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All About Flower Essences & Other Vibrational Essences

Powerful tools to support your inner journey of change and transformation

Flower Essences are a powerful natural system for personal change & transformation. They are effective, supportive and versatile, and are an ideal support for all types of emotional and psychological well-being, deep soul connection and energy balancing for the mind, body & spirit. Here at Crystal Herbs we offer a very large range of Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences, from single essences to combination essences and essence sprays.

About Flower & Vibrational Essences

Vibrational Essences are another name for Flower Essences, Gem & Crystal Essences, Essences that are made from sacred geometric shapes and environmental Essences. A simple way to understand Vibrational Essences is to see them as a therapy that uses energies or vibrational frequencies to help restore or maintain well-being in an individual. Flower Essences and other types of Vibrational Essence are important tools for our times, and can take you straight to the heart of an issue, helping to release old emotional patterns, thought patterns, beliefs & energies. They are also a wonderful support for your inner journey of personal and spiritual growth, connecting you more with the love in your heart and helping you to raise your level of awareness and consciousness.

On this page we're going to concentrate more on Flower Essences, but you can also find out more in-depth about Gem, Crystal & Mineral Essences here and Vibrational Essences made from Platonic Solid & sacred geometric shapes here.

What Are Flower Essences?

Making Pear Flower Essence - flowers in a bowl potenising in the sun
Capturing the unique and beautiful energies of Pear for our Pear Flower Essence.

Nature in a bottle! Flower Essences are natures gift. Each Essence carries the unique and beautiful energies of a particular flower in liquid form. So when you use a flower essence you are benefiting from the positive and balancing energy or vibrational frequency of the flower that was used to make the essence.

The beautiful natural energies carried in flower essences provide a positive balancing force, helping you to feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that are so much a part of who you are and how you react to situations & people in your life. In doing this they help you to to transcend your limitations and fulfil your highest potentials.

How Do Flower Essences Work?

"They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings." Dr. Edward Bach

Flower Essences carry a high level of consciousness and are able to remind you of your own innate wholeness - who you really are. They help you to reconnect with your true nature of love, joy and peace and help you to transform old or difficult thoughts and emotions into more uplifting, life-affirming ones that are more in resonance with who you truly are. The unique vibrational frequency of each Flower Essence helps to remind your whole energetic system - spiritual, mental, emotional & physical - how to be in a state of balance and harmony.

The higher vibrational frequencies carried by Flower & Vibrational Essences will always positively affect lower frequencies such as fear, anger, guilt etc, helping them to gently clear and release. This means that Flower Essences can help you in lots of ways, from balancing core emotions and thought patterns, through to opening up channels of spiritual wisdom and transforming old blocks in your bodies chakras and subtle energy systems.

Describing how his Remedies worked, Dr. Bach ( often known as the Father of modern day Flower Essences ) said: "They are able, like beautiful music, or any gloriously uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our Souls: and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings."

Being a True Expression of You

One of the wonderful things about flower & vibrational essences is their ability to take you straight to the heart of an issue and help you to release any old emotional patterns, thought patterns, beliefs & energies that are holding you back. As you shift these old patterns, you come closer to your true self, who you really are, a whole being, fully connected to yourself and the higher realms. This creates change at a causal level, offering you the powerful opportunity to step more fully into your own power and see life more from the perspective of the heart and unity consciousness.

What is it Like To Take a Flower Essence?

When you take a Flower & Vibrational Essence of any sort, sometimes you'll find that it will have an immediate effect and you'll feel a shift almost straight away. At other times the process can feel more like a journey that unfolds itself over a longer period of time as the old patterns and layers are peeled away, rather like the layers of an onion. The time it takes an Essence to work can vary considerably depending on how sensitive you are to Essences and on how deeply held the pattern, issue or state is.

When you're using an Essence it can sometimes be a very calm and graceful process and at other times you may feel really profound and deep changes occurring, and this can be quite an emotional journey sometimes. This is a good sign of the essence shifting through the old patterns, energies and issues that need to be cleared and released. You can find more on How Essences Can Help You here.

A quick guide to flower essences - 25ml Flower Essence bottles and information

When & Why Would I Use A Flower Essence?

Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences help you to gently feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that unconsciously create who you are and how you react to situations & people
in your life.

