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Choosing An Essence

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find some of the questions that we are often asked about choosing the right essences for yourself.

Choosing a flower or vibrational essence is an easy and simple process. Essences work with a range of different issues; from how you're thinking & feeling in the moment, to deeply held life patterns and blocks in your subtle energy systems. So when you are choosing an essence you are dealing with these underlying issues rather than surface symptoms, and generally it is best to work with the issues that are the most obvious first.

It is very likely that you will find multiple essences that could be of benefit, so we recommend starting with the essence or combination that feels most important first and taking it until the bottle is finished before moving onto another essence.

You can find more here: A Guide to How to Choose & Use Essences


Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies can be taken individually or in combinations of 7-8 remedies. Learn more about choosing Bach Flower Remedies here.

Single Flower Essences & Gem/Crystal Essences

You can take up to 6 of these essences together either separately or in a combination. We don’t recommend taking any other essences except Bach Flower Remedies alongside these when used in combination. Learn more here.

Karmic Essences

Generally we advise taking only one or two Karmic Essence at a time, and it can be effective to use two complementary Karmic Essences together by taking 4 drops of each at the same time. We don’t recommend taking any other essences except Bach Flower Remedies alongside them. Learn more here.

Angel Essences & Archangel & Ascended Master Essences

You can take these separately or mix 2 or 3 together. Use them as and when you want to call in a particular vibrational frequency, or take them over a longer period of time until you notice a difference. Learn more here.

Divine Harmony Essences, Chakra Essences, Rose Collection Combinations, Inner Child Essences and Light Body Essences

Each of these is a powerful combination of at least 5 different essences so we recommend that you only take one combination at time, and continue until the bottle is finished. We don’t recommend taking any essences other than Bach Flower Remedies at the same time since it can be too much for the energetic system to integrate.  Learn more here.


Choosing the right essence is a simple and easy process which is focussed on working with the underlying issues rather than particular symptoms. What is going on for me? How am I thinking and feeling? What emotions do I need help with? Where are the energetic blocks within me?

In our Essences and Themes Explorer pages you can explore some common issues and patterns and find a full selection of essences from across our ranges that will help with that particular issue. See our Essences and Themes Explorer pages.


Yes, we do! You can call us on 01379 608059 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and one of our essence practitioners will be happy to help. These free advice calls are ideal when you just want 5-10 minutes of essence advice to help you choose an essence. 

Alternatively if you would like essence advice by email, please send us a short email describing what you would like essence support with, with details about any thoughts and feelings you’re experiencing. We aim to reply within 48 hours Monday-Friday. Contact Us.


Yes. Our flower essence consultations help you to explore what is going on for you and what needs rebalancing in order for you to establish greater harmony and wholeness within yourself. They offer you the opportunity to get greater clarity on the issues that you are experiencing and suggestions for the most appropriate flower, gem & crystal essences to help you with those issues. Learn more about our Flower Essence Consultations here.


When choosing an Essence for a child, remember that no matter what the issue is that you are working with, you are simply looking for an Essence(s) that will help to bring them greater balance in how they are thinking and feeling, and to re-balance them at an energetic level.

Children respond very quickly to vibrational essences so it is important to choose the most appropriate type of essence when using them with children, particularly babies or very young children. Here are some general guidelines & suggestions for different age groups: Essences for Children


Bach Flower Remedies work very well for animals, and we recommend choosing the 1-6 remedies that most closely match your pet’s personality and behaviour to bring them back into balance. When choosing their remedies, it’s also helpful to consider whether it’s a recent issue or a long standing situation. Has anything happened to cause a change in their behaviour? Learn more about choosing essences for animals on our Choosing Essences for Animals page.


Bach Flower Remedies can be very supportive during pregnancy, birth and post-partum. Some of our deeper acting essences can also be useful while you’re pregnant or breast-feeding whereas others are less suitable. Learn more about choosing essences around pregnancy here: Flower Essences and Pregnancy.


Flower, gem and crystal essences work on the subtle energy system, mind, emotions and spirit. Flower essences don’t impact the physical body as directly as other holistic healing approaches but they will subtly support and rebalance your entire energetic system.

If you have physical symptoms, the flower essences that will be most suitable for you will be those that bring balance to any underlying imbalances or blocks on mental, emotional or spiritual levels. Use our guide to choosing essences to help you identify the most suitable essences for how you’re feeling. You can find more here: A Guide to How to Choose & Use Essences

The Chakra Essences are often helpful energetically since they relate to the emotional, mental and spiritual states of each of the chakras that correspond to areas in the physical body. The Chakra Essences.


While essences are not intended to replace medical treatment, where necessary they can be used in conjunction with, and as a complement to, any other form of treatment. Flower, gem and crystal essences can be taken safely alongside medication and there are no known contraindications. However, essences are often preserved in an alcoholic base, so please be aware of this if you are on medication which totally prehibits the use of alcohol.


Almost all our essences (with the exception of Inner Child and Light Body Essences) come in a choice of 10ml and 25ml sizes. From our own experience of taking essences and from observing how they work with people who use them over the past 30 years, we recommend that in general you choose a 25ml size rather than a 10ml size.

This is particularly important for issues that seem to be deeply buried or that you have experienced for a long time. Taking an essence over a longer period of time gives it the opportunity to reach into different levels and layers of your consciousness, mind, emotions, spirit and energy field for greater balance and transformation.

The Bach Flower Remedies are different as these are meant to be diluted down to a treatment bottle. You can make multiple treatment bottles from 10ml size bottles so they often last a long time, unless you are treating lots of people, in which case a 25ml size might be more appropriate.


We offer a number of different bottle sizes. To help you to decide which size you need, here are the approximate quantity of drops in each of the different sizes and how long the bottle will last at a normal adult dosage:

10ml: there are approximately 200 drops in a 10ml bottle. This equates to about 50 doses ( 4 drops on tongue ) and when used 4 drops 4 x a day will last approximately 12.5 days.

25ml: there are approximately 550 drops in a 25ml bottle. This equates to about 136 doses ( 4 drops on tongue ) and when used 4 drops 4 x a day will last approximately 34 days.

15ml ( Rainbow Light Body & Inner Child only ): there are approximately 300 drops in a 15ml bottle. This equates to about 75 doses ( 4 drops on tongue ) and when used 4 drops 4 x a day will last approximately 19 days.

30ml Spray: there are approximately 230 sprays per 30ml bottle.

50ml Spray: there are approximately 385 sprays per 50ml bottle.


Yes. You can order 10ml & 25ml Bach Flower Remedies in organic cider vinegar directly from our website.

For our other essences (excluding Inner Child, Rainbow Light Body and Pure Vibrations sprays) we can make 25ml organic cider vinegar & vegetable glycerin versions to order.  Simply order the essences you would like and add a comment into the comments section of the order form to tell us which alternative base you would prefer (organic cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin).

Are These Completely Alcohol Free Essences?

Very nearly! Each bottle contains a very small amount of organic brandy from the Mother Tincture (2 drops for single Bach Flower Remedies, 10 drops for Revival Remedy combination, 7 drops for deeper acting essences). Our mother tincture is half water and half brandy so each bottle does contain a very, very small amount of brandy.

The approximate alcohol content for each Bach Flower Remedy stock bottle is as follows:

  • 10ml Bach Remedy: 0.2% ABV
  • 25ml Bach Remedy: 0.07% ABV
  • 25ml Revival Remedy: 0.15% ABV


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Handmade with Love & Care

From making the Mother Tincture to bottling and labelling the stock bottles that we send you, each essence is handmade with love and care, helping to ensure that we provide you with the best possible quality of essence.