Ilex aquifolium Helps us to see things as they really are and therefore to let go of pent-up anger and bitterness. Holly Leaf is the key remedy for anger and resentment - it mirrors our difficulties in its sharp defensive prickles. There are two different forms of anger. The first is a natural, healthy reaction to unreasonable provocation. In this case, after the initial flash of anger, we are able to deal skillfully with the situation that caused the emotion. However, if for any reason we are unable to deal with the anger as it arises, it will be held within the mind and body and emerge as resentment. It is this retained anger that causes our difficulties. Holly Leaf essence acts in several ways. First, it acts as a protection so that we do not rise to the bait so readily. This helps us not to react instantaneously to provocation. It empowers us by giving a breathing space before we act on the situation that made us angry. Second, it takes the sting out of the situation by deflecting any intended desire to hurt us. Like the watery shine on the holly leaf which prevents things sticking to it, the essence enables us to be less sensitive to the antagonism of others. In addition, the sharp spines of the Holly can remind us that the essence of Holly Leaf can act as a protection, showing others that it is not wise to provoke us as they may well be hurt themselves.