Katie Hess is a flower alchemist, author of Flowerevolution and founder of LOTUSWEI, one of the world’s leading floral apothecaries. With her signature elixirs featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Timesand the LA Times, her flower-powered community is thriving in over 15 countries.
Katie’s magic has sparked a fire with leading brands: from Flowerlounges to exclusive scents and products, apothecaries to blending bars, Katie has infused her transformative touch into collaborations with the world’s top spas, beauty stores and more.
Whether it’s a retreat in the hot springs of Iceland, her meditations, or her travels to find the planet’s rarest flowers, her work all boils down to bringing people into a whole new world, both outside and in.
Invite her to share her expertise, stories and lessons on:
• Bloom into Your Full Potential: Stories from my Personal + Business Journey + How flower elixirs can open up your full potential
• What a Hot Spring Taught Me: Magical places Around the World, their Flowers + their Lessons
• Meditation + Mindfulness Training: Hands-On Methods to Unravel Patterns + Expand Into the Biggest You
• Jumping Off a Cliff + Catching Yourself: How to Use Heartbreak + Vulnerability to Expand Yourself
• How I Grew a Successful Business by Sharing the Secret Teachings of Flowers
• Getting Stuck to Get Unstuck ~ 'Feeling' Your Way Through Micro-Movements That Make a Huge Difference
• No Mud, No Lotus: Using Intense Emotions as Compost for Creating a Full-Blossom Life
• Business in Full Bloom: How to Profit from your Joy + a Culture of Compassion
My favorite flowers are night-blooming jasmine, the exquisite toad lily and an orchid I recently discovered in Costa Rica that looks like an angel + smells divine.
I’ve been salsa dancing (on 2 for you salsa geeks) for a little over a year. I’m obsessed. I also love tai chi.
I had a powerful near-death experience in Thailand on a tuk-tuk, making me realize how fragile life is - and how when death comes, we know it’s coming and there’s nothing left to do but surrender.
My all-time favorite way to relax is to sweat, soak and meditate at an Asian bathhouse - or hot springs out in the wild. Next best: reflexology foot rub or walking through the forest.
Recently, I’m crazy about wild orchid hunting, especially ones that are located near hot springs.
I do not go to Western allopathic doctors. I prefer acupuncturists, Chinese doctors, homeopaths and other sorts of magical healer types who catch imbalances far before it’s too late.
My favorite vegetable is bitter gourd and my favorite fruits are: soursop, mangoes and jackfruit. Occasionally I try to live solely on dark chocolate (that’s a fruit, right?).
I have a sweet dog named Joy who has had more lives than a cat - she’s over 100 in dog years + still going strong.
Once my car got stolen, set on fire and burnt to a black crisp. I figured it was pre-India purification and left for India.
When I was a kid living in the midwest I learned how to logroll like the lumberjacks, standing on a huge rolling cedar log in the water. It’s like riding a bike: get me a pair of canvas shoes and I’ll show you I can still do it.
My favorite tree is the pink pepper tree and my favorite fleeting scent that can never be captured commercially is the butterfly bush flower.
When I was sixteen I lived in Germany for a year as an exchange student. I ate my weight in milk chocolate (at least a bar/day) and came home 20 lbs heavier, with a nose ring. I lost the weight + kept the nose ring.
I’ve lived in or traveled to over 20 countries. When I lived in Spain, I fell in love with a Malagueño. When I speak Spanish, people say my personality softens. Lately, my favorite travel destinations are in Asia.
I’m less of a beauty girl and more of a remedy girl. Give me tinctures, extracts, herbal pills, antidotes, herbal liniments and essential oils over beauty products any day.