Holiday Survival

Now is a great time to introduce you to flower essences. They are wonderful little tools I have in my tool box and that each of you can use as well. In fact some should be in your bathroom cabinet for year round use.

We all look forward to the holiday season with varying emotions. We can swing from the innocent excitement of childhood to the absolute dread of the upcoming family gathering on a moment’s notice. Add to that all the push from advertisers to buy more than we feel comfortable with and the flurry of social obligations at this time of year, and it’s not a wonder we often end up anxious, depressed and stuffing our faces with food (and stuffing those emotions). This year, let flower essences come to your rescue.

What are flower essences? Flower essences are exquisite gifts from nature that act as messengers of inner health and harmony. They are liquid infusions of individual plants . Through the infusion process, the liquid picks up the specific imprinting of the substance that responds to balancing, repairing and rebuilding imbalances on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. They are potentized, vibrational remedies that derive their beneficial powers from the inherent life forces of the plant. Flower essences act as catalysts in the healing process rather than suppressing or controlling symptoms.Flower essences work on a vibrational level. Each flower has a distinct signature described by its color, smell, shape and when, where and how it grows and blooms. This signature defines the flower’s particular therapeutic value. Each flower has a unique energy pattern associated with its signature that directly corresponds to our body’s electrical and nervous systems. The plant’s energy patterns travel to the parts of our system that are out of balance, overloaded, short circuited or in need of life force energy. The flower essences have the ability to balance and change our energy patterns, opening the door to a new, positive and expanded outlook. For more info on flower essences go to:

Let’s look into the holiday survival kit. The first remedy that one should always have available is either Bach’s Rescue Remedy or FES’s Five Flower Formula. This is my “Don’t leave home without it” formula. I literally carry it in my purse and glove box. This remedy is extremely effective for any type of stress, trauma or emergency. I have used this in so many cases with people, animals and plants.

So, what kind of stress, trauma or emergency might we encounter during the holidays? Hmm… let’s see. There’s the third grade class play that your child (or you) is stressing over, the family disagreements that always seem to arise when loving families gather, screaming kids, barking dogs. It’s the first holiday meal you are preparing for your in-laws, being dragged along to carry bags on Black Friday. Maybe being at the receiving end of dear Auntie’s criticism or the family member that has had one too many and wants to drag up all the ill will since you were two and your inner child is screaming and having it’s own tantrum. These are all good applications for Rescue Remedy or Five Flower Formula by FES. A few quick drops under your tongue and you can relax and let it all slide off your back like a duck with rain.

I don’t want to put any attention on the major things that may call for the use of Rescue Remedy, Law of Attraction being what it is. Let’s just suffice it to say, the this remedy is extremely helpful in emergency situations to keep a person or a pet from going into shock until they can acquire medical treatment.

There are other great remedies for use during the holidays. Chamomile is great for emotional overwhelm. And Dill is great when the kids are in total overwhelm from all that is going on around them. And for the Night Before Christmas when you’re trying to get the little ones to sleep, a combo of Chamomile and White Chestnut with a little Lavender should lull them to sleep or my Sweet Dreams formula. And of course this combo will help Mom in her kerchief and Dad in his cap, relax as well.

For those who take on too many responsibilities during the holidays there is Hornbeam and Centaury. Hornbeam is for taking on of too many tasks and Centaury is what I call my “Just say NO” remedy. And to draw this to a close, for those who seem to feel bombarded with everyone else’s stuff, from Uncle Fred to the masses in the mall, I suggest my Aura Bubble formula. Aura Bubble and Sweet Dreams are available at

I’d be happy to assist you with your flower essence needs. Just email me at

Here’s wishing everyone a calm and joyous holiday season.

Mitakuye Oyasin (A Lakota prayer as a reminder that we are all related),