Flower Essences: A Guide from Asheville’s Integrative Vet


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Flower Essences: A Guide from Asheville’s Integrative Vet

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A flower essence is the vibrational imprint of a flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. When a living being uses a flower essence, they begin to resonate in harmony.

I decided to ask the spirit of one of my favorite flowers, the Cleome (say klee-oh-me), to assist me in writing this flower essence blog. (I will denote all Cleome participation with italicized words.) 

Cleomes, also known as the spider flower or rocky mountain bee plant, are exceptional plants because they have drop-dead, gorgeous pink, purple, white, and lavender flowers.  They literally require no care, don’t need staking, and grow up to four feet tall. Cleomes continue flowering for six to eight weeks or more. Additionally, they please the bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths and hummingbird moths. Their alien-like appearance, with many multi-blooming flowers on multiple branches, is a source of beauty. They look as if they have many arms with blossoming hands.

The Sunvet Animal Wellness Clinic garden is home to a plethora of Cleome beings. The Deva, or plant spirit, of the Cleomes was excited to participate in the writing of this blog.  She was excited to share her wisdom as she felt it would bring vitality and transformation to those who read this flower essence blog. By the way, the Cleome flower essence is all about the deep relating that goes on between two long-term partners even to the point of them asking each other if they would leave the world behind and get married once again.  As I move through the creation of this blog, I will be asking for guidance from the Deva of the Cleome and will note the comments and directives that are offered up.

Cleome Queen Rose

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Purpose and History of Flower Essences 

A flower essence is the vibrational imprint of a flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. When a living being uses a flower essence, they begin to resonate in harmony, they connect …a much-needed connection … instead of a separation or abandonment, they develop a connection with the qualities of the flower. The user may begin to experience their limitations and disharmonies transform. Flower essences can help a person or animal recognize, resolve, or release different conditioned ways of perceiving the world and can help them experience a greater well-being and harmony in their lives.

The medicine people of many cultures have used flower essences since ancient times. However, flower essences have only become to be commercially known in our Western modern culture in the past seventy years or so. The name most closely associated with flower essences is that of Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician in the 1930’s. He began to see disease as an end product, a final stage, a physical manifestation of unhappiness, fear, and worry. He therefore began to look to nature and find healing flowers. Over a period of years, Dr. Bach found 38 healing flowers and plants. With the right preparation, they became the 38 Bach Flower Remedies.

The best-known flower essence product is the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy combination, which contains an equal amount each of rock rose, impatiens, clematis, star of Bethlehem and cherry plum essences Rescue Remedy is a trademark. Other companies produce the same formula under other names, such as Five Flower Remedy. The Rescue Remedy mix was created by Dr. Bach to deal with emergencies and crises – the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help our four-legged friends or us get through any stressful situation, from last-minute exams or interviews, blood-draw nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news.  Each of the flower essences in this remedy help living organisms to reconnect to their calm, grounded, peaceful and wise core selves. I use Rescue Remedy regularly in my Asheville clinic, and it is a product I recommend all animal-caretakers keep on hand. 

Rescue Remedy Components

Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Impatiens help to teach empathy and understanding. It also facilitates the development of patience with others. We’ve found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering of stress.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions. This can help prevent users from doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Cherry Plum teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Clematis provokes one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas, which in turn, may foster great creativity. It’s also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

Flower essences are made on sunny days or in the luminescence of a full moon. The sun’s rays or the moonbeams shine through the flowers, helping to transmit the flower’s message to the water. In next week’s post, I’ll give you succinct directions on how to make your own flower essences as presented by Kalli Liddick of The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.  I was going to just include a link to this website and the Deva of the Cleomes was quick to point out that most people would not click on the link and therefore would not get to see how easy it is to make a flower essence. So, thanks to Cleome, you have something to look forward to in the next post in this series, Flower Essences: A Guide to Making Your Own!

Shine on!

Dr Laurel

PS: You can order our Rescue Remedy below, or come by the Sunvet Animal Wellness Clinic Critter’s Choice store in Asheville NC!

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