All descriptions are taken from the La Abeja Herbs pages. These 6 Flower Essences are currently all that I am offering, I will be adding essences and blends as time goes on.
What is a flower essence?
Flower essences are the most gentle of form of herbal medicine available and yet they are more profound than any other remedy for restoring balance to the human Heart + Spirit. Flower essences embody the wisdom teaching of the plant from which they are made. Working with an essence is akin to spending a quiet day in the company of that plant and drinking deep the medicine of its presence and the landscape of which it is a part. The true magic + medicine of flower essences is difficult to communicate fully until you've tried them yourself --
Pulsatilla (Anemone pulsatilla) is an ethereal, pale purple flower covered in a fine layer of fuzz, causing it appear almost as if it were a hologram or something existing not entirely in this dimension. Pulsatilla flowers vary in appearance—some with “petals” completely open, greeting the forest and passersby with open arms, while others are closed to the world in the shape of a tulip, as if shy and hiding. This is part of Pulsatilla's medicine. Often in life we don't know when to open or close ourselves or our Hearts. It is a challenge to strike a balance between being receptive to the world & protecting ourselves from harm. Pulsatilla teaches us to find that balance—to show up and engage with the outer world fully as well as to know when the time has come to find all we need within. Pulsatilla is also a very good medicine for resolving grief and gently dislodging stuck emotions. Whether you find yourself drowning in an ocean of tears or unable to shed a single one, Pulsatilla will always point you toward the middle way, the healing way.
Pink Yarrow [Achillea millefolium] is an excellent flower essence for healers or people who work in fields where they are immersed in other peoples' energies-- nurses, teachers, bar tenders, etc. Pink Yarrow allows one to hold loving, compassionate, and empathetic space for others while maintaining their energetic boundaries and not taking on the emotions of the other person.
Also incredibly helpful for those who internalize their environment and the feelings of those around them, leaving them depleted and confused. Pink Yarrow brings us back in touch with the essential human need to nourish oneself before offering one's gifts to the world. Reminds us that meeting our own needs has to come first or all that we give to others will be coming from a place of emptiness.
Borage [ Borago officinalis ] flower essence relieves the sensation of heaviness--whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. It has a particular affinity for the heart and helps to dislodge long-held grief, anger, and hurt replacing them with a sense of lightness and possibility. It is also helpful for feelings stagnancy throughout the body, dissolving old tensions to bring renewed vitality. Borage nourishes optimism and suffuses one's being with the courage necessary to live with unwavering confidence.
Ginger flower essence returns the vital spark of pleasure our bodies and renews our experience of the sensual. This essence melts away the layers of judgement and resistance which keep us from fully experiencing joy and pleasure through the instrument of the body. Whether making love, luxuriating in a hot bath, petting a beloved companion animal, or slipping into your favorite sweater – Ginger reveals to to us the deep pleasure and presence that are possible in all moments. Used regularly as part of a larger protocol to address trauma, her medicine helps to reestablish a sense of safety and comfort for those who feel alienated from their own bodies. Ginger renews childlike curiosity about what things feel like and how things work – in both ourselves and others. A most helpful essence for stuck, stagnant, or frustrated eros.
Jasmine [Jasminum sambac] is the beginning and the end. She is the goddess of infinite compassion in which we can seek refuge when our hearts are carrying a burden heavier than any one human should have to bear. She is the flower to turn to when we have suffered unspeakable losses; when the flame of our spirits grows dim and there is no kindling in sight with a strong wind to boot, it is jasmine which cups her soft hands around us and whispers to our Souls of the time when the fire burned brightly, reassuring us that it will once more. When our grief seems too vast to weather, Jasmine holds us in a deep stillness, nearly defying time and space, so that we can surrender fully to its immensity and through this surrender, follow the fragile thread which leads us back to Life. Her medicine makes space for tears, for anger, for sorrows untold. This is the medicine, this feeling, these tears. And she reassures us that it is okay. After suffering great loss, we often find ourselves lost, hopeless, disoriented; the world around us colorless. Jasmine is the soft song of birds returning to our awareness, the rustling of Autumn leaves overhead, her medicine brings us back to our senses, back to the world of the Living.
Datura flower essence helps us to “give death” to those things in our life or those parts of our psyche which are long overdue for dismissal. Sometimes letting go and “giving death” is truly the most compassionate and loving thing we can do for these parts of our lives and ourselves. It is only through freeing up our energy in this way that we can breathe new life into creative pursuits which have lain abandoned for too long, to nourish ourselves fully once more, and to engage with those relationships which provide real nourishment. She reminds us that death and endings provide the space and nourishment needed for new life, new beginnings. She helps us to let go, at long last, of those things which we've clung to for far too long, which it is now time to lay to rest.
Like all powerful beings, Datura deserves and commands total respect and reverence. I strongly discourage anyone from ingesting her medicine in its physical form unless it is a part of their culture's spiritual tradition and they are properly ceremonially prepared to do so. Flower Essences, such as this, however are totally safe ways to invoke and learn from such potent teachers, as Datura. This vibrational remedy contains no constituents of the plant, only the fierce wisdom and storied presence of her blossom.
Ghost Pipe's medicine is one that supports the liminal moments of life, those in between states when we are in the midst of becoming. It helps us to make peace with death, with our own small cycles of decay and deterioration and in doing so, honoring the life that lives itself through us. Ghost Pipe Flower Essences widens the field of vision, allowing us to glimpse that which lies just beneath the surface of this world. It creates a space of possibility for many things to be true at once. For this purpose, it can be called upon as an ally in spaces of conflict, both inner and outer, for honoring the truth that exists in many perspectives simultaneously. Ghost Pipe is also helpful in finding resolution with shadowy aspects of one's past that cannot be processed with others, but instead must be worked through internally.
It is also an essence that inspires stewardship of systems, inner and outer -- ranging from ecosystems to our own bodies. It helps once to see and understand the patterns and cycles of the self and the soil. This essence can be brought into the wildlands and offered to plant roots and trees as a way to honor the vast web of mycelial life which lies beneath the Earth's surface. Ghost Pipe offers us a similar gift as humans -- a rare glimpse of the interwoven tapestry of the web of life of which we are all a part.
Made and offered as a flower essence in hopes that people who reach for this remedy rather than a tincture which requires exponentially more plant material to produce, and is a rare medicine to truly be in need of. We pray that the single stalk and blossom harvested in service, will bring greater sensitivity to those gathering wild medicine, a reminder that life as we know it hangs in delicate balance and that we are responsible to it. May we use this as an ally when gathering the wild foods and medicines we use to sustain life, so that we remember always that it is a gift to be alive, a gift to receive nourishment. Take nothing for granted, or take nothing at all.
Raindrop Technique (uses Young Living Essential Oils exclusively)