Flower essences have long been used to heal mind, body and spirit. But do they really work?Fresh blooms have the power to light up a room and lift our spirits. But some believe the benefits of flowers are more than merely aesthetic.
Flower Essences were used in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome for emotional, spiritual and physical healing. Australia has an abundance of native flowers believed to have healing properties including the Bottlebrush, Old Man Banksia, Sunshine Wattle and Kangaroo Paw. There are over 69 essences in the Australian Bush Flower Essence Range and many blends, including facial creams. Flower essences can be taken sublingually by putting a few drops under your tongue, an oral spray, room mist or even in tea. Whether you’re sipping a cup of refreshing peppermint tea, adding a few drops of rose essential oil to your burner or rubbing calendula cream onto irritated skin, you are harnessing the power of flowers.
Flower Essence are made by soaking blossoms in water to “imprint the energy” of that flower in the water and then preserved using Australian brandy. They are used as a potent healing tool, supporting issues around anxiety, depression, trauma, shock, fatigue, emotional pain, to ground, connect or centre oneself, to increase focus, balance, and so many more applications. Flower Essences really shine with emotional conditions and work in such a subtle yet potent way to bring the support needed. Intuitively, people are drawn to the one they seem to need at the time, however the body only takes what is needed and there is very minimal adverse affects, if any.
Tea is another way to tap into flower power. Whether its black, green or herbal, by adding drops of the essence to the tea we can use tea as the medium to soak up the benefits and healing qualities of the flower and/or plant. Tea is largely underrated in our modern lives. Tea itself is incredibly therapeutic if prepared correctly with high quality loose-leaf tea, and/or organic herbs, such as … rose, chamomile, calendula, and lavender, as they all hold their own vibration and therapeutic qualities.
Make your own
To make your own Flower Essences, simply find flowers that have not been sprayed with pesticides. Sit with the flowers and guide yourself into a meditation. “Ask permission to connect with the wisdom of the flower and see where it may guide you,” You may have an epiphany, let’s say if the flower is yellow, it will be connected to communication and the 5th chakra etc. Place your flowers in a sterilised glass bowl of purified water and place it in full sun for at least two to four hours. Remove the flowers carefully without touching the water or the flowers with your fingers. Then decant your flower essence in an amber glass bottle – fill half the bottle with flower essence and half with good quality brandy. “This is what we call the mother tincture. The brandy is seen to hold the vibrational aspects of the flower.
Flower Essences are mostly used by a drop dose, taken under the tongue. But here at Amore Tea, they have been added to the tea, however, they can also be added to water, smoothies, juice, even raw chocolate. I frequently add them to tea and use them depending on my mood, feelings and needs. They are a beautiful addition to my daily self-care ritual.
So, go out and forage your own flowers for healing and wildcraft your own essences and teas. But be careful and identify any flower or plant you plan to use is ingestible and safe.