A number of years ago, while I was living in Chicago, I was going through a difficult and stressful time. I was in school for acupuncture, working full time and trying to manage the various aspects of my life. I was overwhelmed! It was during this time that a massage therapist told me about flower essences. I had not heard of them and went to a local health and healing store to find out more.
What I learned is that flower essences are liquid infusions (remedies) made from the flowering part of a plant. Interestingly enough, there is no physical part of the flower that is included in the remedy. The flowers are soaked in water and it is this infusion that is and made into a tincture.
Much like acupuncture, flower essences promote our own body’s ability to move toward healing – in this case emotional healing.
Flower essences are specifically designed to address emotional health and wellbeing. Flower essences do not address specific physical ailments; rather, they address emotional issues as well as the underlying emotional issues that accompany health issues.
With the correct essence, you will feel an emotional shift within a few days. For example, if you have been experiencing anxiety, you may select a remedy with a calming vibration. If the remedy is correct, you should feel a subtle emotional shift and find yourself in a better place. Most venue’s that sell flower essences have resources to assist in selecting the most appropriate remedy.
One of the most popular flower essences is called Rescue Remedy. Made by Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedy is made up of five flowers (Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis), each which have their own healing qualities. Rescue Remedy is used for emergencies and crises and can be helpful to get through any stressful situation.
Flower essences are sold as single essences or in formulas that combine a number of flowers. They are very safe and very effective for adults, children and even pets! A number of companies make flower essences including
Bach, FES Flowers, Lotus Wei and Perelandra.
I have turned to flower essences many times in my life. I can always find a remedy that is appropriate for the mood I am in and they often support me in getting myself in a better emotional place. Mother Nature is truly remarkable.