Flower Essence Therapy

Nature Remedies

Cherry Blossom Tincture Bottle
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Flower essences are the blossoms of plants prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water, then further diluted, potentized, and then preserved with brandy. These preparations embody the distinct imprint or energetic pattern of each flower species. In holistic healing, flower essence therapy is categorized under vibrational medicine. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and even the foods we eat.

A Common Misconception: Aromatherapy VS Flower Essence Therapy

Please don't confuse aromatherapy with flower essences. Flower essence therapy is a NOT form of aromatherapy. Although they might be distant cousins in the herbal family, that are NOT the same thing. Aromatherapy utilizes plant aromatics, it is the smell or scent that is used as a form of aromatherapy. Whereas, flower essence remedies have virtually no scent.

Flower essences are a liquid remedy made through a simple process of solarizing freshly picked blossoms in distilled water. Afterward the flower petals are removed from the treated water. These can be returned to the earth (buried or composted) or tossed into a natural stream (creek or river). The essence-infused liquid is further processed and bottled as a stock remedy. Bottled essences are then dispensed through tincture eye droppers or mist sprayers.

Flower Essence Therapy Origins

The founder of flower essence therapy was an English surgeon named Dr. Edward Bach. Dr Bach was a pioneer in understanding the connection of our emotional bodies to our physical health. The 38 original flower remedies, known as Bach Healing Herbs were used to treat the underlying emotional causes of diseases.

Ill health (physical imbalances and diseases) results when we are in imbalance or when we lose our awareness, are disassociated from others, or disconnected from our life purpose. The living forces of nature collected from the blooms of our flowering plants, prepared, and placed in liquid stock. and dosage bottles are used in healing our physical, etheric, astral, and spiritual bodies.

How Flower Essences Are Applied

Flower essences enjoy a reputation of being highly effective and very safe to use. Flower essences, or flower drops as I like to call them, can be taken directly from the stock bottle. A few drops are typically applied under the tongue. Alternately, three to four drops of stock essences are mixed into a liter of purified water that is sipped throughout the day.

Specialized combinations of essences are commonly prepared in one-ounce dosage bottles. A dosage bottle will normally last ten to fourteen days.

The medical community is not convinced that there is enough evidence to support the effectiveness of flower essences. This is fair, admittedly, vibrational energy is very difficult to measure by scientific means. Yet, in the holistic community, flower essences are favored by practitioners to address emotional and spiritual imbalances. People suffering from clinical depression or other mental health issues should contact a licensed mental health professional for treatment.

Intuitively Selecting Flower Essences

Selecting essences can in itself be a process of inner growth and awareness. Through quiet reflection, meditation, self-observation, and consulting and conversation with others, it is possible to become aware of issues in our lives that demand our attention. These may be related to any area of our lives, our work, our relationships, or our personal selves. I tend to see the flowers visually with my third eye, yet when I cross reference my visuals in my flower essence resource books. I am always amazed at how accurate intuitive-chosen flowers are. Kinesiology testing is another way that people can use to select the appropriate essences for themselves.

Helpful Tips

  • Standard dosage for flower essences is four to ten drops under the tongue four times per day.
  • Potency is increased not by taking more drops at one time, but by increasing the frequency.
  • You can benefit greatly by consulting an experienced flower essence practitioner.

Although people occasionally notice immediate shifts when taking flower essences, others may experience difficulty perceiving any changes due to the gradual effects flower essences normally take. Taking flower drops over time will build a stronger and stabilizing influence in our relationships, in our attitudes, in our stresses, and in our overall state of well-being. Flower essences are not cure-alls. Flower essences are intended to be our helpers in aligning our life energy toward healthy growth and development.

An appropriate flower essence to keep near your computer for frequent use is yarrow. Yarrow essence helps relieve feelings of vulnerability and protects us from absorbing environmental influences (especially rampant within office atmospheres). When environmental and social forces threaten to overwhelm us...yarrow helps!

Reader Response

March 26, 2000 Dear Phylameana, Hi there! I enjoyed your articles about flower essences and therapies. I also work with them. I am an aromatherapist who basically deals with very concentrated vintage herbal infused oils that have set for over one year (you only use a couple of drops like essential oils at a fraction of the cost and get wonderful healing results) and until recently I bought all my flower essences until I was instructed to make them. So now I am in the process of making different rose petal colored essences for the chakras and as otherwise instructed for healing of the mind and body. The reason for this email is to thank you for putting the amount of brandy that is necessary to make your one-ounce bottle from the mother bottle. I had thought that about 1/3 ounce of brandy was what was needed but could not find any specific reference to this until I ran across your article by "accident." I feel that I now have confirmation on finishing up these bottles. I also am doing Chaste Berry/Vitex for the menopausal woman and yarrow which I now know why I had to make it up because of your article and the computer.

I have been having problems with growth in the smaller bottles (no the mother bottle) and just needed a little help. Again, thank you very much for your sharing. I appreciate it very much. Thanks for being a mentor, R.E.