Questions about whether Essences can cause negative symptoms, working with Red Shiso, the Vata, Pitta, Kapha trio, and other feedback!

Q: I recently purchased some Red Clover Flower Essence (for panic attacks and anxiety) along with some other Essences from Green Hope Farm. I have noticed that since I began taking the essences that I am experiencing an increase in panic, anxiety and fears. I have also been crying a lot. Is this normal? Do I have the wrong flower essence? Do I need another one? Please help.


A: Red Clover Flower Essence can only give your electrical system information about finding calm and peace because that is the only energetic information the Flower holds.

Additionally, no Flower Essence has the volition or ability to cause panic or a lack of calm. This is because Flower Essences are strictly information and cannot chemically alter your system or cause you to feel negative symptoms.

Instead, Flower Essences offer your electrical system the high vibration pattern of the Flower. If and only if your electrical system thinks it is a good thing for your health and wellbeing to hold this pattern also, your electrical system will copy this information and vibrate at the same higher vibration as the Flower and its Essence.

Your electrical system is always driving the decision making about using the information of a Flower Essence and will only use the information if it serves you and will improve your health and wellbeing.

The reason Flower Essences hold only high vibration patterns is that Flowers are by their nature high in vibration as they hold the highest vibrational and most evolved wisdom of the plant. Since they naturally vibrate at the highest healthiest band of electrical bands they offer us electrical patterns that we can learn from to hold the same high vibrations.

Sometimes it helps to think of Flower Essences as the same energy as the actual Flower just in a different form. If you were standing in a field of Red Clover, those blossoms would hold the same calming information as the bottle of Red Clover Flower Essence. The Red Clover in the field would offer you its sense of peace- no more- just as Red Clover Flower Essence does.

Please keep questions like this coming. I want to address all these concerns. Flower Essences are the safest, most gentle friends and can do no harm- I truly want you all to know this!

Q: I’ll be ordering some more Red Shiso soon and was wondering: when I make mixes, would it be fine to add also some good spring water to the mix, apart from Essences and Red Shiso? I’m making more mixes so that would seem practical. If yes, are there any recommendations regarding the ratio of Red Shiso to water?

A: Good question! I would not add water to the Red Shiso when making a mix of Flower Essences. If you dilute the mix down with water, it may not stabilize as well as full strength Red Shiso.

Sorry to be the bearer of this info! I wish things could work well when water is added but the life force of the Flower Essences is such that they need the Red Shiso full strength to stay potent and fresh.

If you were to make a mix that was going to be used in a few days, water would be fine to add but the mix would only last a few days. One important thing about what kind of water you use: Do not use distilled water as it is actually the minerals and other materials in water that hold the charge of the Flower Essence. Distilled water has none of these minerals so cannot hold the electrical charge of the Flower Essence


Q: This am, I was sitting at my desk waiting for the rain to ease before my run, so I opened up The Things We Cook: A Green Hope Farm Cookbook and started reading the dedication and stories about your three cook inspirations. LOVE this. I had been looking at recipes. Now I feel like I am in the family soup with you knowing the full history. Your grandmother was amazing. I didn’t know Ben was such a badass cook. His recipes look great. What a cool cookbook. You have a way of making us all feel part of your family soup.

A: This is not a question obviously! I include the lovely comment because I want people who have not seen or read our Green Hope Farm Cookbook to know that the Cookbook is a book of stories about my childhood and the adventure of creating Green Hope Farm as much as it is a book of recipes. What I found as I embarked upon this project is that recipes work as a wonderful springboard for telling stories about the beloveds who have been a part of my life and the life of Green Hope Farm!

This is my beloved grandmother Katharine Salmon. Her hair is bobbed as she is just about to become the adventurous thoroughly ahead of her times woman I knew and loved.

Here is Teddy at her family farm in Wolfe’s Neck, Casco Bay, Maine. I love how she is so casually feeding a lamb while managing a St Bernard and her brother Woodie. Teddy is the reason Green Hope Farm is here and the reason I am a good cook! There is lots more about Teddy and my grandmother in the Cookbook.

Another character from life on the farm! Bless you Alli Howe for the fabulous art that FILLS the Cookbook!

