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“Flower essences are at our disposal, ultimately, to remind us of our innate perfection.
In gentle, non-invasive ways, they tell us that we already are our highest potential.
We need only to realize this truth.”
— Lila Devi
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What are flower essences?
Flower essences are a natural system of stress remedies. They are infusions made from the flower of a plant, with pure spring water, and brandy is used as a natural preservative.
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Why and how do flower essences work?
How many times daily do I take my personalized essence?
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Is there a preservative in the infusion?
How do I store my infusion?
Can I take flower essences with other medications?
How do I know my special essence is working?
How long do I take these essences?
What are the differences between Flower Essences and Essential Oils?
1) Scented and unscented
Essential oils as the name suggests are oils extracted from the stem, leaves, or other parts of the plant through steam distillation or other methods and carry a smell or fragrance. Through the ages, they have often used in perfumes.
Flower essences have no smell, since they are made from the energetic imprint of the flower. Wildflowers are picked and floated in a crystal or glass bowl filled with water placed on a rock or the earth in the early morning sun. After a few hours, the flowers are removed, the water is strained and preserved with brandy. So, flower essences are wildflower infusions in water.
2) Amount that is needed
Usually a large number of flowers are needed to create essential oils. For instance, it takes 10,000 roses to create 5 ml or about a teaspoon of essential oil.
Flower essences, on the other hand, are made with a few flowers in a bowl of water. The water carries the energetic imprint of the flower and we can get several bottles of flower essences from those few flowers.
3) Internal versus external
Essential oils are not taken internally as they can be toxic to the system. Even a topic application requires essential oils to be diluted with a carrier oil.
Flower essences, on the other hand, are taken internally and are completely gentle and safe even for children and pets. They have no side effects.
4) How they work
Essential oils are often used to address physical symptoms and provide overall stress relief through diffusion of their smell. They work through the olfactory system and the associated regions of the brain that govern our stress response.
Flower essences target specific emotions and the thoughts that are connected to those emotions. They work at the energetic level. For instance, our judgments can drive us crazy. The “shoulds,” the “musts,” the “have-to’s” and all kinds of judgments about ourselves, others, situations, and events. Flower essences shift these thoughts and provide calmness, clarity, direction and give us inner confidence.