Natalia Schotte bottles the garden


Natalia Schotte.

Editor’s note: Each issue of the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a profile of one of the Business Journal’s reigning Top Women Owned Businesses finalists. The profile first appeared in the event program.

One could say that La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences’ roots are in Grand Rapids. Or, more specifically, in about an acre’s worth of gardens across four properties in a historic area of downtown.

According to the firm’s website, flower essences are natural healing agents that work in the subtle energy system of the human body to create changes that are reflected in a person's consciousness and life. Some flower essences are created to assist in physical healing, others to balance the mind and emotions.

President Natalia Schotte was running an alternative healing practice in Grand Rapids in the 1990s when the number of abused women seeking her services became almost overwhelming. Schotte switched gears and earned a Ph.D. in therapeutic counseling.

“There came a point when I intuited there was a way to address our personal wounds unlike anything I had learned to date,” she said. “My private practice became a living lab. The result is a body of work to accelerate our path to empowerment and wholeness. A key part of this original work was the development of a nature-based healing system, specifically flower essences.”

She calls the essences “a profound form of energy medicine and have long been part of the tradition of Earth-based healing.”

Schotte has customers in 42 states and 12 countries, and recently established partnerships with distributors in Australia and China.

La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences was nominated as a Top Women Owned Business in the $1.49 million and under annual revenue category.

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