Q; I just spotted the Vata, Pitta, Kapha Trio on the website (which is gorgeous, by the way, and must have been a considerable feat to realize) and would like to know more about how it was developed and how it can be used. I am interested in how these essences are used to affect imbalances, either in the individual’s constitution, or under conditions that provoke a particular dosha. In particular, would a Vata use the Vata essence exclusively to rebalance at the exclusion of the other essences (which, for example, might promote more pitta or kappa)?

How do the clients of the practice that they were developed for use them? One at a time – using the essence related to one’s primary dosha, or as a group – employing those that are not one’s constitutional type in order to effect balance?


A: These are relatively new mixes available individually or as a trio. An ayurvedic practice asked us to create these three remedies for the doshas- We had been making custom mixes for their patients for many years and had learned much about the doshas as we did so. After we were asked to make these mixes, we studied more, consulted with our Ayurvedic practitioners friends and of course, got guidance from Angels for the creation of the three mixes- They are intended to balance the doshas- Each addresses a specific dosha.

My understanding about how the Ayurvedic practitioners use this remedy and how we have seen these used is that people have gravitated towards taking the combination remedy that best represents their dosha or their combination of doshas i.e. a Kapha takes Kapha, a Kapha-Vata takes both Kapha and Vata. Each remedy works to help us be the strength of the dosha not the liabilities of the dosha and supports us so we can vibrate at the high end of our constitutional structure not the low end- Taking the remedy for a dosha if it is not our dosha will not make for problems but it will probably not address issues you are apt to have.

Q: I can’t say enough wonderful things about The Arbor Garden!! I had a feral cat show up at my house in January. She was very scared and edgy. I first gave her your Abandonment and Abuse, which really helped calm her down. Then I gave her The Arbor Garden. Suddenly she came in the house and started sleeping at the end of our bed. She’s turned into such a lovey kitty!! She runs up to me when she sees me and can’t get enough loving.
Such an amazing turnaround! And I love it, too!!

A: So not a question here either, but I love this story! One of the first jobs we give new staff ( and we have two new staff right now! more about them soon!) is to open the mail because it is so much FUN and it’s a great way to hear a lot of Flower Essence stories- Email is another way! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! It means the world to all of us!

PS Yes, Ben is working on the search function!!!!! We know it needs to be created! THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE GET THIS DONE!

A Variety of Questions about our Flower Essences

I have begun to get questions for this blog. The following are some that I have received. I have edited the questions slightly to protect people’s anonymity.

Q: Can my Flower Essences go through airport security?

A: Flower Essences can go through airport security without their vibrational information being damaged. I always ask the Angels to keep my Flower Essences safe and protected when I travel as they can be pulled on energetically by people and animals in close proximity to the Essences, and this can drain them of their information. But the machines do not damage them. Someone also asked if their Flower Essences would get confiscated. The bottle size is under the legal limit. I have heard of no one getting their Flower Essences taken from them at the airport.

Q; My rescue dog has gotten very quiet even withdrawn since beginning to take Abandonment & Abuse. My instinct is to keep giving him the Essence. What do you think?

A: Every animal is going to make use of the information a Flower Essence provides in a different way. I had a number of back and forths with this GHF friend about her dog, a 5 year old rescue who had been in his new home with her for 3 months. Ultimately she decided to keep giving him the Flower Essence. We both agreed that the dog was really taking in the information of the Essences to heal, and in that place of deep healing work, he needed the quiet and the space he was taking.

I appreciate how animals have the wisdom to take sanctuary when they are healing versus trying to engage in the world full bore while also doing this healing work. This is something a lot of us people could learn from! It struck me and this dog’s person that he was wisely taking a time out to do the work of healing his trauma and would re-engage in the world when he knew he had done this work. This dog felt to me and to his person to be an extremely wise animal practicing self care while letting old traumas surface to be released.

Here the two newest rescue beloveds at the farm, Sheba and Po, meet at their version of the office water cooler!
Q: What is going on with your Guidebook? Are there still copies available?

A: Yes! Yes! Yes! We DO have copies available and we want to share them with those who want them!

