Pohuehue – Exuberance



Embodies water, mercury, and the mind.  An exuberant response to life, intensifies perception, helps links pathways.


Lasavia Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals, insects and birds delivered to you with the utmost care.  The resolve of Lasavia is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an Essence into your being.  We suggest you put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the Essence that you have chosen.


Pohuehue, Muehlenbeckia complexa

Physical Attributes

Muehlenbeckia complexa comes from the buckwheat family, a widely distributed family of plants, the leaves and stems are usually acidic or astringent. Pohuehue grows near the sea, and its slender stems climb, divaricating and interlacing, forming tangled bushes. The leaves are 1 to 2 cm long and heart-shaped. The flowers are cream coloured and dioesious, developing into succulent white translucent fruit surrounding a black seed.

Pohuehue is a plant of seeming opposites, it’s soft and malleable yet looks like it will resist you. It was the predominant plant in the sand dunes where I grew up. I think of its perfectly divaricating form like strands of neurons in the brain. It has rust-red stems and small green leaves. It has succulent joyful dewdrop berries yet the earth is often dry underneath. In winter the earth always felt warm beneath it while in summer it felt cool. It constantly protected and hid me.

I associate the pohuehue with the nursery web spider, as in the summer it would sustain hundreds of them. In the early summer the nursery web spider will carry a huge white egg sac, and just as all the tiny spiders are about hatch she attaches the sac near the top of the bush. She then builds a protective web around the sac. At night she straddles the nursery web guarding her babies. In the day she hides in the pohuehue.

The Essence

An exuberant response to life, intensifies perception and helps links pathways in the mind.

Key Words: Element water, mercury, the mind, connection, patterns, organization, light.

This remedy helps to identify the overriding patterns and perceptions that we live by. Some of these patterns narrow our lives, and pohuehue can bring this to our attention, helping us to question the assumptions of other people and events. The ability to clearly identify our negative thinking allows us to change for the better. Pohuehue can sometimes take us by surprise unveiling our thought processes and showing up our thinking. It can disrupt the patterns in the brain and help create new patterns.

There’s an intelligence that has to be arrived at, not pushed at or pre-empted, this is the flexibility and leaping of mind that pohuehue brings. The result is an exuberant response to life, an intensifying of perceptions, accompanied by genuine empathy. This enables us to get inside an object and experience the object’s life and feel its feeling.

The expansion that pohuehue brings comes with a sense of protection and safety, a sense of being connected to a good place within ourselves. As I’m writing this I’m remembering a game I loved, where my brothers would lift me up and throw me into the pohuehue, there was such a great letting-go as I fell into its soft sustaining embrace. We called it the “bouncy-stuff” and spent many hours hiding and playing in it.

I forget my head
and my arms
reach out
flinging myself into you
malleable yet resistant
we call you the bouncy stuff
before your formal name
and you reach to meet with
green and rust red stems
divaricating tendrils out and out
interweaves, laces, scrambles
bunches and opens
over the wild sand dunes
into the play.

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