November 29, 2016


Magnolia grandiflora
Activate: Spiritual fulfillment
Message: You are divine.

I remember the first time I fell in love with the White Magnolia flower. I was taking a 10-day intensive of Botanical Perfumery in San Francisco in the attic of an 80-something-year-old botanical perfumer. When the hundreds of essential oils we were working with filled up every molecule in our noses, we were instructed to stick our heads out the windows to clear our heads.

I was working on a floral perfume and I took a break, walking to the front of the house and sticking my head out the window. In a second a spicy floral scent filled my nose and replaced what I was working on. I realized that the window was right at the level of the huge White Magnolia blossoms of the trees that lined the street of my teacher’s house. The tops of the leaves were a shiny, waxy green, with soft, brown, velvet undersides. The flowers were huge white cups - exotic and spicy in aroma. In a synchronistic way, it had similar elements to the perfume I was working on; as I was working I tried to bring in more qualities of the flower into what I was making.

I didn’t make a flower essence of the White Magnolia flower, however, until I was on the island of Bermuda ~ read more on that trip here. There I found a huge White Magnolia tree in the Bermuda Botanical Garden. This Magnolia tree was special - unlike any other Magnolia I’d ever seen. It was perfectly radiant and pure.

white magnolia flower close up LOTUSWEI flower essences

Why it's Special

One of the most unique aspects of the White Magnolia tree flower is its age! It is older than the bees! Always having been pollinated by beetles, the petals of the White Magnolia flower are super tough - enough to withstand all that beetle activity. The Magnolia species are around 95 million years old!

There are many kinds of Magnolias, found mainly in two separate geographical areas: Asia and the Americas. The bark and flower buds of Magnolia officinalis have been used in traditional Chinese medicine, with a huge range of benefits. Japanese scientists have found constituents in Magnolia bark that are 1000 times more potent in antioxidant activity than Vitamin E, as well as being powerful anti-stress and cortisol-reducing (weight loss) remedies, restoring brain chemical balance and reducing inflammation.

The Magnolia grandiflora is native to the Americas. It is HUGE, with creamy white petals and rich green leaves that have dark brown velvet on the undersides. This White Magnolia is supremely fragrant with a spicy floral scent.

white magnolia tree flower LOTUSWEI flower essences

What it Reveals

If you feel attracted to Magnolia, you may feel like something in your life is changing in a big way. Magnolia offers a chance to slow down, feel more in tune, accept the unknown, and trust that all will be well. Magnolia clears away negativity, darkness, extraneous thoughts, and fears (including fears about death and the afterlife or a part of ourselves dying).

When we’re attracted to White Magnolia, it’s because there’s a natural process that’s happening in our lives that we’re fighting. Aging, for example, is something that we often resist. Instead of recognizing that our bodies change over time, we wish them to be as they were in our younger years, and we either live in a fantasy world or push our physical limits too far—even to the point of injury.

When we’re afraid of change, of losing something that’s important to us or feeling fearful of being separated from a loved one, White Magnolia is indicated. We may find ourselves worrying about the future, which causes us to miss out on the present, inviting disappointment or a sense of missed opportunity. If we can relax into the way things are and how they are evolving, we can find peace and magic in the moment, no matter what might change in the future.

white magnolia flower opening LOTUSWEI flower essences

What the Elixir Catalyzes

The  White  Magnolia  holds  itself  open  like  a  gentle  cup  from  which  to  drink,  inspiring  us  to look beyond the obvious and see what’s deeper. Magnolia helps us to experience profound peace and spiritual fulfillment. It frees us from worry, and awakens the part of us that is all-knowing and aware of divine timing.

Magnolia helps us come to peace with the way things are and what’s to come, making space for gentle transformations For that reason, Magnolia  flower is supportive for major transitions like birth and death, or for those times when we feel that an aspect of ourselves is dying or being reborn.

White Magnolia is also part of our Boundless Wisdom collection!

white magnolia flowerevolution elixir LOTUSWEI flower essences

In Essence

{Magnifies} Awakening highest aspirations; deep peace, spiritual fulfillment, acceptance; ability to sense the divine in every moment

{Dissolves} Negativity, darkness; extraneous thoughts; fears, including fears about death 

Experience the magic of White Magnolia! 

Experience the magic of White Magnolia in Boundless Wisdom!

Love + flower petals, 

Katie Hess Signature LOTUSWEI


2 Responses

alvin gagnon
alvin gagnon

September 08, 2019

wow I just wanted to see a picture of a magnolia flower wasn’t expecting everything I just read thanks


May 06, 2019

Thankkk youuu sooo muchhh for this!!!!!!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.