Pretty Face Flower Essence


Pretty Face nourishes emotional "balance"


Confidence during childhood is important for healthy maturation


Pretty Face helps to instill inner beauty


Pretty Face encourages a self-less attitude


About Linda Cohen

People speak about a signature, favorite flower essence, the way they might speak about their favorite color, aromatic therapeutic oil, gourmet dessert, or even their most-played CD. It’s the one out of so many, out of such a rich variety of choices, that you’d carry off to a desert island if you could only pick one, and it probably wouldn’t be that tough to choose either: that one “quality,” healing “virtue,” as Dr. Bach called it (flower essence remedy), that most balances you, no matter the situation.

Pretty Face nourishes emotional “balance”

Even though many flower essences may be relevant to so many areas and aspects of growth, development and welfare/health, usually we have a favorite that helps us feel better when particular core issues arise. As least, I have a favorite. And, its healing action helps me stay balanced, optimistic, flowing and compassionate (especially with myself). Though “balance” per se is not its main description in the Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, Pretty Face has come to be both my best anti-depressant remedy (I like Cherry Plum and Gorse, though, too), as well as the elixir that helps me the most with change and moving forward with goals and actions of accomplishment. When I feel that I look good, I am lighter, more flowing, more connecting, less self-centered and “dense.”

The Flower Essence Repertory describes Pretty Face (triteileia ixioides) (yellow, brown stripes)—

Positive qualities:  Beauty that radiates from within; self-acceptance in relation to personal appearance
Patterns of imbalance:  Feeling ugly or rejected because of personal appearance; over identified with physical appearance


Confidence during childhood is important for healthy maturation

I imagine, but for karma, in utero input, and birth, that we come into this world with a pretty clean slate, a blank canvas upon which life begins to “impress” itself onto us, into the fibers of our formation as beings. Even though we might not be the most adorable of children, encouragement, praise, and love from our parents usually gives us much confidence and good feelings about ourselves (barring other traumas that come with living). When we are raised, accepted, and adored in the best of circumstances, we are given a most valuable start in life, to develop a healthy sense of self, more rooted in the internal, from the inside-out, rather than being completely swayed by outward circumstances.

My parents married young and had two children under two by the time they were twenty-three. We moved from New York to Miami Beach when I was entering fifth grade. I think I suffered some form of depression from an early age in a home of well-meaning but inept parents. I don’t recall either of my folks taking much interest in my “physical presentation.” When I look at those old black and white copper-tinged photos from the past, my hair is never combed, let alone styled; I look a bit shell-shocked and ill at ease (self-conscious—something was “off” with me).  Around this time, our grade school starting having regular monthly age-appropriate Friday night dances called “sock hops.” I lived for and romanticized about those dances, and cute boys, and being beautiful like Audrey Hepburn, my favorite actress. I was a tv/movie child; fantasy was my great escape and alternative dimension.

“Boy-crazy” was pretty common among Miami Beachers nearing junior high in the 60s. Luscious, tropical, hibiscus-strewn Miami Beach, my Venus-minded Taurus moon, and a persistent snaking Scorpio rising, and, I began taking great interest in my wardrobe and accessories, perfumes, and bath products. However, I received little guidance about my bowl-shaped-cut frizzy brown hair. Even though I did the best I could with itchy aluminum hair rollers, thick smelly gel and crazy glue hair spray, watching all the blond straight-haired beauties and handsome rock-body surfer guys cruising “The Strip,” had me in a constant state of “I need to fix myself,” which was etched more deeply into my astral being before I’d leave to go out for a social function. I would primp and prune, and spend hours trying to make my bangs straight and my outfit stunning, and I would “present” myself to my mother as I was leaving. Invariably her comment was something like, “Can I make just one suggestion?” or “Do you really think that strange color purple suits you?” Yes, I’d emerge from the locked door of my (and my younger sister’s) bedroom, only to be “constructively criticized” to a wilting sunflower, by my mother. My confidence turned inside out, and going to the dances became a source of anxiety, which to this day I am still working to heal. 

