Common Issues with Suggestions for Flower Essences to Consider, part one

We hear you about feeling overwhelmed by all the possible Flower Essence choices.

Here is a (relatively) simple list of issues that crop up frequently, followed by some suggestions for Flower Essences that offer vibrational wisdom about these issues.

First, I give the issue in capital letters. Then I list some Essences to consider.

In parenthesis, I note some strengths of the suggested Essence. If I do not write anything in parenthesis, it’s because I think the name speaks for itself or it’s a strong general practitioner with many, many strengths.

Please let me know what other issues you’d like to see in future lists.

All Ego Contracts Null & Void
White Nicotiana (aka Flowering Tobacco)
Banana ( sugar cravings)
Smoke Signals ( new mix for quitting smoking)

Outburst ( support to release our anger in benign ways)
Mary Queen of Scots Rose ( help to resolve inner as well as outer conflict)
Coral Aloe ( for high drama, firestorms or heated arguments)
Orange ( help to de-escalate our emotions or arguments)
Feverfew ( support to restore peace)

Honeybees in White Hawthorn ( electrical balance, hormonal balance)
Sunflower ( help being human and divine at the same time)
Maple, Banana, or Omey Island ( balance of yin and yang)
Rose a Parfum de l’Hay or Ginger ( balanced attitude towards worldly possessions)
Black Cohosh or Chives ( balance of inner male and female)
Pomegranate ( balance of female creativity)
Eyes of Mary ( balanced assessment of events)
Trillium ( balance of spiritual seeking and spiritual integration)

Old Blush China Rose ( feeling physically safe)
Pink Tecoma ( comfort like a love blanket)
Arbor Garden ( feeling oneness and harmony, big picture Flower Essence)
Sarah Van Fleet Rose ( balm for shattered nerves)
Pink Water Lily ( unburdening our heartaches, consolation)
Autograph Tree at Coole Park ( comfort for dreamers, visionaries, mystics, rebels, poets…)

All Ego Contracts Null & Void

Blackberry ( depression that is cyclic or hard to get to the bottom of)
Borage ( helps us find the courage to go on)
Cucumber ( weepy emotional depressions)
Bramble from Ireland ( help to feel the glass is half full)
Rosa Mundi ( spiritual weariness)
Mustard from research list ( deep seated depression)
Montbretia from Ireland ( fire energy for people with too much depressive water energy)

Emergency Care

Scarlet Runner Bean ( help to face our fears)
Red Clover ( help with panic)
Old Blush China Rose ( help to feel physically safe)
Emergency Care ( if someone is sick or hurt, this helps us stay calm and able to help)
Nuuphretia Lavarissa ( helps us feel both comforted and fearless)

Grief & Loss
Maltese Cross ( when we are torn apart by extreme events)
Omey Island ( when there is nothing we can do but make peace with loss or limitations)
Cherokee Trail of Tears ( consolation and support throughout arduous loss experiences)
Pink Tecoma ( comfort Essence when life feels like too much)

The need for this one can be hard to recognize if you’re not grounded so consider this one if life feels unreal, you don’t feel present in all parts of your body, your thoughts dwell on the past or future not in the present, or you feel spaced out ie most people can learn something from this one!!!

Grounding ( mix that includes many tree Essences because trees are so well rooted)
Corn ( traditional remedy for grounding wisdom)
Yellow Water Lily ( especially helpful for staying grounded during emotional times)

Hyssop ( helps replace guilt with understanding of what we have learned)
Heliotrope ( self forgiveness)
Violet transmuting Flame ( tool for individual and global forgiveness work)
Clitoria Ternatea from St. John ( sexual guilt)
Crab Apple ( helps release of self loathing, judgments, and despair)
Buddleja ( release of past life guilt)

The Fairy Rose (dolphin joy, laughter, innocent pleasure in life)
Zinnia ( enduring delight and happiness)
Ice Plant ( help to find our bliss)
Borage ( help to choose happiness)
Peach ( all about Love)
Morning Glory ( opens us to happiness)
Irish Heaths from Ireland ( good cheer even amidst difficult circumstances)
Bacopa Monieri from St. John (physical happiness)
Wild Fuschia from Ireland ( helps restore magic, childlike joy)
Wild Tamarind from St. John ( re-ignites passion for and enjoyment of daily life)
Wild Pink Azalea from research list ( a dancing, fairy celebration Essence)

