Welsh Witterings: The Art of Making Flower Essences
When the sun is shining there is little dispute that being outdoors in a beautiful garden makes us feel happy, but it seems that it is not just from being outdoors amongst the daisies that can boost our wellbeing as the flower feel-good factor can be bottled in the form of flower essences.
Whilst plants being used as food or medicine are widely accepted, the world of flower essences does not rely on the consumption of the plant, but instead works on an invisible level, a level of vibrations that many of us have not really contemplated before, however, as modern physics and the relativity theory reliably inform us: everything in the world is connected at a vibrational level.
Flower essences are powerful yet gentle healing tools that can assist in the resolution of deep emotional imbalances. I first discovered flower essences when I was seventeen years old and feeling the effects of exam nerves, it was Edward Bach’s flower remedies and indeed Bach Rescue Remedy that I turned to and though I’m sure the subtle yet effective healing properties of these remedies aided my emotional wellbeing it wasn’t until many years later that I came to understand that these essences are actually liquid solutions of the energetic imprint of flowers. Flower essences are a form of vibrational medicine and can be described as being the vibrational communication of a flower transmitted to water by solarisation. With the vibrational resonance of the flower being captured and retained by the water.
The world of flower essences was made popular by Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936) a medical doctor, bacteriologist and homeopath who believed that the cause of dis-ease was emotional; a conflict between the soul and the mind that needed spiritual and mental succour in order to successfully become re-balanced. It was after his own near death experience that he turned to more natural medicines and many of his concepts in this field were ahead of his time. In his work ‘Heal Thyself’, first published in 1931, Bach wrote that “Disease is, in essence, the result of conflict between the Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental efforts.”
Dr Bach spent much time theorising about unity and interconnection and outlined some of the human imperfections that he believed to be adverse to unity such as jealousy, pride, cruelty, hate, vanity, ignorance and greed; stating that illness can set in if a person continues in these imperfections after becoming aware that they are wrong. In order to aid emotional imbalances he created thirty eight Bach Flower Remedies in the 1920’s designed to remedy any emotional upsets in users. Today Bach Flower remedies are still going strong with people turning to them to aid them through all sort of emotional issues from fear of failure, sleep problems, ADHD , guilt and many, many more.
There are now many different brands of flower essences available in health food shops and stores, however, it is also easy to make your own and an enjoyable task.
Some of my favourite essences such as pansy are not widely available commercially so on a sunny day I often make a few batches of my favourite essences and they also make for a thoughtful and somewhat unusual gift.
A small glass bowl, which should be reserved for flower essence making
A glass measuring jug
Fresh spring, water collected in a glass container if possible. It is great if you can get fresh, live water that is local to you, but if all else fails, buy still spring water in a bottle.
A tea strainer
A 500ml dark glass bottle
Coloured glass dropper bottles (20ml)
Coloured glass dropper bottle (50 ml)
Glass droppers to accompany bottles
Decide what flower essence you would like to make and carefully pick five or six blooms to place in the bowl of water (depending on the size of the flower bloom- with large heads such as roses sometimes only one or two is required whereas small blooms such as primroses require five or six heads)
Flower essences are made on sunny days, as the sun’s rays shining through the flowers, helps to transmit the flowers vibration to the water.
Fill the glass bowl with spring water and place it in the sun, preferably among the flowers the essence is being made from.
Carefully place the flowers on the surface of the water. They should be floating not immersed.
Leave to infuse in the sun for at least four hours
Strain 250 ml of the flower essence through a tea strainer into a jug and mix with 50% brandy and then fill the 500ml (sterilised) dark glass bottle. This is the “mother essence” or “mother tincture,’’ and it is from this bottle that the drops will be taken to make the “stock bottle.”
Next take seven drops from the mother tincture and put them into a bottle (50 ml. dropper bottle). Fill the bottle with brandy -this is the stock bottle and t is from this stock bottle that the dosage bottle is made.
To make the Flower essence dosage bottle, put seven drops into a small 20 ml dropper bottle and fill with alcohol. Label the bottle, with the name of the essence and the date. The essence is now ready for you to take.
Store your flower essence dosage bottles in a cool, dark place away from electrical and other energy sources, and it will keep indefinitely.
Take a couple of drops in water, or directly under the tongue, when you think about it, preferably as far away from drinks and meals as possible.
The effects of flower essences have been likened to the uplifting effect of a beautiful sunset or piece of music so when the sun shines make sure you get in garden and start making some flower essences and hopefully by the end of the summer you’ll have a remedy for every conceivable psycho-emotional state.
Some of my favourite essences and the ones I love to make are:
Pansy – this is the remedy to help you face the world, clearing away negative thoughts and promoting courage.
Primrose – aids a release from the past, this is the remedy for letting go.
Dandelion – a must for those who over think and over plan as it allows you to let go of rigid patterns and strain. This essence also aids those with compulsive behaviour.
Chrysanthemum is recommended for people coping with fears about their longevity. It’s especially useful for people in the midst of a mid-life crisis or those pining for their lost youth.
Apple Blossom – this is my equivalent of a rescue remedy as this essence purifies emotions and restores a sense of inner health, it’s also great at balancing and emotionally grounding.
Rose – Nourish and nurture – for times when everything in life seems as against you. Rose is restorative and nurturing and is ideal for trying