Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
Mid- summer in the southern boreal forest finds us quietly stepping in the damp soft moss at the base of old spruce and balsam fir trees. This is where we may find the delicate pink-tinged, waxy-white “pipes” of Monotropa, in the dark understory of the evergreens. After admiring the beautiful structure and ethereal glow of this untamed saprophytic perennial who depends upon certain mycorrhiza that live in the forest soil, we offer our thanks and gather a small cluster or two for preparing into an extract.
This whole plant extract holds the energy of the place in which it rises; the calm, quiet, peaceful nature of the deep woods where it grows. Physical pain seems less intense, the mind quieter, the heart open to connection. Some herbalists use a few drops; others a dropper full in water to offer the essence of the forest, moss and soft light in times of distress.