Run & Play ( includes Boneset, Coltsfoot and many Essences offering healing wisdom)
Emergency Care ( helps stabilize electrical system in acute situations or long term crises)
Recovery ( offers information for long term mending and finding our strength again)

Omey Island from Ireland ( acceptance of loss or constriction in our daily life)
Rain of Gold ( abundance, manifestation)
Devil’s Bit Scabiosa ( acceptance of physical limitation)
Sea Campion from Ireland ( helps us to receive as well as give)
Tree Peony ( feeling one with everything, therefore part of a generous universe)

Lemon ( clear thinking)
Spiderwort ( sorting data, discernment)
Shrimp Plant ( integrating data)
Maple or Grounding ( support to be present in learning situation)
Bottle Gentian (help to focus even in a busy classroom)

The Sacred Feminine
The Sacred Masculine
Phoenix Rising
New Beginnings

To Thine Own Self Be True
Sage ( help to know where are you on the map of your life)
Russian Sage ( help to know where you are on the map in emergency situations)
West Indian Sage ( following the bead inward towards divine self knowledge)
Belerephon of the Open Door ( new opportunities, new clarity about life direction)
Turnera ( clarity about purpose)
White Orchid from the Burren ( clarity about most important spiritual tasks in your life)
Maiden Apple from St. John ( reclaiming inner wisdom)

She Changes


The Alignment Garden (marshals our inner resources, aligns us with our divine self)
Golden Armor (buffers out electrical dissonance, helps us harmoniously raise our vibrations)

Joe Pye Weed ( giving it all to God)
The Sunflower Spiral ( helps us see the people there to support us)
Caretaker ( support for people who care for others)
To Hear the Angels Sing ( to know and experience your spiritual support system)

Golden Armor ( when we feel raw, this buffers stimulus out so we get a chance to recover)
Feverfew or Sarah Van Fleet Rose ( balm for nerves)
Watch Your Back ( information for entire chakra system and light system)
Recovery ( restorative)
Healthy Coat ( developed for skin & hair, also helps soothe inflamed situations of all kinds)

Vitality ( support for the heart chakra as well as issue of general vitality)
Rosa Mundi ( spiritual exhaustion)
The Alignment Garden ( helps us receive more life force energy or prana)
Recovery ( extremely versatile remedy for all sorts of recovery situations)

Love Prevails ( helps us feel the underlying reality of love)
Joe Pye Weed ( help to surrender our burdens)
Spiderwort ( helps us in a pragmatic way to sort through and process our life situations)

Golden Armor ( helps us buffer out modern technology’s dissonant vibrations)
Lady’s Mantle ( cradles our creations until we are ready to let them be born)
Lavender ( children particularly like its soft protective vibration)
White Yarrow ( electro magnetic protection)
Flee Free ( help to rebuff all sorts of pests)

Partridgeberry ( productive, harmonious partnerships, enjoyment of differences)
Papaya, ( support to work out sexual differences in romantic relationship)
Escallonia from Ireland ( navigate ups & downs of romantic relationships w/o self judgment)
Sea Aster from Ireland ( help to see the best in a romantic partner)

Sweet Pea (by far our most popular Flower Essence for help with sleep issues)
Ladies Bedstraw (protection around etheric field so sleep is more restful)
Ladies Bedstraw from Ireland (helps us release mental tangles so we sleep better)

Golden Armor
Emergency Care

Flow Free

Thyme from Omey Island

The family river trio of:
Black Currant ( support to dump family garbage from your energy system)
Bloodroot ( help to see divine family strengths)
Borage ( courage to do this work)

Rosa Glauca ( seeing more clearly in murky circumstances)
Eyes of Mary (seeing the overview with loving detachment)
Bottle Gentian ( seeing clearly and calmly during tumultuous events)
Carrot (clear focus)
Eyebright from our research list ( energized revitalized sight)

RSS Feed or How you can know when I post a Blog

My web master Ben wants me to tell you all that, “The best way to connect to our RSS feed is to go to an RSS reading website like, register for an account, and subscribe to That should do the trick.”

I asked him what trick that would be. He said this would alert people to when I have blogged. How about when I floss?

February “Vacation” Week

Jim, my husband, teaches sixth grade. Will, my son, is in fifth grade. This is February vacation week for both of them, but I think Will is actually having a bit more of a vacation experience than Jim.

