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Newsletter May 2015

Flower essences and examsEssences and Adolescents

Flower essences and exams

exansExam time is fast approaching. Flower essences can help students to prepare and successfully take exams. They really make a difference!

Flower essences improve memory, creativity and verbal expression. They help students stay calm while preparing for exams and particularly when taking them. They also protect sensitive students from absorbing the fear and tension of other students. Finally, they can help students have confidence in their capacity to succeed!

Visit our "School, studying & exams" page to see which essences can be of help to you or the students in your life during exam time.

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Essences and Adolescents

SA Logo A topic which is related to the subject of studies and approaching exam time, is how flower essences can help adolescents to move smoothly through this phase of their lives.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Jannet Unite-Penny, entitled Using the South African Flower Essences on Teenagers.

"The teenage years can be very challenging for both those going through them and those in the caretaking role, whether they be parents or teachers. Flower essences offer an alternative to the head-on collisions which so often occur across the generation gap.

Adolescence essence is specifically designed to assist teenagers in the transformative process. It is a combination of the following seven essences, each of which can also be used individually when it seems appropriate - Cape Almond, Dune Calendula, Loquat, Maple, Mountain Cabbage Tree, Plumbago and Wild Pear.

Cape Almond essence grounds one and provides a sense of security, enabling one to act from a sense of personal authority as opposed to following the crowd like a sheep. It addresses the issues of fear of making a fool of oneself, fear of failure and fear of the future, enabling one to develop self-confidence and act from a sense of personal power. It can be successfully combined with Ixia essence which also strenghtens one's self-confidence and is indicated for shyness, timidity or introversion. Similarly, Oreganum allows one to be at ease being oneself, without the need to pretend to be what one's peers expect one to be. These are all very vital issues that teenagers face on a daily basis as they battle to establish their identities in the world, in the glaring blaze of the often cruel spot-light focused upon them by their contemporaries.

Dune Calendula is an essence which deals with periods of transition whether it be adolescence, mid-life crisis or as a result of divorce or death. Whenever you, or those you care about, are facing a period of change in your life, this is the essence to use. The changes which divorce or death bring, when combined with the already burdensome matter of growing up, are often seriously traumatic for teenagers. Adults, caught up in their own pain, are less available to provide a support system for youngsters whose worlds have often collapsed in confusing disarray. Use Wattle for unexpressed emotions, Dog Rose for grief which is being denied or not verbalised, English Hawthorne for broken-heartedness, intense grief or remorse, Cancer Bush for inner turmoil and torment and Peach for the effects of past trauma or even for a melancholic state of mind. The South African Oak essence will help stabilise when one feels unrooted, or use it for the after-effects of trauma.

When your teenagers mope around at home complaining of being bored, don't want to get out of bed or eat properly, are unwilling to participate in anything with enthusiasm and are generally apathetic, give them Loquat essence. This essence assists them in taking hold of life and getting on with it. It is also the main remedy indicated for anorexia, although we would suggest that, for this condition, you take an in-depth look as well at the issues of depressed anger, self worth and self-esteem, for which there are appropriate essences indicated in the handbook or the abbreviated guide. Freesia is also a wonderful essence for apathy and a "what's the use" attitude. Also remember Cucumber for lack of vitality and interest in life, for a sense of being defeated, for withdrawal and pessimism, when it is all just too much effort. Australian Tea Tree or Jacaranda are useful for procrastination.

The other end of the spectrum is when your adolescent children are never at home, always on the go, "filling that unforgiving minute with sixty second's worth of distance run", to quote Kipling. Maple essence is for those who burn the candle at both ends, possibly depleting their physical resources. It is particularly recommended for periods of physical growth and brings about a sense of balance and harmony. Similarly, Zimbabwe Creeper brings a sense of moderation if you have one of those teenagers who drive themselves too hard to achieve, for whom no success is enough, or who feel they have to do it all themselves, by themselves. In this instance, we would also recommend the Inner Child essence, another combination essence, as it is highly probable that unresolved childhood fears of not being good enough, and issues of lack of self-worth, are contributing factors to the need to excel at any cost.

As anger is pretty much par for the course, somewhere along the line, in bringing up adolescents, a quick look at the relevant essences may be helpful. Belladonna Lily essence is for the desire to blame and punish and for uncontrollable temper, Wild Pear is for bitterness, resentment, holding grudges and the inability to forgive and Fuchsia is applicable when the anger is suppressed and emotional expression inhibited."