Teshuvah elixir is a remedy to support you through the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe/Jewish High Holy Days. Ritually crafted with essences of plants, stones, and time/space, Teshuvah elixir is not a substitute for the work of teshuvah itself, but rather offers gentle, profound support for the rigorous practices of reflection, repair, restoration, release, and renewal we are invited to do in this season.
Essences are vibrational, energetic, and magical; they are made with deep kavannah/intention and tefila/prayer, capturing the spirit or distillation of the plant, stone, or moment in time. Essences do not contain any physical material of substance itself- they are energetic, working on our hearts, souls, and spirits. They are safe for children and are not contraindicated with any medication or other healing modality. They do not have “side effects”, though most people find them to be gently supportive or possibly more catalyzing and transformational.
How to take Teshuvah elixir: You are encouraged to trust your intuition and take it as you are inspired and moved. You can place a few drops directly into your mouth, into water or tea, into your bath, a spray bottle, or directly onto your skin. You may want to take your elixir as a ritual, before entering ritual space, attending services, as you need support, or take it every day throughout the ten Days of Awe. You can write, draw, move, or just sit quietly and breathe when you take your elixir. You may want to choose a phrase, a song, a prayer to say when you take it. Take it alone or take it in chevruta/with a friend, or share in community. You can even put drops into your challah dough, wine or grape juice, or other ritual foods – infusing your food with intention.
Ingredients: essences of pomegranate, apple, garlic, rue, rosemary, willow, ruby, emerald, rose quartz, and new moon mikveh
Original: spring water, honey, & Arak (an anise flavored liquor) Alcohol-free: spring water, apple cider vinegar, & honey
Pomegranate: for bursting joy & an abundance of mitzvot/goodness
Apple: for cultivating an orchard of love within; strengthens capacity for heart work
Garlic: for ancestral protection, more aliveness, & being yourself
Rue: for releasing what doesn’t serve you, old stories and patterns
Rosemary: for remembering & being remembered; for ancestral guidance, rigor & accountability
Willow: for letting go; gentle support if you find yourself in a river of grief
Ruby: for finding holy ground wherever you are
Emerald: for being held unconditionally
Rose Quartz: for self-love and forgiveness
New Moon Mikveh: a shofar call by a river; for collectively supported release, healing, joy, & love; for remembering connection
Honey: for sweetening the spirit & the heart as it cracks open