Saturday, February 24, 2007

Vacation Time for Me! Feb.25-March 1st

Well, Mom & I heading to Chicago for a few days of sight-seeing! Yes, great places like the Field museum and the Shedd Aquarium are calling my name! Of course, I wish that they weren't calling it in February. Just a tad chilly there this time of year! But, hey, who would want to be indoors in nice weather anyway! I'm really looking forward to seeing the Contemporary Art museum, as well as finding that superb slice of Chicago deep-dish pizza! (packed my Lactaid already!)
I'm also hoping that the hotel room, which has a little kitchen in it, also has a good-sized bathtub!Our tub at home is really shallow, and I just can't get a good soak in there. I'm bringing all my bath fizzies and stuff, just in case!

I don't know if I'll be able to post when I'm there. The hotel supposedly has a business suite , but I don't know what's available. If not, I'll just see you here when I get back!
Have a great week, and don't forget to visit the new featured Etsy sellers for this week!

Friday, February 23, 2007

I wish

I wish that I could look outside and see my garden in full flower, and my yard full of GREEN!!!!

I thought that if you were in New England, you might want that too!
Just in case, here's some photos I've taken, in the past, to brighten up your day.
All these flowers are the first to bloom here!
~Lilacs, Pansies, Lupine, Azalea, and Laurel~

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Flower Essences

One of the turning points in my life, as an herbalist, came the day I made my first flower essence. It was in the Summer and the Lady's Mantle was in full flower. I was at one of my herbal apprenticeship class weekends. Keep in mind that this was over a decade ago! I was having my heart and mind opened with all kinds of new ideas about the ways of healing spirits.
Making that essence awakened within me a link to my intuitive side, as a healer.

And that is what flower essences are~ imbibing water with the healing spirit of a plant. This can be done using both solar and lunar influences. For making flower essences, I prefer using the Sun, but for making gem elixirs, I like to use the Moonlight (but that is another post altogether).

I have made dozens of individual flower essences with flowers from my garden, and those from other gardens around Massachusetts. I have formulated blends for various problems. you can find all of my currently available blends on my website, in the Flower Essence section.
The solarized essence contains the vibrational patterns of flowers. These patterns help to heal imbalances in your body's energy systems on emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. Essences are catalysts for healing, helping you to be able to experience shifts in patterns of behavior, the way you view yourself and your place in the world, as well as very real physical changes. Most essences engage the healing process in subtle, yet ultimately profound ways. Some essences are formulated for very quick action, such as dealing with an emergency or panic.

To use an essence, you just take two or three drops under the tongue, in a beverage, directly on your skin, or in a bath. While a couple of drops may not seem like much, keep in mind that the vibrational patterns of the flowers and crystals will spread out as on a grid, to fill any container including your body! Essences may be used in conjunction with other healing modalities. There are no side effects or contra-indications, nor can they be neutralized by other substances. It is not possible to over-dose on an essence. Usually, an essence is taken for at least one month, then the healing process is assessed and adjustments in the formula are made, if necessary. Store your essences out of the light, and away from essential or fragrance oils.

Private consultations for flower essence and gem elixir blends are available in person, by phone or email. We would talk about the healing work that you want to do, and then I will make a custom essence for you. Most consultations take about an hour or less. If you are interested in a custom blend, just send me an email!

For alcohol-sensitive people: Although flower essence blends are preserved in brandy and spring water, the essence is used in a diluted state. Dilution of two to four drops in a large glass or water or water bottle, will yield a physiologically insignificant amount of alcohol, about 1:4,800 parts in 8 ounces.