Introduction to the world
“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness”…… Dr. Edward Bach, 1934
Bach Essence link:
Edward Bach, medical doctor, bacteriologist, and homeopathic physician, dedicated his life to discovering a system of healing which would go beyond the diagnosis and treatment of physical symptoms to address the emotional and mental roots of disease. He came to realize that when people were treated on the basis of distinctive personality characteristics, rather than according to their
disease, true healing could occur. Convinced that he would discover what he
sought in nature, he began to explore the fields and forests of England in
search of Essences which would be effective, pure, and inexpensive.
One day, the sight of dewdrops glistening on flower petals inspired him with the idea that the heat of the sun, acting through the dew, must draw out the healing
essence of each flower Through the development of a method for extracting this
essence and self-experimentation with the resulting essences he isolated flowers
which addressed a broad range of psychological conditions. These 38 original
flower remedies became known as the Bach Flower Essences.
Since Dr. Bach’s time, many others have delved into the making of flower remedies and expanded the list of flowers available for us to work with today. At the end of this information, you will be given several resources with which to do your own exploration and find what best resonates with your desires. Because each essence has the same energy as that of the desire the higher self wishes to fulfill it is able to make direct contact with this energy, strengthening the higher self to dissolve the energy blockages.
What are Flower Essences?
(a summarized version of several formulators-contact info listed below)
Flower essences are exquisitely refined herbal infusions, acting as Nature’s “liquid messengers” of inner health and harmony. They are highly effective, non-toxic herbal preparations that address core issues of wellness-especially emotions, stress, mental attitudes, spiritual values and life purpose. Bringing balance in these areas is a major factor in developing sound mind-body health.
The essences can e employed in a variety of contexts, from home health care to professional practice.
Flower Essences are problem-solving tools for whenever we feel out of balance. They are like road maps, only our minds do not have to read and process the
information. Our electrical systems do this work instead and much more effectively than our minds, which usually want to interject a whole lot of other ideas into the fray. Flower Essences offer wonderful healing information about a vast array of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual concerns. The information is offered in a way readily accessible to us. Not only does this guidance lead us towards greater health and well-being, but Flower Essences also help each of us to remember our true identity as one with Source; a precious and irreplaceable part of all that is.
Because Flower Essences are non-addictive and physically harmless they are an ideal form of self-treatment for you, your children, even your pets. You may find
that your explorations yield you more vivid dreams, a deepened sense of
intuition, and greater excitement about being alive. Enjoy these gifts of the
flowers. Furthermore, because each Essence has the same energy as that of the
desire your spirit wishes to fulfill, it is able to make direct contact with this energy, strengthening the spirit to dissolve the energy blockages. Rather like giving your DNA a road map.
Are you ready to make some really transformative changes in your life?
Would you like some help and support in making positive changes? Help with resolving your deep seated issues and blocks, getting help where it is most needed, letting go of what no longer serves you or your life, limiting beliefs and subconscious programming? Then Flower Essences may just be the tool you have been looking for.
There is room for exploration about how Flower Essences can best serve you. Remember, Essences are much easier on your system than conventional remedies. WHY? Because they are information not chemicals therefore they carry no side effects! No matter which method of diagnosis you use, there is a great deal of latitude for experimentation. Relax! Practice with a trusting and playful attitude.
How to decide which ones to use:
Your body’s electrical system knows which Essences it would benefit from.
You can look at the written definitions of each sites Essence list and pay attention to what you are drawn to. This is a more accurate method then it might seem at first as an Essence only grabs your attention because it holds a resonance with something within you. You can also look at the pictures of flowers on the individual web sites and see which flowers you are drawn to.
Flowers were designed to attract your attention when they hold a vibration that will serve your energy system. Listen to your heart and trust what it is telling you when you are drawn to any Essence, your heart is the place where you God self is anchored and knows what you need.
Kinesiology or muscle testing is another way to pick Essences for your system that is accurate; it can help you specifically identify which Essences to take, how much to use and when to take them by asking a number of questions and testing for answers. Testing is done when someone tries to lower your outstretched arm while you hold an essence and try to resist. If they can lower your arm then you need that essence.
You can test yourself this way by linking your thumbs together, placing the essence on your chest, and asking if you need this essence as well and if you are able to pull your own circuit apart you also could benefit from the essence in
You can use a pendulum to test each Essence if you are familiar and comfortable with the use of a pendulum.
