Yarrow Environmental Solution
Strengthening and protecting against environmental challenges to our health and vitality

Primary Indications:
* As a general tonic and strengthener to help the individual to meet harsh technological and environmental challenges in the modern world.
* Before and after exposure to radiation in X-rays, video terminals, airports, radiation treatments.
* When subjected to forces of geopathic stress, strong electromagnetic fields, or other forms of environmental toxicity.
* To strengthen the immune system, particularly those who are prone to allergies and chemical sensitivities, or other forms of immune dysfunction.
* During or after times of extreme stress, especially experiences which seem to shatter or tear apart the core sense of identity and integrity.
* For those with pronounced sensitivity, which is especially affected when traveling, in large crowds of people or similar taxing situations.

The YES formula features:

Yarrow herb and flower essences

Yarrow has been known historically as a warrior's herb, with such traditional names as "Soldier's Wound Wort" and "Knight's Millefoil." The genus name Achillea refers to the Greek warrior Achilles, whose soldiers carried the herb into battle for psychic protection as well as to staunch the bleeding of wounds. Even its form, a canopy of white flowers, suggests a protective "umbrella" of white light.

Yarrow flower essence has become one of the most widely acclaimed FES essences since it was first prepared in 1978. It has been used extensively with individuals who feel "vulnerable" (literally: "able to be wounded") to the influences of others and their environment. It "knits together" an overly porous aura - the envelope of vital energy that surrounds and protects the body. It encourages a healthy sense of Self, imparting strength, integrity, and clarity of consciousness typical of members of the Composite family.

The Yarrow flowers are the very heart of the YES formula, with qualities that unite and harmonize the essential polarities of both Arnica and Echinacea. With its fine feathery leaves and highly attenuated umbel-like blossoms, the Yarrow plant is an extraordinary picture of soul sensitivity. As the soul mediates between body and spirit, so does the Yarrow plant integrate both light and form in a most remarkable way. Its role in this formula is to allow the soul, or middle realm of the human being to remain sensitive and in touch with its feeling life, but in such a way that these soul qualities are neither blunted by the harshness of the modern technological world, or made so diffuse and porous as to stymie the vital expression of the individual. Arnica and Echinacea act as anchors from the polarities of body and spirit, to facilitate the full unfoldment of soul forces which the Yarrow so uniquely bestows. Finally, within this essential trinity is still another exquisite trine within the Yarrow flowers themselves of white, pink and golden flowers to balance the energetic structures of the soul.

Arnica flower essences
Arnica is a well-known herbal and homeopathic remedy for shock and trauma, particularly when there is damage to soft tissue. Often, when we are in a situation of physical or psychic trauma, we separate our awareness from our bodies as a way of coping with pain.

Arnica flower essence is widely used for deep-seated shock or trauma which may become locked into the body and prevent full physical recovery, and for many puzzling psychosomatic illnesses which do not respond to obvious treatment. Arnica can also be used on a short-term first-aid basis to allow rapid recovery from trauma.

The Arnica plant, with its bright yellow sun-like blossoms and fluid leafy structure, grows close to the earth in moist mountain habitats; it is the very picture of spiritual forces which are well integrated with the physical and etheric realms. Thus Arnica flower essence particularly addresses the physical and etheric bodies by helping to bring spiritual forces from the heights down and into the body.

Echinacea herb and flower essences
Echinacea is a powerful herb native to the American Midwest. It is known as an immune system enhancer, and is used widely as an herbal tincture to increase resistance to cold, flu, and other infectious diseases.

Just as the immune system is an expression of the integrity of the physical body, protecting it against what would harm or destroy it, so our sense of Self or individuality expresses spiritual integrity. The flower essence of Echinacea is used for the many challenges on our Self-hood. The anonymity of modern civilization, along with countless other mechanizing and alienating forces such as acts of crime, violence, and sexual or emotional degradation, can shatter the dignity of the Self. Echinacea flower essence stimulates and awakens the true inner Self, and restores the soul's self-identity and wholeness in relationship to the Earth and to the human family.

The Echinacea plant demonstrates movement from the ground of matter into the pole of Spirit. It flourishes on the level ground of the open prairie, with a strong vertical gesture upward. The magenta-purple blossoms emerge from a fiery orange cone-like bristle, growing on a sturdy stem with tough, rigid leaves. The Echinacea is a vivid expression of physical forces which have lifted or resurrected themselves out of hardened matter into spirit.

Text by Patricia Kaminski, Photos by Richard Katz