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A Guide to the Living Tree Orchid Essences





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Living Isle Flower Essences (LIFE Essences)

In 2003 Don Dennis (Director of the International Flower Essence Repertoire) decided to relocate IFER on the Isle of Gigha in the west of Scotland. IFER has been importing the very best flower essences we could find from around the world since 1995, and also has developed its own line of the Living Tree Orchid Essences (LTOE) since 1998. Gigha is itself stunningly beautiful (and with a population of about 150) but Achamore House is also set in the middle of a 52 acre garden which these days belongs to the community here on Gigha. Achamore Gardens was chiefly created in the late 1940's, 1950's and 1960's by Col. Sir James Horlick, and was designed by his lover Kitty Lloyd-Jones prior to their splitting up in the mid-1950's. The garden features their passion for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, with a focus on the rhododendrons.

Achamore Gardens has many species of rhododendrons as well as hybrids, many which were created by Sir James Horlick. To walk around the gardens anytime between early April and the middle of June is a magical experience, while May is the usual peak these days of their flowering. While Don's chief interest over the past decade has been (and continues to be) the tropical orchids he grows in the greenhouse next to Achamore House, yet he also has found himself drawn to make essences with some of the flowers of this amazing and wonderful garden which is right on his doorstep.

To distinguish these essences from the Living Tree Orchid Essences, this nascent line has been called the Living Isle Flower Essences (LIFE, for short). At this point the line consists of just two essences: RH Griffithianum, and RH Brocade Plus. In the coming few years we expect to add a few more.

The rhododendrons appear to work primarily on one's heart chakra, even though there is a great deal of variety amongst just those here in Achamore Gardens. Should anyone wish to visit the gardens, it is well worth considering staying at Achamore House, which is also run as a lovely and peaceful B&B. But if coming to Gigha isn't possible, then at least now we can post a bit of the wonderful energies of the gardens to you...

Please note: all of our essences are made using a non-cutting method. With the rhododendrons this consists usually of placing a bowl of water just underneath some blooms for some hours, and then at the end, pouring a bit of the water over the blooms back into the bowl. Many of the rhododendrons are over 50 years old now, and so Don usually has to place the bowl on a high stool or chair, in order to reach the blooms which are at their peak. We do not object to making flower essences with the traditional cutting methods, it is simply that for us this approach seems to produce the most vibrant essences.


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Bluebell

Probably no other time of the year has such a strong yet gentle sense of the magic of the Scottish woodlands as when the bluebells are out in the Spring. Indeed this essence appears to act as a sort of portal, to open up our perceptions to another realm. The other essence in our range that does this is Narnia Sphagnum Moss, which (amongst other qualities) can help one connect with the elf and gnome realm of nature spirits. Bluebell on the other hand connects with the Pixie and Fairy realm. It also brings a quiet joy and calm to the heart.

The essence acts on the 1st, 2nd and 4th chakras. It brings a general feeling of peace and lightness, tranquillity spreading through the body, as if one is standing amongst thousands of bluebells, with a feeling of clearing and becoming lighter.

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Poseidon's Trumpet Pancratium maritimum

This flower’s energy is a powerful vortex connecting with the stars. The essence anchors in the Heart chakra, and then rises up through the crown and above, creating a portal / link to the cosmos.

Pamncratium maritimum grows on Crete (& elsewhere in the Mediterranean) where its beauty & power attracted the attention of Marios Argiros and his daughter Anna, who made the essence under the guidance of our close colleague Dr. Adrian Brito-Babapulle. A wonderful adjunct to the work of the orchid essences.

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Rhododendron Brocade Plus

Rhododendron Brocade Plus is a beautiful gentle pink hybrid, and the plant the essence was made with is a mature specimen which was in magnificent bloom with hundreds of flowers on it at the time. The key quality of this essence is vibrant joy. It is like having a gentle and happy fountain of joy suddenly springing forth within one's heart. Take this essence anytime you feel low or despondent about life, as it will help renew the outlook of your heart.

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Rhododendron griffithianum

RH griffithianum is a species of almost pure white blooms, and there are several specimen plants (both young and mature) found in various locations around Achamore Gardens. The key qualities of this lovely essence are serenity, peace and tranquility, which comes to one immediately upon taking a few drops. This essence was added to the LTOE combination Gentle Geisha in order to produce the essence Gentle Sleep. Use Rhododendron griffithianum when you are stressed and tired and in need of relaxing, such as at the end of a hard day's work.

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Ti Kouka (Cabbage Palm) Cordalyne australis

A heightening, cleansing and calming essence. Ti Kouka has a powerful signature, and has effects on the 1st 2nd, 4th 5th 7th and 12th chakras. (Connects with the Fruits of Love and Voice of Courage receptors.). Increases the clarity of sight, and the quality & depth of the breath. Brings balance to the yin and yang energies in the pelvis. A native of New Zealand, Ti Kouka is the Maori name for Cordalyne australis. It thrives in the gentle climate of Gigha, and this essence was made by Emma & Don in Achamore Gardens.





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