Plant Profile: First Light® No 1 Pohutukawa – Initiative

Plant Profile: First Light® No 1 Pohutukawa – Initiative

First Light® No 1 Pohutukawa Deva’s Blessing

“I bring the gift of initiative – an inner vibrancy that permeates the being. Through me you experience the spark of life, the heartbeat and pulse of the land.”

Franchelle Ofsoské-Wyber

The iconic and much-loved Pōhutukawa needs little introduction. Known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree, Pōhutukawa is a coastal tree from the Myrtaceae family. Other members of this plant family include New Zealand native Red Rata, Eucalyptus and Myrtle trees.

Pōhutukawa trees grace coastlines throughout the North Island from Cape Reinga and north of New Plymouth and Gisborne. Pōhutukawa trees can live for hundreds of years and many old trees can be found in gardens, parks and precariously growing on rugged cliffs and coastal rock faces. They produce magnificently vibrant and brightly coloured bursts of red flowers in early summer.

At Cape Reinga, the northern most tip of New Zealand, there is a gnarled and twisted Pōhutukawa growing on the cliff top. This ancient Pōhutukawa is deeply revered and known as ‘the place of leaping’. It is said that from here, the spirits of the dead begin their journey back to Hawaiiki, their spiritual homeland, by leaping off the headland and climbing down the roots of the tree into the underworld to return home.

Pōhutukawa is First Light® No 1 Pohutukawa flower essence and its keyword is Initiative. First Light® No 1 Pohutukawa corresponds to the personality archetype of the Pioneer.
This flower essence holistically supports self-awareness, self-assertion, power used with wisdom, personal will and strong sense of self. A great essence to use when feeling weak-willed, can’t say no, over-eager to please others or easily influenced. It helps to restore contact with one’s inner power and will so one is not so easily led astray by stronger forces or expoilted by those with a stronger personality.

Indicators for use: 

  • Weak will
  • Lacking initiative
  • Run by a negative program ‘I can’t’
  • Compulsive drive for attention
  • Prone to self-hatred, aggression, anger, violent outbursts
  • Succumbing to peer pressure or being bullied



  • Initiative and self-assertion
  • Ready to interface with life
  • Power used with wisdom
  • Personal will and strong sense of self
  • Stands up for one’s own needs


Latin NameMetrosideros excelsa

Common NameNew Zealand Christmas Tree

Archetype: The Pioneer

How to use: Place 3 drops on the tongue or add to a glass of water. Repeat 3-4 times daily or as required.