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Flower Essences: A Guide to Making Your Own!
If you would like to learn about the purpose and history of flower essences, please refer to the first post in this series: Flower Essences: A Guide From Asheville’s Integrative Vet. In that post, you’ll also discover the components of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and how it can help you and your furry friend. Continue reading this post to learn how to make your own flower essence.
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 vibrational message to the water. Below are the succinct directions on how to make your own flower essences as presented by Kalli Liddick of The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.
Making Your Own Flower Essences:
Making a flower essence is a great way to connect with nature and a chosen plant medicine. By making your own essence, you can ensure the highest level of positive energy and intentions throughout the entire process, resulting in the production of potent vibrational medicine. It is a fun, magical, and rewarding process from start to finish! Making your own essence provides you with the ability to choose your own preservative, which is helpful for those with sensitivities, those who prefer to not use alcohol in their essences, and for those planning to use the essence in work with animals.
- Small glass bowl
- Small glass jar
- Mesh strainer
- Spring water
- Organic alcohol or distilled white vinegar
- Pick a good day for collection. You should have about four hours of clear sunlight, preferably morning sun. If making a moon essence, choose a night when the moon is full and the sky is clear.
- Meditate with the plant you wish to work with. Ask permission to use its flowers as medicine, and tune into any messages you may receive from the plant.
Collecting the Flowers:
- Once you have determined which plant you will use, prepare your bowl. Fill the bowl with spring water, and place it near the plant. The bowl should be level and have direct access to sunlight.
- Using your tweezers and scissors, cut each blossom close to the base, placing them flat and facing up, if possible. Cover the top of the bowl with one even layer of flowers.
- Throughout this process, remain mindful. You may offer a positive affirmation or prayer to the bowl, or to each individual flower, if desired.
- When the bowl is full, give thanks to the plant, and ask that the essence reach its full potential for healing.
Finishing the Essence:
- Allow the essence to sit in the sunlight for approximately three to four hours, or overnight under the moon.
- When the essence is finished infusing, preserve it by pouring it through a mesh strainer into a clean glass jar with alcohol or distilled white vinegar, at a 50:50 dilution. Label the bottle appropriately.
- You now have a preserved mother essence. To make a stock essence, add ten drops of the mother essence to a 60 mL bottle filled with 50:50 spring water and alcohol or vinegar. To make a dosage bottle, add one drop of essence from the stock bottle to a 15 mL bottle filled with 50:50 water and alcohol or vinegar.
Flower essences are non-toxic, do not interfere with traditional medications and can be used with almost any other healing modality. When using them on your furry buddies, you can apply these essences directly on skin or fur, place them in their water, in their baths or spritz them in the air. The Deva of the Cleomes and I encourage you to embrace and connect with the vitality of your favorite flowers!
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