What are Flower Essences?

What are flower essences?

Discovered by Dr. Edward Bach in the early 1900s, flower essences are gentle healing attunements for emotional and spiritual wellbeing. They are taken in tiny doses.

Are they the same as essential oils? How are they made?

Our flower essences are made with a few flowers at their peak vibrancy, placed in water in the sun so they impart their energy gently to the water. That water is stabilized with alcohol. (They can also be stabilized with glycerin.)

Essential oils cannot be made easily at home. They are pure plant oil usually extracted by hot steam or chemicals. Hundreds of pounds of fresh plant material may produce only a few ounces of essential oil. The essential oils are intended for external use and can be quite irritating to the mucus surfaces of the body or may cause allergic skin reactions.

How do flower essences work?

By taking 4 drops of the essences in water 3 or 4 times a day, the energetic gift of the flower gently influences, on a homeopathic energy level, one’s emotional and spiritual state to come into harmony with the quality of the flower.

How does one choose which flower essence to take?

They may be chosen by intuition or logic. You may be attracted to the ‘gift’ a flower offers, or its image or name calls to you or you may think you need the quality the flower represents. Read Deb’s description to see if it matches your need.

Will taking the ‘wrong’ flower essence have adverse effects?

Amazingly, No! It will have no effect at all. You need merely reassess the condition you are trying to remedy and the flower needed to approach it.

How do you take flower essences? How quickly do they work?

Sometimes, a mere drop or two of the essence in water will shift your emotional or spiritual state within a day or two. Other times, you may need to take 4 drops, 4 times a day in a glass of water for three weeks and then take a break for a few weeks and start again until a result is noticed. You may also massage a drop or two into your temple, inner wrist or acupuncture points. Most importantly, listen to your own intuition about taking the essence.

Do flower essences have the scent of the flower?

No, there is no scent to the flower essences except the brandy used to preserve them.

How long will my flower essence bottle last?

The Sacred Forest essences keep indefinitely in the original bottle. There is no expiration date if kept in a cool dark space. As a reference point, I’ve been taking flower essences for over twenty years and I’ve only needed to restock two bottles.

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