As you may have noticed, we have made a sea change in how we are sharing this book! Quite unexpectedly, the Angels encouraged us to get all our information onto our website and let the Guidebook go. Because I have loved writing and sharing different editions of the Guide during the last 25 years, this guidance reflected a big change for me. However, as the creation of the new website unfolded, I could see that the information on the website, i.e. my rewritten Flower Essence descriptions combined with photographs of the Flowers, really did a wonderful job conveying the energy of the Flower Essences. I fell in love with the whole approach! However we want to have Guides for people who do not have computers or easy access to the internet or for those who love books as I do. So we have kept back what remains of the Guidebook to offer to those who need or want it. We are asking people to pay $10 for the Guidebook from here on out so that only those really interested in reading it will request it.

Q: I have just been told there is a long list of essential oils unsafe for cats and that I should discontinue using your Essences.

A: Flower Essences are not chemicals, and they are not essential oils. They do not contain the actual plant. Instead they are energetic information of the Flower transferred from the Flower into our Red Shiso stabilizer. Red Shiso is a mint and is not toxic to animals. Additionally, it is not necessary to give Flower Essences to animals internally in order for the animal to learn from them. Topical applications or misting Flower Essences mixed with water over the animal and around the animal often work just as well if not better! How to use Essences on the website explains this better. This document explains this in even greater detail

Q: I have two Shelties and we will be moving soon to a new state. What would be best to make this move easier for them? How far ahead of the move should I start giving it to them?

A: New Beginnings and Anxiety are great to give dogs well before a move since they pick up all the energy of the move beforehand and may need reassurance even then. Anxiety is also great for car travel; It helps with motion sickness among other things as does Chinese Hat Plant! Depending on the circumstances, Grief & Loss can be helpful if they miss their old home- but this may not be a factor- It is certainly great for you to take the Essences with them as you are going through a lot also! I like Grounding for after a move. It really helps everyone get grounded in their new home!

Q: I see you have some Flower Essence suggestions in your document Green Hope Farm Flower Essence Suggestions for Common Concerns Do you ever do custom mixes for fertility?

A: We do have many Flower Essences to support fertility concerns- There are some really wonderful Flower Essences for this, and we love supporting people to get pregnant when that is what they want- A custom mix is an excellent way to go and we can explain our choices of Flower Essences if you have any questions- We have done a lot of work on this and love supporting people in this way.

Q: Your new site is BEAUTIFUL but all I want is to look at one Essence and a few others and I’ve been pushing and clicking and decided I like the “old site” better. Please tell me how to get to the simple menu that you had before. I am one who can live wonderfully well without electronics. I am electronicked to death in many ways. Just a simple list for each collection and an empty little “search” box that I can fill in with the name of the essence I want.

A: We are working on creating a search bar. We may also create an alphabetical list of all Essences linked to their pages. We are listening to all your thoughts! The new website is a work in progress. We are adapting from everyone’s feedback both positive and negative. When we began the re-creation of the website, our goal was to make all the information we have about our Flower Essences much more accessible. That is still our goal, and we will be working in the weeks and years to come to improve this website in every way you suggest!

And Finally- This is not really a question but I wanted to share this person’s thoughts about Caretaker from our Animal Wellness collection because I love this remedy so much and sometimes feel it gets lost in amongst all our other offerings. Here is her quote exactly, “It seems to me Caretaker is absolutely essential in mothering. I was out of it for three days and noticed I had anxiety in “what to do” for my baby for the first time since she was born. It really helps with being just completely in tune and harmony with the person you’re caring for. I think it’s really amazing stuff and I think it’s my first “staple” find–the one I will need for the rest of my days!”


Flower Essences for a New Rescue Animal

With so many beloved rescue animals at the farm, we get endless opportunities to put what we know about Flower Essences to good use.

The latest rescue to join us is Po. We have welcomed him with open arms and LOTS OF FLOWER ESSENCES!

Po #1

Po was found in a drainage ditch near where Katie Carpenter lives in Vermont. He had so many burrs on his coat that he could not open his mouth. He was emaciated and in very bad shape. After an extensive search for his original family, he has been taken under Katie’s wing. Quite literally!


