How are flower essences used?
Flower essences can be used in a number of ways. The most common way is to take them orally, four drops, four times a day. Our experience shows that it is not necessary to take them internally. They can also be used by adding five to seven drops in a plant sprayer bottle and misting a room or our bodies. Flower essences have been used with inmates in the prison system with this method with powerful results. You can also add a few drops to the bath, spray clothes before ironing them, or spray your pillow before sleeping. What is important to remember is that they are a vibrational essence, and surrounding yourself with them, inside or outside, is the best way to experience their effects.
Our flower essences are sold in convenient stock bottles. You can use the essences just as they are from the bottles, taking four drops each time. Alternatively, you can dilute them. You can add four drops of the essence to a one ounce bottle containing a solution of 75% water and 25% brandy. Another method is to add four drops of an essence to a glass of water and sip it throughout the day.
How long do I need to take a flower essence?
We have found that there is usually a definite cycle period in taking a flower essence. A normal cycle is usually two to four weeks. Some folks may need to take an essence for a shorter period while others may need to use an essence for several months. If you want to increase their effects, use them more often rather than more drops each time. Persons usually like to take them more frequently at first, then find themselves tapering off as they near the end of the cycle. At the end of a cycle, they may forget to take them altogether, and this is normal. For further information on how to ascertain the length of time to use a flower essence, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.
Can I use flower essences together with other healing modalities?
Flower essences can be used on their own or in conjunction with other therapies to enhance a healing process. They have been used with great success by flower essence practitioners, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, psychologists, medical doctors, veterinarians, and other health care practitioners. The essences can be an extremely effective tool in the hands of an experienced practitioner to enhance awareness, facilitate healing and create harmony.
While it is helpful to have the assistance and insight of someone of wide experience while using them, the essences can also be a great personal support for those inspired to follow their own instincts in essence selection. Since flower essences are safe and have no negative side effects, they can be used with confidence by beginners and experienced users alike. They are an excellent aid for those desiring to take responsibility for their own well-being.
What can I do if I am sensitive to alcohol?
We have found that adding a preservative is essential to keep flower essences pure and sterile. After years of testing several alternatives, we have found that brandy is the most reliable and palatable.
If you are sensitive to alcohol, we suggest adding a few drops of the essence formula to a glass of water. This will disperse the alcohol. You may even add them to hot tea or boiling water to help evaporate the alcohol. Alternatively, you can use the essences externally, with the same effectiveness, by rubbing a few drops onto your skin or adding five to seven drops to a plant sprayer bottle filled with water and misting yourself or your surroundings.
For in-depth information on how to use flower essences, please refer to our book The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.