We live in a truly abundant world, where nature is generous with its gifts and teachings, if only we took the time to notice, learn and appreciate them. Eating seasonal foods instead of the same ones available all year round, taking clues from nature & noticing what actually happens around us, allowing our energy to rise or slow down, are only a few of the things that can make a big difference to how we look and feel. So when along comes a practitioner, who harnesses the power of plants and creates powerful essences to help us deal with emotional baggage, stress, insecurity or moving forward with ease, I am eager to learn and pass the knowledge along. Say hello to Saskia Marjoram, founder of Saskia Flower Essences.
‘Flower essences contain the vibrational energy of the plant they came from, this energy is carried as a message in water. They work on the principle that this vibration reminds your personal energy how to be. Our essences are made in the same way as the Bach Flower Remedies and are usually taken as drops under the tongue’
Saskia has always loved gardening and flowers and this passion only grew stronger as her life evolved and she started her own family. With her mother observing her from the sidelines and urging her to become independent, Saskia started growing plants and flowers and also worked for HRH Prince of Wales in Highgrove, while raising her children.
A friend who was a homeopath introduced Saskia to Bush Flower Remedies and in time Saskia, having faced her own internal set of issues and resolving them holistically, started working on formulating her own plant essences. One of the things that sets her apart from other brands & practitioners in this particular field, is the fact that she uses the flowers in her essences that come from the wild (she only needs a dozen or so to make 10,000 bottles). The energy of the people that help bottle the essences is also important, as good vibes can only enhance the team spirit!
‘Flower Essences work deeply bringing positive and effective change to our lives. They act as catalysts, bringing awareness and shifting patterns, so that you can take responsibility for your own healing in a safe and simple way’
Saskia creates her essences using local spring water, organic alcohol and energy & vibration of the flowers and the sun. Some brands that harness the power of plants use brandy, but Saskia chose to use organic vodka because she considers it the cleanest spirit you can get for this particular purpose. Brandy can have the tannins from the oak barrels, plus organic vodka is more readily available in the UK. It’s also worth noting that the Essence Range is available in organic cider vinegar, if you are not keen on the alcohol base of the tincture.
Each Essence (there are single or combination ones, plus custom essence combinations that Saskia makes individually) can be used straight from the bottle. Shake the bottle and then put seven drops directly under the tongue, preferably twice a day. If you fancy changing any long-term patterns, continue taking the essence for a few weeks, noting any changes. You can also give those essences to children and they can be added to water or juice, if you prefer. Sometimes people notice changes within days, others a few weeks after they stop taking the essence – as we are all unique, so are our responses to essences. It has to be said that to take plant essences, like using homeopathy, is not for everyone, but it’s always good to try something, before forming an opinion.
After talking to Saskia and exchanging e-mails, I have sent her my photo and based on our conversation and my picture, Saskia created a personalised essence that was quickly dispatched to me. When it arrived and I read through the accompanying booklet, with * next to the seven essences that Saskia chose to combine for me, my jaw nearly dropped on the floor, as each one reflected the issues that I wanted to deal with or continued to ignore at my peril. Considering that our conversation was more focussed on me finding more about Saskia and her products, I was intrigued. She also very kindly enclosed one of her ‘Calm and Confident’ combinations to help my eldest get through intense exams, adding in the note ”such pressure on children these days -they need all the help they can get.” Something that I fully agree with and plan to put to good use shortly (note: it’s completely safe for children to take, but some parents or schools might not be comfortable with its alcohol content. If that is the case consider trying the one with organic cider vinegar base).