What are Flower Essences?
Flower essences are unscented liquid, potentiated plant preparations, which convey a distinct imprint, or etheric pattern of a specific flower. Originally developed in the 1930’s by the English physician, Dr. Edward Bach, flower essences enjoy a reputation of being highly beneficial and safe to use. Because they contain only minute traces of physical substance, flower essences differ from pharmaceutical drugs, conventional herbal remedies or essential oils used for aromatherapy. Although they are legally classified as herbal supplements, flower essences properly belong to a new modality of potentiated remedies that derive their active powers from life forces within natural substances. Because they are highly diluted, they are benign and do not cause side effects. Their power derives from the principle of energetic resonance with the life pattern of the flower.
The best way to get involved in choosing flower essences is to read some basic literature on the topic. The next step is to decide which mental and emotional issues are most important for your health and growth. Based on your choice, you then select the essence or essences which correspond with these issues.
Flower essences expand our understanding of health care by recognizing a relationship between body and soul, and the interweaving of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects of wellness. They address the subtle but very important realm of the human psyche, from where thoughts and feelings emanate. Just as food sustains the human body, flower essences nourish the human soul, enhancing emotional and psychological well-being.
Flower essences are generally taken orally — a few drops or sprays — several times per day. They can also be applied topically, used in baths, and sprayed in the environment.