Ackee Essence


“I release what no longer serves to reveal my sweetness.”

Botanical Name: Blighia sapida

Link to Chakra: Sacral & Thymus Chakras

Origin: Native to tropical West Africa. Cultivated sporadically throughout the tropics, commercially in Jamaica.

Traditional herbal uses:  The aril (edible fruit) is eaten cooked, but must be mature, fresh, and harvested when the fruit opens naturally. Unripe fruits are toxic and can be fatal. Ackee and saltfish is highly esteemed in Jamaica, where it is the national dish.

Crushed immature fruits produce foam, which is used as soap. The wood is termite resistant, and may be used in the construction of different articles. The tree is also planted as an ornamental. Seed extracts are used in the treatment of parasites. The ripe fruit is consumed to lower fever and to control dysentery. A poultice of crushed leaves is applied to the forehead to alleviate headaches, and to the skin to heal ulcers.

Energetic properties:

  1. Release of toxic emotions
  2. Union of physical and spiritual love

This 15-20m (45-60 ft) evergreen tree called to me on a very hot and humid night in Kingston — at 3 am!  A huge personality with a wicked sense of humour, I eventually found this tree (with seven joined trunks and a sign identifying her!) right outside our hotel window during our stay in Negril.

You receive: 30 ml blue glass bottle . The colour protects the contents, which should last 3-4 weeks.


More information on Flower Essences:

What Exactly are Flower or Vibrational Essences?

The analogy of essences as emotional tuning forks is an appropriate one, given they work at the energetic level.   Flower essences have been a form of healing for a very long time. There is evidence that suggests the use of flower essences in ancient Egypt. Australian aborigines have long known of the benefits of sitting beside a particular flower in order to receive its healing frequency.  When stress causes us to be “out of tune” essences issue a “true note” to help us to re-establish balance.

Dr Edward Bach: Modern Rediscovery of Flower Essences

The modern day expert who is acknowledged as the “father” of flower essences is Dr. Edward Bach. Edward Bach was a renowned physician who gave up his Harley Street medical practice to develop flower essences. His objective was to “treat the person, not the disease.”

What Essences are NOT

Essences are not essential oils, which are used in aromatherapy.  Essences are the energetic signatures of plants, animals, environments, crystals, etc. captured in water and preserved with alcohol, glycerine, apple cider vinegar and red shiso.  Essences do not have any scent, as opposed to aromatherapy oils, which are distilled from plant material.

How do Essences Work?

Essences often work by bringing about or heightening our understanding of what might be wrong with us. You yourself, however, have to be aware, watch for small signs, and note how you feel. You often only know what you are by knowing what you are not!

How are Essences Taken?

Essence drops can be put directly on the tongue, put in a small glass of water and sipped, put in the bath or room spray, put in a burner or rubbed on pulse points.  How they are applied is immaterial – some people are so sensitive to their vibration that they only need to hold an essence bottle!


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