He is the sweetest dog. One of our theories is that he was discarded by a puppy mill as his tail was docked but he has a slight problem with his right back leg. No matter what went before, he has found his forever home where Flower Essences and love are flowing like river water!

Po with Katie

I try to simplify giving our animals their Flower Essences, so I mix 2 ounce bottles with everything our animals need. This is what I did for Po when Katie first took him in.


His initial mix contained many Flower Essences.

Abandonment & Abuse- Every rescue can benefit from this mix even when the rescue was many years in the past. It helps to unwind the electrical tangles which early life trauma left in the animal’s electrical system, glitches that can lead to lots of fear based PTSD behaviors. This remedy does profound work but it also takes most rescue animals many months to learn all they can learn from this remedy. I am going to encourage Katie to keep Po on this for at least six months if not longer. This remedy has been central to our work with hundreds of thousands of beloved rescue animals, and I know it will be central to Po’s journey to health and wellbeing.

Digestive Woes- Because Po was so emaciated, the Angels said his journey back to a healthy weight might involve some digestive difficulties. Digestive Woes is in his mix to help with this. He is a very smart dog, nudging Katie’s with his paw whenever he needs to go outside. I am happy to report he has gained weight and is not going outside at night as frequently.

Anxiety and New Beginnings- These two remedies are so important for rescues. They are understandably so anxious and so uncertain about whether this truly could be as good a new beginning as it appears. These two remedies help them feel calmer and more ready to enter into a new life with their new people.

Animal Emergency Care and Recovery- These two remedies really help with the adrenalized and exhausted state most rescues are in. They arrive into our lives exhausted from the trauma they have been through then the stress of their new lives exhausts them further even as their new lives are all good news. Think how often we too have a physical reaction after some traumatic circumstance has occurred. This is true with these beloveds too. The Animal Emergency Care helps ease the over-adrenalized responses, and the Recovery helps restore their whole electrical systems. As the years go on, I find myself reaching for Recovery in more and more situations. It has such a solid, restorative vibration thanks to all the Tree Flower Essences in the mix. It is excellent for so many diverse situations. Here it helps Po recollect himself and find his strength and the fiber of his being.

Run & Play and Watch Your Back- Because of Po’s problems with one of his back legs, I included these two remedies in his mix but I think most rescues can benefit from these two. Run & Play will help with all orthopedic issues an animal faces, and the Watch Your Back is something we have seen help with all hind end issues. It gets energy back to the end of the animal’s spine so maximum healing can occur.

Healthy Coat- This was to help Po’s coat recover from all the burrs, but it also soothes the internal tissues of the digestive track so it was good for him as he returns to eating food after many weeks without enough food.

Golden Armor- You didn’t think I was going to do a post without mentioning this one did you? OF COURSE NOT! This one is important for so many reasons. Po needs sanctuary as he collects himself and moves forward into life with the most wonderful new person. This gives him personal space as he engages with a complicated but wonderful new world. And as any of you who have read anything I have been saying about the world and this remedy since its creation in 2001, this remedy gives animals information they need about how to buffer out all the dissonance of the modern world’s technology. This is incredibly important information for all of us, most especially the animals who hear and feel this dissonance so much more than we do.

Po loves his Flower Essence mix and cheerfully licks it from Katie’s hands. We have been lucky enough to have Katie bring Po to work with her this week. He has played with Grace and Sheba as if they are old chums and helped us with all office tasks including loading 54,000 bottles into the barn on Wednesday! Welcome Po!

Po with Sheba and Grace
Po with Sheba and Grace in the gardens.


Po helps load the last of the bottles into the barn. We are officially ready for winter!


Po & Katie. A Happy New Beginning for them both!

Friendship in a Baggie

Last night, webmaster Ben connected me to the Ask_Molly emails but before I begin to weigh in on your questions, let me share with you a slice of life at the farm.

A small eternity ago a couple of months ago, I was given a baggie full of starter mix for something called Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread from one of Ben’s friends who lives in Boston.


This foamy bag of sugar, milk, flour and yeast is mushed in its baggie for ten days before use. Extra sugar, flour and milk are added on day five with two loaves of a sort of cinnamon coffee cake the reward on day ten.