Flower & Vibrational Essences can be used in any situation where there is a lack of well-being in some aspect of your life, be that energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual. So if you find that you are working with patterns such as worry, fear, guilt, grief, or you feel like you need to develop more self love or energetic protection, you might find a flower or vibrational essence helpful.

The use of Vibrational Essences is rooted in a tradition that recognises unity as a fundamental truth of life. So using Essences encourages a process of inner growth and transformation that can help you to awaken to a new understanding of yourself.

Essences can be used by anyone; from individuals just beginning to explore Essences & Essence therapy, through to advanced practitioners and therapists. They can be used very successfully as a stand alone therapy, or they can be combined with or used as a complement to, any other type of therapy. In this respect Essences are often used alongside complementary therapies such as Reiki, healing, kinesiology, homoeopathy, bodywork and counselling, among many others.

Catherine, Sam and some of the Crystal Herbs team

Here at Crystal Herbs we talk with a lot of people every week about essences and it is amazing just what a wide variety of reasons people come to essences for help with. In our 30 or more years we have talked with just about everyone, from people just beginning to explore how to work with themselves and what tools might help, through to people who are deep into their spiritual awakening and are wanting help to go further. We have had people wanting help with core emotions such as anger, guilt or grief that are causing difficult problems in their lives and people wanting to work more deeply with their chakras and bodies subtle energy systems. Essences can be helpful for everyone from individuals through to the many professional practitioners who have found essences have become an essential part of their practices.

Choosing An Essence

Choosing an Essence for yourself is often simply a process of self-reflection and observation. 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? Working in this way you are connecting with the aspects of yourself that most need attention. From this point of self awareness, a helpful Essence can be chosen rationally or intuitively or by a combination of both methods.

Sometimes this is easy enough to do for yourself, and you can find help and advice on Choosing an Essence here and you can find our I Need An Essence For page here. However at other times getting some help can be the best option, and you are always more than welcome to contact us for help and advice, or seek help from a trained flower essence practitioner.

How Do I Use Flower Essences?

How to use a flower essence - person taking a flower essence using a dropper bottle

Essences are simple and easy to use and are usually taken orally or sprayed into your auric field.

If using orally we'd suggest a normal adult dosage of 4 drops on or under the tongue ( the frequency will depend on what kind of essence you are using ) and that you allow the essence to mix with the saliva in your mouth for a few moments before swallowing. It is usually better to take your essence at least ten minutes away from food.

If you're using an Essence spray then you can spray it liberally into your auric field or alternatively you can also use any of our sprays orally.

Essences can also be used as space clearing sprays, especially combinations like the Positive Vibrations spray. You can use them around your home, work place or anywhere else that has old stuck energy that needs clearing. Working with Essences in this way is a simple and easy way to keep your energetic space clear and where necessary to clear and release any stuck energies, thought forms or emotions from other people or difficult situations.

Some of our favourite flower essences....

A Brief History of Flower Essences

Dr Edward Bach - a formal portrait of the father of modern flower essences
Dr. Edward Bach
- the father of modern flower essences

Down through the ages humanity has traditionally turned to nature when we've been in need of help. We seem to know instinctively that within the beauty and simplicity of nature we can find the memory of our own blueprint for harmony, balance and wholeness. The use of natural vibrational frequencies and energies made into essences is part of this ancient tradition.

Dr Edward Bach, creator of the Bach Flower Remedies, is often considered to be the father of modern flower essences and he was certainly a way-shower, someone with a vision and an important message for us all. In a simple and direct way, through both his remedies and his books, he provided us with the understandings that we need to create balance & wholeness in our lives. These truths are just as valuable now as they were during Dr Bach's time and they form the basis for using all vibrational essences today.

Dr Bach's pioneering work in the 1930's helped to birth not only his 38 remedies but also the flourishing and ever expanding range of other flower and vibrational essences that we see around the world today. There are now many different types of Essence available and from many different producers, both large and small; from Flower Essences to Gem & Crystal Essences and sacred geometric essences to environmental essences, each with their own unique purpose and energetic patterning.

Understanding the Different Types of Flower & Crystal Essences

Forgiveness Essence bottle held in a hand

Here at Crystal Herbs we have developed a large range of different Essences over the last 30 years. The foundation point for these are the Bach Flower Remedies, our single flower essences and single gem & crystal essences. Beyond these you can find a range of deeper acting single and combination essences. Together they form a powerful tool-kit to create balance and harmony at all levels of your being.

