What Are Flower Essences?
A Flower Essence is a living energetic medicine made from the biological imprint of the living plant's vibrations in water. Flower Essences are created and preserved in pure spring water and a preservative (brandy, vodka or vinegar), 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. They 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/preservative mixture. Flower Essences are water-based solutions which contain the essential energies of flowers. They are made by floating flowers in water and allowing the light of the sun, or the moon or the stars, to help the water to absorb the particular energy signature of the flowers. The structure of water is such that it easily stores these vibrational signatures within itself.
Unhealthy emotional patterns can cause tensions of energy within the body, tightness in the muscles and these block the natural flow of energies in our bodies, and so parts of us cease to vibrate in harmony with the whole. In our healing of our unhealthy patterns, we relieve any physical dis-ease we have collected. The Flower Essences fill our auras with the vibrations they contain and so help loosen any energy blockages that keep us from vibrating at our natural frequency. The vibrations of the flower's sunlight are now stored and felt in the subtle, and not so subtle, awareness.
It was the work of a sensitive and dedicated physician, Dr. Edward Bach, which first started to characterize the healing properties of these preparations. Dr. Bach was a medical doctor who had an interest in homeopathy. He worked for many years within this discipline and developed remedies called nosomes, which were homeopathic preparations of bacteria. He became discouraged at how little it seemed medicine was able to heal. His observations convinced him that if people could be at peace emotionally, they would be restoring their body to health and stay healthy. Recognizing that he had always felt most peaceful in the woods near his childhood home in Wales, he decided to take a break from practice and go there for a period of contemplation.
The story goes that Dr. Bach was looking for answers, and failing to find them, he was walking along a path one morning, ruminating on whether or not he should return to his practice at all, when his attention was drawn to the lovely flowers of Impatiens. Seeing the dew sparkling on the petals, he was drawn to lick it off, as he remembered doing as a child. Being the sensitive he was, he realized that the impatience he had been feeling a moment ago was gone. Whatever had been guiding him suggested he should see if this effect could be reproduced by doing the same thing the next day. The effect was repeated and the rest, as they say, is the history of Flower Essences.
I am sure people have worked with plants in this way for millennia: washing one's face with dew on Beltane morning, or being prompted to lick the dew off particularly beautiful flowers, just as Dr. Bach was inspired to do. However, Dr. Bach was unique in having discovered a way to bring the healing vibrations of the flowers to folks across the world. What Dr. Bach realized was that the water that had sat on the flowers had soaked in some sort of the energy of the flowers that could have had an effect on his emotions.
Just as the Impatiens flower helped dispel impatience and irritability, Dr. Bach discovered that Mimulus could calm everyday fears. As he worked with the flowers, characterizing the effect they could have on emotions, he discovered that if he could give the right flower essence to lessen the predominant emotion that was disturbing a person's peace, certain physical ailments they suffered could also be relieved. Dr. Bach taught that if we help people achieve emotional harmony, they will be healthy. He demonstrated that two people who experience debilitating fear may have different physical ailments, but a remedy that addresses this fear will heal the ailments of both. Similarly, two people with similar cases of eczema but different emotions disturbing their peace can both have their eczema healed by taking remedies appropriate to their emotional symptoms.