Saturday, March 4th was my 41st birthday. Since I’m still in celebration mode, I thought it would be a good time to share what I’ve been working on, and to send a special offer to you!
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I’ve been taking some time to shift things at The Lotus Root and in my personal life. I moved from Chicago to a cabin in the woods in North Carolina with my sweetheart / partner-in-time, Jason, where we’ve been enjoying tending our garden, and working on various other projects.
I’ve been assisting Jason in running his graphic design agency where I get to put my art & business backgrounds to use, helping our clients level-up the identity of their brands, and get more clarity around their business goals.
You may have initially come across my work when I was creating aromatherapy eye pillows & natural body care products.
I’ve put a pause on those offerings over the last few years to take the time to delve deeply into my studies of flower essence therapy & herbalism, among many other healing modalities that I’ve found to be extremely helpful: energy psychology (especially Emotional Freedom Technique), functional nutrition, nutritional psychiatry (the study of the effects of food & supplements on mental health & wellness), humanistic & medical astrology, trauma-informed care, and more. I’m excited to write more about these topics in later emails & posts, as well as art, music, movies and books, especially as they relate to flower essence therapy and emotional health.
Flower essences (also known as flower remedies) are gentle & safe — yet powerful — botanical infusions, which enhance our mental, emotional & spiritual well-being. Unlike essential oils, they’re unscented, and flower essence formulas are generally taken internally throughout the day, for several weeks at a time (but ideally longer!)
In the experience of myself & many others, you really start to notice lasting change from flower remedies after three to six months of use (although, if the remedies are a good match for you, you should feel some shifts much sooner). In my experience, certain remedies seem to have an effect sooner than others. Since nature has her own timetable, it can be hard to predict how long the healing process will take.
Each flower resonates with a specific emotion, and they can be used situationally when certain moods or feelings come up. You may be familiar with Rescue Remedy, which is a popular flower essence blend that is given to children, adults and pets during frightening, traumatic or shocking moments.
If taken consistently over a longer period of time, flower remedies can assist us in identifying & shifting more deeply ingrained emotional & behavioral patterns, unhealthy coping mechanisms, programming, and self-defeating habits, especially if we’re willing to make the commitment to ourselves to do the inner work required.
They can be an excellent complement to therapy, journaling, and other healing modalities. I get really excited when I hear about mental health counselors who are incorporating flower essences into their practice.
They can assist greatly with goal setting, productivity, motivation, and achievement.
They serve as catalysts for positive change, boosting our vitality, and increasing our emotional intelligence. They help us to get more in touch with nature (and our own inner nature), allowing us to better understand and embrace who we are, and supporting us in our emotional growth & transformation. There are essences that can assist us in becoming better listeners, and some that allow us to experience greater patience, forgiveness and compassion toward ourselves and others. I believe that this can lead to greater empathy, and better relationships as a result.
They can be a wonderful way to help children and adults learn to better regulate, understand and communicate their feelings — and can provide wonderful support during major transitions in life, helping us get through them with more ease and grace.
There are some essences that bring us through a deeper experience with our emotions — inspiring a good cry when we have that heavy feeling of grief in our chest that needs to be released, or allowing us to access an emotion that we’ve repressed, so that we can process it and let it go. Many essences are incredible helpful when used in conjunction with shadow work.
There are also essences that are lighter, which help us feel more playful, enhance our creativity, and allow us to enjoy life more fully.
Working with flower essences gives you the opportunity to get to the root of the main issue you’re experiencing, so that you can take steps toward resolving it. Instead of numbing or sedating you, they allow you to feel like yourself again — so you can blossom into the empowered person you are truly meant to be.
While not specifically for physical ailments, the alleviation of emotional pain, stress & anxiety can sometimes offer us relief physically — and can give our body the opportunity to tap into its ability to heal itself. The location of our pain can give us clues about what needs to be released emotionally as well.
Flower remedies are beneficial to people of all ages (from infants to elders), and I love that they can also be given to animals. Jason and I have been working as pet-sitters for many years (individually at first, and now as a team), and we’ve been giving custom blends to the pets we’ve been caring for, with great results. They work well for separation anxiety, fears, attention seeking / aggressive behaviors, jealousy, etc. Giving flower essences to animals makes it clear that there is more than the placebo effect at play.
I’ve had an opportunity to train with some incredible teachers over the years, and have been using flower essences personally for almost a decade.
The first essence I tried was Bach’s white chestnut, which immediately helped calm down my racing thoughts.
Since it worked so well, I set out to learn as much as I could about flower remedies — to get an understanding of the nuances of each flower, and to get a better idea of how they work synergistically when combined. I’m now trained in their use internally, as well as topically on specific acupressure points (which is known as floral acupuncture.)
They’ve been a wonderful support as I’ve worked though trauma, anxiety, self-limiting beliefs and fears.
Flower essences have helped me trust more in my inner knowing, giving me the confidence to make better choices.
As a highly sensitive person, they’ve helped me to be less affected by other peoples energy, and have enabled me to establish stronger boundaries.
They’ve helped me release excessive feelings of guilt & shame, and work through anger & resentment. They’ve supported me during moments of despair, or the “dark night of the soul”.
With their help, I’ve been able to get more centered, strengthening my sense of self & self-worth after many experiences of emotional abuse. They’ve given me the focus, motivation & courage to move forward during times when I’ve felt stuck in life. I’ve found them to be extremely beneficial when doing inner child work & reparenting.
It makes me so happy that I have the opportunity to be a bridge between this lovely natural healing modality and people & animals who can benefit from it, especially since they’re not as widely known in the US as they are in other countries.
Similar in some ways to homeopathic remedies, flower essences are highly diluted. Their actions can be subtle, and they don’t work biochemically in the same way that herbs do, but — like music — they can balance & heal us on a vibrational, or energetic level. As someone with a healthy amount of skepticism, I can understand how this might not make sense to those who are naturally more left-brained. However, some things can’t be measured or fully explained with the scientific instruments & tools us humans have created, and need to be experienced to be fully understood. So, if you’re curious, I invite you to give flower essences a try, so you can test & verify them for yourself.
Treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of enhanced emotional well-being. Click here to find out how you can get started!
Photo by Jason Clary
*Please note: I’m happy to work on a sliding scale for anyone in need. Feel free to get in touch so we can work something out that will best suit your needs.
If you have any questions about flower essences or are not sure if they’ll be helpful for you, feel free to reply to this email and let me know what you’re currently going through or working toward. I’ll give you my honest opinion about whether or not I think flower remedies will be a good fit for you — and I’ll let you know if I believe another professional or a different type of therapy/modality would better suit your needs.
I’m rooting for you! (and your pets!)
(also known as Paige)
p.s: A birthday request: If I’ve created a flower essence blend for you or your pet and you’ve found it to be beneficial, I would be so very grateful if you could get in touch and send a short testimonial that I can share. Thank you in advance!
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