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International Flower Essence Repertoire
September 2010 Newsletter

African Tree Essences
IFER's customers know that we very rarely add new ranges to our repertoire these days. This is at least partially because, once you already have 16 ranges from around the world, the logistics of keeping balanced levels of inventory are increasingly challenging. So for us to choose to make  the commitment to a new line, it has to have something extraordinary to offer.  I think it has been at least 8 years since we last brought in a new range, because our notion of what constitutes extraordinary is already set pretty high.

milkwood tree and boy
Two months ago a woman from South Africa contacted me by email, and asking if we would be interested in representing her small range of African Tree Essences. She came highly recommended by Bram Zaalberg of the Bloesem Remedies in Holland, whose opinion I rate highly. If Bram liked these, then I should at least give them a serious look.

Melissa Krige African Tree Essences

So I asked Melissa Krige to send us some samples, and when they arrived we had the chance to examine them. I posted them to our good friend and colleague Dr. Adrian Brito-Babapulle, who uses an advanced method of muscle-testing to examine the healing qualities, and the efficacy of essences. Amongst the 11 essences he had for testing, several acted at levels he had not seen before. This is not all that surprising, once you read a bit about the Platbos Forest where these essences are made. Some of the trees are over a thousand years old, and the forest itself is both the most southerly forest in Africa, and a remnant ancient forest. 

milkwood tree and boy
We are very excited to have these new essences in our repertoire, and hope that you will take the chance to give them a try before long. In our experience, essences don't get much better than this.


Melissa's essences come in a 20 ml blue stock bottle, and retail at £12.95 each. Our normal discounts of course apply.

Speaking of which, many people seem unaware that when they place an order with us over £50 value, then substantially larger rates of discount apply. Therapists get a 10% discount on orders under £50, but a 25% discount on the imported essence ranges and our own orchid essence line. (They get a 15% discount on the Healing Herbs Bach Remedies, the Findhorn Flower Essences, and the Bailey Flower Essences.) Non-therapists get a 15% discount on all essences once the order is above £50 before the discount is applied. P&P is additional, and not a part of the "order value" for these purposes. We hope this sounds helpful!

Two New Orchid Essences

Voice of Courage, and Violacea Veritas
It's been a busy summer, with a great deal happening, and so I must give my apologies for not writing a newsletter in the past 3 months. It has not been for lack of news!

In June I visited the Peterborough Orchid Show, which is the most important orchid event of the year in the UK. Very good growers from across the UK and Europe, and from around the world, bring plants to sell. I went with the intention to make just a few purchases, but I should have known better...  If you enjoy orchids, then an event like this one can be expensive!

Just as I was about to leave, I noticed a lovely specimen of a Stanhopea hybrid for sale on the Burnham Orchids stand. This is a genus I have not grown before, but this was a fine plant, with 4 flower spikes at advanced stages of growth - too tempting to pass up. It had been grown from seed at the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in Jersey, where they created this particular hybrid, Stanhopea Havre des Pas.


Voice of Courage - Stanhopea Havre des Pas

Stanhopeas do not bloom for long - about 5 days is all the time you get to enjoy their sweet-scented fragrance and large, gorgeous & bold blooms. In early July I photographed it, and all the rest of the plants in bloom in the greenhouse, and sent these photos to my friend Adrian. He called me up to tell me that he got a strong "hit" from this Stanhopea, so I had better make an essence with it.  (This is the equivalent of what others would experience as simply a strong 'pull' that they may feel in the greenhouse, when a certain orchid calls out to them...)

Once made, it was clear that this was a powerful and purposeful essence, with a strong action on the solar plexus, as well as the throat chakra. Very yang, restoring courage and at the same time healing deep levels within the solar plexus chakra. As a consequence it also has the interesting effect of improving people's sleep. There is much more to be said on this essence, but in the space of this newsletter, I am only wanting to let people know it exists. To view a larger photo, go to the Single Essences page of the Living Tree Orchid Essences section of our website, and scroll to near the bottom of the page. Then click on the small image of the photo, to bring up an enlargement.

Very often it has been the case that the orchid essences have come along in pairs, and I had the feeling all summer that there was a sort of companion essence to Voice of Courage. And just in the past week it has emerged. 



I had bought this orchid 18 months ago from Janet Plested of Plested Orchids, when she came to the Orchid Fayre at the Glasgow Botanical Gardens. Phalaenopsis violacea var. Mentawai is a specie found in the Mentawai Islands just south of Sumatra. Amongst other qualities, this essence has a profound effect on the brow chakra. I will say more about this essence in the next newsletter. At the moment we do not even have the essence listed on our website, it is so new. So this is really just an early heads up, to let folk know that there's a new essence, and we are calling it Violacea Veritas. If you would like me to email a couple of large photos of it, I would be happy to do so. I expect to have it at least shown on our website in the next few days.
 
        -  Don Dennis   September 29th  2010


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