What are flower essences?
As the name suggests, flower essences are particular remedies made from flowers. Essentially the flowers are soaked in water under sunlight for a length of time. During this process the energy of the flower is absorbed into the water and this water can then be used as a remedy. This liquid is then potentised and stabilized in a solution of brandy and water. Unlike herbal remedies and essential oils the plan is not disturbed in this process and the finished product does not contain any of the plant matter so they are safe for everyone to use, do not interact with any medication or cause allergy.
What are Flower Essences used for?
Flower essences are mainly used to balance the emotions. Each individual flower has a separate use and emotional condition it can help release. According to Ian White the founder of the Australian Bush Flower Essences ‘The effect of these Essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to access the wisdom of their Higher Self. This releases negative beliefs held in the subconscious mind and allows the positive virtues of the Higher Self - love, joy, faith, courage etc. to flood their being. When this happens the negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs.’
One particular flower essence you may be aware of is ‘Rescue Remedy’. This is one of the Bach Flower remedies and is readily available in pharmacies and health food stores. Rescue remedy is a combination of several essences with the aim to reduce stress, overwhelm, anxiety and panic. This is one remedy I suggest everyone has in their bag which can be accessed at any time when people begin to feel overwhelmed. Simply place 4 drops under the tongue when needed to return to a state of calm.
There are many branches of flower essences and within these branches there is an essence to match every emotion or life stage. Choosing the correct essence can often be quite an intuitive exercise as people are drawn to the flower that most resonates with them.
For any more information on flower essences or to discuss having an essence made for you contact:
Dionne Shalit BSC., BHSc. (Naturopathy)
0438 588 030