Each time the yeasty mix is ready for baking, I end up with bread AND three new baggies of starter to share so others can have their own Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread . This sharing is the nightmare friendship part of the bread.

For a few rounds of the bread cycle, this sharing was manageable fun. I foisted off gave a bag to everyone in the Green Hope Farm office. The post office was also a good dump gifting zone because I never knew who I might run into. There was always someone who would in a weak moment of zero foresight do as I did and gladly receive friendship in a baggie.

In a light bulb moment of desperation I sent Jim to his school to share baggies of the starter. I expected this lifeline to last for months as he has fifty colleagues. What I failed to consider was that once he gave starter baggies to even a couple of his fellow teachers, they too would have their own baggies to share. This well of victims dried up very very fast.

In fact, Jim tells me that everywhere in the school there are platters of Friendship cake, Friendship cupcakes and Friendship loaves. Additionally, so many people have accosted him with friendship baggies he feels like running down the halls without meeting anyone’s eyes.

Do they all know that he started this complete preoccupation with a not very good bread and its problem progeny?

I must confess to considering asking if any of you wanted a baggie in with your orders of Flower Essences, but I didn’t want to make my solution your problem, nor did I want this very lively starter mix to explode in transit all over your Flower Essences.

Today is day ten of my latest bread cycle. That sounds creepy doesn’t it? To put it more politely- Yum Yum! Its time to get baking!

The original recipe called for a large box of instant vanilla pudding. You could probably track the movement of this bread dough epidemic by sales in instant vanilla pudding. When I went to a big chain grocery store to stock up on the pudding, I found the shelves bare where the pudding was usually shelved. Being an ace detective, I knew this meant the Friendship Bread outbreak had left our little village and gone on to ruin the lives and preoccupy the thoughts of people all over our region.

Suddenly that gift from Ben’s friend in Boston makes more sense. Of course, Matt needed to leave town and visit friends in the countryside with his baggies of starter. There probably isn’t a single gullible person in Boston who doesn’t have the millstone of Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread hanging around his or her neck.

People of Boston, I sympathize!

So anyways, I have decided to do what I should have done weeks ago. Today, Grace’s second birthday, I am making my last Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread for a midmorning snack then I am throwing away the starter. By now I have adapted the recipe to nix the impossible to find instant vanilla pudding and to change it from bland bread into the excellent Fruit Cobbler from the Green Hope Farm Cookbook.

I will serve the fluffed up Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread at the office birthday party. I will pretend to not notice people gagging at the idea of more Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread.

Maybe they won’t recognize it in the cobbler disguise?


Fat chance of this as I shared last week’s faux Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread/ Fruit Cobbler with them………In fact, this could be a photo of a left over piece of the cobbler. It is a much better cobbler when made according to the recipe in the cookbook and WITHOUT a baggie of friendship.

Oh well…..Who eats any of the snacks at a birthday party anyways?

After the party, I will throw all baggies of friendship away. All of them. Even the one I am supposed to save for myself for my next batch.

Webmaster Ben wants me to practice my hyperlink skills in my blogs so here are the Flower Essences I am going to take today to help me make the break. They are all linked to their pages on the website. Be impressed Ben. It is amazing I can think about anything else given all my problems with Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread.

Alex Mackenzie Rose It is going to take courage to do what I need to do today and this Rose Essence will help me dump and run.

Heliotrope No guilt here as I find freedom from the bread- and yes, I will fix the picture of Heliotrope on the website as this is not really a photo of Heliotrope but Sedum with some Heliotrope almost not showing.

Love It and Leave It Never was there a better moment for this one as I literally love it and leave it!

Don’t Worry-Bee Happy Yes! I will not worry about the poor baggie of starter I am about to wash down the sink. I will remember that thanks to me, 6 zillion other baggies of friendship live on in my little village!

Gratitude I will try to remember this friendship with Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread with a grateful heart. It thickened my waistline, it brought me friends who ran when they saw me with my baggies, but yes, it also gave me laughs. Thank you Tyranny Bread Amish Friendship Bread. It was nice to know you and to let you go.

