What Are Flower Essences?

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Flower Power.

Have you ever been in your local health store and seen tiny, expensive bottles, with strange names and oddly specific symptoms listed? Well, those are flower essences. The store isn’t usually good at explaining what they are for, or how to use them. So, I figured: that’s what I’m here for.

I was first introduced to flower essences in middle school. My mom had purchased two bottles for herself, and told me to try them, saying they would be good for me. So, I tried them and I enjoyed them.

Over the years I have got my own essences, and holistic medicine containing flower essences. I absolutely love them and want to keep my collection growing. There is literally an essence to help you through anything you are experiencing, PLUS there are tons of essences to draw in certain energies and experiences.

So, let’s take a look at what flower essences are and how they are made.

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History of Flower Essences.

One of the best known flower essence companies is the Bach Flower Remedies. They were designed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s. He was a successful health practitioner in England, who became dissatisfied  with the results he was receiving with modern medicine. He decided to turn to the Earth for better answers. He ended up creating the original 38 Bach Flower Remedies that are still made today, in his honor and of course, due to their amazing healing abilities. Since then, many companies have developed their own lines of flower essences. All are incredibly powerful.

So what are they? Flower essences are best explained as (literally) the essence of a flower. There is a long process involved in making flower essences. There are different ways of doing it as well, depending on the flower. But basically, a flower is chosen, and collected. They are then soaked in water, usually left in the moonlight or sunlight. Then a small amount of brandy is added to them, and then you have your essence. (Please look into the specifics on how-to before you try to make an essence at home – I recommend The Essence Practitioner, by Sue Lilly).

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Uses of Flower Essences.

There are many different flowers, all with their own essence. And like I said before, there are different ways of actually making flower essences, too. So, you can imagine there are lots of different uses for flower essences.

Most flower essences help you to clear energies your mind and body have been holding onto, most of which are negative or holding you back in some way. These energies may be causing you to suffer from depression, insomnia, anxiety, or other illnesses. When looking to heal yourself, it is vital that you start from within. A lot of the diseases we experience come from our thoughts and emotions. That is why it is important that we really look within to find out what is causing us discomfort. That is what flower essences are all about.

Take a look at the original 38 Bach Remedies to see what I mean.

How to Take Flower Essences.

When I was first introduced to flower essences, my mom and I would put about 3-4 drops of an essence in our water bottles, and drink them throughout the day. Lately, I have started placing a few drops directly on my tongue. Both are completely safe to do, but you will want to check the website of any essence you purchase, as some essences require fewer drops than others.

Flower essences are designed to be taken internally. They are different from essential oils because most essential oils are not recommended for consumption. This makes flower essences regulated by the FDA. In their eyes, flower essences are a “food,” since you take them orally. Therefore, do not put flower essences in an essential oil diffuser. They are not meant for that.

You can mix essences, and they are absolutely safe to use with essential oils, other herbs, and medicines.

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So what do you think?

Have you used flower essences before? Do you think they could assist you on your healing journey? I plan on using and recommending flower essences in my life coaching practice for many years to come, and I plan on keeping them on hand for personal use, too. Let me know what you think and if you have any further questions! I would love to help you out. 🙂

With love and light,

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