This is the first comprehensive guidebook of the 20 Spirit-in-Nature Essences, formerly Master’s Flower Essences–the oldest flower essence line outside the U.K. since 1977.

Here, founder Lila Devi weaves an entertaining yet practical overview of this healing art (also see Flower Essences for Animals). Lila is a flower essence researcher, practitioner, lecturer, and seminar leader in the U.S. and abroad. Her background in psychology, education and spirituality, combined with her sensitivity to Nature and healing, makes her one of the foremost flower essence experts in the world today.

To Develop Your Insight:

  • In-depth compilation of the Spirit-in-Nature Essences, including charts, illustrations and practical text, based on 30 years of case histories, testimonials and research.
  • New vocabulary, making essences more accessible and understandable than ever: them and plot, symptom and core.
  • Easy to use Cross-Reference Essence Index

Lila Devi

Lila Devi (lee-lah day-vee) is the founder of Spirit-in-Nature Essences, the oldest flower essence line within the U.S. and globally outside the U.K. since 1977. An engaging seminar leader with over 38 years’ experience, Lila lectures nationally and abroad. Through experiential wisdom, humor, and music, she brings an expansive view of people, plants, and animals to her programs, radio shows, and television appearances.

She has authored 4 books spanning 4 different genres: The Essential Flower Essence Handbook (considered a holistic classic, first published in 1996) and Flower Essences for Animals (a guide to helping our beloved pets know the highest quality of life through natural pet care)—both in several languages and the texts for the SiNE Home Study Courses; Bradley Banana and The Jolly Good Pirate, the first in a series of 20 children’s picture books, also in several languages, each personifying the uplifting quality of a flower essence as a little girl or boy who enjoys a cathartic adventure at a juncture of reality and fantasy; and her latest book, a spiritual memoir entitled From Bagels to Curry: A Jewish Yogi’s Journey Through the Passing of a Parent.

A graduate with honors from the University of Michigan, Lila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, psychology, and a secondary teaching certificate, and is considered one of the foremost flower essence developers in the world today. Drawing on her skills as a writer of songs, poetry, and plays and on her talent as a musician—vocalist, guitarist, and composer—her classes present a refreshing approach to Nature and an awareness of human nature.

Lila’s articles on natural health and expanded consciousness with flower essences—herbal infusions that stimulate our positive qualities—have been published in magazines internationally. Some comments from clients: “Thanks you for once again talking with me about my dog Lily. You have helped me make loving choices for her and also assisted me in this long grief process. Thanks for understanding and caring—and for walking me through a hard time and not judging me. You were so kind and loving to a stranger. Warmest regards, Shari.” And: “You definitely have a gift with helping people. I feel like my whole body is calming down. People say how good I’m looking. Talking to you is like talking to a spiritual psyychologist. Francie”

Lila divides her time between Ananda Village near Nevada City, California and Assisi, Italy, as a longtime Ananda resident. More about Spirit-in-Nature can be found at, a 200-page website with 21 YouTube videos, monthly blogs, free online books and literature, and other practical information. Here are 2 interviews about the latest book (the first 2 on this page), From Bagels to Curry, at:

"This wonderful book magically reveals the secret healing power of flowers. Filled with fascinating stories, The Essential Flower Essence Handbook is an enjoyable and though-provoking read."
Joseph Cornell, author of Listening to Nature and Sharing Nature with Children

"The best and most comprehensive book is a very competitive field."
Michael Van Meter, Royal Publications

"Easy to read . . . very practical . . . a must for the natural health practitioner."
Jeffrey R. Cram, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher in Applied Psychophysiology