Flower essences are liquid preparations made from plants. You’ve probably heard of the Bach remedies, the most well-known system of flower essences and still the most widely used. These were first prepared by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s using fresh flowers, spring water and direct solar energy. The liquid is preserved in brandy and diluted to create an essence for personal use, usually taken in the form of drops.
I work with flower essences from around the world and have a particular interest in the species that are well known to me as medicinal herbs. Many of these are made from British and Mediterranean wildflowers and trees. I like to use essences from a range of producers and also many I've prepared myself from native wildflower species. If you decide to work with me, we'll spend time finding a combination of flower essences that suits your individual situation and preferences.
What do flower essences do?
Flower essences act on an emotional and spiritual level to increase our sense of well-being. My favourite explanation is that they give us an opportunity to reconnect with nature, wherever we are. Humans evolved as part of the natural world and we relate to plants in a remarkable way that is not yet fully understood. I particularly like Edward Bach’s view that taking flower essences helps return us to our true selves.
Personal and professional experience has shown me that flower essences enable us to gain new insights into issues and situations and provide emotional support so that we can move more confidently towards our goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can flower essences help with physical problems? Flower essences don’t treat physical conditions directly, but emotional factors often contribute to physical conditions and vice versa. People often find that if they start shifting emotional patterns, physical symptoms also improve.
Are there ever any side effects from taking flower essences? Flower essences are non-toxic and have no direct impact on the body’s biochemistry. They are very safe to use and have no side effects.
Can I take flower essences at the same time as other medicines or treatments? Flower essences don’t interact with homeopathic, herbal or other medical treatments and there are no contraindications for their use with pharmaceutical drugs.
What's the difference between flower essences and flower remedies? There’s no difference. The term “remedy” tends to be restricted to the Bach range of essences because that’s what it originally referred to. Most people now prefer the term “essence”.
What's the difference between flower essences and essential oils? Essential oils are extremely concentrated aromatic preparations, have a very strong smell and many are highly toxic, especially if taken internally. They are most often used in massage oils and scented products. Flower essences don’t have a strong scent and are very safe to use internally or externally. Flower essences and essential oils are sometimes made from the same plant species e.g. peppermint or lavender, but they are completely different preparations.
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