How to support your teens with pure botanicals.

Hello friends,

We are disappointed that we were not able to deliver our teen workshop at The Possibility Project Shop during the recent school holidays, however, we will notify you of a new date shortly. In the meantime, we’d love to share with you some natural ways to help the teenagers in your life boost their mental and emotional resilience during these interesting and challenging times.

As many of the young people in our community find themselves in an on-line class room again, feelings of frustration and uncertainty remain ever present. We can all relate to the energy attached to the word ‘restrictions’.

Whilst there is much that is out of our control at the moment, we all have a choice in each moment as to how we show up for ourselves, our family and friends, and our communities. When we show a little more compassion and approach each situation with a loving heart, we naturally feel calmer and more empowered, allowing for creative solutions to emerge. Pure botanicals offer a simple and beautiful way to connect with our emotions, to acknowledge their presence, and to consciously let them go if they are not serving us so that we may create space for something new.

Essential oils and the vibrational essences of Australian bush flowers are effective for managing stress and anxiety, helping to calm the nervous system and naturally uplift the emotions. They work on both a physical and energetic level to enhance the positive aspects of our being.

Outlined below are a selection of the oils and essences you’ll find in the ’emotional immunity’ toolbox in our home and the best ways to use them …

The classic oil of pure Lavender is ever present and brings into balance flighty emotions and that sense of being out of control. It helps a ‘fired and wired’ mind gently relax into a state of peace and calm in preparation for a restful sleep.

Peppermint and Rosemary oils have been used since the time of the Ancient Greeks to help with focus, memory and concentration. These oils are always great to have on hand to encourage a sense of clarity and engagement.

Citrus oils of Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit and Bergamot are playful, they are uplifting and are a reminder not to sweat the small stuff. They are a reminder that life is meant to be enjoyed. Our soul presence is that of love and joy, and our ultimate purpose is to experience joy & happiness. The energy of these oils helps to resolve feelings of overwhelm, making space to focus on what creates joy.

Frankincense is a beautiful grounding oil that assists one in connecting with a deep sense of self. It is warm and comforting providing a sense of security during times of emotional upheaval.

Cedarwood is also a very grounding and comforting oil that helps to calm mind chatter and feelings of isolation and loneliness. It is a reminder that there is always support available, both physical and non-physical.

Essential oils are most effective in balancing the emotions when experienced by our sense of smell, either by diffusing, spritzing one’s personal space and body, smelling directly from the bottle, adding to the bath, or applying topically as a perfume. A relaxing pillow mist may be sprayed onto the pillow or bed linen to create a peaceful space for sleeping.

Essential oils are pure essences extracted from the flower, leaves, bark or fruit of a plant/tree, however in contrast, flower essences are vibrational essences, derived by soaking the flowers in purified water. It is their energetic imprint that is transferred into the water solution. Essential oils are known for their rich and beautiful aromas, however in most cases, flower essences do not have a scent. In most instances the essence is taken as a drop under the tongue, the essences being completely safe to use either singularly or in combination with other flower essences. They may also be added to essential oils in a mist format or in a diffuser to work in synergy with the oils.

My personal experience is with Australian Bush Flower Essences, many are native to our local bush areas and have been used as bush medicine for generations by our First Australians. There are over 60 bush flower essences that are safe and effective to use, each with a unique energetic imprint. I have selected my current top four for use with teenagers.

Flannel Flower, in addition to being a powerful essence is an exquisite flower, prevalent in Sydney’s sandstone areas in the Spring and Summer months. The velvet like petals are like rays of light extending from the centre of the flower to their sage coloured tips. The Flannel Flower essence inspires physical activity. This is particularly helpful for students who have been sedentary all day and need a helping hand to get active. This essence also encourages one to express their feelings in a positive way. The mantra of the Flannel Flower is “The fastest way to freedom is to feel my feelings”.

Bush Fuchsia is a slender flower, with long red tubelike flowers and wiry stems with small heart shaped leaves, it is currently flowering in Sydney’s bush areas. The essence works to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It helps with confidence in young people and increases clarity of speech. It also helps to clear any blocks to tuning into one’s intuition and trusting “gut feelings”, the mantra for this essence is “Nothing is impossible when I follow my inner guidance.”

Fringed Violet is a flower in the lily family, it has beautiful mauve petals delicately fringed with fine cilia. The essence is a remedy to assist those who are sensitive to the opinions and negative energy of others and who have been affected by traumatic situations. It can also provide energetic protection in situations where collective fear pervades. The mantra for this essence is “My life force now radiates health and vitality”.

Five Corners is a shrub with flat spiky leaves and tubular pink flowers. The fruit is a five cornered berry hence the name. This is a pivotal remedy as it addresses the universal lessons of self-esteem and self-acceptance. This essence helps one feel more confident about their inner and outer beauty. “I am now celebrating my unique strengths” is the mantra for this essence.

It is through the difficult and challenging times we have an opportunity to learn about ourselves and to expand our awareness. It is during these times that we can also be reminded that we are never alone, support is available to us in many forms when we are open to it. By changing the script, we can open ourselves to new experiences with an expanded attitude … “We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not” is a sentence I read and highlighted recently. Perhaps this is an idea we can explore with the young people in our lives?

I am here to support you should you like to create an ’emotional immunity’ toolbox of your own or if you have any queries or questions. Incorporating one or a couple of our Combardis mists into your daily routine is a great way to start. At the moment flower essence remedies are available on a made-to-order basis.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who you feel may benefit.

Sending you much love,

Karen xx

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