Yet another way to check for the usefulness (for you) of an Essence is to do what I call the sway test. You train your body that forward means yes and backward means no then place an Essence in your hand and hold it to your solar plexus and ask “is this Essence for me?” You will either feel your body rock
slightly forward or backward depending on the need in your particular body for
Making your own essences:
You will first need to decide which flowers you want to use for your formula(s). You can look up which one you already grow and see what they are useful for and decide to use flowers from your current garden, or you can look up meanings of flowers in your rescores books, finding the kind of support you want from them and go buy seeds and grow ones that will be of help to you specifically. I love the flower essences I have purchased, and I especially love the ones we have made at home from our own yard and flowers…..there is just
something really special in using the support of the flowers you have tended and
nurtured along and that live along side of you in on your own property.
I encourage you to experiment on your own and see how it feels to you.
Please make sure you research any flower you intend to use for toxicity
The supplies you will need are a clear glass bowl, scissors, funnel, brown or other light-proof glass storage bottles, clean pure water, (distilled or tap water should be avoided), and a preserving medium. Some people use brandy, I use Red Shiso (details on where to find are below) and white vinegar. To use the finished essences, you will need small bottles with droppers. All of your tools must be scrupulously clean, and if possible, not used for other purposes. All bowls and storage containers must be glass, plastic and metals flake off into the water. All supplies are available through the companies listed below. You may also purchase the Red Shiso/vinegar mixture straight from Green Hope Farms. Once you make your essences, you fill your storage bottles from a third to a half with preservative and then fill the rest of the way with your essence. Begin the essence making process as early in the day as possible, noon at the latest, and begin by filling your clear bowl with pure water. (Do not touch the water or any other item of your essence with your hands) Take the bowl and clean scissors into the garden and place the bowl of water at the foot of the plant on the dirt, not on concrete. Put the scissors down, and sit or stand in front of the plant.
Briefly enter a light meditative state. Focus on the plant and its flowers, while admiring the flowers for their beauty as a part of the earth. Do this silently in your mind. Stop and listen for a moment-there may be some response; you will hear or feel it in your mind subtly and gently. Ask the plant if it is willing for you to take a few (never all) of its flowers for use in a healing flower essence. Let the plant know you will honor andappreciate its gift. If the answer is positive (you will feel/know when it is not if you be still and feel what you are sensing) pick up your scissors and choose flowers one at a time until the surface of your water is covered but not crowded with blossoms-use only flowers that are unblemished. Once the flowers are in the water, place the bowl again at the base of the plant, or as near to it as possible in full sunlight. If you are a Reiki practitioner trace the Reiki symbols over the bowl, water and blossoms and run energy into them. If you wish to use gemstones in the essence, add them before you fill the bowl with water. Thank the plant and leave the essence to infuse in the sun for about 3 hours, longer if the day is not fully sunny.
At the end of the 3 hours, repeat the Reiki symbols (and or a short prayer of thanks) and bring the bowl into the house. Again, do not touch the water.
Place the bowl into the kitchen sink, the easiest place to work. Fill your storage bottles a third to half full of your preservative. Using a cup to dip with a funnel, fill the remainder of the bottles with the flower essence water. Do not put the plant matter or gemstones into the storage bottles; fill them through a sieve if necessary. Label the bottles, including the date made and the flowers and gemstones that were used in the essence. This is your Mother tincture, and if capped tightly and preserved, it will keep permanently. Return the leftover water and used flowers to the Earth at the base of the plant.
Next, fill a small eyedropper bottle about a third of the way with preservative. For a half-ounce bottle, add five drops of Mother tincture; add sever for a one-ounce bottle, or nine drops for a two-ounce bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with either more preservative or pure water. This is your stock bottle, the one you will use to dose your water. When you buy flower essences from a supplier, this is what you receive. You may add drops from more than one flower essence stock bottle to your dosage bottle to take several essences at once. To use your essences, you can take several drops from the dosage bottle on or under your tongue two or three times a day. You can add them to your daily water bottle, or even just carrying the bottle in a pocket will give you energetic support for what you want to shift in your life.
ESSENCES COMPANIES CONTACT INFO:
Green Hope Farm
Bach Flower Remedies
Flower Essence Society
New Millennium Essences
Flower Essence Services
Green Hope Guide to Flower Essences (order/free from then)
The Bach Flower
Remedies by Edward Bach and FJ Wheeler
Flower and Gemstone Essences by Diane Stein
Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber
The Complete book of Flower Essences by Rhonda Pallas Downey
Flower Remedies Handbook: Emotional healing and growth
by Donna Cunningham
The Essential Flower Essence Handbook by Lila Devi
Flower Essences: an Illustrated Guide by Carol Rudd
Bottle Supply Company
Red Shiso(red perilla) plants/seeds for making your own Essences
Flower Essence lists by ailment