Flower Essences for Physical Health
When we talk about physical health, the healing powers of flower essences cannot be ignored. They have been utilised for generations to provide support to various aspects of our physical wellbeing.
Flower essences like the Bach remedies of Olive, Oak, Elm and Hornbeam are wonderful for enhancing energy levels. They are known to help invigorate the body and mind, providing the much-needed boost to face everyday challenges. Flower essences such as White Chestnut can help improve sleep quality and promote a state of relaxation and tranquillity. In the area of hormonal balance, certain essences such as the Australian Bush Essence ‘She Oak’ can provide benefits during times of hormonal changes, such as menstruation or menopause, helping to ease discomfort and regulate hormonal fluctuations. These are just some examples of how flower essences can support our physical wellbeing.
How to Choose the Right Flower Essence
Choosing the right flower essence can sometimes feel like a daunting task, given the multitude of options available. Firstly, it's essential to assess your needs accurately. This means understanding what emotional or physical aspects you wish to address, and matching these to the essences that best meet your requirements.
In addition to a logical approach, allowing your intuition to guide you can also be incredibly powerful. As you explore different essences, you may find yourself instinctively drawn to certain ones. Don't ignore this - our instincts can often lead us to exactly what we need.
If you're still unsure, seeking professional guidance is always a smart choice. Practitioners, such as Naturopaths, who are trained in the use of flower essences can provide valuable insight and advice, tailored to your unique circumstances.
It's also worth noting that you're not limited to just one essence. Sometimes, the right solution for you might be a combination of different essences. Combinations can provide a broader spectrum of healing, tackling several issues simultaneously.
How to Use Flower Essences
Flower essences can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most common is ingestion, where the essence is applied directly to the mouth, placed under the tongue.
Topical application is another popular method. Essences can be added to creams or lotions and applied to the skin, or added to bath water for a soothing soak.
Flower essences can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily routine. You could add a few drops to your morning glass of water, apply a flower essence-infused lotion after your shower, or use a flower essence spray to fill your home with the essence's calming aroma.
Precautions and Potential Side Effects
As flower essences are a form of vibrational medicine, they are completely safe. Nothing untoward will happen should you select the wrong one. They merely help to change people’s attitudes.
As the remedies are working on a vibrational and emotional level, they won’t interfere with any other medications or treatments. Flower essences can be a great adjunct to conventional medical treatment. For example, they can help someone to feel less fearful or anxious about a procedure, and to help them recover emotionally from surgery if needed.
Note that the flower essences contain a small amount of alcohol (brandy) to act as a preservative. The amount ingested, assuming one sticks to the recommended dosage of highly diluted drops, is so small, they can be used quite safely with infants and animals. Should alcohol be prohibited for religious reasons, or avoided in those with a history of substance abuse, you should source an alternative form. For example, apple cider vinegar can be used as a preservative instead.
DIY Flower Essences
Creating your own flower essences can be a rewarding process. It gives you the opportunity to connect more deeply with nature and create a product that's tailored to your needs.
When selecting flowers for your essence, choose ones that are healthy and vibrant. Ideally, these should be organically grown to avoid any pesticide residues. Morning is the best time to pick flowers, as this is when their energy is at its peak.
The mother tincture is the initial liquid preparation from which all subsequent dilutions are made. To create it, flowers are usually steeped in water under sunlight, allowing the water to absorb the flower's energy.
After the steeping process, the flowers are removed, and the water is mixed with brandy. This mixture is your mother tincture. It is typically stored in a dark glass bottle and kept away from light and heat to preserve its potency.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A. Are flower essences safe for everyone?
Generally, flower essences are considered gentle and safe for everyone, including pregnant women, newborns, infants, children, elderly and animals.
Whilst flower essences can be a great adjunct to conventional medical treatment, it is not recommended that are taken instead of any prescribed medicine.
It is always best to consult a healthcare professional or an experienced practitioner if you have any concerns.
B. How long does it take for flower essences to work?
The effects of flower essences can vary from person to person. Some people might notice changes immediately, while for others it may take a few days or weeks.
C. Can I use multiple flower essences at once?
Yes, it is possible to use multiple flower essences simultaneously. In fact, many practitioners recommend combinations of flower essences to address various issues at once. However, it's advisable to start with a few and monitor your response before adding more.
D. What is the difference between flower essences and essential oils?
While both come from plants, flower essences and essential oils are quite different. Flower essences are water-based extracts that capture the energetic imprint of a flower. They are typically ingested or applied topically to address emotional and mental aspects of wellness.
On the other hand, essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained through distillation or cold pressing. They are typically used in aromatherapy for their therapeutic benefits. Unlike flower essences, they are not designed to be ingested.
Flower essences and essential oils can complement each other beautifully, each bringing unique benefits to support holistic wellness.
In conclusion, flower essences offer a wonderful and natural way to support physical and emotional wellbeing. Whether you choose to use a pre-prepared essence or venture into creating your own, the world of flower essences is rich with possibilities for healing and personal growth.