by Richard Katz
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart,” wrote Kahlil Gibran. Such is the message of the Pretty Face flower essence: Beauty is an inner radiance of the soul, which can shine through the face we present to the world. This is a radically healing message, especially in a society that spends hundreds of billions of dollars on cosmetic products concerned only with surface appearance.
A flower essence practitioner told us of a woman in her 40s who was looking for a job as an executive secretary, but who was convinced that no one would hire her because she was not young and beautiful. After taking the Pretty Face flower essence for several months, she gained more confidence in herself, changed her online picture, and landed a job as a receptionist for a large multi-national company. They were looking for someone with the maturity, responsibility and dependability to be the public face of their company, rather than someone with superficial beauty.
We have enjoyed seeing Pretty Face blooming in our nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. The Pretty Face plant (Triteleia ixioides), also known as Golden Brodiaea, is a native California wildflower, traditionally considered part of the Liliaceae (Lily) Family, but now grouped under the Asparagaceae (Asparagus) Family, along with the Bach Remedy Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) and Glassy Hyacinth (Triteleia lilacina), a very close botanical relative. These flowers all form six-pointed stars, 3 petals and 3 identical sepals, collectively known as “tepals.” A star formed of two intersecting triangles is an ancient symbol of harmony and balance, the alchemical union of Fire and Water, also known as the Star of David.
All of these “star” flowers are balms for various kinds of trauma, helping us connect with a deeper spiritual harmony. With the Pretty Face, the brilliant golden star is seemingly “marred” by the dark lines on each “tepal.’ If we change our perspective, we can embrace the dark star within the golden star, and appreciate the beauty that shines through each.
Pretty Face flower essence can be helpful after a disfiguring injury, for concerns about aging, or any anxiety about one’s outer appearance.
In the inspirational words of Patricia Kaminski’s affirmations for Pretty Face:
I accept all parts of my Self.
Light shines through darkness and pain.
My whole self is my beautiful self.
I am this Shining Star.
Pretty Face Flower Essence is available here.