Questions about whether Essences can cause negative symptoms, working with Red Shiso, the Vata, Pitta, Kapha trio, and other feedback!

Q: I recently purchased some Red Clover Flower Essence (for panic attacks and anxiety) along with some other Essences from Green Hope Farm. I have noticed that since I began taking the essences that I am experiencing an increase in panic, anxiety and fears. I have also been crying a lot. Is this normal? Do I have the wrong flower essence? Do I need another one? Please help.


A: Red Clover Flower Essence can only give your electrical system information about finding calm and peace because that is the only energetic information the Flower holds.

Additionally, no Flower Essence has the volition or ability to cause panic or a lack of calm. This is because Flower Essences are strictly information and cannot chemically alter your system or cause you to feel negative symptoms.

Instead, Flower Essences offer your electrical system the high vibration pattern of the Flower. If and only if your electrical system thinks it is a good thing for your health and wellbeing to hold this pattern also, your electrical system will copy this information and vibrate at the same higher vibration as the Flower and its Essence.

Your electrical system is always driving the decision making about using the information of a Flower Essence and will only use the information if it serves you and will improve your health and wellbeing.

The reason Flower Essences hold only high vibration patterns is that Flowers are by their nature high in vibration as they hold the highest vibrational and most evolved wisdom of the plant. Since they naturally vibrate at the highest healthiest band of electrical bands they offer us electrical patterns that we can learn from to hold the same high vibrations.

Sometimes it helps to think of Flower Essences as the same energy as the actual Flower just in a different form. If you were standing in a field of Red Clover, those blossoms would hold the same calming information as the bottle of Red Clover Flower Essence. The Red Clover in the field would offer you its sense of peace- no more- just as Red Clover Flower Essence does.

Please keep questions like this coming. I want to address all these concerns. Flower Essences are the safest, most gentle friends and can do no harm- I truly want you all to know this!

Q: I’ll be ordering some more Red Shiso soon and was wondering: when I make mixes, would it be fine to add also some good spring water to the mix, apart from Essences and Red Shiso? I’m making more mixes so that would seem practical. If yes, are there any recommendations regarding the ratio of Red Shiso to water?

A: Good question! I would not add water to the Red Shiso when making a mix of Flower Essences. If you dilute the mix down with water, it may not stabilize as well as full strength Red Shiso.

Sorry to be the bearer of this info! I wish things could work well when water is added but the life force of the Flower Essences is such that they need the Red Shiso full strength to stay potent and fresh.

If you were to make a mix that was going to be used in a few days, water would be fine to add but the mix would only last a few days. One important thing about what kind of water you use: Do not use distilled water as it is actually the minerals and other materials in water that hold the charge of the Flower Essence. Distilled water has none of these minerals so cannot hold the electrical charge of the Flower Essence


Q: This am, I was sitting at my desk waiting for the rain to ease before my run, so I opened up The Things We Cook: A Green Hope Farm Cookbook and started reading the dedication and stories about your three cook inspirations. LOVE this. I had been looking at recipes. Now I feel like I am in the family soup with you knowing the full history. Your grandmother was amazing. I didn’t know Ben was such a badass cook. His recipes look great. What a cool cookbook. You have a way of making us all feel part of your family soup.

A: This is not a question obviously! I include the lovely comment because I want people who have not seen or read our Green Hope Farm Cookbook to know that the Cookbook is a book of stories about my childhood and the adventure of creating Green Hope Farm as much as it is a book of recipes. What I found as I embarked upon this project is that recipes work as a wonderful springboard for telling stories about the beloveds who have been a part of my life and the life of Green Hope Farm!

This is my beloved grandmother Katharine Salmon. Her hair is bobbed as she is just about to become the adventurous thoroughly ahead of her times woman I knew and loved.

Here is Teddy at her family farm in Wolfe’s Neck, Casco Bay, Maine. I love how she is so casually feeding a lamb while managing a St Bernard and her brother Woodie. Teddy is the reason Green Hope Farm is here and the reason I am a good cook! There is lots more about Teddy and my grandmother in the Cookbook.

Another character from life on the farm! Bless you Alli Howe for the fabulous art that FILLS the Cookbook!

Q; I just spotted the Vata, Pitta, Kapha Trio on the website (which is gorgeous, by the way, and must have been a considerable feat to realize) and would like to know more about how it was developed and how it can be used. I am interested in how these essences are used to affect imbalances, either in the individual’s constitution, or under conditions that provoke a particular dosha. In particular, would a Vata use the Vata essence exclusively to rebalance at the exclusion of the other essences (which, for example, might promote more pitta or kappa)?

How do the clients of the practice that they were developed for use them? One at a time – using the essence related to one’s primary dosha, or as a group – employing those that are not one’s constitutional type in order to effect balance?


A: These are relatively new mixes available individually or as a trio. An ayurvedic practice asked us to create these three remedies for the doshas- We had been making custom mixes for their patients for many years and had learned much about the doshas as we did so. After we were asked to make these mixes, we studied more, consulted with our Ayurvedic practitioners friends and of course, got guidance from Angels for the creation of the three mixes- They are intended to balance the doshas- Each addresses a specific dosha.

My understanding about how the Ayurvedic practitioners use this remedy and how we have seen these used is that people have gravitated towards taking the combination remedy that best represents their dosha or their combination of doshas i.e. a Kapha takes Kapha, a Kapha-Vata takes both Kapha and Vata. Each remedy works to help us be the strength of the dosha not the liabilities of the dosha and supports us so we can vibrate at the high end of our constitutional structure not the low end- Taking the remedy for a dosha if it is not our dosha will not make for problems but it will probably not address issues you are apt to have.

Q: I can’t say enough wonderful things about The Arbor Garden!! I had a feral cat show up at my house in January. She was very scared and edgy. I first gave her your Abandonment and Abuse, which really helped calm her down. Then I gave her The Arbor Garden. Suddenly she came in the house and started sleeping at the end of our bed. She’s turned into such a lovey kitty!! She runs up to me when she sees me and can’t get enough loving.
Such an amazing turnaround! And I love it, too!!

A: So not a question here either, but I love this story! One of the first jobs we give new staff ( and we have two new staff right now! more about them soon!) is to open the mail because it is so much FUN and it’s a great way to hear a lot of Flower Essence stories- Email is another way! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! It means the world to all of us!

PS Yes, Ben is working on the search function!!!!! We know it needs to be created! THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE GET THIS DONE!