Jim is renovating our pantry/laundry center/storage of miscellaneous items room. You know the room. You may have one yourself. It’s not exactly a showpiece.

Jim started vacation week with a weekend dash to Connecticut to visit his mother. He didn’t ask those of us who remained at our posts to prep for his “vacation project” but we decided to pitch in any ways. Even after I convinced him to do half this project now and half during his April vacation, it felt like what he had planned for phase one was a bit ambitious, as in no time for eating or sleeping.

One child and I spent Sunday taking all the food out of the pantry, sorting it by categories, and putting the sorted boxes in our playroom. Several other children, who will remain nameless, spent the day rooting through the boxes for the food necessary to sustain themselves through an arduous day of sleeping in and having friends over.

When Jim arrived home on Monday morning, he went right to his work zone. Within hours all the miscellaneous stuff I hadn’t sorted was deposited in our living room. After all, the playroom was already full. Jim also demolished the pantry floor and most of the pantry shelving too. He was a man with a mission.

We call our pantry “Jim’s office”. When he wants to have a tete a tete within any of us, he calls us into the pantry with the words, “Please step into my office.” This is his undisputed headquarters. Why? Because St. Jim does the laundry.

The room was under designed for our group. Before Monday, it contained a teeny tiny table for laundry sorting, shelves too narrow for anything but a modest volume of food, and a multi purpose area whose life story would be entitled “A Place who does too Much.” We had only two small children when we designed and built the house. At one point this past weekend, there were eight young adults in residence. You do the math.

The aesthetics of Jim’s office were none too hot either. The pantry was assembled on a shoestring budget. Asbestos tiles seemed like a real splurge. On Monday morning, I noted Jim’s glee as he tossed one splurge after another out of the pantry and onto a trash heap.

Monday night found Jim spackling the sheet rock holes left when he pulled off the shelving. This was in preparation for repainting the room Tuesday. I supervised his spackling for a very few moments then joined the rest of the family in front of the TV for some Olympic knitting. It was convenient that snacks could be reached without leaving our seats. I tried not to wig out that people had been messing with my sorting systems. The box of chocolate foods was moved closer. That kept me quiet.

Tuesday was a haze of paint fumes, wiring problems, trips to Jim’s favorite hardware store, and pleasant searches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ingredients. The big drama of the day was a small flood at midnight. One child, who will remain nameless, suddenly realized that life on this planet would not continue unless a certain piece of her wardrobe was washed and dried immediately. The washer and dryer that had been moved for construction reasons were pushed back towards their original position, but not quite. Sadly, a drainage pipe disengaged from the out take pipe and the pantry flooded. More laundry was created while mopping the newly exposed plywood sub floor.

I have no idea what will happen today. Jim has come through our office once to check that we haven’t suffered any power outages. Apparently the main house has experienced some problems. I thought it best not to ask for details.

Jim’s mania for doing everything himself should not come as a surprise to me. He comes by it honestly. I met Jim when we were both eleven. He was the new boy in my fifth grade class, having just moved from Jamestown, Rhode Island to Mansfield Center, Connecticut where I grew up. It took me until I was seventeen to get his attention, but it was worth the effort.

The first time his family’s Do It Yourself ethic came to my notice was Thanksgiving vacation of my senior year in high school. Jim came to my house, late for a date, with some strange story of being held up because his father and uncle had everyone in the family fixing a septic system problem by carrying five gallon buckets of you know what up into the woods behind his house. My mind boggled. Still does, actually.

My family of origin was the exact opposite. No one fixed anything. Until then, I had not realized what a shiftless bunch of relatives I had. Once I met the Sheehans it was inescapably obvious that we were a pampered group. For starters, my mother had an ironing lady, cleaning lady, painter on retainer, lawn person, team of builders, and a stone mason. Jim’s mom had herself.

Thank goodness for the Sheehan family’s talents and willingness to roll up their sleeves and help with any task. Jim’s father and uncle wired our house. They showed Jim how to do all the plumbing. The two men also taught him how to frame, roof, insulate a house, do finish carpentry and execute all the other tasks associated with building a house . Basically they were on unpaid retainer for several years. The women in the Sheehan family also pitched in by endlessly sweeping the construction site and helping me shingle the outside of the house. We never could have done it without them.

