Plant Essences are earth medicine for the soulJul 09, 2021
You may already be familiar with Bach Flower Essences in particular Bach’s Rescue Remedy, a blend of plant essences to help you find calm in times of stress. Every plant has its own unique attributes and vibrational energy and over the years I have developed a range of Plant Essences & Elixir blends, all made from plants growing in my organic gardens, or from nearby forests and parks.
When I lived in the UK I was lucky enough to study at the Bach Centre and have been using his essences for many years. But over time my own relationship with medicinal plants, especially those growing on our property in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand has deepened and evolved into a very loving and respectful communion with Nature. Now, not only do I understand the therapeutic benefits of many plants, I also see their energetic aspects and their own unique characters shining through and so it became inevitable that I would start to develop my own library of essences.
Now, not only do I understand the therapeutic benefits of many plants, I also see their energetic aspects and their own unique characters shining through and so it became inevitable that I would start to develop my own library of essences. - Georgina
Edward Bach created essences from the plants and trees that grew around his cottage in Oxfordshire. Likewise, I have created the Archeus Plant Essences & Elixirs from plants and trees growing in my gardens and nearby. They are all plants I have come to know on a variety of levels: their physical presence and their attributes of form, scent, fruit, leaf, beauty, taste, medicine; their place in healing texts and wise women advice going back through the centuries; their response to the seasons and their energetic characters.
Most of the essences I have collected are introduced species and most all have been recognised for their beneficial therapeutic properties – from the salicylic acid in Oak from which asprin is derived, to the soothing and lump reducing properties of violet (currently being studied in Europe for its possibility as an anti-tumour drug).
You see that many of the Plant Essences I have made available have a distinctly womanly quality to them. Proud Evening Primrose who is not afraid to stand out in the crowd, gracious and elegant Silver Birch who is also known in traditional lore as the Lady of the Woods, the big hug of the ‘grandmother’ Hawthorn tree and the power and attitude of Motherwort. This is intentional.
I see so many of my female friends and customers juggling families, caring for loved ones, coping with illness, grieving for things or people they have lost, feeling amazing, feeling terrible, having hearts broken, finding love, going under the knife, recovering from surgery, mourning the decline or demise of a parent, building a business, holding down a job, holding down two jobs. I see so many women having medical interventions that strike right at the heart of what makes us female. I know how powerful it can be living with a sense of oneness with Nature and so I wanted to help women have some of that connection so that Nature can help them, help you, as you journey through life and the transitions you will encounter along the way.
Plant Essences are not about cure and they are not about numbing yourself from pain. Their subtlety or strength largely depends on the user. They connect us energetically to the plant, or plants, they are made from. I find they create a space in which we can literally commune with Nature. Taking time to think about the physical, therapeutic and energetic aspects of a plant and how that may in turn help and support you, can be a powerful meditation or visualisation.
Plant essences also come into their own when used as part of the ways we can care for people facing end of life transitions and I teach ways they can be used in my Natural Carer End of Life Coach and Doula certificate training, as well as in-person workshops and online training on plant essences.
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