A Pair of this Queen of the Night's Blossoms
I have known the Queen of the Night's medicine for many years now. Sometimes this plant is called Night Blooming Cereus. I was gifted some flower essence from an herbalist friend who lives in the desert a number of years ago. The desert is where this sweet plant grows. This cactus gets her name because there is only one night a year that the plant blooms. One night, when the moon is just so and the earth and the stars align, this sweet Queen unveils her fertile blossoms. These beautiful blossoms only live for the darkness of one night.
I was first greeted by the smell of these delightful blossoms when I arrived at the house. A soft floral scent that smelled a bit like Jasmine and Rose with peppery overtones filled my breath. It was divine. I was immediately drawn into these two blossoms and found myself lost in their beauty and sweet smell for an amount of time that I still do not know. It felt powerful to meet this ancient Queen who I have known through her medicine for so many years.
The medicine of the flower essence of the Queen of the Night is potent. I have fount it to be particularly helpful in supporting people in relaxing into their sexuality. Especially when that tension is rooted in shame and guilt around sexual desires. I have found this essence to have a particular affinity for women although it is a wonderful medicine for all genders.
Because the Queen of the Night can only bloom in the darkness, I believe this plant also teaches us to embrace our shadows and celebrate the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden from others. I have found myself referencing this plant often in Chaplaincy conversations with people who are in the hospital and facing some of the most traumatic and difficult moments of their lives. The Queen of the Night invites us to remember that there are blossoms that are only possible in the darkness. There is beauty that can only emerge from the darkness.