Pretty Face helps to instill inner beauty

Flower essences work differently for different people. Sometimes they work immediately to address and help mitigate negative symptoms, and sometimes I’ll be working on the same issue for months, years, even decades.  Using flower essences over the long term has very much helped me lift to “higher vibrations” of my original issues. Now when I take Pretty Face, it has more to do with being conscious about taking the time and energy to do what I feel I need to do to feel “radiant” in my own skin, and of course, an ever-increasing aspiration to feel pretty on the inside. 

I discovered Pretty Face flower essence in 1987, towards the end of the final year of study to become a holistic nutritional counselor with health guru, Gary Null.  I immediately began using Pretty Face with other “essential” essences I’d purchased: Walnut, Iris, Rock Water, Lotus, Holly, Indian Paintbrush and Zinnia. I began experiencing positive shifts in my perceptions and behavior; I literally began to see myself differently, also using the affirmation, “I am beautiful inside and out.”  There were times a “gloom” would come over me  when worrying about a date or some event where my confidence would be challenged (by me alone of course!). This might have been a good match for some to use Mustard for “sudden gloom,” but for me, Pretty Face wafted away the clouds, and left me feeling lighter and more assured. Pretty Face also helps me many times when that old “not good enough” ache starts to arise to drain my energy. Pretty Face energizes and inspires me. Maybe it is superficial to care about how I look, and maybe this issue wouldn’t be so etched in me, if I had had different “input” as a child.

Pretty Face encourages a self-less attitude

On the large spectrum of issues, perhaps mine as described above, is not the most awful. Yet it has whispered its “digs” and put-downs in my vulnerable psyche it seems, as far back as I can remember. I am so grateful that Pretty Face helped me, and is still helping, heal this long-standing self-critical “white noise.”  Each of us has our own emotional and psychic ruts to smooth, often overlapping, complex and confusing. Along with Manzanita, “My body is the temple of my Spirit,” I am making progress toward the good (loving, accepting and appreciating my uniqueness, and even being less critical of others).

The subtle and intuitive nature of using flower essences provides us with tools from the heart of Mother Nature, and also much hope for healing and improving the quality of our lives. Since the Autumn Equinox, my birthday, Pretty Face has been included in my flower essence blend. For me, it’s a natural anti-depressant and energizer, helping me to lighten up, feel younger, more self-assertive, confident and inspired. It allows me to take the time and put in the “goddess energy” to feel good about how I look, and how I take care of myself.  Thereby, I feel happier and more focused not on but outside myself.

About Linda Cohen

Marrying at 21, with two children by the age of 24, Linda (pictured at right with her granddaughter) divorced her husband of seven years, and at 28, began a search for herSelf which initially led to the “rock and roll years” and substance abuse, culminating in a one-year in-house recovery program. In 1986, at 35, successfully leaving rehab, Linda had to learn how to nourish herself and her two young girls. While transitioning from rehab back to her apartment on Central Park West, Linda began her thrilling adventure into holistic healing. She started studying traditional Japanese karate; she began Buddhist studies; and she began studying food and healing with AnnaMarie Colbin. In 1991, Linda graduated with honors from Gary Null’s Holistic Nutritional Counseling Program and is mentioned as a top counselor in Manhattan, in his book, Healing Your Body Naturally. But, through beginning work with flower essences back in 1987, Linda’s greatest discovery was that emotional healing leads the way for physical healing and self-actualization. In 2001, after a nearly 17 year affiliation, Linda became a certified flower essence therapist through the Flower Essence Society, and today teaches and counsels using flower and gem essences exclusively.  As a pioneer in this underutilized art, it’s Linda’s mission to bring to light to as many as she can the importance and relevance of flower essences and other vibrational remedies. She counsels, teaches and facilitates apprenticeship programs regularly (and can often be found playing with new granddaughter, Bee) and encourages all to visit her website at


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