The Healing Power of Flower Essences
The Elders have asked that the morning after every full moon at 10:00 AM that we gather and that we go outside and we look to the Sun, to the flowers, and to the heart of the earth...In doing so we bring more solar energy and flower wisdom to the earth, because the next age is the Age of Flowers. Flowers are our medicine for the next age. ~ Ven. Dhyana Ywahoo
There have been many pioneers in the field of alternative medicine through the ages who have listened with heart to receive nature’s teachings and healing powers. Pioneering work in these fields has brought to our attention the healing properties of high vibrational plant medicines known as homeopathy, aromatherapy, medicinal herbs, and flower essences. The word vibration has become synonymous with energy, for we have learned that our bodies are fields of vibrating energy. In this article we will explore the vibrational healing modalities known as Flower Essences and Flower Essence Therapies.
What are Flower Essences and how do they work?
A Flower Essence is a living energetic medicine made from the biological imprint of the living plant's vibrations in water. The Flower Essences are created and preserved in pure spring water and brandy, and taken orally under the tongue or applied to the body. When a person places a few drops of a flower's essence under the tongue, the energy of the flower, vibrating at its own special frequencies, floods one's aura. The flower's vibrations are now within the body/aura's vibrations and the flower's vibrations will harmonize the body/aura vibrations to its own special harmonies, with the help of the flower's signature vibrations.
Flower Essences are a fascinating and powerful way to work with plants for healing. Flower Essences contain an absolute minimum of biological or chemical material, offering one the sacred energies of the flower's essences in vibrations imprinted within the water/brandy mixture. Working with herbs themselves, as extracts of various kinds or as food sources, uses the biological and chemical components of the herbs as well as their vital energies. Aromatherapy uses a particular set of the chemicals present in plants and also engages their energies.
Flower Essences are water-based solutions containing the essential energies of flowers. Floating flowers in water and allowing the light of the sun, or the moon or the stars to absorb the particular signature of the flowers creates the foundation of a flower essence. The structure of water is such that it easily stores these vibrational signatures within itself.
Dr. Edward Bach
One of the great names in the field of vibrational healing is Edward Bach, the founding father of the Bach Flower Remedies. Edward Bach brought flower essence as a healing modality to the attention of the medical establishment in England in the 1930’s. A medical doctor steeped in the field of homeopathy, Dr. Bach began to case study the healing effects of the flower’s essence, which he had discovered while collecting dew drops from plants at dawn. Theorizing that such drops contained the energy pattern or signature of the plant from which is was derived, he further supposed that when ingested by human beings, the essence of the flower would match the vibrational patterns stored within the genetic storehouse of the human being. From these astute observations came the famous Bach Flower Remedies. Dr. Bach’s famous work has opened the door to the empirical study of flowers and their vibrational healing qualities. Knowledge of the flower essences today is rapidly growing as more and more medical and progressive practitioners turn to them as a healing modality with adults, children, animals, and even the plants themselves.
Flower Essences are not to be confused with Aromatherapy, a form of plant and flower therapy that uses the scent and aroma of the plant to stimulate brain communication with the body. Flower Essence therapy is an oral treatment that has a profound effect on correcting physical imbalances, impurities, and disease. The essences contain the energetic vibrations and so the healing energies of the flowers from which they are made. In the words of Dr. Bach, “they occur by flooding our bodies with beautiful vibrations of Higher Nature which melt dis-ease like snow in the sunshine.” Dr. Bach's theory is that we are born perfect, however, the stress of life allows for the build up of defenses and unhealthy patterns as a means to cope with life’s hardships. These behaviors and thought patterns pull the individual out of alignment with spirit. Distress at the level of spirit is translated into physical dis-ease. Bach saw dis-ease as a way that our spirit tells us how our attitudes or behaviors are getting in the way of our health. Unhealthy emotional patterns can cause tension within the body and tightness in the muscles, which, in time, block the natural flow of joy in our bodies causing an eventual breakdown of immunity and harmony. The Flower Essences fill our auras with the vibrations they contain and so help loosen energy blockages that keep us from vibrating at our natural frequency of health and well being.
