What Are Flower Essences (Remedies)
Flower Essences (remedies) are a unique therapeutic tool used especially for challenges involving our soul’s journey and growth. Essences capture a flower’s unique healing potential and this vibration, or energy, can open us to healing on many levels—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Flower essences are safe, gentle, often subtle, but effective. They are an excellent complement to other healing modalities such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic work, counseling, conventional medicine, herbal therapies, aromatherapy, prayer and meditation.
How Flower Essences Work
Although flower essences often work subtly, positive changes are discernible. These changes can be seen in areas of our lives such as: feeling more empowered; fostering a closer connection to the Divine; improving relationships with others; manifesting our dreams and goals; decreasing stress and anxiety levels; becoming more centered and grounded; and, living life more fully and joyously in the present moment. Keeping a journal of thoughts, goals, feelings or dreams, engaging in some form of artistic expression, devoting time to meditation and prayer, communing with nature and simply asking for the input of those around you can help you to see the progress of your inner work with flower essences.
How Essences Are Made
Flower essences are made by taking flowers picked at full bloom, solarizing them in clear glass bowls with filtered water, carefully preserving the liquid with brandy (“mother essence”), and then made available as “stock” essences. Bach Flower Remedies are made in England by a reputable company called “Healing Herbs”. We add a few drops of the appropriate Bach remedy to a water/brandy and/or vinegar base to create the “dosage” bottle.
How to Administer Flower Essences
Flower essences work best when taken on a regular, consistent basis for an extended period—usually months and sometimes longer. Because of their vibrational nature, taking “more” of a blend will not make them work faster or better, but repeating the dose more often can be effective. Frequency can bring on swifter action. Keep your essences tightly capped and in a cool, dark place.
Take drops orally either under the tongue or added to a ¼ cup water, tea, or juice. Adding 4 drops to a water bottle that is sipped throughout the day can move through emotional challenges in a more rapid manner. The suggested dosage is 4 drops taken 4 times a day.
Other ways to take the remedies include:
*Apply the suggested dosage directly to the skin—wrists, temples, pulse points, or chakras. This is an excellent way to administer essences to small children or animals.
*Add 10-20 drops to your bath—soak for 15 or 20 minutes.
*Add 5-10 drops to your favorite massage oil, cream, or salve before applying.
*Put 10-15 drops in one gallon of water and apply to plants.
*Add 5-10 to a mister/spritzer and spray around the room.
What to Expect from A Flower Essence Consultation
A flower essence consultation is an easy, simple procedure that can be conducted conveniently by phone or in my office. During your 45 minutes to 1-hour consultation you will asked for some general background information, your present physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual situation, any pressing issues and/or challenges facing you and a series of questions relating directly to the appropriate flower essences you might benefit from.
The aim of flower essence therapy is not to dredge up old, painful memories but instead to gently work from the “outside in”. If you imagine that your feelings, experiences, memories, attitudes, expectations and associations are arranged like the skin/layers of an onion, our focus is on working on
the issues that are presently occurring, the “first layer”. This way we can avoid as much as possible uncomfortable, painful feelings that might not be ready to be brought to the surface at this time.
You will be given/sent a formula comprised of the appropriate flower essences preserved in filtered water and kosher brandy. This bottle will last between 3 weeks. After this period another consolation takes place as the appropriate remedies might change and the personalized formula needs to be adjusted. This monthly cycle can continue for as long as you feel the need. Most people choose to continue working with the essences for 6 months or longer for optimum results.
Who Can Benefit from A Flower Essence Consultation?
Everyone can benefit from flower essences at some point in their lives. There are times when we may find ourselves feeling exhausted, stressed, nervous, angry, unhappy or unfulfilled, depressed, fearful, apathetic, constantly worried, guilt-ridden, resentful or lacking self-confidence. We may be in a difficult time of transition or change and feel unsure or unfocused. We may be feeling the need to work out issues and memories from the past and “clear” the air. Children and animals benefit from flower essences, and changes seem to appear sooner than with adults. You don’t necessarily need a concrete reason to take flower essences, you only need to know that it is a safe, easy to use healing technique that you can use to take better care of yourself. You and your family and friends will notice the difference.
Each consultation payment includes a dosage bottle lasting about 3 weeks, a description of the formula’s essences and shipping and handling costs. Your formula will be mailed upon receipt of payment.
Sliding scale, $90-$108.
Includes 1 to 1 ½ hour, in-person or phone conversation, your first formula and shipping.
Sliding scale, $36-$54
Includes 30-45 minute in-person or phone conversation, formula bottle and shipping.
Author: Ahavah Oblak
Mother, Jewish, Nonprofit Advocate, educator, grant writer, curriculum developer, dual US/Israel citizen, friend, dancer, lover of life.