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Questions About the First Light® Essences

How long do the 10ml stock bottles of First Light® flower essences last?
In adherence with regulations, most flower essence manufacturers stamp a batch number and “best by” date on each stock bottle of flower essences. Regulations do not allow more than 10 years from the date of manufacture for such product. However, if the flower essences are used properly, the 10-year shelf life is only a very conservative estimate. If stored and used properly, it is our personal experience—and that of other qualified practitioners throughout the world—that  First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® flower essences can remain potent for decades.

If your long-term storage area for the essences tends to be on the warm side (70 degrees or more for prolonged periods of time) it is advisable to store your flower essences upright. In warmer conditions, the alcohol may interact with the rubber dropper, creating a rubber taste in the stock bottle of the flower essence.

If stock essences are left open for a considerable length of time or if the cap is not screwed shut properly, the alcohol which acts as a preservative may evaporate. In this condition, flower essences can deteriorate due to microbial contamination. This will be clearly noted in the product—it will smell stale and there may be visible contamination.

How long do the 25ml treatment bottles of First Light® flower essence personalised blends last?
The length of time that a 25ml treatment bottle retains its energetic integrity is dependant on a number of factors. These factors are:

  • Whether it has been opened
  • How much alcohol it contains
  • If the bottle and dropper has been sterilised
  • External influences the treatment bottle has been exposed to e.g. strong sunlight
  • If the dropper has touched the tongue or teeth
  • The quality and purity of the water
  • The quality of the brandy.

If the treatment bottle and dropper have been sterilized, the water is high quality and pure, there is adequate alcohol, e.g. 5ml/1 teaspoon of 37.5% brandy of good quality and remains unopened and is kept in the fridge it will retain its integrity for up to 6 months or perhaps longer. However once a treatment bottle has been opened and is being used it is designed to be consumed within 4 weeks and up to 6 weeks at the most.
If the intention is to use the treatment bottle over a longer period than 4 weeks it is best to keep it in the fridge.

Questions About the Courses

Why should I choose to train and work with First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand®?

  • Recipient Of Prestigious Award

    Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber, the founding director and creator of First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® has been awarded the New Zealand Health and Industry Distinguished Service Award for 'pioneering, developing and establishing of New Zealand native flower essences for holistic healing'. This award was in recognition for over 30 years of working with the New Zealand native essences, their uniqueness and relevance to the holistic health challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century.

  • Working In Total Co-operation With Nature

    The essential vibrational keynote of the 21st century or Aquarian Age is one of co-operation.  This age known by Maori elders as the Age of Cherising Waters is one of total co-operation with nature.  New Zealand Native Flora is among some of the most ancient in the world and possesses unique healing qualities.  New Zealand is the only country in the world with a natural ecosystem that replicates the message of the emerging age - a totally integrated, benign cooperative endeavour that is non-competitive.  First Light® Flower Essences have encoded into them these higher energetic frequencies of co-operation and non-competitiveness and meet the requirements for healing in the 21st century.

  • The Highest Standards Of Excellence and Professional Training

    Our Certificate and Diploma courses offer the highest standards of excellence and professional training. First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® provides what we understand to be the most comprehensive flower essence training currently available.  Our qualifications are accepted and well respected amongst professional organisations such as F.E.N.Z. (Flower Essences of New Zealand Incorporated).

Do I have to do all of the courses or can I do just one?
You can complete as many or as few courses as you like.  You can enrol at anytime and to whichever level you choose – from a one or two day course on one of the flower or plant Collections, to full Certificate or Diploma level.

How do I become a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Practitioner?
You can become a Practitioner by obtaining your Certificate of New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy (CERT.NZNFE).

Are the First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Certificate of New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy (CERT.NZNFE) and the Diploma of New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy (DIP.NZNFE) widely respected and accepted?
Yes. Our Certificate and Diploma courses offer the highest standards of excellence and professional training. First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® provides what we understand to be the most comprehensive flower essence training currently available.  Our qualifications are accepted and well respected amongst professional organisations such as F.E.N.Z. (Flower Essences of New Zealand Incorporated).

I don't want to become a registered practitioner but I want to learn about New Zealand native flower essences.  Can I do the courses?
Yes. You can choose to do any or all of the courses.  They are suitable for anyone with either a personal or professional interest in native flower essences and holistic well-being.

Is there a time limit as to how long I have to complete the courses if I want to do them all and become a practitioner?
No. You can study at your own pace and can complete the courses in any time frame that you choose.

I attended a course with you but have lost my certificate.  Can I obtain a replacement certificate?
Yes. Our central student register has a record of all First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® certificates issued.  There is a small administration fee for the re-issuing of certificates.  Please contact us directly.