Round yellow flowers often make us think of the sun and make us smile. This essence blend is intended for the times when the skies are dark—maybe from insufficient sunlight, maybe from trying experiences. For this blend of nine essences Ava chose a few classic flowers for uplifting the mood (St. John's wort and sunflower), but also a few others that address the core problem from many angles. Dandelion flower essence strengthens the digestion and blood, and it cleanses the liver, in effect making one feel stronger and more attuned to gut feelings.Tansy is one of the few flowers that bloom with full force and maintain erect five- to seven-foot stems in hot, dry, and sun-flooded August in Eastern Washington: they thrive in this weather, while many other flowers wilt.
Winter blues, depression, lacking optimism; feeling dejected, discouraged, or hopeless; dreading cold, dark winters; longing for sunny days during the fall, winter, and spring; low physical stamina; seeking more perseverance and endurance in all aspects of life.
This is a blend of mostly yellow summer flowers with energies of power, stamina, self-sufficiency, endurance, and stability. Several of the plants here grow more than six feet tall in our rocky meadows and backyards without the support of a watering system: namely, tansy and woolly mullein. These flowers give us strength, confidence, and an ability to ignore pettiness, jealousy, bickering, or gossiping, and allow us to focus on what is positive in our lives, what we are good at, and on where we are going.
Ava added wild white yarrow essence for protection for the people who become drained and depressed because they take on too much from others around them. White yarrow essence is like a shield of white light; it bounces off what is burdensome and unhelpful. Yellow primrose was included in this blend because some types of depression have roots in our childhoods, and even as adults we may carry saddening memories of being made to feel guilty, worthless, or shameful. Woolly mullein is a survivor weed whose leaves don't suffer damage from freezing cold or snow, as this plant generates its own heat: you may see intact rosettes of mullein leaves in the spring after the snow has melted. The star of this blend is tansy, the flower that looks like a parasol made up of sun-charged batteries.
St. John's wort is well covered in herbal literature as an herb indicated for winter blues and overall for depression (see for example the books of Matthew Wood).
Shake the bottle before each use. Take 3 drops at a time onto the tongue or mixed with water 3–4 times a day, between meals and not with herbs or coffee.
If using a mist, shake the bottle and spray above your head or around a space of your choice two times a day, or more often if desired.
Store away from sun exposure and excessive heat, but not in the fridge or freezer, and away from strongly scented substances.
Water, gluten-free brandy (from grapes; a preservative), infusion of organically grown sunflower (Helianthus annuus), wild-grown tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), wild-grown St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), wild-grown Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), wild-grown dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), organically-grown yellow primrose (Oenothera biennis), wild-grown woolly mullein (Verbascum thapsus), wild-grown white yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and tangerine quartz. Alcohol 22% by volume.
Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use.