Flower essences are gentle natural remedies, made from wild flowers and believed to contain the healing properties of the flower. The use of flower remedies is based on the idea that, if you want to heal physical health problems, you’ll need to treat emotional imbalances. Bach Flower Remedies are the original flower remedy range, but Australian Bush Flower Essences are a new and popular alternative.
How Australian Flower Essences Work
Australian Bush Flower Essences were created by Ian White, an Australian naturopath and herbalist, who learned the use of Australian plants from his grandmother. He later went on to research the healing properties of Australian plants.
The Australian flower essences are believed to remove subconscious negative beliefs and increase positive feelings. The essences are extracted from wild flowers by placing the flowers in a bowl of water and leaving the bowl in direct sunlight for several hours. This method is said to release the “healing vibration” in the flower, which will remain in the water even after the flowers are removed. Brandy is added to the water as a preservative. This blend is called a “mother tincture.” The mother tincture is then diluted to create a “stock bottle” or “stock concentration,” and this is in turn gets diluted again before use.
The creators and users of flower essences believe that the healing energies of the flowers can work on emotional imbalances, and balancing the emotions will also relieve physical conditions.
Are Flower Remedies Safe to Use?
The principles behind the bush flower remedies are similar to those in homeopathy, which uses very diluted substances to treat emotional and physical disease. The flower remedies are safe to use, and there are no side effects or withdrawal symptoms. They have even been used on children and animals. However, unlike homeopathic remedies, flower essences can be taken in a glass of water. This also dilutes the already small amount of brandy in the remedy to just a trace.
The Australian flower essences are available in a range of individual essences, but combination essences have also been created for many common emotional states or conditions. These include Emergency Essence, Woman Essence and the always useful Calm & Clear.
When choosing a bush flower essence, you should ask yourself what issues you are working through at this specific moment in time, or what you would like to achieve in life. You can then look at a single essence or a combination of several different essences that match your answers.
According to the makers of the Bush Flower Essences, flower remedies work on very subtle levels, and it can take time before any changes are noticed. As all flower remedies are very diluted, no harm is done if one chooses a “wrong” remedy: the remedy simply will not work but will not cause any side effects either.