Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Willful Act of Resistance in a Vase of Flowers

"A Willful Act of Resistance", © 2017 Sheryl Karas
This is my latest painting and I'm very happy with it. It's a willful act of resistance in a couple of senses. When times feel hard or scary, painting something this exuberant is making a statement. And politically, a vase of flowers as act of resistance is the symbolic gesture of standing up for truth and beauty and life! Prints and prints on products are available at Fine Art America. As well as on Society 6 and Red Bubble.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flower Essence for Loving Relationships and Compassionate Communication

Calendula Flower Essence

One of the things that has always fascinated me in the world of flower healing and herbalism is how old names for plants often indicate the emotional aspect of what they are used for. One example is Marigold or "Mary's Gold", also known as Calendula. Calendula is famous for soothing irritated skin. I use the petals in an Oatmeal Bath I carry in my Etsy shop. I use the flower essence, that is used for soothing irritated emotions, in an oil for Soothing Sensitive Skin (an option in that same listing). The Virgin Mary is known for compassion so you could say that the Marigold brings the warmth and compassion of Mary into your reality. Compassion for you, compassion for others. Less irritation, far less anger. More love, more wellbeing! And for all those reasons I also use it in my Soothing the Angry Heart flower essence aromatherapy formula. It brings love back into your communication with yourself and others. You can buy it as a single flower essence here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Borage Flower Essence for Renewed Optimism and Healing Discouragement

Borage Flower Essence
Borage Flower Essence is used to help a deeply discouraged person take heart and feel optimistic again.  It helps not by giving ferocious strength but by lifting your heart up so you can rise above the discouragement that binds you. I use it in my "Renewed Faith and Optimism" formula, but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time is more appropriate for their specific needs so that's why I offer Borage alone in a bottle made to dosage strength and infused with Reiki in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Energy and Enthusiasm

Mama Love for Energy and Enthusiasm, Reiki-Infused Flower Essence Aromatherapy
Mama Love for Energy and Enthusiasm is one of the new formulas on my list and one I'm using for myself these days. It is designed to help overcome mental and emotional exhaustion and it REALLY works! In fact, I highly recommend not using it before bed if you are sensitive to flower essences like I tend to be. It kept me awake all night with happy positive thoughts—not the worst way to spend a night but I'd rather do that during the day!

Bleeding Heart Flower Essence

Bleeding Heart Flower Essence
Reiki-infused dosage bottles of Bleeding Heart Flower Essence are in my Etsy shop now. Bleeding Heart Flower Essence is helpful for letting go of unhealthy attachments. For example, if you are being overly clingy or co-dependent in a current relationship, it helps you let go and love in a balanced fashion. If you are longing for someone who has died or who broke up with you, it helps you come back to yourself so you can let go, heal and move on. I use it in my "Healing a Broken Heart" formula ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/488315737/flower-essence-for-grief-loss-broken), but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time is more appropriate for their specific needs so that's why I offer Bleeding Heart alone in a bottle made to dosage strength in my shop.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blackberry Flower Essence is for Putting Your Ideas into Action

Blackberry Flower Essence
Now in my Etsy shop! This is the flower essence to use when you have a hard time translating your great ideas into reality. I use it in my Manifesting Life Purpose formula and in one I call Transformation in Times of Crisis.

Baby Blue Eyes Flower Essence For Learning to Trust Again

I just added made on demand dosage bottles of Baby Blue Eyes to my Etsy shop. It's for the ability to trust and feel like the universe is a supportive benign place especially after a past history of having been abused or betrayed by a father figure or other men. I use it in a formula I call "Putting Your Needs First" that I made for people needing to learn better self-care, noting that people with a history of abuse in their pasts often struggle with that. But many people often find that working with certain flower essences singly is best for the needs they had in mind, so I wanted to offer that as well.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Angelica Flower Essence

Angelica Flower Essence
Angelica flower essence is used to help a person feel protected and guided spiritually. Many people say it opens them up spiritually and often report spiritually uplifting effects, but I find it deeply grounding. I'm very sensitive to spiritual energy and have experienced it as gently cleansing the channel between heaven and earth—opening me up spiritually when I need it, grounding my spiritual focus when that is most appropriate. I use it in a flower essence formula I make called "Clearing Negativity" that works kind of like a smoke-free smudge. I also use it in a formula called Trusting Inner Guidance. 

