What is Flower Essence Therapy?

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Flower essence therapy is a form of alternative healing that is accomplished through the use of vibrational medicine. This unique practice is designed to treat the body with energy in order to generate balance and has been used for many years. It is especially popular in Chinese medicine. Vibrational medicine is believed to affect both cellular health and emotional well-being.

Flower essences can be used alone or with other healing methods, depending on the specific problem and the practitioner. Essences are infusions made from flowers and water. It is important to note that flower essences are not the same as herbal tinctures or essential oils, which are generally aimed at healing physical ailments. The essences are usually odorless, unlike the perfume-like aroma from most essential oils.

Unlike other herbal medicines, flower essences do not contain any chemicals. These diluted preparations only contain the addition of brandy, which helps stabilize the solution. Best described as liquid energy, flower essence therapy simply captures the energy pattern or vibration of the flower it comes from.

Energy is the basis of flower essence therapy. All living organisms exhibit some form of energy, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. Specific flower essences can be targeted to work on these energy forms. Rather than attacking a certain disease or other physical problem, flower essence therapy is thought to work by restoring the balance of energy within the body.


Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes energy movement within the body as chi, or qi. Eastern traditions believe chakras play a role in moving energy throughout the body. When all of the energy within one’s body is in balance, a sense of overall well-being is established — regardless of the traditional style used. When practicing flower essence therapy, the only factor to consider is the individuality of its users, as no two people are alike. Essence should always be matched to an individual’s energetic blueprint.

Flower essence therapy works by taking the flower of a particular plant, capturing its innate energy, and then storing it for later use. Picked soon after blooming, the flowers are floated in a bowl of spring water to capture its essence. Generally, this is left to "charge" in the sun for several hours. The vibrational imprint of the plant is then transferred to the water. The blooms are subsequently lifted out and the liquid, or essence, is poured into bottles with an equal amount of brandy, which acts as a preservative.

Once complete, the flower essence is stored for later use. Flower essences can be used in various ways to restore one’s balance and vitality. The majority of people using flower essence therapy take them orally with tea, water, or juice. They can also be rubbed onto the skin, such as the wrists or forehead.

Additionally, the flower essence can be placed in a spray bottle and misted onto the body, clothes, or even within a room. Some people prefer to add a few drops to bath water, lotions, body oil, or creams. Flower essence therapy is safe to use and an excellent way to restore emotional well-being and overall health.


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