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Newsletter February 2020

Ian White's update on the bush fires in Australia - ABFE new labelsAustralian Bush Flower Essences Workshops (in French)Special Offer

Ian White's update on the bush fires in Australia

Here is an excerpt of Ian White's update on the bush fires in Australia. The complete text of Ian's message is available in the February Australian Bush Flower Essences Newsletter.

Unfortunately, so much of the Australian landscape and countryside has been ravaged by bush fires in this last month. It has also been estimated that up to two billion animals have been killed during these current catastrophic bush fires which are affecting nearly all regions of Australia.

As well as the deaths of so many animals, many people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed. We have yet to fully comprehend the long term effects of this tragedy on plant and animal ecosystems; the destroyed country towns; the effects of inhaling the fine particular matter from the smoke; loss of jobs, not only directly from the fires but from a sharp fall in tourism, one of the biggest sources of national revenue and employment; lack of food and increase in cost of what will be available.

Here in Australia, the fires have acted as a huge wake-up call about the seriousness of climate change and its consequences. One of the reasons the fires have been so bad is the widespread drought in Australia on top of 2019 being both the hottest and driest year on record in Australia. A few days ago, we had, for the very first time, no recorded rain anywhere in Australia - and it's a very big country! I don't think after these fires Australian people will allow the government to be so reluctant and nonchalant about the steps it needs to implement to address the issues of climate change. The current Federal government has very much had its head in the sand regarding this.

The fires have burnt so much land - 25 million hectares up to today, which is the size of Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK all combined. Many people have written in expressing concern that some of the Bush Essences won't be able to be replenished. Thankfully, I can assure you that this is not the case.

The sixty nine Bush Essences come from all regions of Australia and in the past when there has been devastating bush fires which have affected an area where I make an Essence, such as in Central Victoria with Green Spider Orchid, I was able to make it later that year in Western Australia, many thousands of kilometres away. The area where I make Red Helmet Orchid and Southern Cross has been extensively burnt but there are other locations where I know I can find these plants which haven't been burnt. Monga Waratah is another plant that I have some concern for, but it grows in rain forest areas along the creek banks, so I'm sure there will be enough of this beautiful tree surviving.

One person wrote in worried about the purity of the Essences as a result of the fires. This is certainly not an issue as, provided there is rain, the plants that regrow and bloom will all have a very strong life force.

On an even more positive note many Australian plants especially those in the Proteacae family - Waratah, Banksias, Grevilleas, Isopogon and Hakeas, actually benefit from bush fires as it activates their seeds. Pink Flannel Flower, one of the rarest of the Bush Essences has a very narrow area of distribution and that area experiences some of the most intense bush fires. Pink Flannel Flower is likely to be found in bloom in about 18 months' time in this location. It is only an extremely hot bush fire which will activate its seeds which can stay dormant for over forty years waiting for such conditions to occur.

As in previous bush fire disasters, we have donated bottles of Solaris to zoos, vets and WIRES (the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation charity in Australia) volunteers who have been working with injured animals.

But the fires have also resulted in a unifying of people and the outpouring of that wonderful aspect of humanity that wants to help and serve. I have received so many wonderful messages of help and support from people all over the planet.

You can read Ian's complete update (in French) on Nadia Jacquemin's Facebook page Fleurs du Bush Australien. You can also register to receive Ian's newsletter (in English) by entering your email address at the bottom of the page on the Australian Bush Flower Essences web site.

ABFE new labels

Over the next few months you will be seeing new labels on the combination essences, oral sprays, mists and creams for the Australian Bush Flower Essences.

For the moment we still have these products with the French labels, but until a new over-all French distributor is found, the products will only be available with the original English labels. 

These are of course, just new labels. The products and their composition remain the same.

Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshops (in French)

These classes are taught in French by Nadia Jacquemin, the official Bush Flower Essences teacher for France and french speaking countries. 

Level 2 Workshops

  • Paris - 7 and 8 March 2020
  • Geneva (Switzerland) - 28 and 29 March 2020

Numerology and Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshop with Ian White

  • Tain l'Hermitage - 13 and 14 June 2020

Contact Nadia Jacquemin at 06 08 80 60 32 - nadiajacquemin@mac.com.

See programmes in French on our web site

Special Offer

During the month of February take advantage of our special 15% reduction on the Laboratoire DEVA essences. Good for internet orders only.

The Laboratoire DEVA was founded in 1986 by Philippe Deroide. The Deva essences are made in France from wild flowers in the Alpes, Massif Central, the Mediterranean basin and biodynamic and organic gardens. The range includes 96 flower essences, the 38 Bach flower essences16 combination essences (in drops or spray) and 4 combination essences for animals

All Deva essences have the official AB label (organic agriculture).