You can find out more about the different types of Essences and how they inter-link here.

Explore What Individual Essences Help With

It's fascinating to explore what each essence can help with - this is when you really get to know the essences and the huge range of different vibrational frequencies that the flowers and crystals of nature carry.

You can explore the different range of essences that we offer here, and you can read through the different essence descriptions in the Flower Essence Shop. You can also explore our in-depth Essence Reviews on the flower essence blog, where we take a look at a particular Essence or Essence combination and how it can help you. You can explore these by: All Essence Reviews | By Single Essences | By Combination Essences | By Bach Flower Remedies.

You can also learn more by contacting us for help and advice on Essences - we're always happy to help.

Bach Flower Therapy book by Mechthild Scheffer

Books on Flower Essences

We really recommend the 'Twelve Healers and Other Remedies' by Dr Edward Bach, 'The Flowers of Life' by Shimara Kumara and 'Bach Flower Therapy' by Mechthild Scheffer to find out more about the individual Bach Flower Remedies.

The Gurudas books - 'Flower Essences & Vibrational Healing' and 'Gem Elixirs & Vibrational Healing Vol 1' are both wonderful books for more detailed and in-depth information on deeper acting flower, gem and crystal essences.

How to make a Flower & Vibrational Essence

What is a Essence Made From? A flower or vibrational essence contains the vibrational frequency or energy imprint of the flower, gem or crystal from which it's been made. So essentially when you make a an Essence you are imprinting the energy or vibrational frequency of a flower, gem or crystal into water and this gives you what's called the mother tincture or mother essence.

Making a Flower Essence - flowers potentising in a bowl in the sun
Making a Flower Essence by the Sun potentisation method.

Making a Mother Tincture - this can be achieved by the 'Sun Method' or the 'Boiling Method'. In the sun method the flower or crystal is placed in a bowl of spring water in the sun for approximately 3 - 4 hours - this is how almost all of our essences are made. The boiling method is used for some of the Bach Flower Essences and involves placing the flowers in a saucepan of water. This is brought to the boil and then gently simmered for approximately 30 minutes. In both cases it is the vibrational frequency or energy imprint of the flower or crystal that you are left with - no physical parts of the plant or crystal are left in the essence after the making process.

From the mother tincture comes all of the other dilutions - stock and treatment level.

You can find out more about making an Essence here: How are Flower Essences Made? You can also find out more about How We Discover What A Flower Essence Does here. All of our essences are handmade with love and care and are a co-creation with the Ascended Realms, Devas, Nature Spirits, the Angelic Kingdom and our own Higher Selves.

Frequently Asked Questions on Flower Essences

1. Do Flower Essences Have Side Effects?

No. Flower Essences simply contain the energy imprint or vibrational frequency of the flower, tree, gem or crystal from which they are made. As such there is no 'active ingredient' as you might find in a pharmaceutical drug. However what you may feel as you take an essence are profound and deep changes occurring at an emotional and energetic level and this can be quite an intense journey at times. As mentioned above this is a good sign of the essence shifting through the old patterns, energies and issues that need to be worked with. Please note that Flower Essences are usually preserved in brandy and water and so they do contain alcohol.

2. Can Flower Essences be Used with Children?

Yes! Children can respond very quickly to flower essences so it is important to choose the most appropriate type of essence when using them with children, particularly babies or very young children. 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. You can find more help and advice here: Essences for Children.

3. Can Flower Essences be Used with Dogs & Cats?

Yes! Dogs and cats respond well to flower & vibrational essences. We'd usually suggest starting with the Bach Flower Remedies and choosing two or three remedies that best reflect how your dog or cat is reacting and what issues they are presenting. You might also find that one or two deeper acting single flower essences or single crystal essences may also be helpful.

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Our Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences

Here at Crystal Herbs we have been making and developing our range of Essences for nearly 30 years. Crystal Herbs is run by Catherine Keattch and Sam Cremnitz, along with a dedicated team who are all trained practitioners and healers in their own right. We are a specialist Flower Essence producer based in the U.K. and we're passionate about all aspects of Vibrational Essences.

You can find our full range of Essences in the Flower Essence Shop, or an overview of the different essences we make here and you can find out more about us here: Crystal Herbs