how to make flower essences

How to Make Your Own Flower Essences

Summer is the time to make your own flower essences. 

Flower essences are a type of vibrational medicine, akin to homeopathy, in which the healing energy of flowers is captured in a process of dilution, and no flower parts remain in the finished remedy. 

It is easy to make flower essences and they are a wonderful complement to herbal medicine because they address the underlying emotional causes that create problems in the body. Sometimes addressing the emotions can resolve physical symptoms and ailments.

They can work quickly, or take time to clear blockages. Similar to doing a detox cleanse, it is possible that you may initially feel heightened awareness of symptoms as stagnant emotional patterns are unearthed.

Why Use Flower Essences

Flower essences offer a wonderful way to heal and grow because they affect change at a deep emotional level.

They are safe for all ages, and even pets, and the don’t interact with medications. 

There are a couple of popular brands of flower essences available at natural health stores, including Bach and Wild Rose, and Nova Scotian essences produced by Blue Fairie and Star Flower essences.  Globally you will find flower essences produced with local blooms. 

And, it is easy to make your own…

Making Flower Essences

Making the Mother

Float the flowers in pure spring or well water in sunlight for 20 minutes to 3 hours or until more than half the flowers are wilted. Remove the flowers and transfer the liquid to a clean bottle. A small tincture bottle is good, about 50 ml. A funnel would be helpful.

Mix the flower water with an equal amount of brandy or glycerine.

Succus the bottle 100 times to mix them. 

Label as “Mother.”

Notes: Flower essences made with brandy will last decades, glycerine will last about 5 years, and plain water essences will last a few days. Look for or prepare glycerine based essences if you do not consume alcohol. 

Making a Stock Remedy

Fill another small bottle with half water and half brandy. Add 5 drops of the mother. Succus 100 times. Label as “Stock Remedy.”

Making a Treatment Bottle

Combine water and 30% glycerine or brandy. Add 5 drops from the stock bottle. Succus 100 times. Label. 

Keep the Mother and the Stock, and you can make flower essences to last a lifetime (if you have used brandy). Simply make more treatment bottles with the stock, and make more stock from the mother when you run out. 

The treatment bottle is what you will use for the following methods: 

Ways to Use Flower Essences

Take 3-5 drops in the mouth or in water, 3 or more times daily.

Use as a room spray – add 3 to 5 drops to a spray bottle full of water.

Add about 20 drops to a  bath. 

Flower essences can also be added to healing creams or lotions. 

Flowers to Look For

For a brief couple of months, Halifax is bursting with flowers, so don’t delay and make your essences soon. The following flowers can be found here in Halifax, and across much of North America:

Mallow 

Althea spp.

Mallow is for people who feel cut off and isolated, and long for warmth and openness. It’s for you if you have difficulty making friends or committing to relationships. Whether it stems from insecurity, fear or lack of trust, mallow will help you overcome barriers to friendship. 

Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

Do you feel like nothing ever changes? Horse Chestnut helps you stop making the same mistakes over and over.  Rid yourself of unwanted, repetitive thoughts and break out of stagnant patterns.

Dill

Anethum graveolens

If you’re busy, stressed, and overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of a full & chaotic life. Dill is particularly good if you’re suffering from overstimulation, will promote relaxation and inner nourishment. 

Daisy

Bellis perennis

Daisy is the plant for getting your #%@ together! It’s for planning and organizing. Absorb more information and organize it in a meaningful way. It also enhances concentration.

Borage

Borago officinalis

Borage is a heart remedy to ease the brokenhearted. It’s good for those suffering grief, loss, sadness, or discouragement and it lifts the spirits and prevents depression. It promotes courage and optimism.

Greater Celandine 

Chelidonium majus

Celandine flower essence enhances communication. It’s good for singers, teachers and lecturers. Celandine assists giving receiving information, and is good for people who are stubborn or opinionated, do not listen, or can’t concentrate. It also helps enhance understanding of information given in dreams. 

Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna, C. oxycanthus

Hawthorn is a renowned heart healer. As a flower essence, it heals broken hearts, opens the heart chakra and enhances expressions of love. It also eases emotional extremes. 

Opium poppy

Papaver somniferum

Poppy flower essence is for escapists who find it hard to face up to the realities of life, and for those fearful of expressing strong emotions such as anger. It gives you the courage to assert yourself, and express your feelings. 

