Flower Essences 101
Have you ever struggled through the day feeling exhausted, broken, and fed up or get so angry that you feel like your head will explode?
Traumatic memories, a difficult childhood, and an acute or chronic illness are all common causes of emotional disturbances that can slow or even halt healing. And at Healing Redefined, we’re all about healing what ails you.
Flower essences are a safe and gentle way to support the body and correct emotional disturbances.
Afraid of flying? Take Mimulus.
2 year old being 2? Try Rescue Remedy.
Wrung out from a long illness? Olive is your man…or woman. Whatever floats your boat.
Our scientific-minded society doesn’t focus enough on how much emotions and thinking patterns affect us, but they have a significant impact on our well-being.
Significant enough that I see a 40-60% increase in the healing patterns and compliance of my clients when I address it in their healing protocols.
Flower essences are the most powerful tool in my practitioner toolbox.
It is an extremely gentle remedy that helps to create balance.
Flower essences are the absolute safest remedy I know of. There are no side effects or contraindications, and anecdotal evidence has shown them to save lives during acute trauma like a heart attack or severe car crash.
What Is a Flower Essence?
A flower essence is an herbal infusion but very different from common steeped herbals and teas. At its most basic, it is energy transferred from a flower’s bloom into a pure source of water.
It may sound crazy, but stay with me here.
Other therapies that work with the body’s energy are acupuncture, acupressure, reiki, and massage therapy.
The essences are made by setting wildflower blooms into a glass container of water and placing it in the sun for 24 hours. The gentle heat of the sun stimulates the flower and transfers its energy into the water.
The stamens are removed beforehand, so there is no pollen to bother allergies.
The essences are then preserved in brandy or glycerin and stored in amber glass containers to preserve their purity.
The Origin of Flower Essences
The flower essences I use were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach in the early 20th century and are the most common in use today.
Dr. Bach discovered that his garden held the answers to why some patients made a full recovery even if gravely ill and others died after relatively minor injuries.
He tested these remedies on his patients with overwhelming success and developed a collection of 38 individual essences to correct any and all emotional imbalances.
We still use those original 38 flower essences today.
Though it may sound a little woo-woo, the concept has been reinforced by Dr. Masaru Emoto, a well-renown doctor of alternative medicine famous for his water experiment.
The Water Experiment
Dr. Emoto set up a simple experiment to prove his idea that water reflected the spiritual and energetic fields around it and not just the physical – wind, heat, vibration -.
He taped pieces of paper with messages written on them to a group of water bottles. Some bottles received positive messages like ‘thank you’ in various languages and others received negative ones like ‘you fool’ and ‘hate’.
When later frozen and viewed under a microscope, the waters completely changed their crystalline structure based on positive or negative influences.
The water that received good and positive words created harmonious, perfect crystals and those subjected to negative, harmful words created fragmented, misshapen aligned crystals.
Dr. Emoto’s experiment is widely taught at university-level Physics classes and is how I first learned of it. This past year, the two ideas collided in my head when I began learning about and working with flower essences.
I was blown away when I remembered the experiment and Dr. Emoto’s statement about our bodies being made up of over 60% water and those of babies being closer to 90%.
In my mind, this explains the power of flower essences.
Where To Start
Rescue Remedy – Rescue Remedy is a blend of flower essences specifically designed to deal with acute emotional distress.
Whether your child is dealing with an emotional meltdown or a looming deadline is causing you to panic, Rescue Remedy is a great essence to experiment with.
If it’s not the right remedy, you won’t feel any changes. Simple as that. No side effects to worry about.
It’s also one of the top remedies for helping the body to cope with broken bones, concussions, or surgery.
If you want to learn more about dosage – aside from the bottle directions – or individual remedies and what they do, you can find my favorite reference text HERE (affiliate link).
Click HERE for 7 safe flower essence remedies for happier kids (and parents)!
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.