Ocotillo is one of my beloved desert plants. So you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was on my hike to find all the rain caused this amazing healer to explode with life! These pictures do not do justice to the beauty these plants exude.
A couple of interesting facts about Ocotillo –
The leaves are delicious and super nutritious! Especially when they first burst out of the limbs. The mineral content of a couple leaves is huge! I like to nibble on them as I hike or harvest a handful for my salad.
The inside bark of the limbs can be harvested to aid in poor circulation especially in the pelvic region. Symptoms of pre-menstrual congestion, bloating, prostrate enlargement can all benefit from Ocotillo. It is also great for urinary tract support and to aid our bodies in fighting urinary tract infections (UTI).
The red-orange glowing flowers that light the tops are powerful energy medicine. The flower essence of the Ocotillo gives insight into and acceptance of our emotions without feeling victimized by them. It is soothing, calming, and grounding especially in emotionally charged events. Ocotillo flower essence also helps us in our inability to express emotions or to understand one’s feelings.
I made a fresh batch of the flower essence and it is available in the FATS office.
Enjoy these picture and then go for a hike and enjoy this exquisite plant!
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Much love ~ Wendi
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Suezanne Sites says
I’ve used ocotillo twigs before and brewed them to make a tea to fight a UTI at the advisement of an herbalist. I’m pregnant currently and would like to brew them again to combat a UTI. Do you know of the safety of consuming ocotillo during pregnancy. I would brew three twigs to one quart of water but only drink 3/4 cup of the tea per day.