North American Flower Essences


The following summaries are taken from the Flower Essence Repertory, by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz.  Please consult the Repertory for full descriptions.

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Aloe Vera Aloe vera
(yellow)

Positive qualities: Creative activity integrated with vital life-energy, active expression of soul fire
Patterns of imbalance: Over-emphasis of will forces or creative fervor; “burned-out” or workaholic syndrome

Alpine Lily

Lilium parvum
(red-orange)

Positive qualities: Radiant and self-assured feminine identity, physical presence grounded in the female body
Patterns of imbalance: Artificial or disembodied feminine self, lack of connection and awareness of female body, rejection of female organs as“lower”

Angel's Trumpet Brugmansia candida
(white)

Positive qualities: Spiritual surrender at death or at times of deep transformation; opening the soul to the spiritual world
Patterns of imbalance: Fear of death, resistance to letting go of material life and crossing the spiritual threshold; denial of the reality of the spiritual world or the soul’s need for change

Angelica Angelica archangelica
(white)

Positive qualities: Feeling protection and guidance from spiritual beings, especially during threshold experiences such as birth and death, or other life passages
Patterns of imbalance: Feeling cut off, bereft of spiritual guidance and protection; spiritual orphan

Arnica Arnica mollis
(yellow)

Positive qualities: Conscious embodiment, despite emergency or stress; recovery from deep-seated strain, post-trauma, or scarring
Patterns of imbalance: Disconnection of Higher Self from body during shock or trauma; disassociation, unconsciousness, dysfunction or latent illness deriving from past traumaReturn to Top

 

Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii
(light blue)

Positive qualities: Childlike innocence and trust; feeling supported and loved, especially by male figures; faith in the providence of spiritual beings
Patterns of imbalance: Defensiveness, insecurity, mistrust of others; estrangement from higher spiritual authority; lack of support from the father or other masculine influences in childhood

Basil

Ocimum basilicum
(white)

Positive qualities: Integration of sexuality and spirituality into a sacred wholeness
Patterns of imbalance: Polarization of sexuality and spirituality, typically leading to clandestine behavior, bifurcated relationships or sexual addiction

Black Cohosh

Actaea racemosa
(white)

Positive qualities: Courage to confront rather than retreat from abusive or threatening relationships or situations; clear and contained psychic forces
Patterns of imbalance: Enmeshed in a relationship or lifestyle that is abusive, addictive or violent; dark, brooding emotions, congested or toxic psychic forces

Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
(yellow/black center)

Positive qualities: Awake consciousness capable of acknowledging all aspects of the Self; penetrating insight and self-aware behavior
Patterns of imbalance: Avoidance or repression of traumatic or shadow aspects of the personality, addictive or hypnotic behavior due to loss of consciousness

Blackberry Rubus armeniacus
(white-pink)

Positive qualities: Competent manifestation in the world; clearly directed forces of will, intentional and decisive action
Patterns of imbalance: Inability to translate goals and ideals into concrete action or viable activities; procrastination

Bleeding Heart Dicentra formosa
(pink)

Positive qualities: Ability to love others unconditionally, with an open heart; emotional freedom
Patterns of imbalance: Entangled in relationships based on fear, possessiveness or neediness; emotional co-dependence

Borage Borago officinalis
(blue)

Positive qualities: Ebullient heart forces, buoyant courage and optimism
Patterns of imbalance: Heavy-heartedness or grief, lack of confidence in facing difficult circumstances; depressive behavior

Buttercup Ranunculus occidentalis
(yellow)

Positive qualities: Radiant inner light, unattached to outer recognition or fame; self-assured
Patterns of imbalance: Feelings of low self-worth, inability to acknowledge or experience one’s inner light and uniqueness; self-deprecatingReturn to Top



 

Calendula Calendula officinalis
(orange)

Positive qualities: Healing warmth and receptivity, especially in the use of the spoken word and in dialogue with others
Patterns of imbalance: Argumentative, lack of receptivity in communication with others; verbal abuse

California Pitcher Plant Darlingtonia californica
(green/purple)

Positive qualities: Earthy vitality, healthy bodily instincts
Patterns of imbalance: Listless or anemic; disassociated from or fearful of the instinctual aspects of the Self, poor digestion and assimilation

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica
(gold)

Positive qualities: Radiant heart-centered spirituality; strong interior alignment for values and choices
Patterns of imbalance: Attachment to illusion or grandeur, superficial spirituality or fantasy, external glamour or escapism through psychedelic drugs or other out-of-body activities

 

California Wild Rose Rosa californica
(pink)

Positive qualities: Love for the Earth and for human life, enthusiasm for doing and serving
Patterns of imbalance: Apathy, resignation, pronounced passivity; inability to catalyze will forces through the heart

Calla Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica
(white/yellow)

Positive qualities: Clarity about sexual identity, sexual self-acceptance; individualized integration of masculine and feminine qualities
Patterns of imbalance: Confusion or ambivalence about sexual identity or gender; wounding due to cultural gender bias

Canyon Dudleya Dudleya cymosa
(orange)

Positive qualities: Balanced psychic and physical energies; grounded presence in everyday life; positive charisma
Patterns of imbalance: Distorted psychic experiences; inflated involvement in psychic or charismatic experiences; addiction to “trauma-drama” lifestyle

Cayenne Capsicum annuum
(white)

Positive qualities: Fiery and energetic, inwardly mobile, capable of change and transformation
Patterns of imbalance: Stagnation, inability to move forward toward change

Chamomile Matricaria recutita
(white/yellow center)

Positive qualities: Serene, sun-like disposition, emotional balance
Patterns of imbalance: Easily upset, moody and irritable, inability to release emotional tension, especially in the stomach or solar plexus

Chaparral

also known as Creosote Bush

Larrea tridentata
(yellow)

Positive qualities: Balanced psychic awareness, deep penetration and understanding of the transpersonal aspects of oneself
Patterns of imbalance: Psychic and physical toxicity, disturbed dreams and chaotic inner life, toxicity due to drugs, violence or post-traumatic stress

 

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum morifolium
(red-brown)

Positive qualities: Able to distinguish higher spiritual identity from temporal personality; transpersonal and transcendent soul expression
Patterns of imbalance: Fear of aging and mortality, over-attachment to temporal personality; healing crisis due to materialistic focus of the soul

 

Corn Zea mays
(yellow-white)

Positive qualities: Alignment with the Earth, especially through the body and feet; grounded presence
Patterns of imbalance: Inability to stay centered in the body; disorientation and stress, particularly in urban or crowded environments

 

Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus
(red-purple/yellow)
Positive qualities: Integration of ideas and speech; coherent thinking; mercurial expression
Patterns of imbalance: Unfocused, disorganized communication; overexcited speech, overwhelmed by too many ideas

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