August 2004: Staying Healthy During Major Transition

As we enter a time of shifts and major changes, it is common to feel excited, alert and a bit nervous. We are stepping into new terrain, a place that is unfamiliar. Are there “wild animals”, new people, adventure, or danger? Your sympathetic nervous system instinctively kicks in to help you be prepared for anything. If this happens repeatedly or for an extended period of time, your immune system becomes depleted. As your image of yourself begins to change in this new terrain of your life, you may feel ill-at-ease with the changes. This also weakens the immune system. Several people have said to me, “ This is going on and this is changing and this is new and stressful and on top of it all I am getting sick!! The more easily you can cycle through the “dis-ease” and adrenalized response, the more likely you are to stay healthy during major transitions. Echinacea and pennyroyal flower essences are allies in this process.

Staying Healthy During Major Transition

Echinacea and pennyroyal are both medicinal herbs. Echinacea is native to the central region of North America and is used to counter both bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. Flowers and leaves may be used, but the strongest action comes from the root. On the flower essence level . . .

EchinaceaEchinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

Impulses letting go of old self-images that stagnate your energies and create dis-ease. Supports transition to new ways of being as you interface with your daily world.

I AM melting away of old self-images to reveal the wealth that is your true Self. Read more about the Echinacea Flower Essence here


PennyroyalPennyroyal is native to Europe and western Asia and is now naturalized across much of the Americas. It can be used to aid digestion, for headaches, minor respiratory infections, fever, and to bring on menstruation and labor. Externally it helps with itching and inflamed skin.  It is also claimed to be a flea repellent. Pennyroyal is a powerful herb. Do not take when pregnant without the aid of a trained health professional. The essential oil of pennyroyal is highly potent and can be toxic.  As a flower essence pennyroyal is safe for anyone to use, any time.

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)

Like a fierce dragon tamer, pennyroyal sets up a sphere with spiked points protecting you from psychic danger, be it internal or external. After the danger is gone, although still alert, pennyroyal softens to bring you the sweetness of a summer day. Cycles through the fight/flight response of the sympathetic nervous system, so you may return to the restful state brought forth by the parasympathetic nervous system.

I AM strength to stand firmly in the center of whatever may assail you and wisdom to perceive when danger has passed.

All of us at Tree Frog Farm hope that the harvest of summer sustains you. We are happy to answer questions about these essences or any of our other products. Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.