Nowadays, it’s a little hard to get Jim to slow down his project mania. Once it was a necessity. Now, I point out, it’s an option. The house is wonderfully livable. The office building is fabulous. Jim remains unconvinced that there can be a pause in projects. His favorite conversation is what to do with the kitchen when he blows out the south wall of the house and makes it bigger by 120 square feet or so. Meanwhile, I would rather knit than clean a bigger house.

Good news! I have just seen Jim and Will go by the office windows on their way somewhere. Will reports they are going to a movie! Its 1:30 pm and they are going to the movies! After 26 years of marriage, Jim is having a unSheehan moment!

Flower Essences that get the Party started!

The specific terrain, season, community of surrounding vegetation, micro climate as well as the bio-region where a Flower grows affect a Flower and its Flower Essence.

Plants grown under similar conditions in similar micro climates often have Flower Essences that share common strengths.

I hope to eventually write about many different micro climates and the Flower Essences from these places. First, I thought I would look to some Green Hope Farm early spring bloomers for examples of these two principles.

People, myself included, often ask why Green Hope Farm is rooted in this chilly spot. This blog is going to suggest at least one reason: Our harsh climate results in Flower Essences with strong healing vibrations because the Flowers themselves have to be strong to survive our extreme weather. This is a general principle about Flower Essences made here.

Winters here typically include temperatures to 30 below zero. There is virtually no geographic barriers between us and the north pole. The winds that blow across our gardens in the winter literally bring us arctic cold. Snow insulates the plants but during winters when there is little snow and the usual cold, the plants have to survive without the protection of the snow. Our Flowering plants have to be very tough to survive. These survival skills are part of their vibrational gifts to us.

Flowering plants in our climate also must accommodate radical shifts in temperature as well as extreme cold. Lows of 30 below and highs in the 100’s mean plants must adapt to a temperature swing of over 130 degrees in order to survive. Consider how different this is than a Caribbean climate where the temperature swing is about 40 degrees. Consequently, the Flowers from Green Hope Farm and their Essences embody an incredible flexibility and adaptability. This is a second general principle about Flower Essences made here.

Let’s consider in particular the Flowers that bloom here during the coldest months of late fall, winter, and early, early spring and see what specific gifts they offer as Flower Essences.

Onto a winter landscape, certain Flowers break forth into vibrant, bold blossom when everything else appears dead. Some of the Flower Essences that we make from these early blooming dynamos include Daffodil, Magnolia, Maple, Bloodroot, Forsythia, Wild Ginger, Hepatica, February Daphne, Witch Hazel, and Snowdrop.

When a Flower blooms while other plants are dormant, it reveals different strengths than Flowers that bloom when everyone else blooms. Those community bloomers offer gifts about harmony and compatibility but the first Flowers of the season are all about courage, will power, independent thinking, and a determination to express themselves no matter the circumstances.

These early bloomers also have enormous faith in life and its onward flow. We can know this because they bloom in defiance of winter, confident that seasons of new life will follow their lead. They willingly break new ground and believe in life’s irrepressible force even when everything appears dead. They put their money where their mouths are and are not afraid to have their Flowers seen or their acts of faith accounted. They are willing to celebrate when other Flowers might say there is nothing much happening to celebrate. They are some of the most cheerful and optimistic of Flowers. Their quality of unapologetic self expression makes them the one’s that would start the toasts at a wedding or funeral, if they could but step up to the mike.

Take for example a Flowering shrub that likes to be both seen and heard, Witch Hazel. This lovely Flower is part of our New Beginnings Flower Essence combination and is available as an individual Essence from our research list. Witch Hazel blooms in late, late fall when nothing else is blooming and the leaves are off the trees. Its Flowers are wild streamer curls of bright yellow. When its seed pods ripen in the dead of winter, these pods explode with a loud pop and the seeds go flying across a snowy landscape. When I was a small girl, my grandfather took me into the woods to listen for the noise of the Witch Hazels’ popping. Combined with its magical name and mysterious presence as a strong smelling potion in the cupboard behind bathroom mirror, Witch Hazel became an unforgettable presence in my life. And well it should be, because it helps remind us to never give up!

Witch Hazel Flower Essence embodies the courage of its blossoming. It encourages us to believe in new life and new beginnings even when things look their most dead. It encourages us to make new plans, sing a new song, and create a new life right there on the ashes of the old.

