Hawthorn Essence: Shapeshift Your Life!

Posted by admin on May 28, 2011

©2011 by Diana Pepper, reprinted with permission from
Tree Frog Farm Essences E-newsletter, May, 2011

Making Hawthorn Tree Essence was one of my most challenging and exciting essence making experiences. The process took about two months with vigilance, surrender, patience, intensity, focused clear intention and curiosity.

hawthornpink-wikiSince we don’t have a mature hawthorn growing on our property, first I had to find the location. The year before, I found a thicket of Hawthorn on San Juan Island about two hours away from here. I considered this, but decided to look for some on Lummi Island.

I found two on a nature preserve but they were old, shaded out and not very healthy. I found some others growing along a dirt road, but wasn’t sure if the owners of the property would agree to let me work there.

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Placebos without Deception Study

Posted by admin on May 20, 2011

By Deborah Bier, PhD, Co-Editor of Vibration Magazine and maker of the Whole Energy Essences

Recently, I came across this article abstract about the effectiveness of non-concealed placebo treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It got me to wondering: we know that flower essence maker intention is important, as it influences the action of the essence because thoughts, ideas, and beliefs can be recorded in the mother essence’s carrier (usually water).  Do these results 16327521.thbbelow suggest that possibly researcher intention attached to the placebo might  have played a role? That the process of giving the subjects the sugar pills conveyed some intention to provide help?

It seems to me there is a bias in this study design, one that assumes that the researchers cannot effect the outcome.  But of course they can and do. To eliminate the possibility of researcher intention impacting the outcome, it would be interesting to see a double-blind study done, one where all subjects are given placebos, but the researchers do not know which subjects have been given pills marked openly as placebos and which have not been.

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The Historic Plants Behind a Few of the Bach Flower Essences

Posted by admin on May 14, 2011

©2011 by Sophia Mandelson

honeysuckle-a2dThe idea that flowers correspond to human characteristics has been around for a very long time. Think about how often parents name their children after flower names: Rose, Poppy and Jasmine are just a few examples.

Flowers are also talked about in literature. Known as the most important writer in the English language, William Shakespeare brought up flowers in plays such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. For instance, in Hamlet, Ophelia talks about violets, fennels, columbines and rue.[1] In Romeo and Juliet, sweet Juliet wonders if a rose would look different if it had another name.[2] In both cases, you can see that the reference to flowers is a poetic way to talk about human emotions.

In the twentieth-century, Dr Edward Bach developed a complex system in which he related 37 different flower essences (and a 38th essence, derived from water) to a wide variety of human feelings and states of mind.[3] Let’s consider a few of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Royal Wedding Cake Invokes the Healing Power of Flowers

Posted by admin on May 7, 2011

©2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

When Prince William and Catherine Middleton married on April 29th, the design of their wedding cake incorporated an ancient tradition in which the choice of flowers carried secret messages and sentiments between lovers. Called the Language of Flowers, it was part of courtship rituals and of a centuries-old magical symbolism in which particular flowers were believed to be associated with certain qualities and spiritual principles.

sugarflower-wiki These same associations have become part of flower essence literature, as descriptions of the properties of various essences are often influenced by the traditional beliefs.

Numerous newspaper and blog accounts of the wedding cake state that Catherine believes in the Language of Flowers, and that those ideas were incorporated into the design she requested for her wedding cake.

According to the Daily Mail, a major British newspaper, “…the cake had 900 sugar paste flowers, and each tells a story. The cake was designed for the couple by Fiona Cairns — and it was a fruit cake!  See Kate also gave Ms Cairns detailed instructions for her to include 17 different blooms and foliage for their meaning or symbolism – known as the ‘language of flowers.”

Read more and see pictures of this amazing cake here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381944/Royal-Wedding-cake-Kate-Middleton-requested-8-tiers-decorated-900-flowers.html#ixzz1L2sVCcSZ

Adriana Velez’s article, Royal Wedding Cake Contains Secret Messages, lists the flowers included on the cake and their meanings: Read the rest of this entry »