Linden

Tilia europea

Linden is another flower essence for the heart. It increases awareness of our connectedness to the rest of humanity, and increases feelings of peace and happiness.

Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

Mullein provides an inner light to guide us along our path. It helps us to withstand social pressure, and strengthens the moral compass for those who are weak and confused. 

 

If you’re interested in learning more about flower essences, herbal medicine, and holistic wellness, you’ll love our Holistic Herbal Wellness course. It’s a year-long, seasonal self-care course featuring herbal medicine. We meet one Saturday per month in Halifax or Moncton. 

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Holistic Sleep Strategies

Sleep is one of the primary pillars of health.  Unfortunately, many people suffer from some form of sleep disturbance on a regular basis.  Sleep depravation is one of the defining health problems of modern society, right up there along side obesity.  Our sleep time is crucial for bodily repair and restoration – chronic sleep deprivation is a factor in the development of chronic, degenerative diseases.

The causes of insomnia are varied.  Simply taking a sedative, herbal or pharmaceutical, is ineffective because it does not address the underlying cause of the problem.  A broad focused treatment is required to obtain lasting results.  Three common causes of insomnia: the use of stimulants, stress, and pain.

In one case of stimulant use, the person was drinking one cup of coffee per day, before noon.  This may seem like reasonable coffee consumption, it did to her and she overlooked it as the cause of her sleep problems.  Some people are especially sensitive to caffeine and may not notice its effect on their system.  She was advised to give up the coffee and other caffeine containing substances for two weeks.  In less than one week she reported better sleep and within two weeks she had completely resolved her issue with insomnia.  No other remedies were needed.

Those with chronic sleep disturbance usually rely upon coffee and other stimulants to get them through the day.  This only worsens the problem and further drains their energy.  Breaking this pattern can be challenging.  Accepting short term hardship is rewarded by long term results.  Herbal nerve tonics such as oats and St.John’s wort can help ease through the transition.  The herb Rhodeola rosea , an adaptogenic herb, is especially helpful to enhance endurance and alertness throughout the day.  Gotu kola is a cerebral circulatory stimulant and can improve alertness and mental capacity while producing a state of calm.  A perfect balance.

Stress and anxiety affect us all and can cause short term sleep disruption.  A personal favorite remedy after a stressful day is a strong brew of chamomile tea (2 tsp. herb per cup boiled water) with 20 drops of passionflower tincture added.  Passionflower is recommended for the treatment of nervous tension, restlessness, and irritability with difficulty falling asleep.  Passionflower can be repeated again at bedtime combined with valerian tincture which is a powerful sedative and muscle relaxant.  It is rare that herbal sedatives will cause grogginess the next day. To avoid this it is best not to combine them with sleeping pills.

When stress and anxiety are prolonged and/or severe it can lead to adrenal burn out and deep seated exhaustion.  This can be avoided by using herbal nerve tonics and other stress management tools.  If this does occur adrenal restoratives such as borage, licorice and eleuthero can be used along with other supportive herbal aids. 

Pain can cause severe sleep disruption.  One client was waking every hour for several weeks due to pain and numbness in the arm caused by repetitive strain.  Needless to say this was causing great interference in his life.   In these cases the cause of the pain needs to be effectively dealt with.  Many herbal sleeping agents also act as analgesics, anti-spasmodics and anti-inflammatories.  Examples include California poppy, valerian, black cohosh, and lobelia.  A liquid calcium and magnesium supplement taken at bedtime is relaxing to the nervous system and is an effective way to deal with muscle spasm.

Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland, is largely responsible for regulating sleep patterns.  Its release is stimulated by the dark; therefore the bedroom must be completely dark.  Cover windows to block out street lights and wear an eye mask if necessary.  Reduce lighting in the evening, dim the lights or use candles.  Conversely, it is important to have sunlight exposure during the day to maintain melatonin production by the body.

Simple lifestyle adjustments can be very beneficial in cases of sleep disturbance.  For example people respond well to a ½ hour walk after dinner.  Exercise helps the body burn off stress hormones, plus it improves digestion.  A soothing bath in the evening using relaxing essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang or spikenard is very helpful.  Light and pleasurable reading at bedtime can help to shut off mental processing and unwanted thoughts from the day. Turn off TV and computer screens at least an hour before sleep time.

Establishing regular, routine sleep patterns is important.  Sleep research shows that the hours between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. are critical for rejuvenation.  Sweet dreams.