Native to Australia, the Bottle Tree is extremely resilient to disease, fire and the chaotic effects of city life. It also gets its name because if you open a hole in the trunk and press that point, you can obtain drinking water. With beautiful fluttering leaves and understated rainbow flowers, its essence magnifies energy, vitality and clarity of thinking. It helps the physical body release toxins from pollution, while dissolving old emotions and softening habits and patterns.
Purple Pea flower grows prolifically in South Carolina. Indicated for when we feel we must endure discomfort in order to avoid abandonment or ruffling feathers, it helps us attain a state of safety and protection. We’re more able to be open and voice our concerns. We can take care of ourselves without the need for external validation. Purple Pea dissolves our expectations of getting hurt and magnifies our ability to experience pleasure.
The Orange Fringed Orchid grows in the forests of the Eastern United States. Its essence dissolves fear of conflict, anger and shame. It helps us maintain a sense of strength, calm and even humor, when dodging the bullet of someone’s anger. We can be fearless, despite fierce speech or rage directed at us. Old patterns of distress with authority figures unravel. Our boundaries are firm; anger no longer affects us and we can advocate for ourselves and others.
Chaparral, also known as Creosote Bush, is one of the most celebrated plants in the Sonoran desert. All desert natives are familiar with the scent; after a rain, the air fills with the scent of the Chaparral leaves. As a medicinal plant, its cleansing and detoxifying powers are unsurpassed. As a flower essence, it dissolves ancient feelings of loneliness, and the belief that in order to be a healer or lead a spiritual life, we must do it alone. It encourages us to access our own inner wisdom, stillness and knowingness, and find the deeper meaning behind everything.
Among the hundreds of exquisite Camellia flowers, the Speckled Camellia is a variety of Japanese Camellia with a huge multicolored blossom. Its flower essence dissolves fatigue, drowsiness and mental fog. If we have a desire to slump or slouch, it opens up the energy in our spine for better posture. It deepens our breathing and brings in more vitality, energy and cheerfulness.
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub known for its culinary and medicinal benefits. Celebrated as far back as 5000 BC, Rosemary was found on stone tablets. The Rosemary flower essence boosts mental clarity, sharpens analytical mental processes and enhances our psychic abilities. It dissolves confusion and fogginess and helps us tap into our intuition and inner wisdom with greater accuracy. We’re more able to have more confidence in our ability to see and perceive with acuity.
Desert Lupine floods the Sonoran desert landscape with washes of indigo blue in springtime. Its flower essence dissolves panic and being frozen with fear; it catalyzes movement, engagement and strength, even in adverse environments. It dissolves heartache and magnifies elegance, peacefulness and fearless expression.
A popular house plant, the Spider Plant is known for purifying indoor air pollution. ‘Spiderettes’ or ‘pups’ emerge from the plant and grow downward toward the earth. Its delicate, star-like white flower blooms for several hours; its essence magnifies our ability to cast off what no longer serves us. We can flip inside out, shed our old skin and establish our footing in a fresh, new version of ourselves.
Camellias are famous in Japan, Korea and China, and are a sign of good luck during the Lunar New Year. Japanese Camellia dissolves worry, callousness and indifference. It inspires a deeper capacity for love, compassion and appreciation of everything around. It helps us connect to our hearts and radiate from the face and heartspace.
The ornamental Pear tree has delicate white blossoms in springtime and blood red leaves in fall/winter. Its elixir helps us explore themes of belonging. An antidote for feeling like we don’t belong in any of the environments we’ve chosen, it dissolves frustration, the kind that makes us want to pull our hair out. It magnifies our sense of belonging and helps us find our roots, whether that’s through family, where we live, a spiritual path or what we’ve committed to in life. It deepens our recognition of stability, wisdom and maturity.
Commonly known for its soothing gel for burns, Aloe Vera is a succulent with 500 different varieties that grow worldwide in tropical and arid climates. Its flower essence relaxes jaw tension, gritting one’s teeth and sensitivity to loud noises. It dissolves anger, irritation and wanting things to be a different way. When we start to feel out of control, it helps us stay cool, calm and collected. It inspires gratitude and being happy with the way things are.