Plant-based alchemy is nothing new—you already experience it every day. When you take in a deep breath, the oxygen that fills your lungs is created by plants, trees, and flowers. Flower alchemy is simply another way of receiving the nourishing properties of plants: Instead of taking in oxygen, you’re taking in pure flower essences—liquid energy that transforms your mood and mind through your acupuncture meridians.
Yeah, but what are they, exactly? Flower essences are herbal infusions made from the flowering part of wild plants, bushes, or trees. The whole idea is that the body operates like a finely-tuned instrument. Sometimes it rings with perfect pitch—everything in perfect alignment. Sometimes it needs a little re-tuning. Flower essences act as a natural tuning fork—bringing the body back in tune with a subtle electrical vibration.
Katie Hess, the founder of Lotus Wei, says that for every mood and feeling, there is a flower that can shift your mood and physiology. Her work is rooted in more than 13 years of study and observation. Simply said: Choose a flower, change your life. So if you're feeling stressed, or heartbroken, or exhausted, or distracted, or restless, or overwhelmed, there's a flower remedy that can help. They're not just hocus pocus—they're powerful, they're practical, and they work.
Below is a handy guide to choosing the right flower essence for your mood. Pick one that relates to your feelings and emotional state at the moment. If not all symptoms pertain to you, that's okay—the formula will still be effective in treating the symptoms you do have. Lotus Wei's six transformative remedies are available in four formats: flower elixirs (to be taken sublingually), balancing serums, transformative perfumes, and energy mists. Maybe today you need love, or compassion, or focus. Maybe tomorrow it's trust, joy, or vitality—or all of the above!
|Your Mood||Flower Essence||Transformative Effect|
|Feeling overly serious; heavy with responsibilities; too busy to play; lack of fun, laughter, or sheer enjoyment every day||Joy Juice||Magnifies joy, happiness, freedom, and letting your inner child play. Deepens your enjoyment of everyday experiences and simplifies life. An instant cheerful boost that clarifies your path and dissolves worry and complication, so you can experience more freedom and fun.|
|Being hard on yourself; not appreciating yourself; feeling hardened, bitter, heartbroken, or irritated; yearning for love and affection||Infinite Love||
Magnifies self-love and appreciation; makes you feel beautiful and attracts love. Helps you to be kind to yourself; helps you feel beautiful and take time to take breaks; enhances charisma and magnetism; dissolves heartbreak and softens hardening of the heart; attracts love and opportunity.
|Fatigue, exhaustion, compromised immune system, weakness, cramps and irregular cycles, feeling invisible, or lots of travel and/or computer use||Pure Energy||
Magnifies radiance, vitality, and chi and strengthens your presence; boosts immune system and balances reproductive system; protects you from others’ stress and re-energizes you after computer, cell phone, and air travel fatigue.
|Creative blocks, procrastination, distraction, difficulty focusing, avoiding big priorities, or leaving projects unfinished||Inspired Action||
Magnifies fearless creativity, innovation, inspiration, and thinking outside the box. Increases motivation, productivity, drive, and the ability to complete unfinished projects; enhances decisiveness and trusting your intuition.
|Sleeplessness, restlessness, thinking too much or too much in your head, distraction or hard to pay attention||Quiet Mind||
Magnifies feeling more connected, quiets the mind and enhances clarity and awareness. Dissolves tension and helps you experience deep rest and sound sleep; be in your perfect zone and zen; enhances efficiency, clarity, and effectiveness.
|High stress, feeling overwhelmed, lack of support or confidence, nervous, out of balance, going through change or transition||Inner Peace||
Enhances your ability to fully express yourself and let it all hang out; feeling comfortable and confident in every situation; offers fresh perspectives after long periods of stress; calms and stabilizes during times of change and transition.
We’ve all had the experience of not getting enough sleep and seeing it in the mirror the next day—it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Given the increasing busyness of most of our lives, it’s easy to forget that one of the most effective beauty treatments out there is free (and über natural!).
A study by the World Association of Sleep Medicine in 2011 found that 30 percent of Canadian adults get fewer than six hours of sleep a night, and that women are more likely to have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Not only does lack of sleep contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, and other medical conditions, it’s written all over our face, too.
