Indian Pipe Essence: Am I My Mother’s Keeper?

Posted by admin on Aug 1, 2009

©2009 by Diana Pepper, Tree Frog Farm Essences

Reprinted with permission from Tree Frog Farm E-newsletter, July 2009:  (

With all of the stories of violence and destruction that affect humans, animals and our beloved Mother Earth, how can we keep from closing down in despair? How can we instead keep our hearts and minds open with a calm focus on living and taking action for the benefit of All Beings? As I pondered this for many years, the name Earth Keeper kept coming to mind. When Indian Pipe Flower Essence was made in July of 2008, I knew it would be a key essence in the Earth Keeper blend I was developing. Now Earth Keeper is ready to be introduced. Read the rest of this entry »

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Testing an Essence: Plume Poppy

Posted by admin on Jul 27, 2009

By Deborah Bier, PhD, maker of the Whole Energy Essences and co-editor of the Vibration Magazine Blog.

plume3After a series of events unnecessary to recount, I was so, so, so, SO, so sad. Disappointed. Downhearted.  Discouraged. My heart ached.  I was filled with grief and high drama. I was so brokenhearted, I couldn’t even play in the garden, particularly because it was so buggy: there being so much one-way fondness between mosquitoes and me, I just couldn’t get outside.

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Always Loved a Lilac — Can’t Say I loved the Essence!

Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2009

©2009 by Annabeth Meister

Editor’s Note: The process of thoroughly testing a new essence is meant to be–but seldom is–a rigorous one, and collecting notes like Annabeth’s from many volunteers  is a part of the process.  See a collection of articles about how to do it here: Making and Testing Essences — A Virtual Booklet.

One common reaction to beginning an essence is a  brief catharsis in which issues and emotions the essence is intended to address come to the surface in a strong response called a healing crisis.  That’s what appears to have happened as Annabeth took Lilac.  See articles about it at The Healing Crisis in Flower Essence Treatment and Three More Perspectives on the Healing Crisis: A Panel Discussion. Here’s Annabeth’s report.lilacsvase-a2d

Growing up with a forbidding mother and floundering father who weren’t meant to be parents, I found a haven in my grandmother’s house. She gave richly of her love, and her yard was an island of peace. To this day, my favorite plants are the ones that grew there-irises, willows, and, most especially for those few fragrant weeks in spring, the lilacs. At a particularly rough time in my 40s, an aunt pressed some of grandma’s lilacs and sent them to me, and it was incredibly moving to touch them once more and inhale their scent.

Among the essences, Iris and Willow have been profound catalysts for me over the years, but Lilac is not a standard offering by the companies I use. Recently, Peggy Malnati was kind enough to send me a stock bottle of an essence from an ancient stand of lilacs on the remnants of the old farm in Michigan where she lives. (Peggy writes on metaphysical topics, and I’ve gotten to know her through her excellent blog, WalkSoftly2)

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