Ask Molly #1

As we prepare to launch the new site tomorrow, I was asked, “Tell me one of the things you particularly like about the new site?”

There are so many things, but one change I am really looking forward to is a new link to an Ask Molly email address. This will provide you with a way to send me the questions you’d like to see me tackle in a blog.

I am certain I won’t be able to keep up with this email, but I look forward to trying. I am excited at the adventure involved in answering your questions not just in one on one correspondence but as a more general conversation with everyone reading the blog. Your questions, comments, stories and insights have always been a treasure and a surprise. I’ve often answered your emails and letters and thought I would like to share the conversation with everyone. I look forward to having a more organized way to do this.Here’s a comment that came in the mail today that I have chosen as the place to begin the Ask Molly blogs- I know it is probably not the most expected place to begin, but that is what (I hope) will be exciting about the Ask Molly blogs. I have no idea where they will take us!

So here is an excerpt from a letter received today from a long time GHF friend and customer.

“Many moons ago I ordered an Essence whose blueprint helped one with celibacy…I started using the Essence and after a few days found strangers, cash register clerks, the mailman, construction workers at the apartment complex- just all sorts of environments- well, I started getting flirtatious comments. Now, I am far, far from what I once looked like and, in fact, for years have “worked” at a dowdy appearance. So- what was going on here? Duh! Well it took me a few weeks for the thought: “The Essence? Can’t be. It’s supposed to assist someone with celibacy.”

Molly, it became also obvious to a friend as we had lunch together one day-the young waiter’s comments. I stopped using the Essence and about a week later I once again became invisible. Reading your Blog today that the website will be up and running on the 21st, I hope because the common list no longer lists celibacy the Essence definition has changed.

I was so thrown by the coincidence of taking the Essence for one reason yet experiencing the opposite reaction happening, I put the bottle away… If the Essence in question is still recommended to help with celibacy; well- I am one client it didn’t work for.

Yes, the Essence was telling me “not for you; this Essence is not for you.” Yet my story of working with the Essence is too funny to go unheard. From my experience the Essence description should include something about “attracting the opposite sex.”

The Flower Essence in question is Wood Betony from our Green Hope Farm Additional Flower Essence List. As soon as I read this letter, I went to check what the list said about this Flower Essence.

I take my conversations with the Flowers and the Angels very seriously and work very hard to convey what the Flower wants expressed about its Essence. I was worried I had gotten it wrong! Therefore, I was deeply relieved by the definition and will now contact this GHF friend to tell her that I am not sure the Essence was telling her “not for me” so much as perhaps the energy of the Essence was clarifying something about her choice of celibacy.

Well, read for yourself from the definition below to see what you think!

Wood Betony- Pedicularis canadensis The first place I visited with this Flower was in the Canterbury, NH Shaker herb gardens. Its presence in the gardens of this celibate community offers an indication of this Flower’s gifts. Wood Betony helps reconcile conflicts in how to use our sexual energy. In particular, it clarifies issues around the choice of celibacy. If celibacy is chosen, it is meant to be an experience of inner calm not agonizing struggle. This Essence helps us know if we are genuinely called to this path and if so, the Essence helps us stay peaceful in this choice. Wood Betony’s gifts are broader than this service, as one Green Hope friend commented, “Helps release on a very deep level long held old emotional trauma. Offers a feeling of being very secure and protected during the release. You feel it work and your body feels more expansive afterwards” P.L., Richmond, VA

This is the descriptions exactly as it is on the Additional Flower Essence List on the new website. I don’t know why Wood Betony is not listed on the Flower Essence Suggestions for Common Concerns List on the new website. When overworked web coder Ben has a moment, I will make sure this Essence is back listed on the list as “helpful for clarifying issues around the choice of celibacy”.

As far as the definition goes, I am going to leave it as it is……. maybe with a comment from this Green Hope friend’s letter if she okays it!!!!!

PS Tomorrow this blog will be relaunched- perhaps this is why this post is posting with a variety of fonts not of my choosing or within my abilities to correct!

As a community of Flowers, Angels, Nature Spirits, Dogs, Cats and even some People, Green Hope Farm can be a funny place……and I love telling you all about it!