Have you ever been surprised by a loved one with a bouquet of flowers? Has a sunflower ever brightened your day or a rose made you smile inside? Flowers are recognized as a symbol of beauty and a gift of Nature, each with its own unique qualities. What if flowers could share those qualities with us to promote health and balance? Those who use flower essences know this is possible.
Originally developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the first half of the 19th century, flower essences provide a vibrational modality based on principles similar to those supporting homeopathy. Flowers of the same type are placed into a glass bowl of water and “energized” in sun and/or moonlight. This transfers the vibrational pattern or frequency – the essence – of the flower to the water. The flowers are then removed and the resulting essence preserved with alcohol. A few drops are taken from this mother tincture, added to water, and used orally or topically to transmit the physical, mental, and spiritual qualities of the flower to another being.
The traits of each flower are generally determined by testing essences and noting physical, mental, and spiritual changes, insights, and perceptions. Essences may assist with fears, increasing intuition, promoting love, releasing the past, and much, much more. For example, according to Green Hope Farm, Red Clover is said to help “calm [the] emotional body and defuse reactions of panic, fear or hysteria in times of stress or emergency”, and Desert Alchemy suggests using Zephyr Lily for “present or past traumas, whether physical, emotional or mental. It allows deep peace and calm as we heal from shock or trauma.” The incredible number of flowering plants on this Earth present a vast array of healing possibilities.
The mental and spiritual states of an individual are most important for selecting a remedy, but as the essence balances mind and soul, the physical state can be shifted as well. Remedies can also be used for animals and plants. They can be taken orally, used topically, misted into one’s space, or added to a bath or lotion. Customizing their use to fit one’s unique style and needs can be an enjoyable part of the flower essence journey. Best of all, essences offer a simple, safe, all-natural, cost-effective method to tap the healing powers of nature.
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