The life force from the petals permeates the water, creating what is called “mother essence,” from which stock and dosage bottles are prepared.
Flower essences are often called “remedies” for their remarkable and positive abilities to bring to consciousness precisely what is needed to restore balance and health in one’s life. These remedies contain subtle properties from the inherent life force within the flowers from which they came, without any part of the actual plant still remaining in the water. These subtle vibrations can help us to better understand what it means to be fully human, and to realize our full potential for spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellness.
It is commonly understood that the human body contains up to 99% water. What is less understood are the underlying reasons for this. One of those reasons is to conduct the electrical systems that govern our functions and form.
When we take flower essences, the energetic pattern from a specific flower is introduced to our body’s electrical system, where, through the principles of conductivity, whatever may have been out of balance in our electrical systems can be restored to its natural state of wellness.
We need not always know or understand which systems needs balance, or where in our bodies, minds, emotions, or spirit we need to reconnect. All that need be known in advance is what seems “not right” with us; what are we striving to experience differently; where would we like to be grow; and how would we wish to more fully experience life. There will be an appropriate flower whose “job” it is to balance this condition or state.
A You take the drops on your tongue (being careful not to touch the dropper), or in a small amount of water (not with food or other liquid). Essences may also be placed into the bath water, or applied directly to the body.
A Dr. Edward Bach, the renowned healer whose work in the early 20th century with flower essences created the basis for most of our understanding of flower essence principles today, gave us 38 basic essences. From there, skilled practitioners and healers have developed nearly 1,000 essences from flowers in all cultures and continents.
Research continues to this day, to discover and verify the properties of every flower known to humans, and to create potent essences from them for our use and well-being.
Secondly, aroma therapy utilizes the essential oils obtained from many parts of the plant, not only the petals. Flower essences are made from the petals of the plant, and do not contain any actual plant substances.
They are not, however, made from flowers, and there is some controversy about the integrity of the vibrations thus obtained.
That said, however, there are some general guidelines. One will usually begin to experience change within one to two weeks. There have been documented cases (even in my own practice) where one dose was all that was required to resolve the issue; others have required several months of consistent treatment.
There are four therapeutic stages in the course of treatment:
- Release and relaxation. You have the sense that “Oh, it’s going to be all right now.”
- Realization and recognition. You understand how you have participated in creating the situation, and what you must do to change. Usually, this is accompanied by a willingness to do so.
- Reaction, resistance and reconciliation. At some point, we might feel that the work is too hard; or we may feel uncertain about whether we are ready or really want to make the changes that we know would be good for us. It is at this point that we throw up all our defenses for a time, until we can see a more clear pathway for resolution. It’s not giving up — it’s more like complaining, protesting, or trying to find an easier, softer way, until we understand that even should we succeed, it might not always be to our advantage to do so.
- Renewal and reconstellation. We understand ourselves, our relationships, and our situation, and have made the inner changes necessary to produce lasting peace and harmony within. We are comfortable with this change. It is no longer an issue in our lives.
Should you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to call and discuss them with your Flower Essence Practitioner.
Flower essences were first prepared from the dew found on fresh blossoms, irradiated by the morning sun. This method was modified by floating fresh blossoms on the surface of a bowl of water, which is then left in the morning sun for several hours. The warmth and light of the sun makes an energetic imprint of the blossoms in the water, which is then diluted and preserved in brandy to form the flower essence. (For people who are sensitive to alcohol, other preservatives may be substituted. Please inquire from your flower essence practitioner.)
Flower Essence Therapy offers a unique approach to dealing with and transforming emotional states and conditions. They are natural substances without any toxic side effects, yet their impact is more directly on the psyche than on body chemistry. Thus they are more like hearing an inspiring piece of music, or see a moving work of art, rather than an herbal or pharmaceutical agent. The essence resonates with some aspect of our being which needs to be awakened. In this way, they are catalysts to our awareness and growth. Although many people feel a sense of immediate relief when taking flower essences, this is essentially a journey of self-discovery, rather than the mere removal of symptoms. This means that there may be times when you are dealing with uncomfortable feelings and painful memories, which would be there with or without the remedies. The flower essences, along with your practitioner, can assist you in this healing journey. The potential of this therapy goes far beyond the overcoming of challenging emotions. There is the possibility of discovering your own inner sources of creativity and enthusiasm for life, as well as the field of possibility from which new and more fulfilling choices may be made.
Flower essences can lead us to a deeper understanding of life force, and of how we shape its movement in the pattern of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When you want to experience life as a whole person, and if you feel that you aren’t, look to the flower remedies to show you where and how to reach that balanced state of body, mind, feelings, and spirit.