Flower Essences are a form of energetic or vibrational medicine and should not be confused with aromatherapy oils, which are extracted by crushing and physically removing active ingredients from plants.
HOW FLOWER ESSENCES WORK
Flower Essences are produced by the transference of the high vibrational energy of flowers into water, beautifully described by Jannet Unite-Penny, creator of the South African Flower Essences:
‘Water is a truly magical medium and has the ability to capture and hold electromagnetic energetic patterns. The flowers are picked and floated in a bowl of pure water and placed in the sun for a few hours in order for the energy of the flower to be imparted to the water.’
When Flower Essences are introduced into the energetic body they raise the vibrational frequency of the recipient. Taken individually or in combination, they can be powerful tools for regaining emotional balance, self-transformation and spiritual growth.
Flower Essences can be used in the short or long term, treating a variety of acute and chronic disturbances.
WHERE FLOWER ESSENCES COME FROM
There are many Flower Essences produced from indigenous plants around the world from the USA, Alaska, Australia and Scotland, to our very own South African Flower Essences that are made on the slopes of Table Mountain in the Western Cape.
The Bach Flower Remedies are well-known in South Africa and include the popular Rescue Remedy combination essence. Let’s take a closer look at this combination, which is taken to help get one through any stressful situation.
WHERE TO GET FLOWER ESSENCES
Flower Essences are available from health stores and pharmacies nationwide. Although they are suitable to use for self care, it is advisable to consult with a qualified practitioner to help you choose the remedies that will enhance your healing.
HOW TO USE FLOWER ESSENCES
Since it is impossible to overdose on Flower Essences, the descriptions below are simply guides. Remedies can be taken as frequently as needed.
Orally (under the tongue): 2 drops if taken undiluted from the stock bottle; 4 drops if taken diluted from a prepared combination. Dose 4 times a day for long term use or hourly for acute situations.
Topically: Add six to ten drops from the stock bottle of each essence to 30 g of cream, oil or lotion. Use daily either exclusively or to supplement oral use. Essence drops can also be applied directly on the body in conjunction with massage, acupressure or acupuncture, or chiropractic treatments.
Misting: Using a glass spray bottle or mister, prepare a dilution as described above. Spray the mixture around the body and in the environment. Shake the bottle before each application to sustain potency.
Bathing: Add 20 drops of each undiluted essence to a normal sized bathtub of warm water. Stir the water in a figure-of-eight motion for at least one minute to help potentise the remedies in the water. Soak in this solution for approximately 20 minutes. Rest quietly afterwards or go to sleep to continue to absorb the subtle qualities of the essences.
Bach Flower Remedy State of mind
Star of Bethlehem You are suffering from the effects of shock or grief
Rock Rose You are overwhelmed by fear, panic or terror
Cherry Plum You fear you might lose control, fear of mental collapse, despair
Clematis You may daydream, often out of touch with reality
Impatiens You feel impatient with the slow pace of people or things
BENEFITS OF FLOWER ESSENCES
- They provide a simple, natural and gentle way of healing.
- They work holistically, primarily with the energetic bodies and filtering down to the physical body.
- They have no side effects and there is no possibility of overdosing.
- They will not cause any reactions when taken with other medications.
- They can be used by adults, children, babies, the elderly, plants and animals.
- Flower Essences are safe for use by pregnant women.
- Flower Essences are suitable for use by vegans.
- They work in the body to effect deep and lasting change by improving one’s state of mind.
- They have an indefinite shelf life if kept in a cool, dark place.
Frequency and timing
Regular, rhythmic use of the flower remedies builds the strength of their catalytic action. In most cases, the essences should be taken four times daily, although this may need to be increased in emergency or acute situations to once every hour, or even more frequently.
Although Flower Essences can be used on a short-term basis for acute situations, as in the case of Rescue Remedy, their ideal use is for long-term or deep seated mental-emotional change. In most cases, changes will be noticed in about one month. At this interval there is usually the need to re-formulate or re-assess the Flower Essence combination.
Flower essences are true holistic and energetic medicines suitable for the whole family.