Vine people are those who take charge of situations- they are born leaders and rulers of society. They are self-assured and certain or right and wrong. Rather than attempt to convince others of virtues and their opinions, as the Vervain person would do, the Vine person would not invite argument or debate and would only accept conformity. He/she would persuade others through strength of character that they should do things in a particular way. Because they are such strong willed and dominant figures, the Vine type usually gets his or her own way and finds it hard to adopt a more passive role. This essence helps these people to soften a little so that their strength becomes a virtue rather than a weapon.
Vervain is the essence for people who have certain strong beliefs and opinions and feel that must speak out and make them known. They believe so strongly in their ideas that they can become blinded and unable to see the other side of an argument. They find injustice and unfairness difficult to tolerate and cannot restrain themselves from protesting about such issues. It is when they are unable to get their point across or are prevented in some way from doing something about a situation that bothers them, that they become frustrated, tense and cannot relax. Their mind is full of what they want to say, what they want to do and they cannot switch off. They are enthusiastic people and get very involved in projects they believe in or in the correction of some untruth. It is when this natural energy and enthusiasm and sense of injustice causes strain and stress, that the essence is needed, and it helps to restore calm so that problems can be faced logically and rationally, easing the tension and allowing the mind and body to relax.
Rock Water is the essence to help those who are so rigid of mind that they deny themselves some of the simplest pleasures of life. They are self –righteous and self-disciplined and force themselves to live up to the standards and expectations they have set for themselves. They can be martyrs- and will suffer much if it sets an example for others to follow. They can be self-punishing too, forcing themselves to do without certain luxuries or comforts, telling themselves that it is good for them and so justify the harsh treatment. The Rock Water essence helps then to relax and be less demanding of themselves, so that their high standards remain, but are more reasonable. Rock Water is the only essence that is not derived from a flower, plant or tree, it is the water of a natural spring that is know for its healing qualities.
These people like to mother those they care for and tend to be overly full of love and care for their children, family and friends, knowing what is best for them and trying to live their lives for them. They like to feel needed and are hurt if those around them are too independent and do not seek or heed their advice. The most negative Chicory people become possessive, clingy and selfish and can then stifle the freedom of those whom they love, so turning them away in their desire to hold on to them. They are happiest when they have their family around them, when they are the center of attention and the one their family turns to for guidance. This essence helps such people to channel their love in a more positive way so that they care and advise, but at the same time are aware of their loved ones own needs and desires- being there when needed but mindful of individuality and the need for independence.
This is the essence for those who find it hard to understand the difficulties of others. The Beech person is intolerant and critical of people’s failings, habits and faults and irritated by their apparent shortcomings and foolishness. The Beech essence helps people of this nature to be more tolerant and lenient of the plight of others, realizing that their ways might be different but not necessarily inferior.