. the shallow kind that happens when we're anxious or stressed. the deep belly breaths that happen when we're being mindful and relaxed. the breath that happens on auto-pilot and helps us heal while we sleep.
and the other kind of breathing. the kind we are almost too aware of. when we struggle to get a deep breath because of tight chest muscles. or seasonal allergies. or asthma. or mucus (i know, i hate it too). or the flu. or inflammation. so many reasons it can become difficult to do this vital thing.
just so you know, the heart chakra is energetically connected to your lungs (at first i wrote "lunch"... i should grab a snack). if you are struggling with grief, relationship trouble, no time for self care, etc, there is a good chance your body is communicating this to you via chest discomfort. tight muscles, heartburn, difficulty breathing, etc. or vice versa! the physical symptoms may be the very thing causing the chakra blockage. here are a few recommendations! you can see a reiki practitioner to unblock your heart chakra, add some hawthorn berries to your tea for heart support, ask me for a respiratory health tincture (or make your own!)
here are the details:
mullein leaf, turmeric, black peppercorn*, lungwort (seems appropriate), elecampane, echinacea, thyme, oregano, lobelia, peppermint, licorice root (watch this one if you have high blood pressure), valerian (watch this one if you plan on operating heavy machinery), extracted in vodka
* in case you notice this as a theme, i always pair black peppercorn with turmeric because it helps with absorption! now ya know.
i did just deliver a fresh batch of these babies to Farmacy at Heckel Farm in baltimore! if you're in the mood for some lung health goodness once those pollens start flying around, go grab a bottle! if you don't like (or don't drink) alcohol based tinctures, give me a holler and i'll whip you up a glycerin-based batch just for you.
Christina is a reiki practitioner, herbalist, and ordained minister living in Baltimore with 1 wife, 1 cat, and 1 day job.