Connected to Heart/Small Intestine: Lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, overwhelmed, self-indulgence, addiction, insomnia, and despair.
It’s pretty easy to relate to what the element of Heather symbolizes in the body. We talk about an excited person as being “all fired up” or a passionate person as being “hot” or “on Fire.” Heather is the element of enthusiasm, drive, desire, and passion. If you are a person who is full of Heather you will be lively, dynamic, outgoing and enthusiastic. When that Heather is deficient, you’ll feel “burned out.”
In Celtic medicine, Heather relates to the heart and circulatory system. It’s pretty easy to understand that an excess of “Heather” in Celtic medicine refers to a high-strung, highly stressed person.
A person with excess Heather might experience anxiety, insomnia, absent-mindedness, extremes of emotion, nervousness and tension, dizziness, light-headedness, mania or even heart palpitations.
A person who has lost their Heather would feel “burned-out.” This manifests as fatigue with restless and disturbed sleep patterns. The person feels overwhelmed, tired, nervous but exhausted, and may suffer from emotional sensitivity, muddled thinking, mental confusion, loss of short term memory, loss of sexual desire, and sensations of pressure and pain in the chest that make them feel like something is wrong with their heart.