Yogananda Flower Essences

The year was 1977. A blending of the Bach preparation method with the Indian sage Paramhansa Yogananda’s interpretations of the psychological and spiritual qualities of foods began to form Spirit-in-Nature Essences. In India we have named these essences Yogananda Flower Essences.

Developed in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just north of Nevada City, California, by founder Lila Devi, these 20 essences have since gained worldwide recognition as the oldest flower essence line within the U.S. and outside the U.K. .

In this rugged desert climate, wild blackberries thrive along winding footpaths and a prolific apple orchard provides tasty snacks for wandering herds of deer. Blossoms are gathered primarily from the gardens and orchards at Ananda Village (

Holistic healing, at its best, supports the entire living being by strengthening its life force, which is the true healer. Flower essences are one such method. As Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, said nearly 2,000 years ago, “Our natures are the physicians of diseases.” They are also the harbingers of our health.

These essences are inspired by great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952), author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. He was the first yogi from India to live in the West.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are filled with life force, Yogananda said – and even more so with the blossoms, or the reproductive system of the plant. If the cherry fruit contains the “vibrational vitamin” of cheerfulness, it is the cherry flower that contains the highest concentration of this subtle energy. “I’ve been taking vitamins all my life,” said a flower essence client, “and I always forget to take them. But on the Yogananda Flower Essences, I can’t wait to take my next dosage. They are really shifting things for me, affecting me very strongly.”

Practitioners and lay people alike are finding that Yogananda Flower Essences help to activate a wide range of psycho-spiritual strengths. Much like the plucking of a string on a musical instrument, other strings of the same note will vibrate as well on that same sounding board. Based on the law of “sympathetic resonance,” flower essences strike a similar note in our consciousness – stimulating ennobling qualities that lie within our nature.

Yogananda Flower Essences have been researched for 4 decades, including a pioneering biofeedback study by the late Dr. Jeffrey Cram and countless direct testimonials from essence users about their clients, families, friends, pets and even plants. 

These essences are FDA approved (FSSAI Reg No. 21517160000066) and tested in a NABL acrredited laboratory in India. Learn more…

Essence Qualities

Essence Enhances Helps to Overcome
Almond Essence Self-control, Moral vigor Addictive in personality, workahcolic prone, sexual immoderation
Apple Essence Mental Clarity, Healthy and magnetic attitudes Doubts, indecisive, worrying, health related fears, recurrence of toxic emotions such as anger, jealousy etc
Avocado Essence Good memory, Concentration Holding onto the past, unambitious, repeating mistakes, absentmindedness
Banana Essence Humility, Non-reactiveness Arrogant, quarrelsome, drawing conflict, reactive
Blackberry Essence Purity of Thought, Positive Outlook Cynical, sarcastic, negative, judgemental, fault finding nature
Cherry Essence Cheerfulness Sad, gloomy, moody, self-pitying
Coconut Essence Uplifted Spiritual Awareness Procastinating, unwilling, non-commital
Corn Essence Mental Vitality Bored, lethargic, stuck in mental rut, needing stimulants
Date Essence Tender Sweetness Unpleasant, narrow, irritable, craving sweet
Fig Essence Flexibility and Self-acceptance Overly disciplined, dogmatic, fanatical
Grape Essence Love, Devotion Seperation/Divorce, grieving, possessive, pushy
Lettuce Essence Calmness Restlessness, nervousness, inability to concentrate
Orange Essence Enthusiasm, Hope Unhappy, sad, hopeless, disinterested
Peach Essence Unselfishness Rude, self-involved, disinterested in others
Pear Essence Peacefulness, Emergency Essence Traumatized, nervous, unresolved in conflict
Pineapple Essence Self-assurance Inferiority Complex, poverty consciousness
Raspberry Essence Kindness, Compassion Bitter, resentful, easily hurt, over emotional
Spinach Essence Simplicity, Guilelessness Overly analytical, unhappy childhood roots, overwhelmed
Strawberry Essence Dignity Poor self-image, self-blaming, shy
Tomato Essence Mental Strength, Endurance Cowardly, quitter's attitude, fear of any nature

About the Founder

Lila Devi graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in English and psychology as well as a secondary teaching certificate. Before developing Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences, she taught high school English and later ran a group home for developmentally disabled women.

Lila lectures nationally and abroad. She brings an expansive view of plants, animals and people to her seminars, radio shows and television appearances. 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 the Nature and an awareness of human nature. Her first experience in taking a Bach Flower Remedy proved so extraordinary that she began studying the few essences books available at the time. This led to preparation of the first batch of Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences and the rest, as they say, is history.

Lila lives at Ananda Village outside Nevada City, California.

Br. Devendra has been a disciple of great sage, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of world famous spiritual classic,  Autobiography of a Yogi, for past 16 years. He is a monastic in Ananda Sangha, a spiritual organization, founded by Swami Kriyananda, direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. He has taught classes on meditation and health in all major cities of India, in corporates and in abroad– Singapore, Dubai, and China.

He has been instrumental in promoting these sacred flower Essences in India and has given workshops on it in many cities in India. Visit gallery…

I was going through a ‘big’ situation of change of work. My mind was mostly puzzled, unclear and I really didn’t know if I was even thinking right! It was the tomato flower essence that provided that extra Mental Strength and ability to Endure with a deep sense of patience and calmness. With endurance came also the ability to Focus and I found myself changing almost immediately and started to view ‘difficulties’ on the way, as ‘opportunities’!
Dipti Bhatia
Life Coach