I love my flower essences in combination, but many people find working with a single flower essence at a time more appropriate for their needs. That's why I offer Angelica alone in a bottle made to dosage strength and infused with Reiki in my Etsy shop.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Healing for a Broken Heart, Flower Essence Aromatherapy

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Healing a Broken Heart
New in my Etsy shop
This wonderfully smelling Reiki-infused formula combining Lavender, Neroli, Ylang Ylang and Helichrysum essential oils with Star of Bethlehem, Bleeding Heart, and Walnut flower essences is for anyone going through the grief of having lost a loved one to death or through a break-up. But it might also be used for the heartache of having lost a home or cherished dream. It addresses the shock and trauma, longing for your loved one, and need to let go of what once was. It is for that deeply tender stage when Rose oil (the essential oil many people recommend) would just make a person feel too raw and vulnerable. This one provides a more soothing support for processing intense emotions until the heart is ready to open itself to loving once again.

For Some Of Us Fairy Tales Tell the Real Truth

Artwork: Edward Atkinson Hornel
Have you seen the movie "Beauty and the Beast" yet? You should see that movie! It was so moving and uplifting with a great message (love across all perceived boundaries) for the times we're living in.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Angel's Trumpet Flower Essence

Angel's Trumpet Flower Essence Dosage Bottle
I use Angel's Trumpet in a formula I made for activists after the election called Transformation in Times of Crisis. But it's not really just for activists so I'm changing my ad copy for that tonight. It's for coping with tremendous change of a sort you definitely do not want. And at times like that, holding on too tight is just going to get you battered by the waves of the storm. Best to let go, trust God, and allow yourself to be moved into a new way of life, a new mindset, a new set of plans. And that's a lot what Angel's Trumpet as a single flower essence is all about, too. It's the essence to use when someone is close to death but painfully and fruitlessly struggling to hold on—this essence can help them surrender and feel the closeness of God. It's also the essence to use when you're forced to accept the death of an old way of life or way of looking at life. Remember, there can be joy in transition! It can pave the way for a rebirth into a much better kind of life.

Aloe Vera Flower Essence

Aloe Vera flower essence is probably the one I need right now as I'm writing yet another blog post at 1 am! You know the old saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"? Well, it could also make him a sick, burnt-out and exhausted boy! Aloe Vera has great rejuvenation properties. It's great for helping you recover from burn-out and learn a more balanced way of using your time and energy. I just added Aloe Vera dosage bottles to my Etsy shop.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I Went to the Garden of Love

"I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of the Chapel were shut,
And Thou shalt not writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore...."

------William Blake

Restful Sleep (Restful Nights) In Triple Strength

Mama Love for Restful Sleep (Restful Nights) Triple Strength
One of my most popular products is available in triple strength! Wait, whoa, is it safe to offer a flower essence aromatherapy product at that strength? Yes! But NOT if you want to use it extensively like a body or massage oil! Do you use natural perfume made with essential oils without any problem? Then this product should be alright for you used the same way -- a dab or two here and there. And that's how I use it! It comes with a roller ball top so I just roll a little on the soles of my feet and ankles, use a touch on the base of my spine and lower abdomen, a touch on my solar plexus and maybe a dab at the top of my spine or neck. You don't need much! But with a great combination of wonderfully effective flower essences and essential oils, it works so well!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Two Kinds of Custom Flower Essence Formulas

I have two options for custom flower essence formulas in my shop right now.

One is for people who are very experienced with choosing their own flower essences and know EXACTLY which flower essences they want me to include in a dosage strength bottle, already diluted to the proper strength to use straight from the bottle. You could make your own, but if you plan to use between 2-5 essences in your formula, this approach will save you money. I use all the conventional Bach flower remedies and most of the North American flower essences made by FES (Flower Essence Services) in Nevada City, CA where I received my Flower Essence Practitioner training. You'll find the listing here in my Etsy shop.

The other choice is what I recommend for most people, those who need assistance in choosing essences for themselves. It includes up to a 1/2 hour email consultation (about 2-3 emails) plus the time to consult my inner guidance. A listing for a consultation with custom formula is also in my Etsy shop.

