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This is about Alex, a young man aged 24. He has had a long history of insomnia, and presented to me initially for hypnosis.

This young man has a series of problems that he knows he needs to address.  He lives at home with his parents, and the dynamics within the family unit are challenging. His mother reported that he has always had difficulty settling, since he was an infant. During our initial consultation, we established that his underlying issue was fear of going to sleep.

I initially prescribed Crisis Calm to be taken regularly, and as needed at bed time, as a means of addressing his adrenal overload, related to the underlying, but ever-present fear. This was combined with Blue Mink to assist with the feeling of being threatened.

The next visit, he reported that he had been sleeping better, but not as well as he wanted. He reported that he would wake during the night and not be able to return to sleep. He did however appear to have had a shift in his energy pattern to a more peaceful state. He was less guarded in his responses to question, and was more relaxed generally.

Whenever the subject of sleep arose, his energy changed dramatically, and I saw a frightened little boy.

After long discussion, I prescribed Lantana , and Cordyline as he has a dependent relationship with his mother who is over protective, and an ambivalent relationship with his father. These two were combined with Cassia as a means of addressing his fear, and to promote his self reliance.

This has been a major turning point in this young man’s life. He is more positive, and outgoing. He reports that he has addressed issues at his work tat he previously has avoided. He is also going to embark on overcoming his fear of driving, which will be a hugely liberating process. I expect to be seeing more of Alex as we work through his issues. He is now sleeping well, and after we accessed a past life experience with hypnosis, and dealt with it, he no longer has the fear that has plagued him all his life.

He is a convert to Flower essences, and it is only through the clearing and balancing work of the essences that he had the courage to attempt the regression process, and gain his freedom.

~Ian Davies









Lantana camera 


Healing Challenges

  • For guilt and worry
  • For feelings of being smothered.
  • For over-nurturing and smother love .
  • For masking one’s inner fears with a false bravado.
  • For the need to cover one's sense of inadequacy with substance abuse  – marijuana, tobacco
  • Lung-related disorders, such as asthma and shallow breathing.
  • For feeling muddle-headed.

Healing Outcomes

  • Brings a sense of emotional freedom and relief from guilt and worry .
  • Brings a deep faith that everything will be all right.
  • It brings calm self-assurance.
  • Clarifies personal boundaries.
  • Helps to clear substance abuse patterns such as smoking.


A trailing or mat-forming evergreen shrub growing to a height of two to four metres, it bears heads of pink or orange posy-like flowers, each with a yellow eye. A native to the Americas, it is considered a noxious weed in northern Australia  , while some species are cultivated in the southern regions.

The stems possess re-curved spines and are sharply four-angled when young, becoming more cylindrical with age. The leaves are usually covered with hairs.

Lantana does not have a taproot; however, the roots form an extensive mat below the surface that traps water, soil and nutrients. This makes Lantana a rambling, drought-resistant plant that has a tendency to smother other plants nearby.

Doctrine of Signatures

Appearing like a veil over the landscape, it is a profuse grower, completely covering everything it rambles over.

When cleared, the true shape and nature of the landscape underneath is revealed and can look very different. Little trees, shrubs and plants, in fact a complete garden, can appear as if out of nowhere once the screen is removed.

The soil is always very fertile underneath — it is nourished by the Lantana even as it covers it. When intact, it provides natural wildlife corridors and safe havens for birds and tiny animals. It is as if a whole world exists under the lantana cover.

Because of its propensity to ‘take over’ the native bush land in tropical areas, it is considered a noxious weed. It is usually found in areas where native vegetation has already been previously cleared. Lantana is a much-loved cultivar in southern climates where it does not grow so rampantly. It is interesting to note that Lantana is a common weed in areas that are known to be 'asthma prone.'

The flowers are tiny petaled flowerlets on a flower head, giving the appearance of a single flower. They have a strong pungent aroma, which permeates the surrounding environment. They first appear as bright yellow and orange and change to a soft pastel pink and cream as they mature. The change in the colour of the flowers as they mature suggests the softening that takes place when we apply our inner wisdom in our dealings with others — that instead of dumping our negative energy onto our loved ones, we affirm in them a sense of inner strength and faith in themselves.


Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Dandelion EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Dandelion Essence
For further discussion and case studies on Lantana, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences

Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences









Taraxacum officinale


Healing Challenges

  • For dissociation, feeling ungrounded.
  • For racing thoughts or the mind that won’t shut down.
  • For being scattered and unfocused.
  • For overwhelm.
  • For Mind-Body separation.
  • For energetically supporting digestive disturbances, tiredness and exhaustion, anorexia, and over weight, headaches, nausea and feeling liverish.
  • For insomnia.

Healing Outcomes

  • Grounds and centres.
  • Calms the mind.
  • Aids focus.
  • For feeling 'right there' when engaging with others.
  • Assists in achieving goals.
  • Energises and vitalizes.
  • For balancing the Mind and Body.
  • Energetically strengthens digestion.


This plant, despised as a weed, is one of nature's greatest healing aids, and is a medicine chest in itself. It is a hardy perennial, and grows wild nearly everywhere.

It has a fleshy root and a straight stem up to 20cm tall that rises precariously above the ground, and is topped by a bright yellow golden flower which is a collection of tiny florets each providing a ripe seed, in time.

12 leaves grow flat to the ground in a circular arrangement with the tall stem arising from the middle.

A native of Europe and North America, T. officinale has become naturalized in Australia and occurs widely in the cooler parts of the country .

This plant as a herbal remedy, is good for diabetes, tonification of the liver, kidneys and gallbladder, and improves digestion. The leaves, used as a diuretic, may be taken either raw or cooked, and the roots are commonly ground and drunk as a bitter-tasting substitute for coffee.

Doctrine of Signatures 

The flower of this extremely beneficial plant hovers and waves in the air way above the ground. It’s as though it’s as far from the physical as it can be, cut off from its roots and sustenance. The leaves and roots have been used for many hundreds of years as herbal medicines, and the leaves are flat on the ground in a circular arrangement, as if they are hugging the earth . The flower seems to be totally disconnected from the base.

The flower head is a bright, distinct yellow, the colour of the intellect or the conscious mind and is made up of many little flowerlets. Each flowerlet has a truncated petal, which appears as if it has been cut off sharply at the outer border.

Taken together, the flowerlets appear to be highly ordered and structured, sitting closely together in a circular arrangement making up the flower head. It is as if there are many separate thoughts going around and around in the head, not going anywhere.

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Dandelion EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Dandelion Essence
For further discussion and case studies on Dandelion, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Essences.

Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences