Flower essences are subtle, vibrational remedies that work with emotional healing. They do not have any direct bio-chemical or physiological action in the body, but rather work on an energetic, emotional and spiritual level. When you take a flower essence you are being filled with the life force of a particular flower, which can touch, resonate with and awaken deep qualities within you.
Because flower essences are diluted, energetic remedies, they are completely safe for everyone. They can be given to children, elders, pets and can be taken during pregnancy. They have no contraindications with prescription drugs. The stock bottles that you buy at the store are preserved in brandy, so they do contain alcohol.
Flower essences can be used internally, applied topically, put in the bath, or added to an aromatherapy spritzer. The most common way to use an essence is internally. The typical dosage pattern is 4 drops, 4 times a day. With my kids, I only use 1 drop at a time. Taking large doses of an essence does not make it stronger. Potency is increased by taking small drop doses of an essence on a frequent and consistent basis. Frequency is much more important than quantity.
You can take drops directly from the stock bottles that you buy at the store, or you can make dosage bottles. Making dosage bottles will make your essences last much longer. Plus it allows you to make custom formulas using several essences together. To make a dosage bottle, all you need is a clean, empty 1 ounce glass dropper bottle. Add 1-3 drops of each stock essence you are using to your bottle and fill it the rest of the way with water. Shake and it is ready to go.
The most commonly used flower essence formula on the market is “Rescue Remedy”. It is a combination of five different flower essences (Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose & Star of Bethlehem). It is used during acute trauma, pain, high stress & emergency type situations. It brings a sense of calm, peace & stability. I find it especially helpful with children. Think temper tantrum. It is one of my favorite remedies for tantrums. Also great during injuries and other physical & emotional upsets to bring the child back to a calm, rational state. It is a must have natural remedy for parents!