While your mind sleeps, your body keeps working, healing cell damage and undergoing all sorts of hormonal and metabolic changes. During delta sleep, one half of a two-stage cycle that repeats during the night, growth hormones direct cells to repair damaged tissues—including the skin. So skimp on a good night’s rest, and come morning, fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable, dark circles and puffiness appear around the eyes, and your skin looks just plain dull. Bottom line: When you sleep better, you look better.
Ladies in cold climates, take note: Using a humidifier in your bedroom will do wonders for your complexion. It will instill the air—and your skin—with moisture. This one’s non-negotiable at my house.
You can give that cell repair a little boost with some nighttime-specific skin care products, too. The skin-softening prickly pear seed oil in MUN No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum is an anti-inflammatory known to heal wounds and blemishes, and is rich in vitamin K, which helps reduce dark circles. Stark Skincare’s new Neroli Midnight Oil calms anxiety and helps stimulate cell regeneration to promote a more youthful appearance. Precious seed oils, including antioxidant-rich raspberry, pomegranate, and blackberry, combine with evening primrose oil, green tea seed oil, and golden jojoba to create a light, protective barrier on the skin, perfect for a soothing overnight treatment.
And if you have trouble quieting your mind when your head hits the pillow, let the mandarin, clary sage, and lavender oils in Tata Harper’s Aromatic Bedtime Treatment soothe, balance, relax, and calm you.
There's not much more frustrating than waking up to a pimple marring your carefully tended complexion. Thanks to my combination skin, even as an adult, this is an all-too-familiar experience for me. Conventional acne "treatments" would tell me to run for the benzoyl peroxide, but I think I'd rather suffer the embarrassing zit than expose my skin to BP's burning, sun-sensitizing, free-radical-generating effects (it's also been shown to cause tumours in mice—eep!). Fortunately, there are safer, natural alternatives to battling blemishes. Here's one:
Combine one drop of Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil with one drop each of tea tree and lavender essential oils for an overnight blemish treatment that will ease inflammation, redness, and soreness—without dehydrating or damaging the skin. Tea tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds that help destroy the bacteria that cause acne. Lavender also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and may help accelerate the healing of blemishes. Coupled with the soothing benefits of argan oil—such as reducing inflammation, neutralizing free radicals, and protecting against environmental agents—this simple recipe has saved my skin on many a morning.
Anyone else rocking a Sahara Desert on their forehead? Between getting older and the weather getting colder, I have drier skin this year than ever before. Lucky for me, I have the ultimate in all-natural skin saviors at my disposal, and after road-testing the best of the best, I've managed to narrow down my game-changing winter beauty rescues.
Complexion looking a little lacklustre? Start with your cleanser. One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil is super light, super gentle, and helps restore the skin's natural moisture and pH balance. It can be used as a traditional cleanser (massage it on, rinse, and go) or, for a deeper cleanse, follow the oil cleansing method.
Packed full of antioxidants and omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream is a light, silky moisturizer that is easily absorbed to leave skin hydrated and looking beautifully healthy. Rich in matricin and azulene—nature's powerful skin soothing agents, with an ultra-clean formula that minimizes the risk of irritation.
PROBLEM: Tired eyes.
Rich in peptides and antioxidants, Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum penetrates easily to address fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. Overindulge at a holiday party? This refreshing treatment increases lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness while boosting microcirculation to minimize dark circles. Hello, new BFF.
PROBLEM: Damaged locks.
Evening primrose oil combined with 7 proteins and amino acids, 10 certified organic extracts, and 11 certified organic plant oils in John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair works to hydrate dry strands. Wheat protein helps with comb-through and shine, and geranium, a cellular regenerative, strengthens the hair shaft to protect against future breakage.
PROBLEM: Tight, itchy skin.
The worst, right? May Lindstrom to the rescue. The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate gets its aqua hue from blue tansy oil, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antihistamine that works wonders on red, itchy, irritated skin. This serene balm melts on touch to calm both skin and spirit.
PROBLEM: Chapped lips.
As a lip balm addict, I should know: Hurraw! has created the perfect product. Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, and long lasting. Hurraw!
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From Olivia Wilde's fuchsia and Nicole Richie's saturated red to Emma Stone's vampy plum, ILIA Beauty has a luxe natural alternative for every lip colour you'll need this season. Shop the brand's range of gorgeous lipsticks, tinted lip conditioners, lip crayons, and more here.