This essence blend was created for the person seeking more courage. Courage can mean more than one thing: for some of us it means being able to handle a trying life situation; for some it means shedding a lifelong aspect of our personality of unwelcome, limiting shyness; for others it means wanting once and for all to speak our truth to the world, to our family members and to strangers.
Facing a scary or brand-new life situation or a challenging but necessary confrontation; painfully shy, difficulty expressing oneself verbally, difficulty expressing one's true nature in public or among new people; wanting to come out of the closet (whatever this term means for you); fear of animals, social anxiety, wanting to be more assertive.
Borage flower essence is a classic first choice for courage, especially when one is dejected or depressed. Bull thistle is one of Ava's favorite essences for boldness and assertiveness (she includes it in many custom blends for children who deal with bullies in school)—it makes a person feel bold, big, and mighty. Witch hazel and paper birch help us project our true nature to the world: witch hazel leads us to understand and accept the parts of us that we think are different, unusual, or weird; and paper birch helps us to peel off layers of unwanted environmental influences and to get in touch with our deeper aspects of personality and our mission in life.
Violets are a classic choice in flower essence literature for social anxiety, timidity, and fearfulness, and blue viola acts on the throat chakra to help with verbal communication challenges—it can help us to speak clearly, eloquently, and without anger.
The inclusion of borage was inspired by the teachings of David Dalton, and the use of blue viola and paper birch was inspired by the findings of Steve Johnson.
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 borage (Borago officinalis), organically grown witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia), organically grown purple violet (Viola adunca), wild-grown larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), wild-grown bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare), wild-grown paper birch (Betula papyrifera), organically grown blue viola (Viola cornuta), and onyx. Alcohol 22% by volume.
Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use.