"The Earth laughs in flowers." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always been intrigued by flower essences. Water that is infused with the energy of a flower seemed so mysterious and mystical. And yet they are used by so many people, myself included. I have used Bach Flower Remedies for years. I remember giving a friend, who suffered from anxiety, a bottle of Rescue Remedy and he later told me that since taking it every day his anxiety had all but disappeared. I always remembered that. Then, during my herbal apprenticeship, I was told how to make my own flower essences and I have to say, it's one of my favorite things to do!
First of all, what is a flower essence? They might sound a little out there when you first hear of them but they are a wonderful addition to your herbal medicine chest. Flower essences are a form of vibrational and energy medicine, similar to Homeopathy. Every flower has it's own ability to heal and the energy or vibration of a flower is imprinted into water and it is that water that holds the "essence". There are no active ingredients in a flower essence like you would find in herbal products or pharmaceutical drugs. They are also not like essential oils and contain no scent. Flower essences cause no side effects and do not interact with medicine. And yet, they have been used successfully for centuries and continue to be used to this day.
In the 1500s, a master physician and herbalist named Paracelsus collected dew from flowers to treat health imbalances. In the 1930s, Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician and homeopath, developed Bach Flower Remedies by collecting dew from flowers, like Paraclesus and later sun infusing flowers in water. Flower essences work to balance negative states of mind. According to Bach, it is these negative emotional states that break down the immune system and leave the body vulnerable to illness.
I absolutely love making flower essences and I can hardly wait for the spring to start adding to the ones I already have. I now look at flowers differently, each one has it's own healing gift and I'm excited to learn about as many as I can and to use them in my practice and at home with my family.