Flower essence therapy has been one of the most vital natural treatments within my spiritual journey of healing and growth process for over 30 years. The power of this elegantly organic and simple therapy touches every emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical trigger that seeks balance. This potent “energy medicine” from Nature herself will continue to be a regular part of my whole health maintenance for life.
Flower essence therapy supports a gentle transformative healing and alignment of our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies that make up the totality of who we are. If one of these four aspects of life is out of balance or needs extra support, that imbalance is sure to affect all the other parts of us as spiritual beings navigating our human experience.
During my initial introduction to flower essence therapy, I immediately recognized that one of the flower essences called “Impatiens” – prized for its ability to balance the state of patience – was for me because I have a strong will force and I have created times of feeling inner conflict leading to impatience, where I struggled with waiting or wanting to take something on and do it now. That can be a good thing and can move mountains, so to speak. It can also be a disaster when the best positive outcome can only occur by trusting the Universe in waiting, or by pacing oneself.
We can’t make a flower bloom before its time. We can’t take the bread out of the oven before it’s baked just right. Of course, we all know this intellectually. Regardless, patience has been one of my life lessons. The flower essence Impatiens has helped me to change this willful tendency into a more balanced state. I use it on occasion when I feel the need, but I’ve found that I use it less and less. Most importantly, Impatiens flower essence has taught me to experience a state of being where acting more consciously and pacing myself throughout the years has strengthened my spirit, whereby strengthening my mind – how I think, my emotions – how I feel, and my body – the amount of energy I expend.
I realized an amazing fact. Flower Essences are more than Nature’s healers. They are teachers. They carry wisdom! The Impatiens flower essence showed me how it feels to be patient, therefore enabling me to relearn, to understand and discern the difference in order to strengthen that part of myself. This is a combined partnership with Nature. This is soul growth.
How can we see ourselves as separate from Nature when there is the wisdom of Nature’s life with Mother Earth that partners with us in our healing and spiritual growth? Divine wisdom lives in everything. It’s a fact that our living, breathing, earth provides everything we need to heal, grow and flourish. There are so many beautiful flower essences that can be safely used for babies, teens, adults, and all our animal companions.
A Brief History Of Flower Essence Therapy
Flowers have been utilized in healing for centuries, but flower essences in their modern form were first developed by the English physician, Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936). He created 38 FE remedies. Ever since his groundbreaking work, many ranges of flower essences have been researched and emerged from the UK and around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions About Flower Essences
Here are a few excerpts of the FAQs quoted from Flower Essences Services FAQ. They are listed in Resources below. All website Resources have an equal abundance of data and FAQs along with certified practitioner referrals. Please check them out!
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are liquid extracts used to address profound issues of emotional well-being, soul development, and mind-body health. They are a part of an emerging field of subtle energy medicine, which also includes homeopathy, acupuncture, color therapy, therapeutic touch and similar modalities.
How are the essences prepared?
Flower essences are dilute, potentized herbal infusions or decoctions, prepared from wildflowers or pristine garden blossoms. They are made directly in the “laboratory of nature” where the four alchemical elements of earth, water, air, and fire are found in harmonious balance. To this is added the fifth “quintessential” element of the sensitive awareness and attunement of the preparer.
The fresh dew-filled blossoms are gathered in the early morning of a clear, sunny day. Floating on the surface of a bowl of water, they are irradiated by the warmth and light of the sun for several hours. This process creates an energetic imprint of the etheric energy patterns of the flower in water, embodying the healing archetype of that plant. This “mother essence” is preserved with brandy and then further diluted and potentized to form the “stock” which is sold in stores and to practitioners.
How do I use flower essences?
They are typically taken orally under the tongue from a dropper bottle; the standard dosage is four drops four times daily. You can take the drops directly from the stock bottles available in stores; mix them in a glass of water; or make a dosage bottle by mixing several drops from each essence selected. There are many other ways of using them, such as in misting sprayers, in a cream base, or in baths.
Can I use more than one essence at a time?
Several flower essences can be taken together and mixed in a dosage bottle or glass of water. In making a combination, it is important to consider how the essences work together, as well as the appropriateness of each essence in the combination. It is best to limit the number of essences taken at any one time to three to five unless you are working with a skilled practitioner.
How can I use flower essences if I am alcohol sensitive?
Flower essences have been used successfully by many persons who are alcohol sensitive or in recovery from alcoholism. By adding two drops of each essence to a glass of water, there will only be a negligible amount of alcohol in the water (less than one hundredth of one percent). You can also mix up a dosage bottle using cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin as a preservative, rather than brandy.
What is the difference between flower essences and aromatherapy oils?
The most significant difference is that essential oils have definite aromas; flower essences do not. Essential oils work primarily through the sense of smell and its effect upon the “old brain.” They are highly concentrated chemical substances, many of which are quite poisonous taken internally. Most essential oils are diluted first in a carrier oil before they are applied topically. On the other hand, flower essences are safe and gentle to use whether taken internally or used on the skin.
Essential oils are produced from large quantities of plant material, the flowers, roots, seeds or bark, depending on the location of the volatile oils in the plant. Stream-distillation is the most common extraction method. With flower essences, only the flowers are used and in a very small quantity. The vibrational imprint of the flower is extracted in water, which is then further diluted. Thus essential oils are a physical extract and flower essences are a subtle energy “extract.”
Flower essences and essential oils are very complimentary to each other in healing work. While both affect the mind-body continuum, they work from opposite pathways. Essential oils enter through the senses to reach the soul, while flower essences impact subtle energy fields of the soul to affect physical well-being. Flower essences and essential oils combine well in spray bottles and in topical applications, such as in the skin creams and massage oils.
The Ananda Apothecary – www.anandaapothecary.com or (Sells both North American and Bach Flower Essences)
The British Flower and Vibrational Essences Assn. – www.bfvea.com
Provides a dictionary of practitioners in UK and overseas
Flower Essence Society – www.flowersociety.org (Provides International practitioners)
North American Flower Essences – www.fesflowers.com
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