Flower Essence Therapy
When we experience change or trauma, emotional and physical responses can be painful and wreak havoc in our lives. Flower essences balance our subtle energies and return us to a state of peace and well being. Affirmations enhance the effectiveness of the flower essences by creating conscious adoption of new life perceptions.
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 part of an emerging field of subtle energy medicine, which also includes homeopathy, acupuncture, color therapy, Reiki and similar modalities.
Although flowers have been used for healing for many centuries, flower essences in their modern form were first developed in the 1930’s by an English physician, Dr. Edward Bach. He prepared 38 remedies, mostly from English wildflowers. In recent decades companies such as the Flower Essence Society www.fesflowers.com have researched new flower essences from other plant species.
How are flower 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 pattern of the flower in the 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 from a dropper bottle; the standard dosage is four drops four times daily. You can take the drops directly from stock bottles available in stores; mix them in a glass of water; or make a dosage bottle by mixing several drops with water and brandy (typically ¼ to ½ ounce) in a one ounce dropper bottle. There are many others ways of using them, such as in misting sprayers, in a cream base, or in baths.
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. As a skilled practitioner, Amy will guide you through the process that unfolds during the course of taking flower essences. She may assign exercises (such as journaling, movement, affirmation or drawing), discuss insights and deepen your understanding into the changes that are occurring.
Will flower essences make me feel better?
In the long run, working with flower essences will help you to feel more alive and in touch with your goals, values, and creativity. However, the essences do not create euphoria, nor do they banish pain and conflict. They work by stimulating awareness of our conflicts and challenges, and they strengthen our ability to work through the obstacles to our health and growth. Thus, taking flower essences may at times stimulate some discomfort and awareness of pain or conflict. This is a normal part of the journey towards wellness, and can lead to a much more complete state of health than the suppression of pain, or artificial stimulation of feelings through bio-chemical intervention.
The vibrational frequency of the flower serves as a catalyst to the natural expression of our innately balanced personality qualities. Once a remedy has stabilized an unbalanced expression, another situation evoking the same response will re-awaken the balancing component of the remedy. In addition to taking the Flower Essence remedy, it may be helpful to work with a positive statement to affirm the presence of the balanced quality desired.
“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”
Dr. Edward Bach
Do flower essences have physical effects? Can they cure physical illness?
Flower essences do not work bio-chemically like aspirin does for a headache, but they can affect our experience of our bodies. For example, essences which help release emotional stress may result in less physical tension. Someone who overworks may discover just how tired he or she really is, stimulating the desire to create a lifestyle change to remedy the situation.
Flower essences can help people who suffer from physical illness by addressing the emotional responses to the illness, and by working with the underlying conflicts and tensions that may have contributed to the onset of the illness. However, flower essences are not cures for any specific illness, and are chosen on the basis of mental and emotional issues, rather than specific physical ailments.
Flower essences contain only minute traces of actual physical substance; they are primarily vibrational in nature, as are homeopathic remedies. This means that they are non-toxic and have no direct impact upon the body’s biochemistry, as do many pharmaceutical and psychoactive drugs. Therefore, there is no such thing as an overdose from flower essences.
If an inappropriate remedy is taken or the energy quality has already shifted, the essences will flush through the system without any affect at all. Some people have not developed their sensitivity enough to experience direct effects while taking the remedies, only to discover later that the desired changes have occurred.
Flower Essences are not a medicine or drug and will not interfere with any medications or herbs prescribed by your medical practitioner. Please request non-alcoholic dosage bottles if desired.
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