Flannel Flower
Actinotus helianthi

This essence was prepared with a Malachite crystal

Properties
Confidence in being touched
Open expression of personal needs and feelings
Safe boundaries for gentleness and sensuality

This lovely white flower is as soft as velvet to touch, as the name implies. What appear to be the petals are actually 10 petal- like bracts encircling tightly packed small flowers within its center. The doctrine of signatures of this reflects the qualities of the Flannel Flower's essence in having the ability to support a person's inability for open expression. The velvety soft bracts are like a circle of rays of hope and openness – soft and safe.

The latin names of this flower have interesting and rather lovely meanings. Actinatus means "in the form of rays" and helianthi means "like a sunflower". Both of these names reflect the qualities of the Flannel Flower essence as mentioned above.

People who do not feel safe to be touched or to express themselves verbally would benefit greatly from this essence. They may have experienced abuse or trauma in their lives which prevents them from trusting and feeling safe. As all people are in need of loving and tenderness, inwardly these people long to be touched but aren't able to trust or feel safe when they are. This essence assists them in accepting and loving themselves as well.

Flannel Flower essence assists in developing strong, healthy boundaries and sensitivity. This is an essence that would benefit those men who often find it difficult to express their feelings or sensitivity. It would benefit both men and women who have been mentally, verbally or sexually abused, supporting them in creating boundaries and gaining trust once again.

The Flannel Flower essence offers the inner confidence to step out from tightly guarding your inner pain. It allows you to “open your wings” and prepare to take flight - a little at a time. In so doing you will begin to gain the courage and confidence it takes to allow you to enjoy physical contact and sensuality, and to verbally express your needs and wishes. Physical activities such as sport or dancing may also be enhanced through taking this essence as your expanded safe boundaries will allow you to feel more confident within groups of people.

The Mental Health Council of Australia has chosen this flower as their emblem, referring to it's resilience and ability to adapt to change, as well as to strengthen mental health.

The Malachite crystal within this essence enhances the healing qualities of this essence by aiding in releasing unconscious negative experiences and stimulating instinctive and intuitive reasoning.

Affirmations
I am confident in expressing my feelings
I enjoy physical contact, sensitivity and sensuality

Malachite
A "stone of transformation" assisting one to change situations * Assists in clearing and activating all chakras, but especially stimulating the heart and throat chakras * Clarifying emotions and for recognition and release of negative unconscious experiences * Enhances intuition and insight