At Shanti Kai™️, one of our more popular purchase options are our Companion Essence duos. Companion Essences refer to using two Essence blends in tandem – pulling from the energies of both blends for enhanced focus. You can find lots on our website about Companion Essence sets, but simply put, working with our individual pairings can enhance the vibrational energies in each blend – yielding a boosted, yet refined effect.
Below are some of our frequently asked questions on working with Companion Essence Blends.
How do Shanti Kai Companion Essences work?
When you spray them one at a time, even when applied one after the other without delay, there is an instantaneous interaction – and integration – within your energy. This means you still experience the beneficial effects of each individual Essence within your energy, but, as they combine within your energy, the vibrational synergy is enhanced.
This is certainly not true for how all botanical sprays or aromatherapy products interact. Remember, Shanti Kai™️ Essences are not fragrances or aromatherapies – there is a yoga to the blending. Much like in vedic science, where the making of certain herbal formulas requires combining ingredients in key stages, our Essence Blends are sealed to lock in key synergies.
How should I apply Companion Essences?
We recommend waiting up to 15 minutes, minimum, in between essence applications, if you have the luxury of waiting this long. If you are a healing practitioner and integrating essences into your client work, you may wish to use one at the onset of the session, and a second one midway through (or after waiting several minutes). However, waiting is not always convenient and it’s perfectly okay to apply our Essence sprays one after the other, and/or if you’re taking as drops, to do so without waiting in between.
Since Companion Essences are applied together, is it OK if I combine them (or other Essence combinations) into a single bottle (i.e. or pour the remainder of one into the other) so I only have to carry and spray one?
No! Companion Essences are indeed okay applied one after the other and layering them in this way. There is a succinct yoga to the way Shanti Kai™️ Essences are blended, stored, and energetically sealed. When you purchase them, this yoga is locked in, and in general, remains unaltered as long as you do not compromise the integrity of the Essence (see Essence care guidelines in our FAQ or General Blog category section).
If you combine Essences into a single container, the synergy of each Essence can be compromised. Although it may still have benefits, the way the Essences interact within your energy field is different and may or may not be as originally intended (i.e. when paired). In such a case, the core formulations can become altered as the ingredients in the individual blends integrate – in some cases competing or clashing with one another; more robust ingredients can diminish the effectiveness of softer more subtle ones, causing the Essence pairings to overall fall out of balance with respect to one another.
Thus, when you layer Essence on top of Essence, as in a Companion Essence application, the effect is very different than if you were to combine them first in a single bottle or container and then apply. In the former, you are still getting the full spectrum and value of each individual Essence Blend, but with an enhanced, compounded and slightly more focused effect.
What if I do not have 15 minutes to wait in between applying Essences? Are they still effective?
Yes! Waiting a few minutes to apply a different Essence is recommended to allow an Essence to set (i.e. to integrate into your energy field), however, in most cases there is an almost instantaneous response as the Essences interact within your energy – even if applied one right after the other.
Companion Essences can be layered one on top of the other without pause in between – doing so will not diminish their efficacy or affect the blends’ integrity. Highly sensitive individuals, however, may wish to apply one at a time, waiting a minimum of 15-20 minutes in between each Essence, simply to allow time for integration of each one.
Do I have to apply to Essences to the right spot in order for them to work?
Don’t worry too much about how to use the Essences right; as long as they are applied to your energy field, if they’re what you need, you can trust that they will get to where they need to go. You needn’t understand how they work – they simply do. This is because Shanti Kai™️ Essences contain nature intelligence – the life-force, or mana, of the plant or mineral. They are vibrational, and innately go where they’re needed most – to areas of imbalance and/or weakness first.
However, you may experience the subtle but powerful action of Essences more readily (and consciously) if you apply them over an area that is more sensitive and/or receptive to them, as well as if you apply them over an area experiencing a high level of need – such as over areas of tension or discomfort.
Are there any exceptions to applying Essences in tandem, or applying several at once?
Yes! There are some cases where we would not recommend doing this. Highly sensitive individuals, for example. are more apt to experience energy overload or overwhelm when they attempt to apply Essences too quickly. Thus, depending on your level of sensitivity, it may be preferable to wait longer amounts of time in between applications*.
*If you do not know what it means to be a highly sensitive individual, then chances are, you’re not. (Note this term does not refer to a “highly allergic individual”… please see section on “Are Essences safe?” for more information).