“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.” Bulgarian Proverb
While herbal tinctures are associated with the body of the plant, essential oils with their circulatory system, flower essences contain the vibrational energy of the plant which interact with the subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. Flower essences introduce positive qualities in your consciousness that will drive out the negative state of mind, or they also strengthen the qualities we already possess.
They were popularized in modern history in the 1920’s by English physician, Edward Bach. They are prepared by a dilution process wherein flowers are infused in water, sun-soaked and then stabilized in a solution of water and brandy. It is similar to homeopathic practice, in the sense that the energetic imprint of the flower is believed to be left behind in the final solution. Herbalists believe that each flower/plant has a subtle and unique energetic frequency, having the ability to heal the emotion they are attuned to.
Here is a list of some essences to heal the soul:
1) The Holly (Heart Healer) for Love
This wild flower, featuring in old Celtic wisdom and in Christianity, embodies love. The healing energy of Holly helps us to face the dark, unloved parts of ourselves and transforms them with the light of compassion. This flower essence has the power to turn negativity completely around, erase past wounds and instill positive feelings in its place. If you’re feeling unloved, envious, hostile or angry, Holly can offer a deep reconnection with yourself; it opens the heart centre and reminds us that love and happiness can only be found within.
2) Purple Monkeyflower for Fear
All types of Mimulus works on fear. This essence, particularly, deals with fears related to spiritual experiences; being stuck in old patterns or unable to see and accept the truth. It helps bring a sense of purpose in life, to trust one’s path, and build a positive spiritual practice based on love and acceptance as opposed to a constant striving, which is a state of denial.
It also opens up our third eye and crown chakras. While taking Purple Monkey flower, you might experience intuitive dreams. It reminds us that self-love and surrender can go a long way. It also helps treat psychosomatic problems, anxiety, asthma, nervous system issues, gastrointestinal disorders and insomnia.
3) Impatiens for Patience and Gentleness
The nature and color of every plant reflects the quality it can heal or build within a person. Impatiens meaning ‘impatient’ or popularly known as ‘touch me not’ , is a remedy for impatience and the frustration and irritability that often go with it. For example, you are impatient by nature, so you take the Pale mauve or purple Impatiens (both these colours relate to the qualities of patience and gentleness) flower essence.
Over time, you notice that you become more relaxed and your pace is less hurried. If you suffer from panic disorders like claustrophobia, dyspnea and tachycardia, then this is the essence for you. It develops an ease of mind, peace, tranquillity and forgiveness. It teaches us to how to stop and smell the roses!
4) Oak for Balance and Perseverance
The Oak tree itself is a picture of perseverance; strong and hardy, it stands tall and unwavering, weathering all storms. When a person is drawn to Oak, it indicates a need to slow down. Oak flower essence makes for a great medicine for those who overwork themselves until they reach a point of collapse and never ask for, rather do not know how to ask for help.
Stress sends the body into flight or fight mode, imbalancing our immune system which paves the way for all sorts of health problems, both mental and physical. Oak essence restores a sense of balance and healthy levels of activity.
Oak carries the message that sitting still and clearing the mind is as important if not more, than achievement and recognition. It helps to put things into perspective and allowing our journey through life to be more pleasant. Among physical cures it helps the heart, ulcers, headaches, hypertension, rheumatism and purifies the liver and spleen.
5) Red Chestnut for Codependency
When our sense of sympathy spirals out of control and starts to work against us is when one should call upon the healing forces of the Red Chestnut. Our sense of empathy is what helps us recognize the wisdom of oneness and love. It is an overwhelmingly uplifting feeling, but this is different from a pervading pain of sympathy. It is tuning into a vibration that hurts you because you think it is the only way you can help. But how can you offer healing if both you and the person you want to heal are in pain?
This flower essence teaches us how to ground ourselves within empathy and become more self-loving in those moments. It helps us understand where we need to create boundaries. It is perfect for those who carry the world’s pain, make mountains out of molehills, cannot see the bigger and brighter picture and have anxiety because of it. This essence is recommend for over stressed or new mothers or anyone who would like to let go of unhealthy codependent relationships.
6) Dandelion for Emotional Trauma
Often regarded as a weed, Dandelion is one of the most beneficial healing herbs. It is a detoxifier that works on the emotional and mental being of a person, releasing repressed emotions like anger, grief, trauma and ease muscle tension in the neck, back and shoulders. It brings calmness to a hyper active mind and allows a person to fully live in the present moment.
(Flower essences must be taken in recommended doses. Consult your flower therapist to decided the length and strength of the course which will be evaluated based on the underlying emotion or spiritual issue at hand. All of the above can be taken in various forms.)
Here are some ways to take Flower Essences:
Drops into the mouth
This is the traditional way of taking flower essences. You can place them under your tongue to maximize absorption. Make sure to keep the dropper away from your mouth as it could breed bacteria.
Add to Drinks
You can add a recommended dose into non-alcoholic beverages like juice, teas, milk or just water. This dilution does not affect its power. You can sprinkle it onto food or drinks for yourself or others, even pets.
Drops in the bath
Add your dose or intuitively follow how much you’d like to add into your bath. Soak in it for a minimum of 30 minutes and relax.
Rub on the skin
If you have an alcohol resistance or allergy (as it is diluted in brandy) you can resort to rubbing it behind the ears, on the wrists, lips, temple or soles of the feet. You could also work directly onto chakra centers.
Decant into a spray bottle
You may then spray it onto the body. It can also be used for insect bites, bruises or burns. Flower essences can also be used as an alternative to incense sticks, it clears negative energy and cleanses auric fields.
Spray them onto clothes or pillow
This is a great way to get a good night’s sleep. When doing this, the flower essence works on you all through the night and since the subconscious is all about surrender, the effect can be even better!
Mix into lotions or oils
Add them into skin lotions you use regularly.
You can also make your own flower essences if you have access to flowers nearby. All you need is spring or well water, brandy, a little vinegar and a dropper bottle. Here is a video detailing the exact steps to make flower essences –
“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” ~ Brian Jacques
There isn’t an ailment in the world that nature cannot cure. It is about working with nature, using and not abusing it. When we are in sync with it, we will be guided intuitively on how to heal ourselves. We must learn to listen with our hearts first.