Dr. Bach advocated an astute medical model that honored the individuation and healing powers of all people. He inspired humanity to seek emotional harmony and balance within body, mind, and soul as a means toward happiness, service and good health. He was disturbed to discover that when administering the exact same medicine to two different individuals with the same illness, each individual would respond differently; some would heal, others would remain ill, while some perish.
With an integral commitment to healing, he concluded throughout his years of study that humans, like plants and flowers, contain different vibrations, patterns, and energy fields that respond positively to an individualized healing plan from which to restore optimum health. His mission was to discover a potent, yet, equally harmless healing modality safely used by all. He concluded that the healer must individually address the varying characteristics, moods, fears, and beliefs of each patient in order to assist him or her back into a balanced and healed state. He dreamt of a day when one could venture into nature backyard as a means to seek a simple cure for the ailments that trouble the soul.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Flower Essence Application
There is virtually no physical or chemical plant material in the Flower Essences, so there is no risk of allergies or adverse effects. Brandy is used in the creation of the essences as a preservative. The essence can be added to hot tea to evaporate the Brandy before the remedy is taken for those who are alcohol intolerant. For those sensitive to brandy, the essences can be prepared in another preservative such as glycerin or vinegar.
Flower Essence remedies have the advantage of being completely safe. They contain little, if any, organic material that could cause physical ill-effects. All of the energies involved are positive, and if an inappropriate remedy is chosen, there is never an adverse affect. Therefore, self-prescription can do no harm as long as serious conditions that need medical attention are not ignored. One can learn about the effects of the flower's essences by trying them without taking any risk. It is recommended, however, to respect the laws of nature and the balance of the body. Everything is moderation is applied to flower essence use as well.
Unlike homeopathic remedies, Flower Essences are not affected by aromatics such as coffee or mint: they can be taken with food or any other substance and be effective. Their benefits for the emotions are not based on any sort of physical effect on the nervous system so they are non-addictive.
Because of the dilution process in the creation of Flower Essences, one bowlful of flowers can make enough Flower Essence for several million individual doses. It is an extremely efficient way to use the biological material, and one way to avoid the danger of extinction that is threatening our delicate eco-system in the world today.
Flower Essences work on the emotions in harmony with Spirit, and their effects can take some time to manifest on a physical level. If one is open to change, their effect can be dramatic indeed, but if one resists the nudge of healing that the flowers offer, they may have little visible effect in the short run. Continued use, however, will eventually layer down the resistance of the individual, allowing the flowers to weave their healing powers within the soul.
My Own Experience with Flower Essences
I was introduced to the flower remedies while living at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland during the mid 1970’s. The community’s focus was to embrace the co-creative energies between nature and humanity, offering the opportunity to commune with nature as a bridge to exploring the soul of humanity. Having previously lived in Hawaii for three years, I was prepared to open even further the magical qualities of flowers and their healing forces. After many years of study and engagement with the world of flowers, flower essences, and flower essence preparation, I embarked upon the creation of my book/deck set entitled “The Power of Flowers” as a means to unite the world of flowers with the archetypal soul patterns of humanity.
In the Power of Flowers book, each flower is described according to six categories: Blessing, Plant Signature, Flower Essence Description, Archetype, Healing and Practical Application. I interweave the healing qualities of the flowers into my astrology practice and teachings. There is no greater honor than to offer the healing properties of flowers to the world. After many years of flower essence preparation and study, I have founded the Power of Flower Healing Essence Company, offering flower remedies created from wild flowers in the Northwest Mountains, Hawaii, and desert regions.
And may we ever have gratitude in hearts that the great Creator in all His glory has placed the herbs in the field for our healing.
- Dr. Edward Bach