This is what the early bloomers and their Flower Essences are all about. Our Red Maples light up the hedgerows with their fiery red blossoms set against a leafless woodland. Daffodils rise out of near frozen terrain to sing their bright yellow song. Our Magnolia tree bursts into pearly pink blossoms with a sea of Bloodroot flowering beneath. Wild Ginger uses its inner juice to put on a mesmerizing display of Flower power on a near dormant woodland floor. All of these Flowers call us into the flow of life even when our life has been a wintry landscape and things have been pruned back. They sing ‘Let’s Get this Party Started” and in their Flowering and Flower Essence, they show us the way.

These Flowers know they can do anything. They don’t need moral support or company to express themselves. They don’t believe the party is over or not going to happen just because everything looks dead. They know they have something worth saying and they say it. Because of the wintry landscape, their self expression may be difficult and require much effort, but it also lifts up the landscape more too. These Flowers bloom when their micro climate needs their colorful self expression most.

In every way, their Essences help us do likewise.

Why? It is their destiny to bloom in a harsh wintry landscape when no one else is showing signs of life. Their electrical patterns are their songs in the world and when these patterns become Flower Essences, they give us the music so we can sing too.

PS Bloodroot blooms when the woods are almost entirely dormant. Its white Flowers are a startling contrast to the brown woodland floor. Interestingly enough, Bloodroot Flower is the cover of our new guidebook. I love how this Flower wanted to be the one to get the party of this Guidebook started!

Elementals Deliver the Goods

When I first started to garden with the Angels and Elementals, Green Hope Farm Flower Essences were just a twinkle in an Angels’ eyes. Meanwhile, I was so excited by my experiences with the Angels and Elementals that I wanted to tell anyone who was interested (and many who were not) all about my adventures in the garden.

To share my joy, I decided to give workshops on gardening with the Angels and Elementals. Because of logistics, many of my far flung workshops were one or two day affairs, but with local interested folk, I had the chance to set up classes that met over the course of a number of weeks. The classes worked particularly well because I could explain something, like how I plotted out a garden design with the Angels during one class and then in the next class, everyone could report back how their own design process had unfolded. Lots of excellent questions arose and people shared great stories. By the time each series of classes ended, we had all changed, grown from each others experiences and become new friends.

I noticed early on that it helped the Angels and Elementals build a stronger working relationship with everyone in a class when there was a particularly skeptical person in the group. This grounded people’s experiences of the Angels and Elementals in a different way. The kindness and playfulness that the skeptical person received from the Angels and Elementals over the course of the classes revealed the Angels and Elementals’ unconditional love for all of us and their deep desire to work with ALL of us more consciously. It was also clear that the Angels and Elementals never took any skepticism to heart or even very seriously, but actually enjoyed setting up events that would move a skeptic into the believer camp.

I began to look forward to the skeptics declaring themselves, because once that happened, fun stuff would begin to occur.

Here is one of my favorite skeptic conversion stories.

During the first class of a series, when I explained the role of Elementals in the manifestation of all form, a woman in the class announced that she didn’t believe in Elementals and thought it was ridiculous that anyone did. I explained to her that from my experience, the Elementals loved a challenge and would take particular delight in demonstrating their existence to her. I suggested she ask the Elementals for exactly what she wanted to manifest and then wait and see if they would deliver.

Without missing a beat, the woman told the class that she wanted an entire garden without paying for any of it. Those were her stakes. The Elementals had to send her a garden or she would walk.

I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. The Elementals manifest what we ask for in the most unpredictable ways and through the most unorthodox channels.

The next week this woman blew into class bursting with excitement. She couldn’t wait to tell us what had happened. There had been A LOT of manifestation in her life.

The first thing that occurred was she received, unsolicited, an enormous collection of garden seeds from a woman who had just ordered them but no longer wanted them.

Then someone called to offer her a dump truck load of well composted manure, free of charge and again unsolicited. The farmer was happy to dump the load right where she wanted it, no delivery charge.

Then another person called, out of the blue, and said she had an entire perennial garden that she needed to get rid of and did this woman want any or all of the plants.

In less than a week, she had been given the entire garden she wanted.

Her life turned on a dime. After this experience, she became very interested in Angels and Elementals. She began to paint beautiful paintings of Angels and Elementals. Her work with these new companions became more and more conscious. Their journey together led her professional life towards deeply satisfying work that combined her Angel paintings with work to alleviate third world poverty.

Lucky me. She keeps me posted on all her wild Angel and Elemental stories and I have three of her pieces of Angel art in my life including a much loved collage of a perky “CAN DO” Angel.

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!