March 06, 2015


Louie Schwartzberg + I are working on a special project together about the healing power of flowers. Yesterday we had an intimate conversation on film about our work + the motivations behind what we do.

We've been friends for several years + I’ve always known the obvious - that we’re both nature-lovers + we both want to save the planet. But yesterday I learned some new things about Louie.

Of course there are the fun similarities, like we’re both Pisces + we have the same favorite color: teal. In fact we both showed up wearing the same colors + had to adjust our outfits a bit so we didn’t look so matchy-matchy on film.

But I realized a more interesting commonality after we rapped for several hours: we’re both capturing + prolonging the healing power of flowers - simply through different mediums.

Louie’s medium is film - from short sweet time lapse shots on instagram to feature films with Disney (find it on Netflix), he’s capturing moments that touch people’s hearts. A flower may only bloom for several days and then die, but Louie is prolonging its healing effects by capturing it in a way his viewers can look at again + again. The flower lives on + the inspiration continues long after the flower is dead.

The University of Rochester did a study demonstrating that even simply by seeing an image of nature, it inspires more compassion + generosity, along with a sense of unity + community. And when you see flowers up close through Louie’s lens, you know that’s true. Louie says that the most common response to his work is tears + the most common remark people make is: “I’ll never look at a flower in the same way.”

And similarly, but differently, the medium I love to use to prolong flowers’ qualities is through flower elixirs, aka flower essences, capturing the consciousness or feeling of the flower into a remedy that can be used on a daily basis.

If you spend time around flowers you know they affect mood and enhance your state of mind in different ways, inspiring joy, compassion and gratitude. In our busy lives, flower elixirs enable us to experience those feelings even when we’re at work, in big cities or on our computers all day.

In the creation of flower essences, the consciousness of the plant lives on + channels itself through people using the flower elixirs, becoming a mutual, effortless spreading + sharing of good vibes around the planet.

So I suppose in a way, Louie + I are both doing something that modern-day business + social media whiz, Gary Vaynerchuk, refers to: we’re scaling the un-scaleable.

Yesterday I asked Louie a question, “Why flowers, when you could be filming something else?” But it wasn’t really what I wanted to say, because Louie does film other things besides flowers.

What I really meant to say was this:

In a world where the majority of all filmmakers focus their time-energy-money on fantasy + making up stories (many of which involve using violence + sex to sell), Louie is foregoing the fantasy for reality.

He’s shooting what’s real, what’s alive + well all around us: this magical paradise we live in. He’s showing us the miraculousness of life itself. There’s no need to make up stories or live in fantasy, when what’s around us (nature, people, culture, cities, fungi, earth, sky, gratitude, laughter, what's possible) is so exquisite + mind-blowing.

Special thanks to Scott James, Louie’s partner, who’s been instrumental in orchestrating this collaboration.

Love + flower petals,

katie hess flower alchemist

4 Responses


April 08, 2015

Yay! Thanks, Stephanie!


March 11, 2015

Wow, amazing experience. I’ll never get over being surprised at the subtle, but powerful effects of flower essences, and how different it is for each person.


April 05, 2015

This reminds me to pay more attention to the beauty that nature holds.


March 10, 2015

Two nights ago the strangest thing happened to me. I had bought Quiet Mind energy mist and Inspired Action flower elixir from a natural skin care boutique. As I was getting ready for bed, I sprayed the Quiet Mind on my chest, face, back of neck and pillow. I laid down on my bed and like usual my mind started to push and pull me in all directions, wondering off to its useless trivia, nonsense, day dreams, dramas etc. My mind kept going, even when I don’t need it to work it keeps going and it gets very tiring. A minute and half later, I heard my heart beat shift strongly. My heart beat differently, it was like it turned itself, like it actually shifted gears. I never had a feeling like that, I put my hand against my chest in shock (huh what was that? ‘,’). However illogical or irrational this may sound, my heart had made a strong stand, like it was in charge. My heart understood some wisdom I could not comprehend… My heart knew a truth.

And then my mind started to beat slowly, calmly as if it was in line with the beating of my heart. Although there was still some clutter in my mind, there was also a state of peace and tranquility.

My heart beating differently may seem a little too simple but it’s the simple things that are always the best and most overlooked.

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