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Flower Essences & Vibrational Essences

Your Guide to Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences

Flower Essences and Gem & Crystal Essences are powerful tools for inner change & transformation. We love using them because they are so supportive and versatile, whether you're using them to help you to transform old thoughts and feelings, deeply held life patterns and ways of being or blocks in your bodies subtle energy systems. Essences are important tools and can be used to help you through a time of upset, turmoil or crisis in your life, or to explore, develop and grow your inner spiritual connection with yourself. Using Flower Essences can have a profound influence on your inner journey of personal & spiritual growth, and can help you to raise your level of awareness and consciousness.

What Are Flower Essences, Gem & Crystal Essences & Other Vibrational 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.

Flower & Vibrational Essences are simple & natural tools that everyone can benefit from. When you work with an essence you are using the unique and beautiful energies of a particular flower, gem, crystal, mineral or geometric shape. These energies provide a positive balancing force, which in a natural and gentle way, helps you to release the old emotions, thoughts and attitudes that no longer serve you. It is these patterns that unconsciously create who you are and how you react to the situations and people in your life.

How Do Essences Work?

Essences work with you at an energetic level and on all levels of your being; 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.

Using Essences in this way brings you closer to your true self and creates change at a causal level, offering you the powerful opportunity to bring harmony and balance to your emotions, mind, & spirit.

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."

What is it Like To Take an Essence?

When you take an Essence, 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

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.

When & Why Would I Use An Essence?

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.

Choosing An Essence

Choosing an Essence 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.

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 they are usually taken orally or sprayed into the auric field.

If using orally we'd normally suggest 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.

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 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 appropriate 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 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 gentle acting Bach Flower Remedies and 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.

The Bach Flower Remedies

The Bach Flower Remedies were developed by Dr Edward Bach during the 1930's. They are wonderfully useful remedies for helping you to achieve greater balance & harmony in your daily life. They are particularly good at helping you with how you are thinking and feeling in the moment, so if you are feeling angry or sad, reach for the Bach Remedies to help to balance these feelings. A well-chosen combination of Bach Flower Remedies is very helpful in its own right, but can also be very helpful when taken alongside one of our deeper acting combinations. There are 38 Remedies to help you to balance 38 different states of mind & emotion.

"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" Dr Edward Bach

Deeper Acting Essences

Beyond the Bach Flower Remedies you can explore a whole range of powerful and deep-acting Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences and combinations designed to focus on specific issues or potentials.

These Essences have the ability to work with our most deeply held patterns - our core thoughts, emotions and crystallized energy - helping you to release them layer by layer until you get to the root of the issue. This can be a very powerful and transformative process and one that helps you to transcend your old limitations and perceptions about yourself and to release any old blocks in your subtle energy systems.

As with the Bach Essences, you can use the deeper acting Essences singly, as part of a pre-made combination or combined into combinations with a unique personal focus.

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

Some of our favourite flower essences....

Learn More About Individual Essences

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. As well as reading the individual essence descriptions in the shop, you can also explore the following resources:

Our Essence Reviews

You can learn more about many of our Essences in our in-depth Essence Reviews. Here we take a look at a particular Essence or Essence combination and how it can help you. On the Flower Essence Blog, you can find all of the Essence reviews that we have done over the last few years; together they make a fascinating resource of information about our Essences.

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.

Help & Advice

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

How to make a Flower, Gem & Crystal Essence

An 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.

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. You can find out more about making an Essence here: How are Flower Essences Made?

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.

Find Out More

Flower Essence Blog

Wild Garlic Flowers in nature

Our blog has a wealth of information on Essences and development, including our monthly Essence Reviews, our articles on using Essences for personal & spiritual growth and much more.

Books about Essences

Books on Flower Essences

In our bookshop you buy from a lovely selection of books offering reliable in-depth information on using Bach Flower Remedies and Flower, Gem & Crystal Essences.

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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