Agrimony Flower Essence Dosage Bottles Now in my Etsy Shop

Agrimony Bach Flower Essence
Starting today, I've decided to add flower essence dosage bottles based on a single flower essence to my shop. And because it starts with the letter "A," I'm starting with Agrimony. . . which is also an excellent choice to start with when you're new to emotional work, flower essences in general, or have been using drugs, alcohol or food to avoid feeling your feelings. Agrimony can help soothe the anxiety of feeling those emotions you'd rather not face. 

All my flower essence dosage bottles combine flower essences taken from stock concentrate with distilled water and your choice of either conventional brandy or organic vodka. You also have a choice of a dropper top (the conventional way of using flower essences) or a spray top (an even better way for many people) to use on your skin and in the aura.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flower Essences and Aromatherapy for Highly Sensitive People

Mama Love for Soothing the Sensitive Soul
This past election year and the aftermath has been quite the time for empaths and other highly sensitive people. Even far less sensitive people have been complaining of fatigue and overwhelm. And help for that was one of the most requested Mama Love formulas I received when I asked people on my Facebook page what they could use right now.

So I made something for us all! (I definitely include myself in the highly sensitive category.) This is a very gentle and highly soothing formula. The first time I used it I was amazed at how calming it was — and shocked at how anxious and ungrounded I must had been! I had gotten so "used" to being in an over-amped way of being I didn't realize how off balance I was anymore. But this formula definitely helps with that and also serves to lighten you up and clear negative feelings in general.

I just added it to my Etsy shop.

Other Mama Love sprays to strongly consider when the news and other outside influences are getting you down are:

SUPPORT FOR TROUBLED TIMES (the product that launched me into business and is one of the most powerful formulas on my list):https://www.etsy.com/listing/114762998/flower-essence-aromatherapy-spray-for

RELEASING WORRY AND FEAR: https://www.etsy.com/listing/114755887/releasing-worry-and-fear-stress-anxiety

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Blending Essential Oils and Other Artistic Endeavors

For things I LOVE to do, starting a new painting or starting to create a new flower essence aromatherapy blend can be surprisingly challenging. I've been stalled on both painting and essential oil blending for a week, maybe longer, and FINALLY got back to it today.
If I'm not already in the swing of working on a painting or working on blends -- say, I've taken time off to work on other aspects of my business or my life -- getting over the hump of  rampant insecurity and procrastination can be quite the task!

"Can I do this? Of course, I can do this! What if I make mistakes and waste materials? That's part of the process!" Back and forth, processing my ridiculous (at this point) insecurities until I realize that I've overcome this lifelong habit SO many times by just getting up off the couch and getting to work. Yeah, Mama Love can be a bit of a "control freak" who can't allow even a little room for making "mistakes" when the real desire is to CREATE! I probably need to do a blend for that! (Okay I will. The next one I make.)

But back to this post. :-)

I made myself get off the couch, walk over to my work table and put together an essential oil blend and here was my reward (the same reward I ALWAYS get -- why don't I remember this?): the WONDERFUL smell of neroli, lavender, ylang ylang and helichrysum is wafting through my entire apartment and making me high with delight. I'll say more about what this blend is going to be for soon but for now, I just wanted to say, get off YOUR couch and do what you LOVE! Disregard thoughts about whether it will "be a success." At least at the start. Dive in! Get into the process. It's worth it.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mariposa Flower Essence and Mama Love for Troubled Times


Mariposa Lily Flower Essence is used to help with mother-child bonding issues. It helps you feel the embrace of unconditional love and support when birth trauma, adoption issues or other traumatic events related to mothering have occurred. 

Splendid Mariposa Lily is used when the need for comfort is so great it feels like it would have to come from the Great Mother herself. It’s for healing feelings of profound alienation and despair, separations of all sorts (death or divorce, for example), as well as for healing the pain of divisions on a greater scale: alienation from your family, your community, other groups, your country or even the world. It is also the key ingredient in my "Mama Love for Troubled Times" formula and is the inspiration for my shop as a whole.

I am now offering Mama Love for Troubled Times in a variety of forms: flower essence dropper bottle, flower essence aromatherapy oil or flower essence aromatherapy spray. And in this listing I add a 3"x 5" print of the Mariposa Lily art I did for a Flower Essence Tarot deck I am working on. The print has information about the flower essence on the back and can be used to enhance your healing experience by adding it to a ritual altar (for example) or near your Mama Love bottle to remind you of its healing intent.